Archive for December, 2008

Spiced Chocolate Cake

Tomorrow’s my Birthday and so I’m required, of course, to meet with the family and celebrate. I don’t particularly enjoy celebrating my own birthday, but it’s only one day a year, I guess.

A birthday is nothing without cake. You and I both know that. Cake is the best part of the party. This year, there wont be much of a party, however there will be cake; my own creation: a spicy chocolate bundt cake.

Behold:

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Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake:

1 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
1 2/3 c. AP Flour
2/3 c. Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 c. Butter
1  c. Buttermilk
2 Eggs
1/2 c. Strong coffee, cooled
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Clove
1/4 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a well greased bundt pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Once done, let it cool in pan for a couple of minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

Lemon Glaze

1/4 c. Butter, melted
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 c. Powdered Sugar

Mix it all together and then pour over cooled bundt cake.

Enjoy!

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December 14, 2008 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Cakes of a feather… flock together?

This week… is busy. Oh, boy. For a girl in a home kitchen with a hand mixer and no offset spatula, this week is a nightmare.

A serious nightmare. Thank goodness Christmas comes this month and I can ask for all those things that I’m lacking in the kitchen so that I can make seriously awesome cakes.

Today I completed one of many projects for this week.  Two cakes for a Veterans Potluck. Everyone loves cake, especially vets.

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On the left: Classic white cake with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream. Covered in MMF.

On the right: Genoise cake with whipped orange chocolate ganache and whipped cream with MMF snowflakes.

My sister and I woke up this morning, ready for the challenge of covering two cakes with fondant. The first attempt was the cake on the left. I rolled out the MMF thinly and spread it over the cake with only a few slip ups that were easily covered with fondant snowflakes. The second attempt was a disaster. Kel rolled out the fondant, which apparently turned out to be too thin and too dry. No worries! We peeled the fondant off and spread out the delicious orange chocolate ganache and Voila! our cake was as good as new. We placed a few white and blue snowflakes on the cake to fancy it up a bit. All in all, I think that my first attempt at fondant turned out alright. I know already, however, that this is only the first of three fondant adventures this week. This weekend, I’ll be busy making a Heineken Beer Keg shaped cake… Don’t ask.  And a birthday cake for myself. Something delicious and chocolaty.

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December 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm 3 comments

Painted Snowflakes

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Want to know  how I made these? The recipe is below, but the decorating secret can be found right Here. While you’re at it, check out the rest of the posts at The Cookie Blog. Tiffany, the founder, is a great woman with a huge heart. She puts her heart and soul into every post… Enjoy taking a break and checking out whats baking.

Decorators Dream Sugar Cookie

1 1/2 c. Butter, softened
2 c. Granulated Sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
5 c. AP Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt

Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla. Gradually add all dry ingredients.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
Roll dough out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out your shapes. Place  them on the cookie sheets, with 1 inch room between cookies. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until only slightly golden. Cool on a wire rack and then decorate as you wish.. I painted and piped.

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December 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm 7 comments

Christmas 2008: Updated.

Here are two of this year’s Holiday Cookies.

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Italian Spiced Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c. Sugar
1 c. Butter, Unsweetened, room-temp
2 Eggs
1/2 c. Strong Coffee, cooled
3 c. AP Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 c. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 c. Chopped Walnuts

Combine, in a large mixing bowl, the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutneg, ground cloves and sugar. Cut butter in until the mixturem resembles coarse sand. Add the eggs, coffee and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly wet. Mix in the walnuts.
Let the dough chill in the refrigerator until chilled to a workable temperature, about 1 hour.
Roll the dough into 1 inch rounds and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the sides of the cookies are firm. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if you like.

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Golden Coconut Macaroons

4 Egg Whites
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/8 tsp Salt
1 1/3 c. Sugar
14 oz Flaked Coconut, unsweetened.

Beat all ingredients except for coconut and sugar to soft peaks in a metal bowl. Begin adding the sugar, one Tbsp at a time until you achieve stiff peaks and a shiny look. Fold in the coconut. Scoop out onto parchment lined cookie sheets using a #30 ice cream disher. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the outsides are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

By the way, Macaroons are virtually fat-free. No, seriously.

December 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

Solo Foods Video Contest

December 15th is the deadline for Solo foods’ video contest. I was told about it about a month ago, but just got it together in the last few days. I’m pretty pleased with it, considering that I had nothing but a handheld digital camera and a low-grade webcam to record all the footage and I’m not exactly a Film Whiz. Check it out! The more views I get, the closer I get to $5,000.

If you look closely, you can see the blank canveses that are my Christmas cookies on the kitchen table.

December 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Christmas Cookie Decorating

Here’s the first of (I’m sure) many Christmas cookie posts. Here’s a little update.

For the last few weeks I’ve been super busy making sugar and gingerbread cookies, looked up cookie recipes, and found new interesting flavors that I’ll be incorporating into my baking this month. Here are some images of the cookies I decorated today. You can tell I’m sick by the–*unique* piping job I did on these babies.

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December 4, 2008 at 6:54 pm 6 comments