Archive for March, 2009

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet has always been a mystery to me. As a child cake came in four flavors; White, Yellow, Chocolate, and Marble.  Today it seems every time I turn around there is a new, hot cake flavor.

For the past couple years I have seen many articles, programs and recipes featuring Red Velvet Cake, but I never bothered to make it.  Is it Chocolate?  Is it a White cake with a deep red coloring?  I decided that I would do some recipe research prior to baking.

There are a few common ingredients with Red Velvet; buttermilk, cocoa, and red food coloring. After looking over about a dozen recipes I decided to use Martha Stewart’s Red Velvet cake recipe. I did substitute regular buttermilk for the low fat kind (I like full fat everything in baking).

Overall the recipe was relatively simple and the result was wonderful. The flavor is definitely not white cake nor is it a chocolate. Instead it had a almost sweet tanginess to it with a hint of cocoa…very appealing. I topped each cupcake with a marshmallow, cream cheese buttercream and a couple of fun jimmies.

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Marshmallow, Cream Cheese Buttercream

What You’ll Need:

1 Stick unsalted butter (room temp.)
8oz. Package cream cheese (room temp)
8oz. Marshmallow fluff
1tsp. Vanilla
1lb. Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1.) Cream butter, cream cheese, and marshmallow together until smooth.

2.) Add one tsp. vanilla and blend in.

3.) Add powdered sugar a bit at a time.  Blend until smooth.

4.) Add festive jimmies or sprinkles – this is optional.

Spongebob Squarepants Cake For Alex

Friday, March 20th, 2009
Spongebob Cake

Spongebob Cake

This year for my son Alex’s 7th birthday I decided to take on the task of creating a Spongebob Squarepants cake.To Alex the cake is always a very important part of the Birthday process. Weeks before his actual birthday we scan websites on the Internet for different cake ideas. I was truly amazed at the work people were doing from their own home…Bravo! 

After lots of looking, we decided that Spongebob was what we would go with. Who doesn’t love Spongebob?  He’s kind, colorful, and just plain funny. Spongebob started as a 9×13 basic yellow cake in which I shaped in order to give him that special spongy shape.  I chose to fill and cover Spongebob with a simple pineapple cream cheese buttercream due to the fact he lives in a pineapple under the sea.

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Simple Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

A recent Food Network program prompted this sudden exploration in Pot Pie. Growing up pot pie was something that strictly came from the freezer. Thick pie style crust concealing a whole lot of gravy peas and not much more. I can’t say I would ever consider pot pie to be a comfort food…times have changed!

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Baby Shower Cake for Miss Amy’s Shower

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Amy's Baby Shower Cake

Amy's Baby Shower Cake

Early I signed on to handle all things cake related for my friend Amy’s baby shower. I should add I’ve been tooting my own horn amongst my non-baking friends about how good I have become at this whole cake thing. Let’s just say the expectations were a bit high and I have lost a tad bit of sleep over the whole baby shower cake. Prior to this cake, all cakes I have ever baked have been for my immediate family or a single close friend.

This cake was different. Not only did it have to be 2 tiers it also was to be displayed in front of a gathering of women. Oh, and I forgot to mention the cake had to be chocolate…my sworn enemy.

Chocolate cake and I have had a long history of not getting along. I would say a good 80% of the recipes used have come out DRY!  The kind of cake that looks and smells great while baking, but when it comes to eating it is more of a disappointment.

I spent the weeks before the cake scouring the Internet for just the right recipe. There are thousands of recipes to look through so which one would I choose? I look for a couple things: Who’s recipe is it?…Is the recipe overly complicated?…What kind of feedback has the recipe gotten? These three steps generally make my selection process a whole lot easier. Ina Garten otherwise known as “The Barefoot Contessa” is who I borrowed this chocolate cake recipe from….I’m not sure I’ll be giving it back!

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Asian dressing…also makes a great dip too

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Asian Dressing / Asian Dip

Asian Dressing / Asian Dip

Yes, this is our first post – and no, it is not about cake.  But yes, it is indeed really tasty – so why can’t the first post be about Asian dressing?

I made this Asian dip/dressing the other night, and served it on both salad and as a dip to go along with edamame .   The flavors were great, especially if you like garlic.  It is super easy to make and goes great on salads – would work as a marinade as well.

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