UNIQUE TYPES OF CAKES – RED VELVET CAKE

Red Velvet cake In White Dish

Red velvet cake is a dessert that everyone like, it’s tall, dark, and handsome, with deep crimson cake layers and a thick coating of cream cheese frosting above, around, and between.

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease two 8-inch square pans and line the pans with parchment so that it comes up the sides as well.
  • Using electric beaters or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth, then add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beating well after each addition, beat in the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add this alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour. Stir the white vinegar and food colour together and add this to the cake batter on low speed, but mixing until blended in. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and spread to level.
  • Bake the cakes for about 35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for 20 minutes, then turn them out to cool completely.

Getting Frosty

Now that we’ve covered how to make red velvet cake, you want to finish it off with the perfect frosting. It has become a classic tradition to the red velvet cake world to add a cream cheese frosting to the top, but you can add a bit of pizzazz and mix in some melted white chocolate too. It really adds to the rich consistency as well as adding creaminess to the taste. Whichever way you choose to finish off your creation, make sure your sponge is totally cold first. In fact, firming it up and cooling it down in the fridge makes frosting much easier to spread, if you have the time.

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FOUR GREAT LAYERED CAKE DECORATING IDEAS

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Are you making a layered cake for a birthday party or simply for a family gathering? Learn how you can decorate your layered cake with just a little touch of creativity to wow your friends and family. These 4 layered cake decorating ideas are simple butwill help make the layer cake look appealing, tasty and yummy!

The best part with these four incredible layered cake decoration ideas is that they’ll make your cake taste much sweeter than anything else you will get from the bakery.

Don’t be afraid of making your own layer cakes and decorating them – we got every beginner covered with our detailed layered cake decorating ideas.

Read on to find out more.

Write on the cake smartly

When doing it for the first time, you may find writing on the cake to be a little overwhelming to you, but this is something you will overcome with practice. To  go about this the easy way, you will use a small round piping tip and first practice on parchment before you do it on the real cake. The advantage of practice frosting on parchment is that it can easily be scraped off and be reused. When you see that you have mastered the art of writing on parchment well, you can then move to the real thing – the cake. For better results, it is best to do the piping on firm-chilled frosting, as this will make your work easier and even to make corrections on mistakes that you might make. Just ensure that you keep the cake a little longer in the freezer for some extra minutes before you can start writing.

Dust the edges

Dusting the cake’s edges is a great idea, especially if the cake’s board is frost-stained but it also comes in handy to show off a clean effect at the cake’s base. You can dust the edges of the cake with powdered sugar or cocoa (if it’s chocolate cake). You can use a tea infuser spoon or a sifter to do this.

Add Marzipan Cutouts

Marzipan cutouts are an amazing way that you can easily add whimsical elements to your cake. You can knead gel or liquid food coloring into marzipan, you can then cut out the shapes that you want and then you will stick them onto the cake. You can then deal with any sticky marzipan cut out by dusting with bits of powdered sugar.

Balloon the cake

If the cake’s for a birthday party or whatever other party, why not add a celebratory touch on it by adding colorful frostings to it? A great way to do this is by using bright and colorful frostings on the small wafer cookies on top of the cake that will turn them into whimsical balloons. Let the outside tone of the cake exhibit sky-blue frosting and then add white sprinkles to enhance a cloud-like backdrop.

Extra tip: you can serve more cookies “the balloons” on the side in order for your guests to get at least one. This will help you save the fights for the best slice of the cake!

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY & FILLING BAKED MEALS

Close-Cup-Salad-Bowl_jpeg_a5c8f371-3bff-4f71-8cde-3e3b668db27e_1000x“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” –Thomas Edison

Good nutrition is the key to living a long and healthy life. Some of the most common chronic diseases and leading causes of death in the United States today include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and overweight/obesity. Altering your eating habits to include more balanced meals and wholesome foods can have many long-term benefits, primarily in decreasing risk for chronic diseases. ‘Nutrition’ is a vague term and has a different meaning among different groups of people. Let’s start with a basic overview of what nutrition is and why it is important to our health.

Everyone has different dietary needs dependent on age, gender, height, weight, physical activity level, and health status. For example, a college athlete who exercises for four hours a day will have different energy requirements than a pregnant 30-year old woman who will have different requirements than a 70-year old man bedridden post-surgery. However, regardless of one’s energy needs, everyone can improve their eating habits using MyPlate, a healthy eating tool created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). MyPlate uses a simple dinner plate to incorporate all five food groups into a meal: grains, dairy, protein, fruits, and vegetables.

Listed below are ways to make small changes to your “plate” in order to eat healthier.

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  • Vary your protein.

The MyPlate website takes you through each of the five food groups and discusses the daily recommendations for each food group across different age groups, what a serving size from each group looks like, and examples of foods from each group. MyPlate is an incredibly useful tool in planning and preparing daily meals and can be used in meal-prep for a variety of special diets.

This leads us to our next question…

What is the Bakesplit and how can the Bakesplit help you achieve your nutritional goals?

The Bakesplit is a silicone baking sheet divider that is used to partition baking sheets to prepare multiple types of food at the same time. Not only can the Bakesplit allow you to cook your entire meal using just one baking sheet, it can also save you lots of time making meals for the family and preparing meals for the week ahead. Remember – if you want to cook two different items on the same sheet, both foods must have the same cooking/baking temperature. Listed below are applications of the Bakesplit that can help you reach your nutritional needs.

  • Protein and vegetable meals – Cook an entire meal using just one baking sheet. You can throw some chicken, beef, or fish on one side of the sheet and some cut-up squash, zucchini, potatoes, asparagus, or any other vegetable of your choice to cook on the other side.
  • Different flavors of marinated chicken – During Sunday meal-preps, you can marinate different flavors of chicken for the week without having the flavors mix on the baking sheet. The same can work if you want to marinate different types of protein (a mix of meat and fish, for example) or different vegetable medleys.
  • Foods with different allergens – With the Bakesplit you can cook foods containing different allergens and prevent cross-contamination. Using the marinated chicken example from above, let’s say you want to marinate a few chicken breasts in a teriyaki sauce for yourself, but someone else in your family can not consume teriyaki since it contains soy and he or she is allergic. You can marinate the remaining chicken breasts using non soy-containing ingredients, and the Bakesplit will ensure that the teriyaki sauce does not cross over into non-soy territory.
  • Gluten-free and “gluten-full” foods – Going along with not mixing allergens, let’s say one person in your family has celiac disease or is gluten intolerant. Cooking gluten-free foods in addition to non-gluten-free foods takes double the time. With the Bakesplit, you can cut your time in half by preparing the same food but making one version of it gluten-free. This is especially useful when baking desserts. For example, you can make regular brownies and gluten-free brownies (using gluten-free flour and gluten-free vanilla extract) and not have to worry about traces of gluten crossing over to the non-gluten side of the baking sheet.
  • Meals for different members of the family (parents and kids) – The parents want chicken for dinner and the kids want chicken nuggets. Instead of wasting time preparing both meals separately, you can cook chicken on one side of the baking sheet and cook chicken nuggets on the other side. Additionally, let’s say one of your kids wants regular fries and your other child wants sweet potato fries. The Bakesplit makes this simple. Place the regular fries on one side of a baking sheet, the sweet potato fries on the other side, the Bakesplit divider in the middle, and you are all set.

You can think of additional uses of the Bakesplit while keeping your individual nutritional needs in mind. Besides being time-efficient, the Bakesplit allows you to cook multiple types of food for multiple people at the same time without worrying about cross-contamination. Using educational tools such as MyPlate along with the Bakesplit offers greater flexibility and options for everyday dietary needs and restrictions.

SOCO & LIME CUPCAKES

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Summertime is coming! What better way to treat yourself than liquor in your cupcake. These SoCo Lime Cupcakes have just a hint of Southern Comfort and splash of lime. You can still get the taste of your favorite drink without all the heavy liquor calories. A small three-bite cupcake is the perfect ending to a meal. Afternoon coffee anyone? A small cupcake makes a great pick me up at 3:00. This way you can burn the calories by the time you go to bed.

When baking with liquor, each liquor is different. In this recipe both lime and Southern Comfort are strong flavors. I personally do not like a lot of alcohol in a recipe. You are welcome to put more Southern Comfort in the recipe if you like a stronger taste.

There is a small amount of refreshing lime in the cupcake recipe. The lime on top of the cupcake you can have after you eat the entire cupcake to cut some of the sugar. The lime can also be put to the side. The key to nice cupcakes is not filling the cupcake cups more than halfway. It is so tempting to put more batter into the cupcake molds, but this makes for too much of a dome on the cupcake. Having a nice flat top makes it easier to frost the cupcake.

Change the look of cupcakes by purchasing cupcake liners with decorations on them. Color coordinate with the cupcake and color frosting.

SoCo and Lime Cupcake Recipe 

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

1 Box of All-Natural Chocolate Cake Mix
2-3 eggs depending on instructions
1 cup of water
¼ cup of safflower oil
¼ cup of Southern Comfort
Juice of ½ of a small lime cut long way

Frosting and Garnish

1 container of all-natural vanilla frosting
1 lime for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Follow the directions on the box of chocolate cake. The eggs, oil, and water are standard for most recipes. Measure out the southern comfort in a liquid measuring cup. Squeeze the ½ lime into the southern comfort. Put 1/8 less water than the box tells to. The Southern Comfort will make up for the rest. The recipe makes about two dozen cupcakes.

If you have two cupcakes trays great. Make sure to use cupcake liners. It makes everything easier. Put two liners for each cupcake if they liners are light. Cupcakes usually cook in about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to set a timer for about fifteen minutes. Check after fifteen minutes and cut one cupcake in half to see if it is cooked all the way through. If not pop in the oven for only a few more minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn or dry out. When the cupcakes are done take them out of the oven and let cool. You can put the cupcakes in the freezer to cool them faster. The tops need to be cool to put the frosting on.

Frosting

It is easiest to frost with a frosting bag and tips. These days you can buy one from the grocery store and even the dollar store. Make sure you get a lip that makes the widest flower. Get a few different tips if you can. This way you can have more fun being creative with the tips.

Take a spatula and put all frosting in the frosting bag. Start in the middle of the cupcake and slowing swirl the frosting until you reach the outer border. Only put one layer on. Leave a small little border of the chocolate. Less is more, so if your swirl is small that is fine.

Cut the lime in half longways. Then cut very thin slices the other way so you get half moon limes. Take one slice of the lime and cut just the pulp part in the middle. Then twist the lime with one end going one way and the other end going the other. See picture. Lay the lime on top of the frosting.

Anytime the frosting gets too soft. Pop the frosting bag and/or the cupcakes in the freezer for a few minutes. Don’t leave the frosting bag in there to long it will get too hard. Cupcakes can be frozen kept in a freezer. In fact, cupcakes taste delicious from the freezer. Keep them in an airtight container.

Serve cupcakes on your favorite beautiful plates. Enjoy with a cup of coffee, champagne, or sparkling water!

THE 6 POPULAR WEDDING CAKE FLAVORS IN 2018

Vanilla_cake_flavor_600xThere are different types of cake flavors that bakers can choose from to help make their cakes appealing and appetizing. Sometimes with the many different cake flavors available to choose from, you might find it a little confusing choosing one that is best for your cake. Perhaps you are having a wedding and you want to make sure that you are going to serve the best cake flavor at your wedding reception.

Below are some of the 6 most popular wedding cake flavors that are the most sought for in wedding ceremonies.

1. Chocolate

 The chocolate cake flavor remains one of the top cake flavors that you will find in most weddings. It is an indulgent dessert that is most commonly accentuated with butter cream, raspberry, or caramel. In fact, the chocolate cake flavor remains one of the best that is most sought after by many people. There are variations of the chocolate cake which includes dark chocolate or the German chocolate.

2Vanilla

This is yet another popular wedding cake flavor in 2018 that has so many couples seeking for. Indeed the vanilla cake flavor is both an appetizer and pleaser for many people out there. The flavor works well with most types of frosting and fillings. Vanilla cake flavors are most commonly used in wedding cakes as it makes the cake look appealing, appetizing and highly delicious. You can make vanilla cakes with or without egg yolks but the ingredients are usually the same as those for making plain white cake. The main ingredients used in making vanilla flavored cakes include; vanilla extract, baking powder, eggs, flour, sugar, and butter.

3. Lemon

The lemon cake flavor is another popular cake flavor this year that has remained so since it was introduced many years back. It is usually common at many warm-weather weddings as it comes handy for its refreshing taste. Lemon cakes go well with raspberry filling, lemon frosting, vanilla butter cream or fresh berries. You can also pair it perfectly well with mousse fillings.

4. Spice cakes

These are festive flavors that are more common during the cooler months. The carrot and spice cakes are popular cake flavors during winter season weddings. A good example of the spice cakes that is so popular at this time is the cinnamon spice cake that has maple butter cream.

5. Citrus cake flavor

The citrus cake flavor is basically ideal for flavoring wedding cakes in the summer season. It could be an orange cake flavoring or lemon flavoring. These are perfect for weddings taking place in the summer months. To make it a fluffy and moist cake, adding folding egg whites into the cake batter is even better.

6. The Almond cake flavor

Almond cake is so sweet and versatile and you will find it showing up in many big weddings you go to. The almond cake that is salted with caramel and caramel butter cream is really loved by many people. It brings out a delicious taste that is so popular amongst people especially wedding goers.