Sunday, October 21, 2018

Spiced pumpkin cheesecake #TheCakeSliceBakers


I’ve been waiting for the weather change to bake this months Cake Slice selection. I had my choice picked out the minute we had our choices. I was hoping for overcast chilly weather, but it just didn’t happen. Low 80’s and clear skies made me wait till the last minute to bake. I even switched my choice! I had first selected the Maple Cake, but then decided I needed to give pumpkin cheesecake another shot! 


I dove into the recipe without reading the instructions. I realized half way through I needed to pat dry the pumpkin puree. That wasn’t going to happen, I skipped this step. I also made two other minor changes. The butter and spices were both cut back by half the amounts. Although I love spices, I just don’t like them overpowering everything else in the recipe. 
This pumpkin cheesecake turned out delicious! Creamy, light, and perfectly spiced! I’m definitely going to make this again! 
















Thursday, September 20, 2018

Carrot - Honey Cupcakes #TheCakeSliceBakers


I had my cake picked out for this month, then changed it last minute. I have a fantastic carrot cake recipe, that I wouldn’t change for anything. Its simply delicious, despite the recipe only calling for one spice. 


After giving it more thought, I decided to choose the carrot-honey cake. The recipe got my attention because it calls for honey as the sweetener in both the cake batter and frosting. 


Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon give this batter a lovely fall scent. I did hold back just a little on the cloves. If not careful they can quickly overpower all the other flavors in the cake. I used freshly ground cloves and nutmeg. I haven’t had much success grinding my own cinnamon, so preground it was. 


The batter was perfectly balanced with the spices. Quite delicious! I also decided to make cupcakes instead of the cake. Faster cooling tine, and easier to eat. 


Walnuts were not in the recipe, but I had them in my pantry. Plus the frosting was screaming for them! The cream cheese frosting was light and delicious. This cupcake tasted healthy and felt guilt free to eat. Glad I gave this recipe a chance. 


Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blogwhere the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.









Monday, August 20, 2018

Peanut butter and Jam cake #thecakeslicebakers




There’s nothing more comforting than a PB&J and a tall glass of milk! At least for me, so when we had our choices this month this one caught my eye. 



The cake was super easy to make. I needed a less complicated recipe this month. I was busy  trying get our camping trip organized. I knew I had all my ingredients on hand except the roasted peanuts. 


I loved that the cake did not dome! The layers baked evenly without the baking strips I normally use. Trying to keep it as simple as I could, I didn’t want to fuss with soaking the strips. 


I used a strawberry spread in this cake, it’s what I had on hand. The recipe calls for raspberry, but my  PB&J has always been made with strawberry jam, so it’s what I used. I also made half of the recipe and baked it in two six inch round cake pans. The I other slight change I made is to the frosting. I used a vanilla bean paste instead of the extract due to recipe running out unexpectedly. 


Loved everything about this cake, super yummy! It was a huge hit with the family, they kept saying it’s just like a PB&J!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Lemon Buttermilk Sheet Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


We continue to bake from The Perfect Cake by America’s Test Kitchen! The book is filled with delicious recipes that have been tested over and over, to give us a perfect bake each time! If you can follow directions then you can bake! Grab yourself a copy and join the Cake Slice Bakers bake their way through the book! 



Lemon Buttermilk Sheet Cake was my choice this month with the Cake Slice Bakers. An easy choice for me since I love lemon! 


The recipe is super easy to make. The batter is sinfully delicious! Loved the way the cake baked up. It  made my kitchen smell so incredibly delicious! Someone seriously needs to come up with a lemon batter candle scent! 


I made a third of the icing recipe, only because I had a gutt feeling this cake would be great without the thick icing. I didn’t want the sweetness of the icing to over power the flavors of the cake. 



I was right! The cake was perfect with just a thin layer of the lemon icing! Loved the buttery-lemony-vanilla flavors of the cake!  
#atk




Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Farmers’s Daughter’s Cake

It’s not too often I bake the Cake Slice bonus cake. I had cream I had to use up before it went bad, and decided it was time to test this recipe. 




For our bonus bake this month, we were given the option to bake from Maida Heatters Cakes!
I enjoyed baking from this book, and still have a few recipes bookmarked, including this one!



The  batter was super easy to put together. The recipe has no butter or oil, it’s made with heavy cream. The batter was quite tasty, and anticipated a great result.


I would love to say the cake was fantastic, but just not the case. The cake turned out dry. Pretty disappointed. Not so bad if you chase it down with ice cold milk. 


The icing was way too sweet for my liking. Glad I only made half the icing recipe. Regardless of not being the best yellow cake I’ve baked up, it disappeared quickly the next day. No one really said anything and seemed happy to have cake to snack on through out the day. 









Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


This months Cake almost didn’t happen. Not that I didn’t feel like baking. Only because my pantry has been low on ingredients, and I didn’t feel like making a run to the grocery store on a lazy Sunday.
#ATKCAKE


Being that it was Fathers Day I wanted to bake for my husband. I decided to review this months Cake Slice choices one more time, hoping I could at least do half a recipe. 
The Old-Fashioned Cake was the winner! With limited ingredients on hand I made a few minor changes. I used regular cocoa powder, and reduced the baking soda to one teaspoon, and added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. I also had no unsweetened chocolate, and used semi-sweet chocolate, and  omitted adding sugar to the melted chocolate mixture.




Being that it was a lazy Sunday I opted for a loaf pan, less pans to grease and wash. I had unexpected leftover batter, and it was easier to pop liners in the muffin tin than grease another pan. So cupcakes  it was! 


Loved everything about this recipe! Especially the new mixing technique! This recipe uses a ribboning mixing technique versus the creaming and reverse method mixing technique. Loved it! The cake and cupcakes turned out simply delicious! The frosting was outrageously delicious too! I made a third of the chocolate frosting recipe and had plenty to generously frost my chocolate loaf and the nine cupcakes. 
I had one happy Dad on Fathers Day. 




Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blogwhere the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The choices this month were Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake, Rhubarb Ribbon Cake, Lavender Tea Cakes with Vanilla Glaze, and Summer Peach Cake.







Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers




This month with the Cake Slice Bakers I chose this delicious Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. This recipe called for lemon zest in the batter and the crumb topping. I was a little afraid this coffee cake might lean towards a lemon cake, but it wasn’t the case at all. 



The topping on this cake gave it a great texture. The lemon zest gave it a light delicious flavor. The crumb of the cake was perfect. The filling was also delicious. Loved everything about this cake, except the prep work. For some reason it took me awhile to get this Cake put together, and I can’t believe the mess I made. It was worth it! 


#atkcake

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blogwhere the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The choices this month were Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes, Rainbow Cake, and Swiss Hazelnut Cake.