Thursday, December 20, 2018

Eggnog Bundt Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


We have come to the end of baking from The Perfect Cake! This book is filled with fantastic recipes that have been tested for perfect results in your home. I had several favorites from this book! Lemon happens to be one of my favorite flavors in baking, and both the Lemon Buttermilk Sheet Cake and the Lemon Pudding Cakes I made were extremely delicious! 


Chocolate cake is also a favorite in our home. I made three delicious chocolate recipes, the Wellesley Fudge Cake was delicious! I recommend letting it sit for 24 hours before slicing and serving. The chocolate frosting seepes into the layers making it incredible moist and fudgy! Another delicious chocolate cake that made an impression was the Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake. It’s that childhood cake you grew up eating, simply nostalgic. The Boston Cream Cupcakes were delicious as well! The perfect combination of ganach and custard, they were a delight to eat.



The King Cake was also delicious, filled with pecans, cinnamon and sugar. The Peanut Butter Jam Cake and Spiced Pumpkin Cheese Cake we’re also favorites.



For my last bake I kept it simple. I chose to bake the Eggnog Bundt Cake. The whole house smelled of Christmas while this cake baked. 
I loved the eggnog center of the cake, and wished it had more of it. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cranberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers

     

November has been flying by in front of my eyes. To be honest I was going to skip this months Cake Slice bake. Somehow I managed to whip this up while my pizza baked last Friday night. A few substitutions had to be made due to it being last minute.


I had exactly enough flour to make 1/2 the recipe, but no fresh cranberries or sour cream. I soaked dried cranberries in orange juice, then drained. I also substituted the sour cream for greek yogurt. The batter was rich and delicious! Although these turned out quite tasty, I do feel they were overly sweet. Americas test kitchen knew this, and recommended the fresh cranberries and sour cream to cut through the richness. I always try my best to make the recipes just as is, to give it a fair chance. Then if something is not to my liking then I make adjustments the next time around. Despite the sweetness these flew off the cooling rack pretty quickly.



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.






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.