Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dobos Cake



Dobos Cake is my selection for this months Cake Slice! I wanted to challenge myself with this recipe. Dobos Cake is layers of cake sandwiched in between delicious chocolate buttercream, and finished off with a layer of cake coated in caramel! 


My cake layers didn't exactly fluff up like the picture in the book. They turned out more like the texture of crepes. A little disappointed. Not exactly sure what went wrong. Maybe the eggs should have been whipped seperately then folded into the batter, to give the layers the sponge cake result. 


I followed the recipe just as listed except for the chocolate buttercream. I wasn't comfortable adding the egg mixture to the frosting. I did heat the eggs and confectioners sugar until hot to the touch. But since the recipe didn't state how long to cook or temperature that must be reached, I decided to opt them out. With my daughter expecting a baby I didn't want to risk her getting sick, in case I undercooked the egg mixture. I also noticed that the recipe didn't say to whip or stir the egg mixture while heating. Normally recipes that call for this step state to whisk while cooking them. 


Over all I felt the cake was very good. My husband and kids said the crepe texture was delicious. I wanted fluffy layers, so I wasn't 100% pleased. I liked the cake, just wished the layers turned out sponge like. 






Sunday, August 20, 2017

Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Peaches



I'm back briefly with the Cake Slice! The last two months have been pretty hectic around my house, a million things to do and hardly anything done. Projects started, but far from finished. In the meanwhile everyone at home still wants cake! So cake I made. 
I chose this delicious Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Peaches. Canned peaches came to the rescue for this last minute cake! The other slight change I made was using a Orange syrup I made using up the left over oranges I used for the zest. It complimented the cake just lovely.




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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gender Reveal Cake!



Today is a very special day! My family and friends finally get to learn the sex of my first grandchild! A very emotional day for me! 
The cake is a white vanilla-almond cake, iced and filled with Italian buttercream. Delicious! 
Daisy, I love you to the moon and back! You have made me one happy grandma! 
May the Lord always watch over you and your baby. 
Love, Mom! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lime and Poppyseed Syrup Cake



This months Cake Slice selection is a Lime and Poppyseed Syrup Cake. Lemon and Poppyseeds are a  very common pair. Lime and Poppyseeds is a new one for me!


The batter was delicious, perhaps could have had a bit more lime zest, the syrup made up for it! 
The mini bundt cakes turned out delicious! They have a burst of lime flavor due to the syrup! The cake texture is lovely! We snacked on these all week! 
I will be taking a little break from the Cake Slice. I should be back baking with the group at the end of the summer. Have a great summer Cake Slice Bakers! 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake



Japanese Strawberry Shortcake is what I baked this month with the Cake Slice. I chose this recipe because it calls for a sponge cake, my chance to test one. The recipe also uses gelatin to stabilize the whip cream, also something I've been wanting to test. 


The sponge cake took a little longer to bake than the time it called for, but I was happy with the outcome. The texture and flavor of the sponge was good. I skipped making the syrup only because I decided to macerate the strawberries and use up all the juice from them to soak the cake with. I had about 1/2 cup of juices from the strawberries, I suggest using a full cup of juice, the cake texture is strong enough to hold the liquid, and the cake does need the moisture. 


Making the whip cream was a challenge. I was unsuccessful incorporating the gelatin. The gelatin clumped up immediately after mixing it with the cream. I had an awful mess trying to strain the gelatin out. I refused to let the whipped cream to go to waste. I think the problem was that the gelatin slightly set after leaving it to cool the ten minutes it called for. I'm not going to give up though, I really want to be able to learn this process. I love icing cakes in whipped cream and stabilizing it would make icing the cakes a lot easier. 
I was so frustrated when I was done with the cake that I didn't realize I didn't take a picture of the finished cake, but I did take one of my slice. 
Not my favorite Strawberry Shortcake recipe, but not a total fail either. It was actually better the next day, the juices softened the cake a bit more, and the flavors got to merry a little longer. 





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fudgy Meringue Cookies: #creativecookieexchange



I'm back baking with the Creative Cookie Exchange! After the Holidays I just felt like I needed to slow down on my baking. After the much needed rest, I'm glad to participate again. 
This months theme is Meringue Cookies! I've never had a meringue cookie, but I did make a meringue shell for a tart once. I didn't like the texture of it, although I feel I might have over baked it. 


With this in mind, I chose to bake these Fudgy Meringue Cookies! This recipe calls for a meringue, that is similar to a marshmallow fluff, simply delicious!  The cookie has a lovely chewy, brownie like texture. It delivers a punch of chocolate! I'm pleased with the result. Definitely a delicious cookie! 
For this recipe please visit Epicurious


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Thierry Busset's Ten Layer Coffee Chocolate Cake


This months Cake Slice cake was made with much excitement! We're celebrating my husband birthday! He's a coffee lover, and lately has become a fan of chocolate cake! With this in mind, choosing this months cake made it simple. 


The cake is a chocolate Genoise, soaked with a coffee liqueur syrup. Layered with a delicious chocolate mousse. Finished with a chocolate glacage. Sinfully delicious! 
Not only did I choose this cake because I knew my husband would love it, but because the recipe would introduce me to new ingredients and techniques I had never tried. The mousse was made with  eight egg yolk, scared me a little, but went with it. Loved the mousse, the best I've had so far! The glacage called for liquid glucose, which I had never worked with. 


Unfortunately due to my budget I was not able to acquire the three different semi-sweet chocolates the recipe called for. I used dark chocolate chips, but still curious how the cake would have resulted if I had purchased the correct chocolate. 
The cake turned out to be delicious regardless. I do want to warn you this cake is rich, deliciously  rich! If your a coffee-chocolate lover then this cake is for you! 







Monday, February 20, 2017

Red Velvet Cupcakes


It's time to bake again with the "Cake Slice"! Red Velvet Cake was my choice this month. I felt it was the perfect choice to bake in the month of Love! 


I already have a favorite Red Velvet recipe. I felt the curiosity to test this recipe which called for butter. I also tested the recipe using dark cocoa. 


The cupcakes turned out slightly dry, and really dark due to the dark cocoa! They almost didn't look like Red Velvet! It wasn't my favorite recipe, but I can't really say the cupcakes were awful! Just a slight dry and had a deeper chocolate flavor than you would normally detect in Red Velvet. 


I stuck with my own Cream Cheese frosting and skipped the recipe in the book. I love my Cream Cheese frosting so much, I just didn't want to take the chance with a new recipe! 
I took theses to the Super Bowl party I went to, they disappeared quickly! 




Friday, January 20, 2017

Lemon Drizzle


Lemon Cakes are my absolute favorite! I don't make them much, not a lot of lemon fans in my house, or should I say one? But that may not be entirely true. I had lots of help eating this cake from this non-lemon dessert eater. I find it kind of strange. He either has learned to appreciate lemon desserts, or this cake was just too good to resist. I think its both!


This month I chose to bake the Lemon Drizzle with "The Cake Slice". I'm sure glad I did! The cake turned out delicious! Loved the texture of the cake, it was a combination of a light airy layered cake, and a pound cake.


The cake is brushed with a lemon sugar syrup right after its pulled from the oven! It lightly soaks in giving the cake a bright lemon burst of lemon, and a pretty shine making the irresistible! It really is delicious!


We had a couple of slices that night, and packed the rest to take on our family day trip the next day. It stayed moist and traveled well.
The recipe calls to preheat your oven to 310 degrees. It wasn't working for me, the cake was taking too long to bake, with only 8 minutes remaining on the cooking time I decided to turn up the temperature to 325 degrees and add on another ten minutes. It finally started to rise and brown, I was a little worried that recipe was going to be a flop. Maybe the recipe had a typo, not sure, but if you try the recipe and the 310 degrees works for you I would love to know!




LEMON DRIZZLE

  • 3eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 c. all -purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • finely grated zest of three lemons
For the lemon drizzle:
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. and 2 tbs. sugar
  • juice of two lemons


Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and sugar for about 3 minutes. Slowly add the sugar, salt, flour, and baking powder, mix only to combine. Add the butter, mix only to combine, add the cream and lemon zest, mix only until combined.
  3. Pour cake batter into prepared loaf pan and bake between 35 to 45 minutes, watch your oven, ovens vary. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. While cake bakes make your syrup by boiling all the lemon drizzle ingredients for ten minutes. Take off heat and set aside.
  5. Remove cake from oven and immediately brush the cake with the syrup, it will absorb into the cake. Let cake sit for 15 minutes before removing from pan and cooling on wire rack.