I made a cake today for my husband’s birthday. He requested a vanilla cake with mocha frosting. Happens to be my favorite combination for a cake.
Here is the recipe for the cake. When it called for vanilla – I used – for the first time – drumroll, please! – my homemade vanilla!
1 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
I made layers instead of 9X13 pan as stated in recipe. If you choose layers watch your baking time- it will take less time.
Here is the Frosting recipe – I did increase butter to 1/2 cup (8 T) and added a drip of vanilla and strong coffee. I also use half & half in place of milk. AND cocoa powder.
6 tblsp of softened butter
3 c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
4-6 tblsp of milk (I use ½ & ½)
Beat butter & sugar till light and fluffy – add cocoa powder
Add vanilla and coffee and beat thoroughly
Add 4 tsp of milk for thicker frosting – 6 tsp for thinner
I am not a great cake decorator – never was – maybe someday. But my cakes are delicious and look homemade. I dusted this one with a tiny bit of cocoa powder and natural sugar.
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My last post was about my new donut pan and a simple baked donut. Here is an even better, even sweeter, even gooier recipe.
Baked Applesauce Donuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chunky applesauce
1/4 cup milk (I used buttermilk)
1/4 cup butter, softened
Glaze: I made the glaze in the sauce pan I melted the butter in.
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
. Stir all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl; add applesauce, eggs, milk, and softened butter. Beat mixture with an electric hand mixer on low speed until combined into a batter; spoon into a donut pan. (spray lightly with PAM)
. Bake in preheated oven until donuts spring back when touched, 8 to 10 minutes.
. Beat confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, water, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth. Dip warm donuts into the glaze and let any excess glaze drip back into bowl before placing glazed donut on prepared baking sheet to cool.
Yields: 1 dozen of sweetness
I haven’t made these yet – but want to. If anyone does them please comment . Enjoy! cate b
And I don’t regret it…
SALTED ORANGE WALNUT COOKIES
3 cups walnuts, pieces
1 cup of butter (2 sticks)–at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
grated zest from 1 orange
2 large egg yolks
2 cups flour
1 tsp. flake sea salt (like Maldon)
With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, orange zest and egg yolks. Then beat in the flour and salt. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for…
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I enjoy a little something on the sweet side with my morning coffee. I don’t have to have it every day but a few times a week. Donuts are awesome and a rare treat for us. But now, I have a donut pan:
I followed the directions that came with my donut pan and they were perfect! The only big mistake I made was to brush melted butter on them and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on them as opposed to their suggestion of dipping in butter and then cover in cinnamon/sugar. Mine were definitely less calories. Next time I want to use a glaze or light frosting, simply because they are lighter on one side due to the baking process. A glaze of frosting will remedy that.
Please know that when I make a recipe asking for buttermilk, I put about a tablespoon of vinegar into measuring cup and add milk up to desired mark and let it sit a few minutes. Great inexpensive substitute for buttermilk, especially if you do not like buttermilk. No waste.
We were invited to a dinner with the theme of Latin American Cuisine! One of my favorite types of food. I was going to make a Double Chocolate Cream Pie with a touch of cayenne and topped with a dollop of a slightly sweetened Lime-Sour Cream and sprinkled with fresh cut cilantro – sorry, is your mouth watering over this or are you skeptical? Well, I didn’t make it this time but I have before and let me tell you, if you like those flavors at all, when you put them together it is unbelievable! I’ll save that recipe for another post.
So what did I make, you ask? As the title implies, I made a Mexican Flan and a batch of Sopaipillas. Flan is like a sweet egg custard, and this one has a slight orange flavor to it. I found the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/flan-mexicano-mexican-flan/detail.aspx
The recipe is easy to follow. Don’t let the first step frighten you. The “melting” of the sugar is easy and it came out perfect. So, when it hardens in your mold, do not panic. It is a wonderful surprise when you unfold the flan.
The recipe calls for a Flan Mold. I do not own one and had no time to find one so I used my Corning-ware casserole dish. It worked perfectly.
I used my stand mixer instead of a blender. Again, worked perfectly. Here is the after-baked flan:
Fortunately, I remembered my Christmas platter. The size was perfect to put the Flan on.
And then came the moment to un-mold this baby. I was nervous. When I set the platter over the dish and gently, yet quickly flipped it, set it on the counter and said a brief prayer…….. I lifted the dish and heard the most incredible, delightful sound in Flan making….. a sweet suction sound ….. and there she was!
And oh my! What a flavor. You must try this.
Now, the Sopaipillas. With my kitchen shears I cut flour tortillas into triangles. Fried them in oil and drained on paper towels and sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar! Simple as that. They taste great with ice cream! Or Mexican Flan!
I hope you try this! It is so good and easy.