Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Tasteful Tuesday: Devil’s Food Cake

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

A decadent Devil’s Food Cake recipe that uses milk and coffee to create a moist, delicious chocolate cake for any occasion.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugarTasteful Tuesday
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans or one 9×13 cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth then beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Add and incorporate eggs one at a time. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, combine milk, coffee and vanilla.
  5. Starting and ending with the flour, add #3 and #4 alternatively to #2 while mixing until fully incorporated. If using two round cake pans, divide batter evenly; otherwise pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 cake pan.
  6. For two round cake layers, bake for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven. For a 9×13 cake, bake for 40-45 minutes in the preheated oven. A cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean, and the cake should have begun to pull away form the sides of the pan.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove the round cake layers from their pans and finish cooling on a wire rack (we suggest leaving the 9×13 cake in the pan for easier serving). Cool completely before frosting and decorating.

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Tasteful Tuesday: Strawberry Bread

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

This recipe is perfect for getting a taste of summer no matter the season; especially when summer is almost in sight but it’s still cool enough to bake bread (so, now!). You can use fresh or frozen (and thawed) strawberries, and while this particular recipe calls for the bread to be baked in a bundt pan, it can be made in two loaf pans if you prefer (just decrease baking time by 20-25 minutes). Finally, if you prefer to avoid extra oil in your baked goods, applesauce makes a great substitute for vegetable oil.

Strawberries | Flickr user Sharon MollerusWhat You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and flour one 9 or 10 inch Bundt pan.
    2. Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar, and set aside while preparing batter.
    3. In a large bowl, combine remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda; mix well.
    4. Blend oil, eggs and vanilla extract into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Add batter to pan.
    5. Bake in preheated oven  for about 70 – 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out of pan and allow to cool before slicing. Lightly dust with powdered sugar or serve with whipped cream.

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    Tasteful Tuesday: Cream Cheese Frosting

    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

    Ceramic Measuring Spoons SetCream Cheese Frosting is a must-have on carrot cake, indulgent when paired with red velvet cake and irresistible on Italian cream cake. Take a look at the recipe below (enough for a 9-inch two-layered cake), and tell us how you plan on using this frosting in your baking this year.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 10 ounces cream cheese
    • 7 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. Place butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on high speed until smooth.
    2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until fully incorporated (do not overbeat). Add vanilla extract and beat well.
    3. Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with one-third of frosting. Top with other cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Enjoy!

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