Posts Tagged ‘cake recipe’

Tasteful Tuesday: Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Happy New Year! We’re starting 2018 off right here on the blog with a creamy, indulgent cake recipe with equally delicious frosting. Have a prosperous new year, and enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
Cake
  • Tasteful Tuesday2 9-inch or 4 6-inch cake pans
  • cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg whites
Frosting (half this recipe if you prefer more cake than frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 10 ounces cream cheese
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat bottoms (not the sides) of cake pans with cooking spray and line with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray and dust with 2 teaspoons of flour. Set aside.
  2. Place 1/3 cup butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt; stir well.
  4. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in coconut (or almond) and vanilla extract.
  5. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat). Fold egg whites into batter and pour batter into prepared pans.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 23 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for about 5 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen cake layers from sides of pans and remove from pans. Remove and discard wax paper; cool completely.
  7. To make frosting, place butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on high speed until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until smooth (do not overbeat). Add vanilla extract and beat well.
  8. 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.

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Simple Sponge Cake Recipe

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Decorated Sponge Cake via flickr user Eloise ElThis airy cake is a classic everywhere. The key is to not over-mix the batter, and to keep the oven closed throughout the baking time. If you would like to make just one whole cake (this recipe makes two 9″ cakes), up the baking time to 30-35 minutes. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need:

  • Parchment paper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 9″ cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, or the bowl of an electric stand mixer (fitted with whisk attachment), beat all room temperature eggs for one minute on high speed. After one minute and while still mixing, gradually add the sugar and continue beating for about 8-10 minutes; until mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and mix until combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Sift into egg mixture a little at a time.
  4. Fold in with a spatula until just incorporated. Scrape the bottom to catch any unmixed flour, and stop folding in when no streaks of flour are visible. Over-mixing will cause the batter to deflate.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the two cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  6. Transfer warm cakes to a wire rack and remove parchment paper, let cool. Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar on top, add a whipped cream filling, decorate with fruit or top as desired.

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King Cake Recipes (and a little history)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

This week’s recipe post is in celebration of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – which just so happens to be today! We’re featuring three recipes for King Cake, a dessert served throughout the Christmas season in honor of the three kings. More specifically, this dessert is served during “king cake season,” extending from The Twelfth Night (January 5th) to the day before Lent begins, or Fat Tuesday.

This cake-making tradition was brought to New Orleans from France, and was enhanced by decorating the cake in the official Mardi Gras colors (which originated in Christianity): purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Throughout history, a bean was baked inside of the cake as a token of good luck to the person who found it. More commonly now, a Jesus figuring or porcelain figure is baked into the cake as the lucky prize. The one who finds it becomes king (or queen) of the feast, and next year’s celebration falls into their hands.

King Cake - Eric Wagner/Flickr

Eric Wagner/Flickr

So no matter how big your celebration, or whether you choose to include the figurine or not, bake a King Cake and enjoy it with your friends.

Recipes:

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