Monday, May 30, 2011

How to make a Rainbowtastic cake

Recently I again started using the stumble upon toolbar, this means a lot of sleepless nights or getting to bed a lot later than I wanted. But while stumbling I kept on coming upon this cake. Rainbow cake. Countless blogs have done it, they all have diff recipes and they all talk about Martha Stewart.  Well I have done research on this cake and decided to try one for myself. I am not a patient person and decided this would be one very difficult undertaking. So let me get this off my chest, whereas I did make my own cake I found the easiest white cake recipe, I used food dye that is concentrated and I did this the really easy way, what would have made it easier would have been if I had a white cake mix, that would have saved me a couple of minutes but in the end this recipe was so simple I could care less! So now let’s get started shall we? What you will need:

Round cake pans about the same size I used eight in rounds; I only had two so it took some time.
Food coloring, red, yellow, blue, you can make the other colors or buy them too, green, orange, purple, of course if you want to use other colors feel free!
2 cup white sugar
1cup butter
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. *Note*  I used the whisk attachment for a lighter texture!

Moving along. Place just a little under one cup of batter into six different bowls…now I know what you are thinking, what a little amount yes my mix made a about five cups maybe a little more so I measured out batter with a 1 c measuring cup, I did not fill it full but about 3 / 4 full.

Now in your bowls mix in the appropriate amount of coloring product, if using the little jars of color that are by Wilton note that a little goes a long way. So mix all your colors. Now grab your cake pans, grease and flour, spread your dough on the pan, yes it will be thin! Cook for about 15 -20 minutes, or until done, mine took about 20 minutes, but my over cooks cold.  Now continue this until all layers are cooked and cooled.
 Now for assembly. Grab your favorite frosting I did use canned, it took two. Stack the layers in any order you please, online recipes did theirs diff from mine I just wanted mine to stand out, and I did not plan on what order to place them I just threw them on there. So now first layer, add frosting, a little layer, then add the next continue until you get to the top of the cake. Then we need to frost the side. This is where the second can came in; it took one can for the first five layers.  Add the frosting to the top of the cake a lot of frosting by the way.  Slide it down the side slowly until all of the cake is covered.

Now we have a totally white looking cake and the test subjects are none the wiser. So I say to test subject dad want some cake? He’s been eyeing it all day. “Sure!” He says. I place the cake in front of him and he is definitely shocked to say the least. “What is this?!” He stutters. I reply with “White cake? With color”.  Dad: “Good I did not want to eat Skittles” Well he ate the piece and judging by the two pieces eaten last night he must have liked it, because there is only two slices left… I cut the cake into ten… So over all even though I spent a little bit longer making this cake it was totally worth it!

the little kids love it

I don't know if I like this?

Yeah I like this

Monday, May 23, 2011

How to make Banana Bread!

Okay I don't know about you but if I have some week old black banana's sitting around I always seem to get the urge to use them. So I am making banana nut bread, the nuts are optional but I love them. So let's get started!
What you need:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas (or 4)
1/2 c. nuts (opt)
Okay now add butter and sugar, "cream" aka mix until it’s nice and well combined, add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly, and then add mashed bananas. Mix in another bowl the "dry" ingredients. Flour, soda, salt, and powder. Add dry ingredients in 3 parts mix to combine, stir in nuts if you want. Place in a bread pan and cook for 45 -60 min at 350 degrees, to make muffins cook for about 25 minutes I would guess. Want something even better, grease a pan and coat with a Cinnamon and sugar mixture instead of grease and flour. This is quite possibly the best banana bread ever! Test subject dad says…well I have no clue his mouth is full and he seems happy! 
Pictures to follow when my internet stops messing up!

Monday, May 16, 2011

How to make flour-less chocolate torte

Now a friend of mine is allergic to gluten and I made this for her a long time ago and wanted to recreate this recipe so she could do it!
What you need:
Spring form pan (you could make it in a torte pan too)
2 sticks plus 2 Tbs butter (cut up into pieces)
9 oz good dark chocolate
6 Lg eggs, separated
2/3 c sugar (bakers sugar is finer and therefore better but optional)
2 oz of almonds or any nut you prefer. This is optional as well
A mixer
Now let's get started! Preheat to 350! Get a pot or double boiler (I made my own) put some water in the pot and put the double boiler top or metal bowl over the pot and bring to boil. In that metal bowl you should have the chocolate and butter. Melt it together, once finished let it cool. Moving along, separate the eggs, place yolks (yellow part) in large bowl and whites (the albumin) in the mixers bowl. Now add the sugar to the yolks and beat until it turns a pale yellow. Then once that is done take your mixer and beat the whites until they are stiff, this mean that if you removed the beater the curve should look slightly bent but stay rigid. Now take your cooled chocolate and add the "yellow" mixture to it once it is thoroughly combined add in the finely chopped nuts. Now here comes the hard part. The whites...and...folding. Folding in baking means to LIGHTLY pull one side of the mixture over onto the other side without over mixing. It is used with egg whites that have been beaten, berries that can break easily, and basically anything that is "light" is folded into the heavier substance. Now easiest way to do this is in thirds. take the first third and just mix it in. Second third mix in by turning the chocolate mixture onto the egg whites with a rubber scraper (or spatula, whatever you call it) then do the last third. Now it does not have to be totally mixed in, just needs to be incorporated pour into torte pan or spring-form pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes and still moist in the middle cool for about an hour.  Test subject dad said "Good, but I would rather have chocolate cake with white frosting" :)