easter egg surprise-inside cake

I have been so inspired by this never ending winter.  Not to make surprise-inside snowflake cakes, but to make flavorful and beautiful cakes that are reminiscent of Spring.

And warm weather.  And sunshine.  And warm weather.  And flowers.

And warm weather.  We got 14 inches of snow last night.  Please send warm weather.

Easter egg suprise-inside cake!

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Cook Time:      1 hour

Cake:

2 packages (2-layer size) white cake mix

1 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Strawberry Extract

   McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye

   McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

 

Buttercream:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

2 to 4 drops red McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye

1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

 

Egg Surprise Inside Cake

Prepare one of the white cake mixes by following directions on box and adding strawberry extract. Divide cake batter evenly into five bowls. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of food color to each bowl. Add neon pink to one bowl, orange to the next (1/4 teaspoon yellow, 1/4 teaspoon red), yellow to the next, green to the next, and blue to the last bowl.

Place a medium resealable plastic bag in a tall drinking glass and let the edges of the bag drape around the outside edge of the glass. Pour the pink batter into the bag. Remove bag from glass. Twist bag around, then secure with a twist-tie or rubber band. Set aside. Continue with remaining four colors.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cut off a 1/4-inch piece from the tip of one of the corners of the pink bag. Pipe a 1/4-inch thick line of batter lengthwise on the parchment paper. Continue with all the colors until the parchment paper is completely covered in stripes of batter. Lines of batter should be touching each other. (Place the bags of batter in separate glasses to keep them upright while piping out each color.) Use a second cookie sheet if necessary so that all of the batter is used.

Bake in preheated 350°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cake start to brown. Cool completely on wire rack.

Using an egg-shaped cookie cutter (approximately 2 1/2 inches across and 3 inches high), cut out egg shapes from the striped cake.

Prepare remaining white cake mix following the directions on the box. Pour about 1 cup of batter into 9×5 loaf pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Place the striped cake eggs standing up along the center of the loaf pan so that the entire center of the pan is filled with a line of cake eggs. (Cake eggs should be touching. Do not leave any spaces between them or the white batter will seep in between.) Carefully pour remaining white batter over the cake eggs, filling in the sides first and then pouring over the top.

 

Here is a quick video to show how I did the surprise-inside!
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into white cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

For the buttercream, beat butter and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating well after each addition and scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in red food color. Frost top and sides of cake with Buttercream.

Makes 12 servings.

Easter Egg Surprise-Inside Cake!

Tips:

  • For ease in cutting out egg shapes, freeze the cookie sheet with the striped cake for about 1 hour.
  • Press cake eggs gently into white batter. Use less white batter under the cake eggs so that they do not float up within the cake.
  • For Fruit-Flavored Buttercream, add 1 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Strawberry Extract or McCormick® Raspberry Extract or 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract or McCormick® Pure Orange Extract. If desired, tint lemon frosting with yellow food color or orange frosting with yellow and red food colors.

Chill cake until ready to serve!

Easter Egg Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

I designed and created this cake on my own, and am working with McCormick to bring you new, creative and beautiful recipes as often as possible!  (I was not compensated for the video.)

peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting {sally’s baking addiction}

Such a fun treat today!

Peanut Butter Cake with Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting! #peanutbuttercake #cake

 

Not only do I get to share an amazing recipe from the new book Sally’s Baking Addition, but I get to give away one copy to a lucky iambaker reader!

If you haven’t yet seen Sally’s book you will want to click on THIS LINK right now and check it out.  It is full of fabulous recipes and ideas!

So go buy it OK?  It is one of those books that you will reach for again and again, and grow to love it more and more.

Peanut Butter Cake with Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting! #peanutbuttercake #cake

 

The second this cake came out of the oven I knew I was in love.  It was pure bliss.

peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING
  • 2 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.Prepare an 8 inch round cake pan.
  2. For the cake: Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. With mixer on slow, beat in eggs and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Slowly beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just combined.
  6. Do not overmix. Batter will be thick.
  7. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool before frosting.
  8. For the frosting:
  9. Sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside.
  10. With a stand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until fluffy - about 2 minutes.
  11. With mixer on low, gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla.
  12. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too dark. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/peanut-butter-cake-chocolate-frosting/

Peanut Butter Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting

For the top I went to my go-to method for decorating a cake and that is a 1M tip.  I put 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter softened, 1 cup confectioners sugar, and 1-3 tablespoons of milk in the mixer and blended to a nice creamy consistency.  (add more or less milk to reach your desired consistency)

Then simply just piped out little piles of peanut butter frosting bliss and covered in chocolate sprinkles.

Thank you Sally, for sharing such a great recipe!

I would love to give away one copy of Sally’s new book!

Sally Baking Addiction

Simply tell me, “What is your favorite recipe on Sally’s Blog?” (Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Giveaway rules are HERE.  This giveaway is open to residents of the US and is open until April 18th, 2014.

Peanut Butter Cake with Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting! #peanutbuttercake #cake

 

Buy Sally’s book HERE!

 

boston cream pie surprise inside cake™

When I realized what day today was I immediately started baking.

Baking for me is therapeutic.  It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts.Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

I can still remember the moment I heard of the Boston bombings.  Like everyone else, it was shock.  Horror.  Dismay.

I grieved for the three precious lives lost and felt such sorrow for the 264 others who were injured and suffered other life-altering wounds.

I sat in disbelief as it became apparent…  Someone did this on purpose.

But over the course of the next few days and weeks something else became apparent.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

 

Through tragedy, the people of Boston (and ultimately all of America) were united.

These people; the victims, the survivors, and every single person who stepped into the role of hero not by choice, but by circumstance.

These people are united in compassion and strength and love.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

 

I simply made a tradition Boston Cream Pie following this recipe, but made a couple little changes.

There are three layers representing the three lives lost.

There is a heart.

A sweet, small little heart, but that represents the unity and love that the people of Boston share.

I am so humbled by these people who have endured terrorism and hate, yet have chosen to come out of it with solidarity, allegiance and friendship.

You are most definitely #bostonstrong.  You are an inspiration.

“Frozen” Inspired Layer Cake

My daughter is obsessed with Frozen.

And I think there are at least 29,000,000 moms who can say the exact same thing.

Just in case you haven’t heard it enough times, click here to listen to “Let it Go” while learning how to make your very own Frozen Inspired Cake.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

So I decided to make a cake that would be easy enough for anyone to make, but that would remind little kids of their most beloved movie and characters, Elsa and Anna.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Even though I leveled each cake and used the same amount of frosting in between each layer, my cake still turned out crooked and wonky.  I hope that it was just a fluke and that your cake will NOT turn out wonky.

I did a few things on this cake.

1. Made it in 6 inch round cake pans, which meant the cake would be tall and skinny.

2. Make it a different color layered cake to match Elsa and Anna’s dresses in Frozen.

3. Made “icicles” on the outside.

You will need:

2 white cake recipes

1 batch buttercream

Gel Food Coloring (see below for exact colors and amounts)

White Sprinkles

To make the I started by first prepared one white cake batter.  My white cake recipe yields about 4 cups of batter (as does a box mix if you prefer) so I divided that between three bowls. (1 1/3 cups batter per bowl)

You can also double the white cake recipe and divide the batter between six bowls.  I chose to make one cake, prepare the three colors and bake the three 6 inch cakes before starting on the next white cake.

To get the layers these vibrant colors I used AmeriColor gel food coloring.  They worked perfectly!

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

For ANNA’S colors I used the Super Black, Fuchsia, and Royal Blue.  I used about 1/4 teaspoon of each, but you can use as much as you want/need to to achieve the color you want.  (While the Fuchsia above looks pink, it turned out very true to the color in Anna’s dress after I added the full 1/4 teaspoon.)

For ELSA’S colors, I used Royal Blue and Sky Blue.  In three bowls each containing 1 1/4 cups cake batter you will add:

5 drops Sky Blue + 1 drop Royal Blue (If you want to have a more distinguishable difference between the layers, you can add 2 drops Royal Blue)

5 drops Sky Blue

1 scant drop Sky Blue

So each different color layer was baked in 6 inch round cake pan for approximately 25 minutes (20-30 minutes depending on your oven) and then cooled.

Once cooled I leveled each cake to approximately 1 inch high.  After adding in frosting between each layer, my cake was about 8 inches tall, which is vey tall!  And now I will show you why I wanted a tall cake.

(My daughter pointed out that Elsa’s original party dress was the same colors as Anna’s.)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Icicles!  Well, kinda.  More like sparkly wanna-be icicles.  But definitely pretty enough for any Frozen Fan!

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Here is how to made the “icicles”.

First I started by covering my cake in a coat of white buttercream.  This crusting buttercream recipe works really well because it is very white, but you can certainly use your favorite recipe.

Get your icing as smooth and flat as you can.

Place in freezer for at least one hour.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Get out a piece of parchment that is the length of your cake.  My cake was about 20inches around, but you will want to measure YOUR cake.  (You can do this by wrapping parchment around the cake and then marking where the ends meet.)

Lay parchment flat on table and start making icicle shapes pointing down.  There is no right or wrong, but I found that the more icicles the better.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Starting at the top of your sheet, cut the “icicles” out.  (If you used a black marker like I did, be sure to cut out all areas that marker is on.  I did not do that.  The marker bled in a later step.  Don’t be like me.)

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Remove cake from freezer after it has been chilling for at least one hour.  (Again, please make sure you did not leave any black marker spots on your parchment.)

I held my parchment up to my cake to determine the height needed and trimmed a bit off of the bottom section.  I then started to carefully wrap the parchment around the cake.

Go slow, and smooth the parchment out as needed.  This does not need to be perfect, we just need the parchment to stick to the frosting right around where the icicles will be.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Now get your “white sparkling sugar” or “shimmer white sugar” or “sparkling white sprinkles” (all can be found at grocery stores and Walmart).

Place your cake covered in parchment on a clean baking sheet.

Pour a generous amount of sprinkles into the palm of your hand and start pressing your hand into the cake where the frosting is exposed.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

Do this around entire cake.  If you need to, scoop up excess sprinkles from around cake stand base and from baking sheet and press into any areas of frosting that need to be covered.  Also be sure to cover top of cake.

Once you have covered everything, you can either place the cake back in the freezer or you can begin to remove the parchment.  Start by testing a small section; if you pull the parchment and some frosting comes up then the cake needs to be chilled. (Start with at least 30 minutes).  If you can safety remove the parchment without any frosting being removed, then proceed slowly.

How To Make Icicles ~ Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

My cake was nicely chilled, so the parchment peeled away very nicely, leaving a nice clean, sharp line. Nice.

Remove all of parchment and discard.  If you have any sparkles left over, they look great right around the base of the cake.

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

You can easily make this cake in 8 inch pans, it will just not be as tall.  (Just make the necessary adjustments for the height of your icicles.)  I would take a bit more care to make your layers neater… mine don’t look as good as I would like. (And I didn’t have time to re-do!)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

(taken with my iphone)

If you do not want to put that much black food coloring into your cake here are two options.

1.  You can add up to 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.  Doing that can provide a base color, allowing you to add less food coloring.  (This will also give the cake a slightly chocolatey flavor.)

2. You can bake a separate cake that is a dark chocolate cake for the bottom layer.  (I would still recommend using a little black food coloring to achieve the same colors as in Anna’s dress.)

Disney's "Frozen" Inspired Layer Cake! #frozen #elsaandanna #elsacake #annacake #layercake

And that is how to make a “Frozen” inspired layer cake!

Do let me know if you have any questions.  This cake will lend itself to so many possibilities, and I do hope you are inspired!

Decadent Homemade Brownies

If you have purchased my new cookbook, ‘surprise-inside cakes‘, you may have noticed something.  There really aren’t that many recipes.

Which is weird for a cookbook.  The few recipes it does have are recipes that I truly adore, and today, I am sharing one!

In the book there is a cake called the Neapolitan Hi-Hat cake.

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cake!

 

You are all pretty familiar with my Neapolitan obsession, so it was a natural progression for me to have it in the book.

And while I love the beauty of neapolitan, the dark brown chocolate, the like pink, the crisp white… what I want to talk about today is the flavors, or the recipe.

When you have mile-high sweet and sugary whipped cream and strawberry cake amazingness, you really need a dark and high quality chocolate to pair it with.  That is how my Decadent Brownie recipe was born.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

This is the deconstructed hi-hat, with no hat. ;)

I made up the recipe from my book, topped with a bit of whipped cream, and added a couple strawberries for texture and flavor.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

While I love a good fudgey brownie, this cakey brownie with a crispy crust and bits of semi-sweet chocolate is my newest obsession.

Ob. Sesh. On.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulate sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (about 2 ounces) finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. In stand mixer, combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended.
  3. Sift flours, cocoa and salt in medium bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture with mixer on low speed and blend until ingredients are fully combined. (no more than 1 minute)
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in finely chopped chocolate by hand using a spatula.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let brownies cool to room temperature in pan.
  7. Cover in whipped cream and strawberries.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/decadent-homemade-brownies/

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

Sorry for my bad spelling above.  I promise I won’t start saying what-evs and obvi and talking about cake swag.  But if I do, just chalk it up to YOLO.

;)

green ombre cake

Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Back in 2010 I made a green ombre cake (although I called it a graduated layer cake because I didnt know the word ombre existed and it was before the trend started).  I have always felt like that cake is ugly.  Seriously ugly.

Green Ombre Layer Cake

Wouldn’t you know, it’s one of my post popular posts to this day.  So today I am offering up a new and improved model.  Same general idea, but slightly better photography.

I also switched things up and used McCormick Green Food Coloring.  A 1 ounce bottle was the perfect amount for this cake.

How to Make a Green Ombre Layer Cake!

 

I made one white cake recipe (you can certainly use a box mix here!) and divided it into six bowls.

The first bowl I left plain, the second I used 2-3 drops, the third was 4-5 drops, the fourth was 1/4 teaspoon, the fifth was 1/2 teaspoon, and the sixth was about 1 teaspoon. (I just poured out the rest of the bottle.)  However, McCormick has this amazing Green Tinting Guide that is the perfect way to know exactly what colors you are making!

McCormick Green Tinting Guide

I love this great chart!  You really can’t go wrong when it’s laid out so simply and beautifully.

How to Make a Green Ombre Layer Cake!

 

It should look roughly like this after you have added food coloring and thoroughly mixed the coloring into the cake batter.

I then poured the batter into prepared 6-inch round cake pans.  I only have three, so I baked the cakes three at a time for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees.  Be sure to start checking your cakes at 15 minutes and remove when an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

How to Make a Green Ombre Layer Cake!

 

After the cakes have cooked and cooled, I stack them on my cake stand.  Start with the darkest layer, and cover it in about 1/4 cup of white frosting. (This buttercream recipe works well because it is so white)

Place the next darkest layer on top and add more frosting.  Repeat until you have stacked every layer and be sure to end with the white layer on top.

Cover the cake in a crumb coat of buttercream, chill for about 30 minutes in fridge, and then cover in a final smooth coat of buttercream.

Green Ombre Layer Cake covered in Green Sprinkles

 

For the outside decoration I pressed three different color green sprinkles into the upper edge of the cake.  I tried to get the darkest color at the very edge, then the medium green in the middle, then a lightest green trickling down a bit.

A nod to the ombre interior.

Green Ombre Layer Cake covered in Green Sprinkles

Do you ever want to get really clean cuts when presenting a cake?  Here is my trick.

VERY chilled cake.  VERY hot knife.

I will freeze my cake for at least 2 hours before serving.  I will then place a very sharp knife into a glass of boiling water.  Remove the knife, wipe dry and make your first cut, then dip back into the boiling water to clean and re-heat.

Green Ombre Layer Cake covered in Green Sprinkles

When the cake is kept chilled it also decreases the chances of color bleeding.

Don’t you love fun tips that make our lives easier???

Green Ombre Layer Cake

McCormick also has a great recipe for a Green Ombre Cake that is three layers.  They take it a step further and add extra vanilla for a punch of flavor.  Love that!

This cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  Wouldn’t it be fun covered in rainbow sprinkles??  And maybe you can add vodka to the frosting?  Like that new Cake flavored vodka?  HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE?!?

Sorry.  I will stop yelling now.  I dont’ know what it is about St. Patrick’s Day that makes me want to consume massive amounts of colorful sweets and booze! ;)

 

 

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie

You may have noticed.

I know I have.

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

 

My blog has turned into a den of gluttony.  A shameful place to gorge on insane amounts of calories.  A sinful stuff fest.  Can it be stuffed into something?  Then I will do it.

I feel as if I need to share a behind the scenes with you.

I have been baking like CRAZY.  Cake after cake after cake.  Most of these cakes are for jobs or editorial images only so I haven’t been able to share on my blog.

And after a long week of intricate designs and complicated recipes and cake…

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

 

I just want to indulge.  I want mindless.  I want stuff stuffed into intimate cheesecake crevices.  I want to ignore calories and complicated instructions.

Cheesecake.  Oreo.  Cookie dough.  Can of cherry stuff.

Yum.

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

 

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce package of Oreo premade pie crust
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 13-14 Oreos (I used the vanilla and chocolate variety)
  • 1 36-ounce container Nestle cookie dough
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 21-ounce can cherry topping

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and in a medium bowl, combine with Oreo crumbs. Press into a well prepared 7-inch springform pan and create a bottom crust.
  2. Press Oreos into crust, vanilla side down.
  3. Scoop out mini balls of cookie dough and press onto each individual cookie.
  4. Prepare Cheesecake:
  5. Place cream cheese in stand mixer and mix for 30 seconds to a minute on medium-high speed. You want to cream cheese to be creamy in texture.
  6. Add in sugar and then eggs, one at a time. Scrape bowl with spatula and mix for about 30 more seconds on medium, until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  7. Pour cheesecake mixture into pan with Oreos and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. (I baked for 40 minutes at 325 degrees in my convection oven.)
  8. Chill for two hours before serving.
  9. When ready to serve, pour cherries over cheesecake.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/cherry-cheesecake-with-oreos-and-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreo and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

 

As you can see, I opted for easy.  Store bought pre-made ingredients.  I also chose to only put the cookie dough over each cookie, instead of making it a whole layer.  Since we are big cheesecake fans here, it just made more sense.

And don’t look to close at the picture above or you will see it PRE Oreo crust layer.  I went back and removed all the cookies and added that.  Seeing as the cheesecake would seep all the way to the bottom, I needed a delicious place for it to land!

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreo and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

 

This dessert was completely inspired by these Chocolate Chip Oreo Filled Cheesecakes by Lauren’s Latest.

 

 

blueberry banana banana bread cake with brown butter glaze

If you read here you may know this already, but I am a huge fan of banana bread and blueberries.  Like, HUGE.  It would probably be my request for last meal should I ever end up on death row.

Blueberry Banana Banana Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

 

And if that should ever happen, please, someone teach my children that its ok to use shortening in buttercream and still call it buttercream.

And also, if that should ever happen, please take a picture of me because I am sure I will be skinny.  I heard that people who don’t eat a cake everyday weigh less than people who do.

Blueberry Banana Banana Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

 

But anyway.

Since I am still legally allowed to eat a cake a day I will start with this bad boy.

But before I show you the recipe, I need to talk about the star of this show.

Brown Butter Glaze!

Brown. Butter. Glaze.

I um… well… it has left me speechless on more than one occasion but that doesn’t translate well for a blog post for I will try to describe it.

Its yummy.

Blueberry Banana Banana Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

 

I had a hard time not pouring it ever EVERYTHING.  Mostly because I ran out so quickly, but thankfully it is easy to make so yippee!

brown butter glaze

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Its best to use an aluminum pan or pan that does not have a black bottom. You will want the butter to smell nutty and be a dark brown color.
  2. In a medium bowl, add sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Stir. Cover the bowl with cheesecloth that has been doubled over.
  3. Carefully pour butter over the sugar mixture. The cheesecloth should catch the very dark and burnt bits.
  4. Stir until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. Use immediately.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/blueberry-banana-banana-bread-cake-with-brown-butter-glaze/

This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart.

In the small, teeny-tiny, microscopic chance that you want to make this without the glaze, I will not be mad.  ONLY because the cake in itself is quite delicious.

blueberry banana banana bread cake

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Put bananas in a large bowl and shmush with a fork. Melt butter, then pour over bananas and incorporate with fork.
  2. Add in sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Pour flour, cinnamon, baking soda and pinch of salt over banana mixture. Add blueberries over flour and stir all ingredients until just combined.
  4. Pour mixture into a prepared 8-inch round pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes. (At the 30 minute mark, I have covered the cake with foil to prevent the edges from burning.)
  5. Can be served immediately.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/blueberry-banana-banana-bread-cake-with-brown-butter-glaze/

Recipe adapted from the always amazing Simply Recipes.

Blueberry Banana Banana Cake with Brown Butter Glaze!

 

If you want, you may simply omit the blueberries.

Just don’t tell me.

homemade yellow cake mix

Did you know I bake lots of cakes?  Like, lots and lots of lots of cakes?  I had a homemade white cake recipe that I love, but have been on the search for a good yellow cake recipe.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

There are a couple reasons that I finally ended up in this recipe.

#1 Its a one-bowl recipe.

#2 It uses whole eggs, not 8 egg yolks.

Oh, and one more.

Its yummy.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

homemade yellow cake mix

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Measure flour into quart size mason jar.
  2. Add sugar on top, then baking powder, then salt. Place lid on jar. (My ingredients JUST fit)
  3. When ready to prepare cake batter:
  4. Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  6. Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  7. Pour batter into prepare pans. Bake at 350. For 9-inch pans its 20-25 minutes. For cupcakes start checking around 15 minutes. Cool before frosting.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://iambaker.net/homemade-yellow-cake-mix/

 

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

Making a homemade cake mix is so cheap and easy and the best of all worlds when it happens to be super delicious.

I couldn’t help but pair it with a rich chocolate buttercream, as that is my favorite combination.  (What is your favorite frosting with yellow cake?)

If you want to give this for a gift (I would LOVE this as a gift!) simply print out the ‘wet’ ingredients and the directions and attach to the jar.  Be sure to add some instructions though.  Something like, “After cake is cooled call me and I will be right over.”

Or something like that. :)

 

gender reveal surprise-inside cake

So I have a little announcement for you that I have known about for a few months now.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

When I first found out I was freaked out.  I mean… this was big news for our family and I didn’t know if I should smile or run into my closet and eat cake.  (In all fairness I eat cake in my closet a couple times a day anyway so that is not a good indicator of stress for me.)

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

OK, ok, I will stop teasing.  I am NOT pregnant!  We are done having kids and are totally smitten with the five we are lucky enough to be blessed with.

However, I AM introducing a new partnership in my life.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

Its with Craftsy!  If you are into crafts or quilting or cake decorating on any level you are probably very familiar with Craftsy.  If you are not please drop everything and go watch some free classes on how to do awesome stuff with cakes.

It’s life changing stuff.

I teamed up with Craftsy to offer some classes on how to make surprise-inside cakes!  My class is called “Decorating From the Inside Out” and it launches March 11th.  The classes are in high-definition and are interactive.  I will be there answering questions and helping you out along the way!  Another fun feature?  Once you purchase my class it will NEVER expire.  You can watch it as many times as you want!

The classes I am teaching are for cakes that have never been taught on my blog! But a couple are in my book, so when you get it and see a cake you want to make just think, “Hey, there is a video of Amanda making this cake on Craftsy and I can go watch it right now!”

How cool is that?

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

And now for this sweet cake.

One of the methods I teach in the course is a twice-baked cake, a method that I first started playing around with in 2011.   You can use shapes or letters and make WORDS!  This particular cake is not in the course (It’s just a special treat for my blog readers!) , but the methods I teach will provide you the knowledge to make any design you can think of.

So can you tell what the fictitious expectant mom is having?  A Baby Boy!  How adorable is that little guy in there?

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

And it could not be easier to do.

Not only will I teach you how to make a fun surprise-inside cakes, but I will teach you creative and easy buttercream techniques.  Like this very fun and personalized “dot” technique.  I am such a sucker for polka dots and absolutely love incorporating them into everything I do.  When you buy my course you will get to SEE how I make these dots and just how easy it is!

And there is so much more.  Part of me is completely mortified that the sweet folks at Craftsy let me blabber on camera and do weird dances (Yes, I seriously shook my booty, please don’t tell anyone) and the other part of me is so darn excited to share new tips with you that I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO SIGN UP!

Since the class isn’t available for a couple more weeks, I thought it would be fun to give you a chance to win!

To be entered to win simply click on this link:

CRAFTSY COURSE GIVEAWAY

If you already have a Craftsy account then you can use your existing login information to be entered. (If you have trouble seeing the giveaway page, using Google Chrome should help.)

One entry per person, the giveaway is open to everywhere.

This giveaway is open until March 3, 2014.

Official Rules here.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!!

I hope you like my newest original surprise-inside cake and I hope you will love my new course on Craftsy!

Here is a link to the Chocolate Frosting recipe!