Thursday, May 27, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
- 375ml warm water
- 1 sachet of dried yeast
- Pinch of castor sugar
- 600g (4 cups) of bread flour - plain flour is fine to use but I find that I get better results with the bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil, extra for brushing
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Mocha Cake- I doubled this recipe to make 2x 17cm round tins.
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temp
Preheat to 350°F. Line cake pan.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and brewed coffee.
In a stand mixer, using a flat beater on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture, ending with the flour mixture.
Fill cake tin about 2/3 full. Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
White Chocolate Buttercream Icing
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. confectioner’s sugar
6 oz. white chocolate, melted and cooled
3-5 Tbsp. of whipping cream or half and half
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add white chocolate. Add whipping cream 1 tbsp. at a time until it is the desired consistancy.
Makes 3 1/2 cups
This cake also gave me a chance to practice some buttercream roses.
And mucked around with some piping tips
Cake cracked because I am always too impatient and didn't let it cool yet and flipped it onto the cake stand without trimming the top. Buttercream patched it up nicely though.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
One of my friend's little daughter's had just turned 5 and I was asked to help with making a cake for her party this afternoon.. She is really into princesses so Tish and I created this baby. Took a little while and I sacrificed my perfectly healthy back as we spaced the making process throughout the day, but it turned out beautifully.
We had used a regular yellow vanilla butter cake recipe and iced it with yummy strawberry buttercream icing. The little details on the flowers were made with gel icing.. nom nom.
I know there are a few imperfections from icing this in a poorly lit room, but are you all proud? :p