Sunday, June 20, 2010
The cake fresh out of the oven, 6.20.2010.
Peaches stewing with sugar and water, 6.20.2010.
The finished cake, 6.20.2010.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Cake left in the pan for less fuss and covered with frosting.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Since the Never Fail Fudge was such a success I decided to try their Nutty Butterscotch Fudge, 4.17.2010. This was heaven!
Next I wanted to see if I could find the recipe for dessert bar that I had at a party. I was successful and made some Seven Layer Magic Bars, 4.30.2010, which truly are magical!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
My first month challenge was April and it was flan. Flan? I am not even sure I've eaten flan before. I know it's a custard like dessert and since I'm not a custard fan I am not super excited about it. I found a recipe for a Creamy Caramel Flan which stated it was a cross between a cheese cake and custard so that sounded perfect for me. I was honestly scared to attempt the caramel but I read a bunch of reviews for this recipe and picked up a few suggestions which saved me. This came out really good and I am over my custard dislike. I would make a flan again and try some other flavors since this seems like a perfect canvas for other flavors.
For May it was Buttermilk Cake and I wanted to do something different than fresh fruit. I found a recipe which called for dates, which I love, called Caramel Upside Down Cake. It was a lot of fun to make but afterward I wished I made one with fresh fruit. I think the dates could have been fresher and I should have used more brown sugar (packed it rather than unpacked) for the caramel top. But it was well liked at the office so I guess it came out good!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Next time I need to trim the cake so that the bottom is even when I release the cake from the pan.
I was pretty pleased how the cake came out of the pan as it was very first time using my bundt pan.
I dusted it with confectioners sugar to make it prettier.
Moist, delicious and more attractive now that the bundt pan has been used....win, win and win!
So from scratch strawberry shortcake is not that difficult and is so amazing that I can not wait to make it again!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Cake #11, Gingerbread, 5.19.2010, was very good but it didn't excite me. I think it might have been a tiny bit overcooked (not as bad a couple of previous cakes) either that or it runs a little dryish (is that a word?). I did make this twice as it was exceedingly easy and the 2nd one was better cooked yet still didn't wow me. However they both got eaten so it couldn't have been too bad.
Cake #12, ATF Gingerbread, 5.29.2010, has converted me to loving gingerbread. Well not all gingerbread but definitely this gingerbread. It had dark beer and candied ginger in it. I think the candied ginger really made this and it was so moist. It also had frosting (cream cheese ginger frosting) which automatically makes it preferred in my book. I am getting better at baking the cakes but my frosting skills leave a lot to be desired! It may look messy but it made me a true gingerbread convert and I would totally make it again.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Cake #3, Missy G's Sweet Potato Pound Cake, 3.20.2010 was the best baked cake so far. It wasn't my favorite flavor but it wasn't overcooked either so overall I was very happy.
Cake #5, Procrastinatin Drunken Monkey Banana Bread, 4.11.2010 was super good even though it fell. It went really well while putting it together especially because I also learned how to plump cherries in rum with fire. The cake looked good when I took it out of the oven. However the banana is deceptive. The cake was not done and I didn't realize this fact until I had tried to remove it from the pan and it started to fall apart and there was a warm layer of an undercooked section. Becaused it wasn't done yet the cake fell. But it was so good I do have a plan to eventually recake this.
Cake #7, Miss Saigon's Cinnamon Coffee Cake, 5.2.2010 was the last of the coffee cake series and the best! I am definitely not a coffee cake person but if I had to have it than I think I'd like this one best. I am now a saigon cinnamon (hot ball version of cinnamon) convert!
Cake #9, Dorie Greenspan's Swedish Visiting Cake, 5.8.2010, was by far the simplest cake to make and probably the most fun. Mixing the lemon zest with the sugar was almost a religious experience. It was so much fun to make I made it twice!
Cake #11, Rum Drenched Vanilla Cake, 5.12.2010, was baked in two loaf pans which I am not a fan of...mostly because I am challenged in being able to tell how much to fill the pan (1st time overfilled, oops!) and I have only one pan. There is rum in the batter, in the glaze and it was delicious!!
I think that is enough cake for this post. The next post will be about the gingerbreads and than I'll be caught up. This weekend will be cake #13! Eventually I'll do an update on all the non-cake-a-week items and my Have the Cake April and May challenges.