Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Cake sans Silk Meringue Burnt Orange Buttercream

I was looking forward to making this cake simply because I had never made the Silk Meringue buttercream. This was the perfect opportunity to make it. Besides, my kids were invited to a Halloween party. Guess who had to bring the cake? All my plans went awry when my three year old daughter decided to make contact with a cold virus. Now, if you have kids you know what it's like with a sick kid in the house. Everything comes to a screeching halt. No matter how old they are, they need /want very high doses of "Mommy". Mommy medicine is the only cure. This meant I had no time to make the buttercream :( Mousseline it was. I had a batch in the freezer, coloured it orange and used it.

The cake was not difficult to make. I didn't have any walnut oil so I used all safflower oil.

The cake tasted amazing. The spices were just the right amount and not too over-powering. The next time I make it, I will definitely use the walnut oil because I am curious to know what it should really taste like.

I used fondant to make the leaves, stem and tendrils. The little pumpkins are candies.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Apple Upside-Down Cake

This week's recipe for the bake-through was the Apple Upside-Down Cake. I made the full recipe but divided it to make two 6" cakes. I gave one cake to my brother and sister-in-law.

I am not a fan of apple cake but my husband is and he literally ate half the cake. I did taste it. How could I possibly make a cake and not taste it? It was really good. The crumb was tender and melt-in-your-mouth.

The cake was pretty easy and straight forward except for the apple-peeling part. I am NOT fond of peeling apples. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get as much caramel as the picture in the book. The next time I make it maybe I should make a little extra caramel.

I also baked the Barcelona Brownies. Why? So that I would have dessert and also because I am a cerified chocoholic. These little gems were just perfect for me. I didn't do the ganache plugs though. I have baked this many, many times with the ganache plugs but in a 9" tart pan. This time I used my mini muffin pan instead.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Excited, Happy, Elated, Delirious, Overjoyed......

Ok, I'm running out of adjectives to describe my state of mind right now. Why am I in this state you ask?????? I got my autographed copy of Rose's Heavenly Cakes. When the door bell rang and I saw the UPS truck outside my house I couldn't contain myself. I ran down the stairs like the house was on fire and almost tripped. I was grinning from ear to ear. I'm sure the delivery guy must have thought I was nuts. But who cares????? Not me. I got my very own autographed copy. Did I already say that? When Marie said "autopgraphed copy" I assumed Rose would just autopgraph all the books but guess what she personalized them. Oh I am so happy. Thank you Rose, Marie and Wiley.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hungarian Jancsi Torta

My very first cake from the bake-through. It was simple to put together - just 5 ingredients. It doesn't get any simpler than this. It does have a few steps that you have to get done, like toasting the nuts, grinding them etc. But all in all, it's very easy to make. Thank you Marie for picking this to be the first cake.

My pan was only 2 1/2" high so I wrapped the inside with parchment paper as suggested by Rose. It baked up nice and high but on cooling it sunk a little in the middle. Normally I would have panicked and obssessed over what on earth I did wrong. Not with Rose's recipes, because she tells you exactly what to expect. So there are no surprises.......only good ones. I served it with raspberry puree as I didn't have any sour cherry preserves on hand.

I only had one problem with this cake. I COULD NOT STOP eating it. I could have eaten the whole cake. I have no willpower. Don't pass judgement on me. Make this cake and you'll see what I'm talking about. The texture was light and airy. It was like eating little bits of a cloud.

My husband and kids loved it too. They had more than one piece each and that says a lot.They are my biggest fans and also my biggest critics. We shared this cake with one of our neighbours who is allergic to wheat and so this was the perfect cake. Everyone commented on the contrast in textures.

I'm looking forward to the next one :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

I am doing Cartwheels!!!

I am so excited! Well, that's an understatement. I signed up on Marie's blog for the Heavenly Cakes Bake-Through. I have been an ardent fan of Rose Levy Beranbaum for quite some time now and when her new book, Rose's Heavenly Cakes was released, I HAD to have it. I could not put the book down (and I still suffer from separation anxiety when I have to part from it). It's one of the most amazing books I have ever owned. And what better way to enjoy this book and appreciate Rose's hard work than to participate in this bake-through. Here's the icing on the cake though (no pun intended)..............I get my very own autographed copy. Now, if that is not a reason to do cartwheels, I don't know what is.
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