Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Elegant Birthday Cake

This was a late birthday cake for a dearest friend who came from U.S.
It was a Black Forest Cake, decorated with fondant. Sorry, no recipe for today, but you can use one of the following recipes which are equally delicious:
1. Red Velvet Cake
2. Chocolate Cake with Ganache Glaze
3. Pirates' Cake
4. Champagne - Chocolate Cake with Fructose

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spicy Nuts - Easy to Make

Delicious, but Not suitable for Diet!!
Unfortunately I found out that after I ate... "quite a few".  I am sure you know what I mean...  Any way, give them a try. Don't forget the beer!
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Spicy Nuts

Ingredients
250gr raw almonds
250gr raw pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce

Preparation Method
1) In a big saucepan (30cm), sauté all ingredients besides nuts, for half a minute.
2) Add nuts and continue cooking for 5’ minutes, starring continuously.
3) Allow to cool completely before serving.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sponge Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascarpone Cheese Frosting


This was the first Red Velvet Cake I ever made.  I usually use fondant or fresh cream to decorate my cakes, but this time I decided to use something different. 

I used two different kind of cheeses, plus fresh cream of course!  Cream cheese and Mascarpone cheese are a very nice choice when frosting cakes, so this recipe had a combination of both.

Since I am still on a diet I did not taste the cake, but as I was told it was very good, especially the frosting!
Below you can find the recipe I used.  
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Sponge Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascarpone Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
Sponge
180gr caster sugar
5 medium eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoon red food color
120gr all purpose flour
10gr unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

Syrup
100ml water
100gr sugar
1 tablespoon black Cuban rum

Frosting
250gr cream cheese (room temperature)
200gr mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
150gr icing sugar (sifted)
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
500gr fresh cream

Preparation Method
Sponge
1) Preheat oven to 170ºC.
2) In an electric mixer beat sugar, eggs and food color, at medium speed, for 8 minutes.
3) Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
4) Add flour to the egg mixture, stirring gently until well combined.
5) Pour mixture into two 20cm round pans and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool completely, on a wire rack.
6) Cut each cake horizontally.

Syrup
1) In a small pan boil, for 2 minutes, water and sugar.
2) Remove from heat, add rum and let cool completely.
3) With a spoon, pour syrup onto each cake layer before you frost it.

Frosting
1) In an electric mixer beat cream cheese for two minutes.
2) Add mascarpone cheese, icing sugar and extract, and continue beating for another 5 minutes.
3) Finally add fresh cream.  Beat mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
4) Use frosting in between cake layers and for the final frosting decoration.  


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Knights Castle Birthday Cake (No2)

 This was the 2nd Castle Birthday Cake I made. 
The first one was square and you can find it here.
 The cake decoration was made with fondant icing. 
This was the main chocolate cake, covered with fondant.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Chocolate Cake with Ganache Glaze

I love chocolate in all its forms.  
This recipe is dedicated to all chocolate lovers! Enjoy!
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Chocolate Cake with Ganache Glaze


Ingredients
3 medium eggs 
200g butter (chopped)
300g caster sugar
90g plain flour
130g self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
50g cocoa powder
200g Greek style yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze
200g dark eating chocolate (chopped)
100g fresh cream
20g butter

Preparation Method

1. Preheat oven to moderate (150ºC fan-forced). Grease 24cm bundt pan well.

2. Beat butter and sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined between additions; stir in combined sifted flours, soda and cocoa in two batches. Then add yogurt and vanilla extract.

3. Spread mixture into pan; bake about 1 hour 10 minutes. Stand cake 5 minutes; turn onto wire rack to cool.

4. Stir ingredients for chocolate glaze in medium heatproof bowl over medium saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Pour glaze over cooled cake; stand 30 minutes before serving.

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