Monday, April 30, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cheesecake

Red Velvet Mix
2 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup canola oil
5 room temperature eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tsp vinegar

Yield: 45

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the red velvet mix, flour, cocoa and salt.
2. Using the whisk attachment, mix the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
3. Add the oil and eggs to the sugar mixture: mix until well blended, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
4. Add the vanilla extract and sour cream and mix until it is well incorporated.
5. Add 1/2 of your dry ingredients to the batter and mix well - don't forget to scrape the bowl!
6. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk.
7. Repeat steps 5 & 6.
8. In a small dish, combine the baking soda and vinegar and immediately fold
It into your batter.
9. Bake it up!! It will make very close to 4 dozen cupcakes and one good sized cake.

Note: Buy some pre-made Philadelphia Cream Cream Cheese Cheesecake and fill your cupcakes for the ultimate WOW! Top with cream cheese frosting and you're money!! Later Cakers!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chocolate Groom's Cake

Everyone needs a no-fail chocolate cake. Here's mine. :)

Chocolate Cake Mix (any will do)
Small Box of Chocolate pudding (3.9 oz)
1/4 Cup Cocoa (I prefer Hershey's Special Dark)
4 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract (I prefer Madagascar Vanilla)
1 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted salted butter

NOTE: You are entitled to change it up, but I reserve the right to take away the "no-fail" badge of you do...

1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Spray your pan with a no-stick baking spray with flour. I use Baker's Joy.
3. Melt the butter. No, room temp won't work and neither will oil. This is not health class. Use the melted. Utter.
4. Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment an turn it on you lowest setting.
5. Add room temperature eggs one at at a time until well incorporated.
6. Mix in the condensed milk and turn the speed up to medium high for 5 minutes.
7. While the eg mixture is working, and in a separate bowl,whisk together the dry ingredients. (cake mix, pudding, cocoa)
8. Turn your mixer on low and mix in the dry ingredients in 3 separate additions alternating with buttermilk additions. Scrape the sides of the bowl in between additions if needed.Mix until smooth - about a minute.
9. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla and stir it in by hand. Your mixture should look more like brownies than cake at this point.
10. Spread evenly into a 10x10 square pan and bake at 350 for 40 - 50 minutes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheap Wine and New Beginnings

Today, with our heads held high, we start over. Refined by fire and fueled with heart, we will begin again.
With wisdom and history guiding future choices, we now stand a fighting chance.
So, tonight, we will celebrate with cheap wine and my version of spaghetti and meatballs....after soccer practice, of course.