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  • White Velvet Cake with Real Buttercream Frosting
    American Recipes
    White Velvet Cake with Real Buttercream Frosting
    I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to children. I've never grown up with a burning desire to become a wife and a mother. My parents spent more time pressuring me to go to university and study than teach me how to keep a house and tend to babies. Please don't get me wrong. I am not a hater of children. I want to have children of my own in the future. I'm just not the first person in the room to leap out of their seat when a baby enters the room. In fact, the desire to have children of my own only sprung up when I met Pizzaboy. He was so cute and wonderful. I decided that I would one day need to produce more little joys like him. (My apologies if that sounds a bit too gross). I become really confused when I receive Baby Shower invitations. Firstly, I don't have any clue as to what a new born would need. Secondly, I am deeply surprised that I am invited, being an obvious non-baby person. Lastly, I was brought up not to expect gifts from people, throwing parties to specifically receive gifts seems obnoxious to me. When my beautiful friend from high school invited me to her newborns party I was left twiddling my fingers as to what I should bring. What do you give people who seem to have everything? So, I did what I only knew how to do. I baked them a cake. I made…
  • American Recipes
    Red Velvet Cake – Irresistable charm
    Recipe taken from Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum 3 (90g) large egg whites 2 tablespoons red food colouring 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups (200g) cake flour or plain flour 1 cup (200g) caster sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter 1/2 cup buttermilk Special Equipment One 9 by 2-inch heart-shape or round cake pan (8 to 8²⁄³ cups), encircled with a cake strip, bottom coated with shortening, topped with parchment cut to shape, then coated with baking spray with flour Preheat the Oven Twenty minutes or more before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Mix the Liquid Ingredients In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, red food color, and vanilla just until lightly combined. (Caution: Be careful with the red food color: it stains effectively, but also unmercifully.) Mix the Dry Ingredients In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Make the Batter In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix the oil and butter on medium speed for 1 minute. It will not be completely smooth. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1½ minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Starting on medium-low speed, gradually add…
  • Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    American Recipes
    Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    If you own The Cake Bible and have used and appreciated it. You must get Rose's Heavenly Cakes. And if you don't own any of these books and you love baking cakes and you want to learn to be creative with them, then get both the books. These are the best recipes that I have come across. Rose pays so much attention to technique and measurements to make the cakes very tasty, the crumb fine and the cake supersoft. Each cake that i have made either from The Cake Bible or Heavenly Cakes have turned out so delicious and delicate, if it weren't for my poor decorating skills then it would seem like it came straight from a professional bakery. I gave a huge sigh of relief when the second book was released in the US exactly one month before my sisters birthday. I really wanted to make a red velvet cake and was looking at other cookbooks because The Cake Bible didn't have one. When i saw that Rose had included her own version of the recipe in the second book i knew that her one would be the best. To no ones surprise the cake was a resounding success. Thank heavens for Rose Levy Beranbaum. ps. She has a pretty cool blog too! www.realbakingwithrose.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZUWdhncD_Y