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Chocolate Cake

Some things in life just never get old. Chocolate cake’s one of them.

No matter what the occasion, chocolate cake is always a winner – whether it’s a crowd or in my case two people. It’s just about impossible to get it wrong, and it’s quick – which is always a bonus when you’re craving instant sweet. There wasn’t a particular occasion this weekend, just an excuse to try and brighten the day with some sweetness , which was again, rubbish, weather-wise.

The acctual recipe I used here wasn’t exactly the best or what I was looking for. I think because I only used the cake, and didnt use the fudge icing, which would have added moisture – because the cake was fairly dry (you can find it here http://titlisbusykitchen.com/archives/chocolate-fudge-cake). I simply wanted a dense cake. With that being said, the icing I did use, and the decoration made up for it. It’s so easy to throw together some bits and pieces from the pantry and you’ve got something pretty spiffy going on. As you can probably tell, I like a pretty bake.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Happy baking!

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Pink Velvet Roulade Log

This week’s bake was certainly a whole heap more successful than last – in fact more successful than ever.

I’ve been wanting, and attempting, to make a ‘log’ or ‘roll’ cake since forever. I’ve searched high and low for a perfect recipe, but despite my time and effort, most of my attempts had ended up as a wasted carton of eggs, and a very messy table cloth filled with sponge.

However just by accident I came across this recipe through the week, and I decided to have yet another go. It’s not exactly a traditional ‘swiss roll’, but it’s a sweet alternative.

It turned out perfect! And with no hassel at all! Plus, it tasted like the traditional swiss rolls we used to get when I was little. This recipe is definitely a keeper. It’s a little more hands on than other cakes, but the result is worth it. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a tea party, the colour is so pretty!

This week was also the first time I’ve made swiss buttercream – which was also very nice. I don’t know if I would use it as icing on a cake like my mock cream recipe – simply because it lives up to it’s name by being very creamy, and very buttery, rather than suggary.

It was just a shame the weather was so bad today and I really didn’t get any decent photographs of it with a nice background. This is one of those bakes that I would have really liked to get a good shot of. Oh well. The other half of the roll is in the freezer now. I’m not sure how well it will turn out once defrosted – but with a good 1/2 a block of butter and 4 eggs, it’s probably for the best that I didn’t finish it off.

And just to finish off – I’ve just been offered a job as a waitress/kitchen hand at the vineyard cafe just around the corner from where I live. At last!

Have a fantastic week – and happy baking.

Pink Velvet Roulade Cake (taken from Sprinklebakes.com, I advise you to check out her video if you’re worried about assembly http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/05/pink-velvet-roulade.html)

Cake: 
4 eggs
3/4 cup extra fine granulated sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp buttermilk
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 drop or small dab of Wilton rose gel food coloring (Americolor pink would also work)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 jelly-roll pan with white vegetable shortening and line with parchment; grease parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with a hand mixer for 5 full minutes – set a timer if you need to!  Properly whipped eggs will lighten in color considerably and have the appearance of yellow cake batter.

With the mixer still running, slowly add sugar and oil to the whipped eggs.  Next, add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and food coloring (add food coloring a little at a time until desired color is achieved).

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Slowly add to the liquid ingredients.  Mix until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and tilt pan to distribute batter evenly.

Sprinkle a cotton tea towel with powdered sugar and rub sugar into the towel with your hands.  Terry-cloth towels and towels with texture (such as waffle pattern) are NOT ideal for making cake rolls.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Check at 12 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back when pressed with fingers. 

When cake is baked turn it out onto the tea towel – do this without delay! Peel off parchment and immediately roll cake into the tea towel, beginning at the narrow end.  Roll tightly and as evenly as possible.  Place rolled cake on a wire rack seam-side down and let cool completely.

Swiss buttercream filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg white (use two whites if your eggs are small)
12 tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/2 US sticks)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk egg white(s) and sugar together in a large heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Whisk constantly until the sugar melts into the egg white. Check consistency by rubbing a bit between two fingers.  If sugar granules remain, keep heating/whisking.

When sugar and egg white are blended, transfer to a stand mixer.  Whip until the mixtures doubles in size.  Add vanilla extract, and then whip in softened butter a little at a time until mixture has thickened to buttercream icing consistency.

Assembly:
Carefully unwrap/unroll velvet cake, allowing the most tightly rolled end to curl slightly (see video).  Frost inside with Swiss buttercream and roll cake tightly.  Cut into pieces with a serrated knife and serve.

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Chocolate Dipped Whipped Shortbread

I’m back! Finally, a little later than expected, and with – unfortunatly – no baking to share other than my own. Nevermind.

My trip away was great – except for the part where I came down with a nasty case of the chicken pox ): That kind of put a hold on the fun. Anyway, I’m pretty much recovered now – well, to a standard of being able to feel partially normal again. And while I acctually didn’t get to bake anything with my Aunty, I was able to eat up all of her genorosity all the same.  I also got to share photo’s of my baking (the one’s I share on here) with her and some of her elderly friends – so that was nice 🙂

What else is new with me? Well, as of last week I’ve applied for two jobs. One is food preparation early Saturday and Sunday morning’s at the local shop, the other (please please please may I get this one) is at a European bakery. If I get either I’ll be incredibly happy.

School starts again on Wednesday – I guess it had to happen sometime, right?

As for me baking, it’s been practically non existent for the past few weeks. It was mum’s birthday on Friday, which ment we had shop bought cake (read: YUM.) plus apple pie, plus a whole jar of lollies and chocolates from when we went away. There is literally no room in our kitchen for me now. Haha.

With that being said – I still made space for these delicious delights – chocolate dipped whipped shortbread – what a mouthful! The secret is simply, whip, whip, whip! If you whip effectivly, you are guaranteed a delicious light, buttery, melting yet dense mouthful everytime. There is deffinatly room for these in every kitchen – and tummy!

Have a great week everyone – happy baking!

Whipped Shortbread (from A Culinary Education)

(makes about 60 cookies)

1 lb(500 g) of butter, at room temperature
1 cup sifted icing sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour

(1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees
(2) Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper
(3) With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and icing sugar until very fluffy (this is what gives the cookie that light and airy texture…it takes about 5 minutes)
(4) Mix in corn starch and vanilla until combined
(5) Turn electric mixer to low and mix in flour 
(6) Turn electric mixer back to medium speed and continue to mix until dough has that light and fluffy texture (about 3-4 minutes)
(7) (time to get the cookies onto your baking sheets) Drop by teaspoonfuls or use a cookie press or pipe cookies onto the parchment lined baking sheets. 
(9) Bake 20-25 minutes, until edges are a golden brown

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Heidi’s Birthday Cake

I’m really not one to boast, but I honestly could not be anymore proud of myself at the moment.

Totally 100% my own design, baked from scratch by hand, and lovingly decorated. Three layers of devil’s food cake, sandwiched together with chocolate mock cream, coated in chocolate butter icing, dipped in chocolate hail, adorned with white chocolate flourishes, purple royal icing roses, chocolate butterflies, and further vanilla butter icing. After a total of about seven hours work, 7 cups of icing sugar and 400grams of butter later – it was devoured in about 15 mins. And did I mention – the taste was the closest I have ever been to heaven. If there is one thing you could judge by it’s looks, I think this cake would be the suitable candidate.

It was a perfect way to conteract the long-term effects of studying. Here in New Zealand, we have our end of year exams at the moment, and study leave is not doing my head too well. However, I used this cake as an excuse to get away from my science books and for letting off a bit of creative steam – okay, a lot of creative steam. I used the method of alternating, 1 hour of study, meant half an hour spent on the cake. But this quickly turned into 30 minutes of study, and a whole two ours on the cake.

It was pretty challenging to have to sit and study while three freshly baked chocolate cakes sat on the bench in front of me. I baked the cakes on Thursday and decorated on Friday. For someone who is used to the whole ‘bake and eat’ process, having to leave fresh baking alone was quite tough I must say.

I made the beauty (and yes, I think we can call it ‘the beauty’) for one of mum’s work friends wife’s 40th birthday and also to cellebrate the end of year Christmas party for her work. It deffinatly collected quite a few ‘ooo’s’ and ‘ahh’s’, as well as some astounded looks. It is most deffinatly my best baking creation yet. It was the perfect way to end the evening, and like I said before, I’m not even kidding it was like eating a piece of heaven.

And as for science, it didn’t loose out. I sat my exam today and it was a breeze – turns out studying isn’t always the way to go for a baker.

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Delightful Peppermint Slice

I remember attempting to make peppermint slice quite a few years ago, when I came home inspired from a trip to my Aunty’s house. If she could do it, so could I.

Oh how wrong I was.

However, after a few more years experiance under my belt, I decided to try my luck again – and I’m so glad I did. This was (and still is, seeing as it’s sitting in the fridge at the moment) the best peppermint slice I have ever eaten.

I didn’t return to a recipe from my cookbooks, I googled for something better. There was a cafe here in Christchurch that used to make the best peppermint slice, it was so different to all the others, the centre was like a thick heavenly mint fondant, not a gritty icing smear. I couldn’t work out how they did it, untill now.

Cream and butter. Simple. Oh and there’s some icing in there too, but in short, cream gives it the more heavenly texture and taste.  Now I can eat this whenever my tastebuds desire. Plus, having cream in the house gave me an excuse to make some fudge too.

And we musn’t forget the base and topping. These too were a delight. Put the three together, and you have a minty slice of heaven. I even tested my decorating skills making lovely little white chocolate swirlies on the bittersweet chocolate topping. I also added about a 1/4 cup of cocconut to the base, just for added texture.

I think mine even turned out better than the photo on the website, and it’s far better than the one in the cafe (; that’s what I call success – untill next time, happy baking !

 

Chocolate Peppermint Slice

150g butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1½ cups flour
¼ cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder

Filling
100g butter, softened
1½ cups icing sugar, sifted
1½ tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon peppermint essence
200g dark chocolate, melted, for topping

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line an 18cm x 28cm pan with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar with an electric beater until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Mix together until combined.
  • Press the mixture into the base of the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm. Set aside to cool.
  • To make the filling, cream the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the cream and peppermint essence. Spread the mixture evenly over the cooled base.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes before topping with a layer of melted chocolate. Wait for the chocolate to set before cutting the slice into small pieces (for a perfect finish, use the tip of a sharp knife to mark cutting lines in the chocolate topping just before it sets).

http://www.nzchef.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=333&Itemid=67


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Benedict Bar

There is nothing better than waking up early in the morning, fetching some toast and then spending a good half hour pondering around food blogs. The only problem is it always makes me wish I was eating something better than toast.

Hello and welcome to my blog, Sixteen Cupcakes. Finally, after being an avid food blog browser for years, I finally have a place to call my very own on here. A little about me to start off with, my name is Savannah (hello!) and I am 16 years old (hence Sixteen Cupcakes). I live in the south island of New Zealand in the down-under corner of the globe – and I’m a passionate baker and food addict. Nothing gets me going more than food, cooking and baking – so, I have decided to share my baking creations with the rest of the online food community, and hopefully give back a slice of what it has given me.

As my first post, I decided to share these Benedict Bars, which I found here, http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/2009/04/benedict-bars.html – Lisa is cooking’s blog . It is, one of the many recipe’s that have made me drool while on one of my morning blog browse sessions – I had to make it. Let me say I’m so glad I did. The shortbread crust melted into the tang of wildberry jam and the sweet crunch of the almond topping –  I think you know where I’m going with this. It was perfect.

Do yourself a favour and do try these, you will be so glad you did. Until next time – happy baking  ! 

 

Benedict Bar

First prepare the shortbread crust:
150 g unsalted butter
225 g plain flour (All purpose flour)
4 T corn flour
1/2 t baking powder
125 caster sugar (granulated sugar) + more for sprinkling into pan
1/4 t sea salt
1 t vanilla extract

-spray a 24 x 20cm (I used an eight inch square pan, but slightly larger would also work) with cooking spray and sprinkle with sugar
-dice the butter straight from the refrigerator into a mixing bowl and leave to soften for 30 minutes; sift the flour, cornflour, and baking powder on top, then add the sugar, salt, and vanilla; rub together between your fingertips until the mixtures begins to cohere (Or, place in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the paddle attachment until it resembles breadcrumbs.)
-press into the prepared pan and chill in the refrigerator while making the topping

Bars:
100g unsalted butter
60g caster sugar (granulated sugar)
1 t vanilla extract
200g flaked almonds
3 T milk
raspberry jam (or blackcurrant jelly or whatever jam or jelly you have)

-preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F [Here’s a handy conversion tool: http://www.metric-conversions.org/temperature/celsius-to-fahrenheit.htm]
– put butter, sugar, vanilla, almonds, and milk in a small saucepan over low heat, and warm until the butter melts; remove from heat and allow to cool
-remove shortbread from refrigerator and spread a layer of jam on top; pour cooled, melted butter mixture over top; bake for 25 to 30 minutes and then allow to cool on a rack; chill in the refrigerator for one hour to make cutting easier

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