Thursday, 26 November 2015

What Cake are you having this Christmas!



                                                                            Photo Credit Claxton Bakery
That time of the year is close by, where  everyone is in a jolly and happy mood, a time when the air smells fresh and heavenly. The  festive season is here again people and I am glad to witness another year going to a wrap. Thanking Almighty God for this.
Christmas is a time when families reunite, lovers  and couples renew their vows, companies show love and appreciation to their dedicated staff.
Many people show appreciation and love for each other by sharing a cake with loved ones either by inviting guests to their table or by giving them in their homes.
Below I will be talking about cakes you can have this Christmas. Enjoy!

White Cakes/Cupcakes

Photo credit: myrecipe.com Mrs. Billets White cake recipe
Photo credit: Berry filled white cake. My recipe.com

The white cake is a type of cake made without egg yolks only with egg-whites. It is a very fluffy and light cake. This type of cake is very ideal for

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Nigerian Traditional Wedding Cakes


Image source: Nairaland.com

I love my country Nigeria mostly because it is a country blessed with rich cultures and diverse ethnic groups with wonderful cuisines. 
In the average Nigerian culture, When a man and woman are going to be joined together, one of the most important ceremonies, is the traditional wedding. This is very key as it is a symbol of the couple's parent being in total support of the union. There must be a traditional wedding before the church or court wedding, whichever way the couple chooses to be joined. 
A typical traditional wedding tells guest, friends and everyone that needs to know, where the couple is from. In most traditional marriages, in the order of events, the bride's ethnicity is first represented with the bride dressed and dolled up in almost everything that represents where she is from and then after all the pomp and pageantry of the acceptance of the bride price, the bride then changes her attire into the grooms ethnic group i,e if they aren't from the same ethnic group. 
But what I really want to point out in this post today is one of the most important item in any wedding ceremony around the globe, THE CAKE! (Yeah! that's what  I am more interested in, please don't get me wrong, I write about cakes lol). 
Nigerian bakers are getting more creative and I am so proud to be able to relate with this, as there is a lot of talent in this country. When you attend a Nigerian traditional wedding that you don't even know the couple, don't be scared that you would be bounced out, here is a tip, just take a quick look at the wedding cake on display and you will have a lot of things to say about the couple and viola! you won't be bounced. (Be warned, this isn't for the light-hearted) LOL. But honestly, Nigerian traditional wedding cakes says a lot about the couples especially where one or both of them are from. I will be posting pictures of how a typical Nigerian traditional wedding cake looks like and what ethnicity it represents. I will be mentioning a few here so am sorry if yours isn't represented!,

Sunday, 25 October 2015

What your Favorite Cake Says about you!

Do you know that your favorite cake or dessert can say a lot about your personality?! Check out these cakes and choose your favorite, I bet you it tells exactly what type of person you are. Don't take it too hard, just choose one and make your comments below to see how right this post was. *winks

Angel Food Cake                    

Image Source: King Arthur flour

- You are sweet, lovely and cuddly.                          
- You love warm and fuzz. 
- Maybe even a little angelic like the cakes name suggests. 
- A little nutty at times and people sometimes
 see you as immature and childish.





Image source: Taste.com

Ice-cream cake

-You like variety in your everyday life.
- For you, indulging is just as much an activity as a way to end a meal.
- You are a go-getter and like sports. You like to participate as well as sit back, watch and enjoy.
- You don't like too give up the remote control and you tend to be self centered and high maintenance.

Brownies

Image source: Bud and Breakfast
 - You are adventurous and good-natured.
- You are a risk taker
- You are always ready to tackle the next obstacle or climb the next   mountain
- Start exploring more.






Thursday, 22 October 2015

10 Cakes you must try before you Die


This list will give you an insight into some of the most-loved cakes in the WAorld and I enjoin you to make sure you include them in your Bucket list (Lol) because they are that good!. Here they are;

1. Angel Food Cake

Image Source: wikipedia.org

 

The Angel food cake is a very light in texture sponge cake and it is made by beating egg whites until stiff and then cream of tartar with other ingredients added to it. It is then baked in a tube pan.
This cake has a melt-in-your-mouth feel and it is one cake that tops my list.






2.Black Forest Cake

Image source: Foodimentary.com

 

This cake is of a German origin. It is mainly a chocolate cake with several layers laced with whipped cream and cherries. It is then decorated with more cherries, whipped cream and chocolate crumbs or shavings. The cherries are soaked in a popular brandy called Kirsch which is made from tart cherries. In Germany, this is a mandatory ingredient in the recipe as it gives the cake its signature flavor. This is a cake to die for. *winks





3. Cheesecake

Image source: Milleniumsmoke.com

 

  Honestly people, this is one of my favorite cakes (I am having a slice right now). If I wasn't writing this list in alphabetical order, it will be my No.1 cake to die for. You must try this before you leave this earth my friend! (pun intended) Lol. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

7 Tips on Choosing your Wedding Cake


Photo credit Thebridescafe.com

The joining of a man and woman as one is a very sacred one. In Nigeria, this day is not taken lightly especially by the Bride. With the advent of all forms of Social Media platforms, having your wedding with lots of fanfare and a very glamorous cake is now the core of the ceremony in order for their wedding to be featured on popular social media pages and be the rave of the moment. Couples now shoot short films telling their love stories, of which some of them could be good contenders in Film Festivals.  Well, whether you want your wedding to be elaborate or serene. Or your are the bride who wants your wedding to be the talk of town, ignoring the real meaning of a wedding. Here are a few tips on how to choose your perfect Wedding cake.

1. Plan ahead

            In order to have your perfect wedding and cake, you need to plan ahead of time. Place your order with the Baker 6months ahead of the wedding ceremony.Make sure you check constantly to make sure you are up-to-date with how your cake is going.  Show your cake baker/decorator pictures of what you have in mind and let the baker draw up sketches of what you want your cake to look like.

2. Look for Ideas

      When planning your wedding, do well to look for wedding cake ideas and what inspires you, in order to incorporate it into the event. Let your cake speak for you. and also tell people about you.

Photo credit Pinterest.com

3. Choose your Baker wisely

              If you do not want your wedding cake featured on Cakewrecks, then I advise you take this tip seriously. When choosing your baker make sure you trust their work and they are reputable. Also ensure that they know what they are doing and can translate your cake sketch into a reality.  Go for a professional or someone who you know or have seen their work.

 

 

 

Photo credit simple wedding cake

 4. Know your Budget

         Be honest about your budget. Many brides crave a very glamorous wedding and when their budget doesn't cover it, they try to cut corners by hiring a less experienced baker that they pay less to achieve this. This doesn't work most of the time as it turns out to be a disaster. Stick to your budget. If you have a small budget, then choose a more simple cake design and limit your number of tiers. This will cut cost. Remember you get what you pay for. Don't be cheap and expect glam. Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

10 common Cake Baking Mistakes

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Baking unlike cooking requires  precision and adequate measurements. There is no room for errors, therefore the need to always follow the recipe accordingly and if you need to substitute any ingredient, make sure you are certain it will not ruin the outcome. Read my post on The Science of Baking.  
  Yours truly has had her own fair share of baking mistakes and mishaps (lol) My worst cake making experience. But that didn't stop me from pressing on. We are bound to make errors while baking, here are 10 common mistakes you can make while baking a cake and how to fix them.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

OMBRE Petal Cake Tutorial (Two-toned)

Ombre Cake (Two-toned)

This is a very easy-to-do DIY cake decoration. The Ombre design is something that has been in vogue for the past years. It is now very much incorporated in Fashion mainly Hair and nails. The Ombre design can be used to decorate your wedding cakes and other ceremonious cakes. It can be done in ruffles style, petal style, star style, frill style amongst others. You can also play with your colours. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to do the Ombre petal style two-toned design enjoy.

Checkerboard Cake

Hi there Friends, do you want to surprise that special someone or you was to be creative with your cake, well here is a tutorial on how to make a Checkered Board cake without a checkerboard pan.


checkerboard cake

 Difficulty: Quite Easy
 Things you'll need: 
  •  Four round cakes -2 vanilla cakes and 2 chocolate cakes (mine was baked with a 6"pan)
  • Buttercream Frosting 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

cake plate presentation
 The term "Ganache" simply put, means a whipped filling of chocolate and cream used in pastries and desserts. Chocolate ganache can be used as a frosting for layering cake. It is usually sweet, creamy, runny (can be thicker for filling cakes) and has a glossy appearance. It can also be used for decorating cakes and lettering (see example in the picture above).  Below is a simple easy to prepare recipe. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

How to colour Fondant

How to colour Fondant

Colouring fondant is very easy. Just follow my step by step process on how to colour your fondant.

    Things you'll need:

  • Fondant (see Homemade Fondant recipe)
  • Toothpick or Toothpicks when making different colours
  • Shortening/ Cornstarch/Icing sugar to avoid sticking
  •  Smooth work surface

How to marbleize Fondant


how to marbleize fondant
I LOVE COLOURS! Am sure if you are familiar with my posts, you would have realized that by now (LOL). Colours make life beautiful, meaningful, hopeful and dreamy. That's why playing with colours especially when dealing with fondant can be very fun.  You can marbleize your fondant and use it to cover your cupcakes, muffins, and cakes for various occasions.
Marbleizing fondant is a very simple DIY (do-it-yourself) process. All you need to do is just choose your colours and follow my lead on how to marbleize your fondant (LOL). 
Below, you will find two easy ways to marbleize fondant. You can marbleize as many colours as you want, ranging from two to five or more colours. Read on...

P.S: I noticed that looking at the picture on the left of my marbleized fondant, if I flip it to landscape instead of portrait, it almost looks like the shape of my country's map but without all the other colours except green and white. (LOL). Ok back to business *winks

How to marbleize a Cake

how to marbleize a cake

MARBLEIZED CAKE

      To marbleize simply put is to incorporate different colours that intertwine into each other (This is my own definition. LOL). Marbleizing a cake is so much fun and you can play with colours ranging from one or more colours.  Today I am going to show a tutorial on how to marbleize your cake. Here I marbleized pink colour and dark brown with my cake batter.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

How to cover cake with Fondant


I have published an earlier post on how to make your fondant see How to make your homemade Fondant, here I am going straight to the point and showing you how to cover your cake with Fondant. Its very easy, if you followed my recipe, you won't have any problem rolling out your fondant or it breaking up as you lift it. Below is a step by step illustration on how to cover your cake in fondant.
Note: Covering a cake with fondant may very slightly vary when it comes to the shape of the cake. Round cakes are the easiest to cover whilst other shapes may be a little tricky but it not something you can't work around. *winks

Friday, 7 August 2015

How to make Homemade Fondant


 Using fondant for the covering of your cake gives it a smooth and glossy finish. This is why it is the most used type of icing for wedding cakes. Fondant is especially used because of the way it is workable and can make great shapes and objects that looks more like the real thing. I personally love using fondant and love to make mine myself as opposed to buying from the stores. This is not the only reason, I am a "I CAN-DO IT MYSELF" kind of person and I tell myself that there is really no big deal to it. But I must confess, It has been really challenging as the journey to finding a good recipe has  proved abortive. I have watched a lot of Youtube videos, tried a lot of recipes and have met failure many times. Its either it dries out too quickly or breaks out, at other times I have been lucky. But yesterday as I basked in the euphoria of welcoming my new niece who's christening is coming up soon, I decided I will make a cake to celebrate and I must use Fondant because I intend making baby shoes and a Perambulator. I started to surf the net for other recipes I haven't tried and couldn't find any(LOL). Then it struck me, why not try to make your own recipe! I started to brain-storm. I thought of the main ingredients in fondant and their functions and Eureka! At last I made my very own fondant recipe. Its very simple to make you wouldn't believe it. It was very pliable and it worked along with me as if I were its only hope. LOL
Here is the recipe. Hope you try it out. Its very easy. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

How to make a Baskweave Pattern on a Cake








Who can fill a basket with roses? ME! LOL. Anyone can actually!. I made my tutorial on how to make buttercream frosting/icing in my previous post. Here, I am going to show you how I put it to use. 
First I made some buttercream mini-roses or should I say nano-roses LOL. Then I put my buttercream to use by making a basket weave pattern on the cake. Here is a step by step process of how I did it. 







How to make Buttercream Icing



Buttercream icing can be used as frosting for layering a cake, to cover a cake or to make fancy roses and patterns. In this post, I am going to show you how to make your own Buttercream icing.
 Below is my own recipe for Buttercream icing, its sweet but not too sweet as I added lime juice to balance out the sweetness in the Buttercream because of the icing sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttercream Icing Recipe

   Ingredients

  • 250g Butter/Margarine
  • 6 cups Icing sugar (plus more in case you need to adjust the consistency)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract   
  • 1tablespoon Lime Juice










Tuesday, 4 August 2015

How to make a Rainbow Cake


Growing up as a child, the first time I ever saw a rainbow in the sky I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe my eyes because I thought it was too good to be true and I marveled at its wonder. It made me to know that God is truly awesome and is a great Artist.  Rainbows are meteorological phenomenons caused  by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets causing a spectrum of light to appear in the sky. They take the form of a multi-coloured arc or semi-circle. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
They can be full circles; but, the average observer sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground and its centered on a line from the sun to the observers eye.
Today I have decided to post this recipe of mine to bring down the rainbow you see in the sky, far from you to being very close and sitting on your kitchen table or cake board. Enjoy!

 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

How to layer a Cake

 

How to make a Red Velvet Cake


Red Velvet cake is a type of cake that is usually bright-red, dark-red or reddish-brown in colour. It is traditionally prepared as a layer cake and topped with cream cheese or cooked Roux icing (this is also known as boiled milk icing). This icing is prepared by boiling 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of flour until thick. It is then removed from the heat and allowed to cool below room temperature and then 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of butter beaten until creamy and pale is added to it and continuously beaten together until very fluffy. For the best result this icing should be beaten for a very long time.
 The Red velvet cake gets its colouring either from the cocoa and vinegar reaction in it or the easiest way - from artificial food colouring which I used in this recipe.The Red velvet is one of my favorites as I like to layer it with ice-cream. Here is my recipe below. Enjoy!

RED VELVET CAKE RECIPE

Prep time: 45mins                           Cook Time: 1hr               Total Time: 1hr 45mins 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tbsp  Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted Chocolate
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp blended Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • Red food coloring
  • A pint of Ice cream for layering
  • Roux Icing for frosting.
Procedure:  Grease and line a 6-inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat the oven or pot(see my other post how to bake a cake without an oven) to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl mix together all dry ingredients and set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar till pale and creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla, melted chocolates and beat together until properly mixed. Add milk, lime juice and whiskey, beat until well mixed.

Fold in dry ingredients, a handful at a time. Pour batter into the greased baking pan and set in the oven/pot.
Cook until a skewer when inserted comes out clean ( see my other post on how to check for doneness of a cake). Set on a cooling rack to cool, then serve like that or frost with roux icing (see my other post on how to layer a cake)








You can make your comments/contributions below or ask questions. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How to make a Peanut Butter Cake

Peanuts otherwise called groundnuts are one of the healthiest foods in the world. They contain mono-saturated fats which is encouraged in heart-healthy diets. Studies have proven that peanuts are very heart-friendly, and also contain other nutrients that are heart healthy such as Niacin, Vitamin E, Folate, Manganese and Protein. Other studies have highlighted the numerous health benefits of peanuts and its key role in reducing the risk of coming down with many diseases e.g Stroke.
 I LOVE PEANUTS, yes those words are in bold because I truly love peanuts and nuts in general. Never leave me alone with a bottle of peanuts at home or worse still a jar of PEANUT BUTTER. You will never meet them the same when you get back,(my fiancee can attest to this)  LOL. I always tell myself I will have just a scoop and I find out I just keep going back for more and can't tell  myself to stop. Not until the empty jar stares back at me, that I know its time to stop. Luckily am not so addicted that I go running to the store to get me a new jar. ( I hope it doesn't get to that point)
 I was staring at the bottom of my empty jar of Skippy when it hit me to incorporate peanut butter in my cake (since I love it so much) and see how it will turn out. And so began the journey to creating this recipe. I had to make my own Peanut butter from scratch from a recipe I got online, as I had run out of Skippy. And it was excellent. Read on...

 

PEANUT BUTTER CAKE RECIPE

       Prep time: 30mins       Cook Time: 1hr            Total Time: 1hr 45mins (plus cooling time)
   
     Ingredients  
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup homemade Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/3 Full Cream Milk
  • 1/4 cup Blended Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup fairly mashed Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
    

Preparation: Grease and line a 9-inch baking pan and set aside. Mash half a cup of peanuts and set aside.

Prodecure: Preheat the oven/pot (see my other post for directions on how to bake a cake without an oven) to 180 degrees Celsius.  In a bowl sieve flour and all dry ingredients together and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugar until pale and creamy, add peanut butter and mix thoroughly until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add vanilla, milk, and the whiskey, mix thoroughly until properly mixed. Fold in the mixed dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour batter in the already greased baking pan and sprinkle the mashed peanuts on the top. Set in the oven for 1hr and then check for doneness with a toothpick or skewer if it comes out clean then your cake is ready (see my post on how to check for doneness in cake baking). Set on a cooling rack for 15mins and then DIG IN and CHOW DOWN *winks.

P.S: You can frost it with peanut butter frosting ( peanut butter, icing sugar, a flavour of your choice and lime juice) if you like.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful. Make your comments, contributions and questions below.


* Disclaimer: The peanut butter brand name aforementioned is just the brand I love to consume and therefore the mentioning of the brand is in no way a means of publicity. I have not been paid to do this and it is of my own free will to use this brand name as a descriptive text in this post. There is no intention of publicity or promotion whatsoever.

How to Colour your Icing

 

 STEPS TO COLOURING  YOUR ICING

Icing is used to decorate cakes and other pastries. Icing can be coloured into various colours of your choice e.g red, green, blue etc. Colouring Icing be it Butter-cream, Royal Icing or Fondant, is a very easy-to-do task and does not require any expertise. All you have to do is make sure you put in the right amount of colouring and adjust it if you want a darker shade of the colour but make sure you mix in different bowls if you want different colours in order not get the colours mixed up. There are two types of food colours or Icing colours that can be used, Powdered, Liquid or Gel colours. Powdered colours are very cheap and affordable but personally I don't like to use powdered colours because they easily clump together and extra energy is needed to make sure the powdered colour is well incoporated. When using liquid colours, care must be taken to avoid it from making the plain Icing from becoming watery. So little amount of liquid colour is just enough to produce the colour you want. Gel colours on the other hand is the best for colouring Icing as they do not make your Icing runny but these are more expensive than the liquid ones or powdered colour. Use your discretion when purchasing any food colour or Icing colour of your choice.  For directions on how to mix primary colours to get a secondary or tertiary colour see my other posts on "how to mix primary colours to get secondary/tertiary colours".
Below is a step by step process of how to colour your Icing.

Things you'll need:

  • Butter-cream/Royal Icing
  • Food colour/Icing colour (Powdered, Liquid or gel )
  • Bowls/Spoons (this depends on how many colours you want. i used 4 bowls and spoons here)
Procedure: In 4 bowls, put portions of the butter-cream or royal icing according to the amount needed, be it for writing or making patterns.
 Add 2 drops of food colour or Icing colour of different colours you want. Mix thoroughly with a different spoon in each bowl and add in drops to achieve the shade of colour you want if the first application isn't what you looking for. But be careful as you do this in order not to make your Icing runny especially when using liquid food colours. 

   When you have achieved this, scoop the mixture in different piping bags with or without the tips attached to it (see my post on how to make your homemade piping bags) and pipe your heart away, LOL! Its so fun when you decorate a cake because it helps you play with your artistic side. Here is a picture of how I used mine.

Tips and Advice : 
1.When using a powdered colours, mix into a thick paste first with drops of milk or any other liquid before applying to your Icing as this will help it not to clump together easily.   
2. Make sure you use different bowls and spoons for each colouring when mixing.                             

Hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful, make your comments, contributions and questions below!

Monday, 27 July 2015

How to make your own Piping Bag (Icing Bag)

 

 Piping bags also known as icing bags or pastry bags are used to decorate cakes, cookies and other pastries. 
They are readily available in baking stores but if one is not available in a case of emergency, then this easy-to-do step by step process will make your ordinary kitchen plastic bag come in handy. Want to find out how! read on...

 

HOMEMADE ICING BAG: DIY - ( Do- It- Yourself)

Things you'll need:





  
  • Any plastic bag/Ziploc bag or any other resealable bag
  • A pair of Scissors
  • Coupler set
  • Piping Tips
  •  Icing (Butter-cream or Royal Icing) (it can be colored to your preference)

 

Procedure: Hold up your piping bag into a triangular position, cut a little tip off one of the triangular points.Make sure the cut is not too big as you can always trim off extra if it blocks off the opening of your coupler. Insert your coupler from the inside of the bag and if it doesn't fall out then it fits perfectly. You can trim off extras if there is any. Then screw in the other part of the coupler with the tip of your choice attached to it.
 
Make sure you screw it tightly to prevent the icing from spilling or the tip from coming off while decorating. Put the already prepared icing  e.g Butter-cream icing or Royal Icing (see my other post on how to prepare this) into the bag and seal it if using a resealable bag like Ziploc and tie up with a band to help the icing stay in place while exerting pressure during decoration.
And voila! You have your simple easy to make piping bag that can be used in decorating your cake.
You can also just pinch the tip of the piping bag if its just going to be used for writing on a cake and in a case whereby you don't have the tips readily available.

 

Tips and Advice
  1. Make sure the cut at the triangular point is not too big as this may cause the coupler falling out, except the couplers are very big, then you can make a cut that would fit it perfectly. 
2. Any plastic or resealable bag can be used, but make sure the bag to be used is thick enough in order to prevent bursting or tears while exerting pressure on the piping bag during decoration.
3. Ensure that the icing is well put into the bag and no air bubbles trapped inside before decorating in other to avoid breakage of letters or numbers while writing on your cake or drawing shapes.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. Be sure to share your questions, contributions and comments below.

How to make a Carrot Cake

 

   Carrots are very good sources of  Vitamin B6 and Vitamin K which helps in blood clotting and controls bleeding. Carrots are root vegetables that contain B-carotene, which is partly metabolized into Vitamin A providing more than 100% of the recommended daily value per 100g of carrot. 
Carrots are 88% water, 4.7% sugar, 0.2% fat, 2.6% protein and 1% ash.
Carrots are used traditionally for cooking various cuisines, but can also be incorporated in baking. This inspired this recipe of mine and I hope you try it out and enjoy it as I did. Check out the recipe below.

 

 



CARROT CAKE  RECIPE

Prep Time: 30mins  Cook Time: 1hr 30mins    Total Time: 2hrs 

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup Butter (plus extra for greasing pan)
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Full cream Milk
  • 1teaspoon Strawberry flavour (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • 5 medium-sized Carrots (grated with the largest part of  the grater)
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
*Ensure to alter measurements in this recipe to suit the size of baking pan to be used as in this recipe, a 6 by 4 inch pan was used

 Procedure: Preheat the oven/pot (see previous post for directions on how to bake without an oven) to 180 degree Celsius. In a bowl, mix flour and all dry ingredients together and set aside. In a separate bowl beat butter, sugar and egg on high speed of an electric mixer for 5mins or until pale and creamy. Reduce the speed and add the flavour, vanilla essence and milk and mix thoroughly. On low speed, add the mixed dry ingredient in batches. Fold in the grated carrot and mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Prepare and line a 6 by 4 inch pan, pour in the batter and level it up properly. Put in the oven for 1hr 30mins and check for doneness with a skewer or toothpick( when it comes out clean, it means its cooked). Set on a cooling rack until cool.
 Enjoy with a hot cup of Coffee or Tea.


I hope you enjoy reading this post and found it helpful! Drop your comments below

Saturday, 25 July 2015

How to make a Chocolate Cake



Chocolates they say are a girl's favorite(second to Diamonds, *winks).
This recipe is my special recipe for those who love to have a sweet indulgence.
Hope you try it out! Enjoy reading.






CHOCOLATE CAKE (Fudge cake)

Prep time: 20mins                     Cook time: 1hr 10mins                       Total Time : 1hr 30mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/3 cup Full cream milk
  • 1 tbsp Dutch-processed unsweetened  cocoa powder (see my previous post "the science of baking: concluding part" to learn more about this)
  • 1 tbsp Browning
  • 1/3 cup mashed Peanuts (optional or skip if you are allergic to nuts)
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 1 Egg 
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence 
 Procedure:  Preheat your oven/pot (see my post on "how to bake a cake without an oven" for directions) to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl sieve flour and all the dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl mix butter and sugar together in an electric mixer on high speed for 5mins or until creamy and pale-white.Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk to the mixture. Once it is well mixed, fold in your dry mixture and mix until well incorporated. Add the browning and then the mashed peanuts until very well mixed.
  Grease and line a 6 by 4-inch baking pan and put in the oven. Cook for 1hr then check for doneness. If not well cooked leave for another 10mins. Set on a cooling rack and when cool decorate with your chocolate frosting or skip frosting.  Cake tastes best days after the first day.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful! Try it out and post your comments on how yours turned out.
 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

CORN-The Fruit of the season



corn cakeCorn is the other name for Maize especially in English-speaking countries such as mine.
In Nigeria, corns are available within the mid-seasons of the year from June -August. They can be eaten roasted or boiled. Some cultures incorporate them into foods such as bean porridge.
Chowing down on one yesterday, it hit me to incorporate it in a cake. And so began the quest to create my own corn cake recipe by just being experimental (being a science graduate, I love to experiment. LOL). Here is the recipe, I hope you try it out and enjoy it as I and my family did!






CORN CAKE RECIPE

Prep Time: 20mins             Cook Time:1hr            Total Time: 1hr 20mins   

Ingredients needed: 
    corn cake recipe
  • 5 medium-sized ears soft-Fresh Corn
  • 1 cup Butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Custard powder
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/3cup Corn flour
  • 1/3 cup Full cream Milk
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg (optional, you can substitute to your preference e.g Cinnamon)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • a pinch of salt (skip if you use a salted butter instead)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla essence
Prep: Corn: Wash and boil your corn. De-seed the cobs as this is easier when the corn is boiled. Using a food processor or the dry-cup blender attached to your home blender, blend the corn ( had to dry my corn out a little to help the blender do this faster) in batches in order not to over-work the blender.
Baking pan: butter and line the insides of the pan with baking sheet or clean A4 paper cut out in the shape of the pan.

Procedure:
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius or your pot on a steady heat stove (read my "how to bake without an oven post for instructions) for 15mins.
corn cake recipeIn a medium sized bowl, sieve and mix the flour and all your dry ingredients and set aside. Mix the butter and sugar in a separate bowl and beat on high-speed of a standard electric mixer for 5mins or until it looks creamy and pale-white. (or you can do it manually, but this takes longer time to cream). Add the egg (egg-white first and then egg yolks next), vanilla essence and mix together until well incorporated. Add the pureed corn and mix thoroughly until well mixed and no sign of clumps.
Fold in the dry ingredients one handful at a time until well mixed and pour into your baking pan. Put into the oven or pot oven for one hour. Check for doneness with a tooth-pick (check out my other post on how to check for doneness). Set on a cooling rack and serve with a cup of coffee or tea.



     
corn cake 
  Enjoy! As I did. You can try out this recipe and leave your comments below on how yours turned out! Hope you enjoyed reading  this!













*Disclaimer notice: this recipe is strictly a creation of mine,anyone who wants to use the content of this post is allowed to recreate it but adequate reference should be made to my blog site for the original content.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CAKE BAKING. Essential Ingredients needed

 

     As a beginner, here are some basic ingredients you will need to waltz your way through the process of cake baking.  

 ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR BAKING, includes and is not limited to

  • All-purpose Flour/ Self Raising Flour - APF can be used for a wide range of cake recipes and SRF for recipes that specifically require it. Choosing a good brand and sticking to it will help you achieve great result for your cakes. I personally love to use one of the best Nigerian brands (Golden Penny brand) and sometimes I go for an international brand (Mc Dougalls). 
  • Granulated sugar/Brown sugar : For my granulated sugar I stick to my Nigerian brand (Golden penny) its well refined and gives me the result I want. You can choose whatever brand works for you. Brown sugar is found in many recipes for fudge cakes or chocolate cakes and choosing a good brands is a huge factor.
  • Confectioner's sugar/Icing Sugar. This is one of the most important ingredients used when decorating your cake and making sure a good brand is used is essential. I personally love using a Nigerian brand called Bakers Choice its got a very smooth texture and doesn't clump together easily (you almost don't need to sieve it).
  • Baking Powder-  Choose a good brand that is reckoned with amongst cake bakers and stick to it. I personally like to use the double-acting baking powder.
  • Cocoa Powder/Chocolate -  Investing in a good brand can make a huge difference in the texture of the cake and taste. I like to use the Cadbury brand because of it richness.
  • Milk - When using milk in my recipe I like to use a Nigerian brand called PEAK milk, it is well known for its richness and quality taste. You can choose your own option that works best for you.
  • Butter/Margarine: this is readily available at many local store or cake store. I prefer to use brands that are sweet smelling and a nice texture feel in the mouth. So before I go for a brand of butter to use for my recipe I take a quick taste just to make sure its what I want. And so I stick with the ones measured and weighed in grams on a food scale. 
  • Oil- This depends on the recipe for the cake. Sunflower, Olive oil or vegetable oil is mostly used in recipes
  • Mixing colors: These are very essential as they come in handy in making fun color frosting on cake. I like to use gel food colors when icing  and use liquid when marbleizing a cake or making my favorite red velvet cake. You can also mix different primary colors to give you a different color. e.g Grey (Black + White), Navy blue (Royal blue + Pink). etc. 
  • Vanilla essence- Liquid vanilla essence is mostly used but some recipes require the extract which is gotten from soaking the pods.
  • Nuts: Recipes that are nut-based can contain walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, pecans or any other type depending on the recipe.
   Cake baking ingredients is not limited to all of these ingredients listed as there are other ingredients required in cake recipes.
Most recipes contain most of these ingredients as some recipes can have other ingredients that are also quite affordable. This list above is the main ingredients needed to make your first cake depending on the recipe you want to try out.
My recipe page is coming up very soon and you can check out simple easy-to-do recipes there.

* Disclaimer notice : The products brand mentioned above are not meant for advertisement. This is not in any kind a paid promotion for any product or shop. This is a list of products I use as per my preference which I have shared here to help others familiarize with the items. Baking ingredients are not limited to this list as some recipes call for other ingredients not listed here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CAKE BAKING (Essential tools you will need)


If you are new to cake baking, and looking for a guide to achieve your cake baking dream, this post will guide you to a successful start. Here is a list of tools you will need, most of them are quite cheap and affordable, and are readily available at your local or online store

 12 ESSENTIAL TOOLS NEEDED

1.Measuring cups and spoon: these come in 1cup =250ml, 1/2cup=125ml, 1/3 cup=83mls,1/4cup= 62ml, 1/8 cup= 31ml. The spoons vary  also as 1Tablespoon, 1/2 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1/2 Teaspoon etc. I prefer these to the calibrated measuring cups because with time due to wear and tear, the calibrations wipe off and so measurements can't be read accurately. These on the other hand lasts a lifetime because the measurement values are engraved on them.

measuring cups and spoons











2. Baking Pans/Muffin tins - The batter mixture is poured into these in order to bake the cake. Aluminum tins are mostly used because they are oven safe and retain their shape.  These can be purchased  at your local cake store or you can get some made for you by an alloy expert.
 They also come in varying sizes and shape.

cupcake tins











3. Mixing bowl- a wide, deep, preferably stainless steel  would be most appropriate

picture of mixing bowl
picture of whisk and spatula4. Spatula/Whisk/Palette knife- This is also readily available in your local cake store

5. Baking Tray - It comes attached with some oven cookers.
6. Wire Rack/Cooling rack - For cooling the cake before decorating
7. Baking sheets - Used to line the insides of the pan before baking in order to help the batter not to stick to the pan and allow for easy removal when cake is done.
8. A good Oven-  You can invest in a good oven and if you can't afford this, you can try my method of baking without an oven (see previous post for this). I used the method a lot when I started out as baker. But I won't recommend this method if you are thinking of a large scale cake baking business.
                                  9. Food-weighing Scale- Helps to make precise measurement for ingredients. It can also help for when a particular recipe is weighed out in "grams" and not in "ml" or "cups" where the measuring cups could have been used.
10. Baking Thermometer - Investing in one of these can help you gauge the right oven temperatures and for recipes like meringue which calls for a particular temperature for preparation.
11. Standard/Electric mixer :  Investing in a good mixer will help you a lot as manual preparation of cake batter can be very exhausting. Although I didn't have one when i started out as a cake baker but I have come to realize that its better to invest in a good one if you are thinking of venturing into baking.
12. Cake Board- These are cheap and affordable.They are platforms on which the cake is placed on for display. For beginners who just want to bake for fun or just for the family as a snack, they can improvise by making cake boards out of old cartons or hard-cardboard paper. But for bigger events, I recommend the ones sold in stores made out of wood as they are firmer.

  Read my next post for ingredients for Beginners guide to cake baking! Hope this post was helpful.