Thursday, 29 October 2015

Nigerian Traditional Wedding Cakes


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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

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  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.