Oreo Cookie Cake

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Ingredients

  • 28 Oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding

Instructions

  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.

 

Oreo Cookie Cake

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

Yields 10

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Ingredients

  • 28 oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding

Instructions

  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  4. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.
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Coconut Cake

May 24, 2014 by

I’ve never been a big fan of a coconut cake until now. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you better leave well enough alone”. Well that applies to this recipe. I didn’t change a thing. Okay maybe one thing I added Dr. Oetker stabilizer.  I found this recipe out of our local newspaper, as I was reading this recipe I just knew I had to make it. The only downside or maybe not downside is it takes two days to make it.  According to our newspaper this is a recipe  from Kim Ode.

Ingredients

For the cake layers
8 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
 For the Coconut Custard Makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
1 1/4 cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer

 

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.

2.  Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.

3.  Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.

4.  With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.

5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.


6.  Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.

COCONUT CUSTARD:

7.  While the cake is cooling off make the custard.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.

8. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.

WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:

9.  Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar.  Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.

10.  To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white.  Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.

Coconut Cake

I’ve never been a big fan of a coconut cake until now. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you better leave well enough alone”. Well that applies to this recipe. I didn’t change a thing. Okay maybe one thing I added Dr. Oetker stabilizer. I found this recipe out of our local newspaper, as I was reading this recipe I just knew I had to make it. The only downside or maybe not downside it takes two days to make it. According to our newspaper this is a recipe from Kim Ode.

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 minTotal Time

Yields 12

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Ingredients

    For the cake layers
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
  • For the Coconut Custard makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake).
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.
  2. Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.
  3. Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.
  4. With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.
  5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.
  6. Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.
  7. COCONUT CUSTARD:
  8. While the cake is cooling off make the custard. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.
  9. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
  10. WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:
  11. Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar. Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.
  12. ASSEMBLE
  13. To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white. Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.

Notes

Since it takes 2 days to make this cake it's not included in the total time.

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Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

Apr 7, 2013 by

I have never bought a slice of gingerbread loaf from Starbucks, but heard good reviews about it. To me they are way too expensive. So I went on the internet and found a few recipes. Mixed and matched, and here is the result. I have been told it taste pretty darn close to the real thing.

Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Loaf
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
For the Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups icing sugar
Candied ginger, chopped in small squares

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. (First 5 ingredients)

2. Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg, sour cream, apple sauce and baking soda. Add the flour mixture slowly, mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan, cool completely on racks.

3. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until soft and light. Add the vanilla and slowly add 1/2 cup of icing sugar at a time and blend in. Spread the icing on top of the cakes and decorate with the candied ginger.

Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    For the Gingerbread Loaf
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • Candied ginger, chopped in small squares

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. (First 5 ingredients)
  2. Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg, sour cream, apple sauce and baking soda. Add the flour mixture slowly, mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan, cool completely on racks.
  3. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until soft and light. Add the vanilla and slowly add 1/2 cup of icing sugar at a time and blend in. Spread the icing on top of the cakes and decorate with the candied ginger.
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Pumpkin Bars

Feb 3, 2013 by

 

Ingredients

    For the Bars:
1 cup each granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 can pumpkin purée (15 oz.)
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
1 tsp each table salt and baking soda
1?2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp and nutmeg
    For the white chocolate frosting:
4 oz. white bar chocolate, chopped
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 11 1/2×16 1/2-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray.
For the bars, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.

2.Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg into pumpkin mixture. Whisk mixture into wet ingredients until combined. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely before frosting.

3. For the frosting, melt white chocolate in a microwave on high, 1–2 minutes; stir until smooth.

4. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on high speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars, top with garnish, see left, and cut into bars.

Pumpkin Bars

45 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

Yields 24

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    For the Bars:
  • 1 cup each granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can pumpkin purée (15 oz.)
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each table salt and baking soda
  • 1?2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp and nutmeg
  • For the white chocolate frosting:
  • 4 oz. white bar chocolate, chopped
  • 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 11 1/2�16 1/2-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. For the bars, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg into pumpkin mixture. Whisk mixture into wet ingredients until combined. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, melt white chocolate in a microwave on high, 1â??2 minutes; stir until smooth.
  5. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on high speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars, top with garnish, see left, and cut into bars.
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Slagroomtaart (Dutch)

Jul 9, 2012 by

 

The Dutch Pastry is totally different then American pastry. From my experience the American cakes can be a tat bit too sweet, but that is just my opinion. And as far as icing goes, the Dutch usually use whipped cream. On birthdays and other special occasions, all kinds of cakes and cookies are eaten, including appeltaart, whipped cream cake (what you see here) , gevulde koek (cookies filled with almond paste), Kruidkoek, Limburgse vlaai, Spekkoek(from Indonesia), Ouwe wijven koek, Sprits, Tompouce, and Stroopwafels. The Dutch usually drink coffee and or tea with the cake. Dutch thrift led to the famous standard rule of only one cookie with each cup of coffee; it has been suggested that the reasons for this can be found in the trade-mentality and Protestant upbringing. A popular Dutch story (that has never been confirmed) says that then-Prime minister Willem Drees’s wife served this to a visiting American diplomat, who then became convinced that the money from the Marshall Plan was well-spent. Cafe au lait is also drunk often. It is called Koffie verkeerd (Coffee-the-wrong-way-around).

Ingredients

5 eggs
150 gram sugar
150 gram cake flour
1 bag of vanilla sugar (Dr.Oetker)
1 bag of whip it (Dr. Oetker)(stabilizer for whipped cream)
fruit of your choice
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
strawberry spread

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 185 C 350F, Butter the spring form and set aside. Put the eggs, sugar and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Put the bowl in the sink with warm water. The sugar has to dilute while you are whipping it. Whip it till thick and fluffy the color should be light yellow. Carefully fold the cake flour in the mix. Pour in the spring form and bake for 25 min. Test if the cake is ready (use a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Let it cool and cut the cake in half ( you can do that with tooth floss). Add the whip it and sugar to the heavy cream and whip it. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter. Spread some strawberry spread on one side and add a layer of whipped cream. Then top it off with the top and also spread a layer of whipped cream on top of it and on the side. The last thing you do is add the fruit. Keep cool in the refrigerator.

Slagroom Taart

The Dutch Pastry is totally different then American pastry. From my experience the American cakes can be a tat bit too sweet, but that is just my opinion. And as far as icing goes, the Dutch usually use whipped cream. On birthdays and other special occasions, all kinds of cakes and cookies are eaten, including appeltaart, whipped cream cake (what you see here) , gevulde koek (cookies filled with almond paste), Kruidkoek, Limburgse vlaai, Spekkoek(from Indonesia), Ouwe wijven koek, Sprits, Tompouce, and Stroopwafels. The Dutch usually drink coffee and or tea with the cake. Dutch thrift led to the famous standard rule of only one cookie with each cup of coffee; it has been suggested that the reasons for this can be found in the trade-mentality and Protestant upbringing. A popular Dutch story (that has never been confirmed) says that then-Prime minister Willem Drees's wife served this to a visiting American diplomat, who then became convinced that the money from the Marshall Plan was well-spent. Cafe au lait is also drunk often. It is called Koffie verkeerd (Coffee-the-wrong-way-around).

30 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 150 gram sugar
  • 150 gram cake flour
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar (Dr.Oetker)
  • 1 bag of whip it (Dr. Oetker)(stabilizer for whipped cream)
  • fruit of your choice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • strawberry spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 185 C 350F, Butter the spring form and set aside. Put the eggs, sugar and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Put the bowl in the sink with warm water. The sugar has to dilute while you are whipping it. Whip it till thick and fluffy the color should be light yellow. Carefully fold the cake flour in the mix. Pour in the spring form and bake for 25 min. Test if the cake is ready (use a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Let it cool and cut the cake in half ( you can do that with tooth floss). Add the whip it and sugar to the heavy cream and whip it. Don't whip it too long otherwise you will get butter. Spread some strawberry spread on one side and add a layer of whipped cream. Then top it off with the top and also spread a layer of whipped cream on top of it and on the side. The last thing you do is add the fruit. Keep cool in the refrigerator.
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Cheese Cake

Jul 8, 2012 by

The first recorded mention of cheesecake was during the ancient Grecian Olympic games in the occidental world. Cato the Elder wrote of cheesecake preparation in his farming manual “De Agri Cultura”. Modern cheesecakes resembles cakes previously used as offerings to gods in greek culture. The delicious desert spread across Europe from Greece like a sweet nectar, pausing briefly at kitchens along the way to bequeath its creamy recipe. Many, many years later (we’re talking centuries, here), the cheesecake made its way to American shores. Today, the most prevalent ingredient in cheesecakes is Philadelphia Cream Cheese. As the name implies, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created in America. Cream Cheese, itself was created long ago, and no one can be sure who its creator might be. Philadelphia Cream Cheese was developed in 1872 by James L Kraft when he was trying to duplicate the French cheese, Neufchatel. In 1880, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was introduced to the market, and cheesecake was suddenly all too easy to bake, and by 1910, cheesecakes were a regular at the desert table.

Almost all modern cheesecakes in the United States use cream cheese; in Italy, cheesecakes use ricotta cheese and Germans use quark cheese. Dutch/Belgian-style cheesecakes are typically flavored with melted bittersweet chocolate. Belgian cheesecake includes also a speculaas crust (speculaas is a traditional Dutch-Belgian biscuit)

Ingredients

For the Cheese Cake:
1 cup Graham crackers crumbled
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
6 Philadelphia cheese
4 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
baking spray with flour

For the glaze:
1 package frozen fruit of your choice
1 pint of blueberries.
1 cup red wine
1/3 cup sugar
10 oz jar jelly of your choice.

Instructions

1. Trace and cut out round of wax paper. Spray the pan with baking spray. Line the bottom of the pan and spray again with baking spray with flour.

2. Grind Graham Crackers in food processor. Press in the Graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle some on the sides of the cake pan.
3. In the mixing bowl cream together, cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one a time. Make sure you don’t have no lumps, then add the sour cream.    4. Pour batter in the pan. Put the pan in a casserole dish and add hot water to the casserole dish. Water should be half way to the sides of the pan. Bake a 300F for 2 hours until top is golden and cake is set around edges. It’s okay when the center is jiggly. That will cook while it cools. Remove cake from roaster and set on cooling rack. Run knife around sides to loosen. Refrigerate overnight.    5. For the topping you can use all kinds of fruits. In this case I used blue berries, and for the glaze I used mixed berries. To make the glaze you will need 1 package frozen fruit of your choice, 1 cup red wine, 1/3 cup sugar and 10 oz jar jelly of your choice. Combine the fruit, wine and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Strain the fruit through a sieve. Return juice to sauce pan and reduce to at least half. Add the jelly until melted, and cool before putting on top of your cheescake. You can use this for several other different dishes which ask for fruit for instance you can use this with the griesmeel pudding.

You don’t have to make this New York Cheese cake that high you can make it half the size like the one below ;). Just half the ingredients.

Cheese Cake

The first recorded mention of cheesecake was during the ancient Grecian Olympic games in the occidental world. Cato the Elder wrote of cheesecake preparation in his farming manual "De Agri Cultura". Modern cheesecakes resembles cakes previously used as offerings to gods in greek culture. The delicious desert spread across Europe from Greece like a sweet nectar, pausing briefly at kitchens along the way to bequeath its creamy recipe. Many, many years later (we're talking centuries, here), the cheesecake made its way to American shores. Today, the most prevalent ingredient in cheesecakes is Philadelphia Cream Cheese. As the name implies, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created in America. Cream Cheese, itself was created long ago, and no one can be sure who its creator might be. Philadelphia Cream Cheese was developed in 1872 by James L Kraft when he was trying to duplicate the French cheese, Neufchatel. In 1880, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was introduced to the market, and cheesecake was suddenly all too easy to bake, and by 1910, cheesecakes were a regular at the desert table. Almost all modern cheesecakes in the United States use cream cheese; in Italy, cheesecakes use ricotta cheese and Germans use quark cheese. Dutch/Belgian-style cheesecakes are typically flavored with melted bittersweet chocolate. Belgian cheesecake includes also a speculaas crust (speculaas is a traditional Dutch-Belgian biscuit)

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Ingredients

    For the Cheese Cake:
  • 1 cup Graham crackers crumbled
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 6 Philadelphia cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 package frozen fruit of your choice
  • 1 pint of blueberries.
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 10 oz jar jelly of your choice.

Instructions

  1. Grind Graham Crackers in food processor. Add butter. Spray sides and bottom of cake pan. Trace and cut out round of wax paper. Line the bottom and spray again. Press in the Graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle some on the sides of the cake pan. In the mixing bowl cream together, cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one a time. Make sure you don't have no lumps, then add the sour cream. Pour batter in the pan. Put the pan in a casserole dish and add hot water to the casserole dish. Water should be half way to the sides of the pan. Bake a 300F for 2 hours until top is golden and cake is set around edges. It's okay when the center is jiggly. That will cook while it cools. Remove cake from roaster and set on cooling rack. Run knife around sides to loosen. Refrigerate overnight. For the topping you can use all kinds of fruits. In this case I used blackberries, and for the glaze I used raspberries. To make the glaze you will need 1 package frozen fruit of your choice, 1 cup red wine, 1/3 cup sugar and 10 oz jar jelly of your choice. Combine the fruit, wine and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Strain the fruit through a sieve. Return juice to sauce pan and reduce to at least half. Add the jelly until melted, and cool before putting in on top of your cheescake. You can use this for several other different dishes which ask for fruit for instance you can use this with the griesmeel pudding.
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Carrot Cake

Jun 17, 2012 by

A great carrot cake recipe of my dear twin sister Heleen. I have been having this one for years and thought it’s about time I put this one on the web for you also to enjoy 🙂

Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. The origins of carrot cake are disputed but it is thought to come from Norway.The popularity of carrot cake was probably revived in Britain because of rationing during the Second World War.

Carrot cakes first became commonly available in restaurants and cafeterias in the United States in the early 1960s. They were at first a novelty item, but people liked them so much that carrot cake became standard dessert fare.In 2005, the American-based Food Network listed carrot cake, with its cream-cheese icing, as number five of the top five fad foods of the 1970s.

Carrot cake is often referred to as Passion cake.Carrot cake was voted as the favourite cake in the United Kingdom, according to a survey in the Radio Times in 2011.

Another story indicates that following WWII there was a glut of canned carrots in the U.S.. A business man named George C. Page hired master Bakers to find uses for the cans of carrots. He somehow promoted the idea of carrot cake to help create a demand for the product. It is unclear how he did this, it might have been with a recipe on the side of the cans.

Ingredients

*1:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
*2:
3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup oil
4 eggs

For the Cream Cheese frosting:
1- 3oz package of cream cheese
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

1.  Shredd the carrots.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (1)

3. Then combine all the wet ingredients (2)

4. Mix 1 and 2 together. Put in a bundt mold and bake for 1 hour and 10 min in a 325F oven, or until toothpick comes out clean.

5. Put the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds, add the sugar and vanilla. Spread on the carrot cake. Wait till the cake is cooled down before you put the icing on the cake.

Carrot Cake

20 minPrep Time

1 hr, 10 Cook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • *1
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2*
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • For the Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1- 3oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Shredd the carrots.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients (1)
  3. Then combine all the wet ingredients (2)
  4. Mix 1 and 2 together. Put in a bundt mold and bake for 1 hour and 10 min in a 325F oven, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Put the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds, add the sugar and vanilla. Spread on the carrot cake. Wait till the cake is cooled down before you put the icing on the cake.
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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

May 15, 2012 by

 

The name “brownies” first appeared in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook, where it describes molasses cakes baked in small tins. The origin of the Brownie is thought to be American and and is thought to derive its name from the brown color of the cookie. Folklore has its origin coming from a careless cook that forgot to put baking powder in the chocolate cake batter recipe.

Ingredients

4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp instant coffee
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1tbsp lemon
1 cup fresh raspberries
powdered sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350F and coat an 8″ square baking pan with nonstick spray. Melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa and coffee in a bowl in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Fold in flour. Spread batter in prepared pan. This is the basic brownie, if you want to you can add nuts and bake for 30-40 min.2. Cool completely before cutting. In this case we won’t bake the brownies just yet. We have to add the cream cheese mix first. Beat the cream cheese, sugar lemon juice mix until smooth. Blend in the egg, the spread cheesecake mixture over unbaked brownie batter. Top with the raspberries (if you like you can add different kind of fruit). Bake for 1 hour or until cheesecake is set and golden around edges. Cool brownies in pan cover and chill overnight. Dust with powder sugar.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

20 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp lemon
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and coat an 8" square baking pan with nonstick spray. Melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa and coffee in a bowl in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Fold in flour. Spread batter in prepared pan. This is the basic brownie, if you want to you can add nuts and bake for 30-40 min.
  2. Cool completely before cutting. In this case we won't bake the brownies just yet. We have to add the cream cheese mix first. Beat the cream cheese, sugar lemon juice mix until smooth. Blend in the egg, the spread cheesecake mixture over unbaked brownie batter. Top with the raspberries (if you like you can add different kind of fruit). Bake for 1 hour or until cheesecake is set and golden around edges. Cool brownies in pan cover and chill overnight. Dust with powder sugar.
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

May 14, 2012 by

The pound cake is a British Creation dating back to the 17th Century.

The name (Pound Cake) comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. No leaveners were used other than the air whipped into the batter. In the days when many people couldn’t read, this simple convention made it simple to remember recipes.

A cake made of 1 pound of each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour would have been very large and would have been able to serve multiple families. As years went by, the portions of the ingredients used were adjusted to make a smaller, lighter cake. However, the name of the cake stuck.

By the mid 1800’s pound cake recipes began to deviate slightly from the original formula to make a lighter cake. The Pound Cake has traditionally been a popular dessert in the southern states. The first known cookbook written by an African-American, Abby Fisher, called What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking. Mrs. Fisher, born a slave, somehow found her way to San Francisco soon after the Civil War and created a life and business there manufacturing and selling “pickles, preserves, brandies, fruits, etc. Mrs. Fisher could not read or write. It is said that her friends wrote down her recipes and helped her publish her cookbook. Her cookbook includes two Pound Cake recipes. Artificial leaveners (baking powder/soda) were added. Today, pound cakes use different proportions of the same ingredients as the original formula to produce a lighter cake. Info from the webpage whats cooking in america.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 cups sugar, 6 eggs
1 -8oz cream cheese
2 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions

1.   Melt butter and cream cheese in microwave for 50 sec. Mix sugar, butter and cream cheese together, mix well. Add 1 egg then beat well. Alternate with flour and beat well again. You end with an egg. Add the flavorings and beat well. Pour in greased bundt cake pan. Bake at 350F preheated oven for 70 minutes. On 2nd top shelf. 

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

15 minPrep Time

1 hr, 10 Cook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 cups sugar, 6 eggs
  • 1 -8oz cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and cream cheese in microwave for 50 sec. Mix sugar, butter and cream cheese together, mix well. Add 1 egg then beat well. Alternate with flour and beat well again. You end with an egg. Add the flavorings and beat well. Pour in greased bundt cake pan. Bake at 350F preheated oven for 70 minutes. On 2nd top shelf.
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Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Mar 24, 2012 by

Down the street of my work is The Calvary Episcopal Church, located on 102 N. Second St. Downtown Memphis. This Church has a Memphis tradition dating back to 1928. People of different faiths gather during Lent to break bread together in Calvary’s Waffle Shop dining hall.

Last year was the first time I had the pleasure to taste this Chocolate Bourbon Cake. This year they had the same menu again and yes this Chocolate Bourbon Cake was there again. I asked for the recipe on Facebook, and lucky me and you they shared this recipe 🙂

Surprisingly this is one of the easiest cakes to make. If you are lucky you will be able to find the lady finger cookies at your local grocery store. Then it’s a no bake cake. If you are not that fortunate, you have to make your own lady fingers. No worry I have a recipe for that to.

Well this year (2014) the church was selling their cookbooks. Now you know I had to have one of those. I probably will make some other dishes out of their cookbook. But I don’t know about that fish pudding dish…………

Ingredients

1/2 lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
6 squares unsweetened chocolate
6 eggs
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 dozen lady fingers
2 oz. Bourbon
1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream

Instructions

1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.

3. 1st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
2nd layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture per pan
3rd layer: 1/4 cup whipped cream mixture per pan
4th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan
5th layer: lady fingers
6th layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture pan
7th layer: 1/4 whipped cream per pan
8th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan

4. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).

 

Chocolate Bourbon Cake

30 minPrep Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 dozen lady fingers
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.
  3. 1st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
  4. 2nd layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture per pan
  5. 3rd layer: 1/4 cup whipped cream mixture per pan
  6. 4th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan
  7. 5th layer: lady fingers
  8. 6th layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture pan
  9. 7th layer: 1/4 whipped cream per pan
  10. 8th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan
  11. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).
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Valentines Strawberry Cake

Jan 23, 2012 by

 

The History of Valentines Day:

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday. The history of Valentine’s Day, and its patron saint,is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite. Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl (who may have been his jailor’s daughter) who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women. Info from history.com

Ingredients

For the cake:
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup strawberry syrup
4 large eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 recipe Strawberry Cream-Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup buttermilk
Red food coloring.
For the syrup:
1 tray of strawberries
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp lime juice.
For the Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup strawberry syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat each pan with baking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together; set aside.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the syrup then.add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Clean the strawberries and put in a pot, add the water, sugar and lime juice. Simmer till the fruit is soft. Then pour this strawberries mixture through a sieve and press it through. This will make the strawberry syrup.

4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add vanilla extract and enough food coloring to achieve desired color. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, alternate with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Divide batter equally between prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, strawberry syrup, vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Put the frosting on the cake when the cake layers are cool.

 

 

Valentines Strawberry Cake

45 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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    for the cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 recipe Strawberry Cream-Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Red food coloring.
  • For the syrup:
  • 1 tray of strawberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice.
  • For the Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat each pan with baking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the syrup then.add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Clean the strawberries and put in a pot, add the water, sugar and lime juice. Simmer till the fruit is soft. Then pour this strawberries mixture through a sieve and press it through. This will make the strawberry syrup.
  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add vanilla extract and enough food coloring to achieve desired color. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, alternate with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Divide batter equally between prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, strawberry syrup, vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Put in refrigerator till cool before use.
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Chocolate Ganache Bourbon Cake

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A chocolate Ganache is just chocolate melted and beaten into heavy cream. It’s a magic substance; it can be a glaze, a filling, a coating, a solid truffle it just depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. I like a ratio of a bit more cream to chocolate for a whipped filling; this ensures that it doesn’t get too hard and difficult to spread. The bittersweet taste of a good chocolate Ganache is refreshing.

Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth and velvety mixture of chocolate and cream. Its origin is a little unclear, but it is believed to have been invented around 1850. Some say it originated in Switzerland where it was used as a base for truffles. Others say it was invented in Paris at the Patisserie Siravdin.

Ingredients

For the whipped chocolate ganache:
8 oz semisweet chocolate
2 cups heavy cream
2 tbsp brandy or bourbon
For the whipped cream:
2 cups of heavy cream
1 tbsp brandy or bourbon
1 tbsp sugar
1 bag whip it of Dr Oetker
For the cake:
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs on room temperature
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup bourbon or brandy
1 cups milk
1/2 cup of chopped pecan nuts or any nuts you have available

Instructions

1. Put the chocolate in a large, heatproof bow. Heat the cream to boiling and pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then add the salt and flavoring, if desired, and stir by hand with a spatula. Refrigerate overnight. Whip with a stand mixer or beaters until soft, whipped, and slightly lightened in color. Put in the refrigerator until you layer the cake.

2.To make the whipped cream you add 2 cups of heavy cream to a bowl add 1 tbsp of bourbon or brandy, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 bag of whip it of Dr Oetker ( that keeps the whipped cream stiff, it’s a stabilizer). Put in the refgrigerator untill you layer the cake.

3. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt: set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Beat for 2 minutes more after all sugar is gone. Add eggs 1 at a time beating after each egg for one minute. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk and brandy to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Bake at 375F oven for 25 min. You need only 1 cake layer for this cake, you can put the other one in the freezer for later use. Use a toothpick to check if it comes out clean.

4. After you let the cake cool down use toothfloss to half the cake. On the first layer you put the ganache, then top with the chopped pecans and then the whipped cream. Add the second layer of the cake and then another layer of ganache and whipped cream. Keep in the refrigerator to keep cool.

Chocolate Ganache Bourbon

12 hrPrep Time

45 minCook Time

12 hr, 45 Total Time

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    For the whipped chocolate ganache:
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp brandy or bourbon
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp brandy or bourbon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 bag whip it of Dr Oetker
  • For the cake:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs on room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup bourbon or brandy
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecan nuts or any nuts you have available

Instructions

  1. Put the chocolate in a large, heatproof bow. Heat the cream to boiling and pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then add the salt and flavoring, if desired, and stir by hand with a spatula. Refrigerate overnight. Whip with a stand mixer or beaters until soft, whipped, and slightly lightened in color. Put in the refrigerator until you layer the cake.
  2. To make the whipped cream you add 2 cups of heavy cream to a bowl add 1 tbsp of bourbon or brandy, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 bag of whip it of Dr Oetker ( that keeps the whipped cream stiff, it's a stabilizer). Put in the refrigerator until you layer the cake.
  3. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt: set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Beat for 2 minutes more after all sugar is gone. Add eggs 1 at a time beating after each egg for one minute. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk and brandy to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Bake at 375F oven for 25 min. You need only 1 cake layer for this cake, you can put the other one in the freezer for later use. Use a toothpick to check if it comes out clean.
  4. After you let the cake cool down use tooth-floss to half the cake. On the first layer you put the ganache, then top with the chopped pecans and then the whipped cream. Add the second layer of the cake and then another layer of ganache and whipped cream. Keep in the refrigerator to keep cool.
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