Make For Your Valentine

burnt sugar cake

Burnt Sugar Cake

  •  ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups four
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup

 Cream butter and sugar; separate eggs. Add well beaten yolks and stir thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together; add alternately with water and syrup. Beat thoroughly. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Divide batter between greased and floured layer pans. Bake at 375 degrees F about 25 minutes.

 Burnt Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water

Put sugar in heavy pan. Cook over low and stir constantly until melted and brown. Add ½ cup water and continue cooking until lumps are dissolved.

 Burnt Sugar Icing:

  • 6 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Heat syrup and butter until butter is melted. Beat in sugar and flavoring slowly until icing is of good spreading consistency. Frost Cake.

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Count Down To Christmas

Cherry Spice Cake

Cherry Spice Cake

Cake

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ cups cherry pie filling

Frosting

  • 8 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green candied cherries, cut in half, to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  For cake, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In another large bowl, sift together next 6 ingredients.  In a blender or food processor, process pie filling until cherries are coarsely chopped.  Add dry ingredients and pie filling alternately to creamed mixture, mixing until smooth.  Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.  Frost between layers, on sides, and on top of cake.  To decorate cake, refer to photo and place cherries on top of cake in wreath design.  Transfer remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip.  Pipe decorative border along bottom edge and top of cake.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Serve at room temperature.

Yield:  about 20 servings

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Count Down To Christmas

Eggnog Cake

Eggnog Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup eggnog
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 6 egg whites

 Cream butter and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately with water and eggnog. Stir in flavor. Beat egg whites in separate bowl. Add to dough 1/3 at a time. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F.

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Count Down To Christmas

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs

Decoration

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • Green and red food colorings
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Put syrup, molasses, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted. Sift flour and ginger into a bowl. Stir the baking soda into melted mixture, add to flour with enough beaten egg to mix to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and free from cracks. Cut off 1/3 dough; wrap in plastic wrap. Roll out remaining 2/3 dough thinly and cut out thirty-two 1/1/2 in squares of dough and place, spaced apart, on a baking sheet. Roll out remaining 1/3 dough and cut out six-teen 2 ½ x 1 ½ inch oblongs. Cut an inverted “v” at one of the short ends of each oblong to create a ‘pitch’ for ‘roof’. Both equal sides of “v” should measure 1 inch. Place on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Break up and place white and dark chocolate in separate bowls over hand hot water. Stir occasionally until melted. Divide white chocolate between 3 small bowls and color green and red with food colorings. Assemble each house using dark chocolate as glue. Glue 4 walls together by alternating 2 square and 2 “v” pieces. Place 2 other squares on top to form pitched roof. Leave to set. Spread remaining dark chocolate over waxed paper. When almost set, invert onto another piece of paper, peel off waxed paper and cut chocolate into ¼ in squares for roof tiles. Secure tiles onto roof with melted chocolate, working from base to top. Using colored chocolate, fill pastry bags, snip off points and pipe in doors, windows and colored beads down all the joins. Leave to set. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8

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Getting Ready For Thankgiving

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Coffee Chiffon Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Fluffy Coffee Frosting

Combine first 5 ingredients; make a well in center of mixture. Add oil, egg yolks, milk, coffee, and vanilla.  Beat 5 minutes or until satiny smooth. Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until soft peaks form. Add ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Pour egg yolk mixture in a thin, steady stream over egg whites; fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8 inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Split each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread Fluffy Coffee Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.  Yield: one 4-layer cake.

Fluffy Coffee Frosting

  • 1 ½ cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Combine all ingredients; beat at high speed of an electric mixer 5 minutes or until fluffy.  Yield: 4 cups

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

Caramel Apple Upside Down CakeCaramel Apple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

Topping:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 4 apples
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch round deep cake pan with a solid bottom. For the caramel apple topping, put the butter and sugar into a heavy pan with the water and heat gently until melted, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until it turns to a deep golden caramel color. Pour quickly into the cake pan, tilting to cover the bottom evenly. Peel, core and thickly slice the apples, toss in the lemon juice, and spread evenly over the bottom of the cake pan. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then stir in the lemon rind. Spoon the mixture over the apples and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then turn out carefully onto a warmed serving plate. Serves 6

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Count Down To Halloween

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Food coloring to decorate, if desired
  • Raspberry jam, to decorate, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Fill the paper liners three-quarters full with the batter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden. Cool on a wire rack. To make the frosting, mix the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and butter with a little hot water until smooth. Divide and color with food coloring if desired. Spread over the cakes. Drizzle with raspberry jam if desired.

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Count Down To Halloween

Halloween Coconut Cake

Halloween Coconut Cake

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filing
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool pans 15 minutes; remove and cool on rack. Fill and top with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 3 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut, sir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on paper towel to cool. Cream 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk; blend in sugar gradually. Blend in vanilla; stir in 1 ¾ cups of the coconut. Spread on tops of cake layers. Stack, spread over sides and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Decorate with Halloween candies if desired.

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Count Down To Halloween

Bleeding Fingers

Bleeding Fingers

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut
  • ½ cup raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 10 colored jelly beans

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue beating until the mixture becomes thick and glossy. Fold in the coconut. Fill a piping bag fitted with a plain ¾ inch nozzle with the meringue mixture. Pipe 3 ¼ inch lengths onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 235 degrees F and bake for a further 45 to 50 minutes, or until the meringues are light and crisp. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside to cool. Heat the jam in a saucepan over low heat until thin and runny. Pour into a bowl. Cut one end from each jelly bean and discard the end. Cut the remaining jelly beans in half lengthwise. Press the jelly bean on the end of each meringue. Drizzle with warm jam to resemble the blood. Makes 20.

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Count Down To Halloween

7-Up Cake7-Up Cake

  • 1 box lemon supreme cake mix
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (10 oz) 7-up

Mix together and bake in large pan at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Icing:

  • 1 small can pineapple, drained
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp. flour
  • juice for pineapple and water to measure ½

Cook until thick, add pineapple and 2 tablespoons butter. Cool, then put on cake.

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