Christmas Candy Cane Cake

Christmas Candy Cane Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Christmas Candy Cane Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s Christmas time and I need a moist golden cake recipe much like my chocolate espresso cake. No time like a special holiday to experiment right lol.

Yield/Serving: Makes 3 – 6” inch pans
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45min – 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Cake
• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large eggs
• 1 can coconut milk
• ½ cup canola oil
• 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
Candy Cane Buttercream
• 2 cups butter, at room temperature
• 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
• ½ cup candy canes, crushed
• 3 tbsp milk
• 4 tsp pepermint extract
• Food colour/powder,gel
• sprinkles

Assembly
Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place parchment paper into three 6” cake pans and spray with non stick spray.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, canola oil, vanilla and water.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Pour batter into pans evenly and slam on counter to remove air bubbles cover with aluminum foil. (The will make the cake moist and light)
7. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
8. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 35 to 40 minutes or more.
Candy Cane Buttercream
1. Using the stand mixer with the whisk attachment beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until creamy for about 10 minutes.
2. Add in milk and peppermint extract and combine well.
Christmas Decoration
1. Do a crumb coat of white buttercream, add crushed candy canes into the buttercream between the cake layers and place in fridge, and let firm up.
2. Prepare green and red buttercream from a portion on the white buttercream for the Christmas tree and stripes and set aside.
3. Frost cake alternating red and white in a stripe and then smooth.
4. Pipe Christmas tree shape on cake and then decorate with confections.

Tips
• Add more milk if the buttercream is too dry and more confectioners’ sugar if the buttercream is too wet.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was my first attempt at stripes and this Christmas tree motif. I’m quite happy with the look of the cake; even though my lines could be straighter and such. I can only get better from here and will work on the stripes. The cake was a touch to dense for me even though with three layers the cake need some stability. My tester enjoyed the cake (aren’t they sweet); but I’m then still working on the perfect golden vanilla cake recipe, and will keep working on my current recipes. I likes the peppermint frosting and the candy cane buttercream layers which made this a festive cake.

Y is for…Yam & Pumpkin Pie

Y is for…Yam & Pumpkin Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

This is a Pie I always make in the fall or winter, whether for Thanksgiving, Christmas it has some amazing flavours.

Yield/Serving: 2 pies
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
For Crust

• 1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs
• 1 cup Chocolate Cookies crumbs
• ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
For Pie
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• 2 cups yams, peeled and rough chopped
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp ginger
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• 2 egg, whisked
• 1 can condensed milk
For Meringue
• 2 eggs whites
• 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
• Pepitas for decoration, or pumpkin seeds

Assembly
1. Preheat over @ 375°F.
2. Mix graham cracker & chocolate cookie crumbs with butter in a medium bowl until moist. Add a little more melted butter is required.
3. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of two pie plate. Bake in centre of oven, covered with foil, for 10 min.
4. Boils yams in a saucepan until tender using a fork.
5. Drain water and mash yams.
6. In a large bowl add in pumpkin, yams, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.
7. Whisk eggs in a small separate bowl and stir into the bowl filled with pumpkin and yams and mix.
8. Slowly pour in the can of condensed milk until absorbed.
9. Pour into pie shells and bake for 30 minutes.
10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
11. Using the electric mixer pour in egg whites and slowly add the confectioner’s sugar.
12. Spread meringue on pumpkin pie.
13. Garnish with pepitas.
14. Serve warm or cold.

Tips
• If you have a kitchen butane torch, it will make burning the meringue much easier. Alternatively set the oven to broil to burn the meringue.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Another amazing spin on what seems to be my most made recipes. I preferred the chocolate and graham crumb crust and also the combination on pumpkin and yam. It gives the pie a firmness that I like. I also practice some more of my piping skills and was quite happy with how it turned out.

Bleeding Eyes Fault Line Cake

Bleeding Eyes Fault-Line Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Happy Halloween everyone. This is my second favourite holiday in conjunction with Dia de los Muertos. I knew I wanted to make a new cake and well I am very happy how creepy; but cute this turned out.

Yield/Serving: Makes 3 – 6” inch pans
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45min – 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Cake

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp espresso powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups milk
• ½ cup canola oil
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tsp fancy molasses
• ½ cup boiling water
Buttercream
• 2 cups butter, at room temperature
• 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 3 tbsp milk
• 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Red food powder
• Clear Piping Gel
• Bloody candy eyes
• Black sprinkles

Assembly
Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place parchment paper into three 6” cake pans and spray with non stick spray.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, canola oil, vanilla, molasses and water.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Pour batter into pans evenly and slam on counter to remove air bubbles cover with aluminum foil. (The will make the cake moist and light)
7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
8. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 35 to 40 minutes or more.
Buttercream
1. Using the stand mixer with the whisk attachment beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until creamy for about 10 minutes.
2. Add in milk and vanilla and combine well.
Fault Line
1. Do a crumb coat of white buttercream and place in fridge and let firm up.
2. Apply eyeballs and sprinkles to cake.
3. Mix red food paint and clear piping gel until mixture turns red.
4. Pour into piping bag and decorate cake.
5. Enjoy

Tips
• Add more milk if the buttercream is too dry and more confectioners’ sugar if the buttercream is too wet.
• Batter may look far too runny; but don’t worry.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This cake was my backup cake if my more gruesome cake didn’t turn out. Well … sigh…my gruesome cake didn’t turn out because there was a technique I just couldn’t get to work. However, I am totally loving this back up cake turned out. It’s still very halloweeny and my fault line improved and it’s not keg shaped. Now I just have to work on another technique and next year I post one perfectly Halloween themed cake (fingers crossed). This is the same recipe I used for my Skull fault line cake; I just changed the decorations. Amazingly moist; but this time the buttercream had a much better texture. Not adding food colouring and whipping it for much longer helped a lot.

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

My first foray into this new cake trend. This is really a test cake for a cake I am attempting for Halloween proper; so I have to start somewhere and today is the day.

Yield/Serving: Makes 3 – 6” inch pans
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45min – 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Cake

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp espresso powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups milk
• ½ cup canola oil
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tsp fancy molasses
• ½ cup boiling water
Buttercream
• 2 cups butter, at room temperature
• 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 4 tbsp milk
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Blue food colouring
• Orange food colouring
• Purple food colouring
• Green food colouring

Assembly
Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place parchment paper into three 6” cake pans and spray with non stick spray.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, canola oil, vanilla, molasses and water.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Pour batter into pans evenly and slam on counter to remove air bubbles cover with aluminum foil. (The will make the cake moist and light)
7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
8. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 35 to 40 minutes or more.
Buttercream
1. Using the stand mixer with the fitted paddle attachment beat butter until creamy for about 1 minute.
2. Add in confectioners’ sugar into the butter and beat on low speed then add in milk and vanilla and combine well.
Fault Line
1. Do a crumb coat of white buttercream and place in fridge and let firm up.
2. When crumb coat is firm, use bowls and start preparing your coloured buttercream. (Purple being the bulk of the buttercream followed by orange for the fault line colour and white, blue and green for the swirls on top.)
3. Frost the middle of the cake with orange frosting and smooth with icing smoother.
4. Apply sugar skulls and mini skull sprinkles to orange buttercream.
5. Frost the remaining of the cake with purple frosting stopping where the sprinkle begin.
6. Ensure this layer is thicker than the layer of sprinkle and decorations.
7. Smooth with an icing smoother at sides and top.
8. Enjoy

Tips
• Add more milk if the buttercream is too dry and more confectioners’ sugar if the buttercream is too wet.
• Batter may look far too runny; but don’t worry.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I was worried there for a moment when I was pouring in the batter; but this cake looked amazing and smelled wonderful coming out of the oven. This cake is the moistest chocolate cake I have ever had and I even had some even though I am not a chocolate fan. I officially have my chocolate cake recipe. Reviews were the cake is great with a lovely texture, the perfect amount of sugar; but the coloured frosting needs work and I agree. Adding all this food colouring made the buttercream taste slightly artificial. I think I have to find a different type of food colour or add more confectioner’s sugar; which I would hate to do as I try not to add too much sugar in my bakes. The layers looked good and next time I think I will add a touch more buttercream in between and I now know I have to invest in some cake smoother & scraper tool as eye-balling turns into a keg shaped cake bulbous in the centre lol.

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Sugar Skull Fault Line Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Halloween Celebration Cakes

Halloween Celebration Cakes – Candy Coated Culinista

Last Halloween I made was expected to make another Halloween inspired cake for my work pot luck. So I took this as an opportunity to try some new cake molds.

Yield/Serving: 24
Prep Time: 1 hr.
Cook Time: 1 hr.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Chocolate Cake (4 skulls & fluted pan)

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large free-range eggs
• 2 cups whole milk
• ½ cup olive oil
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp milk
• ½ cup boiling water
Buttercream
• ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
• 1 cups confectioners’ sugar
• ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp heavy cream
• ¾ cups white candy melts
• Halloween themed candies for skulls & hole in cake

Assembly
Chocolate Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease chiffon pan cake pan with non-stick spray.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, olive oil, vanilla and milk.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Slowly add the boiling water and then increase the mixer speed to high and beat for one minute.
7. Separate out ¾ cups of batter and add a few drops of black food colouring and combine.
8. Pour black batter into four skull cavities coated in non-stick spray.
8. Pour the remaining chocolate batter into fluted pans and bake cakes for 35-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9.Allow the cake to cool for 60 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes or more.
Buttercream
1. Using the stand mixer with the fitted paddle attachment beat butter until creamy for about 1 minute.
2. Continue and add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed and add in vanilla and cream.
3. Decorate and place in fridge to firm up.
Candy Melt Coating
1. Melt white candy melts in a heat proof bowl in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melts have melted.
2. Pour over skulls and place in fridge to firm up.
3. Decorate eyes and face as desired and set aside
4. Place candies in the hole of the cake and place 3 skulls on top. Adhere with some frosting to ensure they stay in place.

Tips
• If you don’t have a mixer with a bigger bowl than traditional size this mixture will spill out. Mix a medium speed at all times.

Mini Halloween Cake, Coffins & Skeletons

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 1 hr.
Cook Time: 1 hr.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Almond Cake & Coffins & Skeletons

• 4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1 large egg
• 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp 2% milk
• 1 tsp almond extract
• few drop of orange gel food colouring
• few drops of black gel food colouring

Assembly
Almond Cake & Coffins & Skeletons

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Trace out the pan using parchment paper and place in the bottom of one 6” pan.
3. Spray pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
4. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
5. Add in egg and almond extract and continue to beat until incorporated.
6. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
7. Pour into butter mixture until just combined and then add milk and mix.
8.Split batter into half and colour half orange and the other black.
9. Pour orange batter into the 6” pan, and black into two min coffins pans & two skeleton mini pans and bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
10. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes and turn out onto cooling rack and remove parchment paper.
11. Let cool completely.

Tombstone Salted Caramel Brownies

Yield/Serving: 8 – 10 tombstones
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 10 tbsp unsalted butter
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• ¾ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
• ½ cup sea salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• ½ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp black gel food colouring
• 2 tbsp salted caramel, homemade or store bought
• White icing, to decorate

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Spray pan with non-stick spray.
3. Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan and let cool slightly.
4. Whisk sugar, cocoa, salt in a medium bowl and combine.
5. Pour the butter in slowly and whisk, then add the vanilla extract.
6. Add eggs one at a time and then add flour until incorporated.
7. Finally add black food colouring gel and don’t overmix.
8. Pour batter in pan cavities and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Leave in pans for five minutes and then turn out.
10. Repeat again if you have batter still left over.
11. Decorate with white icing and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a two day bake for me and I was working on this any free moment in between work. This turned out quite well considering there were a lot of aspects going on and the compliments kept coming in. Now I gave myself an ‘A’ for effort; but the perfectionist in me see’s the mistakes; but I’m still learning so I’ll cut myself some slack. The cakes tasted great I just have to work on coating the skulls evenly and having a steadier hand when decorating. This was still a fun bake and it was appreciated … what else can a girl ask for.

X is for … Raspberry & Peach Liqueur White Christmas Fruit Cake

X is for … Raspberry & Peach Liqueur White Christmas Fruit Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Since it is now officially autumn yet the weather is quite nice here still, I thought it would be the perfect time to start soaking my Christmas fruits and do a dry run of a fruitcake as this is all new to me.

Yield/Serving: 10 – 12 slices – 12” x 5” pan
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 3hr & 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup of glace fruit ( papaya, red cherries, green cherries, pineapple, orange peel, cherries, lemon peel)
• 1/8 cup golden raisins
• 1/8 cup dried currants
• 1/8 cup dried cranberries
• 1/8 cup dried apricots
• 1/8 cups dried dates
• 1/8 cups dried prunes
• Any other glace or dried fruits you desire to total 2 cups of fruit
• Slivered almonds
• Hazelnuts, chopped
• Pinenuts
• Peanuts, chopped
• Walnuts, chopped
• Pecans; chopped
• Any other nuts like pistachios if desired
• ¼ cup raspberry liqueur
• ¼ cup peach liqueur
• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
• ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
• 5 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp liquor mixture

Assembly
Prior to bake day
1. Using a container with a cover add in all the glace, dried fruits, and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan pour granulated sugar over low heat without stirring and let the sugar melt.
3. Once sugar starts melting start stirring immediately until the colour changes to a golden brown/.
4. Add in raspberry and peach liqueur and pour over the glace and dried fruits.
5. Stir daily and every time you remember or pass by the container and mix up the glace and dried fruits.
6. As the liquid is absorbed feel free to add more alcohol if desired.
Bake day
7. Preheat oven to 300°F.
8. Grease a pan and line with parchment paper and set aside.
9. Using an electric mixture with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until combined.
10. Add the eggs in one at a time followed by the flour until well mixed.
11. Pour the glace, fruit and nuts and combine by hand.
12. Spead mixture into pan and bake for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
13. Brush the top of the cake every 30 minutes with liqueur mixture.
14. Cover with foil and let cool in pan overnight.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I didn’t realize I would be babysitting this fuitcake for over 3 hours. Is this the normal baking time of fruitcake because that seem ridiculous to me lol. I had some leftover liquer and though this would be a good way to get rid of a bottle. This tasted great with the mix of nuts and fruits. I will be trying this again in a few days to see if the flavour changes any as fruits cakes are meant to have a longer shelf life.

Red Currant Mini Loaf

Red Currant Mini Loaf - Candy Coated Culinista

Well I am just loving the farmer’s market this year and I really just can’t get enough. My last trip I picked up red currants, purple gooseberries, scones, shortbreads and cookies, So it ended up being a heavy carb day and I was okay with that. Everything just looked so tasty it was truly hard to resist.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 – 40 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• ½ cup plain vanilla yoghurt
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 3 large eggs
• ½ canola oil
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• ¼ tsp kosher salt
• Zest from one whole lemon
• 1 cup fresh red currants

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray pan with cooking spray.
3. Using a large bowl whisk yoghurt, sugar, eggs and oil until smooth.
4. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest and combine until is smooth.
5. Pour batter into pan and add currants to the top.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
7. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes and the turn out and let cool before serving.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Red currants is another fruit I have never used before. I was so close to getting the elderberries; but a older gentlemen said it wasn’t worth the work and looking at how tiny those berries were I believed him. A one bowl recipe was exactly what was needed and this recipe came together is a flash. The slightly tart berries balance out the cake perfectly.

Gooseberry Ginger Thyme Honey Cake

Gooseberry Ginger Thyme Honey Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Another trip to the farmers market and I found another interesting fruit; the gooseberry. These spiny fruits are quite sour if you eat them alone; but combining them with other ingredients results in a delightful cake.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min. to 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Gooseberry Cake

• 1 ½ cup gooseberries, stems and bottoms removed
• 1 knob of ginger, peeled and chopped
• 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves
• 2 tbsp honey
• 2 cups self-rising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
• ¾ cups butter, softened, cut into pats
• 3 large eggs
Vanilla Glaze
• ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Milk, as needed

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place parchment paper in a 9” springform pan and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan over medium heat add a little water along with gooseberries, ginger, thyme and honey and bring to a boil and then to a simmer.
4. Place in a blender and blend until a puree.
5. Then place in a bowl in the fridge and let cool.
6. Using a medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder and set aside.
7. Using an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream sugar and butter until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Add eggs one at a time followed by 1/3 of the flour and repeat until there is no more flour.
9. Add in gooseberry puree and incorporate.
10. Spoon mixture into prepared pan spreading evenly and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
11. Using a cake tester insert and when it comes out clean and cake is a golden brown remove cake from oven.
12. Let cool for 30 minutes and then release springform and turn onto a large plate.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
When I tasted the gooseberries I thought to myself how am I going to make these less sour. I looked through my fridge for inspiration as the ginger and thyme popped out at me immediately. The cake has a subtle hint of gooseberry, thyme and ginger. I was pleasantly surprised; but I should know that when I cook on instinct with no real recipe, my best creations occur.

Naked Chocolate Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

I made this cake for my first God-son’s birthday as usual I make him a cake. This time I’m trying to make a more fanciful grown up cake.

Yield/Serving: Makes one 9 inch two-layer cake
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Medium

From Eat Delicious by Dennis the Prescott

Ingredients
Cake

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• ¾ cup unsweetened natural (not Dutch-process) cocoa powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large free-range eggs
• 2 cups whole milk
• ½ cup olive oil
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp Irish cream liqueur (such as Baileys)
• ½ cup boiling water
Buttercream
• ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
• 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp heavy cream
Chocolate Ganache
• 4 ounces dark chocolate (70%), chopped into very small chunks
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• Pinch of salt
Fruit topping
• 2 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
• 1 cup fresh blackberries
• 1 cup fresh blueberries

Assembly
Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease two 9” cake pans with butter.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, olive oil, vanilla and Irish Cream.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Slowly add the boiling water and then increase the mixer speed to high and beat for one minute.
7. Pour batter into two pans evenly and cover with aluminum foil. (The will make the cake moist and light)
8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 35 to 40 minutes or more.
Buttercream
10. Using the stand mixer with the fitted paddle attachment beat butter until creamy for about 1 minute.
11. Continue and add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed and add in vanilla and cream.
Ganache
12. Place chocolate pieces in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
13. Using a small saucepan bring cream to a simmer over medium heat.
14. Pour cream over chocolate and after about 5 minutes add a pinch of salt and stir melted chocolate until smooth.
Fruit
15. Prepare the fruit and combine in a bowl.
Cake
16. Place cake on a cake stand or serving tray and spread buttercream in an even layer.
17. Top the buttercream with some fruit.
18. Place the second cake on top of the buttercream and spread the chocolate ganache all over the top. Ensure to let a bit of ganache run over the edge.
19. Arrange the remaining fruit on top of the cake.
20. Serve.

Tips
• If you don’t have a mixer with a bigger bowl than traditional size this mixture will spill out. Mix a medium speed at all times.
• The covering the cake in aluminum foil didn’t work for me at all. It just left the centre half extremely raw. It only began to properly bake once I removed the foil.
• I omitted the Bailey’s as this was a birthday cake for a child and used orange juice instead.
• I erred on the side of caution and let the cake cool over night or for at least an hour.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is hands down the best cake I have ever made and I didn’t even have to cover up my work with frosting because it turned out so well. This is an attention grabbing cake and is worth all the time and effort for a special birthday cake. This had a wow factor and was loved by all. The cake was light and moist and the ganache was shiny and with the addition of the fresh fruits it cut the sweetness of the buttercream. I was very proud of myself and this has given me the confidence to tackle a proper layered cake. I had very high hopes and this turned out smashingly.

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

Carrot Apple Easter Cake

Carrot Apple Easter Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Carrot Apple Easter Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Nothing beats a carrot cake for Easter dinner and this recipe is one I come back to over and over again even with a few tweaks here and there.

Yield/Serving: 3 – 6” round cakes plus 6 cakelets
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: approx. 35 – 40 min.
Difficulty level: Time-consuming

Ingredients
Carrot Apple Cake

• 2 ½ cups un-sifted all-purpose flour
• 2 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp ground cloves
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 ½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 cup oatmeal crisp maple nut cereal, crushed
• 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1 ½ cup vegetable oil
• 3 eggs
• 2 cups carrots, peeled and shredded
• 2 granny smith apples, peeled and shredded
• 1/3 cup fruit mix, chopped
• 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
• 1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Buttercream
• 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 (250g) package cream cheese, softened
• 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Zest from 1 tangelo

Assembly
Carrot Apple Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Trace out the shape of the pan on pieces of parchment paper.
3. Spray the pans with vegetable oil spray and place parchment paper inside the baking pan.
4. Using a medium sized bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cereal and mix and set aside.
5. In a large bowl beat sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil and eggs.
6. Shred carrots and apples using a food processor.
7. Add the carrots, apples and fruit mix until just combined.
8. Incorporate the dry ingredients, using a whisk until just combined.
9. Mix in the nuts.
10. Pour the batter into the three pans and cakelet pans and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
11. Let cook in pans to cool and then let cool on a wire rack.
Whipped Cream Cheese Buttercream
1. Using and electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine butter and cream cheese.
2. Add in confectioners’ sugar followed by vanilla extract and continue to mix.
3. Lastly add tangelo zest.
Layered Cake Assembly
1. Use a serrated knife, trim tops and even out if necessary to level out the cakes.
2. Smear a little frosting on the silver disc so cake doesn’t move.
3. Place first layer on the bottom layer and spread some cream cheese buttercream frosting over top.
4. Then place the next layer over and spread more cream cheese buttercream frosting over top.
5. Place final layer over and cream cheese spread buttercream frosting over top and along the sides.
6. Place in fridge to let the crumb coat firm up some.
7. When crumb coat is firm using an offset spatula frost the cake entirely.
8. Decorate as desired. I made a swirl pattern on top; added some sprinkles and added some Easter coloured M&M’s.
9. Serve and enjoy.

Tips
• If you are making cream cheese buttercream omit 1/3 granulated sugar from the carrot apple cake, as there is enjoy confectioners’ sugar in the frosting to compensate. Otherwise, keep the full amount of sugar in.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Okay so I so love a carrot cake and adding in the apples was just perfect. This cake had a little bit of a Christmas cake feel with the nuts and fruit mix. I loved the amount of cream cheese in this frosting as it didn’t tasty too tangy and the tangelo flecks added a little extra something. I tried a new piping technique on top and it turned out wonderfully with a little bit of sprinkles scattered about. This recipe is really a process of love as it’s time-consuming; but so worth it.

Carrot Apple Easter Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Carrot Apple Easter Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Carrot Apple Easter Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Carrot Apple Easter Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

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