Mother’s Day Marmalade Cake

Marmalade Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Marmalade Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

This is a quick a foolproof recipe to accompany gifts for those special Mother figures in your life for Mother’s Day. Nothing beats a touch of homemade as it comes from the heart.

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup self-rising flour
• 2 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp cardamom
• 1/3 cup butter, cold
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup sour cream
• 1 jar marmalade
• 3 tbsp marmalade, set aside to decorate

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 320°F and spray pan with non-stick spray
2. Sieve flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
3. Using your hands mix the cold butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
4. In a separate bowl whisk together sour cream, milk, eggs and then pour the mixture into the flour and combine using a fork until it becomes a dough.
5. Add two-thirds of the marmalade into the dough and incorporate; but don’t overwork.
6. Shape dough into a loaf and place in pan and bake for one hour, or until golden brown on top.
7. Decorate the top of the cake with the remaining marmalade and serve.

Tips
• Use any flavour of marmalade or jam you like.
• Ensure marmalade or jam is soft in consistency

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I made two of these for a part of a Mothers Day’s presents and the reviews were they were good. One said there was too much sugar; but then when they went back another time it tasted fine. I decided to decrease the sugar on my second attempt for this blog post as the marmalade has enough sugar to compensate.

Cherry Almond Yoghurt Bundt Cake

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Almond Crumble Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Almond Crumble Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

I just love a quick and tasty last minute recipe in a quirky Bundt pan.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Cake
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• 1/3 tsp vanilla paste
• Cherry Greek yoghurt (3 oz)
Almond Crumble
• ¼ cup sliced almonds
• ¾ tsp granulated sugar
• 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Glaze
• 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
• ¼ tsp vanilla paste
• ¾ tbsp milk

Assembly
Cake
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Grease a Bundt pan.
3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and vanilla paste.
6. Toss cherries in the flour mixture and set aside.
7. Slowly add in the flour mixture along with the yoghurt and mix until just blended.
8. Stir cherries into the batter slowly.
Almond Crumble
1. Using a small bowl, stir together the sliced almonds, sugar and butter.
2. Pour and spread into the bottom of the Bundt pan.
3. Pour batter into pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
4. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Glaze
1. Mix the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla paste and milk together until smooth.
2. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake.
3. Cut into slices and serve.


Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I can now add another recipe to my last minute recipe list. It looks like it took more time than it really did, which is great. Friends and family will think you went that extra mile when in actuality it took you no time at all.

I is for … Strawberry & Mango Cake Ice Cream

I is for … Strawberry & Mango Cake Ice Cream - Candy Coated Culinista

I is for … Strawberry & Mango Cake Ice Cream – Candy Coated Culinista

I was craving some ice cream which isn’t the norm for me and I had just bought Mango fruit cake from the grocery store. The thought popped into my mind to go crazy and toss some fruit and cake into the ice cream.

Yield/Serving: 4 cups (about 1000 ml)
Prep Time: 10 min.
Shelf Life: 1 week
Cook Time: See your manufacturer’s instructions per your ice cream maker.
Chilling Time: 2 hrs, or overnight

Ingredients
Ice cream
• 1 cup milk
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 6 large egg yolks
• 2 cups heavy whipping cream
• 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half and insides scrapped out
• 2 cups strawberries, chopped
• 4 slices of mango tea or sponge cake, cubed

Assembly
Ice cream
1. Combine milk, sugar and salt in saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Stirring until the sugar is dissolved and texture is smooth.
3. Whisk together the egg yolks in a large glass bowl.
4. Add the hot milk mixture to the egg yolks, pouring in a constant stream while whisking.
5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and set over medium-high heat until it has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 3 minutes.
6. Strain the base into a large bowl and mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract.
7. Set the bowl into an ice water bath and stir until the base becomes cool.
8. Remove the bowl from the ice bath and cover with plastic wrap and let chill completely for at least 2 hours.
9. Freeze in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
10. In the last few minutes of the churning process, add in the strawberries and mango cake.
11. Transfer to a chilled container and freeze until ice cream firms up before serving.

Tips
• The custard will look a little eggy but don’t fear it will turn out well.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is my take on a reverse ice cream cake if you will and it just came together amazingly well. Whole strawberries and cake inside a single scoop of ice cream seems perfect to me and I love the taste of homemade ice cream. My favourite part about this recipe is that there are no artificial flavours and that makes me a huge fan.

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Cake

 Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Much like my blueberry lemon cake with vanilla glaze, this recipe came about strictly due to free yoghurt. The strangest things happen in Toronto. Picture this – a truck at the side of the road in the Financial District for Astro Yoghurt just giving away an insane amount of yoghurt to whoever wants it. Now I actually missed the actual yoghurt being given away; but with such generous co-workers everyone had at least two packs of Greek yoghurt to take home and enjoy.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Cake

• 1 cup all purpose flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• 1/3 tsp vanilla paste
• Cherry Greek yoghurt (3 oz)
• Frozen cherries, pitted (4 ½ oz)
Glaze
• 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
• ¼ tsp vanilla paste
• ¾ tbsp milk

Assembly
Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease a Bundt pan.
3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and vanilla paste.
6. Toss cherries in the flour mixture and set aside.
7. Slowly add in the flour mixture along with the yoghurt and mix until just blended.
8. Stir cherries into the batter slowly.
9. Bake for 60 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Glaze
1. Mix the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla paste and milk together until smooth in a small bowl.
2. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake.
3. Cut into slices and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Such a moist cake and I will say yoghurt makes the best cake. I made some for my second mom just to taste test and her hubby managed to only get a small piece as everyone to a little more than their share. I then had to make another cake again 1 day later for him. Now I am being requested to make this for thanksgiving dinner just much larger. I would have made this recipe 3 times in 7 days which I find to be hilarious. My two favourite parts to this recipe was I used the cherries I picked from my second mom’s garden back at the end of June. Secondly I used my mom’s old copper Bundt pans; which funny enough I never realized were baking pans until I was tidying up the kitchen in May. I just thought they were decorative things hanging on the wall. Now I’m the proud owner of three unique mini Bundt pans and I couldn’t be happier.

CNE 2015 & Food Truck Frenzy

Bacon Nation - Slaw Dog Millionaire - Candy Coated Culinista

Bacon Nation – Slaw Dog Millionaire – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s that time of year again; and as fast as the CNE arrives it means summer is almost over; but I get to try some of those crazy CNE foods and enjoy the Food Truck Frenzy once again. This year I found a sneak peak listing of the new and interesting foods available this year and some of the must tries on the list were: Cake Poutine, Chicken & Waffles on a Stick, Poutine Balls, Bacon wrapped Grilled Cheese, Red Velvet Oreos, Garlic Snow Crab Fries with Garlic Aioli, Timbit Poutine, Deep fried Cheesecake and Frosted Flake Battered Chicken on a Stick. I really wanted to taste the Frosted flake Chicken as that is my favourite cereal; but I decided not to this time around.

I went two times again this year the CNE to spread out my food consumption: once to try the CNE foods and then back for the Food Truck Frenzy with my girls. Here is a quick rundown of the foods I tried or got reviews from other tester I went with. I ate so much at the food Truck Frenzy it was criminal and I really don’t know how I managed to pack all that away and not be in a food coma.

Garlic Snow Crab Fries with Garlic Aioli – Jack’s Lobster (Food Building) – $10
Jake’s Lobster in the Food Building was serving up snow crab over fresh cut fries and garnished with garlic aioli and fresh herbs and topped with a lemon wedge. This was one of the food items on the top of my list and it was delicious. The potion size was a little small and I could have eaten two easy; but it was delicious. The ratio of seafood to fries was bang on. I appreciated seeing some crab legs and the fries were perfectly salted. I would eat this again and again and will try to make this at home.

Cake Poutine – Culinary student from Humber College (Direct Energy Building) – $5
The cake fries are made from a rich vanilla bean infused cake and lathered in warm chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce. Bacon bits, marshmallows, strawberries and maple syrup are just some of the toppings. I had the O’ Canada Cake Poutine which was vanilla cake fries, strawberry sauce and white chocolate chips. This was a must try for me as I had to support these two ladies who created the booth that were from my Alma Mata Humber College. The cake was dense but soft and held up to the sauce. I enjoyed this a lot and it was a creative spin on a Canadian classic. I even took a little home as I was beyond full at the end of the night.

Chicken & Waffles on a Stick $8
It’s like a corndog but with the hog dog replaced with the chicken and the cornbread casing is now a waffle batter. I was told it was overrated and I still really wanted to try it but I couldn’t find the booth.

Bacon wrapped Grilled Cheese – Bacon Nation (Food Building) – $10
Bacon wrapped cheddar & mozzarella sandwich served with special ketchup. A review of this sandwich was it was overpriced and shrunk a lot upon cooking and the bacon wasn’t crispy; which defeats the purpose as how can you eat a sandwich wrapped in bacon and chew through it with chewy bacon. I believe this was an opening problem as when I saw pictures as the days passed the grilled cheese started having a crispier bacon covering.

Red Velvet Oreos –3 for $8
Double stuffed Oreos dipped in red velvet batter and deep fried; dusted with confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese icing. A common review I heard was it was little pricy and wasn’t necessarily worth the price; which makes sense but you are buying this for the novelty of it.

Deep Fried Cheesecake – Pickle Pete’s -$7
A New York style cheesecake wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried and served with cinnamon sugar and chocolate syrup on top. This was recommended to me to give a try as it was surprisingly light; but I am not a cheesecake lover.

Food Truck Frenzy

This year there seemed to be a Beer Event being held within the Food Truck Frenzy and there were beer pairings offered for foods from the trucks. I personally wasn’t a fan of this as I don’t drink beer and then all of the trucks didn’t offer drinks this year. My only option was to go to the Coca Cola stand to buy Coke products. I don’t drink pop or caffeine either so I had to wait until I found my lemonade vendor as I know they are always in the Direct Energy Building. I will say I wasn’t the only one to complain. I heard many complaints and surprisingly men to were at the top of this list to air their feelings.

Slaw Dog Millionaire – Bacon Nation – $12
Bacon wrapped hot dog with apple slaw. I never eat hot dogs and when I do they are always chicken hot dogs so this was a great change for me. I loved the saltiness of the hot dog and the crunch of the slaw.

Apple Porkfection – Bacon Nation – $12
Pulled Pork, bacon strips, apple slaw on a bacon bun. This was sweet and salty the perfect combination.

Athens Fries – Pappas Greek “on wheels” – $9

Feta, Tzatziki & gravy. I’m a sucker for a poutine without the cheese curds. I couldn’t finish this and had to share. The tzatziki is the best I’ve ever had as it was thicker, creamier and more complex. I’m not sure what they did to it but it was amazing. I would go back and buy and container if that was possible.

Feta Fries – Pappas Greek “on wheels” – $8
Just like the Athens Fries minus the gravy. I preferred my version better; but this was still amazing and the owners were so polite.

The Lumberjack – Gorilla Cheese – $10
Bacon, granny smith apple, maple syrup, aged cheddar. A sweet and salty combo that was very satisfying and worth every penny.

Shawarma Bombs – Gourmet Guyz – $7
Tabbouleh, rice and chicken wrapped inside a wonton wrapper served with dipping sauce. This was one of the more inventive food options at the food truck frenzy.

Lemon Heaven – Cherry Lemonade – $3.50
A must have for me. This time I had a cherry lemonade a favourite flavour of mine. It’s never too sweet and the perfect refreshing palate cleansing drink.

Like usual I had an excellent food adventure and everything I tasted was delicious. This year I noticed those ingredients that Canadians love being: poutine, gravy, cheese bacon were available at every food truck and I’m not complaining, were in Canada eh!

Bacon Nation - Apple Porkfection - Candy Coated Culinista

Bacon Nation – Apple Porkfection – Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon Heaven - Cherry Lemonade - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon Heaven – Cherry Lemonade – Candy Coated Culinista

Cake Poutine - O' Canada - Candy Coated Culinista

Cake Poutine – O’ Canada – Candy Coated Culinista

Gourmet Guyz - Sharwarma Bombs - Candy Coated Culinista

Gourmet Guyz – Sharwarma Bombs – Candy Coated Culinista

Pappas Greek - Athens Fries & Feta Fries - Candy Coated Culinista

Pappas Greek – Athens Fries & Feta Fries – Candy Coated Culinista


Pappas Greek - Candy Coated Culinista

Pappas Greek – Candy Coated Culinista

Gorilla Cheese - Lumberjack - Candy Coated Culinista

Gorilla Cheese – Lumberjack – Candy Coated Culinista

Bacon Nation - Candy Coated Culinista

Bacon Nation – Candy Coated Culinista

Food Truck Frenzy - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Truck Frenzy – Candy Coated Culinista

Food Truck Frenzy - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Truck Frenzy – Candy Coated Culinista

Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake

Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

I never thought I would say this but I am officially a cake lover. Just in the last year I have realized I really enjoy cake and I mean all types (even the chocolate and red velvet I try to stay away from because I don’t like chocolate and cream cheese on cakes; they are slowly creeping into my dessert selections) and I’m eating more of my creations instead of giving them all away. I must say for a newly self proclaimed cake lover a breakfast cake is the way to go for me.

Yield/Serving: 8 loafs and one mini cake
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 70 min. for me
Difficulty level is: Easy

Slightly altered from Seven Spoons

Ingredients
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp poppy seeds
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
• 4 eggs, at room temperature
• Seeds scraped from a vanilla bean, or 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream or yoghurt
• Juice and lemon zest from one whole lemon
• 1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 300°F with a rack in the middle of the oven.
2. Butter or spray pan with non-stick spray.
3. In a large bowl whisk flour, seeds and sea salt and set aside.
4. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar for 8 minutes on medium-high, scraping regularly. (or use a spatula edged paddle attachment)
5. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time.
6. Add the vanilla.
7. On low speed add half the flour, milk, lemon juice and zest, and the last of the flour and don’t overmix.
8. Fold in the blueberries by hand.
9. Pour mixture into prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
10. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
11. Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes in the pan.
12. Unmold and let cool completely.

Tips
• I used milk instead of crème fraiche or sour cream.
• Cake can be kept for 4 days covered or under a cake dome.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I used milk as I had no intention of wasting money on a container of crème fraiche when the recipe only requires 2 tbsp. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and I will say I questioned creaming the butter for 8 minutes as that seemed to be very long time; also I have never done this in the past, but the batter turned out amazingly. I have been enjoying my snacking cake for breakfast as fruit and poppy seeds make perfect sense for breakfast. My taste testers said this had the right amount of sweetness; granted a few were like oh blueberry and poppy seeds “what no chocolate” I said here’s a healthy cake for once. I think next time I will add more lemon as I like the brightness lemon adds. This recipe reminds me a lot of my Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Vanilla Glaze, which is probably why I gravitated to this recipe in the first place. I will be making this again and again.

Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Super Moist Carrot Cake

Super Moist Carrot Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Super Moist Carrot Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

This recipe evolved from a recipe my second mom/big sister uses. She makes this carrot cake all the time and she finally divulged the recipe as she realized with two boys, she has no one to pass her recipes over to and her I am just begging for them. I took her recipe and of course C.C’d it, because I just can’t leave a recipe alone.

Yield/Serving: 3 – 6” round cakes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: approx. 35 – 40 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• 2 ½ cups unsifted 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
• 4 cups carrots, peeled and grated
• 1/3 cup Christmas fruit mix, optional
• 1/3 cup pistachios, optional
• 1/3 cup walnuts, optional
• 1/3 cup pecans, optional

Assembly
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. Add in the carrots and Christmas frit mix until just combined.
7. Incorporate the dry ingredients, using a whisk until just combined.
8. Mix in the nuts.
9. Pour the batter into the three pans and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
10. Using a flexible cake knife, run it along the edges of the cake pan and then remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack.

Tips
• I’m not a fan of cream cheese frosting, but feel free to make a cream cheese frosting if desired.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
Yesterday when I saw my second mom she gave me a big thumbs up and said you did good. I told her I altered her recipe; which she could tell and she still enjoyed it. My dad called and gave me a glowing review – “This is the best carrot cake I have ever had, you did an amazing job” When he said this I just had to give myself a pat on the back.

My thoughts
When I started grating the carrots by hand using my little (the size of my hand) one sided grater; all I keep saying to myself was there’s got to be an easier way and why in the world would someone make this cake so regularly with all this working out. If I continue to make carrot cake I will need to invest in a box grater or something better than my tiny grater. As for the carrot cake I can’t believe my first attempt at a carrot cake turned out perfectly. I even changed and half batched up a recipe and altered it and it still turned out. I think I really knocked this one out of the park. The top was crunchy as the knife broke into it followed by a super moist interior. I am so proud of myself and beside the arm breaking grating I loved this cake and will make it once and awhile.

Maple-Honey Upside Down Apple Cake & Mango-Orange & Passion Fruit Tequila Sunrise

Maple-Honey Upside Down Apple Cake & Mango-Orange & Passion Fruit Tequila Sunrise - Candy Coated Culinista

Maple-Honey Upside Down Apple Cake & Mango-Orange & Passion Fruit Tequila Sunrise – Candy Coated Culinista

For the first time since my childhood I went trip to a book fair and it was just like I remembered it. I went to the Toronto International Book Fair and visited many independent publishers and writers. I even came across Scholastics; publishers that I used to love as a child and still do today. There were authors and artist on hand having book signings and workshops and after a few hours at the fair I of course came home with a few more cookbooks and Robert Muncsh stories. One of the books that caught my eye was the lovely cover of Homemade Decadence.

Slightly Altered from Homemade Decadence – Joy The Baker

Maple-Honey Upside-down Apple Cake

Yield/Serving: 12” cake
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 40 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Apples
• 4 golden delicious apples, cored and cut into ½” wedges
• ½ cup Canadian maple syrup
• ½ cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
• ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
• ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Cake
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
• ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 2 large eggs
• ¼ cup organic honey
• ½ cup packed golden brown sugar
• 1 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and grated

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease the cast-iron skillet with unsalted butter.
3. Fan the apples wedges in a circular fashion on the outside part of the skillet.
4. In a medium size saucepan over medium-high heat, combine maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until butter melts and let simmer for 4 minutes.
5. Pour half of the syrup over the apples and set aside the remaining.
6. Using a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt.
7. In a medium size bowl combine the melted butter, eggs, honey, sugar and the grated apple.
8. Pour the wet mixture and whisk into the dry mixture until just combined.
9. Dollop mixture over top of the apples and smooth out.
10. Bake for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
11. Let cool for 5 minutes and then run a knife along the edges of the cake to loosed and then turn out onto a platter.
12. Drizzle with the remaining syrup and serve.

Tips
• The cake will keep for up to 3 days

Please Enjoy
Mango-Passion fruit Tequila Sunrise

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 2 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1cup mango orange juice
• 1 oz tequila
• 2 tbsp grenadine
• 1 cup passion fruit juice
• 6 ice cubes
• 1 pint glass
• 1 drinking glass

Assembly
1. In a drinking glass mix together the mango orange juice and tequila and set aside.
2. In the pint glass pour the grenadine in and top with ice cubes.
3. Pour in the passion fruit juice.
4. Slowly pour in the mango tequila mixture.
5. Serve immediately.

My thoughts
Both Mr. C and myself found that the recipe lacked some flavour I also found it was a little dry and I would want more syrup. The tequila sunrise was lovely fruity, bright and punchy casual cocktail. I scaled back on the amount of alcohol to suit my liking and I loved the layers of colour. I will be making these again for sure.

Maple-Honey Upside Down Apple Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Maple-Honey Upside Down Apple Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon and Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Vanilla Glaze

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

I was walking to work one morning and it was such a nice day out (for March), that I decided to take my walk to work outside and not use the underground PATH. When I got to Yonge & King there were free samples of Silhouette Greek Yogurt being handed out. I was given blueberry and since Mr. C. has his favourite yogurt already in the house and I don’t like the stuff unless it’s in a smoothie, (It’s a texture thing). I decided to find a recipe where I could use it and not waste my freebies. I knew that yogurt could be used in cakes to make it extra moist so I made a go of it.

Yield/Serving: 1 bread loaf pan & 1- 9” cake pan
Prep Time: 30 minutes for cake, 10 minutes for syrup and 10 minutes for glaze
Cook Time: 55–60 minutes for Bread loaf and 50-55 minutes for 9” cake pan
Difficulty level is: Medium (Labour intensive but so worth it)

Ingredients
Cake
• Flour to grease the pans
• Butter to grease the pans
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp of salt
• 400g Blueberry Greek Yogurt
• 2 cups sugar
• 6 eggs
• 2/3 cup canola oil
• Lemon zest grated from one lemon
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 125g (4.4 oz) fresh blueberries & 2 tsp flour
Lemon Simple Syrup
• 2 freshly squeezed lemons, juiced
• 2/3 cup sugar
Vanilla Glaze
• 3/4 cup powdered sugar
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• milk, as needed

Assembly/Method
Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Grease and flour a bread loaf pan.
3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. In a separate large bowl (or your mixer bowl), whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, canola oil, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
5. Now add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix (using the paddle attachment) until batter is smooth.
6. In a small bowl sprinkle 2 tsp of flour over blueberries and toss to coat.
7. Gently fold blueberries into the cake batter.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick tester comes out clean.
9. Now start of the lemon simple syrup. (see below)
10. When the cake is finished baking, run a silicone knife along the edges of the pan to loosen.
11. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
12. Transfer cake to wire cooling rack on top of a sheet pan.
13. Pour the lemon syrup over the cake and allow it to soak in.
14. Let cake cool (for at least an hour or longer if you have the time).
15. Prepare the vanilla glaze. (see below)
Lemon Simple Syrup
1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the lemon juice and sugar.
2. Cook until the sugar dissolves completely.
3. Turn off heat and set aside.
Vanilla Glaze
1. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and enough milk to make a glaze consistency.
2. Pour over the cooled cake and let it run down the sides.
3. Transfer to a serving platter, slice and enjoy!

Tips
• I was making dinner and baking at the same time so counter space was at a premium for me. If you don’t have lots of counter space you can take the cake out of the pans and let it cool, and put the cakes back in the pan and pour the simple syrup on them. When it’s time to pour the glaze on, you can place the cakes on some wax paper on a cutting board and let it cool – This is what I did.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
I gave Mr. C. six thick slices to take into work in the morning, and within an hour of him getting in, he emailed me to say. I have requests for the cake recipe.
“I have to say that was delicious indeed. And I didn’t feel guilty eating it…should I have?”

“I do like my lemon-y desserts. Also, it’s totally moist and that glaze was definitely the best”

Mr. C. said, “The cake was really moist and I enjoyed the bursts of fruit flavor when you bit into those pieces. The lemon added a bit of tartness to it and the hint of vanilla glaze on the outside made for a sticky mess on my hands, but it balanced against the tartness of the lemon nicely. If anything I would ratchet up the icing used a little bit to balance between the sweetness and tartness, as the blueberries were fairly tart themselves.”

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Lemon & Blueberry Yogurt Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Happy One Year Anniversary Celebration Cake

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Happy Anniversary Candy Coated Culinista!

Cheers to one year of blogging.

As they say time flies and has it ever. Last May I finally decided to start this blog because my favourite cookies (Post #1 – Chocolate Diablo Cookies from the Tacofino Food Truck in BC) were a part of a cooking club challenge. I took this as a sign to do a little bit more with my love of baking and cooking, and till then my escapades sat on my laptop in many word documents just for myself. Since my mom passed away almost three years ago I have been promising myself to do and try everything once; even if I’m unsure whether it is a weird food or a new activity. Let’s face it we have no clue when our time is up and it would be great to say at the end, that we have tried and done all we could, when we could and was able to. With my new philosophy I have been keeping to it and am proud to have reached my one year with consistently posting and sharing my food journals. From my food to my DIY’s, my lemony letdowns to my quests, events, techniques and adventures I have enjoyed this blog immensely. Every day when I am going about my daily routine I find that food is always in my head in minor or major roles. I am thinking about food styling, photo shoots, food pairings, and “is this blog worthy” or not and just jotting down ideas on sticky notes for later. Sometimes things come from it and sometimes not; but one thing that I notice resonates with me is I love a good challenge. Occasionally the food I pick is a real challenge; but for me it’s all about the journey and what I learn from it. Even when my recipe becomes a lemony letdown it’s ok, because this is just step one in a journey to master what I am trying to achieve. One day I will get there no matter how many attempts it takes me.

Thanks for reading and enjoying my blog so far as I love hearing the comments and even the requests to try something new.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 10
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Cake
• 3 ½ cups cake flour, sifted
• 4 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
• 4 egg at room temperature
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup 2% milk, at room temperature
• Sprinkles, confetti quinns, to decorate

Frosting
• 2 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 5 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Food colouring

Assembly
Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line two 9” round cake pan with parchment paper and grease and flour the parchment paper.
3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
4. Using an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter until soft, 1-2 minutes.
5. Add ½ cup of sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
6. Add eggs and the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
7. On low speed continue add in the flour mixture and the milk alternating in three parts, ending with the flour and let mix until just combined.
8. Divide the batter into the two prepared cake pans and smooth the top.
9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
10. Let cool in pan until completely cooled.
11. Use a cake leveler and shave of excess if needed.
12. Place frosting on top of the first cake and frost, then place the second cake on top.
13. Frost the remaining sides of the cake.
14. Decorate with sprinkles
Frosting
1. Using an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment cream butter on high until light and fluffy.
2. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
3. Add confectioners’ sugar one cup at a time until well combined.
4. Add in vanilla extract and food colouring and combine.
5. Decorate the cake.
6. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Tips
• If your frosting is too thin, you can add more icing sugar a few tablespoons at a time until you achieve desired consistency.
• Wrap each cake in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1 hour to allow the frosting to adhere well.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was my second layered cake ever and I was quite pleased that my frosting this time wasn’t hard and it was easy to spread and decorate. I did find my cake to be dry and too crumbly though and I have to re-vamp this recipe. I still gave pieces to my friends as they have to suffer through the bad along with all my perfectly edible treats they get all the time. I told them upfront that “It’s a little on the dry side but you get all the good treats so you have to at least take a bite and chuck the rest. There is ten dollars in buttercream and that isn’t going to waste.” This is how you guilt people into eating your food and for my friends it works. My next attempt I think I will be to make a simple syrup to pour over the cake to help it stay moist and possibly find a cake decorating class in town. I also had issues moving the cake from the decorating table to the cake stand. I am such a novice I know I am missing some key important steps to make this whole process easier. I was still super proud of myself and almost a year from my first attempt at making a layered cake to today the results have vastly improved and for that I am truly thankful.

I received many compliments on my buttercream as it wasn’t overly sweet and had the perfect texture. I was even asked to make a batch for God-son’s mother. She was making cupcakes for her God-son and wanted my buttercream. Yippee! She is a wonderful cook, baker, seamstress, hairstylist basically anything creative she is great at; she even made my wedding, bridal shower and bachelorette party cakes. This made me feel totally amazing.

**** I did some quick research and it could really be anything : the oven temperature is too high, too much of an ingredient, not enough of another, over baked, the recipe itself, the flour, too many eggs or butter, not enough fat, too much sugar. These could all be the reason why my cake turned out poorly. It’s a great starting point but this is basically means any and possibly this entire recipe was wrong. I think it’s time to try another recipe and see what happens. I will decorate a cake again one I have achieved the perfectly moist cake.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

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