Tagged ‘baking’

  • “Real Carrot” Cupcakes

    Recipe: “Real Carrot” Cupcakes

    Summary: The classic combo of carrot cake and cream cheese icing is given a twist with cookie crumb “dirt” and candy “carrots” that look as though they are planted in the dirt. Kids of all ages love plucking out the carrot, partially because it is not immediately obvious what it is! The key to these are the candy carrots, which can be purchased from specialty baking stores or ordered online. These just might be the easiest cupcakes in the book.

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  • Coconut Cake

    Tropical Coconut Cake

    Recipe: Coconut Cake with an Orchid

    Summary: I was introduced to this gorgeous cake by Alison Mesrop, a wonderful chef, who made it for dessert one evening. The people at the table couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and how good it tasted. Remember, the orchid is meant for ornamentation only, not for nibbling!

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  • Tres Leches Cake… minus the leches?!

    After taking just one look at this recipe, it isn’t a mystery why the thick and creamy cake is called tres leches, or “three milks” in Spanish. This inviting dessert is soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream. Growing up in the southern peninsula Florida, I had my share of tres leches cake. Or, did, until high school hit and I found out I’m allergic to leche!

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  • The Cutest Carrot Cake You Ever Did See

    For the past few years, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday sitting mindlessly bored on someone’s couch, pretending to watch the big game. Oftentimes, I would at least make it my personal responsibility to eat bowl after bowl of chili, but this year I went in a completely new direction.

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  • Carrot Cake


    Recipe: Carrot Cake

    Ingredients

    • •2 cups all-purpose flour
    • •2 teaspoons baking powder
    • •2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • •1 teaspoon baking soda
    • •1 teaspoon salt
    • •1 1/4 cups toasted chopped walnuts or pecans

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  • Red Velvet Cake


    Recipe: Red Velvet Cake

    Summary: Many people mistakenly think that red velvet cake is a chocolate cake. It actually has very little cocoa in the batter; my version has more than most. It does have a reddish, chocolaty color, due to the small amount of cocoa powder and a large quantity of red food coloring. Many recipes suggest doubling the amount of red food coloring; feel free to adjust as you like. I have listed this cake in the Basics section because it is used more than once in Chapter 3, and I bet you will find multiple uses for it too.

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  • For the Bakeorator

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    If you have a loved one who loves to decorate as much as he or she loves to bake, Cake Balls is the gift to give. Pair it with some necessary accessories [candy melts, sprinkles, edible glitter], and you’ve created a decor-baker’s dream! Plus, these sweet spheres of goodness make the perfect gift to give for anyone who loves to eat.

    Cake Balls Gift Basket

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  • Gingerbread: Endless Possibilities

    It’s National Gingerbread Day! Gingerbread happens to be one of my favorite holiday snacks. I don’t mind nibbling on sweeter cookies, but I much prefer the dark, spiced treats of the season, and I could munch on gingerbread all day.

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  • Sugar Pretzels (Mandelbrezeln | Kringlor)

    Pretzel Christmas Cookies

    Recipe: Sugar Pretzels

    Summary: This is an elegant, not-too-sweet cookie with a classic whitepearl-sugar topping; this kind of sugar looks like the coarse salt that you would use on savory pretzels and can be ordered from King Arthur Flour The Baker’s Catalogue. Shaping the pretzel might seem difficult, but just read the directions and take it step by step.

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  • Cucidati (Christmas Fig Cookies)

    Christmas Fig Cookies

    Recipe: Fig Cookies • Cucidati

    Summary: These cookies feature a tender rolled pastry filled with asophisticated filling moist with figs, but also flavored with apricot, raisins, candied peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. The crunchy, coarse-sugar topping is elegant; the multicolored nonpareil version is fun and festive—your choice. The cookies do take time to make, but none of the steps are complicated. Note that the 100 percent apricot fruit spread used in the filling is less sweet than apricot jam, so please be sure to buy the correct ingredient.

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  • Easy Christmas Wreaths

    Christmas Wreath Cookies

    Recipe: Easy Christmas Wreaths

    Summary: These easy, crunchy, no-bake wreath-shaped candies are colorful and great to make with kids. With just four ingredients, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

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  • Chocolate Bourbon Balls

    Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Balls

    Summary: This no-bake confection always seems to find its way into cookie collections since it is so easy to prepare and makes a great holiday treat or gift. A combination of crushed cookie crumbs, ground nuts, sugar, chocolate, and bourbon, with a little corn syrup to help hold them together, they have a pleasantly chewy texture. These are best if aged at least overnight, and even better after a few days. Some say they hit their peak after a month, so plan accordingly.

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