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Snickerdoodle Cake

I recently discovered an awesome recipe for a snickerdoodle cake. And who doest like snickerdoodle? This cake is delicious. While it is not exactly like the snickerdoodle cookie, it is very close. Delicious with cinnamon buttercream!

Cake:
•1 box white cake mix
•1 cup whole milk
•1/2 cup melted butter
•3 eggs
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•2 tsp ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Buttercream:
•1 stick butter, room temperature
•3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
•3-4 tbsp milk

-Preheat oven to 350°
-In a bowl, combine cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix 2-3 minutes until well blended. Divide between prepared pans.
-Bake 27-30 min.

-When cool fill and ice with cinnamon buttercream

To make cinnamon buttercream:
Beat butter until fluffy. Add cinnamon, vanilla, and 3 T of milk, and slowly add powdered sugar. After all powdered sugar is added, increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add additional milk as necessary to get desired consistency. Enjoy!

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A Few Faves – Part 2

A few weeks ago I showcased a couple of my favorite cakes that I’ve made so I’ve decided to show a couple more. I do think that it’s kind of hard to choose favorites since I really do like all the cakes that I make.

The first cake I want to highlight is one I made for my friend Jeremy’s mom. She is a huge fan of The Beatles, so he had asked me to make her a cake replicating them crossing Abbey Road. I decided to make it colorful with the yellow and purple and even included a red stripe around the bottom part of the cake. This has become a popular cake among my friends and other people that I’ve shown my cakes to.

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Another favorite is always the Transformers cake. This was for my friend Kristy’s nephew. The small Bumblebee transformer cake went with this one. This was actually the second Transformers cake that I have made, except I included the lettering on this one and since I had practice once, I think it looks a little better than the first.

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The last cake I wanted to show was one that I made for my friend Alicia’s birthday. I knew easily that this cake would have the Coors light logo on it, she is such a fan of Coors light, she has the mountains tattooed on her foot. I had to make the grey color using black food coloring. And it actually took me two tries before getting the ‘Coors’ part to look right. This cake has also become pretty popular among my friends.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Train Cake

My friend Jeremy bought me this awesome cake pan last year for Christmas that has 9 little cake parts in it that are shaped like 9 different train cars. Naturally, I was inspired to make a train cake when I opened it. So I decided to branch out and make a chocolate and peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting. The following is this delicious recipe:

•1 cup butter (room temp)
•3/4 cup light brown sugar
•3/4 cup sugar
•1 tbsp vanilla
•4 eggs
•2 1/2 cup flour
•1/2 cup cocoa powder
•1 tsp baking soda
•1/4 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp salt
•1cup buttermilk
•12 oz peanut butter chips

-Preheat oven to 350° and prepare pan by greasing it

-In a bowl, cream butter, vanilla, and both sugars until very fluffy-about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time just until mixed

-In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt

-Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter. Be sure to begin and end with the flour mixture. Add peanut butter chips until evenly distributed

-Spoon into pan and bake 50-55 minutes

FROSTING:
•1 tbsp melted butter
•2 tbsp peanut butter
•2/3 cup powdered sugar
•3 tbsp milk

-Whisk butter and peanut butter. Whisk in powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk. Whisk
Until smooth and add remaining milk as needed

This cake was really fun to make, and I think that I might have to make another train cake with a lighter colored cake and darker frosting and maybe sone candy decorations. I found that with the chocolate cake, it was slightly harder to see the detail of the train without the frosting. Of course I think this cake would work a little better as a bigger cake rather than little ones like this. Good luck an enjoy!

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Cranberry Pear Walnut Cake

One of my favorite types of berries to bake with is cranberries and one of my favorite fruits is a pear. This is why when I discovered this recipe or cranberry-pear-walnut cake, I was pretty excited. Turns out, this was a good discovery because it was delicious. Here’s he recipe:

•2 1/2 cup flour
•2 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 tsp allspice
•3 tbsp butter
•3/4 cup sugar
•1/4 cup brown sugar
•2 eggs
•1 cup milk
•2 cups cranberries
•1 pear, peeled, cores and chopped
•3/4 cup chopped walnuts

-Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, cinnamon as allspice, set aside
-Beat butter for 30 seconds. Beat in sugars and eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture alternately with the milk. Beat on low speed
-In a separate bowl, toss cranberries, pear and walnuts with the remaining 1/2 cup flour; gently stir into the batter
-Spoon into greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350°

This cake is light and delicious and fruity. It’s perfect for the fall season. You could also use oranges or green apples instead of the pear to change up the flavor profile.

Enjoy!

Coca-Cola Cakes

My moms entire side of her family has lived in the south, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, for as long as I can remember. In fact, I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but that’s beside the point.

My grandma has always made the best homemade pies I’ve ever had, as well as the best cornbread. One cake that’s she’s made for as long as I can remember is a coke cake, made with coca-cola and it is delish

Here’s the recipe:
•1 cup coca-cola
•1/2 cup buttermilk
•1 cup softened butter
•1 3/4 cup sugar
•2 eggs
•2 tsp vanilla
•2 cup flour
•1/4 cup cocoa
•1 tsp baking soda
•1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

-Combine coke and buttermilk and set aside

-Cream butter, add sugar til blended and then add eggs until blended

-Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture. Be sure to begin and end with the flour. Mix just until blended

-Stir in marshmallows and bake 30-35 minutes at 350°

This cake has always been one of my favorite cakes, especially when my grandma makes it. Although I have been able to replicate it pretty well, nothing beats grandma’s baking 🙂

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

There’s a local bar that I go to every now and then called Beck’s Brewhouse. They usually have a few off-the-wall, seasonal beers on tap. There is one in particular that has become one of my favorites. It is a double chocolate stout and it is extremely delicious.

There’s also a recipe that I have recently discovered that is pretty good. Of course, I decided to edit it a little bit and change some stuff up. I am also pretty sure that this double chocolate stout would be perfect

The original recipe is as follows:
•3/4 cup cocoa
•2 cups sugar
•2 cups flour
•1 tsp baking soda
•pinch of salt
• 1 bottle of stout beer (ex Guinness)
•1 stick of melted butter
•1 tbsp vanilla
•3 eggs
•3/4 cup sour cream
•8 oz. cream cheese
•1 cup heavy cream
•1 lb powdered sugar

CAKE
-Preheat the oven to 350°
-Mix cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt together
-In a separate bowl, mix beer, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Mix in sour cream until well mixed
-Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
-Bake 25-30 minutes

ICING
-Blend cream cheese til light ad fluffy
-Slowly mix in heavy cream
-On low, gradually mix in powdered sugar

This frosting is slightly like my pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting, only this one is richer and creamier. The frosting also looks really cool on top of the dark, chocolatey cupcakes, almost like a perfect Guinness, with the dark bottom and a white head on top

Fun With Fondant

I’ve discovered that fondant has a few more uses than just to cover a cake. Honestly, I think that covering a cake well is one of the hardest parts about using fondant. Its always easy to roll it out and make the top look nice and smooth. But when it comes to smoothing out the sides, it becomes a little bit harder to make sure that it’s nice and smooth with no wrinkles. It’s also really pretty easy to roll it out and cut it into the shapes needed for your decorations.

Since it has the consistency like that of play-doh, it’s very easy to use and is super pliable. Take this cake for my boss’ son’s second birthday. At the time he was a big fan of cars, especially the Disney movie Cars, and trains. My boss and his wife are also slightly germophobes, so they had asked for two cakes; one for everyone and one for him to blow out the candles on, called a ‘spit-cake,’ in case he spits a little bit while blowing out the candles. The cake for everyone was the Lightning McQueen cake that I posted previously. The spit cake is this one with the little train on it. The train is only made out of fondant and pieced together to make the little train car.

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Another cake that I have used fondant to mold and make a 3-D decoration out of was this collage cake I made a for a friend’s parents. It was their anniversary and a Christmas time cake. It highlighted the college his parents met, the restaurant they own, where they’ve lived and a Christmas tree of course for the holiday season

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