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Quick hello

I am currently sitting on my kitchen floor with my boxer Daisy. Yesterday I finished my Christmas shopping and wrapped presents (lots of fun! i absolutely adore giving presents!!) today me and my father are heading to the grocery store in the beautiful rain to procure some ingredients for my holiday baking. I get three weeks off of school this year and trust me they will be spent well and in the kitchen! I plan on baking cinnamon rolls(christmas-cinnamon-rolls) for christmas morning (tradition that I carried on for my dad because his mom used to do it, and i luckily found a recipe that I can start the day before other wise it wouldn’t happen!) the swedish cookies pepparkakor that are rolled in cinnamon and sugar YUM!(pepparkakor-mmmmm) peanut butter cookies(peanut-butter-cookies) that I am handing out to my brothers friends for presents, peanut butter cake (peanut-butter-cake), brioche bread, spiced slice and bake cookies, chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar then baked, gingerbread, and maybe sugar cookies for my brother since they are his favorite. Clearly my family and I plan on gaining some holiday weight haha :). I hope to get recipes, pictures and stories up soon! I already have the pictures for the spiced slice and bake cookies and chocolate biscotti done so soon *fingers crossed*. I truly hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a beautiful Christmas with your family!! God Bless you all!! 🙂

quick note 🙂 some of the recipes i mentioned I have already posted, so the links are included they are just in super light blue but right next to the name.

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Classic white cake – lemon

 

I usually don’t like making cakes, I feel like making the batter doesn’t take enough time and it requires no skill. There is one cake I will never get sick of making though and that  is this cake, Classic white, and that is because for this cake you don’t just mix everything together and add eggs..you also have to beat together egg whites “until stiff peaks form” and then carefully fold them in. This cake is beautiful and if you choose to add lemon flavoring..its perfect for spring! I got the recipe from my all american cookery book.

 

The recipe

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Very easy just start by creaming the sugar and butter which is just mixing the two.

butter and sugar

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Then combine the flour and baking powder, add to the butter and sugar mixture alternately with one cup of milk

 

..mix well after each addition. Add the salt and extracts, instead of lemon you could do almond, just vanilla, maple, coconut, or even walnut.

 

the extracts and salt

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is where it gets fun 🙂 beat the 6 egg whites until stiff peak forms (you can save the yolks and make a yellow cake! I’ll post the recipe for that cake next time) after gently folk in to the batter.

 

cake batter

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Divide the batter equally in to two cake pans that are buttered and floured (make sure you flour the pans, I didn’t think it necessary and a bit of the cake stuck to the bottom even though the pans were greased)

 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 375, if the cake starts browning too quickly, cover the cakes with tin foil, then let them continue baking.

the finished cake

 

I finished the cake with lemon icing that was perfect with the cake..heres the recipe:

frosting:

3 tablespoons butter

3 cups sifted powder sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

dash of salt

Just combined the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk till combined.

I also topped the cake with strawberries because my best friend said it would look good..and she was right..not only looked good but tasted amazing!!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend and an awesome Easter Sunday!


Coconut cream pie…..CAKE!

If you like cake or maybe coconut or cream cheese try this cake!!!! It was honestly amazing! I made this cake when my friend was over this past weekend and it was awesome! Now if you do make this cake  make sure you serve it after it spends the night in the fridge, its amazing cold :).  I found this recipe in Bon Appetit magazine, this cake is from a resteraunt called “Hominy Grill” and they call it “Classic coconut cake” but I thought coconut cream pie cake was a more appropriate name since it describes the cake perfectly. Now this is a dense dense cake, all you need is one slice..you do not go back for seconds with this one..the cake is like a meal! It took me a while to realize this cake was like coconut creme pie though..but if after reading this you try the recipe and finish the cake and let it cool over night…and then the next day you take a bit you’ll realize what i mean right away.

k so for this recipe you will need:

for the cake:

  • nonstick vegetable spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs whites

for the frosting

  • 31/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1  8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • extra coconut to cover the beautiful cake

Cake:

K, so to start preheat the oven to 350 and coat two 9 inch cake pans with nonstick spray..set aside. Mix the flour and coconut in a medium bowl set aside. Whisk buttermilk and baking soda in a small bowl(..k little insider help..don’t use a coffee cup or something that can barely hold a cup..the buttermilk mixture expands so use a big enough bowl so you don’t have to dirty up 3 dishes for this one step haha) set aside.

I took this after it started growing so before and

and after

Beat sugar, and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy…2 minutes..add the egg yolks and beat to blend. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk mixture in 2 additions..beating just to blend.

  Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon salt in another large bowl until peaks form. Add 1/3 of egg white mixture to batter and fold in just to blend. Fold in remaining egg white mixture in two additions.

before adding the egg whites

 

batter with the egg whites added

Divide the batter between the two cake pans and bake the cakes for about 35  minutes. When the cakes are done remove them from the pans and let them cool on racks.

Frosting:

Use an electric mixer and beat sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. When the cake has cooled start frosting and when the cake is completely covered with this deliciousness start topping with more coconut…I sprinkled coconut all over, even on the sides and it came out perfect 🙂 .

finished 🙂

yummy

I hope you decide to give this cake a try..its worth it.

Hope you all have an awesome Friday and amazing weekend!!! 🙂


peanut butter cookies*

Okay so I have been wanting to type up this recipe for the longest time and I finally have free time today..so much free time that I plan on dying my hair, relaxing with a mud mask, making these cookies for my broken brother 🙂 and watching an awesome movie…maybe Narnia? I added my own twist to this recipe one night when my brother and his friends wanted  peanut butter cookies..now I use to suck at making peanut butter cookies but this recipe is awesome it works..your cookies will be amazing!.

For this recipe you need the following:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cactus honey powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • extra sugar 🙂

In a large bowl start by beating the butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds (do it..30 seconds..not 20..30 🙂 ). Add the sugar, brown sugar, cactus honey powder, honey, baking soda and baking powder. Beat till combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla till combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer..stir in the rest. Shape the dough in to 1 inch balls ( I use a melon baller)(don’t make them any bigger because then they wont be as good) roll in additional sugar to coat and place on an ungreased cookie sheet…flatten with fork making the crisscross marks. Bake the cookies at 375 for about 8 minutes. Let the cookies cool a minute on the sheet before you transfer them to a wire rack.

this dough is so easy to work with you'll love it!

I could eat a million

I hope you try this recipe and love it!

Have an awesome weekend!!

*I need an idea for a name for my peanut butter cookies..it would be awesome if some how the name could involve mumford and sons because on the piece of paper that had this recipe written down was also a song by them that I didnt want to forget.