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Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cake

I love baking!!!  That said, I was a bit scared of baking a red velvet anything but over this past weekend I decided to face my fears. I googled several recipes and decided on a mixture of some.

Ingredients:

For the cake;

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon strawberry red food colour

1/2 cup margarine

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon baking soda

For the frosting;

Puratos – non dairy whipping cream used here

Sprinkles

Strawberries

The cast of characters
The cast of characters

In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Then set aside.

In a small bowl mix the cocoa powder and the food colouring and set aside.

Using a wooden spoon or a mixer beat margarine and sugar in a bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time.

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Beat in the vanilla essence and the cocoa and food colour mixture.

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Add a third of the flour mixture, then beat in half of the buttermilk.

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Beat in another third of the flour and the second half of the buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture.

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In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda, it will fizz. Add the vinegar mixture to the cake batter and stir well to combine.

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Pre heat the oven, 370°F.

Line your cupcake tin with some muffin liners.

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Fill about 3/4 way.

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The recipe said to bake for 20-22 minutes but mine took about 15 minutes to bake.

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For the remaining batter I decided to bake a cake.

The cake, sliced in half.
The cake, sliced in half.

For the frosting, nothing fancy since it was just for our consumption.

Spread some whipping on one half and sprinkle some diced strawberries.

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Layer the other half and cover with the remaining whipping cream.

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For the cupcakes, I just dipped them in the frosting then sprinkled over some sprinkles 🙂

Done
Done

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I would like to mention that normally the frosting on red velvet cakes or cupcakes is cream cheese frosting not whipping cream. I didn’t have any cream cheese and honestly I’m still scared of making some O-o plus have you seen the cost of cream cheese? Jeeze!!

The cake is/was delicious.

Thoughts?

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Black Forest Cake

If you like my page on facebook or follow me on twitter you must have seen my previous complaints about my black forest cake backfiring. It got so bad that I decided not to try again. I resulted in getting my brother to bake the cake then I do the frosting.

This past weekend we were having a bridal for a good friend of mine and I offered to bring a black forest cake. At first I had requested my brother to do the baking but on second thought I decided to ask him for his recipe. I needed to face my fears. I normally hate it when cakes back fire, though my friends think otherwise since they enjoy eating my backfired cakes, ha!

This recipe is a bit different from others that I have tried. The great thing is that it worked.

Before I go on, be warned this will be a very long post full of many photos so if you are yet to have lunch I suggest you eat first :-). Oh and another thing, making a black forest is a bit tedious, not the baking part but the layering and frosting so patience is key.

Ingredients:

For the cake;

7 medium sized eggs

220 g all purpose flour – about 1 3/4 cups

23o g sugar – about 1 1/2 cups

160 g margarine – about 3/4 cup

5 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon coffee

2.5 teaspoon of baking powder

2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of passion flavour essence – optional

For feeding the cake

2 tablespoons of icing sugar

4 tablespoons of water

Some juice – optional

For the frosting

Whipping cream

Strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered

Chocolate

Equipment

Electric mixer

wooden skewer or toothpick

Start with baking the cake.

Pre heat the oven at 180°C. Grease the baking tins and line them with grease proof paper. I used 2 9 inch round tins since I wanted the cake to have four layers.

the main culprits
the main culprits

Baking this cake is pretty easy since you just dump in all the ingredients then using an electric mixer you combine the ingredients and the cake batter is ready.

All the ingredients
All the ingredients

Using the handy mixer…

Cake batter
Cake batter

Divide the batter between the two tins. Ensure they are more or less the same.

ready to be baked
ready to be baked

Bake for twenty minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. I said a prayer as I put the cakes in.

Excitement!!! I was jumping up and down. The cakes had not backfired. Thank you God.

Fresh from the oven
Fresh from the oven

Let the cakes cool for about ten minutes then remove them from the tins to cool further.

chilled out
chilled out

It’s advisable to let the cakes cool completely, this will come in handy when layering the cake. The crumbs won’t be as many.

I wrapped my cakes in clear cling film them I put then in the fridge.

Same day evening…

Layering and frosting.

Take one cake, I put mine on top of an overturned baking tin. This is to aid in layering the cake.

Start by leveling the cake.

Leveled, I guess
Leveled, I guess

Then slice the cake in half to form two almost equal layers.

tada
tada

Repeat the above steps for the second cake.

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leaning tower of black forest

Now for the fun part.

the whipping cream
the whipping cream
strawberries and whipping cream
strawberries and whipping cream

To make the sugar water, combine the icing sugar, water and juice if using. I used some orange juice that I had in the fridge. For the extra kick I guess you can put a tablespoon of rum in the mixture instead of juice.

food for the cake
food for the cake

Place the bottom layer of the cake on a board, then using a wooden skewer or toothpick poke the surface of the cake.

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Then drizzle about a tablespoon of the sugar water over the cake. This will feed the cake to ensure it continues to be moist and spongy.

Put a dollop of whipping cream on the surface of the bottom layer.

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bottom layer

Spread it evenly on the surface of the cake.

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Spread the strawberries. I had some leftover cherries so I threw them in.

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Repeat the steps for all the layers.

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After filling in all the layers, coat the entire cake with the whipping cream.

white cake...
white cake…

It doesn’t need to look perfect since you will pile on chocolate.

When it comes to putting the chocolate, you can be as creative as you want to be. You can choose to grate the chocolate and sprinkle it all over the cake. If you are in a hurry, like I was, you can cut the chocolate into chunks and stick around the cake. Don’t worry they won’t fall off, the whipping cream acts as the glue.

Decorate the top with smaller pieces of chocolate then make a border on the cake with whole strawberries that are slightly dipped in whipping cream.

talk of abstract art
talk of abstract art

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the cake
the cake

By the way I used homemade chocolate.

The cake looks so huge, I guess it’s a 1.5kg.

When it got to cake time, I was anxious to see how the layers would look. Then the bride to be sliced the cake.

Need I say more?
Need I say more?

This cake may take long to prepare but, trust me it’s worth the wait. So go on try it out, in case you don’t succeed on the first attempt don’t give up there’s always a second, third or fourth try.

Breakfast on the run

You’ve woken up late and you need to take breakfast. So what to do?

Make some cereal!

This will take less than five minutes to put together. I can guarantee that.

Ingredients:

Cereal – I used weetabix. This recipe can apply for cornflakes or muesli or whatever cereal you have on hand.

1 cup milk – apparently cereal is taken with cold milk, I prefer my milk warm so I normally warm it up in the microwave for 2 minutes

1 ripe banana

1 strawberry – optional

the main ingredient
the main ingredient

In a cereal bowl, add in your cereal.

banana, strawberry and weetabix
banana, strawberry and weetabix

Add in the sliced banana and strawberry.

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Finally add in the milk.

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Eat up, you are late for work.

PS: I don’t add sugar to my bowl of cereal plus the fruits act as the sweetener.

Quick and nutritious breakfast. Yum!!!

Anything goes

You basically put all the fruits you have on hand and make a smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas sliced

A handful of strawberries, hauled and sliced

3-4 grapes (i had the ones with seeds)

2 tree tomatoes

1/2 mango diced

1 cup vanilla yoghurt

Smoothies are best for quick lunches and breakfasts. They are pretty filling.

In a blender, throw in all the fruit pieces

mango slices,grapes,strawberry halves,tree tomato and bananas

Add the vanilla yoghurt.

Beautiful colours

Blend for about 3 minutes.

Blending

Smoothie 🙂

Delicious.

Serve chilled. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Mango and Tree Tomato Smoothie

A while back my loving mother in law sent my husband with some tree tomatoes/ tamarillos (matunda ya damu) . I had a mango that didn’t seem sweet and since I had some vanilla yoghurt in the fridge I decided to make a smoothie. Well with my excitement of inventing a smoothie I forgot to take photos.

So last week as I was doing my grocery shopping I saw some tree tomatoes on sale and I just had to buy.

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

3 tree tomatoes

400ml vanilla yoghurt

In a blender add in the mangoes.

mango and yoghurt

I should mention, hubby was making the smoothie as per my directions as I was busy doing other chores, (multi tasker). So hubby dearest had even forgotten about the tree tomatoes, luckily I was quick to ask if he had added them 🙂

tree tomatoes

When making smoothies with tree tomatoes, I prefer using vanilla yoghurt, just for the sole purpose of colour change.

The colour splash is just amazing

Blend for 2 minutes and voila.

Chill in the fridge.

Smoothies are also great as a quick breakfast.

Verdict:

Delicious

If I could do it over again:

Reduce the number of tree tomatoes to 2 or even 1 the taste completely overshadowed the mango… oh well, still tasted great.

PS. I forgot to mention, I had some strawberries like looked a bit lifeless so I asked hubby to throw them in.

So it should be strawberry, mango and tree tomato smoothie.

Lunch: Sandwich and Fruit Yoghurt

Didn’t have leftover food from yesterday night because we had take out. Since I’m trying to keep off fries this is what I made for lunch, while at work.

Vanilla flavoured yoghurt.
Fruit pieces: Strawberries and Grapes (seeded)

I carried the fruits from home.

Plus I carried some slices of bread, beef brawn slices, a tomato, cucumber and some mozzarella chunks for the sandwich.

Brown sliced bread,beef brawn slices, cucumber slices, tomato slices and some mozzarella.
Pop in the microwave for a few seconds just to get the cheese melting. Drizzle some tomato sauce and enjoy.
Quick lunch 🙂

Verdict:

Delicious.

Try making this for a quick and easy lunch, while at work. It’s very satisfying, I can guarantee that.

Photos taken via Instagram.

Quick fix: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I saw this on Laura in the kitchen and I just had to try it out. The ingredients are pretty simple and  easily accessible well except for the strawberries which at times can be hard to find.

You can make this in literary in no time since all you need to do is cut the fruits.Perfect for a quick breakfast

So in a blender add 2 ripe bananas, chopped.

Then add the halved strawberries, remember to slice off the cap. I used about 10 small to mid sized strawberries.

Then add about half a glass of yogurt. You are free to use your flavour of choice, I used strawberry flavoured yogurt. Then add about 5 tablespoons of milk,

Then blend for about 4 minutes or till all the fruits are well blended.

Add in 2 or 3 ice cubes in the blender. they not only chill the smoothie but also make it a bit frothy. However, I forgot to add them 😦

Serve in a glass and garnish with halved strawberries.

Verdict:

Very delicious and very filling.