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#271 Sun 11 Apr 10 8:48pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

Sounds good.
Made your orange poppy seed cake the other day.  Turned out nice. 
I think the middle eastern orange is next.  I still need to find orange flower water.

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#272 Sun 11 Apr 10 10:30pm

bcrain

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

You could possibly find it in Indian shops... that's where I get my rose water.

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#273 Sun 11 Apr 10 10:33pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

I went to a middle eastern market yesterday they had every sort of water BUT!
I'm thinking though that I did see it in the liquor section of a reg market I frequent.
I'll look for it there.
Thanks.

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#274 Wed 14 Apr 10 6:23pm

bcrain

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

Just a tip on the ginger cake... if you don't like it too strong tasting of molasses, you could dilute it with a bit of golden syrup.

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#275 Wed 21 Apr 10 5:23pm

Saltsea

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

Last week-end I made this puppy for my husband's birthday, it was fabulous!

Earl Grey Chocolate Cake
Serves 12

For the cake:
1 cup boiling water
6 Earl Grey tea bags
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the ganache:
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar

-Place the tea bags in the cup of boiling water. Let sit.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray 2 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray. Cut out two pieces of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pans, and line them.
-Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Sift cocoa powder into another medium bowl.
-Squeeze out the tea bags and pour the tea over the cocoa powder, whisking to blend.
-In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Add butter to the egg mixture and beat until blended.
-Beat in the cocoa mixture, and add the buttermilk and vanilla.
-Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined.
-Split batter between the 2 cake pans.
-Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
-Allow cake to cool completely.

-Place the chocolate, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
-In a small saucepan bring cream and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar.
-Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and let stand 1 minute. Whisk until melted and smooth.
-Chill the ganache until thickened and spreadable, about an hour.

-Carefully take the cakes out of the pans and remove the parchment paper.
-Place one cake on a plate and top with ganache. Add the second layer and top with the remaining ganache.
-Refrigerate to set ganache. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.   whistle

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#276 Thu 29 Apr 10 8:39pm

jutta73

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

I usually follow a recipe to make a cake but last night I went out on a brave culinary limb and made by own cake from scratch. It turned out wonderfully. It is flavoured hazelnut, orange and chocolate. I have pics and recipe on my blog at:

http://happyvalleycook.blogspot.com/201 … ation.html

I have decided that the basic cake batter I have made in this recipe, I will use again and again and just alter the flavourings and additions I make.

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#277 Fri 11 Jun 10 1:03pm

heather6169

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From South Penrith, Australia
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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

I have been given this recipe and ever since I started cooking it the kids and hubby cannot get enough.

PUMPKIN AND DATE LOAF
1 cup mashed pumpkin ( pref Jap or Kent)
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup sugar ( I use brown)
1 egg
1/2 cup milk ( I use skim)
1 cup chopped dates

Mix all together, then place in a greased and lined loaf tin.
Bake in a preheated oven 190 degrees C for 45 to 50 minutes.

I hope you try it as it is healthy and the kids don't even mind the pumpkin although I usually have a hard job to get them to eat it.
I have tried it with wholemeal flour but the kids didn't like it so now I just add 2 tspns of Benefibre to the mix.
I find myself making 2 loaves every couple of days and the kids have a slice at recess as well as at home. I just love that their is no butter and not much sugar.
Enjoy.

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#278 Mon 14 Jun 10 2:37pm

Lady Kamilla

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From Baku - Moscow
Member since Fri 11 Jun 10

Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

Let me to offer one recipe of a fine cake to you, too. 
 
Cake with a dried cherry.
 
Mix 4 eggs + 0,7 cup of sugar + 250 g. softened butter + 250 g. sour cream + 375 g. flour + 2 teaspoon of baking powder + 150-200 g. dried cherries. Bake at 180* about 40 minutes. 

It turns out very big (honestly, I halve all) and very tasty cake.

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#279 Tue 15 Jun 10 12:55pm

heather6169

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

I'll try that. My boys love cake. However they do get tired of my healthy ones so one with a tad more sweetness will be a nice change for them. Thankyou

Cheers Heather smile

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#280 Thu 19 Aug 10 1:36am

jutta73

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Re: LETS EAT CAKE!

Not exactly a cake, but I figure muffins come close. I just made my first recipe from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook and it is amazing. Dark chocolate and raspberry muffins, here they are on my blog with the recipe:

http://happyvalleycook.blogspot.com/201 … ffins.html

I am looking forward to trying more recipes from this cookbook.

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