Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

What other way to celebrate Easter then with carrot cake and lots of food. I should add that I don't actually believe in anything Easter has to offer I just love cake and food and bunnies and spring time colors!
Carrot cake in mini cupcake form with fresh carrots and roasted pecans in the middle. Frosting had to be cream cheese, of course. I have never made mini cupcakes and they were the cutest things I have ever seen.

I had batter left over so I made a mini cake and toped it with pecans. I never leave batter to waste. I experimented by cooking it in a toaster oven, it seemed to have come out great and moist.

I love adding little ingredients of my own and changing recipes around a bit and see how they turn out. The whole secret is really thinking about the main ingredient who are working with and finding spices or other things that you find go well with that flavor.

I know this is my baking blog but I just wanted to show everyone the awesome food we had, I thought it was thanksgiving all over again. Yum Yum Yum!

Tomorrow I start my job at Beehive Bread Company ( Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Apple Bundt Cake

My first ever Bundt Cake. I bought this silicone pan for it a while ago that I have been dying to use. I love the way that these silicone pans work because none of the cakes stick at all and you can get the cakes a lot easier then metal pans. So if anyone is in need of new pans or cupcake pans or anything I recommend silicone, all the way.
I was asked by someone how I make my cakes. I generally go off a recipe since I am learning but I always try to add ingredients. I am a big fan of making a cake taste a lot like something. For example, if it suppose to be a chocolate cake I will add more chocolate in various ways to make it super chocolate-y but not dark chocolate like. Or with this apple cake, I added spices that bring out the apple flavors more. So, I just add ingredients I know will go and experiment with it.

This cake is a Apple cake with pecans and apples folded into the batter. It has apple glaze and apple topping I made with fresh organic apples and roasted pecans. The cake was very light and didnt have or require a lot of butter.

I got a job at a bread bakery that I took after thinking hard about it. I decided to take it because I know that the experience will be worth it in the end.
if I don't get the chance to post tomorrow: HAPPY PERSIAN NEW YEARS TO ALL OF YOU!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Vanilla mini cakes with chocolate surprise

So this was a successful and somewhat unsuccessful baking experience.
My attempt to try a vanilla cake. It is a basic vanilla cake recipe but as always I add my own ideas to it.
My mom said they smell just like the bakeries back in Iran, which is a complement to me cause a lot of the recipes they make there are secretive I guess.
Anyways, they have a chocolate filling in the middle and are sprinkled with powder sugar.
I was going to try to use the left over strawberry buttercream I have but make it a thicker consistency but I couldn't figure it out and ended up destroying the buttercream. Not everything turns out the way I want.

It taste just like a vanilla cake should. Like vanilla heaven.

Blueberry Scones

There is nothing like waking up to fresh blueberry scones. And making them is even more fun.
They were made with blueberry yogurt and fresh blueberries.
Great 'til the last bite!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Chocolate Chip with Vanilla Strawberry Buttercream frosting

I decided that from this day (well last week) that I was no longer going to let myself make cakes the easy way, the cheap way. I am taking out box mixes and will figure out how to make my cakes the real way, through measuring out flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, and so forth. I have worked at 2 bakeries which both use box mixes, I don't think you can find fun in just pouring in a bag of ingredients that are so important and just add liquids to it and get the same feeling as measuring it all out by yourself. I think that any form of baking whether it be cupcakes, cakes, muffins, or scones that there are only a certain amount of ingredients that work and those ingredients should be handled with care and be the best quality possible.

I am still learning but here goes my first attempt to make something from scratch, and it turned out successful. I only say successful cause watching people eat the cupcakes they didnt get a look on their face of disgust which is a good sign for this being my first time.

I also made healthy pear scones but I didn't take any pictures of them cause I was too busy eating them!