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August Cake September 28, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 5:18 pm
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So I am running behind again!  I just got the August cake made.  But this one was worth the wait.  S’mores Cake!

S’mores was made with a chocolate cake, marshmallow cream filling with graham cracker crumbs, and a ganache topping.  I am happy to report that my ganache  topping turned out fine on this one!

The whole family got involved in making this one.  Emma stirred the ganache, my husband cut the cake, and Ein sprinkled on the graham cracker crumbs.  I was the marshmallow girl.  This cake came together easy!

My husband calls me the deviator.  Sometimes I deviate from the original recipe…and I did on this one when putting it together.  The assembly instructions called for a four layer cake, but I did two separate two layer cakes (one for us, and one to take to a friend).

S'mores Cake

S'mores cake

As for the taste, the S’mores flavor came through – minus the fire roasted flavor of the marshmallows.  Not to rich and not too gooey!  I was thinking that this would be good to top a pan of warm brownies with.  Might be trying that soon.

It was a hit and one I would recommend.  Look for the recipe in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013.  Just saying!

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July Cake August 7, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 2:04 pm
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I wish I were sitting on a beach with a Pina Colada in one hand (and don’t forget the little umbrella) and a slice of this cake in the other.  Because when you say Pina Colada I think of summer and sand.

This month’s cake represents just that. A Pina Colada cake that not only looks great and is just as smooth on the palate. Not to mention it was easy to make.

The July cake recipe can be found in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013 (as well as all the others I have made).  It is a yellow cake (made from scratch), a jam-like filling made from dried pineapples, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.  (You can find cream of coconut in the baking isle.)  The frosting is a butter cream with more cream of coconut.  The cake is topped with dried pineapple and coconut flakes.

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

 

The ingredients and construction were simple.  I had no problems putting this one together.  Which was refreshing after several of the other cakes I have made.

I am calling this one our “back to school” celebration cake.

 

P.S.  Be sure to check back for the August cake.  As August is my birthday, so I can’t wait to make the that cake and celebrate another year of me!

 

June Cake July 13, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 8:17 am
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June’s cake is a Berry Ice Cream cake. And no, I did not skip it, it looks too delicious!  I have just been too busy doing projects around the house that June came and went without getting the monthly cake done. I am glad I waited because this is the kind d of cake you want on a hot summer day. This is made from a chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream. And since our weather here has turned hot, the timing is perfect.
Following the recipe from Food Network magazine I made the chocolate cake and allowed it to cool. Leveling off the top of one round I put strawberry ice cream on top of it and then placed the second round on top. As much as I tried to pile the ice cream on thick and smooth like the picture I could not. The ice cream began melting and running down the sides of the cake. How did they do it?  Once I had the ice cream on, I placed the whole cake in the freezer to refreeze the ice cream. Before serving I pulled the cake out of the freezer. OH NO!… Some of the ice cream had melted before refreezing and was now around the bottom of cake. I finished the cake off by whipping up cream…which did not want to whip up thick (should have just used Cool Whip) and placed  fresh sliced strawberries on top. And since the cream was not thick this began to slide down off the top taking the strawberries with it.  I quickly snapped the pic and we ate.

Berry Ice Cream Cake

Berry Ice Cream Cake

The cake was cold and tasted fine. I liked the mix of the chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream.

I am sure the master chiefs would disagree with me, BUT LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, at least not in the Wernex household…just saying!

 

 

May Cake June 1, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 12:46 pm
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After cruising through April with no cake, I finally got the May cake done (better one day late than none).  Cookies-and-Cream.  It was worth the wait!

It is made with a basic vanilla cake recipe, topped with a butter cream frosting and crunched up Oreo cookies.  Can’t hardly mess this one up, but I did!

The cake batter was thick, making the cake more dense after baking instead of airy and fluffy.  Thinking I might have added one scoop to much of flour.  It still tastes like vanilla cake though.  Frosting was easy to make and turned out thick and spreadable.  (I was a little worried about where the 3 sticks of butter was going to go, from the frosting to my hips I’m guessing!)  Emma helped make the frosting and she had a little mishap with the vanilla extract, putting in more than the recipe called for.  But you couldn’t tell.  Emma applied the frosting to the cake and was trying out some techniques she had seen from the Cake Boss show.  She really did a nice job!  Then she applied the crunched up Oreo cookies.

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As usual I did not waste the top I had cut off the bottom layer, so I spread frosting on one half, sprinkled on Oreos, and folded the top over for a cake sandwich.  We promptly sat down and ate it.

Another successful cake made, and a few memories to go with it.

 

April cake dilemma April 11, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 7:48 pm
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I am ready to make the April cake but have a dilemma.  This month is a lemon meringue and my family does not like meringue.  Do I make it anyway or do
I find another cake recipe to try?  Do you have any suggestions for a out-of-the-ordinary cake recipe?

 

March Cake March 25, 2013

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With the snow flying around Missouri it was the perfect weekend to make the March cake…Grasshopper Cake.  I am happy to report that I encountered no problems making this one! Not only does it taste great but looks just like the picture.

Grasshopper Cake

Grasshopper Cake

This is a basis chocolate cake.  The filling is a milk, sugar, egg, and cornstarch mixture with peppermint extract, white chocolate, mini chocolate chips and green food coloring in it.  The topping is a heavy cream and sugar with a little more peppermint extract.  The entire recipe was easy.  The cake is light with a refreshing taste.

I did cut my tops off to flatten the rounds out before assembly (lesson learned), but since cake is precious in our house I used those pieces with the extra filling and topping.

cut off tops

cut off tops

Because of the peppermint extract this cake would be good to serve around the holidays.  Food coloring could be changed to red.  Just saying….

 

February Cake February 10, 2013

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It’s February and you know what that means….it’s cake time.  I thought this would be a perfect weekend to make the February cake since Valentines is around the corner.

The cake is Chocolate Blackout Cake!  I made the cake from scratch.  (Never heard of putting sour cream in to make a cake!)  It has a chocolate filling (like pudding), whipped ganache icing, and a drizzling of ganache over that.  Each part tasted chocolatey and divine.

There were a few problems I encountered/mistakes I made.   Mistake number one.  First I hate to cut a cake to level it. Cake is precious in our house and cutting it off seems like such a waste.  So when I put the filling on in-between the layers some oozed out over the side.  (Ok, a lot oozed out…no problem I thought….Emma cleaned up any that hit the platter by running her finger around the edge and then licking it.)Emma proceeded to tell me I should have cut a hole in the middle of the cake and put the filling in that.  (Might not be a bad idea! I have taken note of this for next time.)

Mistake number two.   Part of the ganache was to be whipped up to make the frosting.  My ganache did not whip anywhere.  Still runny and not knowing what to do (since I have never made ganache before) I added some powdered sugar to stiffen it.  Apparently not enough! ( I was afraid of over doing it.)  So the frosting is soft served.

Mistake number three. The remaining ganache was then dizzled over the top.  It would make sense that if the other did not whip up that this too would be a little runny.  What did not stay on top ran right down and overflowed my cake platter.  (No problem…Emma was there working fast to swipe away the excess.  Only it ran faster than she could swipe)  It got a little messy.

So far the top layer has stayed on top…but does appear to be leaning to one side.  I debated whether we should eat the cake now or whether it could stand until after dinner.  Dinner won.

I know I need to work on my frosting skills.  But wish I knew what happened to the ganache.  Is it supposed to be like that?  What did I do wrong?  What to do when your ganache is runny?

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake

So I may not win the prize for presentation, nor will I be asked to be on Cake Boss anytime soon (unless they just feel sorry for me!), but looks aren’t everything!!!!!!!

 

 
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