Sunday, March 30

Cinnamon Roll Cake

 Hello lovelies! So this week has been exhausting. Why do you ask? Oh just because I had school on Saturday. Yes that's right, I said Saturday. All of the snow days we had caused many days out of school, so our school board is making the days we missed on certain Saturdays. So I dressed in the bumtastic way that I usually looked on Saturday and sadly trudged my way into class. I was so tired that I ended up falling asleep on the couch at 8 at night! I slept a total of 14 hours today. Of course, I had tons of energy when I woke up, so I decided that with all the time I had, I should bake something. But what? I didn't have a lot of ingredients so naturally anything too complex would be out of the question. Plus I had been looking at recipes over Pinterest and fell upon this one. I found this recipe at Sallys Baking Addiction, but I did tweak a few things. This Cinnamon Roll Cake is so amazingly-outstandingly-outrageously-fantastically delicious. The cinnamon-sugar taste is just so perfect together. The roll is fluffy on the inside and the glaze just seals up the perfection of this roll. I love to eat it when it is warm :) My mom absolutely loved this cake and had a piece with a cup of coffee. This is a perfect breakfast meal, just stick it in the microwave and heat it up!

I mean look at this beautiful cake :) Doesn't it look so scrumptious?

Yield: One Delicious Cinnamon Roll Cake

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons of instant dry yeast
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of milk (I used 1% milk)
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 large egg

Filling:
1/4 cup of granulated sugar ( plus 1 tablespoon)
1 1/2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Glaze:
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

 1. In a large bowl (or the mixing bowl you will use), whisk together 2 1/4 cups of the flour, active dry yeast, and the granulated sugar.

2.  In a separate bowl, heat the water, milk and butter together in the microwave until the butter is thoroughly melted (3-4 minutes).

3.Add in the hot mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix the ingredients together.

4. Add in the egg, vanilla, and the 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix until the dough is soft and sticky
(If you have a stand mixer, you may use the dough-hook attachment)

5. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.

 6. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 3-4 minutes and form it into a ball.

 7. Coat a bowl with cooking spray (like Pam) and place the ball of dough inside of the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap.

8. Turn the oven off and place the bowl into the oven while it cools down. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes.

 9. Once the dough has finished rising, on a lightly floured surface, roll it out into a 15x12 inch rectangle.

 Make the filling:

10. Soften the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.


11. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract together.

12. Spread the butter over the dough.


13. Now spread the sugar-cinnamon-vanilla mixture on top of the butter. (You can use your hands when doing this but be careful, this does get pretty messy!)

 14. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into six 2 inch wide strips.


15. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. I used a 9 inch pie plate to place the cinnamon roll in. Basically, I wound the first strip and kept winding the other strips after that. As you can see, the cinnamon roll starts getting bigger...
 



                ...and bigger 

Until the roll is now huge! It wont touch the plate yet because the dough will double its size while its rising. So coat the sides of the plate with cooking spray and cover the top with plastic wrap.
 16. Turn the oven off and place the plate into the oven for 90 minutes. 

17. The roll will double in size and look like the picture above!
18. Once the roll has finished rising, take it out of the oven and remove the plastic wrap.

19. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and once it is done pre-heating, bake the cinnamon roll for 32-35 minutes. (After 15 minutes, cover the roll with aluminum foil and let it keep baking. In the last 5 minutes, I uncovered the cinnamon roll and let it brown more)

20, Once the Cinnamon Roll Cake has finished baking, let it cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack.

21. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

22. Spread the glaze over the Cake and ENJOY! :)

Monday, March 17

St.Patrick's Day: Irish Soda Bread with Raisins


Happy St.Patrick's Day! I hope you all wore green today.  Let me tell you, when I was in Elementary School, pinches were delivered for those who didn't wear green. You would see those unfortunate kids fast walking through the halls with their heads down, trying to avoid any eye contact that could lead to a pinch. But since then, I have not experienced any pinching during Middle School and right now, High School. But I did try to make some kind of effort by wearing green socks, although no one could actually see them. So something that I absolutely love is Irish Soda Bread. I always get them at Farm Fresh, and the sweetness of the bread mixed with raisins is just so delicious! Just slather some honey on top and you're good to go!

 I wanted to make something Irish themed because of today, so I picked Irish Soda Bread. This bread that I made was not as sweet as in grocery stores, but has more of a hardy taste and so so so soft to chew. I have to say this was very delicious bread! It wasn't an overpowering taste, and the raisins just added just enough sweetness. The crust of the bread was just perfectly baked while the inside was just so moist and fluffy. It only took me less than 20 minutes to make, and 40 minutes to bake. The bread is actually very simple and if you let it sit for a few hours, the taste is so rich! This bread could be used to make sandwiches, or just spread some strawberry jelly like I did today and enjoy!

*The whole recipe is from A Cozy Kitchen, the only tweak I did was take out the whiskey, the recipe needed no real tweaks because it was so good!*

Yield: One Delicious Irish Soda Bread

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of butter, grated
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk 
 3/4 cup of raisins
 1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

3. Grate the butter and quickly mix it into the bowl until the butter is in little bits. Mix in the raisins.

4. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and pour in the buttermilk.

 5. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix the ingredients together until you form it into a ball.

 6. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough into a disk that is about 1 1/2- 2 inches thick. Do not over-knead or else the dough will get too hard.

 7. Place the dough on the baking sheet. 

8. Using a knife, cut an x on the top of the dough.

9. Lightly brush buttermilk over the top and sides of the bread dough.

10. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes.

 11. When the bread has finished baking, place it on a cooling rack.

12. Let the bread cool for at least 2 hours or more, to let the flavors soak in.

13. Enjoy the bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Sunday, March 9

My Mom's Birthday Cake: Ferrero Rocher Goodness


 On the 25th, it was my moms birthday. I had already told her that I was DEFINITELY going to make her a cake. So I got to it, and this was the result! I used my Vanilla Cake recipe, and my homemade frosting. This cake was a hit! Since my mom is basically in love with ferrero rocher, I thought; why not put some on her cake? I ended up putting 6 on top, and crushing the rest of the chocolates to sprinkle all over the cake. She absolutely loved it and I was happy that she was happy :)

 Something I also did was that I added melted chocolate so it could melt down the sides of the cake. It came out perfectly! Not only did the chocolate make a beautiful effect, but it also tasted super yummy. Oh by the way! I need to post more often. For the last few weeks, I was mainly focused on this assessment for band, and my school band ended up receiving all 1's (in band, this means that you are superior, the highest grading) So I took this whole week as a kind of break time, well more like bum time. I even called yesterday my "Bumtastic Saturday" which is really just a whole day filled with watching Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix and drinking Twinings Tea. Oh how wonderful! My hair in a bun, pajamas all day, and lets not even leave out the fact that I didn't have to do any homework!

 I actually had my Quinceanera last Saturday! It was the BEST. Everyone raved about how much fun the party was. Although I was going to make my own cake, but I became so stressed out about the party that I messed up the cake and ended up making cute little cake pops out of it. So my mom just got a good-old store bought cake and everything was fine. 

 I hope everyone had a great weekend and I hope you guys have a wonderful week too! 


Sunday, February 16

Brownie Whoopie Pies


     Hello lovelies! So a lot had happened in the past two weeks. To start off with, I am officially 15! Yes, I turned 15 on the 4th. My mom had made me a homemade cake using my vanilla cake recipe. I just couldn't stop from putting imput when I was watching my mom make it. I almost had a heart attack when I saw her frosting techniques, it was so wrong! She was using the wrong spatulas for certain areas of it. But the cake came out cute and delicious. She was very proud of her product, and praised me because she said that was one of the hardest things she has done, and I do it all the time. Her creation is the picture on the right :)


    
     Valentines Day (or as I like to call, single awareness day) was 2 days ago, and I received more than enough chocolate. I don't know what to do with it all! I have way too much candy for once person, so I'll probably be using it for baking purposes :) Maybe some Kit Kat cookies? Dark chocolate Hershey brownies?



                                                                        

      These whoopie pies are just mouthwatering! The rich, chocolate flavor and sweet vanilla frosting just go together exquisitely. Each bite is just a burst of flavors, and the brownie cookies have little chocolate chunks inside that melt in your mouth. I'm almost drooling thinking about them right now. I completely recommend trying out these cuties, you will be amazed :) Well enough talking, lets get to this recipe!

*I adapted this recipe from The Blond Buckeye, but I did tweak a few things*
 Yield: 6-8 delicious whoopie pies

6 oz of semi sweet chocolate
6 oz of dark chocolate
4 tablespoons of butter
2 eggs
3/4 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

Frosting:

4 cups of powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup of butter


 

 1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper

2. Heat 6 oz. of dark chocolate and 4 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate in the saucepan on low heat. 
(You will use the other 2 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate later)

 3. Once the chocolate has melted, add in the butter.

4. Once everything is smooth and melted, and set the saucepan aside.

 5. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy (about 5-10 minutes)

 6. Slowly add in the baking powder and flour.

7. Next, add in the vanilla bean paste and melted chocolate-butter mixture.

8. Lastly, chop the 2 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate and mix it into the batter.

9. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter sit for about 10 minutes.

  10. Place the batter in a piping bag and pipe out the batter onto the baking sheets (each cookie should be 1 tablespoon) You may use a spoon if you do not have a piping bag. The batter gets hard quick, so make sure you have enough space for all of the cookies or else the batter will get too hard to use.

11. Bake the cookies for 9-13 minutes.

 12. Once the cookies have finished baking, let them cool on a cooling rack for 15-20 minutes.

 13. To make the frosting:


14. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter until it is fluffy.

15. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and milk until the frosting is at a smooth and fluffy consistency.

16.Turn half of the cookies upside down. (so 7 cookies should be upside down)

17. Pipe the frosting onto the cookies that are upside down.

18. Place the other half of the cookies onto the cookies that are upside down (it should be like a sandwich, with the frosting in the middle and the cookies as the bread) You can keep them in the refrigerator so they can last longer. 

19. ENJOY the whoopie pies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Thursday, January 30

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (with cream cheese frosting)



Hello my lovelies! The weather has been crazy!!! It's been snowing where I am at, and so I have missed almost 2 full weeks of school! I only went to school for 1 day last week and 2 days this week. So getting baking supplies has been harder for me to do. Although I absolutely love the snow, I even made a snowman :). Well, the inspiration for these whoopie pies was Valentines Day. It is coming up soon and I wanted to make something that would be a cute and perfect gift. Guess what else is coming up soon? My Birthday! I'm so excited! My mom is going to make a cake using my recipe, so let's see how it turns out!      


*I adapted this recipe from Sweet Pea's Kitchen , but I did tweak a few things {the frosting is my own recipe} :)*
                                   

Has anyone seen the  movie Frozen? I think it is so adorable! If you haven't seen it, you must before the winter ends. I absolutely adore Disney movies and Frozen is definitely up on my top 5 list of favorite Disney movies :) Its perfect for a cold day when you can snuggle up with a good cup of hot tea or streaming hot chocolate....





These whoopie pies are so delicious. They red velvet is a perfect balance of a cocoa taste. The cream cheese frosting just compliments the red velvet so well. It is a perfect match and I will definitely enjoy making more! It isn't too overpowering, or too vague. I used Burgundy food coloring because I did not have straight-up red food coloring. I think the color came out so beautiful. 


Yield: 7-8 whoopie pies

1 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of buttermilk (I did not have buttermilk. So I put 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar into a cup of milk and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then I only used 1/2 cup of the milk mixture and saved the other 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup of butter
Burgundy food coloring (I added the food coloring until I saw the batter was fully burgundy, you can use red food coloring but I did not have any so I used burgundy which turned out beautiful)

Cream Cheese Frosting:
5 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 oz. of cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour and baking soda.

3. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter until it is fluffy (2-3 minutes).

4. Add in the sugar and beat the butter and sugar for another 3 minutes.

5. Next add in the egg and beat until the mixture is nice and fluffy (4 minutes).

6. Now add in the dry ingredients that you had in the large bowl. Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk.

7. Finally, add the vanilla extract and food coloring. Keep mixing until the batter is creamy and thick.
8. Place the batter inside of a piping bag.

9. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet, each cookie should equal one tablespoon. There should be about 14-16 cookies piped out.

10. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes.
11. Once the cookies have finished baking, place the cookies on a cooling rack and let them cool for about 15 minutes.  (I ate a cookie before I took this picture, that's why there are only 13 cookies hahaha)

12. Make the cream cheese frosting:

13. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until the mixture is very fluffy (about 5 minutes)

16. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract.

17. Keep mixing until the frosting is at a thick, and creamy consistency.
18. Turn half of the cookies upside down. (so 7 cookies should be upside down)

19. Pipe the frosting onto the cookies that are upside down.

20. Place the other half of the cookies onto the cookies that are upside down (it should be like a sandwich, with the cream cheese in the middle and the cookies as the bread) You can keep them in the refrigerator so they can last longer, I like them colder.

21. ENJOY the whoopie pies!