Chocolate Naked Cake Recipe

November 21st, 2014

Chocolate Naked Cake Recipe

This cake was so easy to put together, and tasted so so so yummy. This is a perfect cake for any occasion. Beautiful Holiday Dessert!

This recipe will make a 2 layers, 10 inches cake.

INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE:

– 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus little more for dusting the cake pans

– 2 cups sugar

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

– 2 teaspoons baking powder

– 1 teaspoon instant coffee

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

– 1 cup milk

– 1/2 coconut oil (melted), or you can use vegetable oil

– 1 cup boiling water

– parchment paper (or wax paper)

– Pam spray (or butter)

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM AND BERRIES:

– 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (at room temperature)

– 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– about 3 oz. of melted unsweetened chocolate (I use unsweetened chocolate squares, but you can use semi-sweet, or even morsels)

– 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (or whipping cream)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 3 to 4 cups of powder sugar (confectioners sugar)

– you can choose any fresh seasonal fruit you would like for this cake, and as much as you prefer. Just make sure the fruits are cleaned and well dried before adding to cake.

– powder sugar for dusting (optional)

HOW TO MAKE THE CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Prepare the baking pans, by drawing a circle around the bottom of the pans on a parchment (or wax) paper with a pencil. Cut the round circle of wax paper and reserve (you will need 2 circles, since you have 2 pans). Spray Pam spray all over the bottom and sides of the baking pans. Lay the parchment paper circle to the bottom of the pans and spray more Pam spray (you can use butter instead of Pam spray if you prefer, just make sure you cover all sides and bottom of the pans with butter). Dust flour on all sides and bottom of the pans, this will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan. Reserve the baking pans.

Melt chocolate, either in the microwave, (slowly making sure the chocolate isn’t drying), or in a double boiler, and reserve it (chocolate needs to be completely cold before adding to the mix).

Add ALL dry ingredients to your KitchenAid Mixer bowl. With the paddle attachment on, give it a quick mix, using the slowest speed, and then turn off the mixer.

Start adding milk, vanilla extract, eggs and melted coconut oil to the dry mix and mix it on low speed, just until well mixed.

Now add the boiling water to the mix, and here is the trick not to “cook” your batter. With the mixer on slow speed, start adding a tiny little bit of the boiling water to the batter, then SLOWLY, start adding the rest. You will notice smoke coming from it, and it is ok, this is normal. Once the batter is well mixed, turn it off.

Divide the batter in approximately half, and pour it into the cake pans. Bake it for about 15-20 min, depending on the oven you have. Make sure, you test the cake before turning the oven off, using either a knife or a toothpick. If it comes clean from the center of the cake, then it is ready!

Let the cake cool off in the baking pan for at least 15-20 minutes.

When the cake is cooled off, then run a spatula or a knife, gently all around the cake to loosen up a little bit. Then you can turn the cake over onto a wire rack, pull the parchment paper off the bottom of the cakes, and let it sit there while you make the frosting.

HOW TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

In the KitchenAid Mixer bowl add soft butter and with whisking attachment on, start whipping the butter.

Once the butter looks little white and soft, ten add vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Once it all blends, then you can add the COOLED melted chocolate (otherwise, it will melt the butter). During this process, you might have to turn off the mixer and clean the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, from time to time.

Then it is time to add the heavy cream and let it blend well. Then, start adding powdered sugar, cup by cup, until you meet your preferred consistency or sweetness. Let the KitchenAid Mixer whisk the buttercream until it turns into a light brown color and fluffy texture. Reserve.

HOW TO SET UP THE CAKE:

Once your cakes are completely cold, you can add the first layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Then add half of the buttercream, and spread it all over the cake. Add half of the fruits.

Add the second layer of the cake over the buttercream and add the rest of the buttercream to the middle of the cake. Spread a little bit of the buttercream, but leave the edges of the cake without it. Add the rest of the fruits on the top of the buttercream.

Dust powdered sugar with the help of a strainer.

Your beautiful cake is ready!

Draw a circle with a pencil on a wax paper, using the bottom of the pan

Draw a circle with a pencil on a wax paper, using the bottom of the pan

Set the circle on bottom of greased pan

Set the circle on bottom of greased pan

Chopping the chocolate squares, so I can melt it, and let it cool off

Chopping the chocolate squares, so I can melt it, and let it cool off

Mixing dry ingredients

Mixing dry ingredients

Time to add liquid ingredients (no boiling water yet)

Time to add liquid ingredients (no boiling water yet)

Adding boiling water

Adding boiling water

Beautiful batter

Beautiful batter

Pour half of the batter into each baking pan

Pour half of the batter into each baking pan

Kife comes clean, my cake is ready!

Pull parchment paper off the bottom of the cake.

Pull parchment paper off the bottom of the cake.

Adding the cold melted chocolate into whipped butter

Adding the cold melted chocolate into whipped butter

Light brown and fluffy buttercream is ready

Light brown and fluffy buttercream is ready

Yummy!

Set it up and enjoy it! Yummy!

Chocolate Naked Cake Recipe



Ninja Turtle Autumn Cake

November 15th, 2014

Ninja Turtle Autumn Cake

I am so proud of myself for making this beautiful cake for a friend! Her little one loves Ninja Turtles, and she also wanted something to remember Fall, since his  birthday is on Fall.

I made a vanilla sponge cake, and a delicious chocolate buttercream, then I covered the cake with green fondant, and make the little decorations as well as the Ninja Turtle with fondant!

Thanks to my AMAZING KitchenAid Mixer for the big help in my kitchen! ;-)

I hope you guys like it!



High Fiber Bread Recipe

November 4th, 2014

High Fiber Bread Recipe

 

This is a delicious, soft and super high fiber bread recipe. The recipe makes 2 loaves. The exact amount of ingredients will depend on quality of ingredients and also where you live.

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 cups of bread flour

– 2 cups of whole-wheat flour

– 1/4 cup of flaxseed flour

– 1/4 cup of flaxseeds

– 1/4 cup of oats

– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

– 2 teaspoons of yeast (rapid rise works great and fast)

– 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 1 large egg

– 1 cup of water

HOW TO MAKE IT:

In the KitchenAid Mixer bowl add all dry ingredients and with the hook attachment on, give it a quick mix on speed 2. Once all dry ingredients are blended, you can add egg and coconut oil, and then add water slowly. Attention to this step, you might need more or less water. The dough should be soft, but not very sticky, a little sticky is fine. Let the mixer work the dough for about 5 minutes. Rub coconut oil all over the dough and the sides and bottom of the bowl. Cover it and let it rise for about 1 hour in a warm place.

On a loaf pan, spray oil all over and reserve. Once the dough has raised double of the size, punch the dough down and cut it in half. Shape each of the dough into a cylinder and put it inside the loaf pan, do the same with the other piece of dough. Cover the loaves and let it rise for about 30 minutes or until it doubles in size.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Once bread has doubled size in the loaf pan, you can bake it for about 30 minutes or until it turn golden brown.

Let it cool off on a rack before cutting it.

Mix all dry ingredients

Mix all dry ingredients

Adding wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Adding wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Let the mixer work the dough

Let the mixer work the dough

Let it rise for about 1 hour

Let it rise for about 1 hour

Dough doubled the size in 1 hour

Dough doubled the size in 1 hour

Let it rise in a warm place until double in size

Let it rise in a warm place until double in size

Dough doubled in size

Dough doubled in size

 



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September 26th, 2014

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

September 16th, 2014

 

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

This is a delicious recipe, if you use pizza stone, and follow instructions of pre heating the pizza stone, you will have a delicious, crispy and yummy healthier pizza.

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 cup of bread four (you might need more or less)

– 1/2 cup of good quality whole wheat flour

– 3/4 cup of lukewarm water

– 2 teaspoons of rapid yeast (or 1 package at 7g)

– 1 tablespoon of sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon of salt

– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

HOW TO MAKE IT:

First things first, I really recommend using pizza stone for this recipe; it really makes a huge difference in how crispy your pizza will be. If you are using a pizza stone, preheat your oven to 450F with the stone inside, the stone needs to preheat for at least 20 minutes.

Ok, lets get to the dough… Inside the KitchenAid Mixer bowl add lukewarm water (warm to the touch but not hot), sugar and yeast, give it a quick stir and cover with a kitchen towel, let it sit for 10 minutes.

Once the yeast mix is bubbly, its time to add salt and olive oil. With the hook attachment on, turn on your mixer to the lowest speed. Now add Bread flour and whole wheat flour, let the hook do the work for you until a small ball forms. Turn off the mixer and check the dough, if too sticky, add a little more bread flour, if too dry add a little water, once the dough feel right (not sticky or dry), let the hook knead the dough for at least 5 minutes.

Drizzle a little bit more olive oil and rub it around the dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for about 45 minutes, or until double the size, in a warm place.

Once it doubles in size, sprinkle flour on a clean surface and put the dough over it, sprinkle more flour over the top.

I like to run my fingers first on the dough, stretching it out gently. Once it’s a little stretched, I like to use my rolling pin; you might need to keep sprinkling a little flour over it and on the bottom.

FYI:

To bake the pizza….

I really like to use corn meal on the bottom; it helps the pizza slide easily from the pizza peel into the pizza stone.  With a fork, punch some holes around the dough; this will prevent the dough from bubbling up.

I also like pre baking the crust for about 5 minutes, or until it starts to get a little born color.

Then after pre baking the dough, I add tomato sauce, but try not too add too much liquid to your pizza (runny tomato sauce, too much tomatoes and etc., otherwise it won’t crisp.

Add your favorite toppings, get creative, have fun!

Yeast mixture is bubbly after 10 minutes

Yeast mixture is bubbly after 10 minutes

 

Dough ball is formed, and bottom of bowl is clean, its time to check the dough

Dough ball is formed, and bottom of bowl is clean, its time to check the dough

 

Let is rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place

Let is rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place

 

About 45 minutes later…Double in size

About 45 minutes later…Double in size

 

I like to pre bake my crust

I like to pre bake my crust

 

Add your favorite topping and bake it in a super hot oven

Add your favorite topping and bake it in a super hot oven

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe



Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe

September 16th, 2014

This recipe is gluten free, and super easy to make using your KitchenAid Mixer.

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 egg

– 1/4 cup of milk

– 3 tablespoons of sugar

– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 1 cup of white rice flour

– 2 teaspoons of baking powder

– 1/4 teaspoon of salt

– 3 ripe bananas (mashed)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

– 1/4 cup of chopped walnut

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Preheat your oven 350 F.

Add cupcake liner to baking sheet.

Inside the KitchenAid mixer bowl, add mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, sugar, salt, ground ginger and cinnamon. With the paddle attachment start the mixer on low speed until blended. Turn off the mixer and add rice flour and mix it until blended, you might need to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula. Turn off the mixer.

Add baking powder and with the spatula folding it by hand, gently, trying to not over mix it. Then fold in chopped walnuts and pour batter into cupcake liners.

Bake it for about 15 minutes.

Your Gluten free muffin is ready!

What you will need

What you will need

 

Folding walnuts in by hand

Folding walnuts in by hand

 

Bake it for about 15 minutes

Bake it for about 15 minutes

 

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe



Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe

July 19th, 2014

 

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This delicious Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe is easy to make and super healthy! You can use organic ingredients and make this banana nut bread even healthier.

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour

– 1/2 cup of flax seed meal (or you can grind flex seed)

– about 3 ripe bananas (mashed)

– 3/4 cup of brown sugar

– 2 eggs

– 1/4 teaspoon of salt

– about 7 tablespoons of water (you might need more, depends on the quality of your whole wheat flour, weather, and etc.)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

– 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

– 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

– Pam spray

– Optional: ground cinnamon inside batter

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Preheat oven to 325 F.

In the KitchenAid Mixer bowl add eggs, vanilla extract and sugar, with the flat beater on; mix it until well blended on low speed. Add mashed bananas and salt and let it mix. Now start adding flax seed meal and then whole wheat flour, at this point the batter will be very thick, start adding water, the trick here will be to add enough water to have a nice and smooth batter, whole wheat flour takes all the water in, so you will need to add 1 tablespoon at a time.

Once you achieve the texture of batter, add baking soda and then baking powder just until well mixed (don’t over mix it), turn off the mixer.

With a spatula, fold in walnuts.

Spray Pam spray or just grease a loaf pan and pour batter in.

Cook it in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Once you insert a toothpick or knife and comes clean, turn off oven and let it cool down before getting it out of the pan.

Your delicious and healthy Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe is ready!

What you will need (plus baking powder)

What you will need (plus baking powder)

 

Mixing eggs, sugar and vanilla extract

Mixing eggs, sugar and vanilla extract

 

Folding walnuts inside batter

Folding walnuts inside batter

 

 

Pour batter into loaf pan

Pour batter into loaf pan

 

About 35 minutes later, bread is ready

About 35 minutes later, bread is ready

 

 

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe



Strawberries and Cream Dessert Recipe

April 6th, 2014

Strawberries and Cream Dessert Recipe

Strawberries and Cream Dessert Recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it tastes so delicious and you will only need 4 ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 small package of fresh strawberries

– 1 can of condensed milk

– Meringue cookies (optional but totally worth it)

– 8 oz. of heavy whipping cream

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Chop your clean strawberries and reserve. Crumble the meringue cookies and reserve.

In the KitchenAid Mixer bowl add heavy cream, with the whisk attachment on, start your mixer on medium speed. Once the cream looks little thicker but still liquid, start adding the condensed milk (I leave a little bit of condensed milk on the can because I don’t like my desserts too sweet, but its up to you). Once all blended turn off mixer and add strawberries and crumbled meringue cookies and fold it together with a spatula. Your dessert is ready. You can pour it all into a big bowl or add into individual dessert dishes. Decorate as you please.

Refrigerate it for at least 1 hour before serving.

Strawberries and Cream Dessert Recipe

 

Strawberries and Cream Dessert Recipe



Soft White Bread Recipe

April 6th, 2014

Soft White Bread Recipe

This Soft White Bread Recipe is super easy to make and it is so soft and yummy. This recipe will make one bread loaf.

INGREDIENTS:

– About 4 cups of bread flour

– 1 tablespoon of white sugar

– 1/4 teaspoon of salt (if you like the bread a little saltier add a little more salt)

– 250 ml of warm milk

– 1 egg

– 2 tablespoons of cooking margarine (you can use butter or coconut oil)

– 2 teaspoons of rapid dry yeast (1 package, 7g)

– a little corn meal

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Add warm milk to your Kitchenaid Mixer bowl, the temperature has to be around 110-115F, or warm to the touch. Add sugar and yeast and give it a quick mix, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you mix should be bubbly on top and foamy, if not, you need to check the expiration date of the yeast or the temperature of milk.

With the KitchenAid mixer hook attachment on, start your mixer on speed 2 and give it a quick mix. Add the egg, margarine and salt, and then start adding the bread flour, 1 cup at a time. The trick with the flour is, it will vary depending of temperature, humidity and altitude from where you live. What I do is I add flour 1 cup at a time until it forms a little ball and starts cleaning (not sticking) on bottom of bowl, then I turn off my mixer and I touch the dough, if it sticks to my finger, I add a little more flour until my finger comes out clean from touching the dough. Once you achieve the right consistency, let your KitchenAid Mixer work the dough for about 5-8 minutes.

On a loaf pan, spray-cooking spray all over the sides and bottom of pan, sprinkle a little corn flour on the bottom of the pan, this will help the bread to come out.

Sprinkle a little flour on a clean surface and just work the dough with your hands to shape the loaf. Once smooth and shaped, add it to the loaf pan, cover with a towel, and let it rise for about 1 hour in a warm place.

Once doubled in size (about 1 hour later) preheat your oven to 350F. Once oven is preheated, you can bake the bread for about 15-20 minutes, this will also depend on your oven, so just keep an eye, once it is all golden brown, the bread should be ready.

All you need is a little butter or jam and a cup of coffee.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

After 10 minutes, yeast should be bubbly

After 10 minutes, yeast should be bubbly

Kneading the dough

Kneading the dough

Corn meal on bottom of pan

Corn meal on bottom of pan

Shape the dough and let it rise for about 1 hour on the loaf pan

Shape the dough and let it rise for about 1 hour on the loaf pan

After about 1 hour, it has doubled the size

After about 1 hour, it has doubled the size

Beautiful and soft white bread

Beautiful and soft white bread

 

Soft White Bread Recipe



Pizza Stone

April 2nd, 2014

Pizza stone

Pizza Stone – This has to be the best purchase I have made in a while, totally worth it, but there are a few tricks to get your pizzas the way we all like, crispy and yummy. Notice that you ABSOLUTELY have to buy the pizza peel too, because the stones will be extremely hot and the peel will be the ONLY way to get the pizzas in and out of the oven.

First, you will need to put your stone inside the oven while it is still off. Once stone or stones are inside, turn on your oven to the maximum temperature, just make sure you read the stone instructions, some of them only survive to 475F only, so make sure your oven temperature is set up conforming to that.

You will need to preheat the pizza stone for about 30 minutes before adding your pizza.

I also like to pre bake my pizza dough only (without toppings) for about 5-8 minutes before, this will help achieve the crispiness without burning the toppings.

Sprinkle lots of corn meal over the pizza peel before adding the pizza to the oven, this way your pizza will come right off without any problems.

If you pre bake the dough, once you add toppings, your pizza should be in the oven for about 10-15 minutes using the pizza stone.

Also make sure, you don’t add too many wet ingredients, and choose a thicket type of tomato sauce, this will help your pizza to become super crispy.

To avoid your pizza being too dry, drizzle olive oil over the toppings, and spread tomato sauce over the edges, to give it a nice color before you bake it :-)

I hope you enjoy the pizza stone as much as I do.

Buy Your Own Pizza Stone Set

* Remember not to touch your stones after because they will be super hot, and never wash your stones with soap, water only and just when they are completely cold.