Checking back ,this blog was started on 29th May 2007 and now its 2013 .Time does fly fast. Thank You friends and readers, hope there will be continuous support from all of you.God Bless.
I wanted to actually change the design of this blog, created all my images in photoshop, animator etc and finally when I went into the HTML link, god what's happening ?? I cant seem to view my source code as before.So, this is what blog spot has been doing,making it impossible for us to change the sources unlike before! I am looking at a very simplified and summarized (dare I say ) codes , now where am I suppose to place my image links ??? No idea. So after much anger,depression and cursing , have decided to opt with my blog design as it is . No changes. I think its ok...There is nothing wrong with the design, simple , colour seems to soothe the eye!!
On this special day ,I would like to blog two cake recipes which is used to do the vertical cake.It took me about 3 days to really complete it, in between with working ,cooking,cleaning etc. I took my time as I want the cake to be easily handled when I am designing and icing them .There are two cake recipes here.I must admit, it is slightly a tedious cake to prepare, but it was worth it!! Click on the link at the bottom of this page to get the step by step on how to assemble the cakes.
The white cake recipe is the most suitable recipe for doing the vertical cake.It does not crumble and is easy to handle and assemble , taste buttery of course and deserve a thumb up. I had to prepare twice the cake as the height was not equal to my chocolate cake. Therefore, there was a slight colour variance in the cake.Double the recipe to get equal heights.Both cakes have been baked in an 8 in baking square pan.
White Butter Cake:
(double the recipe)
1 3/4 cups (175 grams) sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butte, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
While eggs are still cold separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another bowl. Cover the two bowls with plastic wrap and allow the eggs to come to room temperature before using (about 30 minutes).
In a mixing bowl sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup (150 grams) of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition.Scrape down the sides of the bowl .Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
In a clean bowl of your electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup (50 grams) of sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula gently fold a little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, and then fold in the remaining whites until combined. Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate.
Pour the batter in prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 -22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool the cakes in their pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the freezer for at least an hour. (This is done to make the filling and frosting of the cakes easier.)
Note: Cream of tartar is used when whipping egg whites to stabilize them, and to prevent over beating and the whites from drying out.
Buttercream was only prepared the next day .
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk or more
About 3 cups of icing.
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
For best results, keep icing bowl in the refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re whip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
For Pure White Icing (stiff consistency), omit butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
300gm castor sugar
200gm self raising flour
100gm cocoa powder
½ tbsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp baking powder
200ml warm black coffee(I used Brazilian coffee: 1 tbsp coffee powder to 200ml warm water)
Preheat oven to 180C.Grease a 8in square cake tin and set aside. In a stand mixer,cream butter and sugar until fluffy,Gradually add eggs one at a time ,beating well after each addition so that the mixture does not curdle.Sift all the dry ingredients.Add sifted ingredients and warm coffee ,alternatively in small quantities ,mixing thoroughly.Pour into cake tin.Bake for 40-45mins.Remove from oven.The cake will rise slightly. Flatten the top portion by using a kitchen paper towel and lightly flattening the top layer with ur palms.
After 20mins,refrigerate the cake for at least 3hrs in the freezer for easy handling.
Note: This recipe requires 100gms of cocoa powder, certain cocoa powders like Hershey and Van Houten are rather bitter.Lessen the cocoa powder and substitute with flour. I used 100gm of TUDOR GOLD cocoa powder which has less bitterness in it.I was rather happy with the taste of the chocolate cake.
I only prepared the frosting the next day .
2 bars Cadbury chocolate mousse
1 cup milk
1 ½ tbsp butter
½ tsp vanilla essence(optional)
Heat milk for a few minutes.Close fire.Break in the Cadbury chocolates (room temperature) into the milk and stir until dissolve.Add in the butter and essence as well. Stir and leave for about 5 mins.Pour the chocolate glaze on the cake and decorate as desired.
Reference : Purdy, Susan G. 'A Piece of Cake'. Collier Books. New York: 1989.
: Flavour Magazine
: Flavour Magazine
Tutorial on how to assemble the cake : http://iambaker.net/verticle-layer-rose-cake-1/?repeat=w3tc