Archive for May, 2010

Flavor of the week: Honey and vanilla!

Posted in Food, Recipes on May 25th, 2010 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

There is almost nothing more basic in the world of confections and desserts as honey and as vanilla. However, putting these two things together really makes an amazing splash of not just flavor but extraordinary fragrance. I’m paying tribute to honey and vanilla this week, because I feel that it doesn’t get the attention that perhaps it should. It’s also a combo that is mild enough to pair well with other flavors, but flavorful on itself alone to make a delighted reaction on its consumer. So, here’s to you honey & vanilla. I salute you!

*Make sure to check different local honeys at your farmers market. They can vary in flavor and body considerably depending on the flowers they are extracted from. Also try using whole vanilla bean whenever possible for even more flavor and aroma. You can also use Tahitian vanilla instead of the widely popular Madagascar Bourbon for lighter floral notes.

Honey & Vanilla American-style buttercream frosting

1 Cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temp.

3 1/2 – 4 Cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar

2-4 Tablespoons milk (optional)

1 vanilla bean, split

1/2 C honey read more »

LOST: Cakes for a Fond Farewell

Posted in Cakes on May 24th, 2010 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

Dharma beer 1 LOST: Cakes for a Fond FarewellBeing a huge LOST fan, I knew I needed to make something sweet to mark the occasion… of saying goodbye to six years of great television, of some of the most memorable characters I have grown love and hate over the years (as you can see, I am still reeling from separation anxiety). I had just a few fellow LOST fans over and decided we all needed our own Dharma Initiative beers. Here’s what I ended up making. I didn’t spend too much time planning, but I think the end product was pretty satisfactory. The mini cakes were tropical flavors, with rum cake, passion fruit filling and coconut buttercream. Goodbye LOST. You will be sorely missed.

dharma beer 2 LOST: Cakes for a Fond Farewell

Flavor of the week: Strawberries!

Posted in Food, Recipes on May 10th, 2010 by Brooklyn Cake – Be the first to comment

I’m starting a new flavor of the week beat. This week’s flavor is strawberry cake. Normally, we all eat strawberry shortcake, but how often do we have strawberry cake itself. Sure, Duncan Hines has its own artificial rendition, but why not make fresh strawberry cake at home. You won’t regret it! Just take a regular 1-2-3-4 cake recipe and sub the milk for some freshly pureed strawberries. Note: In this recipe, you can either put in the eggs whole or separate them. If you separate them, you will be whipping the egg whites and folding them into the batter for lighter version of this cake. Also note that you can leave some small strawberries chunks if you like the appearance in your cake.  I also like to mix the strawberries with some milk (3/4 C strawberry puree and 1/4 C milk), but this is totally not necessary. If you are using cake flour for a more delicate crumb, add 1/2 C more of cake flour. read more »

Life-like Sugar Peonies

Posted in Cakes on May 3rd, 2010 by Brooklyn Cake – 2 Comments

Life cake Life like Sugar PeoniesHere’s a cake to prove Brooklyn Cake does classic cakes too! This cake was created for a special 80th birthday. It loosely follows an Asian theme, with the chinese character for ‘life’. read more »