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Brownie Bottom Speckled Egg Easter Ice Cream Cake

Happy Monday friends!  Today was the first day back to work after our March Break.  Nine days off to sleep in, read great novels, recipe test and repeat!  While we didn’t take off to anywhere for the holidays it was certainly nice to catch up with friends and not have the morning rush out the door!

Speaking of being rushed, I’m always thinking of ways that I can satisfy my family’s love of dessert while enjoying the holidays. Easter is fast approaching and with that comes some menu planning.  My goal is to do as much work ahead as possible so I can enjoy my time with those around me.  This Brownie Bottom Speckled Egg Easter Ice Cream Cake, or BBSEEICC for short, seems to be just the ticket.

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If there’s one thing this whole house can agree on it’s ice cream.  Remember this Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake?   I’m still dreaming about it.  It was pure ice cream decadence with very little prep.   This Speckled Easter Cake is too, the only difficult part is deciding what flavours to use.  Honestly, I’m not EGGS- aggerating, the sky’s the limit here with flavour possibilities!

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I used just a simple brownie base with layers of chocolate, chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream. I’ve come to love the simplicity of this lightly tinted whipped cream icing along with some gorgeous spring blue speckled eggs on top.  It’s a small 6″ cake, just enough for us for dinner without all of the crazy leftovers ~ not that anyone would be complaining.  If you’ve been following me for a while you know that my favourite family cake size is a 6″ pan.  It’s the perfect size for this family of five along with the few extra friends that are often at the dinner table.

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I know I’ve said this before but ice cream certainly doesn’t only need to be a summer treat.  It’s a favourite in this house all year-long.  So much so that I’ve been known to hide the containers at the very bottom of the deep freeze in the hopes that teenage hands won’t find them and they’ll stick around for a while.   You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

 

Happy Easter everyone and have a blessed spring.

Renee

xo

 

Brownie Bottom Speckled Egg Easter Ice Cream Cake

Brownie Layer

*this makes 2 6″ layers – I used one and froze the other for later

*from Kraft Foods

  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla
  • 1 cup  flour
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

1.  Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl for 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.   Add the sugar and mix well.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition just until blended.  Add the milk and the vanilla and mix well. Combine flour and salt.  Add to chocolate mixture, mixing just until blended. Spread evenly into two greased and floured 6″ springform pans.  Bake 20 minutes and set aside to cool.

 

Chocolate Ganache

In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup heavy cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Put 6 oz  bittersweet chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl and pour the boiling cream over the chocolate. Let it sit until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir the mixture with a spatula until the ganache is smooth.  Allow to cool.

Whipped Cream Icing

* don’t make this until you are ready to ice your cake

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • few drops of teal gel colour

1.  .   In a medium bowl whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Add in sugar and mix well.  Add in teal tint.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cake Assembly

*need two cups of premium vanilla and two cups of premium chocolate ice cream (or flavours of your choice), slightly softened.

1.  Cover the cooled brownie layer with a layer (approx. 2 cups) of ice cream, using a piece of saran on top to evenly distribute the layer with your hands.  Cover and freeze until ice cream is firm.  Spread the ganache on top of the firm ice cream layer and return to the freezer until firm.  Spread the remaining 2 cups of ice cream on top of the ganache and return the cake to the freezer for 6 hours or more to harden.

2.  Remove the cake from the freezer and use the Whipped Cream Icing to ice the entire cake.  Mix a 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract with a few drops of water.  Use a small paintbrush to flick drops of the vanilla on to the cake and make a speckled look.  Top with some chocolate speckled eggs.  Return the whole cake to the freezer until needed.  The cake should sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving (to soften the cake slightly but not long enough to melt the ice cream).

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Apple Coffee Cake

This cake is kind of confusing….

It’s a coffee cake, made with a sweet buttery brioche dough, full of apple slices, and topped with an oat streusal topping.

It’s kind of like an apple crisp.

It’s kind of like a coffee cake.

It’s kind of like a sweet bread.

It’s kind of awesome!

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If you’ve been following me for a while you know about my love affair with bread (this is awkward because I believe I’m also having an affair with chocolate, cake and frosting…but let’s carry on).  I started making bread several years ago and it’s something I still love to do.  There’s nothing quite as gratifying.  Honestly, don’t let  yeast scare you.

I’ve made this several times and I’ve never made the same cake twice.  It’s made with Brioche Dough from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes.  These folks aren’t lying, they’ve really created some masterpiece yeasted doughs that literally take only five minutes prep.  This is one of my books that is completely dog-eared and never leaves the kitchen.   The dough can be made up to five days ahead and refrigerated.  At a moments notice you have a rich, buttery Brioche Dough ready for this Apple Coffee Cake, sticky buns or doughnuts.   The options are endless!

 

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I added pepitas, dried cranberries and walnuts along with the apple to the cake this time.  My last one had blueberries and pecans.  Both were sensational.   The cake is fully assembled and then left on the counter to rest for a little over an hour.  Then it’s into the oven and done in an hour.  Nothing to do after but wait for it to cool so you can cut it and enjoy it.

That’s my kinda cake.  Uh bread.  Umm Apple Crisp?!  You get the idea.

I’m sharing the link here to the BreadIn5 website,  for their Brioche Dough.   You will not find a simpler recipe for Brioche Dough anywhere.  Just mix it and leave it, literally.   The following is the recipe for the cake.

Apple Streusal Coffee Cake

*adapted from BreadIn5

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1.  To make the streusel, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined.  Set aside.

For the Cake:

  • 1 pound of the chilled Brioche Dough
  • 2 1/2 small apples thinly sliced – I used honey crisp apples
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • streusel topping (above)

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and flour an 8 x 3 inch cake pan or springform pan.

1.  Mix the apple slices, cranberries and brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

 

2. Split your pound of brioche dough into two equal pieces.   Roll out each piece to be a circle slightly larger than the cake pan.  Place one dough circle in the bottom of the pan.  Top with half of the apples and 3/4 cup of streusel.   Place the remaining dough circle on top and layer again with apples and the remaining streusel.

3.    Let the cake rest, uncovered, for an hour and 20 minutes.  Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

4.  If you used a cake pan, invert the cake onto a plate and then quickly invert back to a cake plate.

 

Enjoy!

Renee

 

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Self-Saucing Pear and Whiskey Cake

I asked my husband this week-end if he ever had self-saucing cakes as a boy.  He had never heard of such a thing.  Same with the moms I asked at the arena.  They had no idea what I was talking about.

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It’s right up there with moms heart-shaped cookies she used to put in our lunch or the sweet apple strudel she would buy as a treat on the week-ends sometimes.  Those magical boxes of mix that would bake with a warm, bubbling sauce on the bottom and a moist, warm cake layer on top?

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I tried a scratch version last week-end that was insanely good and brought back all the comfort of eating desserts as a kid at mom’s house again.

Minus the whiskey…..

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It was a last minute decision to generously splash some whiskey into the caramel sauce on the bottom.  I can’t even tell you how much I used.  But I could taste it in there!  It complimented the spicy cloves and pears perfectly and left the most amazing caramel whiskey sauce on the bottom.

The perfect treat on a freezing winters night.

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Have you ever eaten Self-Saucing Cake?  Do you make a dessert that takes you right back to your mom’s kitchen table?

Enjoy!

Renee

 

Self-Saucing Cake with Pears and Whiskey

* this made 8 1-cup ramekins (probably could’ve got 9 with less overflow) or would work well in a deep dish pie plate

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1-2 sliced green or red pears

For the sauce:

  • 1.5  tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c water
  • 3 tbsp whiskey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly spray baking dishes with non stick spray and place on a cookie sheet.

1. For the cake:  In a medium bowl mix the flour, spices and baking powder; set aside.  In another bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla.   Add the flour mixture to butter in thirds, alternating with milk, and beginning and ending with the flour.  Mix just until incorporated.  Fill the ramekins just slightly over half full.  Top each with pear slices.

2. For the sauce:  In a microwave safe bowl heat the sugar, butter and water until mixture is steaming hot and sugar/butter is melted.  Stir in whiskey.  Immediately pour over cake and pears in the ramekins, dividing evenly amongst the dishes.

3.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, until skewer comes clean when inserted into the cake.  Let sit for 5 minutes and eat warm.  Delicious with a scoop of ice cream on top too!

 

 

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake

I think there’s some kind of unwritten rule somewhere that ice cream treats are not to be consumed in the fall and winter.  I’m pretty sure it’s in the same category as wearing white pants after Labour Day.

pumpkincake1Why not eat ice cream all winter long?  I’m sure I came up with the perfect cold weather flavour.  This sky-high Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake screams fall.  You know what happens when I scream and you scream…. well, you get the idea.

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This is 7 layers of caramel and pumpkin spice goodness.  I’ve already introduced you to my most loved Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake which is featured again here.  Layered along with some premium store-bought Caramel Praline Ice Cream and topped off with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream and the most amazing Salted Caramel Sauce.   I made a small 6 inch cake, which many of you know is my favourite size.  It served 10 of us with 3 generous slices left over.

Aside from baking the cake, this really is fairly simple and quick to throw together.  It’s the freezing in between that takes the most amount of time.  I had some pumpkin layers already baked ahead so this was literally minutes to assemble.  I left it overnight and then iced with the whipped cream the next day.

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It really couldn’t be any prettier.   I think it deserves its spot on any Thanksgiving table or fall and winter celebration for that matter.  We need not be fair weather ice cream eaters right?

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Chime in:  Are you a seasonal ice cream eater?  Can you think of an ultimate winter or fall ice cream cake flavour combination?

Happy fall everyone,

Renee

Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

*adapted from finecooking.com

* grease and flour two 6 x 3 inch cake pans, set oven temp to 350 degrees

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  •  2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  •  1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  •  1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  1 tsp. ground ginger
  •  3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  •  1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  •  2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •  2 large eggs, room temperature
  •  1/3 cup buttermilk. room temperature

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally (butter will begin to foam a bit) until the butter turns a nutty golden-brown, about 4 minutes.  Let cool while preparing other ingredients.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt,nutmeg and cloves.  In a large bowl, whisk 1-1/2 cups of the pumpkin purée with the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and buttermilk until well blended.   Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Gently whisk in the brown butter until completely incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

3.  Bake the cakes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto racks, remove the pan bottoms or parchment, and cool completely.

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

1.   In a medium bowl whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Add in brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Easy Salted Caramel

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Increase the heat to medium- high and bring to a boil, without stirring.  Use a wet pastry brush to wash down any sugar crystals on the side of the pan if you need to.  Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 7 minutes.

2  Remove mixture from the heat and very carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble a lot but keep mixing. Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt. Bring back to the stove on low heat and stir until you have a smooth sauce.  Allow the caramel to cool.   The salted caramel sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Reheat before serving.

Cake Assembly:

1 litre of premium Caramel Praline Ice Cream- allow it to soften slightly

1.  After cakes have cooled layer each cake into two layers (you should have four layers total). 

2.  Place a cake layer on the bottom of a 6 inch springform pan.  Cover with a layer (approx 1 1/2 cups) of ice cream, using a piece of saran on top to evenly distribute the layer with your hands.  Add another cake layer and ice cream layer.  I did this with two springform pans. Three layers in one and four layers in the other.  Freeze both pans for at least six hours.  Remove from both springform pans and place all the layers together to complete the seven layers on a cake board or plate.  Rewrap the whole cake with saran and freeze overnight.

3.  Remove the cake from the freezer and use the Brown Sugar Whipped Cream to ice the entire cake.  Cover the top with the Salted Caramel.  Return the whole cake to the freezer until needed.  The cake should sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving (to soften the cake slightly but not long enough to melt the ice cream).

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Hot Milk Cake All Glammed Up

Hot Milk Cake is a recipe that’s been around for years.  It’s an old-fashioned cake that whips up in minutes and needs merely a sprinkle of powdered sugar to be fabulous.  It get’s its name from the addition of steaming milk as the last step in the batter prep.  I often make it in the summer as a quick snacking treat and serve it after dinner with fresh berries and cream.  It’s a delicate vanilla- infused sponge cake without all the effort.

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That’s definitely my kinda cake.

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I steep a whole vanilla bean in the hot milk for a while before adding it to the batter.  The end result is a bean speckled cake that is sweet and light.  The batter itself tastes exceptional and is so versatile.  I’ve used it in bundt pans like here, as cupcakes like here, as a base for trifles and even just in a regular old 9 x 13 pan for convenience.

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I glammed it up this week-end for a patio dinner.  By glam I mean breaking out the bundt pan and adding a glaze.  Sweet, dark, juicy local cherries are in season and I knew this would be the best vehicle to showcase them.  They are one of this families favourite summer fruits and the season doesn’t last very long. Strawberries and blueberries are a second favourite but the cherries add a burst of summer flavor and sexiness to the cake.

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Yup, that’s right, I just called my cake sexy.

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The addition of the White Chocolate Glaze just puts it over the top.  I found the recipe while searching on-line and I’m so glad I tried it.  It’s made with the best white chocolate you can find and mascarpone cheese.  Sounds crazy but the end result is a smooth and creamy glaze that’s out of this world.  There was a wee bit left over and I greedily dipped the remaining cherries in it for a snack.  Wow.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Hot Milk Cake

*adapted from Taste of Home

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • one vanilla bean split and scraped
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 8 oz white chocolate, chopped

1.  In a large bowl, beat eggs on high-speed for 5 minutes (don’t skimp on this step!) until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy and increased in volume. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to batter just until combined.

2. In a small saucepan, heat milk, vanilla bean, seeds and butter just until butter is melted and mixture begins to bubble slightly at the side of the pan. Steep for 20 mins or more. Reheat if needed (should be steaming slightly).  Remove vanilla bean.  Gradually add milk to batter, a few tablespoons at a time; beat just until combined

3.  Pour into greased and floured 10 inch bundt pan.  You can also use a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until cake springs back when touched.   Allow the cake to cool completely before glazing.

4.   Heat the mascarpone in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (just until runny).  Remove from heat and add chocolate.  Stir until combined and smooth.  Let the glaze sit for a few minutes to cool before pouring over the cake.  Top with your favourite berry!

 

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Easy Strawberry Charlotte Parfait

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This week-end we finally had some warm sunny weather to enjoy.  It always puts me in the best of moods and makes me excited for dinners on the patio with friends and family.

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I want to spend time soaking up the sun and not in the kitchen so I’m always looking for ways to impress without lots of work.  And by work I mean making a whole Strawberry Charlotte from scratch.   That involves a whole lot of steps that I just don’t have time for right now.

Cause I’m busy soaking up the sun with some very posh and important people…

My family….

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Remember these parfaits that I made here and here?  Well geesh, I received a whole bunch of messages about what an easy entertaining idea that was.

I’m here for you!

You’re welcome.

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The best part about this dessert is that I didn’t have to do any baking  before hand.  You know what I do that I think is just brilliant?  I mean, sometimes I really do have good idea’s that I swear I should receive some sort of award for.  I save all of my cake scraps.

That’s right, you heard it here.  Right out of the horse’s mouth.

After I layer any cake I put the scrap piece or the extra layer in the freezer for later use.  It works wonders when you need to throw together a quick trifle or something.  For these parfaits I used a layer from my Hot Milk Cake recipe.  I used the parfait cup as my cutting tool and cut two pieces for each cup.  Then I layered it with an easy Bavarian Cream recipe that just uses pudding and cream cheese.  And berries.  Voila.

Now back to that patio.  Enjoy!

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Mini Lemon Sponge Cheesecakes

It’s hard to believe that in just a week’s time my blog will be celebrating its second birthday. It started out with just a simple love for baking and SweetRevelations has grown into so much more.

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It helped to launch my dream of owning a business.

It reminded me of my love of writing and creating.

It opened the door to so many amazing experiences and friendships.

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Not to mention the extra twenty pounds I’ve gained since the birth of this sweet idea.

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I currently have a love for desserts that are mini size.   Small and decadent.  Little wee bites of sweet goodness.   Simple and elegant lined up on a classic white dessert platter.

These are Mini Lemon Cheesecakes that I baked on a tangy Lemon Sponge base.

I’m so grateful for all of your interest this past year.  I sure do love all of your comments and  e-mails. I wish you were here so I could give you a good ol’ squeeze!

Enjoy!

Lemon Sponge Base

*adapted from GoodFood.com

Makes enough for 24 mini cheesecakes

  • 175 gr unsalted butter
  • 175 gr sugar
  • 175 gr self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350°

1.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat just until combined.

2.  Place 1 tbsp in the bottom of each cavity of a mini cheesecake pan.  You will have some batter leftover that will make great cupcakes!  Bake the sponge bases for 10 minutes while you make the cheesecake.

Lower oven temp to 300°

Lemon Cheesecake

  • 450 gr cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

1.   In a medium-sized bowl beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth.  Blend in the sugar until well incorporated.  Mix in the salt, vanilla and lemon juice.  Finally, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Careful not to over mix!

2.   Spoon the cheesecake mixture onto the sponge bases.  I filled mine right to the top.  Bake for 14 minutes.  Turn the oven off and allow cheesecakes to cool in the pan in the oven.

Garnish with fresh berries and whipped cream.  I also made some rose petals with melted white chocolate and used those on top.

*these cheesecakes freeze really well.

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Coconut Rum Cake with Dark Rum Butter Glaze

You know how I’ve always professed my love for scratch baked cakes?  How I find such pleasure in hand picking the finest ingredients and creaming and beating my heart out to create the most tender cake crumb?  And how most cakes taste the very best on the day they are made?

Well just for today….forget I said all that.

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A good friend was recently talking to me about Rum Cake.  Typically served around the holidays, it’s a moist cake soaked in a glorious rum glaze.  I read online reviews from people who swore that it was hands down the most flavourful cake ever.

Pffft! What do those 800 people know anyway?

I searched and searched for a recipe that was baked from scratch, but you know what?  I made it and it didn’t taste the same.   Not quite as light and fluffy.  And I’m sure that the light and fluffy texture comes from one of the many ingredients on the box that I can’t pronounce…..

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But today, I’m feelin a little wild and crazy and I’m ok with that.

Perhaps it’s the rum?

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I substituted the vanilla pudding in the ingredients list for coconut pudding.  I used Coconut Rum in the cake and Dark Rum in the glaze.  The flavour is incredible and even better if you let the cake sit for 24 hours.

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You know, boxed cake normally isn’t my style but just this once a doctored up cake mix suits me just fine.

Do you have a scratch recipe for Rum Cake?  I would love to hear from you!

Coconut Rum Cake with Dark Rum Butter Glaze

*adapted from About.com

  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • 1  18 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 3.4 ounces (4-serving size) instant coconut pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Rum

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dark Rum

Preparation:

Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts and coconut on bottom of pan. Combine all cake ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on high with electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. . Prick bottom of cake (still in pan) with wooden skewer. Drizzle 1/2 of glaze over holes in bottom of cake. Let sit for 40 minutes.  Invert cake onto cake plate and poke holes in the top with wooden skewer.  Poor or brush remaining glaze over top.  I made extra glaze (with a little less water) to drizzle on the cake  just before serving.  Next time I would omit it.  The cake has more than enough flavour without it.
Glaze: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Note: The rum will cause steam. Be careful not to burn yourself.

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

I love fall.  If I had to pick my favourite season, fall would win hands down.  Crisp mornings, hikes through the bush and markets full of pumpkins, squash and apples.

I love fall baking too.   Spicy flavours and smells fill the kitchen.   We tend to gravitate towards  cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, as these seem to be the flavours associated to this time of year.

I don’t know if I told you this but my mom makes the BEST pumpkin pie ever.  It just happens to be my favourite flavour of pie.  But I have to say, and mom I hope you’re not listening, that this cake might just have put your pie in the running.

I can’t believe I just typed that out loud.

I’m not kidding.  This is one of the most moist cakes I have ever eaten.  It has all of the flavours of a pumpkin pie in a dense yet light cake.   With Candied Pecans sprinkled throughout.  And Brown Sugar Cream Cheese on each layer?

Pure pumpkin bliss.

What’s your favourite thing about fall?

Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

*adapted from finecooking.com

* grease and flour two 6 x 3 inch cake pans, set oven temp to 350 degrees

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  •  2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  •  1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  •  1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  1 tsp. ground ginger
  •  3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  •  1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  •  2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •  2 large eggs, room temperature
  •  1/3 cup buttermilk. room temperature

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally (butter will begin to foam a bit) until the butter turns a nutty golden-brown, about 4 minutes.  Let cool while preparing other ingredients.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt,nutmeg and cloves.  In a large bowl, whisk 1-1/2 cups of the pumpkin purée with the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and buttermilk until well blended.   Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Gently whisk in the brown butter until completely incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

3.  Bake the cakes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto racks, remove the pan bottoms or parchment, and cool completely.

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 cups dark brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 500 grams of cream cheese, cold

1.  Beat butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add cold cream cheese and beat just until blended.  Cream cheese icing is easier to work with when the cream cheese is added cold.

Candied Pecans

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

1.  Mix together the pecans, brown sugar and cream.  Spread over a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes, stirring once.

Cake Assembly

1.  I usually let cake layers chill in the freezer for at least an hour before cutting.  Then, using a serrated knife, cut both cakes into layers.  You’ll have one extra layer to freeze for later or nibble on whilst you decorate.

2.  Place a layer on your cake plate, then spread a thick layer of cream cheese frosting.  Sprinkle some chopped candied pecans on top of the icing.  Repeat with the next layer.  Add the final layer and frost the entire cake.

3.  Once the whole cake is frosted, chill for a few hours before serving.  Sprinkle and decorate with the remaining pecans.

Enjoy!

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Mini Wild Blueberry and Cream Cheese Trifles

May seems to be flying by and I can’t believe I missed my one year blog anniversary!   One year ago on Mother’s Day I started this crazy adventure and somehow wrangled my husband into doing the pictures for me.

I had no idea what blogging would entail.   No really, I had NO idea what I was doing.  Photography?  Food styling? I’m just a girl who loves to bake yummy things and share them with others.  And I still have a lot to learn.

The world is such a small place for bloggers and foodies alike.  I can’t believe the mail I’ve received from people who live in some pretty amazing places.  I love to hear from you!  I love to receive all of your questions and comments.   There are actually more people than just me who think frosting should be added as the 5th food group.

Who knew!

I have learned so much from you too.  I am constantly amazed by the other sites I visit.  Some of you have been a real inspiration to me!  Let’s see where this road takes us, shall we?  I’m excited to see what the next year brings.

Mini Wild Blueberry and Cream Cheese Trifles

*make these in disposable cups for easy clean-up!

*recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

  •  5 slices of ready made pound cake cut into small cubes
  • 250 g cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • wild blueberry sauce – I used about 1 1/2 cups of my homemade Wild Blueberry and Lemon Preserves (here)

1.  Whip cream cheese, vanilla, cream, lemon zest and sugar in a small bowl until soft peaks form.

2.  I layered the cream cheese whip, pound cake and blueberry sauce in disposable plastic wine cups.  Yield 7 dessert cups.

Enjoy!

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