So we watched the season finale of Cake Boss last night.
Are you a fan? I LOVE it! I love the creativity, and that the whole family works together! My husband actually likes it too – he likes that Buddy “doesn’t take lip” and “tells it like it is!” If you’ve never seen it, check it out at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/cake-boss. It airs on TLC. They make amazing cake creations, with a little bit of LIFE thrown in!
Anyways, watching the season finale threw my entire focus off what I WAS going to blog on, and I started thinking about cakes instead!
Although the title of this entry is “Cake Boss Wannabe”, I really don’t want to be one at all. I like creating things in my own peaceful kitchen, thank you very much! So, in that spirit, I thought I’d share with you my top three favorite cakes to make! (Recipes included, of course!)
1. Celebration Cake
This one gets made in the Fall a lot, but I just LOVE the Apple Chips on it!!!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 teaspoons apple pie spice
.25 teaspoon salt
2 cups coarsely shredded carrots
1 cup coarsely shredded apple
.5 cup chopped nuts
.75 cup cooking oil
1 8 oz. carton sour cream
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
.25 cup coarsely crushed apple chips
Whole apple chips (optional)
5 to 6-inch-long cinnamon sticks (optional)
Here’s what mine normally looks like (I threw some chopped nuts I had on hand on top of this one):
This is normally the cake I make when someone wants a cake, but they don’t care what I make them!
2. Pineapple Coconut Cake
This cake could be created in Spring, Summer or Winter! Very versatile!
Pineapple Coconut Cake
5 eggs, separated1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted2 teaspoons coconut extract1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice; set aside. In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in the butter, extracts and 1/2 cup reserved juice. Add dry ingredients; beat until well blended. Beat egg whites with clean beaters on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened5 cups flaked coconut, divided
In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese, pineapple and remaining confectioners’ sugar until blended; stir in 2 cups coconut. Fold in whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; drizzle with 2 tablespoons reserved juice. Spread with 2 cups mousse. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer and drizzle with remaining juice. Spread remaining mousse over top and sides of cake. Press remaining coconut onto top and sides. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Here’s what mine normally looks like:
I LOVE pineapple and coconut, so it’s a good fit!
3. Just Carrot Carrot Cake
Everyone loves Carrot Cake, right?!
Just Carrot Carrot Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 egg whites
3 cups peeled, grated carrots
Blend cream cheese and butter well. Add vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar until desired thickness. Beat until smooth.
Here’s what mine normally looks like:
I tend to think Carrot Cake is good ANY TIME of the year!
So, whatcha think? What is your favorite cake to make in YOUR kitchen?!
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