Four Layer Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting…

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I don’t have much time to describe the weekend feast I created with my fiancé for the football game, but I had to show you all how much better I got at cutting the 9′ round cakes in half! I learned from my mistakes last time with the Ganache cake– and made sure I put the smooth sides on the top so I didn’t have to ice the crumbly part.

I used the same cream cheese frosting recipe I had used for the Cinnamon buns last week because oh my god, it was so good. I also felt more confident using the butter knife to cut through the cake, keeping an eye on the size of each layer. The process of slicing, removing, picking up and flipping the piece over to the right spot on the cake is scarrrryyyy but somehow I was cool, calm and collected. It was a breeze. I’m really starting to get a knack for that part. I managed to avoid a lopsided cake!!

IMG_1033When it was time to actually eat the cake I was the happiest lady on the planet. Unlike the ganache cake, the layers were basically perfect. There was a little more frosting on the bottom layer but it was fitting as there wasn’t as much again until the very top. I signed up for a cake decorating class, so eventually I’ll have something more impressive to show for my cakes than just a spackle pattern on top.IMG_1057

As per usual, I had Ellie by my side the entire time. She was avid in trying to steal a bite but I had to keep it all to myself! I at least let her lick the plate when I was done 😉

IMG_1063I’ll update later today… A “French Roll followup” along with a few recipes! We made homemade marinara sauce for meatballs, as well as a Spinach Artichoke dip from scratch and oh my goodness! I know this is a baking blog but I’ll have to make an exception!

Brownies are my weakness

cream cheese browniesThis last month I must have made at least 3 different kinds of brownie desserts. Most recently I made cream cheese brownies, which were incredibly easy to make and probably my favorite so far.chocolate fudge brownie bunt cake  I threw a few chocolate chips on top just, because.

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (Prep)

yeastI’ve never used active yeast before, so I had to put my reservations aside. The myths behind it are enough to deter even the most enthusiastic amateur baker, or so I’m told. “Don’t let the warm liquids get too hot! You’ll kill the yeast!” “If the liquids are too cold, you’ll kill it!” “Knead it before you let it rise!” “Don’t knead it too much, it’ll get tough!” Oh, the warnings are endless.

I’ll add this recipe shortly.

Somehow, I managed to keep the yeast alive and I watched it rise successfully over the course of 2 hours. Though the recipe called for 1.5 hours, I felt as though the first half hour or so the bowl was too cold. A little extra time by the wood stove and bam, twice the size I started with. Continue reading