Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
See? I wasn't lying. This is me on my third birthday blowing out the candle on top of my seafoam frosting. My love for it started at a young age. :)
Seafoam is great for those who like cupcakes, but don't like how sugary buttercream frosting can get. This is a light topping that adds a bit of sugar and flare to the cake. Since the frosting peaks, you can decorate it many ways.
One swirl with one peak at the top. (Aren't they cute?!)
Since this is such a special recipe, it must be eaten the same day it's made. Ok, ok. It really needs to be eaten the same day it's made since the frosting will start to seep into the cake and it will lose it's texture and flavor after a day. Best thing is to whip it up, decorate, and eat right away. (I know...so hard to HAVE to eat cake right away.)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and maybe you'll be requesting it for your next birthday, too!
2 egg whites
3/4 C white table sugar or light brown sugar
a little bit of vanilla (Erika's extras - I used about a 1/4 t since I wanted more of a vanilla flavor)
1/3 C light corn syrup
2 T water
1/4 t cream of tartar
1/4 t salt
Place in the top of a double boiler while water is boiling. Beat with electrical hand beater on top speed or second to top speed until it will stand in peaks (stiff). This will take any where from 5 to 10 minutes. (Add food coloring within the first minute of beating the frosting.)
Bake well and prosper!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I'm inventive. At least I feel that way about this banana bread. Remember these muffins from a couple of weeks ago? The original recipe called for cinnamon chips and I looked for them at 2 different stores but had no luck in finding them. (I know I'll get 3 comments on this post telling me where to find them in NYC...I hope...)
At home I figured I'd use some cinnamon goodies that I already had on hand. I decided to use the Entenmann's "Ultimate Cinnamon Pastry Twisters" that I had bought from the Entenmann's Bakery Outlet that I live by. Yes. I know. I walk by it everyday on my way home and fight off temptation all the time. Well, 95% of the time.
So, I took these nummies and broke them into pieces and pressed them into the top of the batter. The nice crunchiness and cinnamon flavor made this banana bread quite lovely!
Cinnamon Twisters Banana Bread (adapted from Amanda's Cookin')2+ very ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsalted butter, butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour loaf pan.
Mash the bananas with a fork and place in a mixer bowl with softened butter. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Add in the vanilla, eggs, sugar and buttermilk and beat on medium speed until well blended.
Whisk together baking soda, salt and flour. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture to banana mixture.
Pour batter into loaf pan. Break pieces of Entenman's Cinnamon Twisters and press into top of batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing and cooling completely.
Bake well and prosper!