Friday, August 5, 2016

Yellow Cake with Caramel & Browned Butter Frosting

This cake was this year's "Happy Birthday" cake for my husband who didn't care what cake he got as long as it had browned butter in it (essentially ghee) and caramel. I balked as my internal calorie counter burst into flames, but finally succumbed and made this.

The cake just serves as a vehicle to deliver the delicious frosting. In terms of taste, the caramel flavor dominates, followed by the warm taste of ghee.

Monday, July 4, 2016

New York Cheesecake

The classic New York style cheesecake has a buttery, crumbly crust, and a sweet, creamy (not to mention, rich) body with subtle hints of tartness from the cream cheese and threads of lemon zest. This cake happens to be a friend's favorite, so following the ever-trusty recipe from Joy of Baking,  I tried this out for his birthday!

It is obviously a rich cake, so one small piece goes a long way!

The cake turned out fabulously, thanks to the detailed recipe with key reminders. The crust is a standard graham cracker crust. The cheesecake is topped with a sour cream topping. Although there are several key steps to follow, and it takes overnight for the cheesecake to set, it is all worth it. 

Some reminders for baking a successful cheesecake that doesn't crack:
  1. Do not over beat the ingredients - especially sugar, cream cheese, and eggs
  2. If possible, wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil. 
  3. Bake in a hot-water bath (place the pan inside a bigger tray and fill the tray with about 2 inches of hot water). Else just place the pan on top of a tray while baking

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Strawberry & Peanut Butter Crumb Cake

Continuing my recent experiments with crumb cakes, this one is yet another addition. One of my friends described the taste of this cake as similar to taking a bite off a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, which is pretty much sums up the cake!

The crunchy topping has peanut butter while the spongy cake has strawberries and strawberry jam.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coconut-Lime Chocolate Cake

A fun cake with tropical flavors of coconut and lime, and for extra measure, there is chocolate to round out the lovely taste! The punch of lime ties the flavors of coconut and chocolate very nicely.

Take a mini tropical vacation at home with this treat!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Upside Down Cashew-Caramel Chocolate Cake

This is probably one of the most decadent cakes I have ever baked! Chocolate, caramel, and cashews (the mother of all fatty and tasty nuts!). When I came across a similar recipe for an upside down caramel cake, I couldn't resist trying it out with cashews and rich chocolate!

I made it for a small group of friends, and the cake disappeared in no time! No time to reflect on calories or guilt ;)

This is a must try cake! Substitute cashews with nuts of your choice.