Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rhubarb Ribbon Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Summertime, summertime. Nothing says summer like fresh fruit. The Cake Slice Bakers continue to bake through The Perfect Cake, and this month, I chose to bake a Rhubarb Ribbon Cake. The recipe uses fresh rhubarb to add flavor to a basic yellow cake and to the buttercream frosting. It also uses strips of rhubarb to decorate the top. It is a beautiful cake.



The only issue I had with the recipe was that my 2 lbs of rhubarb did not produce the 4 cups sliced rhubarb called for in the recipe, so the frosting was a little short. While the rhubarb taste in the frosting would have been that much stronger if I'd had the called for amount, it was still quite tasty.



My family had mixed emotions about the cake. My daughter and one son were not fans, but my other son called it one of the best cakes he'd ever had. I loved it. I definitely need to spend more time baking with this summertime fruit.





Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.


The choices this month were Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake, Rhubarb Ribbon Cake, Lavender Tea Cakes with Vanilla Glaze, and Summer Peach Cake.


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Swiss Hazelnut Cake - #TheCakeSliceBakers

For this month's Cake Slice Bakers bake, I selected the Swiss Hazelnut Cake.  It has two layers with ground hazelnuts mixed into the batter and filled and frosted with a delicious frosting made in part with marshmallow cream and hazelnut liqueur. Bittersweet chocolate covers the outside.  The instructions say to use a food processor to shave the chocolate.  I don't own a food processor, so I chopped the chocolate.



In general, I was pretty happy with this cake.  The cake was tasty and moist, and I really liked the texture with the ground hazelnuts.  The frosting was also good, though a little sweet, but it completely lacked hazelnut flavor.  Also, I think the cake would have been better overall if the chocolate had been sandwiched in between the layers to better cut the sweetness of the frosting.





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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.


The choices this month were Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes, Rainbow Cake, and Swiss Hazelnut Cake.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Chocolate Mouse Cake with Raspberries

February's King Arthur Bake Along.



Banana Pudding

A surplus of bananas sent me looking at various banana pudding recipes.  I was looking for a recipe that had the cook creating pudding from eggs and sugar and not a box mixed with cool whip and sour cream. While I really do like that version of banana pudding, I was hoping to increase the types of puddings I can create from scratch.  

There were a plethora of types of recipes for banana pudding.  I finally opted for what was billed in many places as "true Southern-style" banana pudding.  This was a warm pudding, layered with bananas and vanilla wafers and then topped off with meringue that was browned under the broiler.


It was a beautiful dish of pudding, one that would be perfect for potlucks if I could perfect it.  This was definitely a little runny for our tastes.  Whether that was because of a mistake I made while making the pudding, an issue with the recipe I finally decided upon, or the mixture of warm pudding with bananas, I won't know without making more!  Even after it has sat in the refrigerator overnight, it still did not really firm up.  We all agreed that the meringue was definitely the way to go, and since topping the pudding with meringue allowed me to use both parts of the egg, I prefer it.

It was, however, very tasty, and my family looks forward to my continuing experimentation with banana pudding.

Tres Leche Cake - #TheCakeSliceBakers

The Cake Slice Bakers continue to bake out of The Perfect Cake #atkcake. This month I chose to bake a Tres Leche Cake.  This cake is a soft yellow cake soaked in a mixture of milks and cream and topped with a lovely whipped cream topping.  


I was a little surprised by the amount of milk poured onto this cake - I didn't see how the cake could possibly hold it all.  But hold it, it did producing a wonderfully moist and flavorful cake.


Each cake from this book becomes my family's new favorite.



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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.


The choices this month were Tres Leches Cake, Lemon Pudding Cake, Italian Almond Cake, and Confetti Cake.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wellesley Fudge Cake - #TheCakeSliceBakers

My bake for this month for the Cake Slice Bakers was a Wellesley Fudge Cake.  I've seen this recipe in a couple of cookbooks but have not tried it until now.  Don't know what I was waiting for!  It was a pretty easy recipe to follow, and the results were amazing!  It's a chocolatey layer cake with a fudgey frosting.  Perfect for the chocolate lovers in the group.


The cake was extremely moist and kept well.  I had the last little piece four days later (how did my family miss it?), and it was as moist as when I first cut into it.





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Wellesley Fudge Cake

Tahini-Banana Snack Cake

Hazelnut-Chocolate Crepe Cake

Gateau Breton









Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The choices this month were Wellesley Fudge Cake, Tahini-Banana Snack Cake, Hazelnut-Chocolate Crepe Cake, and Gateau Breton.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Blitz Torte - #TheCakeSliceBakers

This month the Cake Slice Bakers continue to bake from The Perfect Cake by American Test Kitchen.  This book is not yet available, but we've been granted permission to bake and post a few months before publication.  Based on the cakes I've baked so far, I can't wait for this book to arrive in my mail.

This month, I had a hard time choosing.  The Boston Cream cupcakes definitely sounded like something my family would enjoy, and I'm always looking for a good cupcake recipe.  The Bananas Foster Cake sounded like all kinds of yumminess (and will definitely make an appearance on our table sometime in the next few months).  The Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise sounds amazing, but I was afraid it would be more than I could manage this month.  So the Blitz Torte it was, and what a good choice!  It was not over-complicated, I had no problems with the recipe, and my family did their best to gobble it up in one night - thankfully they failed so I could have a second piece the next morning.

The base for the cake is a yellow cake topped with meringue and sprinkled with sliced almonds.  I could not find sliced almonds in either store I went into, so I used slivered instead.


Layered between both cakes was a lemon-flavored whipped cream and raspberries.


It tasted even better than it looks.  I was concerned about how it would hold up overnight, as the instructions said to eat within two hours of assembly, but I covered and refrigerated the leftovers, and it was still standing sturdy the next day.







Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through.  This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake.  We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The choices this month were Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise, Blitz Torte, Bananas Foster Cake, and Boston Cream Cupcakes.