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Hot Milk Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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I must admit, the name of this cake, Hot Milk Cake, did not really excite me when I first saw.  But upon reading the introduction to the recipe I discovered that it was frequently used as the basis for a Boston Cream Pie and decided I should give it a try. Boston Cream Pie is vanilla cake layered with pastry cream and topped with ganache.  The donut form is a family favorite. The cake is relatively easy to make - whisk together the dry ingredients, whip the eggs and sugar together, heat the milk with some vegetable oil and a little more sugar, and then combine the parts.  Make sure you don't grease the sides of your cake pan so that the batter can cling to them and rise higher. At this point, the basic Hot Milk Cake is complete.  The author recommends serving with lemon curd or fruit, but I chose to make some pastry cream and create something a bit more exciting. Once layered, I wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for several hours. Then I made some ganache, poured it over the

The OG Snack Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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Several years ago the factory that made Hostess Twinkies was shutting down, and the world was preparing for life without the hand-held cakes with the frosting inside.  One of the morning shows has someone on who showed us how to make our own including using aluminum foil to make the iconic shape. Thanks to some fancy high finance (and possibly the public outcry), Twinkies are still with us, both the original yellow cake version as well as specialty versions that come out at different times of the year.  But just in case, Zoe Francois provides instructions for how to make our own.  Her version lacks whatever it is that makes them last through the apocalypse (remember the Chevy ad with raining frogs and the box of Twinkies), but that means that I had all the ingredients necessary in my kitchen. The recipe instructs the baker to acquire a nonstick hot dog bun pan to get the canoe shape.  There are several different types on the market; I opted for the Chefmade version.  The batter was eas

Cinco Leches (Tres Leches All Grown Up) #CakeSliceBakers

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This month I chose the Cinco Leches cake as my Cake Slice Bakers cake bake.  It starts with a cinnamony flavored sponge that is soaked in a combination of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream flavored with a bit of vanilla and rum.  Once the cake cools, you top it with heavy and sour cream mixed and whipped together.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you have a lovely dessert that's large enough to feed a large group.   This cake was delicious.  The milk soak makes it so moist, and I love the cinnamon flavor.  The sour cream adds just a little tang to the whipped topping to balance everything out. Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes  by Zoē François. 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 enj

Turtle Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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Warning: the pictures that follow may be distressing to cake bakers. Do not worry; no cake taste was harmed during the deconstruction, and all cake was consumed with great gusto. Let's just get it out of the way: As I was finishing the top layer, the cake started to split.  Eventually, the entire cake split.  I have never had this happen, so it was a bit of early morning excitement.  I wish I could blame it on the recipe, but this was entirely my fault for not following the directions exactly. The recipe says to level off the cake layers before you start assembling.  I decided to ignore that step as I've not had the best result when trying to level off cake before and have never had it matter.  Well, it mattered today! Shortly after this picture was taken, part of the cake fell onto the table causing me to start shoveling it into a bowl.  Final result: So even though the assembly of the cake ended in disaster, I have to say that this was some of the best cake I've ever eate

Chocolate Devil's Food Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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This month I spent a snowy morning baking the Chocolate Devil's Food Cake.  If you are in need of a good chocolate cake recipe, this is it. The recipe calls for adding strong coffee and a bit of rum or brandy to enhance the chocolate flavor of the cake.  For those concerned that you might end up tasting the add-ins, I can assure in my family noticed even a hint of coffee or brandy taste.  What we all did notice was the intense chocolate flavor encased in a moist cake. The frosting recipe had me shaking my head a few times.  It starts with melted butter, something I've never seen before.  At one point, it was grainy and not very appetizing, but I just followed the instructions and added a bit of heavy cream, and the frosting smoothed right out.  Even then, I could not see how the concoction in my mixing bowl would turn into frosting, but when I started applying it to my cake, magic occurred.  It thickened up into an amazing fudgy frosting that perfectly complemented the cake. I

Coconut-Candy Bar Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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For 2022, The Cake Slice Bakers are baking from Zoe Bakes Cakes, and the first month gave me the option of baking something that sounded like a sure winner in our household - a Coconut-Candy Bar Cake.  It has coconut cake layers with a German chocolate-like coconut filling between the cake layers, all topped with a bittersweet chocolate ganache.   Unfortunately, this cake was not all I had hoped it would be.  The cake layers themselves were delicious. There were moist and had a nice coconut taste without being overwhelming.  The filling, however, was far too sweet, and the ganache topping just didn't seem to go along with the rest of the cake even though chocolate and coconut are usually a winning pair. This cake had the unlooked for distinction of having almost half go down the garbage disposal as no one other than me was willing to try another piece the next day.  I think the filling would have worked better with unsweetened coconut, and it's possible with less sweetness in t

Strawberry Cake #CakeSliceBakers

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In the Cake Slice Bakers, December brings the opportunity to cook any cake we want from that year's cake book.  I chose the Strawberry Cake.  My son said to me that it was an odd choice for December.  I would have agreed with him except that this recipes relies on frozen strawberries thereby making it a perfect treat for wintertime.  I used store-bought frozen strawberries, but you could certainly use a bag that you picked and froze during the spring.  The strawberries are cooked down and added to the cake batter, and then the entire cake is topped with a cream cheese frosting. I was able to find some surprisingly tasty fresh strawberries to use on the outside of my cake, but you could leave that off or even use a different berry to decorate. As you can see from the picture below, the strawberry puree largely sunk to the bottom of each cake layer.  This turned out not to greatly affect the taste; the light strawberry taste filtered throughout the cake, but I think if the strawberri