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Chocolate Strawberry Ruffle Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Chocolate Strawberry Ruffle CakeThis Chocolate Strawberry Ruffle Cake  came about when a friend of mine was gathering items to auction off to help someone.  She wanted a spectacular, showstopper of a cake  cake that would draw a high bid.  I was happy to donate the cake.  I had made the cake, filled it and frozen it a week earlier. The day came to finish it and the night before she was to pick it up,  we lost all power – for 19 hours.  I couldn’t open the freezer or fridge until the power came back on.  So this Chocolate Strawberry Ruffle Cake never came to fruition for the auction.

This is another example of a cake made from recipes already on the blog.  One of the reasons I love baking and pastry is that it is infinitely changeable.  The chocolate cake is one of my base cakes that I use over and over in different versions. Continue reading

Sprinkles, Jimmies, Decoratifs or Vermicelli

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Jimmies/DecoratifsSprinkles, Jimmies, Decoratifs or Vermicelli –  whatever you call them these little chocolate decorations can make or break a cupcake or cake!

When I first started in business there was no internet and very little help for someone who was not a trained baker.  I had to learn everything on my own and very quickly.  One of the things that took me a while to find was the real chocolate sprinkles.

Basically there are two different kinds of chocolate sprinkles.  The jimmies are made with cocoa and shortening,  can be dull and rather fat in comparison to those made with real chocolate. JimmiesThe Decoratifs by Guittard and Vermicelli by Cocoa Barry are made with real chocolate, are delicate and shiny.  They can add an elegant touch when it comes to finishing.  Looks-wise, they appear to be made by the same company and just packaged differently.Decoratifs Continue reading