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Coconut Cream Cake – The Perfect Easter Dessert

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This is the Coconut Cream Cake that was so very popular at the bakery. Easter seems synonymous with coconut and I’m not sure why but happy it is.

Fairly early in the life of the shop, I got a mailer from General Mills touting their flours. It was a beautiful color brochure with cakes and sweet breads. I tried the cakes and the one that just amazed me is the one we used  with minor changes. This very almond flavored cake is the most moist white cake I have ever eaten.  We used the white chiffon cake for our wedding cakes and it never ceased to get raves.

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Heavy Cream – The Workhorse of Creams

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Whipped cream for Heavy CreamWith a variety of creams available, the cream of the crop is Heavy Cream, also known as 40% cream.  This is an update to my blog, Salvaging Whipped Cream.

The main difference between a carton of whipping cream and a carton of heavy or 40% cream is the amount of butterfat in the cream.  Plain whipping cream has 36% butterfat while heavy cream or 40% cream has 40%.  Heavy cream and 40% cream are the same thing.  The higher the amount of fat, the better the cream whips and holds after whipping.  Both of those pictured below are heavy cream. Continue reading

Raspberries and Cream Cake for Mother’s Day

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Raspberries and Cream CakeThis Raspberries and Cream Cake comes from the bakery’s wedding cake file.  It was a favorite spring and summer cake.

The white chiffon cake is very tender.  We made it the day ahead, cooled it in their pans and covered them with foil or froze the covered layers if using later.  I use gloves when releasing the cakes as the will be a bit sticky on top.  The cake is filled with whipped cream and fresh raspberries with a whipped chocolate ganache in the middle layer. Continue reading

Toasted Angel Food Cake, Roasted Strawberries and Balsamic Whipped Cream

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Toasted Angel Food Cake with Roasted StrawberriesEvery once in a while, a recipe comes together and surpasses every expectation – Toasted Angel Food Cake, Roasted Strawberries and Balsamic Whipped Cream is that recipe.  Now I am the first to admit it is a different take on every component in the dessert.  But let’s take a look at those components.

What if I told you an Angel Food Cake can be made without the dreaded folding in of flour and sugar which can deflate the whites making a denser, less airy cake.  I love Angel Food Cake for its light, moist,melt in your mouth texture. It is snow white and has an ethereal quality to it, hence the name.  

The recipe I am giving you here is from my bakery.  It is the tallest, lightest, best angel food cake I have ever had.  I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t.  It came in a General Mills baking flyer they sent to bakeries many years ago. Continue reading

Lemon Blueberry Cake

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finished-lemon-blueberry-cake.jpegThis Lemon Blueberry Cake was the result of a client at the restarurant asking for something I hadn’t  made before.  These requests gives me an opportunity to think about new desserts that I might not have thought about on my own.

The only request was a Lemon Blueberry Cake.  How I put it together was up to me.  I knew I didn’t want to make a lemon cake with whipped cream and blueberries, so I thought about it for a few days and decided that it needed to be a light cake which dictated a chiffon base.  The white chiffon cake used for Coconut Cream Cake was the perfect choice. Light and full of flavor on it’s own it can take a strong filling.

For the lemon flavor, what could be more intense than lemon curd?  Bury fresh blueberries in the curd and there you have the perfect Lemon Blueberry Cake. Continue reading