Sunday, February 24, 2013

spring feeling

Three days of constant snowing have made me think of spring. I can't wait for warmer, not so depressing time. Even though warm temperature and lighter clothing are still far away I'm already planning my vacation and wardrobe. Every spring/summer I make a wishlist of key pieces that I want to have. This year I just started putting it together because summer is still far away, but anyway this three things are already on it.
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Banana-chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

This cake has a little bit of everything. If you are a sweet/savory kind of person, like me, this cake is heaven.

Ingredients
Cake:
3cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups mashed bananas
1 cup sour cream
mini chocolate chips (put in as much as you'd like)

Frosting:
2 cups of creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips or chocolate flakes for decoration

 Equipment: I baked the dough in a cake pan size 26 cm.

Let's start:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line bottom of the cake pan with baking paper. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Also add vanilla. Add dry ingredients, beat on low speed just to blend. Add bananas and sour cream, beat just to blend.Fold in mini chips. Bake cake for about 35 minutes and then let it cool down. When it is cooled down you cut it in two size alike round pieces. Prepare frosting using an electric mixer, beat first 4 ingredients until fluffy than add vanilla. Place one cake on a platter and spread 1 1/4 cups frosting over. Place remaining cake on top. Cover top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Garnish with chocolate chips and kisses.

Un buon appetito!


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate cream frosting

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ingredients (for 40 cupcakes):
2 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature
4 extra large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

Frosting:
1 cup cream cheese
200g white chocolate
half a cup of cream
creamfix

Directions:
 whisk all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt).
In another bowl cream together sugar and butter until light  and fluffy, add chocolate and then eggs     ( one by one). Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until all is combined. Then add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with 1 cup water and beginning and ending with flour. Fill prepared muffin cups three-quarters full with batter. Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool. For frosting whip the cream whit cream-fix and then slowly add white chocolate (melted and cooled down) at the end add cream cheese and decorate the cupcakes.

Have a nice day :D
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