February 24, 2011

Birthday Black Cake

A friend of mine requested a traditional Jamaican Black Cake for her husband's 35th birthday.  I had baked this previously, but decided to try a different recipe this time around.  With this cake I used fruit that was soaked for two months, I added bread crumbs to the recipe and an extra tablespoon of browning.

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of browning
  • 6 ounces bread crumbs
  • 6 ounces flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 pint Port
  • 4 cups mixed marinated fruit, recipe follows, squeezed and finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, lime juice, and lime zest. Add the eggs 1 at a time, and incorporate well. Combine bread crumbs, flour, all the spices, baking powder, and salt. Combine rum and port. Add flour mixture alternately with rum/port mixture into the batter. Fold in the chopped marinated fruit.
Prepare 1 (8-inch) cake pan. Fill the pan 3/4 of the way and bake until a skewer comes out of the center of the cake clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Mixed Marinated Fruit:
  • 1 pound golden raisins
  • 4 ounces mixed peel
  • 4 ounces cherries
  • 1/2 pound prunes (pitted), cut in quarters or eighths, depending on size
  • Jamaican white rum
  • Passover wine
Grind raisins, prunes, mixed peel, and cherries and put in a glass jar and cover with mixture of equal parts Jamaican white rum and passover wine. Cover with a tight fitting lid, label, and date the jar. Put in a cool, dry cupboard. From time to time, check the fruits to see if more liquor is needed, as the fruits will plump and soak up the liquid.
Keep the fruit covered in liquor. It is best to allow the fruit to marinate for at least 1 month for best flavor.

This cake was covered with a delicious royal icing.

Beat 2 egg whites to a froth. Add 1 pound confectioners sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice a little at a time on low speed.  DO NOT LEAVE UNUSED ICING UNATTENDED...IF YOU HAVE TO STOP, MAKE SURE IT IS COVERED WITH DAMP PAPER TOWELS, OR COVERED AND REFRIGERATED. This icing hardens and dries up quickly. A second layer of icing may be applied when the first has dried. Decorate as desired.

February 20, 2011

Red Carpet Cake

This cake was decorated for an Academy Award Pre-screening.  This family wanted a theme that celebrated celebrity.

This is two layered and butter pecan flavoured.  Decorated  with buttercream icing and fondant accents.  The cake is adorned with a gumpaste mask.

February 10, 2011

Heart Shaped Cake

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I received a request for a cake for this occasion.  I decided to decorate it into the shape of a heart.  The flavour -- red velvet.

First I baked two 8" rounds

I  folded an 8"x11" sheet of paper in half and drew out half a heart. 
I centered it in the middle of the cake and carved around it. 
 I then flipped the paper to the other side and carved again.  Do this to the second cake.

And there we go.

I layer the cake and the process begins

The crumb coat

Ahhh.... A smooth finish

And we're done!

Happy Valentine's Barbie and Sheldon!

February 6, 2011

Kiddie Football Cupcakes

So I made these kiddie football player cupcakes due to it being the Super Bowl weekend.  Yeah... yeah.... Green Bay's helmet should be yellow not green.  It just goes to show you that I am all about baking... not sports. And now that we got that out of the way... let's talk cupcakes.

These cupcakes started off as (yummy) chocolate.

I then added fondant to the cupcake.

I then piped the outline to the football helmet.  Black for one team, and green for the other.

I competed the faces with more fondant and black icing.

Add more piping to the helmet and (ten hut!).  Let's play ball (err), I mean football!