Fall Wedding Cakes with Flowers.

Gracing up the cake with flowers of this season is the best idea. You can have the lovely roses, perfect to enhance any wedding cake style. Have these in colors of fall season such as orange, burnt orange, burgundy, tomato red, bright yellow and other deep colors. You can have the base color of cake in lightest tone of yellow or orange. Icing your cake with mini calla lilies is a great idea for wedding cake decorating. Calla lilies are often associated with wedding in terms of themes or bridal bouquets and having them to embrace the cakes is a classic idea. Icing of other flowers that you can have for fall theme wedding cakes are hydrangea and hypericum.

Easy Cakes To Make

Homemade cakes have a unique flavor, which ready-made cakes can never have! If you are a fan of cakes, but like most other people avoid to bake cakes at home only because it takes lots of time, then you should definitely read on. Here are different kinds of easy cakes to make, which will surely save your time…

Cakes are the main foodstuff at almost all parties. And so it is a must for the cake to be perfect, which in turn means long hours of tedious work! So, though we all unanimously agree that homemade cakes taste better than ready-made cakes, we cannot afford to invest hours to make one. But what if there are recipes for cakes which require less ingredients and less time compared to the normal cakes you bake? Here is a list of recipes for such easy cakes to make at home. Read more on cake recipes from scratch.
Easy Cakes to Make at Home

Chocolate Cake
Whenever the word cake is uttered, the first cake that comes to anyone’s mind is chocolate cake! It is also one of the most demanded cake at parties. And so chocolate cake comes first in our list of very easy cakes to make.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar

For Frosting

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup cocoa

Process

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Flour and lightly grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Take a large bowl and add in cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, flour, and baking soda, and mix well. Then add in oil, milk, eggs and vanilla. Again blend well and then beat on the mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, stir in boiling water and pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, and when well baked, cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and then move to wire racks. Only when completely cooled, use the frosting recipe given below. Read more on easy cake mix recipes.

For frosting, take a bowl and melt butter in it. When butter melts, add in sugar and milk, beat well. After beating, if it is not to the spreading consistency, add milk. When done, add in vanilla, mix well. Read more on chocolate cake recipes.

Lemony Sponge Cake
Sponge cake can not only be served at parties, but can even be eaten at breakfast! So the sponge cake recipe should easy enough to be made every day. Here is such a sponge cake recipe which can be added in the list of quick and easy cakes to make.

An ‘Icing Friendly’ Cake Recipe…

There are thousands of cake recipes in the world but some types of cakes simply have the buoyancy, mass and support that is needed to support fillings and icing.

Here’s a traditional and fail-proof recipe for an Icing Friendly Cake…

Butter Cake

This is the classic recipe that is used to create tiered confections for wedding cakes.

Butter cake has a firm, moist texture that makes it perfect for tiered designs.

The almond extract is optional but if you are making a wedding cake it is a very traditional additive.

You could also add extra vanilla, rum flavoring, cognac or brandy, orange blossom water or rosewater instead of the almond flavoring if you prefer.

1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Almond Flavoring (optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Baby Shower Cakes

What is it? A yummy confectionary treat? Oh yes it is! Yes, I am talking about baby shower cakes, and not if you want your baby shower party to be original and fabulous, its time to start thinking out of the box and come up with some of the best ever ideas for baby shower cakes.

Before you get all set to go to your local bakery to check out the different cakes available there, it is important to know what kind of a cake you are looking for. Do you want a cake that serves purely as dessert or do you want something that is doubled as both dessert as well as a centerpiece. Secondly, why even go to a bakery when you can bake the perfect cake all by yourself, in your very own kitchen? You will be surprised at how easy it can be to bake and decorate a cake.

You can your baby shower cake as a taste dessert to win all your guests over, or you could simply use it as a wonderful centerpiece to make your party even more special. The creative cakes that my friends baked for their baby shower parties still remain fresh in my memory.A baby shower is probably one of the happiest occasions in every mother-to-be’s life; it is fun and entertaining and is perfect for the fun loving people.

So, turn your cake baking it’s a fun task instead of a tedious chore. Here are a couple of baby shower cake ideas to help you make your final decision.

Interesting Ideas for Baby Shower Cakes

  • Unique Designs – Unique cake designs create a mouthwatering treat with tasty messages delivered from and to the baby. There are many designs like the rubber ducky cake and the 3-D ducky baby cake.
  • Alternatives for Baby Shower Cakes – Instead of your regular, traditional baby shower cakes, try baking a batch of cupcakes. Diaper cakes are also a very popular option.
  • Baby Shower Themes – Theme ideas for cakes are very popular and can successfully set the right tone for any party. Ideas include stork cakes, Disney characters, baby block cakes, and even family photo cakes.
  • Autograph Cakes – This is a sheet kind of a cake that has a standard inscription of the word ‘Congratulations’ written over it. These cakes are becoming extremely popular as the guests get to sign their name on the cake on their arrival. How cool is that?

So, no matter what kind of a cake you are looking for, when you put your whole soul and energy into planning the baby shower cake, the ideas will just keep flowing.

Baby Shower Cake Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs.
  • 3 tbsp milk.
  • 1 ½ cups of cake flour, sifted.
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence.
  • ¾ tsp baking powder.
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar.
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp soft butter.
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds.
  • 1 tbsp lemon peels, finely grated.
  • ¼ tsp salt.
  • Lemon syrup: ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ cup sugar.

Procedure:

  • Start by preheating the oven to about 350 degrees F. grease your loaf pan and line it with waxed paper or parchment paper and then grease and flour this paper. In a medium-sized bowl mix the eggs with the milk and the vanilla essence.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the remaining dry ingredients and blend them on a low speed for about 30 seconds. Add the butter and half of the egg mixture and then mix on a very low speed until it becomes moist. Increase the speed to medium and then beat for a minute or so. Scrape the sides of the blender. Slowly add the remaining half of the egg mixture in 2 separate batches and keep beating for 20 seconds after you pour it each time. Again, scrape the sides.
  • Butter and flour the loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for a little more than an hour until a toothpick when inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cover the dish loosely with buttered foil for half an hour to prevent over-browning. Heat the lemon juice and the sugar in a saucepan until it is completely dissolved.
  • Once you take the cake out of the oven, place it on a wire rack. With a wire tester or a wooden skewer, poke the cake all over and then brush some of the glaze over it. After about 10 minutes, start loosening the sides of the cake and invert the pan onto a greased wire rack. Poke the bottom half of the cake and then brush some glaze over it and then re invert back onto the wire rack. Allow the cake to cool down and then wrap it in plastic wrap.

Cake Decorating Ideas.

If you think having a home-baked cake is a thoughtful gesture on special occasions, appetizingly beautiful cake decorations are a must. It is a common notion that decorating your cake with the finesse of professional bakers is impossible, here are some easy cake decorating ideas that will give your cake the perfect look!

Cake Decorating Themes

  • Floral Theme
    The classic and the most popular cake decorating theme. Floral patterns with enchanting pink and lavender flowers and green leaves would make for a perfect floral cake. Floral themes usually go with wedding cakes, or birthday cakes for girls, or mothers’ day cakes.
  • Fun and Frolic
  • Fun themes make use of a lot of color, splash and sparkle. Use of different shapes like, stars, circles and balloons, can help you make the perfect fun cake, which is perfect for almost any joyous occasion.

  • Cartoon Themes
  • Although kids love cakes of all sorts, what better way to surprise them than by combining their most favorite things- Cartoons and Cakes ! Cakes can be decorated either by drawing cartoon characters or using the molds and readymade icing figures. Cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse , Donald Duck, Tom n Jerry or Garfield will definitely make your kid cheerful.

  • Romantic Theme
  • Be it the Valentine’s day, your wedding anniversary or simply your sweetheart’s birthday, a beautiful cake is the best way to express your love. Romantic Cake decorations can include any soft-color icing, topped with some icing hearts, or even cupids for that matter. To add the final touch, you can use some sparkly candy sprinkles to woo your love.

Cake decoration supplies that will help you

  • Professional Icing Smoother: Very useful in order to cover your cake with a uniform layer of icing, just like the ones at the Baker’s shop.
  • Decorating Moulds: Decorating molds help you create fun shapes starting from the easy ones like triangles, stars, circles and squares to the more complex ones like flowers, hearts or even smiley faces and cartoon characters. Some of these molds also have text imprints for numbers and alphabets that can help you personalize your decoration by adding names, or age or personalized messages on the cake.
  • Icing Bags:Icing bags enable you to create wonderful icing patterns on your cake. Using an icing bag is as simple as using a pen, you just have to apply a little pressure for the icing sugar to flow through the tip and then go ahead to draw interesting shapes and borders or even write with it. Icing bags also come with specialized changeable tips that help you to create specific shapes like flowers stars and leaves.
  • Readymade flowers If you don’t have enough time to make your own icing flowers, the readymade icing flowers are the easy way out.
  • Edible decorative sprinkles:Colorful and sparkly sprinkles can make for excellent decorating for your cake. These sprinkles can adorn your cake even if they are randomly spread on the surface of the cake.
  • Edible Color Sprays:Edible color sprays are very easy to use and can single handedly transform your humble cake into a vibrant and stunning one. You can also use it creatively to create patterns on your cake
  • Printed Photographs: If you are looking for something far more trendy and hi-tech then there you can get a special printer which uses edible ink and prints on a edible icing paper that you can easily place on your cake. A cake with a clearly printed edible photograph is a unique and great idea.
  • Cake Stand: Finally a beautiful cake stand is a must to add the final touch to your cake decorations. Classic glass cake stands or ornamental cake stands can definitely add to the beauty of your delicious cake.

Things to keep in ming while decorating your cake

  • Keep it simple and sweet: Decorating a cake can be a fun process but make sure that the end product has to look beautiful. Using too much color, and over-the top ideas may not create the desired effect for your cake.
  • Use the right colors: Remember that at the end of it, the cake has to look delicious. Use of strange color combinations can not only make the cake look less attractive but less appetizing as well.
  • Avoid Clutter: Using too many decorating items can make your cake look overloaded. Avoid using all the sparkles and toppings, use the toppings wisely and place them in a way that makes the cake look aesthetic but clutter-free.
  • Know your audience: The decoration of the cake has the suit the mood of the occasion or the party. For example a floral or ornamental topping with pinks and reds would be perfect for a girl.

In addition to all this, if you are still confused about the supplies and cake decorating accessories, you can simply choose from customized cake-decorating kits, which include all the decorating essentials for you to get started. So the next time you see a spectacular cake at the Baker’s display window, do not just stare in awe…you can do it too!

Milopita: Apple Spice Cake

In Greek: μηλόπιτα, pronounced mee-LOH-peetah

The spice cake can be made with oil or butter, and the results are delicious either way. If quinces are not available, use a Granny Smith or other sour/tart apple.

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of olive oil or butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 ounces of Metaxa or other brandy
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cloves
  • 5 eggs white, beaten to stiff peak stage
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 5 sweet apples, peeled, diced
  • 1 pear, peeled, diced
  • 1 medium quince, peeled, diced (or a tart or sour apple)
  • ———-
  • Topping (optional):
  • confectioner’s sugar

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Dissolve the baking soda in the lemon juice. Dissolve the baking powder in the brandy.

In a mixing bowl, beat the oil or butter with the sugar until creamy. Continue beating and add the beaten egg yolks, lemon juice with baking soda, brandy with baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and flour. Fold in the beaten egg whites and fruit, and stir with a spoon until well combined so the fruit doesn’t get mashed.

Pour batter into a lightly greased baking pan (13″ diameter or equivalent) and bake at 350F for approximately 1 hour and 20-30 minutes. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean. If the cake starts to brown too quickly, cover loosely with a piece of foil.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe.

A Southern specialty, the Red Velvet Cake owes its red color to history. Originally, its deep red color was thought to be due to a reaction between early varieties of cocoa and baking soda. But this reaction also gave the cake a soapy taste. Thereafter, cooks and bakers must have opted for food color or an edible red dye to get the effect. In the Southern states, where the Devil’s Food Cake originated, it was made with cocoa and beet, hence the original red color effect. The contrasting white frosting completes the effect that has been related to the contrast between The Good and The Evil (the EVIL being represented by a passionate red color).

The name `devilled’ dates back to the 18th century and was meant to be used for spicy foods. In the early nineteen hundreds, the Red Velvet (Devil’s Food) Cake was a popular, even most favorite dessert. The recipe was nobody’s secret and was handy in America as early as 1902. After reigning supreme for almost seventy years, The Red Velvet Cake gradually started losing its popularity when, in the 1970s, red food color was linked to cancer and discontinued in many places.

However, Devil’s Food Cake, or Red Velvet Cake, continues to be a fascinating dessert, even today.

Devil’s Food Cake Recipe

The secret of the continuing success of this straightforward recipe is a LOT of dark Brown sugar that ensures a really DARK Cake, which can be likened to Satan’s Deeds. It may not be Red or Velvet but yes, the taste is still sinful.

For this cake you need:
3 eggs
½ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
¾ cup unsalted butter
2 cups plain flour
1 and a ½ tsp baking soda
1 and a ½ tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C. Grease and prepare two 9 inch cake tins.
Add the cocoa to about a cup of boiling water and blend in well till it forms a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Beat together butter and sugar till light. Then add the eggs, all the time beating well with an electric mixer or blender. Stir this mixture into the cooled cocoa paste.
The four, baking soda and baking powder are to be sifted together. Then fold in the cocoa and butter mixture, adding sour cream little by little. Make sure it is not over-beaten.

Divide the batter into two moulds and bake till well browned. Cool on a rack.

This cake needs frosted icing which can be done in various flavors. We shall see the plain frosting ingredients here.

6 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
250 grams (about 1 cup) white butter
1 cup finely powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Boil together the flour and milk together in saucepan, stirring constantly, till the flour starts thickening the milk (it should get custard like consistency). Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together, and beat until fluffy. Add flour mixture to this and beat until thick enough to spread on the cake.

After removing the two cakes from their moulds and cooling completely, spread half the icing mix on the top of one. Place the other sponge on top of this icing and cover the top again with the icing. With the leftover icing, cover the sides of the double-tiered cake.

The sinful Devil’s Food Cake is ready, albeit not so red.

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