Friday, June 28, 2013

chocolate cake with cream cheese-sour cream frosting

 My niece's birthday and my mother-in-law's birthday are just a day apart. My niece requested a lemon meringue strawberry shortcake cake and I also wanted to bring a chocolate cake for my mother-in-law.

So I made my standard chocolate cake and sandwiched the two layers with a thick layer of this new-to-me chocolate frosting. It's a combination of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted chocolate and sour cream. And it's delicious. Like eat it with a spoon delicious!

Chocolate frosting with cream cheese and sourcream
recipe source : Annie's Eats

9.5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4 tbsp. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream

Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool until just barely warm. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Beat in the melted chocolate and then the sour cream. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

breakfast banana cake with banana mousse

I made this week's Baked Sunday Mornings Banana Mousse recipe and used it in a father's day cake for my dad.

As we were going over to my parent's for brunch, I was looking for a cake that was not too rich and heavy. I made a banana cake and stuffed it with a bunch of breakfast-y things.

Banana cake, bananas being a breakfast fruit, obviously. I then slathered nutella on the cake layers. Topped the nutella with a very addicting cornflake crunch, a momofuku recipe that combines cornflakes, milk powder, sugar and butter. And used Baked's Banana Mousse to tie everything together.

I only had a very small slice after a very copious brunch, but loved the different flavors and texture contrasts!

Mousse recipe can be found on the Baked Sunday Mornings blog. And since I know some of the BSM bakers topped their banana mousse with granola, I'm sharing the Cornflake Crunch recipe, via Martha Stewart. This stuff is dangerous to keep around, and I can't wait to eat for breakfast with vanilla yogurt and local strawberries!

Cornflake Crunch
recipe source : momofuku milk bar by Christina Tosi

1/2 (12-ounce) box cornflakes (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup milk powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
9 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

Place cornflakes in a medium bowl. Using your hands, crush to one-quarter of their original size. Add milk powder, sugar, and salt; toss to combine. Add butter and toss to form small clusters.

Spread cornflake mixture in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake until clusters are toasted and smell buttery, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

chocolate cream cheese chocolate snacking cookies

I had no intention of baking these. From the title, I assumed they were either slice and bake cookies or a dough that needed to be rolled out and cut with cutters. And I'm not the greatest fan of these type of cookies.

But it was my turn to post the recipe on the Baked Sunday Mornings Page, and while doing that, I actually read the recipe and realized that it was a drop cookie. And that it was an easy recipe. And that I had all the ingredients on hand. So I made them. Swaped the regular chocolate chip for mini ones. And drizzled melted chocolate on top.

So turns out, these cookies are amazing. The raw dough is soooo addicting! It's not heavy like chocolate chip cookie dough but not as light as frosting. Weird texture, but so good! Straight out of the oven these cookies are worth burning your tongue for. And cooled, for breakfast the next day? Like crack. They are soft and tender and so delicious! And dangerous to keep around...  

The recipe can be found on the Baked Sunday Mornings site.