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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cake

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If you’re looking for a no-fuss, quick and easy, delicious cake that’s great for pot-lucks, bake sales, or just a yummy dessert for no reason at all, this is it. What I think makes this cake so perfect is that it doesn’t require frosting of any kind. It’s just loaded with oodles of cinnamon and sugar giving it a little bit of sweet, but not enough to make your teeth hurt. The other reason this cake is perfect is that it can be whipped up in about an hour.

Make sure you have an Angel Food Tube Pan for baking this cake. I have only ever made this in a tube pan, so I don’t know how it would turn in any other pan. I know it would not work well in a bundt pan because it would get too crusty on top.

So here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I use 1% and it’s fine.)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 12oz package chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon mixture

You can use a hand-mixer or stand-mixer, whichever you prefer. I love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, so that’s what I use.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and milk and mix together. Slowly incorporate your flour mixture and mix until well combined. Be sure you cover your mixer or you’ll have flour all over! Add in the vanilla, then add chocolate chips and mix just enough to get the chips in there.

Grease and flour pan. Pour half the batter in the pan and sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture generously. Add the remaining batter and add more cinnamon and sugar on top. I love lots of cinnamon and sugar in this cake, so I don’t really measure it out anymore, I just make the mixture in a small bowl and use it all up! ūüôā

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Be sure to use your cake tester to make sure it’s baked all the way through. It should start to crack a little on top when it’s done.

Let cool for a few minutes before removing center of pan. Take center of pan out and let cake cool completely before removing it from the tube. I find it easiest to take a silicone knife around the bottom of the cake and then just lift it off the tube.

Done to perfection!

Transfer to your favorite cake plate or cake carrier and get ready to enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa!

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Homemade Building Block Cake

Hey! Look who’s back! April was¬†crazy busy with¬†birthdays and Easter and I spent most of the month in the kitchen making treats, baking, and cooking. I love to bake and I have¬†been trying¬†to teach myself how to decorate cakes since my son has peanut and tree nut allergies and we steer clear of bakeries. This was his 5th Birthday Cake that took me a few hours to bake and decorate. I have to say, I was pretty happy with the end result. I received lots of messages through social media after I posted a picture of this cake – everyone wanted to know if the blocks were candy and how I made them. I also know that when I was looking for inspiration for a block themed cake, most of the ideas involved shaping cakes or stacking cupcakes on a cake, or something molded from fondant. Well, I’m a pretty good baker, but I need to work on my decorating skills and playing with fondant and shaping cakes really didn’t seem like a challenge I was ready¬†for,¬†so I decided that I needed to come up with something that I could actually MAKE myself and that would make my five year-old happy. I think I managed to do both!

The cake was¬†a chocolate and vanilla layer cake. I bought this awesome Wilton Easy Layers¬†Square Pan to make him his own personal cake and made cupcakes for everyone else. I didn’t want to make a cake so big that it would become overwhelming to decorate, especially since I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. To be sure that I stuck with his building block theme, I ordered these building block silicone molds¬†and made candy to decorate the cake and cupcakes. This was the perfect way to stick with the theme without making me crazy over how I was going to pull this off!

Since we have the allergy issue here, I had to dye my peanut free white candy with these fantastic powder food colors. None of this was very difficult, but it was very time-consuming. In addition to the candy molds, you just need a Star Tip,  Piping Bags, and your favorite buttercream frosting recipe. Oh, and one of these really makes decorating so much easier!

We are actually excited to use those block and figurine molds again to make gelatin and other fun treats… I think homemade gummy candies are on the list!

So as you can see, this was a busy weekend in April. The following weekend was Easter and dinner and desserts were on my to-do list. And the rest of the month was jam-packed with making orders for my little handmade business. Things are finally starting to return to normal around here and I’m actually looking forward to getting back to writing and sharing with you.

‚ô• Denise

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4 Tips to Organize Baking Supplies

I recently discovered that I am a hoarder of cupcake wrappers and sprinkles. I also discovered that¬† my baking supplies were a complete mess – I had cupcake wrappers shoved in three different cabinets (all of which contained baking supplies), I had sprinkles tucked in multiple places too, and we won’t even talk about what my actual “baking pan” cabinet looked like. I love to bake, but I dreaded getting my supplies to do so. It actually got to the point where I just started keeping my cupcake pans in my oven because it was easier than lifting or moving stacks of cookies sheets or other pans to get to them.

I became so frustrated that I decided to re-organize every cabinet in my kitchen, de-clutter, and get my act together so I could actually enjoy baking. I tackled the baking cabinets first.  I had one corner cabinet which had a lot of wrappers, sprinkles, gel colors, and other random supplies. Then I had a small cabinet next to the stove with mixing bowls, and the overflow of my baking pans. Finally, my island is one big cabinet which houses all of my baking pans and cake/cupcake carriers. (This was by far thee worst cabinet.) My only regret is not taking before photos, but just imagine a giant mess everywhere. Seriously. Maybe I forgot to snap pics on purpose because I would have been embarrassed to actually have to share them!

So here are my tips that have made me the happiest little baker!

TIP #1: Sort the sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, colorings, extracts, tools, etc. I understand I may have¬†a problem since I¬†needed a container to hold cupcake wrappers for every season. Whatever. Cupcakes make me happy. ūüôā

 

I also realize that my obsession with shoebox containers is almost as bad as my cupcake wrapper/sprinkle obsession. Organizing everything in containers makes it so much easier to grab what I need without having to move a gazillion things. Everything here was everything that was shoved into my corner cabinet, which pretty much emptied out that cabinet and left me space for other things. (My mixing bowls used to be here, but I was able to move them into my pot cabinet since I threw away an old set of pots that were my husband’s from his bachelor days.)

TIP #2: Separate all the Christmas / Seasonal sprinkles that you’ll only use once a year. I chose to put mine in a nice basket, covered with plastic wrap to eliminate any dust from getting on the contents, and put it on top of my cabinets. It makes a nice decoration while serving a purpose. I actually have 2 of these baskets – the other one is holding seasonal cheese spreaders and small serving pieces.

 

TIP #3: Remove all the seasonal/specialty baking pans that you’ll only use on holidays or for special occasions. This cleared out a lot of my mess from my big baking cabinet. These pans were constantly in my way and because they are all different sizes, it made it worse. I put them all in this container and marched them right down to the basement. They now live on a shelf down there until they are needed.

TIP #4: This is my favorite. I only wish I had found this organizer sooner. It was the best $24.99 I have ever spent. I no longer need to struggle to get out my baking pans. Everything is neatly¬†sorted and there is no “domino effect” when you pull out a pan. The dividers can be moved to fit your needs. That’s the best feature – you may find other organizers that look similar, but it’s really the ability to move the dividers that makes this organizer perfect for bakeware.¬†It is super sturdy and works like a charm. This is the cabinet I really wish I had a “before” photo of because it was a disaster. I couldn’t get anything out easily. My expanding cooling racks now sit nicely on top of a few pans so they are easy to grab. I was even able to stand that terrific Presto Flipside Belgian¬†Waffle Maker up in the middle of the cabinet without it being in the way.¬†I also used a shelf organizer to add some extra space for my loaf pans, spring form, and bundt pans.

So there you have it! A few simple tips to organize your baking supplies so you can spend less time wrestling your pans and more time baking up something sweet!

‚ô• Denise

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