Delicious Buttercream Icing!

Are you interested in decorating cakes?  Well this is the post for you.  Today I am going to be showing you a delicious icing recipe!

Ingredients

2-4 cups of icing sugar

1 cup (two sticks) of butter softened

2-3 teaspoons of vanilla

Instructions

Mix butter and vanilla on low speed.  Once mixed add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time mixing after each addition (don’t go to fast or the sugar will fly EVERYWHERE).

Mix until smooth, ice your cake, cupcakes, etc.

 

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Just remember, keep on practicing because nobody gets it perfect first try!

A HandFull Of Cakes

Hello everyone!  Today I am going to be showing you some cakes that my siblings, cousins, grandma, friends and I have made throughout the years.

 

Lets start the party with a dangerously delicious LION cake. I didn’t make this one on my own; it was actually my younger brother’s birthday cake.  My grandma (she is amazing at baking and decorating cakes) made the cake, but we all did a little bit of work to decorate it.IMG_4684.JPG

 

 

How about getting a little fancy with a purple mirror cake? I made this beautiful mirror cake by myself and I think it turned out pretty well.DSC_0424.jpg

 

 

What do you guys think about one little piggy? Here is a pig cake made by my cousin Chloe (she is really good at cake decorating to) and my grandma.IMG_0818

 

 

Lets have some fun with a little lamb! I decorated this cake by myself and I really like it!IMG_4741.JPG

 

 

Let’s try not to get wet as we checkout this beautiful waterfall cake made by my sister Anna, my cousin Chloe, our friend Katarina, and I.IMG_6926-1.JPG

If you guys want any tutorials on how to make these cakes just comment below to let me know.   I will also be adding more cakes to this post as I make more!

 

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I hope you like these cakes!

 

Just remember, baking takes lots of practice and nobody can do it perfectly the first try!;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review On Sorelle

Yesterday my mom and I went to Toronto and planned to check out some of the city’s best bakeries!  However we only ended up going to one…

Our first stop was Sorelle and Co.’s Yorkville location.  Sorelle and Co. is a vegan bakery in Toronto (I am not vegan I just wanted to try this place out).IMG_7061.JPGHere I am just outside of Sorelle.

The shop’s decor is pretty and you feel like you’re out for high tea.  As soon as we entered  I saw tonnes of amazing yummy looking desserts.  Here are a few pictures.

Looks yummy right! Well it turns out that they also sell other vegan food too: salads, soups, sandwiches, etc.  There wasn’t a lot to choose from, so we decided on a salad for lunch and for dessert I got a chocolate donut covered in caramel (picture in top right corner) and my mom got a mousse (picture bottom right).  We decided to eat the salad first.  Something about the salad tasted a bit strange, so I moved on to my dessert.

Here is a picture taken right after we ate that salad and were eating dessert.IMG_7057

The donut’s texture was more like a cake than a donut.  The mousse tasted kind of chemically, which makes me wonder what they used instead of gelatine to get it to set.  Overall we found the desserts were just too sweet and we couldn’t finish them.

After leaving the bakery we decided to go clothes shopping before checking out the next bakery on our list.  A little while later I began to feel very sick to my stomach.  Then mom began to feel really sick too.  I think something in the salad didn’t agree with us  😦 .  We ended up not feeling well enough to check out any of the other bakeries on our list.

I was really disappointed that we didn’t feel well enough to go to anymore bakeries!

I know one thing for sure, I am not going to be a vegan and I am not going to go to Sorelle ever again!

So I rate this bakery 1 out of 10, because the salad looked like it came from the grocery store, made me feel sick, and the dessert was way to sweet.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog!  Email me or comment to tell me if you have ever been to Sorelle before and your experience.  Stay tuned for more posts and reviews!  My mom said she will take me out to more bakeries soon (as soon as she stops turning green when she looks at food).

 

First Recipe – Delicious Yellow Cake

Hello everyone!  Today I am going to teach you how to make The Delicious Yellow Cake.  This recipe is one of my personal favourite recipes.

Eva’s Delicious Yellow Cake

INGREDIENTS                                                      

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup low-fat (1%) milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

 

Instructions 

Mix the dry ingredients in the bowl of mixer.  Add shortening, milk and vanilla.  Turn to low and mix for about 1 minute.  Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl with spatula.  Add eggs.  Continuing on low, mixing for about 30 seconds.  Stop and scrape bowl.  Increase speed to medium and beat for about 1 minute.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch or 9-inch round baking pans.  Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Frost, if you want to.

 

Tips

-Have a parent with you when you are baking.

-Be very careful when putting things in and taking things out of the oven.

-Follow the recipe very carefully.

-Make sure to use the exact amount of ingredients.

-Grease the pan with butter or spray it with Pam (Pam is a spray-on grease).

-Flour the pan after greasing it by putting a handful of flour in the pan and shake it to get it everywhere, even on the sides.

-This is the grease stuff that I used, but you can use butter, shortening or lard instead.

 

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Check out this video of me greasing a pan.

5 Things You Should Do When Baking

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be telling you 5 things you should do when baking.

Number 1: Turn the timer on – You really don’t want to forget to put your timer on when you have whatever you are baking is in the oven.  If you do you might forget that it is in the oven and burn it.

Number 2: Don’t leave when you are baking –  when you are baking the last thing you want to do is leave.  If you leave when you are still mixing your ingredients then when you come back you might forget what you put in before you left and then put that in again, and if you leave when what you are baking is in the oven then if you forgot to turn on the timer you might burn whatever is in the oven.

Number 3: Measure your ingredient exactly – You should measure your ingredients exactly or your baking might be to watery, dry, or lumpy.  how you measure things exactly when baking is this, if you are measuring dry ingredients you should fill up your measuring cup until it is piled up on top, then you take a butter knife and scrape it over the top so that the top is level and exactly at the top of the measuring cup.

Number 4: Don’t make a mess of the kitchen – If you finish baking and leave the kitchen in a mess your mom might never let you in the kitchen again. So just cleanup as you go, wipe the counter, put the ingredients away as soon as you are done with them, put the dishes in the dishwasher or wash them by hand, and put everything away. That way you will have a happy mom and a clean kitchen. 😉

Number 5: Make lots of things so that you siblings and parents can eat them – one thing that I have learned is that I have to bake lots of things for my siblings and parents.  I have four sibling two older ones and two younger ones, so I have to bake lots of stuff to keep them happy. 😉

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Just remember, if I can bake, so can you!:)

5 Things You Should NOT Mix Up When Baking

Hello everyone! Today I will be telling you about 5 things you should NOT mix up when baking.

Number 1:  Baking Soda and Baking Powder – If you mix these up then whatever you are baking will either not rise as much as it should, or it will be a little bit bitter, and nobody wants to take a bite of baked goods and taste something bitter when they are expecting something sweet.

Number 2:  Teaspoons and Tablespoons – Teaspoons are smaller than tablespoons; one tablespoon is 3 teaspoons.  If you use 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon, depending on what you’re making it might be a tiny bit too dry, but if you use 1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon, depending on what you’re making it might be a tiny bit watery.  If you accidentally use a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon, your baking will be too salty.

Number 3:  Sticks of Butter and Cups of Butter – Sticks of butter are commonly used in the UK and cups are commonly used in the USA and Canada.  2 cups of butter = 4 sticks, 1 cup = 2 sticks, and 1/2 cup = 1 stick.

Number 4:  Types of Flour –  You really don’t want to mix up different types of flour.   If I was making pie and the recipe calls for pastry flour then I don’t want to use all-purpose flour.  If I use all purpose or bread flour, then my pie dough will be very chewy.  Bread flour and all purpose flour are made from hard wheat and have more gluten.  Pastry flour has less gluten, which makes it flakier.

Number 5:  Fahrenheit and Celsius –  350 Fahrenheit is 175 Celsius.  If you mix up the temperatures then your baking will take forEva 😉 to cook, or you’ll be reaching for the fire extinguisher.

Just make sure not to mix up any of these and you should be good when it comes to baking!

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And remember, the only way to get good at baking is to practice! 🙂