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Darn Good Chocolate Cake ( Cake Mix Cake)

Ingredients

16 1 layered cake US
  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (4 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 cup water
  • 12 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • chocolate frosting (” Perfect” Chocolate Frosting is preferred, but store bought or your own recipe is acceptable)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.
  3. Dust with flour and tap out the excess; set pans aside.
  4. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
  6. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. On medium low speed, continue to blend for 2-3 minutes more.
  8. The batter will be very thick and should look well combined.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth it out.
  10. Bake for 27-32 minutes (since I switched pans, I started checking the cakes at 25 minutes– it was like gooey chocolate pudding– then 3 minutes later it was perfect.
  11. Another couple of minutes and I think it would have been dry, so keep an eye on your cakes.
  12. Allow to cool in the pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  13. Now is the time to start preparing your frosting.
  14. Run a knife along the edges on the cakes pans and carefully remove cake by inverting it; allow to cool for 20 minutes more on the wire rack right side up.
  15. When the cake layers are completely cool, cut layers in half (save a domed layer for the top– it makes your cakes look homemade) and frost.

Why Is Margarine Better For Baking Desserts?

With the whole ‘Butter versus margarine’ debate still raging (in some circles – we know which side our bread is margarined!) it’s important to look at the benefits of making the switch to margarine as a butter substitute in baking as there could be more to it than you think: margarine might not only be the lower fat option, but we think it’s the most versatile and tastiest choice too.

Many bakers choose to use margarine for baking because they swear that it makes the airiest sponges and the chewiest cookies that your family will love.

Using margarine also takes the stress out of cooking by making it less time-consuming and far easier to manage, because soft margarine is so satisfyingly spreadable, even straight from the fridge. You can get stuck straight in to your baking – whether it’s smooth pastries, rich desserts or tempting cookies without having to worry about warming it up or waiting for it to soften. That makes it perfect for quick toast on hurried mornings. It also lasts for ages in the fridge too, without losing any of its original freshness and still tasting just as fresh as when you first bought it.

Using margarine in baking has some great health benefits too. Again we have a lot to thank these plant oils for, because they are full of the good fats we need to include in our diets every day – such as omega 3 and 6. While desserts can still be our occasional. indulgent treat, we can relax a little, knowing that by using margarine for baking we’re cutting down on the bad saturated fats and reducing the infamous trans-fats down to a mere trace only. So maybe just one extra slice of that chocolate cake after all…

There are loads of margarine blends to choose from too – some especially designed for baking! There are even margarines which help to lower cholesterol by including plant sterols in their recipe, so it’s a great option if you’re watching your diet. The oils used in margarines can play a big part in their flavour too, so you can choose the one you like best. There are salt-free varieties and low-fat blends too, so something for every taste and every lifestyle choice.

But don’t take our word for it – there are loads of delicious recipes for using margarine in baking. Why not try some margarine-powered cookies, or surprise that ‘someone special’ on Valentine’s day with a romantic treat. There’s a dessert out there for all occasions too – creep out the kids with these Halloween favourites or just indulge your sweet tooth with these delicious chocolate and hazelnut brownies! Why not pop online and share your new-found recipes and baking ideas?

 

6 Coffee Dessert Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Nothing is better than a nice cup of coffee. Well, the only thing that can be better is a nice cup of coffee accompanied by a delicious coffee dessert. So whether you are looking for some ideas to add to and brighten your coffee break, or you are searching for a mouth-watering dessert for a romantic dinner date, I have put together 6 recipes which use coffee as an ingredient that will help sweeten up your days.

Enjoy!

Tiramisu

Ingredients

· 3 egg yolks (if possible use pasteurized eggs, Safest Choice Eggs is what I used)

· 1/2 cup sugar

· 1/3 cup milk

· 1 pound mascarpone cheese, room temperature

· 7 oz lady fingers

· 1 cup cold brewed coffee

· cocoa powder

· chocolate shaves

Instructions

1- Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and milk in a medium saucepan until combined.

2- Cook over medium heat, whisking all the time, until it reaches boil point. Continue cooking for one more minute. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes at room temperature followed by 1 hour in the fridge.

3- Once the egg yolk mixture is cold, whisk in 1 pound of room temperature mascarpone cheese.

4- Line a 9X5 loaf pan with plastic wrap.

5- Moving as quick as possible dip one third of the lady fingers in the cold coffee, one at a time, and place them on the bottom of the pan in a single layer. You might need to break a few to fit perfectly into the pan.

6- Spread almost one third of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers.

7- Place a second layer of coffee dipped lady fingers and spread some more mascarpone cheese on top.

8- Dip the remaining lady fingers in coffee and arrange them over the mascarpone cheese.

9- Spread the remaining mascarpone cheese, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

10- Gently remove the tiramisu from the pan, sprinkle with cocoa powder and grate chocolate on top.

11- Slice and enjoy!

Double-Layer Chocolate Cake with Coffee Buttercream

Ingredients

· 3 c all-purpose flour

· 2¼ c sugar

· ¾ c cocoa powder

· 2 tsp baking soda

· ¼ tsp salt

· 2 c cold water or coffee

· ½ c vegetable oil

· 2 tbsp white vinegar

· 4 tsp vanilla

Coffee Buttercream Frosting

· ½ c shortening

· ½ c vegan butter

· 5 c powdered sugar, sifted

· 1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 Tbsp vegan milk

· up to ¼ c plain, unsweetened vegan milk

Instructions

1- Preheat oven to 375°.

2- Grease and flour two 9″ cake pans and line with parchment paper.

3- In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

4- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together water or coffee, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

5- Stir until the dry mixture is just moistened; some lumps are okay. The batter will turn lighter in color.

6- Pour quickly into prepared pans.

7- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8- Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes.

9- Loosen sides of cake from pans, then flip them out of the pans and onto cooling racks.

10- Cool completely before frosting.

11- Meanwhile, prepare frosting.

12- Cream shortening and butter.

13- Add powdered sugar, coffee mixture, and 1 tablespoon vegan milk; beat with a fork until blended.

14- Add more vegan milk, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Use less milk for dense frosting, and more for a whipped consistency. If you’d like it to be particularly fluffy, beat with a hand mixer instead.

15- Frost and decorate cake as desired.

Cappuccino Biscotti

Ingredients

· 2 cups flour

· ½ cup sugar

· ½ cup brown sugar

· 1 tsp baking powder

· 1 tsp instant coffee granules

· ½ tsp ground cinnamon

· ½ tsp salt

· ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes

· 1 cup milk chocolate chips

· ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

· 3 eggs, lightly beaten

· 2 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional)

· Egg wash (1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tbsp milk)

Instructions

1- Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment.

2- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, coffee granules, cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture is fine and crumbly.

3- Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, eggs and coffee liqueur (if using) until the dough is just barely moistened. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly until the dough is soft and slightly sticky, about 8-10 times.

4- Using floured hands, divide the dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a 9″ long roll. Place two rolls 4 inches apart on each of the prepared cookie sheets, gently flattening each one into a 2″ wide slab. Brush the top and sides of each log with egg wash.

5- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top of the slabs feels firm and dry. Remove from the oven, but do not turn off the heat. Set the slabs on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

6- Once the slabs are cool enough to handle, cut crosswise into into ½” thick slices. Place slices upright, ¼ inch apart, on cookie sheets.

7- Place the slices on the baking sheet, cut sides down, and return to the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over, and continue baking for another 10 minutes (the cookies should be just a bit soft in the centre – don’t worry, they’ll harden up once they cool). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then store in airtight containers.

Biscuit Cake

Ingredients

· 300 g Maria cookies (also known as ‘Rich Tea’)

· 250g butter

· 300g sugar

· 300g soluble coffee

Instructions

1- Start by grinding 20g of Maria cookies so that it is as thin as possible. Set aside.

2- Add the butter to room temperature, sugar and 1 tablespoon of dissolved coffee. Make sure you get an homogeneous cream. Set aside.

3- Soak the remaining biscuits in dissolved coffee slightly and make alternate layers with the cream previously made.

Mini Kahlua Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

· Chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)

· Tablespoons Challenge butter

Filling

· 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

· 12 oz. (1 and 1/2 package) cream cheese

· 1/4 cup sugar

· 1 egg

· 1 teaspoon vanilla

· 1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)

Instructions

1- Prepare the cheesecake pan by rubbing the inside of each cheesecake well with a lightly oiled paper towel.

2- Preheat oven to 350*F.

3- Make the crust- Melt the butter in a small bowl. Place the oreo cookies in a large ziplock type bag, and crush using a rolling pin. Place crushed cookie crumbs in a medium sized bowl and combine with melted butter. Add about 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each of the 12 mini cheesecake wells. Pack down the crumbs using a shot glass or glass spice bottle. Bake crust for 10 minutes in preheated oven.

4- Make the filling- Melt chocolate in a small bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar and continue to blend until fully incorporated. Add egg and vanilla, and continue to beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add melted chocolate, and blend. While blending, add Kahlua. Beat an additional 30 seconds or so.

5- Reduce the oven temperature to 250*F.

6- Open a large ziplock bag and place it in a large glass, pulling the sides of the bag down over the glass. Add the cheesecake filling to the bag, then close the bag. Snip off one corner of the bag, and fill each well of the cheesecake pan a bit more than 3/4 full with filling. If there is a bit of extra filling, you can bake it in a small ramekin for a little “tester”

7- Place cheesecake pan in the 250*F oven and bake cheesecakes until the filling is set, 22-25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then place entire pan in the refrigerator about 4 hours before removing cheesecakes from the pan.

8- Once cool, carefully remove the cheesecakes from the pan (pressing up on the removable bottom of each well). Keep the cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream, a chocolate covered espresso bean and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Espresso Walnut Brownie

Ingredients

· 1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided

· 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped

· 2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted

· 3/4 cup cocoa powder OR raw cacao if you have it

· 1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)

· pinch sea salt

Instructions

1. Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.

2. Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.

3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.

4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.

5. Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts. Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with your hands until it is flat and firm.

6. Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and in the freezer for at least 2 months.

Making Lavender Ice Cream for Your Solo Birthday Celebration

You woke up this morning feeling a little bit older. Yes, you are a year older. It is your birthday and you are hoping that you are also a little bit wiser. And being wise starts with a low-key celebration with just yourself and a well-deserved gift for making it to another year in this crazy world.

But, as it is a special day, why don’t you ditch buying yourself expensive presents like birthday flowers, and try making your own ice cream with fresh floral elements? Here is a simple recipe for lavender ice cream made from fresh lavenders.

What are the ingredients needed?

4 cups of milk

2 cups of whipping cream

8 egg yolks

1 cup of fine white sugar

1 tablespoon of salt

1 cup of honey

stalks of fresh lavenders or dried lavenders (used for cooking)

What materials do I need?

ice cream maker (borrow from Mom or from the lovely neighbor)

mixing bowls

sauce pans

strainer

whisk

How to make all these into ice cream?

Step 1: Pick lavender petals from the stem. Set aside.

Step 2: Pour in honey, and half of the lavender petals into a sauce pan. Allow it to cook and simmer on medium heat. Set aside.

Step 3: Once the lavender and honey mixture simmered, set them aside for an hour for the honey to steep the lavender petals.

Step 4: After an hour, pour and strain lavender and honey mixture into the mixing bowl with the whipping cream. Set aside.

Step 5: Bring together milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and allow to simmer.

Step 6: Use the whisk to beat the egg yolks.

Step 7: Whisk together the milk mixture and beaten egg.

Step 8: Pour the milk and egg mixture into the saucepan and allow to simmer until thick. This will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside after.

Step 9: Pour and strain the milk and egg into the lavender, honey and whipping cream mixture.

Step 10: Add the other half of the lavender petals.

Step 11: Stir. Stir. Stir.

Step 12: Transfer the mixture to a bowl covered with cling wrap and place it in the freezer for 5 hours.

Step 13: After five hours, pour and strain the mixture into the ice cream maker. It is important to strain the lavender petals.

Step 14: Follow instructions on how to use the ice cream maker.

Step 15: Transfer the mixture into a container and chill it for a few hours.

Viola! 15 easy steps to ice cream heaven and just in time for your afternoon movie marathon. Now serve and surprise yourself with what you can do now that you’ve grown up. Happy Birthday!

Are You Ready for a Party With Decorated Christmas Cupcakes?

With the arrival of the cold weather of winter season, everyone eagerly awaits majorly for two things; the winter break and the festive season of Christmas- the festival of happiness and joy, which marks the end of the year and the beginning of a fresh new start. Homes and food served are decorated innovatively following the ‘Christmas’ theme with colour like red, green, white, etc.

Decorating desserts for Christmas can be very exciting, but you ought to know creative ways of doing it. Here are a few tips on how you can decorate a simple cupcake for Christmas.

  1. DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A CUPCAKE?

You can create a Christmas tree look by stacking your cupcakes one on top of the other on a brown tray or platter. Arrange your cupcakes in a circle as the base, and then a smaller circle and so on. These should have the green frosting to give the green look of the tree. On the top most, you can add a star shaped chocolate with sprinklers. Decorate this with sprinkles and candies. M&M’s can act as decorative balls. This way, you can create a perfect Christmas cupcake-tree.

  1. MARSHAL-SNOW

You can create a snow theme with cupcakes and marshmallows for Christmas dessert. Arrange marshmallows on a tray or platter as snow. In the centre, place three cupcakes stacked one top of the other, with white frosting as a snowman. You can decorate it by using sprinklers of snow-flakes and tiny candies to complete the snowman’s look. You can place toothpicks nearby so one can pick their marshmallows carefully without spoiling your anything else.

  1. CONE IS THE TREE

You can create a lovely little Christmas trees with cupcakes and cones. Bake chocolate cupcakes and that will be our Christmas tree base. Then place an ice cream cone on top of it. Cover the cone with green frosting with the help of a frosting cone like the Christmas tree. Decorate it with sprinklers and candies completing the look of a well decorated Christmas tree.

  1. SANTA’S CUP-CAP

Christmas time is determined by Santa Claus and his bright red and white costume. A lot of us own Santa’s bright cap, and creating that in your Christmas dessert is a must. Place a cupcake upside down cover just the base rim with white frosting, and the rest of red frosting. Carefully cut another cupcake in a conical shape and place it on top of it, covering this one with red frosting too. Place a marshmallow on top of it. You can pierce it in with the help of a toothpick.

These were a few creative yet easy ideas to light up your Christmas desserts. So, are you ready for a party with decorated Christmas cupcakes?

 

Yummy Blueberry Dessert

This dessert is a great dish to bring to a pot luck meal, serve as a treat for your family, or just to enjoy on an individual basis. It is fun and easy to make, so spend some quality time with your children, and include them in the process. Also, if blueberries aren’t your berry of choice, consider substituting them with another preferred berry, like strawberries, black berries, or mixed berries.

Ingredients:

  • Cobbler Mix Ingredients.
  • 1 Cup Bisquick.
  • 1 Cup Sugar.
  • 1 Cup Milk, Skim.
  • Blueberry Filling Ingredients.
  • 5 Cups Blueberries.
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar.
  • 1/3 Cup Flour.
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon.
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt.

Instructions:

  1. Cobbler Mix Instructions: Combine all three ingredients, and mix them until the batter is consistent (it should be kind of watery compared to pie dough, cake mix, and pancake batter).
  2. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish or a baking dish similar in size.
  3. Set the dough aside to make the blueberry filling which should only take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Blueberry Filling Instructions: Wash the berries thoroughly. Sift through the blueberries looking for over ripe, under ripe, or moldy, and throw them away.
  5. In a large bowl mix the blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt with a rubber spatula.
  6. Pour the mixture over the Bisquick cobbler mix. You may also store the dough in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.
  7. Bake the cobbler at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  8. Allow the cobbler to cool for 10 minutes before serving with your topping of choice, or just plain.

Cook Time:

Prep time: 10 min.

Cook time: 40 min.

Ready in: 50 min.

Yields: Serves six to eight people.

This Dessert is Healthier Than You Think:

Blueberries are extremely healthy. Just one serving of blueberries, which is one cup, contains only 80 calories. They are also very high in vitamin C, and contain a healthy amount of fiber, vitamin A and potassium, as well. Blueberries are a great anti-oxidant which fights cancer and heart disease. According to MayoClinic.com, they are a great source of phytonutrients which are compounds that are good for the brain and enhance the memory, as well as, fight brain related diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. I used the “Heart Healthy Bisquick” that has less fat, carbohydrates, and calories than the regular kind. With the exception of the sugar, this recipe doesn’t just taste good, it is good for you. As far as the sugar, feel free to use less than the recipe calls for, or substitute it for a sugar free sweetener like Splenda. Personally, I found this recipe a bit on the sweet side, but my husband and neighbors thought it was perfect!

Enjoy this delicious dish as a summertime treat cold, or warm and topped with low fat, frozen vanilla yogurt. Another way to enjoy it is with a thin layer of low fat, whipped, cream cheese or a cream cheese and Greek yogurt combination sold in grocery stores. Be creative!

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

First, the ingredients.

· 2 cups white sugar

· 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

· ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

· 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda

· 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder

· 1 teaspoon of salt

· 2 eggs

· 1 cup of milk

· ½ cup of vegetable oil

· 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

· 1 cup of boiling water

I recommend setting out your ingredients, this will make adding the ingredients easier and less of a chance for an error when measuring. I would suggest you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, but if you think your oven may cook differently, then get an oven thermometer and check it out. This recipe also calls for 2 9-inch round cake pans. Grease and flour the cake pans.

The first thing I usually do is cream together the sugar and the oil. Then add in one egg and cream it together with the oil/sugar mix. Mix in the second egg and just cream them together until there are not any traces of egg left. Then add the vanilla and just mix a little. (This recipe originally calls for only 2 teaspoons of vanilla, but I love the flavor that vanilla gives the cake so I always add a little bit more.)

Next, sift the baking soda, flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder together into a separate bowl and add the salt. Slowly pour dry ingredients to wet mixture. Then add the milk. After the ingredients are all added, beat on a low-medium speed for about 1 more minute. After this, slowly stir in the boiling water until combined.

Pour the batter into your two prepared pans. (Yes, I do just eyeball this because I have done it so many times.) If you do want to measure, I would recommend you pour the batter into a cup measurer and then pour half of the batter from the measuring cup into the first cake pan and the rest into the other.

Put your cake into the oven at 350 degrees F for most ovens for 30 to 35 minutes. I usually do closer to 30, just so I don’t over bake the cake.

At 30 minutes, I would check on the cake to see how done it is. My best way to do this is by inserting a tooth-pick and making sure it comes out clean.

When cooling your cake, I recommend you leave it in the pan and put the pan on a wire cooling rack for about 15-20 minutes. I take a butter knife and go around the edge of the cake before taking it out of the pan. Then, place a plate on the top of the cake and quickly flip the pan onto the plate and tap lightly to get the cake out of the pan. Let the cake cool for a while before trying to frost it (or just eat it plain, because that is yummy too!).

And that cake lovers, is how to make my perfect chocolate cake. Enjoy!

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: The Best Spices to Use in Baking

All-natural baking spices are a better choice to use in making scrumptious desserts compared to commercial sweeteners. Aside from the unique flavor they add to sweet treats, they also benefit the body with the essential vitamins and minerals they contain. So if you love to bake, here are the most commonly used natural spices in making desserts:

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices used in making sweet breads and treats. During the ancient times, it was used as an ingredient in perfumes and sacred oils. With its sweet, warm and somewhat spicy flavor, it is commonly used today in baked goods and adding a delicious earthy taste to chili and curry dishes, stews, coffee and tea. Cinnamon is also an appetite stimulant and is believed to be effective in relieving the common cold as well as digestive problems.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg also ranks high in the list of spices used for baking. Its delicate and warm flavor is a great addition to desserts such as applesauce, cookies, cakes, custards, eggnog and pies as well as savory dishes like spinach recipes, squash dishes and sauces. Nutmeg is also beneficial in relieving headaches and eye problems.

Ground Ginger

Ginger is a common household spice around the world used in both baking and cooking. Its unique sweet and spicy taste adds life to sweet treats like gingerbread and other cookies, cakes, pies and pudding. It is also a common ingredient in salad dressings, soups and many Arab, Chinese and Indian recipes. Ginger is also a popular cure for motion and sea sickness.

Cloves

Those who want to add a spicy kick to their baked goods use cloves. It has a sweet, rich flavor and a small amount goes a long way. It is one of the more popular spice ingredients when it comes to making holiday baked goods like gingersnaps. When it comes to cooking, cloves are often used as a pickling spice and an ingredient in dishes like baked beans, beef stew and curry. Other uses of cloves include relieving toothaches and repelling insects.

Allspice

The taste of allspice is like a mixture of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Also a common baking spice, it is often used as an ingredient in biscuits, cakes, cookies and pies. When it comes to cooking, it adds a delicious flavor to pot roasts, relishes and stuffings, particularly in the Caribbean cuisine.

If you have a sweet tooth, use these delicious spices the next time you bake to make healthy sweet treats!

Benefits Of A Good Ice Cream Maker

chocolates, wafers, custard, and fruits, just to name a few. Based on your taste, you can buy it in a certain flavor. You don’t have to head to a shop whenever you feel liking eating one as today, ice cream makers are sold to help users make the same at home. Given below are 5 advantages of having a of owning an ice cream maker.

Convenience

The biggest advantage is that you can make healthy desserts whenever you want to. You don’t know when guests are going to drop in. If you own one, you can serve them lip-smacking desserts like yogurt, sherbert and sorbets, to name a few. Besides, you can take it to a friends’ to have a party. Cleaning them is also a cakewalk. So, you won’t need to spend too much doing the utensils.

They are efficient

Another great thing is that these machines allow you to make your desserts in various flavors with ease. You can pour a mixture into a bowl and get ready for another one without any delay. Even if you have the cheapest machine, it can produce plenty of flavors. Most of the machines allow you to make desserts in less than 20 minutes. So, they don’t take much time.

Safe for health

Apart from ease of use, anything that is made at home is healthier than the same product purchased at a store. Often, at these stores, ice cream is defrosted and repeatedly frozen back. As a result, it loses its flavor and other health benefits. With a machine at your disposal, you can go for the flavor that you like adding ingredients that you think are good for you.

Cost effective

If you are on the lookout of a quality machine with a lower price tag, you can search for one online. Durable ice cream makers stand the test of time and may prove a good investment even if you have plans to use it more often. If you are going to buy online, make sure you browse top sites and compare their product checking feedback left by actual consumers.

Lastly, having one at your disposal will also save you a good deal of money on trips to the local store. If you are a novice, you don’t need to worry it is not a rocket science. All you have to do is choose a simple recipe, buy the ingredients and put them in the machine. That is it. You can make as delicious ice cream as you need.

Making delicious desserts won’t cost you a lot of time if you know how to get the ingredients required. Just make sure you buy a good quality ice cream maker and you will be good to go.

How to Choose Perfect Party Cakes for Kids

A birthday cake is not just a tasty treat. Today, they are creative masterpieces that are bound to woo anyone. From superheroes to fairies, creativity abounds when it comes to b-day cakes for children. Bakers these days are ready to experiment and are only happy to make any wish come true. We give you a few tips to choose the perfect party cake for children.

Make it personal

When you are ordering a cake for a kid’s birthday party, take the birthday boy or girl’s preferences into consideration. Boys mostly love jungle themes or planets and stars or trains or football and so on. For girls, it is mostly princesses, mermaids, flowers, cartoon characters, etc. The birthday cake is the centre of attraction in any birthday party so make it extra special. The birthday boy or girl should be delighted seeing it. You can even order a photo cake featuring your child. Whatever you order it should have a personal touch.

Take into consideration the kids’ tastes

Kids are fussy eaters, and they have strong likes and dislikes. And it applies not just for regular food items but cakes as well. For example, never order fruit cakes or carrot cakes, etc for a birthday party. It is always better to avoid anything with nuts. Most kids love to have plain milk chocolates. Similarly, when it comes to cakes too they love mostly classic flavours like chocolate or vanilla or red velvet or strawberry flavour, to name a few. When it comes to icing, always choose butter cream frosting, or fondant. In short, never try to experiment with flavours while ordering cakes for kids.

Add a fun element

Instead of ordering one single cake, you can order a small cake and many cupcakes. This will add a fun element to the party. And kids love cupcakes. You can order cupcakes, which are miniature versions of the birthday cake. You can also order plain cupcakes and ask the children to decorate them with sprinkles and other decorations or order cupcakes in different colours and arrange them in a fun pattern, or one that spells out your child’s name or ‘Happy Birthday’. The guests can either eat them at the party or take them home.

Take the headcount

Before ordering a cake, you should know how many guests will be attending the party. If you are not sure about the exact number of guests, you should at least know approximately how many people will be attending the party. You can take the help of the bakers to know exactly how many kilos or pounds of cake will feed a particular number of people.