Category Archives: Cake

Chocolate chip date cake

cake (Small)
Chocolate chip date cake
(From the kitchen of Tanya Chen)

1 cup of chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
Mix together and allow to cool

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together in a large mixing bowl the following ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla flavoring

Beat until smooth then gradually add 1 3/4 cup of flour and the date mixture from above and beat for another 30 seconds. Pour into 9 x 13 baking dish or into muffin cups.  Before baking sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar over the top of the batter then do the same with 1/2 c of chopped nuts and 1 cup of chocolate chips.  Bake large cake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Bake cupcakes for 26 minutes.

Cake can be served warm or cold.

Working with fondant

No fail sugar cookies recipe: click here for a printable version
Fondant instructions: click here for a printable version
Cupcake fondant roses: see below

NO FAIL SUGAR COOKIES
(from Kitchen Collectables)

This recipe is GREAT when using complex cookie cutters.  The dough holds its shape and won’t spread during baking.  Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2 hour before baking these or any other cookies.

6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (e.g., almond)
1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture.  Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes.  Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.  This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.

HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess — Rather than wait for your cookie dough to chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper.  Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator.  Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all.  By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut.  Reroll leftover dough and repeat the process!  An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.


Fondant Instructions
(From the kitchen of Judy Wong)

 Fondant is available at Michael’s, JoAnn’s, and cake decorating stores like Do It With Icing, which is located at 7240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd / 858-268-1234 (one block west of 99 Market).

From package, break out a chunk of fondant.  Re-seal package so that the fondant does not dry out.  Knead fondant until workable and roll out onto a silicone sheet, parchment or wax paper.  Use a pair of skewers to keep fondant uniform in size. (It’s optional if you want to lightly dust work surface with powdered sugar or cornstarch.)  Lift and move the fondant as you roll.  This will prevent it from sticking to the surface.

Cookies with fondant:

1. Bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use the No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe provided above.

2. Cut fondant with same shape cookie cutters as used in your sugar cookies.

3. Brush cookies with shortening.

4. Place cut fondant on top of cookie.  Press to cover to edge of cookie (okay to have some edge of cookie showing).

5. Decorate cookies by adding texture, luster dust, edible pearls, fondant flowers* and piped icing.

Notes about fondant:

— *Fondant flowers can be cut out and shaped ahead of time.  Use piped icing to adhere to decorated cookies.

— Fondant cookies can keep for two weeks.  Best to keep in cellophane bag – not in Tupperware containers.  Do not put fondant cookies or fondant cupcakes in refrigerator.

— Fondant dries quickly.  Always keep covered to prevent drying when in use.  Leftover fondant should be tightly sealed in plastic wrap and kept in airtight container. Fondant has a shelf life of one year, as long as it is covered up.  Its enemy is air.  Do not refrigerate fondant.


Cupcake fondant roses
(From Bakerella)

For roses, cut rolled fondant into strips.  Roll strips and shape into roses.  Place on top of cupcakes.

Matcha chocolate chip cake

For a printable version, click here
(From the kitchen of Kathy Lee)

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter softened;
2 Tbsp Matcha (green tea powder, $3.99 @ 99 Ranch)
8 oz. Chocolate Chips

Add sugar to softened butter and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, then mix eggs and butter mixture together. Sift flour and Matcha together, then
add it to the egg and butter mixture mixing well. Last, add chocolate chips. Coat the inside of a medium loaf pan with butter then place baking wax paper inside.
Pour batter into the pan. Bake in preheated 360F oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Baked nian gao

For a printable version, click here
(From the kitchen of Menie Lee)


Ingredients:
16 oz. Mochiko sweet rice flour ($1.79 @ 99 Ranch)
One stick of butter or 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking soda
One can of red azuki beans ($3.99 @ 99 Ranch)

Directions:
Sprinkle some Mochiko flour over a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been oiled or sprayed with Pam.

Mix everything (including remaining Mochiko flour) but the beans with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat for 2 more minutes at high speed.

Spread half of the batter on the bottom of the baking pan. Spread the red azuki beans (you can mix some batter into the beans if they are too thick to spread). Spread the other half of the batter over the red azuki beans. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a chopstick (this is Chinese New Year Cake after all), if it comes out clean, it is done.

SDCWA Chinese Eight Eggs Sponge Cake

For printable version, click here
(From the kitchen of Rose Hom)


Ingredients:
8 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour (optional: cake flour)
1 tsp. baking powder
½ cup water
1½ tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Separate egg yolks and egg whites. Be sure there is absolutely no yolk in the
egg whites.
3. Add sugar and oil to egg yolks.
4. Sift flour (optional: sift flour 3 times) & baking powder. Set aside.
5. Beat egg yolk mixture for 5 minutes at high speed.
6. Add water gradually at low speed. Then beat at high speed for 7 minutes.
7. Add almond extract at low speed.
8. Blend flour mixture gradually to yolk mixture with a wire whisk.
9. CLEAN BEATERS AND SPATULA! It is very important to get the oil off
prior to beating the egg whites.
10. Beat egg whites until foamy.
11. Add cream of tartar & beat for 5 minutes until stiff (the egg whites hold the
tunnel shape when a spatula is drawn through it).
12. Flatten air bubbles in egg yolk mixture.
13. Gently fold into egg white mixture with a spatula.
14. Pour into angel food cake pan. Do not grease or flour the pan.
15. Bake for 60 minutes. Do not overbake. Insert a skewer in the cake; if it
comes out clean, the cake is done.
16. Cool for 2 hours inverted on neck part of a coke bottle or by propping the
edges of the pan on inverted drinking glasses.