There is a moment when love changes you for a lifetime. Some call it taking it to the next level. The deep dive. The leap of faith. February, 4th 2016 I took my relationship to the next level. After 8 years of creating some of the best moments of life, I asked my girlfriend to marry me. The next day I thought to myself, what am I supposed to do for Valentine’s Day? Hoping that the day would be full of roses and candles for my fiance. I realized that I didn’t know what to make on the blog. The restaurant was becoming full of events and reservations. In fact the situation was breakdown stressful. I kept it together though. Figured let’s make a checker set out of cakes. Max and myself hit the ground running.
First things first, this guy is no baker. Max is not baker either. Never have I felt that I was blessed with the gift of creating elaborate cakes. Especially ones that are checkerboard. Saying that, remember you are taking a culinary adventure with Max and myself. One of epic baking portions. Also don’t worry we made the checker pieces out of cupcakes, that way every time you lose a piece. You can just eat it. It’s really a one-time game this way, but I don’t think anyone would want to play two games. Ingredients vary when creating a cake. Chocolate cake is different from vanilla. Buttercream frosting is different from cream cheese frosting. It’s preference really. I say take your time and learn.
Cooking a cake from scratch is a lot different from opening a box, mixing milk and eggs. There is timing and environment temperature, not to mention altitude differences. These are problems that will come up in baking. Chefs and pastry chefs are paid good money to understand these problems. I am here to help anyone who runs into the problems. Let my resources become yours. Keep watching as Max and myself do a baking post a week talking about recipes, baking hacks, and just having a good time. Follow it and you can also stop cooking from a box and start cooking from scratch.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 ⅓ cups milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- Your Favorite flavor of frosting
- Mixing bowls
- Kitchen-Aid (your hands and a bowl work just as well, this device changes everything) With the paddle attachment.
- Measuring bowls and spoons
- 8 in round cake pan, 8×11 cake pan or mini cupcakes or regular sized pans
- Pan spray
- Rubber spatula
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and powder. Stir the mixture until combined.
- In the kitchen-aid mixing bowl, beat your butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
- Reduce the speed to low-med and add 1 egg at a time and mix until homogenized
- Add your vanilla to your milk
- Add flour and milk alternating between the flour and milk. Starting with the flour and ending with the flour.
- Spray your baking pan and pour batter distributing evenly.
- Let cake cook for 30-40 mins using a pick to poke the center, when pick comes out clean cake is done. Enjoy!
Take your frosting and put on an even coat on cake or cupcakes. Serve them to everyone who is hungry! They will not be upset in the slightest.
Valentine’s Day 2016
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