MELT: 2 cubes butter 1 cup water 4 TBS cocoa COMBINE: 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon dash salt ADD TO DRY MIXTURE: 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 eggs Above cocoa mix (that was melted together at the beginning) Beat until smooth Pour mixture in pan  11 1/2 x […]

Donuts or Maple Bars

Dissolve 2 tablespoons yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Scald 1 1/2 cups of milk. Add: 1/2 cups shortening 1/2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 eggs 3 cups flour 1/2 teaspoons vanilla Mix together well. Add three more cups of flour. Knead until smooth; let rise until size has doubled. Roll out and cut. Rise […]

Salted Caramel Buttercream

Stir together, stirring frequently till thick and bubbly over medium heat; Let sit and cool, then add the vanilla 1 cup salted butter 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 TB vanilla 1 pound salted butter, softened – whipped in stand mixer until fluffy Add the following to whipped […]

Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling

In small bowl, stir together, then set aside to allow juices to form 1 cup cut cup strawberries, lightly mash with fork 1/4 cup granulated sugar With a mixer on medium speed, cream together: 24 oz cream cheese 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla Fold in the strawberries.  Today I’m using this to […]

Buttercream by Melanie

I use this in my cake business, Napa Cakery.  Check out my cakes here: Mix til combined on low, then beat three minutes on high: 1 pound high-ratio shortening 1 pound butter, room temperature 4 TB meringue powder 1/2 oz butter extract, clear 1/2 oz almond extract 1/2 oz vanilla extract, clear 7.5 oz […]

Peanut Butter Filling

Blend well. 8 oz prepared Melanie’s buttercream 4 oz peanut butter

Chocolate Ganache

Bring to simmer in a small saucepan: 1 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tsp light corn syrup Place in food processor – chop.  With machine running, slowly add the cream in a slow stream. Process until smooth and shiny: 12 oz bittersweet (semi-sweet) chocolate Refrigerate in an airtight container, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to […]