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Dutch Apple Cake

Dutch Apple Cake

Ingredients
3 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (3 cups)
3 tablespoons plus 1 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup butter, softened
4 Eggland’s Best® Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the apples, 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; let stand for 1 hour.

In another bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and beat until smooth.

Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Push apple slices vertically into batter, placing them close together.

Bake at 300° for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Recipe found here: Dutch Apple Cake

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Sunshine Sponge Cake

Sunshine Sponge Cake

Ingredients
9 eggs, separated
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced fresh lemon verbena leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
LEMON BUTTER FROSTING:
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Daisies and additional lemon verbena leaves, optional

Directions
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks on high until thickened and lemon-colored. Add water, lemon verbena and vanilla. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Beat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture doubles in volume.

Combine flour and baking powder; sprinkle 1/4 cupful over batter and fold in until combined. Repeat with remaining flour mixture; set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the pan; cool completely. Run a knife around sides of pan and remove cake to a serving plate.

In a bowl, cream 2 cups sugar, butter, lemon juice and extracts. Slowly add remaining sugar. If needed, beat in a small amount of water until the frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake.

Garnish with daisies and lemon verbena if desired. Yield: 14 servings.

Editor’s Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.

Recipe found here: Sunshine Sponge Cake

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Raspberry Apple Cake

Raspberry Apple Cake

Ingredients
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove cake. Spread with jam and top with pie filling. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle over filling. Combine the sour cream, vanilla and remaining sugar; spread over top.

Bake 10 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until chilled. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Apple Cake

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Devil's Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Devil’s Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted, plus more for pans
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup sour cream
3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising), sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
8 ounces milk chocolate
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons corn syrup
3 sticks unsalted butter, soft but cool, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions
STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Butter parchment; dust with cocoa powder, tapping out excess.

STEP 2 In a medium bowl, whisk cocoa with hot water until smooth. Whisk in sour cream; let cool. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

STEP 3 In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each; scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the cocoa mixture and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined.

STEP 4 Divide batter between prepared pans (or cupcake tins); smooth with an offset spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes (or 18 to 20 minutes for cupcakes).

STEP 5 Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack; peel off parchment. Re-invert cakes; let cool completely, top sides up.

STEP 6 Make the frosting: Finely chop both the bittersweet and milk chocolates. Place into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

STEP 7 In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream and corn syrup to a boil. Take off the heat and pour over chocolate. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.

STEP 8 Starting in the center, whisk towards the edges of the bowl until the chocolate is smooth. Let cool at room temperature.

STEP 9 Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat at medium speed and gradually add butter until frosting is smooth and silky.

STEP 10 Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cake layers to make level. Transfer one of the layers to a cake turntable or platter to frost. With an offset spatula, spread top with 3/4 cup milk chocolate frosting. Place the second cake layer on top.

STEP 11 For the crumb coat, spread the entire cake with a thin coat of frosting using an offset spatula. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 12 Spread the entire cake with remaining frosting, swirling to coat in a decorative fashion. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, covered with a cake dome. Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 maraschino cherries

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In an ungreased 9-in.-square baking pan, combine butter and brown sugar. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Arrange 9 pineapple slices in a single layer over sugar (refrigerate any remaining slices for another use). Sprinkle pecans over pineapple; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Blend in vanilla and reserved pineapple juice. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to batter, beating well.

In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spoon into pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. Yield: 9 servings.

Peach Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Drain 1 can (15 ounces) sliced peaches, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Arrange peaches over brown sugar. Substitute reserved peach juice for the pineapple juice. Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Sprinkle 1 cup halved fresh or frozen cranberries and 1 chopped peeled orange over brown sugar. Substitute 1/3 cup orange juice for the pineapple juice.

Recipe found here: Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Coconut Chiffon Cake

Coconut Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
5 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
2-1/4 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

FROSTING:
1 cup butter, softened
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups flaked coconut, toasted
Candied orange and lime peel

Directions
Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place ginger and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small food processor; cover and process until finely chopped.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1-1/4 cups sugar, baking powder, salt and ginger mixture. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, eggs, oil, water and extract. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended.

Add cream of tartar and remaining sugar to egg whites; beat with clean beaters until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.

Gently spoon into three ungreased 9-in. round baking pans. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 325° for 22-26 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, extract and salt; beat until smooth.

Place bottom cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Repeat layers twice. Frost sides of cake with remaining frosting. Press coconut over top and sides of cake. Garnish with orange and lime peel. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Coconut Chiffon Cake

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cakepops

Ingredients
1 box Duncan Hines® Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
1/3 cup water, for filling
1 cup water
3 large eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 (16 ounce) container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Chocolate Frosting
32 ounces candy melts or candy coating
2 teaspoons shortening

Special Tools:
Lollipop sticks
Styrofoam block
Decorations for cake pops (coconut, nuts, candy)

Directions
Bake cake as directed in a 9 x 13 pan and let cool completely.

Crumble cake up into a large bowl.

Soften frosting for 10 seconds in microwave. Add frosting to crumbled cake and stir with a fork until frosting disappears and is completely incorporated into the cake crumbs. Test your mixture by picking up a handful and squeezing it together. It should hold together without breaking apart. If mixture is too dry, add more frosting.

Roll mixture into walnut-sized cake balls and transfer to a wax paper lined baking cookie sheet. Make sure balls are tightly packed and look smooth with no cracks. If they appear cracked, you may need to add more frosting.

Transfer cookie sheet with cake balls to freezer or refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Place 16oz. of the candy melts in a small, deep microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring each time until completely melted. The melted coating should coat a spoon but still be able to slowly drip off. If coating is too thick, add shortening or vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Do not exceed 2 teaspoons per 16 ounces of candy coating or the cake pops will crack.

Remove cake balls from freezer. Dip tips of lollipop sticks into candy coating and insert sticks no more than halfway into center of your cake balls. Let them set for 1 to 2 minutes, resting on the cake ball, sticks in the air.

Pick up cake pop by the stick and dip into candy coating. Gently tap stick against side of bowl and rotate cake pop to help excess coating fall back into bowl. (Reheat and/or melt more candy coating as needed.)

If decorating your cake pop, add your sprinkles, nuts or candy right after dipping, before coating dries.

Poke stick of cake pop into Styrofoam block to stand up straight and dry completely, about 5 minutes.

Original recipe makes 40 cake pops

Kitchen Notes:
Make sure your Styrofoam block and all sprinkles, nuts and decorations are ready to go before you start dipping your cake pops. The candy coating hardens within a minute, so you have no time to lose!

For decorations, check your local craft store or baking aisle at the grocery store for colored sprinkles nuts and candies. You can also use M&M’s, chocolate chips, colored sugar, or coconut.

If you want to draw on your cake pop, you can buy decorating pens. They work like markers but are food safe, with edible ink.

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