Monday, August 17, 2009

From Scratch Cakes or Mixes...

Posted by Sweet 2ooth Treats at 4:06 PM
I have heard way too much hype on from scratch and mixes being used.My opinion it does not matter as long as the result is a luscious tasty morsel :)

However there are certain desserts that you really can't short cut your way around .For example the classic french Croch En Bouche, Creme Brulee or even Mexican Flan.

I don't think there is anything wrong in using some type of mix in a mainly from scratch recipe.Now I know this is sending shivers up many of my culinary peers,but I think it is silly to say something is 100% made from scratch. I know of a handful of bakeries in Saint Louis who use no mix in their cakes.Most bakeries including the most popular ones here DO in fact use cake mixes ,because if the high demand in cakes.

Let's take the following recipe I have come across at cake central. I tried it and it could stand alone as an awesome cake...with some modifications of my own of course :)

Strawberry Cake

2 c White Sugar

1 (3oz) package Strawberry flavored gelatin

2 Stick unsalted butter (room temp)

1/4 tsp Salt

4 eggs (room temp)

2 3/4 cups sifted All Purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 cup Whole Milk

1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla

3/4 cup finely chopped Fresh Strawberries


1* Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 - inch round cake pans

2* In a large bowl ,cream together the butter,sugar,and strawberry gelatin until light and airy.

3* Beat in eggs one at a time mixing until completely combined

4* Combine dry ingredients including salt.

5* Alternate dry mix with the milk begin and end with dry ingredients

6* Mix in vanilla and finely chopped strawberries.

7 * Divide the batter evenly between prepared pans and bake 20 to 28 minutes.

Cake is done when cake springs back with light touch and sides of cake has a brown color on top or you can do the old toothpick method insert and if it comes out clean it is done!

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