These are recipes I have tried and been successful. They all turned out excellent....I have more recipes taken from some sites on-line & some I have tweaked & made it my own....& some I followed it to a T....& given credit to whosoever the recipe belonged. Also check out the "Pastries" page for more recipes.

COCONUT CAKE WITH
COCONUT BUTTER-CREAM, COCONUT FLAKES
& STRAWBERRIES


Recently I was asked my a young lady to make a Coconut cake with strawberries for her friend's Birthday....so I went on-line & found some recipes & picked this one as it came out really good....I just changed a couple of things & made it my own....

Also I made the Buttercream different with the addition of coconut cream in it....



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
   
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup cream of coconut
1/4 cup water or milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature

For Decoration & Filling:

    Sweetened flaked coconut
    Strawberries

Directions for cake:

 
1.  Preheat oven to 325℉ with a rack set in the lower third. Butter and flour two 8 or 9-by-2-inch round cake pans; set aside.

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large measuring cup or a small bowl, stir together cream of coconut, 1/4 cup water & vanilla..

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary.

4. With the mixer on low, add flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the cream of coconut mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Mix just until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

5. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and smooth tops with a spatula. Tap firmly on work surface to remove air bubbles from batter. Transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

6. Let cool for 20 minutes; remove from pans and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap in platic wrap well & keep in fridge overnight.

 
7. Next day, prepare the Buttercream (recipe follows), clean strawberries. Then split the 2 cakes after leveling them. Then place one layer on your cake plate with a little icing to hold the cake in place....put a dollop of icing on the cake & fill the centre with chopped strawberries.

8. Then take another cake & smooth some icing on the bottom of the cake & place that on top of the cake & repeat the steps until all the layers are used up.

9. Then spread the icing on the sides & top & decorate with the sliced strawberries & coconut, anyway you desire......,

OPTIONAL: You can either brush with strawberry flavoured simple syrup or use a spray bottle with the syrup.....


Coconut Meringue Buttercream

Ingredients
  • 10 large egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups (8 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut extract
    Directions
Step 1

Whisk egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water until sugar has dissolved and mixture registers 130 degrees, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until cooled, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add butter; beat until pale and fluffy. Mix in cream of coconut and extract.

Buttercream can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days; re-beat before using.








OPÈRA TORTE

Though there are many components to this cake, it's really not that difficult, but takes a little time, but worth every minute.

This is a recipe I used when I was in Le Cordon Bleu.....it works & it's really good. I have made it many times.


JACONDE SPONGE

1.Whip 3 oz granulated sugar & 4 eggs in the bowl of KA, until it has reached the "Ribbon" Stage.

2.Turn mixture into a large bowl & fold in a mixture of:

4 oz Almond Meal

4 oz A.P. Flour

.125 oz B P

3. Make a common meringue with 8 oz egg whites & 3 oz granulated sugar and fold into the previous mixture, but donʼt overfold.

4.Spread batter on a greased sheet pan thatʼs lined with parchment paper & bake until light golden brown (4-5 mins)

 

MELTED CHOCOLATE

4 oz dark chocolate

 

GANACHE

6 oz dark chocolate

6 oz heavy cream

 

SIMPLE COFFEE SYRUP

Boil:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Then add:

1 1/2 tabsp expresso coffee


FRENCH BUTTERCREAM

1) Start whisking 6 oz egg yolks in KA bowl.

2) Boil 8 oz sugar with 2 oz water until it reaches 242 deg F

3)Then slowly drizzle the hot syrup in, without hitting the whisk, with the
mixer running at a med hi speed. Keep beating until the mixture comes to
room temperature.
4)Then slowly add in 1 1/2 tsp vanilla & 20 oz of softened butter in small
pieces & keep beating until it is nice & creamy.



For the assembly:

1) Remove the sheet of cake and cut into three rectangles (about 6" x 11"). Brush the bottom of one of the layers with the melted coating chocolate and let this set until firm (or chill 3 minutes).

2) Place this layer, chocolate-side down onto a flat cake board or platter. Brush the layer with coffee syrup, then spread half of the butter cream on top.

3) Top this with a second cake layer, brush it with syrup and now spread two thirds of the cooled (but still spreadable) ganache layer over the cake.

14) Place the final cake layer over the ganache, brush it with syrup and spread the remaining half of the butter cream on top (or you can save about 1/4 cup for garnish).

5) For the ganache glaze, re-warm the remaining one third of the ganache, adding the coating chocolate and vegetable oil, stirring until smooth. Spread this over the top of the cake (but not the sides), and chill until set, about 2 hours.

6)  Before serving, trim the sides away to reveal clean layers, then slice into 6 rectangular portions (a hot, dry knife makes this easy). If you wish, pipe a little whipped cream on top of each slice.

CARIBBEAN RUM CAKE

         adapted from:

www.kingarthurflour.com

CARIBBEAN RUM CAKE

         adapted from:

www.kingarthurflour.com


This is an excellent recipe, loaded with RUM!!!! Yes, Rum...I used Spiced Jamaican Rum & the cake tastes really good.


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Spritz your Bundt pan well with cooking spray, and coat with a layer of toasted Pecan meal. You can make your own pecan meal by toasting pecans in a dry skillet until they’re fragrant (about 8 minutes), and then pulsing them in a food processor until they’re finely ground.



For the cake you’ll need:


  • 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour     (2 + 2 Tabsp)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar ( - 2 Tabsp)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup pastry cream filling mix or instant vanilla pudding mix (dry)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup white or golden rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Butter rum flavor (optional but excellent)
  • 1/4 cup Pecan meal, for dusting baking pan

This is the two-stage method for cakes. Add all of your ingredients to the bowl, reserving half of the liquid.

Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add the remaining liquid and beat for another minute or two until the batter is thick and smooth. The resulting cake has a very fine grain, and moist texture.


This recipe will make one full-sized Bundt cake or two smaller Bundt cakes.

Bake until the cake is golden brown and begins to pull away from the edges of the pan. Use a long skewer to check if the cake is done.

Remove the cake from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

DO NOT TURN THE CAKE OUT OF THE PAN!

While the cake sits for a bit, prepare the rum syrup. In a medium-sized saucepan mix:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white or golden rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Bring to a rolling boil and cook for about a minute or two, to reduce slightly.


Drizzle slowly onto the cake until all the syrup is used up.


Allow the syrup to soak into the cake. Add more syrup, a bit at a time, until all of the syrup is used up. 

Cover the cake with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight IN THE PAN.

The following morning, turn the cake out onto your serving dish.



Bûche de Noël

Nick Malgieri
Makes about 12 servings
1 Chocolate Genoise Sheet (see below), cooled

Coffee Buttercream
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
28 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons instant espresso
2 tablespoons rum or brandy

Marzipan
8 ounces almond paste
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons light corn syrup
Red and green food coloring

Cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar, for finishing

For the buttercream, combine the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk gently over simmering water until the sugar is dissolved and the egg whites are hot. Whip on medium speed until cold. Beat in softened butter and continue beating until the buttercream is smooth. Combine the instant coffee and liquor and beat into the buttercream.
Invert the Genoise and peel away the paper. Invert again onto fresh paper and spread with half the buttercream. Use the paper to roll into a tight cylinder. Reserve the remaining buttercream for the outside. Refrigerate cake and buttercream while you prepare marzipan decorations.
For the marzipan, combine the almond paste and half the sugar in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sugar is almost absorbed. Add the remaining sugar and mix until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add half the corn syrup and continue mixing until some of the marzipan holds together when squeezed. Continue adding the corn syrup, a little at a time, until the marzipan is moistened (it will still appear crumbly). Remove the marzipan from the bowl and knead smooth.
To make marzipan mushrooms, roll 1/3 of the marzipan into a cylinder and cut into 1-inch lengths. Roll half the lengths into spheres. Press the cylinders against the spheres to make mushrooms. Smudge with cocoa powder.
To make holly leaves, add green food coloring to 1/3 of the marzipan and roll into a long cylinder. Flatten with the back of a spoon and detach from surface with a spatula. Cut into diamonds to make leaves, or use a cutter.
To make holly berries, add red food coloring to a tiny piece of marzipan. Roll into tiny spheres.
To make pine cones, add cocoa powder to the remaining marzipan and form 2 cone shapes. Slash sides of cones with point of scissors.
Remove the rolled cake from the refrigerator and unwrap.
To assemble, trim cake edges diagonally, cutting 1 edge about 2 inches away from the end. Position the larger cut piece as a branch on the bûche about 2/3 across the top. Cover the Bûche with the remaining buttercream, making sure to curve around the protruding branch on the top. Streak the buttercream with a fork or decorating comb to resemble bark. Transfer the bûche to a platter and decorate with the marzipan decorations. Sprinkle the platter and bûche sparingly with confectioners’ sugar "snow."


Chocolate Genoise Sheet
Genoise is a wonderfully versatile cake. This can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for several days, or frozen for up to 1 month.
Makes 1 sheet
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
Pinch salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cake flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup alkalized (Dutch process) cocoa
One 10-by-15-inch to 12-by-18-inch jellyroll pan
Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Lower the water to a simmer.
Whisk the eggs, yolks, salt and sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer. Place over the pan of simmering water and whisk gently until the mixture is just lukewarm, about 100 degrees. (Use your finger to test it.)
Place on mixer with whisk attachment and whip on high, but not highest, speed until the egg mixture is cool (touch the outside of the bowl to tell) and has increased greatly in volume.
While the eggs are whipping stir together the flour, cornstarch and cocoa.
Take the bowl off the mixer and sift 1/3 of the flour mixture over the beaten eggs. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture, making sure to scrape all the way to the bottom of the bowl on every pass through the batter to prevent the flour mixture from accumulating there. Repeat with the next 1/3 of the flour mixture and finally with the remaining flour mixture.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake the genoise in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until well risen and firm. Do not let the cake bake dry.
Use a small paring knife to loosen the cake from the side of the pan. Invert the cake to a rack, then immediately re-invert to another rack so that the cake cools on the paper.

ELVIS PRESLEY'S FAVORITE POUND CAKE

from
'GOURMET'

                                                             

This is the best Pound Cake I've ever made or tasted....the mouth feel is amazing.....guess it's due to the cream in it. But I would like anyone to try it.....it's worth it.....

 Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour ( sift before measuring) plus additional for dusting (see tips & tricks)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 7 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Special equipment: a 10-inch tube pan (4 1/2 inches deep; not with a removable bottom) or a 10-inch bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)

Preparation

Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven.

Generously butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.

Sift together sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into a bowl. Repeat sifting into another bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).

Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or 6 to 8 minutes with a handheld mixer.

Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, then all of cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition.

Scrape down side of bowl, then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. Batter will become creamier and satiny.

Spoon batter into pan and rap pan against work surface once or twice to eliminate air bubbles.


Place pan in (cold) oven and turn oven temperature to 350°F for the 1st 55 mins.

Then lower the temp to 325°F to finish baking for another 15-20 mins.

Bake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted in middle of cake comes out with a few crumbs adhering for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

Cool cake in pan on a rack 30 minutes.

Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake, then invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.


Cooks' Note: Cake keeps well, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, at room temperature for 5 days.