Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Due to Sickness.
Hopefully I'll be back soon.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The College Baker....

Bakes for Italian Class

We had a "festa" in my italian class last week, and while I made queso for the whole group to share, I, of course, had to bake something else spoil my reputation as the college baker! So, I tried my hand at the creme cake. Word to the wise: Bake it the night before, and frost it before you go to sleep. It tastes SO MUCH BETTER when it has sat overnight with the frosting ON.

Italian Cream Cake
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 9 inch round cake pans. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk mixture, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup coconut, baking powder and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Cream Cheese Icing and Topping
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons light cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

- In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in a small amount of cream to attain the desired consistency. Stir in chopped nuts and remaining flaked coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cooled cake.