Month: January 2012

Do you have the ‘Spine’ to do this?

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KAK bakery has the spine to do this.

KAK bakery would go the whole nine yards to

figure out all the details and replicate them just as they are.

KAK bakery would not stop where others would.

KAK bakery knows how to keep raising the bar.

Flowers on a Cake

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Flowers on cakes…

gum paste flowers

Nothing can compare to the color of fresh flowers, but
should they be on a cake.

fresh vs gum-paste flowers.

Fresh flowers:

Pros – easily accessible, natural color

Cons – need water or they may wilt, chemicals (pesticides), some flowers are poisonous, stems fragile and limited design options on cake, limited to availablity

Gum-paste flowers

Pros – custom color and size, custom shape, can be draped
and arranged unlike fresh flowers, can be preserved for display

Cons – may cost more, color may not be natural

red gum paste roses

these hand made roses are bold red, look realistic and can be kept on display under glass. 


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into legislation as a National Holliday on November 2, 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. To align myself with the thoughts of the great leader I take the opportunity to serve fabulous “soul food” with “southern flavor”. Here are some options to impress your guests with these fabulous southerner desserts.

Southern Breads: corn bread (no sugar), hoe cakes, hot water cornbread, hot fluffy biscuits.

A fabulous Southern dessert: such as peach or blackberry cobbler, Buttermilk pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Southern Coconut Cake, or bread pudding.

A good laugh about cake

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Cake Quiz:

1. If you were eating genoise (pronounced GEN-wahz), you’d be enjoying:

 a. An almond cake
 b. A custard-filled pastry shell
 c. sponge cake
 d. A ladyfinger-lined mold filled with Bavarian cream
2. Who invented Baked Alaska?
a. A Revolutionary War traitor named Benjamin Rumsford, who invented it after he fled the U.S. for England
b. Jonas T. Wilkerson, White House chef to Andrew Johnson, who created it to celebrate the Alaska Purchase
 c. An unknown pastry chef at a hotel in Anchorage, Alaska
 d. Cookbook author Fanny Farmer
3. If you ordered a Black Forest Cake, you’d get:
a. A rich chocolate layer cake made with chocolate, not cocoa powder, filled and frosted with chocolate icing
b. A chocolate layer cake filled with Kirsch-flavored whipped cream and sour Morello cherries, topped with chocolate curls
 c. A chocolate layer cake with a coconut pecan filling and chocolate frosting, topped with more coconut
 d. A rich chocolate layer cake filled with apricot jam and iced with a velvety, rich, ganache-like chocolate
4. If you ordered tea cakes with your tea, you’d get:
a. Jam sandwiches
b. Small iced cakes
 c. Crumpets
 d. None of these
Correct answers: 1. A sponge cake. 2. Revolutionary war traitor Benjamin Rumsford. 3. A chocolate cake filled with Kirsch-flavored whipped cream and sour Morello cherries, topped with chocolate curls, 4. None of these.

Vanilla Bean Scones

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(1) Ingredients:

2 cups a

ll purpose flour

¼ cup white sugar1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup butter, cold cut into pieces

½ vanilla bean

2/3 cup buttermilk

(2) Preheat oven 375 F         yields 12

(3) Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and with the tip of a knife scrape out the seeds. Mix into the buttermilk and set aside (since the buttermilk is already in a measuring cup I just add the seeds).

(4) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. I use the table or a large cutting board , you can also use a large bowl or food processor.

(5) Add the butter pieces to the dry ingredients.

Note: On table use a bench scraper, in a bowl use a pastry cutter,  in processor use blade and pulse.

And for the true method as my grandmother did, 2 butter knives, one in each hand sliding the blades flat across each other like scissors.

Cut the butter into the dry mixture, by chopping at it and occasionally scoping ingredients back to a pile. or a processor pulse a few times.  Continue until you have an even coarse meal.

(6) Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture.  This can be messy, which is why I use the table , just make one mess and only one thing to clean.  Mix the dry into the milk just to combine.


 (7) Scrape up and place onto a floured surface, knead the dough 4-5 times to form a log.  Roll log out to 18” long and 3” wide.  Flatten slightly with hand to approximately ½” thick.  Cut alternating the angle making triangles.

(8) Arrange on baking sheet a few inches apart and place in center rack of oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

(9) Remove and transfer to cooling rack.

(10) Icing ingredient:

Vanilla Bean Icing

1 cup powdered sugar

¼ cup cream or milk

½ vanilla bean

(11) In a medium bowl add powdered sugar whisk in milk/cream a little at a time until smooth, should be thin and pourable.  Cut vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and stir into the icing.

(12) When scones are cool dip the top into the icing and let excess drip off. Place back on rack to dry.

Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Assuming you can resist.

Cake History

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Cakes were called “plakous” by the Greeks. These cakes were usually combinations of nuts and honey. 

During the Roman period cakes were called “placenta.”

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Fruits and vegetables are must for a diet. I suggest carrot, pumpkin or coconut cake.

Birthday cake

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“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.”