March 31, 2017

Easter Cake - Gâteau pour Pâques

Hello !

Two ingredients chocolate frosting & vanilla cake || Glaçage au chocolat 2 ingrédients & gâteau à la vanille

Today I thought I'd share the cake I made for Easter last year : a vanilla cake with a two ingredients chocolate frosting. Yes, you read that right, two ingredients chocolate frosting, that can even be made in the microwave !

I decorated the cake using pastel mini confetti sprinkles (similar here), gold pearl sprinkles (Mine were "Soft Gold Pearls" from Dr Oetker, but it looks like they've been replaced by Chocolate Gold Pearls), mini meringue candy (or "Petit Jésus" here in France, usually found in stores around Easter and Christmas. They're often shaped like, well, baby Jesus. See here ; do you have those where you live ?) and chick and eggs picks (I didn't find anything similar, as mine were originally decorating a plant and I just re-used them. I did include pastel bunny face picks in my Easter Party Moodboard.).

Two ingredients chocolate frosting & vanilla cake || Glaçage au chocolat 2 ingrédients & gâteau à la vanille

The cake is almost a génoise. A génoise only requires flour, sugar and eggs to make, but the ones I bake always end up tasting like eggs. One day I was looking for a baking powder free cake recipe and found this one. I tried it even though the ingredients are almost the same as a génoise, hoped it wouldn't taste like an omelet, and it didn't ! This recipe is now the one I use for every birthday cake I bake. It's the perfect base for any kind of frosting, the cake is light and soft, you can add any flavoring you want, or none at all and it still tastes great ! As for the frosting... well, it's the most simple frosting ever. No need to cook egg whites or soften butter. Just two ingredients, a microwave (or bain-marie if you're feeling fancy), a handmixer, and voilà ! Frosting !

Two ingredients chocolate frosting & vanilla cake || Glaçage au chocolat 2 ingrédients & gâteau à la vanille

Baking Powder Free Cake
Adapted from CuisineAZ
For two 23 cm (9 inch) round layers

5 eggs
220g (1 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp) of sugar
150g (1 cup + 3 tbsp) of flour
100mL (1/4 cup + 3 tbsp) of milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat the oven.
Separate the egg whites for the yolks. Beat the egg whites until firm, set aside.
Beat the yolks with the sugar, until the mixture has whitened in color.
Mix in the flour, then add in the milk and vanilla extract.
Gently add in the egg whites.
Transfer the batter to the cake pans, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.

Two Ingredients Chocolate Frosting
To fill and frost a 2 layers 23 cm (9 inch) round cake

250g (9oz or 1 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp) of unsalted butter
250g (9oz) of dark chocolate

Cut up the butter and break the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 1 minute, whisk, and microwave again for 30 seconds. Repeat until the butter and chocolate are completely melted and whisk to combine.
Set aside and let cool completely.
Once the frosting has cooled, beat on medium speed using a hand or stand mixer. The frosting will lighten in color and fluff up.
Keep in the fridge until ready to use (Beating again on low speed if the frosting isn't soft enough to spread.)

Note : Use unsalted butter ! I tried it once using salted butter and it just tasted... not that good !

EDIT 04/04/17 : I just added cups/tablespoons measurements to the recipe. I do recommend weighting the ingredients over using cups and tablespoons, as that's the best way to garantee the best results for this recipe.

Two ingredients chocolate frosting & vanilla cake || Glaçage au chocolat 2 ingrédients & gâteau à la vanille

March 17, 2017

Party Moodboard : Easter

Easter is already in less than a month ! I've made you guys another party moodboard, this time featuring all things pastel.

Moodboard Easter party idées fête Pâques
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March 3, 2017

Donuts (for donut maker/pour machine à donuts)

Donut maker recipe || Recette de donuts pour machine à donuts

I've had my donut maker for a long time now. There were recipes given with the maker, but I didn't really like the donuts I ended up with. Plus, they'd dry out really fast (like, straight out of the maker fast. Not good). What do you do in that case ? Turn to Google. This recipe came up on several blog posts, so I decided I'd try it. Success ! These donuts were actually tasty. Sure, they don't taste like actual donuts, but they're still delicious.

Donut maker recipe - Recette de donuts pour machine à donuts

Just watch out for little stealing hands ! ;)

Donuts (for donut maker)
Makes about 25 mini donuts

150g (1 cup + 3 tbsp) of all-purpose flour
100g (1/2 cup) of granulated sugar
1 packet (11g/2tsp) of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
150 mL (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) of milk
2 eggs
4 tbsp of vegetable oil

Whisk together all the dry ingredients, then add the milk. Mix together and add the eggs and the oil, mix until well incorporated.
Transfer the batter to a squeeze bottle, and bake the donuts.
Cover with icing sugar or melted chocolate.

EDIT 04/04/17 : I just added cups/tablespoons measurements to the recipe. I do recommend weighting the ingredients over using cups and tablespoons, as that's the best way to garantee the best results for this recipe.
 Donut maker recipe || Recette de donuts pour machine à donuts