Monday, August 8, 2016

Olympics Soccer Rice Krispies Cake

To celebrate Olympics I made a Soccer Cake.

Rice Krispies Soccer Cake (you can also use puffed rice)
Tools you will need: 9x13 inch cake pan, white, yellow, blue, brown chocolate candy melts,
piping bag, lego silicone mold, food coloring, grass piping tip, paper flag, toothpicks, chocolate soccer ball(available at party city or on amazon)

Rice Krispies Layer
12cups cereal
2 bags mini marshmallows
1stick (113grams) unsalted butter  
2tsp vanilla extract
Green food colorings -I used electric green and leaf green

Line 9x13 inch cake pan with the foil, spray with non stick spray, set aside
 Melt butter, add marshmallows and heat on medium heat until marshmallows are melted. Remove from the heat, and stir in green food coloring until thoroughly mixed in. Stir in all of the cereal.
Once cereal is coated nicely, press it into the prepared pan into an even layer.
Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

While cake layer is chilling prepare decorations
Chocolate Lego Players
Use chocolate candy melts and a  lego silicone mold to make the players

Chocolate Goal - this is optional, you can get a small plastic ones if you wish
Use white chocolate and piped the goal sides, let them harden and then glue them together with the chocolate, let harden. 

Olympics Flag
print small rectangles with Olympics circles on them. Use double sided tape to glue them together and attach a toothpick.

American Buttercream
1cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 to  2 1/2cups powdered sugar, you can add more if desired, I usually use less than 2cups because I  find it too sweet
1-2tbl milk or heavy cream (optional, I don't always add it)
1tsp vanilla extract or other flavoring, almond and lemon is nice, too.
To pipe grass you will need grass piping tip and also green food coloring to color buttercream.
I used a small round piping tip to pipe the lines.

Beat butter for about 30 seconds then add powdered sugar and beat until sugar is completely absorbed by the butter, beat for about a minute after that until smooth and creamy. Add heavy cream if using and beat well. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
Buttercream can be stored in the fridge, let it come to room temperature before using for piped designs. If it become too soft while you are piping, stick into the fridge for 10 minutes and then continue with the project.

I also made the video how I made this cake and you can watch it below:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mini Pink Lemonade Cheesecakes

When it comes to lemon deserts I simple can't resist. I love sour sweet candies, pickles(yes I know not exactly a dessert but can't help not mentioning them as I just canned 32quarts) and of course lemon curd. Lemon curd, for me, is the queen of  lemon desserts, followed another favorite - lemon souffle.
Originally I was planning on making pink lemonade cake roll but I ran into some issues so for now I scratched it from the list. I may revisit the idea again in the future though. Not giving up on the general idea meant to look elsewhere. Today we are making Pink Lemonade Cheesecakes.

Pink Lemonade Cheesecakes (makes 12 mini cheesecakes)

Lemon Curd
1cup granulated Sugar
6tbl unsalted butter
2egg yolks
2whole eggs
2/3 cup freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
1tbl fresh lemon zest

In a bowl beat butter and sugar, gradually add eggs and egg yolks, gradually beat in lemon juice.
Pour mixture into a pot and heat over medium low heat. As butter melts mixture becomes smooth. Attach a candy thermometer.Stirring, wait the temperature to reach 170F or until lemon curd thickly coats the wooden spoon or spatula. Don't let it boil.
Remove from the heat and strain. Cover closely with plastic wrap and chill until cool.
Speed up chilling process : pour icy water into a large bowl, then slowly lower the bowl with covered lemon curd into the cold water, make sure water doesn't flow over into the lemon curd. Check the water frequently, keep it chilled by removing some water and adding ice chips or chilled water.

Pattern Batter for Lemon Slice
1/2cup all purpose flour
8 tbl powdered sugar
2  tbl room temperature butter
2egg whites at room temperature
splash of tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 tbl water to thin the batter down, as needed, or use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead (optional, use if batter appears very dense and hard to pipe, spread)
You will need small parchment rounds, use metal disk from the mini cheesecake pan to cut out rounds.

Cream butter, add powdered sugar, beat until creamy, add egg whites and beat until incorporated, add vanilla extract and on low speed add flour. Divide batter into 3 portions. Color 2 portions with lemon, keeping one lighter than the other.
Pipe lemon slice pattern on the parchment rounds as shown in the video.Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

Cheesecake Batter/Filling

1/3 cup strawberry puree, process 1cup fresh, washed and dice strawberries in the processed in chopper, strain to remove seeds, add sugar if needed for sweetness
1 package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4  plain Greek Yogurt, or sour cream
3tbl corn starch
Vanilla extract
Strawberry extract
Pink Food Color (optional)
1/2 cup lemon curd(recipe above)
Lemon Oreo Cookies, halved, filling removed

Beat cream cheese, add sugar. Gradually add eggs, yogurt, corn starch, vanilla and strawberry flavor. Lastly add strawberry puree.

Fill the Mini Cheesecake Pan
Spray the pan with non stick spray. Layer lemon slice pattern attached to the disks into the  mini cheesecake pan cavities.
Fill each cavity with 2 tbl of strawberry filling. Then add about a 1tsp of lemon curd, using a toothpick, swirl it around. Top it with additional strawberry filling.
Place an halved oreo cookie on the top. Bake at 325F for 20-22 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Cool and then refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Gently push each cheesecake out, this is done by pressing onto the removable disk that is located at the very bottom of the pan.
Peel off the parchment paper and eat or you can complete them with a little straw, after all it is a pink lemonade cheesecake.

Here is a video how I made these cute little treat, video also includes how to make lemon curd

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