Monday, November 17, 2008

Birthday Cake(s)

Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
5 Tablespoon oil
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup chocolate chips (opt)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, sugar cocoa, and baking soda in a 9 x 9-inch cake pan. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, oil and water. Mix in chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

For my bundt cake pans, I trippled the recipe and left out nuts and chocolate chips. Small cakes were done in 25 minutes, large one took 45 minutes.

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Yes, this one did break in half :( , be careful when removing it!


Aunt Betty's Buttercream Frosting

1 cup soymilk
6 Tablespoons flour
1 cup margarine/vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine soymilk and flour in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it becomes a paste. Let cool. With an electric hand mixer, mix margarine and sugar together, then add cooled soymilk flour paste. Add vanilla and beat until becomes light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Great for decorating!

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Coconut Pecan Frosting in these pics were before I developed a coconut allergy :'(

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Birthday Dinner Pizza

Pizza Dough

1 Tablespoon dry active yeast
1 cup luke warm water
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon agave nector
2 1/2 cups flour (half white, half wheat)
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (optional)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional, no salt variety)

Mix yeast in water in a mixing bowl until it dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and knead into a ball. Let sit in bowl 5-10 minutes, covered by plastic wrap or a towel. Flatten on a greased pan. Add sauce and toppings of your choice, I prefer olives, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts. Bake at 450 degrees F for about 12 - 20 minutes (depends on how thick the crust is, check the bottom, it should be a golden brown when done). Makes 2 regular pizzas, or one deep dish.

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