Friday, September 23, 2011

RAW Brownie

Lately I've been reading a lot about the raw food movement. There's so much information out there and you could go on and on explaining the benefits of it, but in a nutshell it's all based on the notion that the most healthy foods for the body are uncooked. Cooking supposedly denatures the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we over consume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes, which is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging, and weight gain.

I eat pretty well as it is, but I'm trying to incorporate more raw meals and snacks into my diet, just to see if I feel more energetic and get glowing skin as much of the research suggests I will. I started today by making a raw brownie.

I didn't have the highest expectations, but I was shocked at how incredibly rich and satisfying this brownie is. It has a complex flavour that comes from only five ingredients (although those five ingredients were of the best quality I could find, as the true taste of each of them shines through in a big way). The brownie melts and gets all gooey when you eat it, like a good baked brownie should! In this recipe the ground walnuts act as the flour, then you throw in the cacao powder and dates to create this rich, dark, chocolate goodie that you won't regret eating!

Ingredients:

walnuts
Medjool dates
raw cacao
almonds
sea salt

I found this recipe at My New Roots

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shop What's New

My friend Natalie Smith just did a little feature on me in my apartment for the new cool website, Shop What's New. It's not particularly cake related but here it is all the same!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cupcake Dental Floss!

I'm thinking about getting into making a little bit of merchandise for The Caker. Cupcake flavoured dental floss might be going too far, but cute aprons or tea towels could be an option!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nutella Whoopies

This is my lovely sister serving Nutella whoopie pies to the hungry masses at the Twenty Seven Names FW party.

Sunday Celebrations

Happy birthday Mark! (from Moo Chow Chow).

This is a gluten and dairy free orange and almond cake with ganache and honey almonds. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Ganache is pretty easy to make, but also pretty easy to mess up. When it's made properly it's glossy and thick and delicious smothered over a cake. I make it all the time, but it took me a little while to figure out how to get it perfect (the number one rule is very good quality chocolate). I thought I'd share with you all my ganache recipe:

Ingredients:


250 ml heavy poring cream
250 g 70-80% very good quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla


Directions: 

1. Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it just reaches a boil (small bubbles will appear).
2. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. 
3. Stir gently to make sure all of the chocolate is covered by the cream and allow it to sit for a minute. 
4. Stir well, until it is smooth and blended. Add the vanilla and mix it in. 
5. Pour over your cake immediately and then refrigerate if you want it to set quickly.

Note: you can use a dollop of butter if you want it to be extra glossy.

xx

Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I've made this week...

It has been the busiest 2 weeks in all Caker history, which is great but has meant I've had hardly any time to update my blog. So, here are some of the stand out cakes I've made lately. All of them can be ordered if you like the look of them!
 Assorted gluten free baby cakes
 Chocolate and nutella whoopie pies
Tiered cake with a banana base and chocolate top layer
Toasted coconut and raspberry cake
Digger themed cake for a two-year-old boy