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Old 07-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #21
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I know in my kitchen I'm the boss and I can do what ever I want. I would go with what I have on hand and mix the two using my best estimates, probably heavy on the cream. Maybe a new recipe would be created.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #22
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There is almost never just milk in my kitchen, I don't drink it. But there is always 1/2&1/2...that is what I use for all things needing milk.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:34 PM   #23
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I know in my kitchen I'm the boss and I can do what ever I want.
Lol. Must be nice! Alas, in my kitchen... I am not the boss. I am not even the line cook. I believe the dishwasher is at a higher pay grade than I am. No... me... I'm at the mercy of my equipment, ingredients, and my woeful lack of imagination and skill

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Old 07-21-2012, 03:40 PM   #24
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Ok, baked but not yet tasted (still in the midst of decorating). I'm waiting for the chocolate to freeze before continuing.

At least there was no disaster :) From the trimmings, I'd say its still a tiny bit dry. And a wee too salty :( Other than that, its cake! Tastes good. I'm sure I can't tell that I put sour cream in it... I don't detect that flavor at all. Then again, I don't have the most refined pallet in the world. Its not a big enough winner to bother posting as a fabulous recipe.

Here's the base recipe (credit - I did just the cake, not their icing)

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Cinnamon Vanilla Cake:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
And, as stated before, I modified "1 cup whole milk" as previously described.

For the cinnamon, I used this stuff, which I can recommend! It tastes SO much better than your typical store-bought stuff.


For the first topping, I asked on another thread for some suggestions of a "crunchy" (wrong word really) chocolate topping. It worked fantastic! I'm waiting for it to get hard so I can then top that with some butter cream. The chocolate is there more for texture than taste, but we'll see how it works out :) Its meant as a bit of a surprise to the eater. Here's a picture of how it is so far:



Speaking of "suprises", I decided to get a little silly with the cake itself:




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Old 07-21-2012, 04:50 PM   #25
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For the first topping, I asked on another thread for some suggestions of a "crunchy" (wrong word really) chocolate topping. It worked fantastic! I'm waiting for it to get hard so I can then top that with some butter cream. The chocolate is there more for texture than taste, but we'll see how it works out :) Its meant as a bit of a surprise to the eater. Here's a picture of how it is so far:
Speaking of "suprises", I decided to get a little silly with the cake itself:
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Very awesome surprises for your guests, what a great imagination you have. I can't wait to see it with it's first cut piece. Great thread.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:55 PM   #26
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Thanks! I'll really try to remember to get a picture once the first slice is out... but there will be a lot going on. Here are some pictures of the finished cake. I couldn't find my %@$@#! offset spatula anywhere, and I didn't have a lot of luck smoothing the icing with my rubber flipper and spoon handle attempts lol. Oh well. The gum paste flowers came out nice :)

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #27
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That's very pretty!
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:55 PM   #28
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That cake looks stunning!

I love the decorations with the flowers and the butterflies, just perfect

Are those flowers and butterflies readily available in stores and if so, what type of stores would sell them?
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #29
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The cake looks like a really fun project! I'm sure when you serve it, it will be perfect. How can it not be with 2 sticks of butter. Every thing is better with butter in it. I hope we get to see a picture of it when you cut it.
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The cake looks like a really fun project! I'm sure when you serve it, it will be perfect. How can it not be with 2 sticks of butter. Every thing is better with butter in it. I hope we get to see a picture of it when you cut it.
Yeah, but he left out bacon!
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