Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Trade Secrets

You know those old tricks your grandma always talks about when it comes to baking? Well, most of them work wonders! 

 Here are a few tips and secrets your grandma may have tried to tell you about and you ignored:

1.   Use applesauce instead of oil.  It produces lower fat and moisture cupcake.
2.  Natural is always better.  Next time you make a flavored cake, try using the real deal instead of an extract (lemon juice and zest can make a great lemon cake and fresh pureed raspberries do wonders to a cupcake!)
3.  Try using pudding in the mix.  Sure you can buy a mix with it already in there, but making something from scratch and adding pudding mix in can not only add flavor but  the moisture and fluffiness is almost remarkable.
4.  For a more dense cupcake, try using vanilla yogurt in place of milk, it adds a  bit of uniqueness to your recipe.

And as always, happy baking!!!  :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Learning The Basics

Thousands of people world wide love to watch shows on TV like Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes or Cupcake Wars.  Are you one of them?  Do you wish you could create a fantastic looking cake in your own kitchen?  Here's your chance!

Way More Than Cake, on Michigan Ave in Battle Creek, 2 miles from the casino, is offering cake decorating courses.  (some of you may have already read about these courses on this blog).  You can learn everything from basics, to flower design, to using gum paste and fondant.   We are also offering courses on cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and candy making, as well as buttercream sculpting and tall cakes.  And we are offering these courses at a super affordable rate (40% off if you bring in a 2 can donation for the food drive--so that's like $25 for the course!!!)

If this is something you are interested in, stop by or call and talk to Kristine or Frank about getting registered today!  There are still openings for courses taking place in September and October, and classes are pretty flexible with sessions after work or on saturday mornings.  You can check out their website HERE for more information!