How to Decorate a Cake

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Yesterday we shared four simple tomato cake recipes, and today we are giving a small guide on how to decorate a cake.

Making your cake look beautiful and eye catching isn’t that difficult a task as it may sound. With the right ingredients which don’t break your bank, you can make a simple sponge cake.

Decorating a cake with a flat top is very easy so to flatten the cake out you can either press the cake with a small crown on a plate while it’s still warm or use a knife cut off the extra part to get a flat surface. Here are some easy tips and tricks that you can use to rock your cake.

SIMPLE SUGAR DUSTING: Let your cake cool for some time and then using a sieve dust your cake with fine sugar, white works well with a chocolate base and brown with a vanilla base cake.

SYRUP DRIZZLING: After cooling your cake drizzle honey, maple, chocolate, strawberry any syrup and flavor which you love, randomly or in a zig zag pattern. You can also use caramel made using sugar on a hot cake to make it glossy.

FRUITS: Bright fruits such as pineapples, cherries, strawberries, oranges and kiwis can be used to cover your cake to give a tropical feel and color to an otherwise simple vanilla cake.

NUTS: Nuts such as walnuts and almonds can be used by crushing them and sprinkling them on top of the cake for a nutty effect and a great texture. You can even use roasted nuts or raisins soaked in wine.

Here is a great video from Everyday Food in this regard –

For a little more creativity you can use frosting/icing with piping bags of various types of nozzles available in the market for a favorable design.

SIMPLE FROSTING: Using a spoon, knife, or a fork there are many ways in which you can give your cake frosting an amazing look. For peaks use a spoon, push it lightly into the frosting and pull straight up forming peaks on both top and sides. For a zig zag effect use the fork and draw lines with a light hand over the frosting. For a wavy effect use a spoon push it in one direction and then in the opposite creating waves. For simple stripes use a knife drawing stripes from the center of the cake pulling out till the sides.

FOR AN OMBRE EFFECT: make three different batches of icing by adding a different of food color to them and apply from the darkest to the lightest color using a palette knife to smooth out and blend the colors.

BISCUIT CRUNCH: Crush or grind your favorite cream biscuits such as Oreo or bourbon to give your cake added crunch.

FOR CHILDREN: Make your cake colorful by adding M&M’s, sprinkles, or silver balls to your frosted cake. You can even use edible glitter available in the market for a glittery party cake or edible paint to add color and design to your cake.

SPRING FLAVOURS: Use edible flowers to cover your cake and give it a delicate touch.

CHOCOLATE: Classic decoration of a cake can always be done using chocolate you can either grate the chocolate on top of the cake or using melted chocolates can cover the entire cake for a sweet tooth.

So get creative and use simple ingredients to brighten up your cake and delight your guests. Do share your thoughts below too.

Tomato Cake Recipes

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And you thought tomatoes could only be used in salads or for salsa? My friend, remember, tomato, is, after all, a fruit!! So it’s summer and loads of tomatoes are up on sale and what do plan on doing with them other than pasta sauce??

I have your answer; bake them up, as a cake!! Let me tell you how with these four easy recipes.

1.GREEN TOMATO CAKE:

A spice type, savory cake to enjoy with your evening tea.

Ingredients: 2 cups white sugar, two eggs,2 cups all-purpose flour, t teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda, ‘ tsp salt, ‘ cup each of raisins and chopped walnuts

Method:

  • Place chopped tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, let it stand for ten mins, rinse in a colander.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish. Take some butter, and add eggs and sugar beat until creamy.
  • Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Add raisins and nuts to dry mixture; add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix well. Add drained tomatoes and mix well.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

2.TOMATO SOUP CAKE:

Yup tomato soup it is, people won’t ever guess what went in there!

Ingredients: 1 can of condensed tomato soup, one tsp. Each of ground cinnamon and baking soda, one egg, 1 cup each of sugar and raisins, 1/3 cup butter, ‘ tsp. Ground cloves, 1 ‘ cup self-rising flour, ‘ tsp salt.

Method:

  • Combine the tomato soup and soda in a bowl, let it stand.
  • Cream together sugar, egg, butter, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix in tomato soup and soda mixture, and then flour.
  • Stir in the raisins, and pour the batter into a greased baking dish.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until done.

Cool, the cake, and top with cream cheese icing.
Recommended Appliance – Empire Red Kitchenaid Professional 600

3.BLACK MAGIC TOMATO CAKE:

I don’t know if the word moist like a sponge is enough for this one!!05

Ingredients: 1 ‘ cup flour, 2 cup flour, ‘ cup cocoa, 2 tsp baking powder, one tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 1 can of condensed tomato soup, 1 cup buttermilk, ‘ cup oil, 2 tsp vanilla essence.

A kids' treat

A kids’ treat

Method:

  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Add to the dry mix the eggs, tomato soup, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat till all is moist and well blended. About 5 minutes total. A good way to do is using a proper appliance. Read more on stand mixer reviews.
  • Pour into a greased dish of about 9x 13 inch and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.
  • Frost with your favorite frosting.

4.WHISKEY TOMATO CAKE:

Much like rum and raisin cake here is a variation with whiskey and tomatoes!!

Ingredients: ‘ cup raisins, ‘ cup whiskey, 1 cup all-purpose flour, I cup whole wheat flour,2 tsp baking powder, 1 ‘ tsp baking powder, ‘ tsp salt, 1 cup sugar, two tsp vanilla essence, 2/3 cup applesauce,2 cups chopped green tomatoes, ‘ cups walnuts.

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put the raisins in a cup with the 1/4 cup of whiskey to plump them up.In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients.
  • Whisk up the eggs and other wet ingredients together.
  • Add the raisins & whiskey, green tomatoes, and walnuts and mix well.
  • Pour the cake batter into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

So these were our top four tomato cake recipes, and we hope you try them out.

How to Cook a Perfect Steak

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The recipe for making a perfect steak, which deserves a “well done” from the chef is equal parts of science and art. As simple as it may sound getting a soft juicy pink on the inside and crusty brown texture on the outside of a steak is no child’s play.

It’s the skill of a great artist, a chef of the highest ranks, the hands of heavenly flavor, its soul food. But…for the regular human, it’s no less than a challenge. Fear not my friend, for I’m about to reveal to you a treasure chest of tips and methods to get that perfect steak from the pan to the plate.

Step 1 –

The success of your steak will come from choosing the best quality beef because the ingredients in a dish are the most important aspect, followed by the equipment used. Grandma’s pro tip is to cook the steak at room temperature seasoning it at least forty minutes before cooking using sea salt and ground pepper as it will help soften the steak and add flavor to it. You can even use a marinade of your choice.

Step 2 –

Take your best pan out from the top shelf, a pan with a thick base and non-stick coating will work if you prefer deep frying your steak. An experienced grill person can use a heavy griddle pan or skillet. Such pans get hot real fast which is ideal for that charred finish on the outside of your meat.

Step 3 –

Then comes oil, Chef Gordon Ramsay picks groundnut oil for cooking steaks due to its mild flavors and ability to withstand heat without burning. Avoid butter as it burns very quickly and will blacken the steak.

Plate it up with Multiple Elements

Plate it up with Multiple Elements

There are different ways using which you can cook a steak, here are the indications – 
‘Blue: dark colored slightly warm and spongy to feel.
‘Rare: dark red color, soft, juicy and spongy with a little bounce
‘Medium rare: pinkish color, juicy, soft, spongy , slightly springy
‘Medium: pale pink in the middle, firm and flexible
‘Well done: slightly pink, neither dry nor juicy, spongy, soft and slightly springy.

It’s also a matter of time. If a steak is meant to be “medium”, and you overcook it a little it will be “medium-well”, but if it’s well done and you overcook it, it can be ruined ‘ so never underestimate the size and thickness of a steak, be sure to ask your butcher suggestions as to how much time it’ll take to cook properly.
Here’s a short guide for a 3.5cm thick fillet steak.
‘Blue: one and a half minute each side
‘Rare: two and a quarter minute each side
‘Medium rare: three and a quarter minute each side
‘Medium: four and a half minute each side
For a well-cooked steak cooking for four to five minutes on both sides depending upon the thickness is suggested.

Another chef’s tip after you’ve got the desired steak is to leave it out for at least five minutes or so before serving as pure science is involved in the process wherein the hot juices get reabsorbed by the meat as it cools down giving a perfect finish to your perfect steak.

So that’s the ultimate guide to cooking a steak. Try it out, and if you have any doubts, we are here to clear them up for you.