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What I’ve been up to

Hey Baking Memories family. I know that I haven’t posted anything in AGES but recently Lyndsie and I have been undertaking a new and very exciting (for us anyway) project. I’ve learned that while I’m a pretty decent cook/ baker, I’m horrid at actually writing anything, or cooking and baking anything new, and then remembering to get pictures to write about it.

I have also learned recently that I am pretty good at teaching how to bake things, in a comedic way. So recently Lyndsie and I have started a YouTube channel to teach our favorite recipes, and provide a small amount of unintentional humor along the way.

The both of us would love it if you, our readers would head over to YouTube and subscribe to our channel. It’s called Chansie Cooking, and as we go along we will have great video tutes that we are certain you are going to enjoy.

To see our channel click here. Also pop over to facebook.com/chansiecooking and like our facebook page as well. This way you can stay in the loop with everything we have going on.

So please stop by and see what we have going on, and we will promise to post a new video at least once a week.

Until next time,

Happy Videos!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Cakes

 

Catching Up

Happy Sunday Baking Memories family! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving,  and a wonderful weekend.

I’m working on a few new recipes to post, pumpkin roll, and pumpkin cookies. Both are super yummy, and will be a family favorite I’m sure.

I’m also thinking about doing videos of all my recipes from here on out. I think it’ll be easier to see step by step what to do and what not to do, if it is in video form.

I’d love the thoughts of you guys, my wonderful readers on this

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Be looking for the new recipes any time now.

Until next time,

Happy baking!

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Cakes

 

Yummy Breakfast Parfait

Happy humpday all!

Today I have a great recipe for you. A nice dare I say it -healthy- breakfast parfait!

Made with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and overnight oatmeal, what’s not to love?

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Ok so you can’t see everything in that jar due to the yogurt filling up everywhere, but just wait till you try it!

It’s like heaven in a jar. I’m not kidding.

I first saw a similar version of this parfait here at peanut butter and peppers. If you haven’t been there before you should check it out. She has tons of great recipes for keeping up with a healthy life style.

Now you follow her instructions precisely you will have this for your nutritional content:

Jennifer’s Breakfast Parfait Jar:  282,  Fat:  6.1,  Sodium:  84,  Carbs:  39,  Fiber:  8,  Sugar:  15,  Protein:  19

Not too bad huh!

Mine has a few more calories, 40 more to be exact, but we only keep whole milk in the fridge and I used vanilla instead of plain for the yogurt. Don’t be afraid to vary it up a bit though. It’s so simple to make and so yummy, it will have you going back again and again.

So here’s how to make it:

Starting the night before you are going to want to make your oatmeal.

Simply put, its overnight oatmeal so you want to make it overnight. 🙂

You’ll need:

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1/4 c old fashioned oats

1/4 c milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp honey

dash cinnamon

All you have to do is combine all your ingredients, stir, cover, and refrigerate overnight:

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In the morning it will look like this:

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That right there is good on its own, but wait till you add it to everything else.. OMG it’s delicious!

So for the rest of your parfait you will need:

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1/2 c Greek yogurt- I used vanilla

1/2 c Diced strawberries

1 small banana or 1/2 c of whatever fruit you desire- don’t be afraid to play with this a bit

Your now made overnight oatmeal.

Then simply layer your ingredients like this, 1/4 c yogurt:

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1/4 c strawberries:

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1/2 a banana:

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Your oatmeal:

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Then yogurt, strawberries and banana again:

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And that’s it! This is a pint sized canning jar, and yesterday I took it in to work and ate it there. It’ll drop right into your purse, or diaper bag and you can eat it anywhere you want. You can add some granola if you wish or leave it as is. Either way it’s a great breakfast start and will keep you full for hours.

If you have a variation you’d like to share, let me know below, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Happy “baking”
Chani

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Cakes

 

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Introducing- New Author Lyndsie!

Hey everyone I just wanted to take a minute to introduce you to my good friend and new co-author of Baking Memories-

Lyndsie!

Lyndsie is very crafty and artistic, and will be doing project how-to’s that include her own cakes, and some crocheting and everything in between.

I’m very excited to have her on board and I just know that you will be in love with her projects after her first post. She’s going to be writing her first one very soon so be looking for it.

Welcome Lyndsie!

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Cakes

 

Skylanders Portal Cake

Recently I was asked by one of my nephews to make a Skylanders cake for his birthday. Have you seen them? They are these toys that you use with your gaming system. They set on these portals and you use them as characters in the game.

Of course I told him that I’d make his cake, because he just loves his Aunt Chani’s cakes. The problem arose when I was handed this robot looking thing, with no knowledge of this game at all- the only character I know is Spyro. When I asked him what he wanted for his cake, I got told the portal. So today I bring you,

How to make a portal for the Skylanders out of cake.

Start with whatever sized cakes you are planning on using- baked, leveled, filled, stacked, and covered:

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I just covered them with frosting, don’t mess with a fondant layer because you are going to use little fondant pieces for this cake instead.

Using a grey piece of fondant, cut it into strips, and then into pieces to resemble stones:

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You only want them to be tall enough to cover half of the side of the cake. Then start pressing them into the frosting on the sides of the cake:

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Now make more strips of the grey, but this time slightly thicker, and square vs. rock like. Attach them to the top of the cake and slightly down the side, to overlap what you already added to the cake:

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Set aside your remaining grey, and roll out some yellow into a circle big enough to meet up with the grey pieces on the top of the cake:

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Don’t worry about the overlap, we will cover it in a minute.

Still using your yellow, cut out a very thin strip to put along the bottom of the cake

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Now using the grey you set aside, cut a thin piece out to use for the overlap on the top and hide the edges there:

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Next for the runes. If you look at these portals there are runes on the sides of them. 8 runes to be exact so you will need some of these:

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I just printed mine out to use as templates.

Using the grey again, roll out a piece, and set your template on top of it:

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Then using a knife, cut out the run itself into your grey fondant:

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Trim your grey down in size to more of a rectangle:

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Then using a paintbrush and some water, paint a bit of water around the rune, on the back, and stick a thin piece of yellow fondant onto it:

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Then paint around the rest of the edges with some water, and turn your fondant over, and stick it to your cake, lining the top edge up with the top ring on the cake:

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Once you have all 8 runes attached it’s time for some clean up work. Using a thin paint brush and some black frosting colors I added some “cracks” to each of the “stones” I also traced around each rune to make them stand out a little:

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Since I was given a “tech” Skylander, and I knew that we weren’t going to have enough cake, I went ahead and made another cake into a gear, to set the portal onto.

To make a gear take a cake that is larger than your portal, and using a cookie cutter, cut a gear shape all around the outside of the cake:

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And pull off those edges. Now just cover the cake with some frosting, and some fondant, then spray it black.

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That’s it. Then put your portal on top of your gear, add your Skylander to the top and you are all done!
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And there you have it. A Skylanders Portal Cake.

Definitely not the prettiest cake ever, but considering the fact that the portals are simple in design, it doesn’t have to be super pretty.

So if you have a Skylander fan in your house consider making a Skylanders portal cake!

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Cakes

 

A bone for Fido?!

I’ve done plenty of special requests with my recipes, but this one takes the cake.

While making the train cake for my little cousin, I was asked to do a second cake. One in the shape of a bone. This one was for the families dog who also had a birthday that day.

While I don’t have any pictures to share with you until the cake is ready to be cut, I do have the instructions on how to make your own dog friendly cake.

This is a cake that is great for your four legged friend to eat. It doesn’t have any ingredient in it that is unsafe for dogs.

So without further ado here is a dog friendly cake:

You will need:

1/4 c butter

1/2 c vegetable oil

1/4 c peanut butter

3 eggs

1.5 c  flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

soft dog treats

Here’s how to make it:

First in a bowl beat your butte with an electric mixer.

Then add the oil, peanut butter, and eggs. Mix well.

Add in your flour and baking powder. Keep mixing.

Finally fold in your dog treats.

Bake in a 350 oven for 40 min. (The recipe I found originally said for 1 hour 15 min, but that would have burnt your biscuit cake.)

Once you remove the cake from the oven, let it cool. While it is cooling soften up some cream cheese. This will be your “frosting”

Remove your biscuit from the pan:

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And cut into a dog bone shape.

Frost with your cream cheese. I found it better to use my fingers vs. using a spatula or a knife. Then using some of the remaining dog treats. Add some decorations:

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And voila! A Fido friendly cake. So if you have a pooch who is a member of your family, when it comes time for his/ her birthday look no further than your own dog biscuit cake!

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Cakes, Recipe of the week

 

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All aboard the baking express!

This week I got to make a train cake for my little cousin. A few years ago I made one using cereal bars to make the trains and it came out pretty cute:

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Much as I like this cake, I wanted something different this time. So this week I bring to you:

How to make a 3d train cake!

So jump on board the baking express and lets get started.

To do this cake I made 2- 1/2 sheet cakes, but you can do this with smaller cakes. It just might be a tad harder to get the details in.

Frost one of your cakes and set aside. This is going to be the base of your cake.

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Next cut your other cake into fourths short ways. Using one of the fourths create a board for your train to sit on. You want it to be slightly smaller than the 1/4th of the cake that you have. Cover the board with foil:

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And frost it a little bit. The frosting helps keep the train from sliding around:

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Next you want to level off all of your cake fourths. For the purpose of this cake, they need to be as level as possible.

Then stacking them leveled side down, you want to stack them cake, then frosting. You only want to use 3 of your pieces:

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It’s easier to use a turn table to help with making the whole train, but don’t worry. If you don’t have a turn table, you can fashion one out of a bowl and a plate. It doesn’t work quite the same, but will make things easier for you:

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Keep stacking, and frosting the tops of the cake:

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And once more:

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At this point stop frosting! You are going to do a tad bit of cake carving, and you will just end up carving the frosting away.

About 2/3 of the top of the cake is going to be the “barrel” of your train. So you want to round off the top two layers, leaving the bottom one in tact, and only going about 2/3 of the way back:

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So I guess I jumped ahead with the pictures there. After you get your barrel carved out, measure half of  the last 1/3 of your cake. Using part of your reserved cake, cut a section that fits that other 1/2. this makes the top of the train. Add a little frosting between the layers to make it all stay together.

Now frost over everything, taking care to show the different “ridges” in your cake. Every section should show all of its seams. This is a good time to use your frosting to help round off the barrel, if it didn’t come out perfectly round.

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Now cover the whole thing with some fondant. And press the fondant into each corner and seam to get the look you want.

Once again I failed with the picture taking. Start coloring your train. I used my airbrush, but you can use some frosting colors and a paint brush, or you can color your fondant and then attach it to the cake.

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Here you can really see the different dimensions of the cake.

Now its detail work. Some wheels:

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The pieces for the front of the engine. No idea what they are called, but they start out as different sized circles. The big two black, the little one red:

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And of course the “smoke stacks” that are on the top of the cake:

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I apologize for this picture, the black from the airbrush kind of overtook the rest of the picture, and all you can really see is the stove top.

The base of the cake which was set aside, I covered with fondant. Then I airbrushed it green and inserted some supports for the train. The supports are key because they keep the train from smooshing the rest of the cake.

Then it’s assembly time. I got so caught up in putting the train together that I forgot to take some pictures of it, but you can see how everything goes together:

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Every detail that you put on there helps the train come together. From the yellow frosting stripes to the silver bars that are between the wheels. The more details you add, the more it will look like a train.

The birthday boy liked the train so much that we weren’t allowed to cut into it. He only wanted us to cut the other part of the cake.

So if you have a train lover in the family, why not try a nice 3d train cake for their next birthday.

If you have questions about making this cake, or if you have a version that you have made, I’d love to hear from you, so post it below!

Until next time,

Happy baking!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Cakes

 

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