21 April 2011

Cake Art Gone Wrong -- Slicing a Baby Cake ?!

Busy bee!

It's me again, still very sorry for not being able to update as often as I've wanted to but I've been way too busy with work and upcoming matriculation. Don't worry, I could never quit writing Raspberry Cheesecake Dreams, I love it and I'll be more active with it as soon as this haste ends. It's a promise!

So, I was browsing my YouTube subscriptions the other day and I came across this video of a cake shaped like a baby. It looks neat, very realistic, a very well done artistic cake until... They slice the poor cake-baby's head open! Ewww!

Poor Baby-Cake!

I found the video from Ray Willian Johnson's (aka RWJ) YouTube channel and I thought instantly that I had to share this with you guys. It seems to raise different opinions amongst viewers, some think it's funny and others think it's violent and inappropriate.

The big question is...

Could you slice up that baby cake? 

I don't think I could. Even though it's just a cake. It just looks too brutal, but maybe that's just me...

12 April 2011

Sweet & Healthy -- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (80kcal) !

I'm back!

First of all, I'm very sorry for not being able to update Raspberry Cheesecake Dreams for a while. I've been working crazy 10-hour-shifts at work due to a store opening. My apologies, I know it's been a while but now I'm back with a new recipe to make it up to you guys!
You requested a low-calorie cookie recipe. I've tried this and I have to say; it's not quite as good as normal cookies - but way more healthier! Taking care of your health is very important, you know, 'cause you are what you eat. Maybe that's why all my followers are so sweet.

(80 calories per cookie!)
Recipe is from here.

What you need;
    * 1/2 cup(s) (packed) brown sugar
    * 1/2 cup(s) granulated sugar
    * 1/2 cup(s) trans fat–free vegetable oil spread (60% to 70% oil)
    * 1 large egg
    * 1 large egg white
    * 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    * 1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    * 2 1/2 cup(s) quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
    * 1 cup(s) bittersweet (62% cacao) or semisweet chocolate chips

   1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
   2). In large bowl, with mixer on medium-low speed, beat sugars and vegetable spread until well blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Beat in flour, baking soda, and salt until mixed.
   3) With wooden spoon, stir in oats and chocolate chips until well combined.
   4) Drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies 12 to 13 minutes or until golden. With wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
   5) Repeat until all batter is used.
   6) Store cooled cookies in tightly sealed containers up to 3 days.

    ~ Enjoy ~    

4 April 2011

A Quick Update -- Amazing Cake Art !


Thank you for all of your nice comments, those made me very happy!
So far you guys have suggested a low calorie cookie recipe (a very good idea suggested by Kaneda. Thank you, Kaneda! You can check his blog here) and you hoped I'd also share my mango cheesecake recipe. I'll be working on those next, more suggestions are always welcome.

This quick update is also a good excuse to share the most amazing cake photos I've seen! I found this guy's flickr account by accident and I was amazed. This is true cake art! I just had to share these with you.
So the guy's nickname in flickr is donbuciak. He's taken part in Spartan Cake competitions twice and won many awards in them.

Yes! I finally got my very own Ipod touch...
oh wait, it's a cake?

Cool, huh? Especially cool is the way mister donbuciak made the cake have a shiny effect to it. And the cake has all the icons! 

Is that...

Well, yes it is! That's mister donbuciak on the left and, I assume, a friend of his on the right. Edible-Elmo on top of the cake looks as hairy as the real one.

A castle fit for any Cinderella...
and it's edible!

I'd like to live there. Can I?

This one's my favorite...

Look at that! He even got the dirt on the tracks and everything. I love Wall-E and I'd probably love this cake too. I wouldn't dare to eat it though. I wonder how he made the head-part? The head has to be super-light, maybe hollow, and that neck has to be sturdy enough to carry the head. A real piece of art.

Here's the same cake from a slightly different angle

If you want to see more of these amazing cakes by mister donbuciak, you can find his flickr gallery here!

    ~ Enjoy ~    

30 March 2011

Thank you, 1000 Views and 50 Followers -- White Chocolate Cheesecake !

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it ♫ 

Very big THANK YOU to all of you! Yesterday Raspberry Cheesecake Dreams reached 1000 views and 50 followers. I'm very very very excited about it. It may not seem much to those of you who already have hundreds of followers or so, but this is a good start, don't you think?  

This calls for a cake! I love cheesecakes, especially raspberry ones, but also white chocolate and mango cheesecakes. This time I'll introduce you to the white chocolate one! Found it some time ago from Jamie Oliver's site.

Note!  The berries on top are just a decoration! You can replace them with a milkchocolate sauce or what ever you desire the most.

What you need;
 ▫  453g cream cheese, softened
 ▫  75g sugar
 ▫  3 large eggs
 ▫  2 tablespoons lemon juice squeezed
 ▫  1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 ▫  1/4 teaspoon salt
 ▫  3 cups sour cream
 ▫  230g white chocolate, softened in the microwave
 ▫  140g seedless red raspberry jam (or any other jam, chocolate sauce, runny caramel sauce etc. Be creative!), microwave it just until fluid
 ▫  207g chocolate digestive biscuits
 ▫  45g butter- more if desired
 ▫  1 tbsp melted butter
 ▫  (optional: shaved milk chocolate for decoration) 

 1) Preheat oven to 350 °F (that's 175 °C). Make the chocolate digestive crust: crush the digestive biscuits, and mix it with butter ( bothroom temperature and melted butter) and line the bottom and partial sides of a 10-inch spring form pan with it. Set aside.

 2) Cream the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth and light, about 3 minutes at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time until just blended in. Add lemon juice, vanilla, salt and whip until just blended. Add sour cream and blend until just mixed well. Add white chocolate that has melted until just smooth when stirred with a fork, and blend in.

 3) Pour the batter into the crust-lined pan. If you have a squirt bottle or a pastry bag with a small circular tip, fill it with the warmed (but not hot) jelly. Starting in the center of the cheesecake, squirt a thin line of the jelly in a tight circular pinwheel pattern until you reach the edge of the pan. You should have about a half-inch between the lines in the circle.

 4) Take a thin bladed knife and starting in the center of the cheesecake, draw four lines from the center to the edge of the pan, basically quartering your cheesecake (making sure not to cut to deeply into the batter). You'll have to wipe the knife clean between each stroke. Now, take the knife and draw it from the edge of the pan to the center, between the lines you made previously. See how it pulls the jelly into a beautiful pattern!

 5) Place the pan into water bath about 1 inch deep and cook in your preheated oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes shut off the oven. DO NOT open the oven door! Leave the cake in the shut down oven for exactly 1 hour. Remove and chill thoroughly overnight.

 6) Decorate with strawberries near the centre of the cheesecake.
Lightly butter the sides of the cheesecake and cover with the shaved milk chocolate.

And that's it!

What kind of recipes would you like to hear next? You are very welcome to share your suggestions in the comment box below!

    ~ Enjoy ~