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Episode 11 - Cakes are like onions...they both have layers!

On this episode…

This episode features our first real human guest, Shelly Yon of Great Expectations Events and Weddings. Shelly joins us for a round of Popquiz and debuts our B-I-Y (bake it yours) segment as she teaches us how to change up our layer cakes for a whole new flavor adventure. We also discussed no bake desserts and provided a progress report on our 20 in 20 baking list.



Luisa's Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream/Cannolis/Fruity Pebbles Cupcakes

Rachel's Pita Bread

Shelly's Cinnamon Roll Cake/Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Vanilla Buttercream/Apple Pie Cake

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Links, Recipes and Sources

Great Expectations Events and Weddings

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Smoothie-Blend plain yogurt, peanut butter, cocoa powder and banana

Mixed Berry Smoothie-Blend plain yogurt, banana, frozen mixed berries

Cheesecake Brownie Topping-Beat together cream cheese and an egg and a dash of sugar. You can add in sour cream or plain yogurt for extra tang. Add vanilla. Bake brownies halfway then spread on top and finish baking.


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3 ways to play this month: Let us know who you want to see as a guest on Procrastibaking (is it you?!) and what desserts you would appreciate a template recipe for. You can also ask your burning baking question for our baking therapy segment.


Bonus Batch: Choose Your Own Flavor Adventure

Rachel: Did you ever read those choose your own adventure books when you were a kid? I thought they were so cool but, just like now, I was so indecisive so I read the book over and over again so that I could explore all of the different choices. Layer cakes and cupcakes are one of my favorite things to bake because of all of the different possibilities.

Luisa: I loved those books, particularly the Goosebumps ones. I remember the immense panic I would feel after making a choice and seeing that I ended up falling down a dark pit or getting bitten by a vampire (eek!). I too was affected by indecisiveness-thankfully deciding what type of layer cake to make brings me feelings of joy rather than doom and gloom!

Rachel: I love the opportunity to layer flavors and I enjoy it when a baking cookbook is laid out in a way that lets you mix and match cake bases, frostings and fillings.

Luisa: Yes, anything that provides you with those template recipes that you can reuse multiple times are my favorites as well. I especially appreciate a good, solid frosting recipe that is versatile for piping and decorating a variety of cakes.

Rachel: One of my favorite cakes is a lemon cake with blueberry filling and chocolate frosting that I created a hodgepodge of recipes. Another one of my favorite recipes is for Triple Threat Cake which is a 3 layer cake with one each: banana, chocolate and peanut butter layers. The cake is filled with peanut butter frosting and banana slices and topped chocolate frosting. I love that with a few simple swaps layer cakes and cupcakes can have a completely different flavor profile.

Luisa: Wow, can I request that Triple Threat Cake for my next birthday! I would have to say one of my recent favorites that I have made is also a lemon blueberry layer cake topped with a lemon buttercream frosting. I also made a Black Forest Cake that was super rich. I also have a couple of nostalgic favorites-in grad school I used to live down the road from a place called the Danish Pastry House that had the most amazing passionfruit layer cake. And, a new favorite is the 3 Layer Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake from Republique in LA. This has been a source of inspiration to try my own hand at a salted caramel layer cake sometime soon!



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