Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Cakes Galore!

As promised, I have to tell you all about the Classic Cakes class I took at the Viking Store last weekend. There's just been so much going on, I'm just a little tardy in getting it out there to ya.

Of course, I forgot my camera so you will have to visualize. The class began at 10 a.m. and we were greeted with coffee and an egg and cheese torte for breakfast. That was an unexpected bonus! But then it was time to get down to business. The classic cakes included in our class were:

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Five-Flavor Pound Cake with Glaze
Chocolate Sheath Cake with Chocolate Glaze
Apple Upside-Down Cake with Caramel Sauce
Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Icing

We were there until after 4 p.m. baking and icing all these scrumptious goodies. Do I have to tell you how tired I was? (We were also treated to a delicious goat cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Yum.)

The red velvet cake was good, but I prefer my icing over theirs. I did learn a few tips though. When icing a cake, put a light layer of icing on it and then put it in the fridge to chill (saving some icing). Once chilled, you can make a nicer layer of icing over the other. Ours still didn't look as good as the one on the cover of the catalog, of course.

The chocolate sheath cake was good. Very sweet.

The five-flavored pound cake was very good except I would have left out the fifth flavor of coconut. I hate coconut. The key to a moist pound cake is to poke holes in it once it comes out of the oven while still in the pan. Then pour your glaze over the holes so it goes into the cake. Another yum (without the coconut!)!

Then we made coconut cupcakes. Obviously, I left them all for the other ladies to take home. Ew.

Now, the best, and I do mean the BEST, was the apple upside-down cake. OMG! This was to die for. Guess what I'll be making at Thanksgiving? Uh huh. I'm going to try it with pineapple too.

I am giving you the recipe because it is so darn good. Now, I don't know why my scanner was skewing the page and I finally just gave up after rescanning and rescanning. But I think you'll still be able to read it. Do try this recipe! The caramel sauce is just divine. I was so excited to get instructions on how to do this because my brother and I had the worst time last year trying to make it. Now, I know the secrets. DO NOT STIR!! Got it!

If you have a Viking School near you, I would say go take a class. My next one is Holiday Cookies. I can't wait for that in December.


paris parfait said...

I can't look at these cakes without wanting to eat, immediately. Must resist, although they look delicious! And I love baking - it's just that D doesn't eat sweets very often and since J isn't here anymore, that leaves me - and I'd eat the whole thing! And nobody would be happy about that. :) xo

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, I would have been exhausted too! Those cakes look fantastic! Great!



PEA said...

I would take the class just to be able to eat all of these goodies! lol Thanks so much for posting the recipe for the Apple Upside Down cake, it truly does sound delicious and I'll be trying it for sure!! xoxo

Saucy said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe... it looks brilliant. You and I are on the same page about coconut *yuck it* but now I will probably get hate comments from pro-coconut lovers.

Linda said...

They all look really good. I try not to make desserts too often as I eat 3/4 of them. That apple cake recipe is tempting though.

Queenly Things said...

I trust you entirely when it comes to food so guess what we'll be having, too. Thanks.

Jeanie said...

I'm salivating! I hope I can print out that recipe -- it looks DIVINE!

I just read your comment on Tara's blog and I was so proud I knew you and you were my friend. It was as eloquent as her eloquent posts.

Janet said...

They all look delicious! I think I'd even like the five flavor pound cake as I do like coconut.

Thanks for the recipe. I think anything with apples and carmel can't be bad! I think I'll try this when my son gets here.



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