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ITJB Round 2 Week 13 - Wonder Cake pg. 194 July 21 - July 28, 2012

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ITJB Round 2 Week 13 - Wonder Cake pg. 194 July 21 - July 28, 2012

We 3 Sisters ended this semester's baking today; and we can't wait to see what is in store for us after the summer break. Looking forward to the choices and the opportunities to learn new techniques.  Some of the fun of baking on the same day, together, but miles apart is the individuality that shows through in our finished product. Sometimes there are pictures in the cookbook that guide us to a more uniform finish and sometimes not.  Even when we are guided to a certain look we put our own personal signature on our result.  We have no tragic, or hilarious stories of our ovens catching fire this week... so week "13" had no superstitious visits from any evil kitchen fairies or anything.  It was a pretty, aromatic, and delicious looking outcome.  Here are the pictures to show how different three sisters can be and the wide range of "talent" present. LOL

  This is Barb's cake, bundt pan, and sans icing

This will make the cake much more suited to her hubby's blood sugar goals.... Very pretty and you can see the chocolate peeking through in places.

Next up is Helen's Masterpiece... Wow, I am sure she is glad she has her daughters and grandchildren to spread the joy with this one! It looks so very good and gooey (remember gooey is a good thing!)... lovely.

 and then

she did this... 

Ahhh.... man o man, it ended up being this...

Now that looks like it could be a Yiddish Tradition that is hard to find! Just like the book says. YUM.

I went with an un-iced cake, but put chocolate chips between the layers to melt and hold them together.

and ended up with this, great almond chococlate taste! 

I am thinking since I was so diligent in leaving off the icing... it would set nicely on the place with a scoup of chocolate or vanilla ICE CREAM! Yeah!!! That would be awesome!  

Rounds One and Two of the Inside the Jewish Bakery Cookbook Challenge have been completed by the "We 3 sisters" ... we will be bumping heads during the break with other bakers, and writers, and looking forward to getting back to Stan and Norm for Round 3 in the Fall.

Happy Baking, and washing up!

Barbra, Helen, and Diane

 

 

 

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Urchina

Holy cow Diane, those look SOOOO good! 

 

I'm hoping to make ours this weekend when we convene with family. I don't dare have that much yumminess in the house by myself. 

Thanks to you three fantastic bakers for being the backbone of this summer's challenge. I'm looking forward to more time and more baking in the fall!

 

Kendra

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Thank you both, Urchina and Dabrownman for your kind words... We have had a great time. Looking forward to more FUN IN THE FALL with YA'LL.... oh my, sometimes I crack me up!

 

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dabrownman

out did yourselves this time.  The cakes were so different but you could tell they were related to the 3 sisters who made them.  Just lovely baking as usual.  Stan will be and Norm would have been be so proud of of all 3 of you for this sessions bake offs. 

Great baking to take a break on! 

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Elagins

I am indeed proud of your dedication, sisters! And pleased that you all have been so successful, notwithstanding a few glitches on the authors' part.

Carry on!

Stan

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Elagins

I am indeed proud of your dedication, sisters! And pleased that you all have been so successful, notwithstanding a few glitches on the authors' part.

Carry on!

Stan

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gmagmabaking2

We are looking forward to Kendra's choices for next semester.... My book is marked up like my favorite Bible! It is truly looking like a workbook. Just as it should.

Happy Baking.'

Diane

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MANNA

Here is my wonder cake from this weekend. I forgot about lowering the oven temp using convection so the cake cooked quicker than expected. It was dried out a little but not bad. Still very yummy! My piping skills are getting better.

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gmagmabaking2

That cake is so great looking... I bet it tastes wonderful... your piping is very, very nice.  What a great looking cake... It would definitely go for the best price at one of those bake sale auctions... You did a marvelous job... Wow, my cake really looks naked... but it is what it is... or more truth, it was what it was.... LOL... Great Baking, Manna.

Diane

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sure I wiuld have to eat 2 of those.  Aything with cocolate icing that looks like that is death trap for me :-)

Very nice baking Manna!

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MANNA

The frosting used is the chocolate buttercream from the back of the book.

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Nici

but here it is.  Not as good as the cakes above, but thankfully I have a husband who will eat anything.  I have been watching the Great British Bake Off, and the critique on my cake would be: not that pretty to look at,  dense at the bottom, but tasty.  I think I will stick to breads in the next semester challenge.

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My bundt cake looks really plain when I look at your pretty shape with drifts of sugar. Didn't think to do that, it would have dressed it up some. If there was a prize, Manna would have won it hands down with that gorgeous buttercream frosting. I don't see the dense part so it can't be enough to worry about. We are our biggest critics aren't we? Everyone else just sits there smiling with crumbs on their chins and seem happy to enjoy whatever we bake.

I agree with sticking with the bread next challenge but I'm sure I won't since I said that for the first two rounds. Cakes and pastries are more of a stretch for me but I have to admit they have been interesting to work up. I love the side notes about the recipes in ITJB. Things there that I would never have realized, like the three ways that cake batters are made.

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Have to agree with my big sis about Manna winning the challenge on this wonder cake... half of mine is still in the freezer, it was good, but resistable! Manna's would have been swooped on!!! Everyone did a great job... I am all in for the next challenge, my take is that if I only bake what I am comfortable with, I am not stretching my comfort zone... just saying... 

I am looking forward to the sweets and savories that will be dealt with in the next challenge, as near as I can see there is just about one semester of recipes left to complete and we should have this book pretty much down to a science~! LOL... can't wait to get started, if anyone else is ready... School is back in, so we have had our break. JK... ;-)