Okay... I admit, I’ve been flaking on my baking projects. My last baking report post was in July sometime! EP! Well, I’m sad to say, I’m still slacking... but SO did bake two amazing cakes last week and since I took pictures of them, I’m claiming them for this post... ha....ha..... :)
The Habanero Lime Cheesecake has been a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. SO saw my response on the Buckets of Habanero post:
And decided it would be PERFECT for his pal’s going away part (Give him a little cake to remember him by!). The thing is, it turned out that he’s never going to forget this recipe either!
It seems simple enough, until you get to the part where you have to roast and macerate three habaneros. Sadly we do not have a kitchen exhaust hood, so along with the gloves you should use to handle the habaneros, a face mask might be a good idea because the fumes were also TOXIC. SO’ll make the cake again, but not without added protection... SERIOUS, after he was done, it was my job to clean the molcajete and just placing it with the left over juice below my nose in the sink knocked me for a loop... YOW...
The cake baked up pretty good however, it got a little brown on the top, which next time we’ll cook a little shorter time. But the texture was GREAT. Dense, but not heavy. VERY sliceable. We garnished with key lime slices and the candied habaneros I made (Which actually turned out GREAT. They were like red hots! Very sweet)
As for the taste of the cake, it was nothing to be afraid of (Unless you don't tolerate ANY heat). The texture is rich and fresh and tart (With the lime), the heat comes a few seconds later with a tingle and a burn. It does not build up, so you can totally enjoy a slice on it's own. It was a hit at the party! :)
The second cake SO made for the party was one I had done before... the infamous Carrot Cake with Avocado Frosting. Here is my original post about it:
Pretty much the whole post rings true (Except I am starting to get more comfy with the stand mixer, now I only check it 5 times before running... LOL!!) but here are some photos of the end results...
The color and shine of the frosting makes for a quite interesting looking cake. I joke that it looks like my cake has been ‘slimed’, but it really is tasty and fun (It’d also look great on cupcakes!)...
Here’s a slice of the cake so you can see how moist and yummy that CI recipe for carrot cake! :)
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