Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

Classy and Classic

Classy and Classic


Pink Velvet Roulade

Pink Velvet Roulade
Heavily adapted from Domino Sugar’s Red Velvet Cake Roll
I would say the difficulty of making this cake isn’t as difficult as you may think! Check out the video, it made all my fears go away. My family loved this cake. Lots of flavor, moist, with just the right amount of sweetness. The magic happens when you slice and plate the piece of cake 🙂

4 eggs
3/4 cup extra fine granulated sugar
1 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. buttermilk (make sure it’s buttermilk)
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 drop food coloring
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 jelly-roll pan with white vegetable shortening and line with parchment; grease parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with a hand mixer for 5 full minutes – set a timer if you need to! Properly whipped eggs will lighten in color considerably and have the appearance of yellow cake batter.

With the mixer still running, slowly add sugar and oil to the whipped eggs. Next, add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and food coloring (add food coloring a little at a time until desired color is achieved).

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to the liquid ingredients. Mix until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and tilt pan to distribute batter evenly.

Sprinkle a cotton tea towel with powdered sugar and rub sugar into the towel with your hands. Terry-cloth towels and towels with texture (such as waffle pattern) are NOT ideal for making cake rolls.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Check at 12 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back when pressed with fingers.

When cake is baked turn it out onto the tea towel – do this without delay! Peel off parchment and immediately roll cake into the tea towel, beginning at the narrow end. Roll tightly and as evenly as possible. Place rolled cake on a wire rack seam-side down and let cool completely.

Swiss buttercream filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg white (use two whites if your eggs are small)
12 tbsp. unsalted butter (1 1/2 US sticks)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk egg white(s) and sugar together in a large heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar melts into the egg white. Check consistency by rubbing a bit between two fingers. If sugar granules remain, keep heating/whisking.

When sugar and egg white are blended, transfer to a stand mixer. Whip until the mixtures doubles in size. Add vanilla extract, and then whip in softened butter a little at a time until mixture has thickened to buttercream icing consistency.

Carefully unwrap/unroll velvet cake, allowing the most tightly rolled end to curl slightly (see video). Frost inside with Swiss buttercream and roll cake tightly. Cut into pieces with a serrated knife and serve.

Pretty when garnished with sweetened whipped cream and glace’ or maraschino cherries.

Visit this link for a video tutorial

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

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Spinach Artichoke Pizza

You can tell how yummy this is, just by looking at the picture!

1 (16 oz. ) homemade or store bought pizza dough*
8 oz. fresh spinach, divided
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 oz. provolone cheese (1 cup, shredded)
2 oz. shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup)
2 oz. finely shredded parmesan cheese (slightly packed 1/2 cup)
6 – 8 canned artichoke hearts, drained well and quartered (don’t use marinated)
Red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pizza stone in preheated oven and allow to rest in oven 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stretch and shape pizza dough over a sheet of parchment paper to a 13-inch round, while creating a taller rim along outer edge. Brush with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and season crust lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then allow to rest while pizza stone preheats (note that if your pizza crust has been refrigerated, be sure to bring it to room temperature first, then shape and let it rest the 20 minutes).
In a large saucepan, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add 3/4 of the spinach and sauté just until wilted. Transfer to a layer of paper towels and gently press some of the excess liquid out. Finely chop spinach and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, then while whisking add in flour and onion powder and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then while whisking slowly stir in milk and increase temperature to medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in minced garlic and sautéed, chopped spinach. Chop remaining fresh spinach (you should have about 1 1/2 cups chopped), set aside.
To assemble pizza, spread the spinach béchamel sauce (the white sauce) evenly over pizza crust, leaving the rim uncoated. Sprinkle chopped, fresh spinach over sauce followed by provolone, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and chopped artichokes. Slide a pizza peel under parchment paper and carefully transfer pizza to hot pizza stone in oven. Bake 10 – 13 minutes until crust is golden brown. Cut into slices and serve warm sprinkled with red pepper flakes to taste if desired.
*I used half of this recipe here, I made the whole recipe then used half for this pizza and froze the other half after the first rise.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

For the full recipe and more pictures, visit