Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Saturday, December 10, 2011

cocoa cake topping

as an alternative to decorating a small cake or cupcake with icing, Martha Stewart provides stencil forms in a variety of patterns which can be used with cocoa or powdered sugar.  this week, i experimented with cocoa powder which was sweetened, instead of cocoa powder for baking.  the taste was wonderful and provided just the adequate amount of sweetness, but much less calories than frosting.
by using a high quality cocoa, the taste was spectacular and the appearance of the cocoa was rich.  it is important to make certain that the cake stencil is firmly placed on the cake, while sifting the cocoa through a sieve to remove any large particles of cocoa.

i used the snowflake pattern for the one layer vanilla cake, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar to accent the snowflakes.

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