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kit kat cake

So my girl Soraya had her birthday last weekend a few colleagues and I thought it would be good idea to do a small party for her. As we were talking about this I was “bright” enough to offer to bake the cake for the birthday as I had been wanting to try two things of late 1. A red velvet cake 2. A kit kat cake. This was overly ambitious of me I think seeing as for one I had made neither before and secondly offering to “decorate” a cake that will be viewed in public is quite a challenge to ones ego. I regretted having offered several times but what else was I do to with time ticking there was not much to do as I couldn’t just pull out and it was a bit late to order for cake from Nairobi so I decided to go on and keep my offer. Since I did not have the kitkats and M&Ms to go with the kitkat cake we called our colleague Allan and asked him to go to the supermarket to get us the chocolates and this proved to be quite a challenge, Allan, being the man he is, called me like 3 times trying to figure out what exactly I wanted and this was quite the task, it was like trying to explain to a man the difference between pink and fuschia!!! (no pun intended 🙂 ) even after we talked he still managed to bring me the smaller sized kit kats (which I did appreciate coz it was the effort that counted) in a panic my girl Mona and I begun to wonder what we would do but we decided to ask another male colleague who did not even know what kit kats were and he this time brought us the chunky ones!!! I was doomed and frustrated. All in all I still got complements because we were in the desert and anything goes here  but i feel that this (kitkat cake)  project was an utter fail and I will have to redo it again.

For the cake I actually  enjoyed it. Every one who ate it was quite happy with the out come. I tried two different recipes, I will post the other next week.  I think people equally liked both.

Red velvet cake

My pal who is not a fun of chocolate cakes actually liked this one because it was not that rich, the chocolate flavour is present but very distant and the cake is very moist because of the oil used. However, because of the amount of cocoa used the red in this cake is not as rich and it turns out to be more maroonish. So if your after color next weeks recipe might be the one to go for. Or try both see what tickles your fancy. HAPPY BAKING!

RED VELVET CAKE (RECIPE 1) / KITKAT & M&M CAKE (FAIL)

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 cake

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  2. 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  3. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  5. 2 cups oil (vegetable will do)
  6. 2 cups granulated sugar
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) red food coloring or 1 teaspoon red powder food coloring dissolved in 6 tablespoons of water
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  11. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  12. 2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  13. KitKat cake
  14. you will need 36 Kitkat sticks to fill up this cake and not end up with the disaster I had, i should have crossed checked this
  15. about 1-1 ½ cups of M&MS
  16. 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  17. 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  18. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  19. 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  20. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  21. 4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place teaspoon of butter in each of 3 round 9-inch layer cake pans and place pans in oven for a few minutes until butter melts. Remove pans from oven, brush interior bottom and sides of each with butter and line bottoms with parchment.

Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.

Place oil and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended.

Beat in eggs one at a time. With machine on low, very slowly add red food coloring. (Take care: it may splash.) Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.

Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.

Divide batter among pans, place in oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pans 20 minutes. Then remove from pans, flip layers over and peel off parchment. Cool completely before frosting.

For Frosting

Cream butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off the mixer. Sift 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and milk and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost the 1st cake layer. Set the 2nd layer on top of the first. Frost the 2nd layer and along the sides of the cake too.

Stick Kit Kat’s to the sides of the cake, leaving a very small space in between each Kit Kat (1/4-inch).

Wrap a bow around the cake, securing the Kit Kat’s. Fill the top of the cake with M&M’s.

If you refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours or so, it will be much easier to cut and serve. HAPPY EATING!!!

This recipe makes 2-3 cake layers (depending on how big you want each individual cake, i made 2

http://africankaya.com/red-velvet-cake-recipe-1-kitkat-mm-cake-fail/

honey glazed chicken and bacon bites

 

Who does not love bacon????? I think that bacon is like a small piece of heaven that God gave us to make our lives more exciting. I think that bacon added to any dish adds an edge to the flavour of that particular food. When I saw this recipe I was quite excited and couldn’t wait to try it. Chicken, bacon and honey….. that should be a bigger piece of heaven. I had this with sweet chilli sauce and I was quite happy with the results. I got this recipe from Kayotic Kitchen but I substituted the coarse mustard for yellow mustard as that was what I had at the time. I think that this would be a great snack/appetizer to offer to guests. Hope you guys will like it too. Happy COOKING!

 

Honey Glazed Chicken and Bacon Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

  1. 500 grams boneless chicken breasts
  2. 20 thin bacon slices
  3. 3 tbsp honey
  4. 2 tsp (coarse) mustard
  5. fresh lemon juice
  6. salt (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees

Cut the chicken fillets into thin strips. Not too thin.Sprinkle salt on them if you like

In a bowl and combine 3 tbsp honey with 2 tsp mustard. Squeeze in about a tbsp or more of lemon juice

Wrap the bacon around the chicken strips. Place them in a roasting tray or on a cookie sheet, brush them with half the marinade

Bake them in the oven for about 10-13 minutes then flip them, brush the other side with the remaining marinade and bake for a further 10-13 minutes

Serve when hot. HAPPY EATING!!

http://africankaya.com/honey-glazed-chicken-and-bacon-bites/

HotChocolate_KenyanBlog Who does not love chocolate??????? And who does not love the combination of chocolate and Mint???? If you don’t you must be MAD!!!. I really enjoy a good hot chocolate but unfortunately I am yet to go to any coffee house or restaurant in Nairobi and get good quality hot chocolate. What they offer in all these establishments is milk diluted with WAY to much water then they add 2 teaspoons of Cadbury’s Chocolate and lie that they are giving you Hot Choco, how disgusting. I experimented with this recipe after I was taken to Max Brenner and I instantly fell in love with the place. They make their own chocolate so the place smells divine and they had these big “barrels” where they were churning the chocolate, my GOD if only we had that in Nairobi……… Nway after one too many visits and too much money spent making someone else rich I decided I needed to learn how to make this so I just tried it and it was good, not as great as Max Brenner but way better than what we get served in the restaurants in Nairobi. Anywho a few weeks ago my colleague Molly and I kept saying how much we love Hot chocolate, how we miss it and how sad it is that we can’t get any in Kakuma, then I thought I might just have the ingredients to make one.  So she came over and I made some, we had it with some cinnamon biscuits she got from Nakumatt, it was a small piece of Heaven in the desert. Now that the weather is chilly I’m sure this might just come in handy. Enjoy!!!!   

DARK CHOCOLATE and MINT HOT CHOCO

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  1. 1 ltr of Milk
  2. 150 gms good quality dark chocolate (lindt is great, I did not have this at the time so I used dark cooking chocolate)
  3. 2 tablespoons dried mint ( if you can get fresh even better)

Instructions

Heat the milk and the mint in a large saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to boil.

Sieve through to remove the mint

Add the chocolate, stir with a metal spoon until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Divide among 4 mugs.

You could also use a few drops of peppermint essence instead of the dried or fresh mint but I prefer fresh mint.

http://africankaya.com/dark-chocolate-andmint-hot-choco/