Monday, April 26, 2010

Apple Bran Muffins

Try out this healthy treat fitness freaks...1-2 muffins in the morning with milk will make a good breakfast!! These muffins are prepared out from whole wheat and oat bran without using butter and using very less sugar..Thanks to my hubby who brought out this recipe from his gym...

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat bran
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3/4 cup apple, shredded and peeled

Mix flour, oat bran, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon in one bowl. In another bowl mix the buttermilk, oil, and egg whites. Add to the dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened, add the apple.

To bake, spray muffin cups with Pam or other nonstick spray. Pour about 2/3 full batter into each muffin cup. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blueberry Muffins

This was my son's demand for the school friends as his birthday treat!! I had tried them out for the first time and had got the recipe from one kids library book telling the story of blueberry muffins..They came out real good!!

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 stick melted butter
1 beaten egg
1 cup blueberries (A little steamed up to tender texture)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together flour with salt, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a seperate bowl, combine milk, honey, butter, and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir to moisten. Add blueberries. Fill greased muffin tin 2/3 full and bake 20-25 min until golden brown.

Spongebob Cake

This was my preparation for my son's 7th Birthday..He wanted a "spongebob" cake and also wanted his best friend "patrick" on the cake. It took me around 3 hours to design the whole cake but it was worth it for the smile it had put on my son's face after I finished the cake!!.

Orange cake. I had made two 13x9 inches cake from Betty Crocker's Moist Orange Cake mix and used them one on top the other.

This time I used the mixed frosting, i.e, I frosted the base cake with Kraft's whipped cream frosting and for the other details of the cake like the cartoons and the borders of the cake I used the buttercream frosting. The recipe for buttercream frosting is under the Wilton Cake Course section of the blog.

After baking the two cakes, I cut out the cakes and level them. I spreaded the whipped cream on top of one of the cake evenly and then put the other cake on it and then frosted the whole cake with blue color whipped cream icing. To give it an effect of sea waves, I used the baking comb on the top of the cake.

With a bag filled with piping gel, I drew the outlines of spongebob and patrick on the cakes. Then for spongebob, I used the buttercream frosting with a round tip #3 and filled out the spongebob with the appropriate colors in their places. Similarly, for patrick using the star tip #14 I just filled out the whole cartoon with appropriate colors in the right places. For the border, I used the grass tip with green color and then using the round tip just decorated the grass with pink and violet colors. For the bottom border, I used the round tip#12 with green color. Then using the tip #3 again, I created the pink sea flowers on the side of the cake.