Sebastian Birthday Cake

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Birthdays    Welcome back Dear KokiDoo Friends,

today we celebrated Sebastian birthday! He turned 4 already. Time just run so fast. For his birthday, we invited just some relatives. The kids at the kindergarden didn’t start yet to invite each other to birthday parties. I suppose that next year we will have the house full of screaming little guys and girls :)

You could imagine the amount of gifts grandparents brought. There was a track for Ninja Turtle car, a big plane from Planes 2, Donatello which is one of the Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig boat with Grampa pig, Peppa and her little brother George. I don’t think he could possibly manage to play with all those toys. Sometimes I think we buy too much. However, he is happy and this is the most important thing and is what makes grandparents happy too. So, at the end of day, it is fine like that.
Happy birthday little Sebastian!

Birthday Cake

This week we decided to cook and bake Sebastian favorites. So, he has gotten some hamburger with french fries and Coke. For dessert we baked “Sebastian Birthday Cake”, which is composed by the three flavours Sebastian likes best: Vanilla, Banana and Milk Chocolate. The cake is covered by Vanilla buttercream frosting and we tried to create a sort of track with colored frosting on top, where we put some small cars like McQueen, his hero. He is very proud of his entire Cars collection and does not let anyone to touch it.

Let’s go through the ingredients section:

Ingredients

Banana Cake
1 dl brown sugar
1 dl caster sugar
50 g butter (at room temperature)
2 eggs
3 dl flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 banana
1 dl milk

Vanilla Cake
2 dl caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
50 g butter (at room temperature)
2 egg whites
2 ½ dl flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 dl milk

Milk Chocolate Ganache
250 g milk chocolate
2 ½ dl cream

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
300 g butter (at room temperature)
4 dl powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
4 tbsp cream

Assembly
Blue food coloring
Black food coloring
Disney Cars Micro Drifters
Two paper straws
One short piece of yarn
Washi tape

Vanilla Banana

Procedure
As there are many steps, we try to go fast and smooth! :)
Banana Cake
Preheat oven to 175°C.
Grease and flour a 15 cm baking pan.
Whip brown sugar, caster sugar and butter light and airy.
Add the eggs and whip again.
Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and then add it to the batter and mix gently with a spatula.
Mash the banana and mix it smooth with the milk.
Then, add it to the batter and stir until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
Let the cake cool.

Vanilla Cake
Preheat oven to 175°C.
Grease and flour a 15 cm baking pan.
Whip caster sugar and butter light and airy.
Add the egg whites and whip again.
Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl, add it to the batter and mix gently with a spatula.
Add the milk and stir until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 35-45 minutes.
Let the cake cool.

Cake

Milk Chocolate Ganache
Chop the milk chocolate and place it in a bowl.
Heat the cream in a saucepan until the boiling point and then pour it over the chocolate.
Stir until all the chocolate has melted and the ganache is smooth.
Cover with plastic film and put in the fridge.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Whip the butter light and airy (4-5 minutes).
Add the powdered sugar one dl at a time and keep whipping.
Add the vanilla sugar and the cream and whip again until well mixed and light and airy.

…and finally: Assembly
Cut the cakes even, then cut them in two layers.
Whip the milk chocolate ganache until light and creamy.
Place one layer of banana cake on a plate and cover it with milk chocolate ganach.
Place a layer of vanilla cake and cover it with chocolate ganache.
Repeat once more.
Cover the cake in vanilla butter cream frosting.
Color some of the frosting blue and a little black.
Pipe the blue decorations with a star tip.
Then, pipe the road with a round tip and smoothen it with a spoon.
Place the Cars Microdrifters on top.
Make small cuts on top of the paper straws, insert the yarn and put five pieces of washi tape over the yarn.
Cut the washi tape to small flags.

Cars Cake

Hence, Enjoy it and let Your kids play with the cars on top. The cars are little so be careful that the kids do not eat them, expecially if they are very little!

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White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

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White Fudges   Welcome back Dear KokiDoo Friends,

we have definitely turned the Halloween page for this year and facing straight towards Christmas (Jul in Swedish). I went few days ago to buy some ingredients for dinner and baking at the grocery store and I noticed that they are already pushing Christmas stuff at full power. You could even notice the first decorations outside some shop or inside private houses.
Talking about Christmas decorations, here in Sweden it is very popular to have lights at the windows. You can have two kind of lights: there are chandeliers with different amount of candles that lay in front of every window of the house. They need to be plugged in the sock and turned on; the second kind of decoration is usually a 3D paper star in which You can insert a bulb and light it up. People hang them close to the windows with or without the chandelier. It is extremely nice to go around the city, look at those window lights and think about the Christmas warming atmosphere.
I believe I will unpack our Christmas decorations sooner this year!

Xmas

However, before Christmas there is another important event in our family for which I need to stay focused and bake at my best! I always do but my son’s birthday is of course very special for me. He is turning 4 and he loves Dysney Cars: McQueen is his hero! I didn’t decide yet if I should bake a McQueen cake or a birthday sweet board with different kind of sweets like cupcakes, a small cake and perhaps some cake pops. We will see!

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s start KokiDoo Christmas season with a delicious idea: “White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge”. These sweets are perfect for something extremely nice with a cup of coffee. They are chocolate rich with that fresh breeze coming from the peppermint. You will taste a yummy, creamy Fudge, followed by crunchy peppermint candies. Definitely worth it!

Delicious Fudge
Let’s move to the ingredients section:

Ingredients
(Enough for 20×20 cm cake pan)

- 450 g dark chocolate (or 600 g white chocolate)
- 1 can (397g) sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 ½ tsp peppermint extract
- 300 g crushed peppermint candy

Fudge

Procedure
Line a 20 cm square pan with aluminium foil.
Chop the chocolate and put it together with the condensed milk in a bain marie.
Stir every now and then until all chocolate has melted and everything is well mixed and smooth.
Remove it from the heat and add the butter.
When the butter starts to melt stir until incorporated.
Add the peppermint essence and stir until well mixed.
Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and sprinkle the peppermint candy on top.
Let the fudge set in the fridge for at least three hours.
Cut the fudge in squares with a sharp knife.
Note: to have sharp edges be sure to rinse the knife in hot water and dry it before each cut.

Chocolate Peppermint

Ready to officially start the Christmas season? Then Enjoy the fudge!

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