Daffodil Cake

En Español

This is a very light lemony marble cake made of a rich spongecake and angel food cake. The following recipe was adapted from McCall’s Cooking School daffodil cake. I thought it would be a great alternative to the customary carrot cake or coconut cake that are served this season.

To serve, sprinkle with some confectioners’ sugar, or accompany with some vanilla ice-cream. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did at home.

Since the cake has a cheerful yellow and white color I made some gumpaste daffodils to add a spring decor to it. A perfect and easy to follow daffodil gum paste flower step by step could be found here: Cake Journal.

In the past I have mentioned that the lemons here are green, that is the reason you see the lemon peel as green. Green or yellow it is fine.

This recipe calls for cake flour. In the notes I have included how to substitute it if you do not have any at hand.

I dedicate this recipe to two of my princesses, Ruby and Topaz, who love angel food cake.

Ladybug Cupcakes

En Español

Spring, warm sunny weather ... get offline and be ONLIVE! Enjoy this day and the rest of the week living life offline. 

I thought these sweet ladybug cupcakes will be great to celebrate this season. Enjoy!

Cupcake recipe: Vanilla Cupcakes.

Have a blessed day!

"The more wealth people have, the more “friends” they have to help spend it. So the rich really gain nothing. They can only look at their wealth.  Those who work hard all day come home and sleep in peace. It is not important if they have little or much to eat. But the rich worry about their wealth and are not able to sleep."- Ecclesiastes 5:11-12 

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Kitchen Tip: Tidy Meat!

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The weather here is very HOT, and I was not in the mood for cooking, but ended cooking something easy for tonight like ... this but with sardines instead of cod fish. It's Friday cook something easy and enjoy the evening!

For today I have a kitchen tip that I am sure you will find useful in your food shopping adventures. I have been packaging the meat in a plastic produce bag you find in supermarket in the fresh produce area for free to avoid spillage over other products in the shopping cart and in the freezer at home. This simply keeps the meat so much tidy!

What kind of tricks or tips you have for making food shopping, and storing food products safer and organized?

Have a blessed weekend :)

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Miami Heat Theme Cupcakes

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Hi! Are you ready for spring break? I am, but I feel cheated because two of my daughters only get two days off. I really miss the one-week long Easter break with the family, but I have set my mind to be grateful for the slow pace week that waits ahead. I love the family time and the celebration of gratefulness of our LIVING SAVIOR in Holy Week!

These Miami Heat cupcakes are one of my favorites of all the orders I have been working on the last couple of months. I made these for a client, but first I would like to clarify that the design idea is not mine, I was sent a photo by email of what the client wanted exactly and I tried to the best I could to get the correct shapes and look.

I ran the photo through google images and I believe it belongs to Sweet Charity.

I did all the toppers the night before and set them out to dry away from humidity.

  • The fondant I used is Satin Ice.in black and red. The orange color I made using white fondant and adding a few drops of yellow and red.

I hope you like them and get inspired to make some nice basketball theme cupcakes for your friends, family, and clients.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Dominican Style Fried Fish (Pescado Frito)

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This favored traditional fried fish dish is strongly present in Dominican beaches, and restaurants nationwide. I prefer and enjoy preparing this dish at home. During Lent most people prepare more seafood dishes than usual, therefore, I highly recommend that you try this recipe in case you haven’t already.

Preparing delicious fried fish at home is much easier than you think. Pin this recipe to remember including this Dominican style fried fish in your spring-summer menu.

The ideal side dishes for this fish are fried green plantains, salad and of course white rice for rice lovers!

This mini oregano and hibiscus flower arrangement is a creation of my daughter Topaz. I love the romantic touch, and the aroma it adds to the dinner table without it competing with the aroma of the food.

Are you wondering how to tell if a fish is fresh in the market?  Look for clear, plump and wrinkle free eyes on the fish.

The kingfish and grouper are my favorites to use for this dish.

Oregano and garlic are a must in Dominican seasoning.  These two together add a lot of flavor, that is not too spicy nor hot.

The mixture of flour and cornstarch to coat fish before frying adds a different and much better taste much than using only flour.

Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

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As promised, here's the cake I that mentioned I was going to share. This is a recipe that I could never get tired of eating. The combination of the moist chocolate cake swirled with the orange cake is a delight. I like sharing delicious cakes that can be prepared easily by pros or new bakers, and this cake recipe is one that is very easy to make, and could be decorate as you like.

There is no excuse for not pleasing your love ones with a home baked delight. This cake goes well with orange juice, coffee, tea, and ice cream. I do hope you like it as much as we do at home.

The flowers are made out of fondant using this flower fondant silicone mini mold which is a charm, and comes in handy when you need to make mini roses for cupcakes. For the leaves I used the smallest leave cutter of this set, which I highly recommend.

Do not forget to share this post, and to leave a comment or suggestion below the recipe. Thank you!

Have a “marblelous” week! :)

This is a organic orange from the farm. Not as nice, smooth, and orange as oranges in the US, but there sweet as sweet can be!

Don't you love those swirls? I do!

Consistency of the orange glaze.

Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

¾ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon grated orange rind
3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
3 tablespoons milk

1½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons orange juice

1. Lightly grease a round 9-inch deep pan (23 cm). It is preferable to line the bottom of the pan with parchment or wax paper.
2. Using the flat beater beat the sugar, and butter until fluffy and pale yellow in color, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, beating well after each addition. Add flour, and whisk just until blended.
3. Divide the batter equally into two bowls. Fold in the cocoa powder and milk mixture in half of the batter until well combined. Add the zest and the orange juice to the other half, and fold until mix until well combined.
4. To create a marble effect place a spoonful of each mixture into the prepared pan alternately until the bottom is covered, then add the remaining mixture in a second layer alternating the pattern. For example the orange mixture over the chocolate and vice versa. Combine the batter using a table knife to mix in a zigzag form, to create a marble effect.
5. Bring to a preheated oven at 350 ° F (175 ° C), bake for 25 -30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
6. For the glaze: This glaze should be prepared at the moment your ready to pour over the cake. Sift icing sugar into a bowl and mix with one tablespoon of orange juice at a time to form a smooth frosting. Spread glaze over top of cake and leave to set before serving. This can be done over serving platter, or over a rack to catch any extra glaze as it is poured. If you decide to use a rack place a cardboard below the cake to make it easier to transfer to a serving dish later on. Keeps well in a cake dome or cake saver for up to three days. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from, Baking.

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep you from evil.” - 2 Thessalonians 3:3

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Cameo Chocolate Cupcakes and How to Use Silicon Mold

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Before I move on to the chocolate cupcakes, cameo mold and the videos, I would like to thank YOU for the wonderful compliments in comments and emails that I receive on daily basis, I do read them all! Thank you for reading, choosing and sharing Mari's Cakes content!

A few things I love...
I love the color blue, I love chocolate, I love cameos and now, I love this cameo silicone mold that I used to make these adorable cameos ideal for beautifully decorating cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. These cupcake toppers are a true beauty and I LOVE them. If I were to pick a blog post that identifies my personality, this is surely the one I'll pick.

For the Cameos Cupcake Toppers you'll need: 
  • Baby blue and white fondant. I used this one
  • This recipe Royal Icing recipe for the bead border around the cameos and also could be used for gluing them to the fondant topper. 
  • My favorite Chocolate Cupcakes recipe

Check out these other beauties, they make great cupcakes for a wedding. By the way if you live in Dominican Republic, and are interested in ordering these cupcakes send me an email.

In How-To Fondant Cover Cupcakes, I show a step by step and also share a video on how I cover cupcakes with fondant to decorate like these below.

Step by step video on this cameos toppers.

How to use a small cameo silicon mold.

Have a blessed week!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.- Proverbs 3:5-6


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