The BEST Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever!

Hey, its Carla Bruno from CarlasCakes and welcome back to my Carla in the Kitchen Blog! Today I want to share with you my top secret chocolate chip cookie recipe! This is the recipe that I have been doing for years! Its soft and chewy on the inside with a delicious crunchy bite on the outside.  Click to watch Carla pour Cookie Butter over the Chocolate Chip Cookies! Click to see these cookies as Cute Mini Cookie Bites! The secret to making my cookies soft an chewy is the kind of sugar I use, and how I warm my butter. Instead of using all white sugar, I am using an equal amount of white sugar and brown sugar. Brown sugar is they key ingredient to making your cookies chewy!  When I warm my butter in the microwave, I am careful not to melt it. I bring my butter so a soft consistency so its easy to mix with my sugars. Melting my butter will make my cookie runny in the oven and they will come out thin, flat and crunchy. By keeping my butter soft, I will get a soft and fluffy cookie. Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons hot water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda...

The Best Easy Fluffy Nutella Buttercream Recipe Ever!

Hey its Carla from CarlasCakes and welcome to my Carla in the Kitchen Blog! I’ll turn anything into NUTELLA!! Or is it… I’ll turn NUTELLA into anything? Ingredients: 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter (room temp.) 13 oz of Nutella 2¾ cup powdered sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Directions: Place the butter and Nutella in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high for 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time. Add the vanilla once all the powdered sugar has been incorporated. Beat on medium for another 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low for 1 minute. This helps to smooth the icing and release any air bubbles. Enjoy! Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and Facebook (@CarlasCakes) of your CarlasCakes Blog Recipe creations! **Where to find CarlasCakes** Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaCakes Instagram: @CarlasCakes Snapchat: CarlasCakes Twitter: @CarlasCakesON YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2VeCw22CFBx7s8yeLO7BmQ Email:...

The Best Easy White Chocolate Ganache Ever!

I am not a huge fan of white chocolate, however, I do love white chocolate ganache! Theres something about that velvety creamy texture of ganache that I can’t get enough of! You can pour it over a cake or cupcakes, or fill them with this amazing easy white chocolate ganache recipe! You’ll Need: 9oz white chocolate 1 cup heavy cream Directions: Place your white chocolate into a medium bowl. Bring your Heavy Cream to a boil in a double broiler. Pour over your chocolate Cover and let sit for 10 min (do not stir yet) After the 10 min, stir the chocolate and cream until all mixed up. Allow Ganache to cool slightly before pouring over your cake. Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and Facebook (@CarlasCakes) of your CarlasCakes Blog Recipe creations! **Where to find CarlasCakes** Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaCakes Instagram: @CarlasCakes Snapchat: CarlasCakes Twitter: @CarlasCakesON YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2VeCw22CFBx7s8yeLO7BmQ Email: carlascakesonline@gmail.com...

The Best Easy Dark or Milk Chocolate Ganache Recipe Ever!

I love chocolate ganache, and I especially love the fact that it is SO EASY to make! You can make this recipe with white chocolate and milk chocolate as well! Use it to fill or top your cakes, cupcakes and desserts! You’ll Need: 9 oz Dark or Milk Chocolate 1 cup Heavy Cream Directions: Place your dark chocolate into a medium bowl. Bring your Heavy Cream to a boil in a double broiler. Pour over your chocolate Cover and let sit for 10 min (do not stir yet) After the 10 min, stir the chocolate and cream until all mixed up. Allow Ganache to cool slightly before pouring over your cake. Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and Facebook (@CarlasCakes) of your CarlasCakes Blog Recipe creations! **Where to find CarlasCakes** Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaCakes Instagram: @CarlasCakes Snapchat: CarlasCakes Twitter: @CarlasCakesON YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2VeCw22CFBx7s8yeLO7BmQ Email:...

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever!

You’ll Need: Butter, for greasing the pans 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans 2 cups sugar 3/4 cups good cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup buttermilk, shaken 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and Facebook (@CarlasCakes) of your CarlasCakes Blog Recipe creations! **Where to find...

Best Nutella Ferrero Cake Recipe

Hey guys its Carla from CarlasCakes, and welcome back to my Carla in the Kitchen Blog! You can find me on Instagram and Facebook by searching for @CarlasCakes! Today we are going to be making a Decadent Ferrero Roche cake! Were going to be using, hazelnuts, wafers, Nutella, and chocolate! Click these links for the best easy Chocolate Cake recipe, best easy Nutella Buttercream recipe and best easy Chocolate Ganache recipes! Lets get started You’ll Need: 2 x 8″slice chocolate cakes (sliced in half) Nutella buttercream 2 packs hazelnut wafers More Nutella buttercream for crumb coat and icing Chocolate ganache Ferrero roche balls Crushed or whole hazelnuts (optional) Take your chocolate cake slices and fill them with your Nutella buttercream. Layer your Hazelnut wafers onto of your buttercream. Put one layer of cake, then one layer of Nutella buttercream, and one layer of hazelnut wafers, then one layer of cake, and another layer of Nutella buttercream and another layer of hazelnut wafers. Do this all the way up until you have stacked all your 4 slices of chocolate cake with Nutella Buttercream and wafers. Crumb coat your cake with a thin layer of Nutella Buttercream. Cool in the fridge for 15 min so the icing sets and crumbs stick to the cake. Coat the cake with another layer of Nutella buttercream. Pour your chocolate ganache over the cake and let it drip over the sides. Add dollops of Nutella Buttercream on top and add a Ferrero Roche Ball on each dollup. Sprinkle with crushed or whole Hazelnuts! Enjoy 🙂 Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and...

The Best Easy Fool-Proof Macaron Recipe Ever!

Hey guys its Carla from CarlasCakes, and welcome back to Carla in the Kitchen Blog! You can find me on Instagram and Facebook by searching for @CarlasCakes! Today is all about macarons! There are two types of macarons, there are these super yummy macarons made with coconut and condensed milk and you can sometimes see them dipped or drizzled with chocolate. And then theres the french macarons which are something a lot different. Intact, these cookies are the hardest cookies to make, I have to be honest! However, I have come up with a foolproof recipe, that if you follow my 6 easy tips you can not go wrong, and you too can master the delicious french macarons from home! Lets get started! For this recipe, you’ll need: 100g almond flour 180g icing sugar 100g aged egg whites 35g sugar First step is to mix my almond flour and icing sugar together. First tip: I sift my almond and icing sugar together and at the end I’m left with larger chunks. I will not use these pieces because this will create a lumpy and uneven surface to the tops of my macarons. Ill put those bigger pieces to the side to snack on, because those are too big to use for the cookie. The next step is to whisk our egg whites. You want to make sure they are aged and at room temperature. Which brings me to my second tip. Second Tip: To make aged egg whites, I separate my egg whites and put in a bowl and cover with a paper towel. I let this sit in the...

The BEST Moist LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER Banana Bread Recipe Ever!

Hey its Carla Bruno from CarlasCakes! Welcome to my Carla in the Kitchen Blog! Here is another great recipe I had to share with you. I am obsessed with Banana Bread and so it my husband, and I am also obsessed with LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER! If you don’t know what that is yet, I strongly suggest you become familiar because I am telling you, it is the best thing ever!! I recently posted how to make a Nutella Banana Bread. This is the exact same recipe, except instead of Nutella, we are using Lotus Cookie Butter. There are lots of different types of cookie butters however I love Lotus because it has a caramel taste to it. Other cookie butters are delicious, but taste more like ginger. So it depends on your preference! This Lotus Cookie Butter Recipe Idea can be made with any type of spread really. You can use Peanut Butter, Nutella, Dulce De Leche (another one of my faves) etc. You’ll need: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs, beaten 6 ripe bananas, mushed 1 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp cake flour (or 1 1/2 cup flour) 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER Directions: Cream together butter and sugar Add eggs and banana Mix well Sift flour, soda and salt Add to banana mixture Add vanilla Melt your Lotus Cookie Butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds to make it easy to spread. Pour half of your banana bread mix into a prepared greased (I like to use cooking spray). Add all your Lotus Cookie Butter on...

How to make Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe by CarlasCakes on American Cake Decorating Magazine

In the May/June 2014 issue of American Cake Decorating, Carla Bruno of CarlasCakes spoke about how her love of travel sparked the idea for ice cream cupcakes, as she sampled gelatos and ice creams at destinations around the world. She sent in her process and suggestions for flavors. Ingredients: 12 cooked cupcakes Your favorite ice cream Any toppings (example: chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, your favorite chocolate bar, peanuts, fresh berries etc) A piping bag* 1M icing tip* Carla notes: if you don’t have a piping bag or icing tip, you can use a zip lock bag and cut a small whole in the corner for piping…. Click HERE to read...

How to Make the Best LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER Brioche Star Recipe

Hey! Its Carla from CarlasCakes and welcome to my Carla in the Kitchen blog! My previous post I taught you how to make this fantastic Brioche from scratch and make a wonderful Nutella Brioche Star. This post, I will show you how to make a Cookie Butter Brioche star following the same steps. You can view my previous post here. The awesome thing about this delicious recipe, is that you can make it with so many different fillings. Use what you love! Such as Peanut butter, Dulce De Leche, Cheese, Jam, Cinnamon and Butter. Cookie butter is basically the best thing on this planet, and I am always looking for different ways to eat it. This is the best cookie butter dessert recipe idea you’ll ever need! You will Need: *450g /1lb of Bread Flour *some people are finding the dough too dry Start with 400g add the rest if it needs it. It’s all to do with egg sizes, butter and milk fat contents. Hope that helps. 70g / 1/3 of a cup of Sugar 2 Teaspoons of Active Dried Yeast A pinch of Salt 30g / 1oz of melted Unsalted Butter 180ml / 3/4 of a cup of warmed Milk 2 Egg Yolks (keep the whites to glaze the bread) 1 cup of LOTUS Cookie Butter (melted in the microwave for easy spreading) Bake at 180’C /350’F for 15 – 20 minutes You can read the full steps on how to make this Cookie Butter Brioche Star Recipe on my Nutella Brioche Star post. After you’ve made your dough, roll out and fill with Cookie Butter (see previous post for...

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