The Best Easy Fool-Proof Macaron Recipe Ever!

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!

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

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

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...
How to make the Best NUTELLA Brioche Star Recipe

How to make the Best NUTELLA Brioche Star Recipe

Hey! Its Carla from CarlasCakes and welcome to my Carla in the Kitchen blog! This one was requested especially by one of my Carla in the Kitchen viewers! So this one is for her 🙂 This recipe is my all time favourite, and all though it might sound hard to make, its easy once you get the hang of it. Believe me, you’ll be making this one over and over again! It is the BEST Nutella recipe idea you will ever need! Below I have the recipe to make the brioche from scratch. Then well add some Nutella and turn it into a brioche star. Its a pull apart treat that you can serve at your next get together or bring to your next event. Everyone will love it! Click HERE to see the LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER version of our Nutella Brioche Star! 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 Nutella (melted in the microwave for easy spreading) Bake at 180’C /350’F for 15 – 20 minutes Instructions Start by placing 400g of the Bread flour into a your mixing bowl (see note above regarding the rest of the...
The Best Fluffy Vanilla Cake Recipe Ever!

The Best Fluffy Vanilla Cake Recipe Ever!

Hey! Its Carla from CarlasCakes! Looking for the ultimate Vanilla cake recipe ever? Are you looking for a fluffy and easy vanilla cake? Are you looking for a delicious vanilla cake recipe? Well you have come to the right spot, because here is the The Best Fluffy Vanilla Cake recipe from CarlasCakes! You can watch the video and full instructions of how to make the Best Fluffy Vanilla Cake Recipe ever on Carla in the Kitchen. You can catch me on RogersTV Channel 22! Link to the episode will be up soon 🙂 Basic vanilla cake recipe: So to make your basic vanilla cake, you’ll need: 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup milk In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter for about 6-7 min until it has gotten really pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Click HERE for the buttercream recipe! Have fun and don’t forget to tag CarlasCakes on Instagram (@CarlasCakes) and Facebook (@CarlasCakes) of your vanilla...