• Adventures in Ratio Baking: Too Many Types of Cake: Pound, High Ratio, and Sponge - ratio baking 3 different types of cake

    Adventures in Ratio Baking: Too Many Types of Cake

    I wish I were just talking about vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, marble, white cakes…. That’s already a lot of different types of cake to choose from. No, the types of cake I’m talking about here are butter cakes, sponge cakes, high ratio cakes, genoise cakes, Angel food cakes, and more. Cakes are classified by what goes into them and how they’re mixed. Something I never knew about until I started ratio baking and had to know how to put the ingredients together. I’m still experimenting with cake, so I’ll just be talking about the pound cake, high ratio cake, and sponge cake. Pound Cake The pound cake is a type of…

  • Adventures in Ratio Baking

    Since my husband gave me a shiny new kitchen scale for Christmas 2018, I’ve started exploring ratio baking, which is baking things like cake and bread using ratios instead of recipes. So far, it’s been quite a journey full of ups and downs, but it’s definitely worth it. I’m enjoying it more than I ever enjoyed following a recipe. For one, I love the freedom it offers. Follow along on my journey! If you embark on one, too, I’d love to hear about it. Chocolate Cake Attempts 1 & 2 The Best Part The Downside Basic Ingredients for Cakes, Cookies, and Bread Too Many Types of Cake Chocolate Cake with…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #4

    The Lily Cafe Digest #4

    My usual schedule is 6+1, 6 weeks of posts followed by a 1 week blogging break. This time around, I’ve only posted for the past 4 weeks and will now be taking a month long break. July is an important month for my family, so I decided it was best spent taking a break, though I will be sprucing up some old posts and finally getting around to creating some Pinterest graphics. You can also find me on Instagram, where I post about books. Looking Back Reader Well, June was a popular month for publication! I didn’t expect to be writing and posting so many reviews. Then again, I’m a…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #3 - catch up on what's been posting on the blog!

    The Lily Cafe Digest, No. 3

    This year, I’m doing a 6+1 blogging schedule of 6 weeks blogging followed by a one week break. Since it’s time for another Digest, it’s also time for another blogging break. Enjoy, and thank you so much for following! A Look Back Reader I’m experiencing a bit of a blogging shift. I’ve always been a huge reader, but, most of the time, I’m so far buried in a book that I often forget to rave about or destroy them in a review. That seems to be changing, though. I’m reviewing more books now and find I really enjoy talking about them. So much so that I’m in the process of…

  • Funfetti cake - a ratio recipe

    Funfetti Cake

    Why have a plain yellow cake if you can have a funfetti cake? That’s the question my family asks. I don’t know why, but sprinkles always make things better. Or maybe my kids just like dumping sprinkles into the cake batter. But I must admit, as a chocolate cake lover, even sprinkles will make me excited to eat a yellow cake. Though, if you prefer a plain yellow cake, just omit the sprinkles. Just like last week’s recipe, this one is a ratio recipe. Feel free to play around with the ingredients (as long as you still use some kind of flour, sugar, fat, and eggs) and how much of…

  • Ratio Recipe: Black Forest Inspired Cake

    Black Forest Inspired Cake

    Ah, October. A fine fall month complete with Halloween. It’s a time for pumpkins and apples, for sweaters and golden leaves ripe for crunching underfoot. So, uh, why have I chosen to post a ratio recipe for a Black Forest Cake? October is also the month for Oktoberfest. Since I grew up in Southern California, crunchy leaves were rare and the sweater was ditched before nine in the morning. It was kind of hard to get into fall. Fall in Southern California means cold mornings and nights and sweltering in between. Pumpkins and apples were kind of meh to my family and me. But I took German in high school.…

  • Adventures in Ratio Baking: Cookies…Didn’t Go So Well

    I love making cookies. I love making them more than I love making cakes. So, why weren’t cookies the first things I tried to ratio bake? Well, the cake ratio was easier. The ratio for a cookie is 3:2:1, flour to fat to sugar. It’s simple enough, but my brain can’t function when it comes to numbers. I tried to puzzle out what the 3:2:1 would look like in measurements and just got really confused. That’s why I started with cakes. The 1:1:1:1 was harder to mess up. A few months later, I was confident with the cakes, had even figured out the slightly more complicated ratio for the high…

  • Basic Ingredients for Custard, Biscuits, and Muffins/Quick Breads - the basic ingredients you will need to bake each of them

    Basic Ingredients for Custard, Biscuits, and Muffins/Quick Breads

    Some time ago, I shared lists for the basic ingredients for cakes, cookies, and bread. That was really some time ago. About a year ago, actually. I’ve done much more baking since then, wandering into the realms of custard, biscuits, and muffins. As this posts, the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, and, for whatever reason, people are stress baking. Eggs and flour are difficult to find. I haven’t asked my husband to pick up butter yet as I, a baker at heart, always keep plenty on hand, so I don’t know if they’re as hot a commodity as other things. Like toilet paper. Oh, the toilet paper jokes… So, if…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #5

    The Lily Cafe Digest #5

    It’s time for another week long break. Expect changes afterwards. A Look Back Reader I spent most of my July break reading, so there were a lot of book reviews over the past 6 weeks. My reading tastes are a little all over the place, but I gravitate mostly to fantasy and fiction. At least, that’s usually what I choose to review. In addition to book reviews, as though there must be more talk about books here, I wrote about why I read and which books usually have my feet moving me to the kitchen to either cook or bake. It’s safe to say books rule my life. The Cottage…

  • Black as Light, Part 6

    The room Eva showed me to was right across the hall from Tanith’s and, thankfully, none of the monsters were quartered in that part of the hall. They called it the “Human Visitors Quarters.” Ferguson wasn’t considered a human. He was a werewolf to them and he seemed perfectly happy about it, so it was just Tanith and I. It was actually a very nicely arranged room with soft ruby red carpet and matching heavy velvet curtains that pulled back to reveal a view of the meadow and the forest and mountains beyond. There was a wide, long bed with drapes that matched the curtains and carpet and the quilt…

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