Home Baking is Good for the Soul

1st May 2020 / Uncategorized, Food & Drink
Try making these beautiful cakes to cheer your days:
Lilac Simple Syrup
1 cup lilac flowers, washed and trimmed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 water
In a small pot over medium heat, combine lilac flowers, sugar and water and let mixture come to a boil.
Cook the mixture until it becomes slightly syrupy, roughly 10 – 15 minutes.
Transfer the syrup into a small jar and let cool. Syrup will thicken slightly more once it has cooled.
Devil’s Food Cake
4 1/2 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (80g) brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
100ml whole milk
3 tablespoons sour cream


Preheat oven to 350F.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together butter and and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg and beat until mixture is fully-incorporated and fluffy.
In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large measuring cup, combine milk and sour cream. Set aside.
Alternating between the dry and wet ingredients, add them to the butter-sugar mixture in two par
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out cake batter into the cavities of the lined cupcake pan.
Bake for 20 – 22 minutes, or until cake insert comes out clean.


Cream Cheese Frosting
6 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 – 3 cups icing sugar
2  tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop violet food colouring
1 drop dusty pink food colouring


In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
With the mixer running on low, add icing sugar one cup at a time. Add milk and vanilla.
Beat on high until frosting is fluffy.
Separate frosting into two small bowls. Colour one bowl purple and one bowl pink.