Strawberry Lemon Cream Cake

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Get this recipe for lemony strawberry cream cake that includes light and airy layers of yellow cake topped with real whipped cream and marinated rip strawberries. It tastes like strawberry shortcake, but better!

Lemon Strawberry Cream Cake- Baker Bettie

I can’t even begin to express how awesome life is for me and Mr. BB right now. We have now been living in Philadelphia for 1 year and 2 months. For the first year we were pretty miserable. We were getting up ridiculously early and spending the entire day apart and getting home too late to want to do anything but go right to sleep because we had to do it all over again the next day. It was rough. We also went through several family emergencies and health issues and just a series of bad events. And all in a new city without our support network nearby.

Don’t get me wrong. We knew what we were getting into. We knew this first year would be a sacrifice so I could go to culinary school and pursue my passion. And I couldn’t have asked for a better partner for moral support in that. But we didn’t anticipate all of the other bad things that happened. And it seemed to come in like a flood this year. But as the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” And as cheesy as that is, it has.

Lemon Strawberry Cream Cake- Baker Bettie

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Fluffy Classic Yellow Cake

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Learn how to make this perfectly fluffy classic yellow cake. Follow this easy step by step tutorial to make the perfect yellow cake that is a master recipe for cupcakes and endless other cake flavor combinations.

Fluffy Classic Yellow Cake- Baker Bettie

I haven’t kept it any secret here on Baker Bettie that cake is not my favorite thing in the world. But I’m dedicating this whole week to cake. Because I do think that to be a serious baker, you need to be able to make a great cake. One that is light and fluffy and moist. And that isn’t easy. Making a tough and dry cake is more common than not. But this is my favorite cake recipe. And I want to teach you how to make it properly.

I had grand plans for this series. Complete with a few video tutorials. But technical difficulties got in the way so we are going to have to stick to text and pictures. I’m sorry!

I think the thing that I aim to teach the most here on Baker Bettie is that baking is just a series of master recipes. If you can make 1 amazing basic yellow cake, you can make endless different flavors of cake based off this 1 master recipe. Once you really grasp that concept, it opens a whole new door to feeling creative with baking.

But technique is everything, especially with cake. A great recipe is only great if the baker uses proper technique when putting it together. This process is actually very simple. The method is technically the Chiffon Mixing Method and it is 5 basic steps: Gather the ingredients, mix together all dry ingredients & mix together all wet ingredients,  combine the wet with the dry, make a simple meringue, and fold the meringue into the  batter.

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Easy Basic Pie Crust

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Learn how easy it is to make a very basic pie crust recipe that is flakey and perfect with only 4 ingredients! This recipe makes enough for a double crust and can be reduced by half for a single crust.

Basic Pie Crust Recipe- Baker Bettie

I think a good basic pie crust is something everyone should have in their cooking/baking repertoire. Even those who claim to be cooks and not bakers probably run into the occasional need for pie crust. And there is just no reason why you should buy pre-made pie crusts. Homemade pie dough is so incredibly easy to make. And if you follow just a few simple steps you can make a pretty darn good one yourself. And I bring you this one today with only 4 ingredients and none of the mess of flour all over your kitchen! Pinky promise!

There are a lot of pie dough recipes out there. Often with little tricks to make them flakey. Like adding vodka or seltzer water. And while these things can be helpful, you can make really flakey and perfectly delicious crust without all of those tricks. This recipe is from my grandmother. She made pies all the time. It was probably what she baked most. And then my sister opened her own homemade pie business a few years back and this was the recipe she used. The crust comes out flakey and tender and I just love how simple it is to throw together.

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Easy, Light and Airy, No-Bake Cheesecake

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Easy no-bake cheesecake recipe that is incredibly light and airy and so much easier to make than traditional cheesecake. Heavy whipping cream is whipped into cream cheese to create a silky smooth and light filling.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe- Baker Bettie

A few days ago it happened again. It had been a few month, so I knew it was coming soon. The inevitable request from Mr. Baker Bettie for a cheesecake. Not only his favorite dessert, but also his favorite “meal” is his words. But I have to admit, I kind of dread making cheesecakes. They are just a pain in the you know what to make. All of the bringing of things to room temp, and cooking in a water bath for a ridiculously long time, then praying it doesn’t crack, then waiting for it to cool then chill. It’s just such a process.

So when I got the request for a cheesecake this time I posed a compromise. A no-bake cheesecake. The hubs immediately agreed and stated he didn’t think he had ever had one before. This recipe took me about 15 minutes to whip together and then we just had to wait for it to chill and set. So much more painless than a traditional cheesecake. And we were a little antsy about it so you may be able to tell that we didn’t wait for it to completely set before cutting into it.

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Real Belgian Liege Waffles

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Real Belgian Waffle Recipe (aka Liege Waffles) made with the sweet yeast dough master recipe and an easy and cheaper substitute for pearl sugar! Chewy, yeasty, and crisp and caramelized sugar bits will make these waffles your fast favorite! 

Real Belgian Waffle Recipe, Liege Waffles- Baker Bettie

Have you ever had a real Belgian waffle? Or a liege waffle? If you haven’t, then I need for you to image this: A waffle made from sweet yeast dough. A puffy waffle that is chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. The flavor is complex in it’s yeastiness. Oh, and then there’s the caramelized sugar. The big hunks of pearl sugar mixed throughout the dough that caramelizes on the outside creating incredible crunchy, crispy, caramelized bits of heaven all throughout the waffle. It is it’s own thing. You can’t even compare them to other kinds of waffles. They are a whole new level of waffle.

Real Belgian Waffle Recipe, Liege Waffles- Baker Bettie

When I started playing around the that basic sweet yeast dough recipe a few weeks ago I added Liege waffles to the list of things I wanted to use it for. I have been wanting to make them for a while. The only problem was the pearl sugar. It is not an easy thing to find here in the states and you can definitely order it online, but I really don’t like creating recipes that require ordering things online. It just isn’t convenient for anyone. And I want my readers to actually make the recipes. Not just look at them and drool. That’s no fun. No fun at all. So I set out to find a way to make these taste like authentic Belgian waffles without the pearl sugar. I was roaming through the baking section at the grocery store when I had an “aha!” moment. Sugar cubes! I snached up a 1 dollar box and set out to make faux pearl sugar! I broke them into smaller but still fairly large pieces of sugar to mix into the dough. It worked like a charm! I actually really loved the inconsistencies in the sizes of the pieces. It creates some really crunchy caramelized bits, and others that are smaller. Total heaven.

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