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Archive for April, 2009

Rice Krispies

The theme for the April 15th meal was rice krispies. The idea was to keep it simple just in case people were swamped with taxes and whatnot. These simple desserts never tasted so good! Our volunteer bakers brought us traditional and not-so-traditional versions, satisfying all the dinners in attendance with some sweet treats.

the Spread

the Spread

Volunteer bakers rock the house.

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For the April 9th meal, we let our volunteer bakers attack some classic cakes, having them rock either Apple, Carrot, or Zucchini cakes, and encouraging them to combine those flavors in any way that suited their fancy.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

As always, our volunteer bakers hit home runs with the dinners…

Check out their amazing culinary creations.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Layered, kinda like a torte, this apple cake had a sugary toffee-like crust.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Another version of the seasonal-minded apple cake, this dessert shows their are a million good recipes out there.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

A traditional german apple bundt cake.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A sea of buttercream frosting covers this carrot cake.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Beautiful bundt.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Zucchini makes a subtle appearance in this carrot cake

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

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slice

As usual, the diners were full of compliments for the bakers.

slices of cake

slices of cake

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slices

Apple and Carrot slices ready for the dining room…

slices

slices

Another sweet week for desserts at the soup kitchen.

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Red Velvet Cake. April 1, 2009

Red Velvet Cake. April 1, 2009

For the meal on April Fools Day, the Dessert Corps decided to bust out one of the more perplexingly silly and deliciously yummy desserts around, the Red Velvet Cake. A Southern tradition and a Brooklyn institution, we were sure our volunteer bakers would bake up a bevy of devilish cakes.

Pretty cakes

Pretty cakes

7 volunteers from the neighborhood baked up a storm.

frosting

frosting

One of the cakes had a scrumptious vanilla bean frosting.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Glamour shots of the delicious desserts.

devilish slice

devilish slice

slice of sweet heaven

slice of sweet heaven

Plating the cakes

Plating the cakes

Not many of the dinners had ever had Red Velvet Cake. I think it was a surprising dessert for sure.

Ready for the dinners

Ready for the dinners

My cake (pictured below) was definitely the ugly duckling of the night. Last November, I visited some farms in the Dominican Republic. I was fortunate enough to get some handemade unprocessed cocoa powder from one of the farmers. Me and my partner in crime decided to try and bake a couple of  “traditional” red velvet cake, hoping for some science in action with our unprocessed cocoa. Now while the thing tasted great (i swear) the un-alkalized cocoa easily clumped around moisture and we ended up with a very speckled batter and cake. Add to that the fact that we doubled recipes to make 2 cakes and overfilled our baking tins, our cakes were fodder for the kitchen volunteers…

the ugly duckling

the ugly duckling

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One of the regular soup kitchen volunteers put in a request for this yummy dessert…so for the March 25th meal, it was Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

March 25.

Nothing quite hits the spot like this american classic. Thanks to 8 volunteers we had plenty of sweetness to share.

March 25 Dessert

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Serving dessert

Serving dessert

For the March 18th meal, 7 volunteer bakers donated Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

The yummy recipe was inspired by a craving for cheesecake and a love of pumpkin desserts.

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Combined with chocolate brownies, it was scrumptious enough to convince even the most “vegetable” phobic dinner to try some pumpkin.

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It was a smashing success and the dessert has acquired many new fans.

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