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Healthy Novelty Cakes

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Decorating a cake requires patience which may discourage people who are setting forth in the confectionary industry. However, as is the case of every good thing, novelty cakes may look complicated to make, but in fact are very easy to make. One can make this process a lot easier with store bought frosting and boxed cake mixes. Some cakes which are a lot in demand are listed as below:

Sports Ball Cake

Sports cakes can be made of any ball game as usually all of them are round. The batter can be baked in a metal mixing bowl which is sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray. This works better than using a cake pan. One requires a 2 qt mixing bowl for each box of cake mix. One can test the cake after 40 minutes by inserting a wooden skewer into the center. One needs to allow the cake to cool in the bowl for about 20 minutes. One can run a knife between the edge of the cake and the bowl to loosen the cake. Before inverting the bowl, one needs to place a serving platter or a cake plate. To make the sports cake more realistic, one can decorate it with tinted icing to represent the correct sports ball. For instance black shoestring liquorice and orange frosting will make a basketball cake and alternate white and black frosting is football cake.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

One can bake a strawberry cake in a heart shaped pan. One can tint the frosting with red paste food coloring and frost the whole cake. The liquid food coloring is no match for the paste food coloring as it gives a richer red color. One can add the leaves on top of the “strawberry” by cutting green taffy into the shape of leaves and pasting them on top of the strawberry. One can apply sliced almonds to give the appearance of seeds. To add a special touch, one can place chocolate candy melts to the icing. One can place wax paper strips under the cake to cover the serving platter. This helps make minimal mess. The melted candy melts can be poured over the bottom to give an appearance of a strawberry dipped in chocolate.

Beach Cakes

These novelty cakes can be created in shape of any cake. To depict sea side one can use food coloring to represent water and then the entire cake can be frosted. One can crush wafers of vanilla or graham crackers to depict sand. Fruit roll ups in colors of green can represent weed.

These are some of the cakes that can be made by people who have time on their hands and want to create a truly memorable cakes. Novelty cakes are usually baked to either commemorate a special event or to turn an ordinary event into a special events. So, to make your event special, go ahead and make a novelty cake for yourself!

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January 19th, 2011 at 12:34 am

Easy Shrimp Jambalaya Recipe

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Jambalaya is a dish that is partly Creole and partly Cajun and it has originated from Spain. People are not positive about the origin of the name but there have been speculations combined with local tales. For instance, most believe it is derived from the Spanish word jamon which means ham. Ham was a chief ingredient in the jambalayas prepared in the eighteenth century. There are different Jambalaya recipe that are prepared throughout the world, not just in Spain. Some of them are listed as below:

Easy Shrimp Jambalaya recipe

Materials Required:

1 teaspoon sea salt

Olive Oil for Sauteing

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon no-Salt Cajun Spice

1-1/2 cup onion chopped

2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1-1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1-1/2 cup celery chopped

1 14.5-ounce can whole tomatoes, diced

2 clove garlic, minced

1 4-ounce can tomato sauce

1-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 cups white rice

3 tablespoons green onion (tops plus 1 inch of the white), finely chopped

3 tablespoons fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, finely chopped


Place shrimp in a large bowl. Add salt, Cajun, pepper spice to the shrimp and toss to coat. It should be set aside.

3 cups of water should be boiled to prepare the rice. Add 2 cups of rice, a pinch of sea salt and stir it. The flame should be reduced to simmer and cooked for around 15 to 20 minutes or till the time the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Then, remove the container from the heat and keep it covered till it is ready to be eaten

In the interim, a heavy Dutch pan should be heated over medium high heat. The oil to coat the bottom should be enough to coat the bottom. Next, the bell pepper, celery and onion should be added to the pan and saute until it goes tender. The heat should then be reduced to medium and the garlic should be added. Then after sauteing it for a minute or two, keep stirring the garlic so that it doesnt brown. The shrimp should be added next, and saute’ until the shrimps turn pink.

Add the tomatoes, the tomato sauce, the thyme, and 1 tablespoon of green onion and parsley to the shrimp mixture and can be cooked on medium heat until the sauce turns hot. Add the cooked rice. The cooked rice should be added to the shrimp mixture and tossed to combine or the jambalaya over the rice.

Most people have not heard of Jambalaya, it is basically a very savory and delicious dishes that was thought to have been originated in Spain but is, actually from Louisiana in the Unites States. There are 3 more Jambalaya recipes which have gained prominence such as the Creole Jambalaya, the white Jambalaya and the Cajun Jambalaya. It is easy to make and serves a sizeable number of people and can be whipped at an extremely short notice.

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January 14th, 2011 at 3:59 am

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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I. What does one need to make a delicious Chicken tetrazzini?

Materials needed:

1 packet thin spaghetti

3 boneless chicken breasts

2 packs shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup

2 tbsp sour cream




The chicken breast is first washed and then seasoned with salt and pepper. In a large pot, the boneless chicken breast until they are tender and coming apart. Next, the water is boiled for spaghetti. After the chicken breast and spaghetti are done, save the broth left over from the boiled chicken. The chicken needs to be cut into pieces. The pieces and the 1/2 cup of the broth from the boiled chicken for flavour. Next, 2 tbsp of sour cream need to be added, the can of cream of mushroom soup, and 1 packet of shredded cheese. It is all stirred together to make a chicken tetrazzini casserole. Turn oven 350 F. Spoon tetrazzini mixture into casserole dish and top with shredded cheese. Next, it has to be placed in oven till all the cheese has melted.

It is served best with garlic or buttered toast.

II. There are many versions of preparing Chicken Tetrazzini. For instance there is one called freezer OAMC which stands for once a month cooking. The steps for that are listed as follows:

Break the spaghetti in half and it is to be cooked until it is almost done, drain and rinse with cold water to halt the cooking process

The onions need to be saute until they are transparent. This may take around 10 minutes.

The onion needs to be mixed with the rest of the raw materials and add the noodles together

The mixture can be divided between two containers and can either be frozen or eaten immediately.

III.Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Materials needed-

4 tbsp unsalted butter

1 package sliced mushroom

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 can low-sodium chicken broth

3 tbsp dry sherry (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 coarsely ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 cups cooked boneless, skinless chicken cut into strips

1/2 pound spaghetti, broken in half and cooked according to packet directions

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1)The oven should be preheated to 425 F.

2) The butter needs to be melted in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and saute it for approximately 4 minutes or until it turns brown. Sprinkle with flour and toss to combine. The broth needs to be introduced at this point of time. It can be cooked and stirred often until the mixture is boiling. The heat needs to be reduced and it should be allowed to simmer for 2 minutes and stirred continously. The sherry may be stirred (if in use) in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then it needs to be removed from heat and stirred in chicken.

3)The spaghetti and the chicken mixture should be combined and then tossed gently and spoon into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or shallow 3-quart baking dish sprinkled with cheese. Should be baked till 20 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

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January 11th, 2011 at 4:17 am

Butternut Squash – Only the Best Butternut Squash Recipes

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Butternut primarily belongs to the winter squash family. There are different butternut squash recipes such as the butternut squash soup and squash casserole. The squash has a great flavour, color and texture. It has a hard tan colored exterior and has the capacity of weighing upto several pounds. The hard shell can peel away to reveal orange flesh which is firm which has textures similar to potato or apples. One of those famous butternut squash recipe is listed as follows:

Materials needed

3/4 pound butternut squash

3 cups soft bread cubes

1 Leek, julienne cut into 2 inch pieces

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 garlic clove, minced

1 large egg lightly beaten

1 garlic clove

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated

2 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped

3/4 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste


The oven must be preheated to 350 degrees

A 2 quart baking dish is greased next

The bread cubes and 1 cup of water need to be combined in a large bowl

The bread should stand for 3-5 minutes in the water

The excess water must be drained off

The butternut squash is then peeled and grated off

Then 1 teaspoon of the olive oil should be heated in a large skillet, over medium heat

The leeks are then saute in oil for approximately 4 minutes

Next, the thyme, garlic and squash is stirred

Then cook the ingredients, by stirring them occasionally.

Then cool it for 7-10 minutes and remove it from heat

Then the egg, Parmesan, squash, ricotta, bread, pepper, salt and parsley are combined

The mixture is then spread evenly in the greased baking dish

It should be baked for 35 minutes or till it gets golden

St it down for 15 minutes and then it should be served.

Popular butternut squash recipes include the butternut squash soup which is a healthy and tasty appetiser. The method and the materials required are listed as below:

Butternut squash Soup

Materials needed:

2 large leeks (white and pale green parts only)

2 tablespoons butter

1 large potato, peeled and cubed

1 large onion chopped

1 Granny Smith apple (peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick)

1 cup diced carrots

1 quart chicken stock

1/2 cup light cream

1/4 cup dry white wine

salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons chopped chives


The butter is melted in a large pot over medium heat. This should be stirred in onions and leeks and cooked thus until the onion softens and turns semi transparent in about 5 minutes. Then, the squash, potato, carrots, apple and chicken is added. All these raw materials is boiled, following which the heat is reduced to medium low and left to simmer. This leaves the vegetables soft.

The soup is then pureed into either the blender or a stick blender is used to puree the soup in the pot. The soup is then pureed and then returned to pot and stirred in cream and wine. It is then seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg and is simmered gently. It is ladled into bowls and with chopped chives.

These are two butternut squash recipes that have the possibility to be instant hits with adults and children alike.

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January 10th, 2011 at 3:24 am