ColorKitchen Recipes2

Red, Blue and Sprinkles - Fourth of July Cake

Fourth of July Cake

Impress your friends this Fourth of July

Make this gorgeous cake to celebrate America's birthday, and share at your next barbeque!

Blue Frosting

Ingredients-Cake
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
170 g. organic sugar
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs
½ cup organic milk
170 g. all natural cake flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt

Ingredients-Inside Frosting
1 ½ sticks (170 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. water
1 tsp. ColorKitchen Yellow Food Color
¾ tsp. ColorKitchen Pink Food Color

Ingredients-Outside Frosting
1 ½ sticks (170 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. water
1 tsp. ColorKitchen Blue Food Color
ColorKitchen Rainbow Sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined and there’s no butter chunks.

Add the eggs, and mix on low until combined.

In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder and sea salt and whisk together.

Add the cake flour mixture and milk to the mixing bowl and mix on low until combined. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again.

Line three 6” cake pans with parchment paper.

Pour batter evenly into each cake pan, about 210 g. each.

Bake for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Once the cake has cooled, remove from cake pans.

Make the inside frosting first. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, water, pink dye and yellow dye. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Place the first cake layer on a cake stand or spinner and add a generous amount of frosting and spread evenly. Add the second cake layer and repeat this process.

Crumb coat the cake with red, then put the remaining red frosting in a piping bag with decorating tip #864.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, water and blue dye. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Frost the outside of the cake smooth. Once finished, immediately put the rainbow sprinkles half way up the sides of the cake so they stick.

Using the red frosting, pipe dollops around the boarder of the cake.

Store in a cake dome.

Baker’s Note: To make this cake gluten free, just substitute the all natural cake flour for an organic gluten free flour blend. My favorite is Namaste Organic Perfect Flour Blend.

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

 

Snowflake Lemon Ginger Sugar Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients-Cookies
 1 stick organic butter, softened
198 g. organic sugar
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
½ tsp. organic ginger
2 organic large eggs
1 organic large egg yolk
255 g. organic flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt

Ingredients-Flood Icing
75 g. organic egg whites (about 1-2 organic large egg whites)
263 g. organic powdered sugar
¾ tsp. organic lemon flavor
ColorKitchen Foods Green, Blue and Pink Dye Packets

Ingredients-Piping Icing
30 g. organic egg whites
150 g. organic powdered sugar

Extras
3 ½” round cookie cutter
rolling pin
extra flour for rolling out cookie dough
piping bags
decorating tips #4 and #2 (these numbers are Ateco brand)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and ginger. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined. Add the eggs and egg yolk and mix just slightly.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt and baking powder and whisk together. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix on low until combined.

Flour a surface and start with a portion of the dough. Roll out to ¼" thick and cut out cookies with a 3 ½" circle cookie cutter. The one I used had little scallops on it, but you could use any round one you like.

On cookie sheets with parchment paper, place the cut out dough at least 1” apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

Once the cookies are cooled, start the flood icing first.

In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, (or you can also use a hand mixer) whisk egg whites until frothy. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar and continue to turn the speed up until it has reached high and all powdered sugar has been added. Whisk until everything is incorporated and it is shiny white.

Add the lemon flavor in and mix to combine.

Separate the icing into three different bowls. In the first bowl, add 1/8 tsp. of the blue dye. In the second bowl, add 1/8 tsp. blue and ¼ tsp. pink to make lavender. In the third bowl, add 1/8 tsp. green to make mint. Make sure to stir the colors in so they dissolve completely.

Put the icing in piping bags with decorating tip #4. You can do one at a time if you only have one #4 tip.

snowflake icing sugar cookies

Pipe a circle around the outside of the cookies. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until the icing has hardened.

Then, flood the icing in the middle of the cookie. Do this by putting a good amount of icing in the middle and then I use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the outer circle that you piped first. The outer circle helps hold the icing in.

Complete all the cookies with the three colors of icing using this method.

Allow the cookies to set at least 15 minutes or until they are hardened completely.

In the bowl of your stand mixer with whisk attachment, (or you can also use a hand mixer) whisk egg whites until frothy. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar and continue to turn the speed up until it has reached high and all powdered sugar has been added. Whisk until everything is incorporated and it is shiny white.

Put this icing in a piping bag with decorating tip #2. Pipe snowflakes onto the cookies any way you like! Allow to set before storing. Store in an airtight container.

- Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Glazed Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Ingredients-Meringues
6 large egg whites, room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment.

2. Place the egg whites and granulated sugar in a mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water and heat, whisking occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot, about 3 minutes.

3. Transfer bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until stiff dry peaks form and bottom of bowl is cool to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in the cornstarch and vinegar. Transfer meringue to a large pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip (such as Ateco #829).

4. Pipe small dots of combined meringue in corners of prepared baking sheets to secure parchment. Holding pastry bag at a 90-degree angle about ½ inch above parchment, pipe base layer of each tree, about 2 inches in diameter, in a swirling fashion. Pipe a smaller layer on top, followed by an even smaller top layer.

5. Transfer baking sheets to oven and reduce heat to 200 degrees. Bake until meringues feel firm but are still pliable and are not taking on any color, about 2 hours. Let cool completely on baking sheets on wire racks. Trees can be stored in a single layer (without touching) in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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Ingredients-Glaze
3 large egg whites
4 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
ColorKitchen colored powders: green, red and yellow
glycerin or water for mixing colors     

Directions
1. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl until a thick paste forms with no dry spots. Ideally, glaze should sit at least 12 hours for sugar to fully hydrate, but it can be used as soon as meringues have cooled.

Or, you can cover and chill up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using.

2. Separate the glaze into 3 bowls. One large bowl for the green and 2 tiny bowls for the red and yellow. In separate bowls mix ColorKitchen powders with glycerin or water to form a smooth paste. Starting slowly add a little color to the glaze. Continue adding color until you like the colors of the glazes. Cover your bowls of colored glaze well with plastic to avoid them drying out until you are ready to start decorating.

3. The red and yellow glaze should be fairly stiff for piping the star and the tiny red dots. The green however needs to be very runny for dipping the trees. Before you start adding green ColorKitchen paste, add some additional egg white to the bowl and whisk gently till you like the consistency.

4. Set a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet for drying your trees. Holding the bottom of the tree dip the tree in your green glaze. Roll it around to get the sides if your bowl is not very deep. Lift up the tree and let the excess glaze drip off into the bowl. Then gently set your tree on your baking sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining trees.

5. Once your trees are dry to the touch, you can pipe on the star top and the red dots for decorations. Use either a tiny round pastry tip or a piece of parchment rolled into a cone and snipped at the tip.

6. Once your trees are finished let them dry over night before storing them in a single layer in an airtight container for a week.

- Recipe by chef Rose Archer

     

Healthy Back to School Snacks-Colorful Lunchbox Sandwich Surprise!

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich

Makes 4 Sandwiches

Recipe:
8 oz. organic cream cheese
1-2 large organic cucumbers, depending on size
ColorKitchen Blue, Pink and Green Dye
1 T. organic dill, finely chopped
1 T. organic lemon juice
1 cloves organic garlic, finely chopped or pressed
organic black pepper
8 slices of organic white bread

Directions:
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, or with a hand whisk, add the cream cheese, dill, lemon juice and garlic. Whisk on low until combined then speed mixer up to high and whip until light and fluffy.

Divide the cream cheese mixture into three bowls, about ¼- ½ cup each (should weigh about 72 g).

Colorful Cream Cheese Sandwich Back to School

Add colors into each bowl. Add ¼ tsp. ColorKitchen Pink Dye + ¼ tsp. ColorKitchen Blue Dye for purple (or, ½ packet each color), ¼ tsp. ColorKitchen Blue Dye (or, ½ packet color), for blue and ½ tsp. ColorKitchen Green Dye (or, ½ packet color), for green. Stir to combine completely.

Chop cucumbers very thin.

Spread cream cheese onto four slices of bread. On the other slices, add a thick layer of cucumbers and sprinkle with black pepper.

Sandwich the cream cheese bread slices and cucumber bread slices together and cut the crust off.

Wrap and put into your child's lunchbox, for a healthy and fun lunchtime surprise!  Or, serve with organic Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips and Watermelon.

Note: If you don’t want to make four sandwiches, just store the extra cream cheese mixture in an airtight container in the fridge. You can dip veggies in it!

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Colorful Turkey Cake

Colorful Turkey Cake made with ColorKitchen!

Makes: 9” Cookie Cake

Recipe:

½ stick (57 g.) organic butter, softened
43 g. organic sugar
43 g. organic dark brown sugar
½ tsp. organic vanilla extract
1 organic large egg
127 g. organic flour
½ tsp. organic cinnamon
½ tsp. organic ginger
½ tsp. organic cloves
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking soda

Frosting & Decorating:

2 sticks (226 g.) organic butter, softened
680 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup organic milk
2 T. water
2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
ColorKitchen Orange, Yellow and Pink Dyes
5 g. organic Dutch cocoa
Ateco decorating tips #8, 12, 2, 104, 150, 56
Ateco couplers

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.

Add the egg and mix on low until combined, scrape sides of bowl and mix more if needed.

In a separate bowl add the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and baking soda. Whisk to combine.

Add the flour into the mixing bowl and mix on low until combined.

Add the sprinkles and mix to combine completely.

Place a parchment paper round in the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan. Form the cookie dough into the pan so it’s even.

Bake for 16-17 minutes.

Once the cookie cake has cooled, start the frosting.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

Separate the frosting into six bowls. In the first bowl, add g. 30 g. This will be the white for the eyes.

In the remaining five bowls, add 185 g. of frosting.

To make purple, add 5 g. ColorKitchen Pink Dye and 3 g. ColorKitchen Blue Dye.

To make orange, add 5 g. ColorKitchen Orange Dye (or 3 g. Pink Dye and 8 g. ColorKitchen Yellow Dye).

To make red, add 3 g. ColorKitchen Pink Dye and 3 g. ColorKitchen Yellow Dye.

For yellow, add 5 g. ColorKitchen Yellow Dye.

To make the brown, add 5 g. Dutch cocoa.

Stir them all to combine completely.

Put the white in a piping bag with decorating tip #8.

Put the chocolate in a piping bag with a coupler so you can change the tip. First, put tip #12.

For the feathers you can use tip #104 or #150. If you only have one or two of these tips just change them out as you go. I started with purple first and just made a zig zag pattern along the upper part of the cookie. I did two rows of each color.
Then switch to red, then orange and then yellow. For the red and orange make sure to use a coupler in the piping bags so you can switch out the tips for feet and neck.

Once the feathers are piped, pipe the body with the chocolate, in a giant U-shape.

Pipe eyes with the white.

Change out the tip in the chocolate to tip #2 and pipe the eyes.

Change out the tip in the orange to tip #56 and pipe the feet. Then pipe a round nose.

Then pipe the gobbler part of the neck using red with tip #150.

Store in an airtight container.

Baker’s Note: To make this gluten free, just substitute the organic flour for 145 g. organic gluten free flour blend.

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Treat yourself to Blue Moon Milkshakes using blue food coloring from nature

Blue Moon Milkshake | Makes 2 Milkshakes

Milkshake:
510 g. (18 oz.) organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Straus Family Creamery is my favorite)
¾ cup organic milk
2 tsp. organic lemon flavor
1 tsp. organic orange flavor
1 tsp. all natural cherry flavor
2 tsp. ColorKitchen Blue Dye 

Whipped Cream:
½ cup organic heavy whipping cream
7 g. organic sugar
½ tsp. organic vanilla extract
ColorKitchen Rainbow Sprinkles 

Directions:
First, make the whipped cream. Using your stand mixer with whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, add the heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl.

Whisk slowly at first, then gradually turning up the speed as the whipped cream thickens until you are at full speed. Whisk until the whipped cream is thick and doesn’t fall off the whisk.

Put whipped cream in a piping bag with decorating tip #846.

In a blender, add the ice cream, milk, lemon flavor, orange flavor, cherry flavor and blue dye. Blend until you have a smooth and creamy milkshake.

Pour into milkshake glasses and top with whipped cream.

Sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles!

Baker's Note: To make this vegan, just use organic vanilla vegan ice cream (like Coconut Bliss) and use organic coconut milk instead of milk! 

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Easter Bunny Cookies

Bunny Easter Cookie

Jes Best Cutout Cookies-Recipe by Jes Lahay

Makes: 24 cookies
Prep 1 hour
Cook 12 mins
Inactive 2 hours, 30 mins
Total 3 hours, 42 mins

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼  teaspoon kosher salt
+
1 ¼  cups chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½" cubes
1 cup sugar
1 large free-range egg
1 large free-range egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract

Directions

  1. Sift 3 cups flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on high speed until well combined (butter does not need to be fluffy), about 3 minutes.

  3. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; beat just to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients. Mix until dough comes together.

  4. Separate dough in half and form two smooth discs for rolling.

  5. Roll each disc to desired thickness (⅛"-¼ ") between two pieces of lightly floured parchment paper on a Silpat mat or flexible cutting mat. Continue to flour top of dough so parchment doesn't stick or crease.

  6. Transfer mat and rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for about 2 hours.

  7. When ready to cut shapes, flip chilled dough so floured side is down. This will help cookies "release" easily.

  8. Cut dough to desired shapes and place on baking sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

  9. Re-roll scraps only once to avoid tough cookies. If dough becomes soft and sticky, return to fridge to chill until shapes cut easily. Chill again until ready to bake. Ideally, 20-30 minutes.

  10. Preheat oven to 325º

  11. Bake until edges are slightly golden, about 12–16 minutes, depending on size. Rotate sheet pans half way through to avoid dark edges.

  12. Let cookies cool slightly on pans then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

Do Ahead: Cookies can be baked (left undecorated) 2 weeks ahead; separate cookies with wax paper, place in air tight containers and freeze.

Jes Best Royal Icing-Recipe by Jes Lahay

Prep 20 mins
Total 20 mins

ColorKitchen natural food colors

Ingredients
970 g [2 lb bag] confectioners' sugar, no need to sift
80g [or 8-10 tablespoons] meringue powder (CK or Henry & Henry)
+
½ cup water
4 tablespoons water
ColorKitchen color packets

Directions

  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix sugar, meringue powder and salt on low for just a bit to incorporate evenly.

  2. Slowly add ½ cup water while mixing at a low speed. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until sugar is just wet.

  3. Scrape sides of the mixing bowl. Increase speed one notch (#2 on Kitchenaid stand mixer). Mix for five minutes. When finished icing should have a matte (not glossy) finish and hold it's shape on the paddle when pulled up/out of the bowl.

  4. Separate into clean, oil-free containers and tint with gel food coloring.

  5. This recipe yields "stiff" consistency for piping details. Add water as needed to achieve flooding consistency.

  6. Keep covered tightly and store for up to a week in a cool dry place or 10 days in the refrigerator. Mix well when ready to use.

Recipe: whisk & wander

Easter Egg Sprinkle Cookies

Makes: 3 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients-Cookie
2 sticks (227 g.) organic butter, softened
142 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. organic almond extract
255 g. organic flour
3 packets ColorKitchen Foods Rainbow Sprinkles

Ingredients-Topping
340 g. (12 oz.) organic white chocolate, chopped
ColorKitchen Foods Pink, Yellow, Blue Food Dyes 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a shallow bowl, add the sprinkles. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and almond extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.

Add the flour and mix until combined.

On a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper, hand form egg shaped cookies. This is really simple, just make a ball and then squeeze each side a little to create a point. Each dough ball should be about 1.5” in diameter.

Dip each egg shaped dough ball into the sprinkles, and space them at least 1” apart on the baking sheet.

Bake for 13 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool before beginning next step.

In a double boiler, add the white chocolate and melt until three-quarters melted. Remove from heat and stir vigorously until completely melted.

Separate the white chocolate into four bowls.

Sprinkle a little bit of pink dye into one bowl, yellow in another, blue and yellow to create green in another and pink and blue to create purple. Use equal parts of each when combining the colors. To get pastel colors, it is too little of an amount to measure so be careful not to sprinkle too much or you’ll end up with a brighter color.

Stir each bowl of chocolate to combine the dyes completely.

Dip the bottom (the non sprinkle side) of each cookie in different colored chocolate. Set them chocolate side down on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Allow to set until cool or in the fridge.

Eat cookies!

Store in a cool dry place, or in the fridge.

Baker’s Note: To make these cookies gluten free, substitute the organic flour for 227 g. organic gluten free flour blend and 57 g. organic coconut flour.

Mammoth Lakes – bake at 350 for 11 minutes

- Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Valentine’s Day Cake

Valentine's Cake

Ingredients-Cake
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
170 g. organic sugar
½ tsp. organic ground vanilla bean
2 organic large eggs
½ cup organic milk
43 g. organic Dutch cocoa
127 g. all natural cake flour (or organic gluten free flour blend)
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder

Ingredients-Inside Frosting
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
227 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. all natural cherry flavor
1 tsp. ColorKitchen Foods Pink Food Dye

Ingredients-Outside Frosting
1 ½ sticks (170 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T. water
⅛ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Food Dye (in 8 oz. of frosting)
ColorKitchen Foods Heart Sprinkles

Ingredients-Hard Candied Hearts
57 g. corn syrup
227 g. sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Food Dye
2 tsp. organic cherry flavor

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar and vanilla bean. Mix until combined.

Add the eggs and mix just slightly.

Add the cake flour (or gluten free flour if you’re making this gluten free), cocoa, salt and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together.

Add the milk and flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix on low until combined. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again until combined into a smooth cake batter.

Valentine's Cake

Line three 6” cake pans with parchment paper and measure batter evenly into each pan, about 213 g. each.

Bake for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling, make the candy hearts.

Grease a silicone mat and heart cookie cutters, set aside.

In a medium pot add the sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat with a candy thermometer until 300 degrees.

Remove from heat and immediately add the Pink Food Dye and stir vigorously to combine so it does not clump.

Then add the cherry flavor, stir to combine.

Pour candy into the heart shaped cookie cutters.

Allow candy to cool.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, start the inside frosting first. Add the butter, powdered sugar, cherry flavor and pink food dye. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed up mixer to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl and mix again to make sure all color is mixed completely.

On a cake stand or cake spinner, place the first cake layer. Add a generous amount of frosting and top with the second cake layer. Repeat this process with the other two cake layers.

Crumb coat the outside of the cake. Allow to set or cool in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

In a clean bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Remove 170 g. frosting and add ⅛ tsp. Pink Food Dye, stir to combine completely. Set aside.

With the white frosting, frost the outside of the cake smooth. Chill for about 10 minutes in the fridge or freezer.

Using the light pink frosting, place small amounts of frosting in globs on the lower half of the cake. With a cake scraper, scrape off the frosting leaving a smooth pink finish. Repeat until you get the amount of pink desired.

Put the remaining pink frosting in a piping bag with decorating tip #199. Pipe a shell boarder on the bottom of the cake.

Using the pink frosting in the piping bag, pipe frosting on the backs of however many hearts you’d like to place on the cake. Place them on the cake.

Using ColorKitchen’s Heart Sprinkles, sprinkle them on the top of the cake as you like.

Eat cake!- Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

 

 

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes with Royal Icing Decorations

Halloween Cupcake

Makes 12-14 cupcakes

Ingredients-Cupcakes
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
2 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream, room temperature
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment; add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and whisk on medium speed until smooth (about 1 minute).

In a medium sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.

Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Slowly add in the flour mixture, about ¼ cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.

As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. You do not want to over-mix! The batter will be very thick.

Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The center of the cupcake should spring back up if gently pressed.

Ingredients-Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
ColorKitchen Powder, red and yellow

Directions
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until very smooth on medium speed. Turn the mixer down and slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. If your frosting seems thin add more sugar. If your icing seems stiff add a tablespoon of milk. Mix red and yellow Color Kitchen powders into a little bowl with water or glycerin to form a smooth orange paste. Starting slowly add the orange paste to the frosting until you like the color. 

Using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with a corner cut off, put a star tip into the bottom. Fill bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes.

Ingredients-Royal Icing for Decorations
2 egg whites
2 lb icing sugar sifted (not all may be used)
1 tsp lemon juice
ColorKitchen food coloring powders

Directions
Combine egg whites and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add some of the sifted icing sugar to the mixture and start the mixer.

Keep adding icing sugar a little at a time. When the mixture looks like thick whipped cream and makes soft peaks when you push down the hooks/paddle in it, you can use it for piping. 

When you have the soft peak icing, you start to only add 2 tbsp of icing sugar at a time because from now on the icing will get more and more stiff. When you can pull out small stiff peaks the icing is ready. Cover the icing with cling film and a lid or wet cloth and store it in the fridge.

Runny icing:

Take some royal icing (stiff made) into a bowl and start mixing it with water, a few drops at the time. Continue this until the icing is thin and liquid. It should be smoothing out when you lift the spoon. The mixing with the water will most likely cause many air bubbles in the icing, so it is always good to cover up the icing and let it “rest” for 30 min. Then give it a slow stir and you have reduced the amount of air bubbles in your icing.

Divide your royal icing between a few small bowls for coloring. Mix your Color Kitchen powders with a little water or glycerin to form a smooth paste. I added red and yellow to make orange for the pumpkins. Begin slowly adding the color paste to your royal icing until you like the color.

Using a black felt tip pen draw shapes on a sheet of parchment paper. I searched google images to find Halloween clip art to print out and use to trace the shapes of pumpkins, ghosts, cats etc…Once you have the shapes drawn on your sheet of parchment, cover that sheet with a clean sheet of parchment. This will be the sheet you pipe your royal icing onto. Using the technique in the video below. The dark brown decorations were made with dark chocolate. Pipe a triangle “stem” onto the bottom of each decoration so you have something to stick down into the frosting.

Excellent video showing the technique for icing cookies with royal icing.

- Recipe by chef Rose Archer

 

Shortbread Cookies with Candied Flowers and Herbs

candied flower shortbread cookie

Makes 16-18 cookies depending on size of cutters

Ingredients

Cookies
⅓ cup rice flour
1½ teaspoon kosher salt
2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling dough
1 cup (2 sticks) plus 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
candied flowers and/or herbs for decorating

Glaze
3 large egg whites
4 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
ColorKitchen color packets
a couple drops of glycerin or water for mixing colors

Directions

candied flower shortbread cookie

Glaze
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl until a thick paste forms with no dry spots. Ideally, glaze should sit at least 12 hours for sugar to fully hydrate (it can be covered and chilled up to 1 week), but it can be used as soon as cookies have cooled.

Bring to room temperature before using. In separate bowls mix ColorKitchen powders with a couple drops of glycerin or water to form a smooth paste. Starting slowly add glaze to colors. Stir and continue adding glaze until you have reached the desired intensity of color. Beet red will make a pink glaze, yellow with a bit of beet red makes an orange, and the bluish-green glaze was made by mixing blue with a little yellow.

Cover your bowls of colored glaze well with plastic to avoid them drying out until you are ready to start decorating. 

Shortbread
Whisk rice flour, salt, and 2½ cups all-purpose flour in a medium bowl. Using a stand mixer with the paddle on medium-high, beat butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in dry ingredients on low until fully combined. Form into a flat disk and wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours, and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of lightly floured parchment to ⅛” thick. Using large cutter, cut out 16 rounds, re-rolling scraps. Using small cutter, punch out centers. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets until edges are golden, 12–14 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Decorating
Ice your cookies using the instructions in the link below. This method is called “flooding”. While the icing is still wet add your candied flowers in any design you like. Let them dry completely before storing them in a single layer in an air-tight container.

Excellent video showing how to ice cookies.        
How to make candied flowers.

- Recipe by chef Rose Archer

Flower Crown Pumpkin Cookies

Hipster Pumpkin Cookies

Makes 2 Dozen Cookies

Cookies:
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
170 g. organic sugar (¾ cup)
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs
198 g. organic flour (1 ¼ cup + 2 T.)
43 g. organic Dutch cocoa, sifted (½ cup + 2 T.)
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt

Orange Frosting:
1.5 sticks (170g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted (2 ½ cups)
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
4 tsp. (2 packets) ColorKitchen Orange Dye
2-3 tsp. water

Decorating Frosting:
½ stick (57 g.) organic butter, softened
170 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted (1 cup + 3 T.)
ColorKitchen Green, Blue & Pink Dyes

Tools:
Rolling pin
3” round cookie cutter
3 piping bags
Ateco decorating tips #56, 15, 26, 68, 263
1 coupler

Flower Pumpkin Cookies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.

Add the eggs and mix just slightly.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sea salt and whisk together.
Add the flour mixture into the mixing bowl and mix on low until cookie dough forms.

On a floured surface, roll out cookie dough to about ¼” thick.

Using a 3” round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place at least 1” apart.

Bake for 10-11 minutes.

Once the cookies have cooled start the Orange Frosting. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the orange dye and 1-2 tsp. water. Just using a spoon or small spatula mix together to make the orange dye. Then add the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix on low until combined. Then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Add a little more water if needed.

Put the orange frosting in a piping bag with a coupler and decorating tip #56 first. Pipe the outline of the pumpkin onto the cookies.

Then switch out the tip to #15 and fill in the pumpkins.

Next make the decorating frosting. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment add the butter, powdered sugar and 1 tsp. water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl add ½ tsp. ColorKitchen Pink Dye and ½ tsp. ColorKitchen Blue dye with 1 tsp. water to make the dark purple.

In another bowl, add ½ tsp. ColorKitchen Green Dye and ½ tsp. water to make the green dye.

You will separate the frosting into those two bowls, adding more into the purple, less into the green and leaving a very small amount in the mixing bowl. Stir the purple and green frosting to combine completely. When the green frosting is completely combined, add a small dollop into the mixing bowl with the white frosting. This will make a light green or mint colored frosting.

Put the purple frosting in a piping bag with decorating tip #26. Put the green frosting in a piping bag with decorating tip #68 and the mint in a piping bag with decorating tip #263.

Pipe one or two roses on top of the pumpkins with purple frosting.

Then pipe leaves around with the green and mint.

Store in the fridge or in an airtight container. 

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar