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With out question - the best cake I've had

Using crisco to grease your pans may have contributed to the problem. Alton Brown from Good Eats on the Food Network taught me to use butter when greasing pans. Butter, unlike Crisco, contains water, which evaporates in the oven, creating a small layer of air under the cake and keeping it from sticking horribly to the pan.

Also, I've had many a cake stick to the pan in my years baking. Usually it's a result of being too impatient and trying to turn the cakes out when they're very hot, then they break more easily. Nothing a little extra frosting won't fix though. :)

Oct 11, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

With out question - the best cake I've had

You should try this cake if you don't like bananas, it still gets you lots of that peanut butter frosting!

http://einphilly.blogspot.com/2007/08...

Oct 04, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

The Best Cake Ever, Thanks to Elvis

It's part of my original recipe to add the cayenne. It makes the cake a hunk of "burning" love. But Krissywats has the right idea when you're serving it to kids or people who don't like spicy foods.

Sep 20, 2007
halene in Features

With out question - the best cake I've had

A bundt pan is a good idea, too. I think if I try it in that shape I'll make a peanut butter glaze and drizzle it on top instead of trying to frost it with buttercream.

Sep 18, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

With out question - the best cake I've had

I would bake it in a 13X9 and just adjust the baking time as needed!

Sep 18, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

With out question - the best cake I've had

The banana extract isn't necessary, especially if your bananas are very ripe or over ripe.

Sep 17, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

With out question - the best cake I've had

Glad you liked the Elvis! Your adaptations to the recipe sound wonderful.

You should try the cayenne pepper at least once, it adds a little kick that is suprisingly yummy.

Sep 05, 2007
halene in Home Cooking

Erawan seems good - why so empty?

Erawan is my favorite Thai place in Philly with Siam Lotus coming in a close second. Whenever I go to Erawan we're usually the only ones in the restaurant. It is a few dollars more than other places mentioned in this thread, but it's my favorite anyway. It's also considerably harder to park around that part of the city compared to Spring Garden where Siam Lotus is located.

Attached is a picture of my favorite dish at Erawan, the Erawan Noodles.

May 10, 2007
halene in Pennsylvania

Chocolate Rum Pudding Cake

Traditional chocolate, lemon, and orange pudding cake recipes can be located at http://bakingbites.com/recipe-index .

I've also never baked a pudding cake in a spring form pan, always used an 8X8 or for a double batch a 9X13 glass dish.

May 10, 2007
halene in Recipes

Little Ditsy Cream Pies

I altered this recipe a bit to suit my tastes. I didn't pulverize the oatmeal because I liked the texture, and I upped the butter by one stick because I like my cookies a bit chewier and crunchier around the edges than the ones in the above picture appear to be.
<a href="http://einphilly.blogspot.com/2006/11...> were delicious, and I took a shortcut with the filling too, though I bet the long version in the above recipe is truer to the orginal.

Dec 02, 2006
halene in Recipes

Good inexpensive Mexican?

Taqueria Veracruzan. 9th and Washington. Get the grilled steak tacos or quesadillas. Plaza Garibaldi is also great for carne asada and mole.

Sep 28, 2006
halene in Pennsylvania