Here is a good little recipe for a healthy alternative to corn syrup filled caramel corn, that your family will love!
Things you will need:
7-10 cups Plain or lightly salted popcorn
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
1 cup pecan (optional)
3 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp organic vanilla (optional)
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Make or purchase 7-10 cups of lightly salted popcorn (no butter).
The Better Made Popcorn is gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, and low fat. Best of all . . . . no work involved!
Evenly spread out your popcorn onto your parchment covered tray.
Brown your butter or melt your coconut oil over low heat. Add in your 1 cup of sugar, stirring continuously. Do not let it boil or it will burn. Just keep it over the heat long enough to dissolve the sugar into your oil of choice.
Here is the sugar that I chose to use. I like to use coconut sugar because it tastes so much like brown sugar.
Take your dissolved sugar mixture off the heat and stir in the salt, baking soda, and optional add-ins. Feel free to be creative! Maybe add some carob chips!
Carefully pour hot mixture over popcorn and thoroughly mix until all the popcorn is well coated. Bake on 250 for 60 min. Stir every 10 – 15 min until sugar mixture has been mostly absorbed.
How to Have a Christ-Centered and Gluten-Free Halloween
At the By Grace Cakes bakery, we look at Halloween as a chance to preach Christ. Here are a few simple ways to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Halloween.
1. Keep it Child-Like
What does it mean to keep Halloween child-like? Let this night be for Christ first, and then for the kids. Keep this in mind when picking out costumes and decorating your home. When opening up the door, to hand out candy, kids should ooooh and aaahhhh over a fairy princess! Don’t let it be a scary zombie or inappropriately short dressed red riding hood. Keep is a a fanciful night of fun for your kids, like seeing his or her favorite characters come to life.
2. Keep it Family Focused
When decorating your home, let the kids help. Pick out pumpkins as a family and bring them home to carve together. Roast some pumpkin seeds and make great memories together! So skip the ghouls and the goblins and keep it happy and homey:)
Skip the witches brew and the skeleton bones and stick with candy corn treats, God’s beautiful fall leaves, and pumpkin patches. Here is a free printable Halloween Cupcake Topper, to keep your fall family day, Christ centered.
Traditional, decadent, wonderful wedding cake flavors such as vanilla bean, chocolate, almond and lemon have graced cake tables for years. Classics such as red velvet, carrot cake and banana cake flavors have been the cake of choice for many happy celebrations. But what about these new fangled flavors that are popping up out of the imaginative minds of bakers everywhere? Is it “safe” to spend money on a cake flavor that your guests may not be accustomed to? Are theses flavors just a fad? I leave you to ponder those questions. Here are some bold flavor choices that you and your fiancé may want to request at your next cake tasting.
Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake with “Cinnabon” Buttercream
An all-time favorite, the flavor of a great cinnamon roll is something that should pleasantly surprise your guests. Swirled with cinnamon and sugar this cake would be great choice for the coffee drinking, book loving newlywed couple.
Raspberry Lemon Coconut Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
A bright, lucious wedding cake flavor, this raspberry lemon coconut cake flavor would be a great compliment to a Summer wedding. Raspberry filling layered on a lemon cake is sure to give your guests the perfect pucker-up tart and sweet flavor combination.
Butter Pecan Cake with Maple Buttercream
Butter pecan ice cream is an old fashioned favorite. So why not have a vintage wedding paired with a vintage flavor. Layers of pecans in a maple buttercream filling would be a sweet addition to a Autumn wedding.
Strawberry Shortcake Cake with Fluffy White Buttercream
Fourth of July parties, backyard barbecues, and church picnics invoke thoughts of strawberry shortcakes served with rootbeer floats and ice cream. This wedding cake flavor would be a great accompaniment to an outdoor wedding. This flavor profile is both stylish and comforting.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Cake with Chocolate Buttercream
Bring out the child-like excitment in all of your guests with this peanut butter cookie dough brownie cake. Decadent and fun, this wedding cake flavor brings bake all the great memories of homemade brownies and baking cookies with mom.
Check with your local cake designer to see if you could try one of these non-traditional flavors at your next cake tasting. Or if you live in the local area, you can find gluten-free adaptations of these great wedding cake flavors at the By Grace Cakes bakery.
Do you have a favorite cake flavor? Is there an unusual wedding cake flavor that you crave? I would love to hear your thoughts!
What’s Hot and What’s Not in Wedding Cakes this Season
Wedding season is in full bloom. This year’s hot wedding cake trends are quickly setting themselves above the rest. Where modern, edgy cakes ruled supreme, now vintage, old world glamour has stolen the scene. Here at the By Grace Cakes bakery, we know that what’s hot and what’s not in wedding cakes swings back and forth like a pendulum. Old designs and new designs inspire each other putting new twists on styles from the past, and inspiring new designs for the future.
Modern Goes Natural
Let’s be honest, we are all a little tired of the word “rustic”. When someone says “rustic” an imgage of an out-doorsy, woodsman type of a person that only eats jerky comes to mind. And, needless to say, the word “rustic” is overused and misused so often. It has been stereotyped into something that it’s not. You don’t have to be married in a barn to appreciate a simple white ruffle, a lace flower accent or some well placed jute. So let’s call it, Modern Goes Natural. It has, after all, the same sleek white base that a modern cake boasts, but without all of the harsh, sharp edges. This type of wedding cake design exudes softness, a welcoming charm and a delicate touch. So the next time someone asks you if your style is “rustic” tell them that your style is Modern Goes Natural.
Vintage, Vintage, Vintage
Just as an example of how hot this cake design is right now, Pinterest clocks this cake at having 16723 repins as well as 1929 likes. I think we can safely say that this cake is providing some major inspiration. Again we can see that the harsh, sharp edges of the modern-day cake are gone. And in its place, we have soft rounded edges, simplistic design elements, muted florals and whimsically placed pearls. This does not mean that your wedding dress must look like a flapper dress, covered in lace and hemmed with a row of fringe. If you like the mermaid sheath or a diamond studded ball gown, you go girl! Once your vintage wedding cake is wheeled out, all you will hear is shooshed of whoos and ahhhs from your guests. Think of this cake style as a reflections of your inner beauty; the heart of you.
Sparkle and Shine
Now I know that some of you brides out there are bursting at the seams saying “Need . . .more . . .SPARKLE!” So this one is for you. More than likely your taste for sparkly things reflects the sparkling personality that you are. With your bubbly, vivacious personality you want to add just one more sparkle to your cake. Put the bedazzler down and sllooowwwlly step away from the cake. Glitz and glamour are probably one of the most difficult wedding cake design elements to balance. You don’t want to have too much of a good thing. The cake shown above is a great example of Sparkle and Shine done correctly. Please take a close look at the proportions. Sorry ladies, but if you want an entire cake tier covered in sequins you may have to settle for a smaller cake. Proportion is everything. If you had a large cake even partially covered in sparkles, the guest might confuse your cake with the chandelier. But don’t fret, simply do a few complimenting smaller tiers on a fabulous dessert table, or compliment your sparkly creation with accenting cake pops, cupcakes, mini cakes, petit fours or designer cookies! You can keep it simple and still let your Sparkling personality Shine!
Your Style is Unique and Beautiful
Take heart, if what you imagine as your perfect wedding day cake is not listed among the hot trendsetting cakes of 2015; there is no cause for concern. It doesn’t mean that your day will be any less spectacular. These designs are just a starting point used to inspire you. Your wedding cake should be as unique and beautiful as you are. Put your own twist on a trendsetting design or create a trendsetting style all your own.
Join the conversation. I would love to hear back on what cake designs inspire you!
Wedding season is in full swing. With so many lovely options to choose from, how do you have your dazzling day within your budget? At the By Grace Cakes bakery, we want to offer you 3 tips for buying an affordable wedding cake
How to Buy an Affordable Wedding Cake
Be Up-Front About Your Budget
If you are ordering a By Grace Cakes wedding cake, or ordering from another bakery, be sure to share your budget with your cake designer. A good bakery will do all that they can to fit your budgetary needs. Most bakeries will have a listed price per serving, but don’t be afraid to share the price range that you are looking for. The baker should be able to tell you what you can get for that price.
Ask About Discounts and Other Dessert Options
Some bakeries have discounts for “liking” them on social media websites such as yelp, facebook or twitter. Coupons can sometimes be found for seasonal weddings such as Valentine’s day, Easter and Christmas. Also, ask about cake pops, cupcakes, petit fours and chocolates. More price breaks can be sometimes given for a large order of a smaller dessert, such as cake pops and cupcakes, than on one large cake. This will also allow each guest to have multiple serving and feel like they have a custom dessert to eat at your wedding, or to easily take home.
Simplify the Details
Remember, the more detail, the greater the cost. More wedding cake details means more supplies and time required from the baker. This principle also applies to cake flavors. The more cake flavors and fillings requested, the higher the cost of the cake. Keep the details simple and elegant and your wedding cake will be a great success.
Looking for a great Super Bowl party idea? Check out this easy tutorial by Cake Supplies Plus.
Football Cake Tutorial
Do you have a great baking tutorial that you would like to share on the By Grace Cakes bakery site? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can work together to post your tutorial here. I am always looking for great tips to share with my readers.
a) Spring cleaning, yay!! No, not really. or b) Warm sunshine = crisp breezes = bulbs and blooms = gardening = spring bloom cupcakes!!!
I’m going with b. Yes, definitely b. I love spring. New beginning, new hope, new birth . . . and new cupcakes!
Can you see this one a little better?
For the life of me I could not get the wrapper to release from the cupcake. I baked three boxes of devil’s food Betty Crocker boxed cake cupcakes and most of the cupcake stuck to the wrapper. So I googled the issue and I found that I shouldn’t use cupcake liners. Instead, I greased the cupcake pans with Crisco and put the batter directly into the pan and cooked the cupcakes on 325 degrees. They turned out perfectly!. Just don’t fill them over half way, otherwise you will get some elephant man looking cupcakes. Then put your cupcake in the liner after you have removed it from the pan.
For the cupcake filling I melted a box of Andy’s mints with one-half cup of milk. Add powdered sugar until the chocolate mixture is pudding consistency. Pour the chocolate mixture into a piping bag and using a Wilton 230 tip, fill each cupcake. Stop filling when you can see the cupcake expanding.
Use a 104 Wilton tip for the roses, orchids, zinnias and daffodils and a 1M tip for the hydrangea. For some great tutorials, view the following:
How to Make Buttercream . . .
To make the two tone hydrangea, you will want to make the buttercream color that you want to be on the outside petals of the flowers, so for mine, blue. Put two to three large spoon fulls of the outside color into the piping bag. Rub the piping bag sides together so that the outside petal color smears to the insides of the bag. Take your second buttercream color for the inside of the petals, in my case yellow, and fill the middle of the same bag. It will be kind of messy, but don’t worry about getting it perfect. Just push the middle color down with your spoon in the middle of the first color. Close the piping bag and push all the colors down to the 1M tip. Push the squeeze the frosting against the cupcake, push the tip down (but do not touch the cupcake with the tip) stop squeezing the frosting and pull the tip up.
See these two tutorial videos to get a better idea. I don’t know about you, but I am a visual learner.