Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies.

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Today I am bringing you an updated Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies recipe. As most people in the world including my family are getting healthy I thought I would repost this yummy recipe. If you are anything like me, you still have to have something sweet while eating healthy. This recipe is even better then the original full fat version. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! In the next coming weeks I will be talking a bit more about the system we will be using to get healthy. Below is the original post as well as new photos. As a side note in the original post I announced I was moving back home to Florida. It is crazy to think we are two short months away from being here a full year! 

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Today I am  taking a quick break from iTunes Tuesday to bring you delicious Almond Meltaway Cookies, that on top of being yummy are also healthy! As a side note I can officially tell you that we are moving home to Pensacola, Fl woohoo! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming :)  My mom loves almond so they were a hit with her as well as my dad and I. The original recipe comes from The Novice Chef. I changed the recipe up a bit to make it a little healthier . The original recipe also had a glaze on top, I did not include the recipe for this but feel free to stop over at The Novice Chef to get the original recipe.  Enjoy :)

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Ingredients 

2 cups King Arthur Organic Unbleached Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3/4 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In measuring cup whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a stand mixer using flex edge beat Coconut Oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Using cookie scoop press dough into scoop making sure it is packed in scoop, release dough unto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are! Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies

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Today I bring you Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies, perfect for a rainy day. I have been reading the Hannah Swensen Book Series by Joanne Fluke, in each book Joanne includes several recipes for desserts as well as a few main courses. I have been wanting to try a recipe but had not had the chance until two weeks ago. A friend of ours had a family emergency so I offered to bring over Dinner and some dessert for the whole family.

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This recipe makes somewhere in between 8 to 10 dozen cookies, if that is to much to eat at once feel free to freeze the extras 🙂 The recipe calls for espresso powder, I used Greek Nescafe Classic, next time I think I will try Coffee Extract.I did make a few changes to recipe to accommodate my taste. I absolutely love this recipe, I know I will continue making it for years to come! Enjoy 🙂

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Ingredients:

4 sticks, (one pound) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup espresso powder

1 TBL 1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups white granulated sugar

3 eggs, beat in measuring cup

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups milk chocolate chips (A bag plus half a bag of chips)

5  1/2 cups all purpose flour, measured with the scoop and level method

 

Directions

Mix into melted butter the espresso powder and vanilla extract, continue mixing until espresso powder is dissolved. Add in the sugar, eggs, baking powder, and baking soda, mix well. Add in the flour one cup at a time mixing until evenly distributed, continue until all flour has been added in. Mix in chocolate chips using a spatula. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop unto parchment lined cookie sheet, 12 to standard sheet pan. Flatten each cookie with a two inch flat surface (I used a small ramekin bottom). Place cookie sheets into a preheated 375 degree oven for 9-11 minutes. After they come out of the oven leave on pan for two minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

 

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

My family loves P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps, I can remember the very first time I ever had them. I was around 8 and we were visiting friends in Colorado. I remember my girlfriends and I using our chop sticks as drum sticks (much to the dismay of our parents) while we were waiting for the wraps to come out.  With our love of P.F. Chang’s and not having one close by to our new home, I knew I had to come up with a recipe.  Hope you enjoy my version of the wraps as much as we did! 🙂

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Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced finely
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
4 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Bunch of Romaine lettuce

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar,and ginger until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes.
To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of  lettuce leaf, taco-style or if you are like me onto your plate.  Enjoy!

Patriotic Trifle

I made this trifle for Memorial Day, I got the idea from Mels Kitchen Cafe, I used her recipe as a jumping off point. I love trifles for their simplicity but it looks like you spent hours.  You can make everything homemade or you can buy it from the store. I made the blueberry filling homemade but bought the cherry filling. We had friends and family over for Memorial Day and they gave this dessert a thumbs up!  On a side note please bare with me in the next few weeks as there may be some exciting changes coming to Lashes and Dashes 🙂

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Adding water to the blueberries.

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Adding in the cornstarch.

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In goes the sugar.

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All of the ingredients for the blueberry filling in the pot.

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The blueberry filling cooking.

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The blueberry filling cooked and cooling.

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Adding condensed milk to softened cream cheese.

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The cream cheese filling.

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Making whipped cream.

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The cake mixture layer on the bottom.

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The blueberry filling layered on.

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The whipped cream layer.

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Note: I used a Angel Food Box mix and used about 3/4 of the cake. You could also use a store bought cake which the original recipe said is the perfect size. If you choose to decorate the top of the trifle keep the other portion of the cake. I used canned cherry pie filling but you can also make homemade cherry filling the same way you made the blueberry.

Ingredients 

Blueberry Filling:

12 ounces frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 tablespoon)

Cherry Pie Filling.

Cake and Cream:

Baked, cooled and cubed angel food cake (see note)
16 ounces light cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2/3 cup half-and-half or evaporated milk (can use skim evaporated milk)
2/3 cup granulated sugar

Whipped Cream:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions

DIRECTIONS

For the blueberry filling, in a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened, 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. For the cake and cream layer, in a blender or with an electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer), whip together the cream cheese, half-and-half or evaporated milk and sugar until smooth and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a bowl if you used a blender. Fold in the angel food cake cubes. Keep in mind (from the note above) that you may not use all the cake cubes, especially if using an angel food cake mix. Add cake cubes until they are all thickly coated with a layer of cream. If making this in advance, it can dry out if there is too much angel food cake added. For the whipped cream, beat together the heavy cream and powdered sugar until peaks form. To assemble, in a trifle dish or in a large glass bowl, spread half of the angel food cake mixture. Top with half of the blueberries, spreading evenly across, and then spread half of the sweetened whipped cream. Then spread half of your cherry filling. Repeat the layers but keep out small amount of blueberry and cherry filling as well as small amount of whipped cream. If you would like to decorate the top of the trifle use extra angel food cake chunks around the outside edge of trifle, then using the leftover cherry filling make a circle around top of cake. Using the leftover whipped cream make a smaller circle then place a small dollop of blueberry filling in the middle to finish the trifle off.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve chilled.

Chateaubriand Recipe

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The finished product.

For Mothers Day here in the US,  I made Chateaubriand, My parents had Chateaubriand the night they were engaged. so it was very special for my Mom. For my first ever traditional French meal I think it turned out wonderful. I made all of the sauces homemade, you can find the recipe Here. I know I will be making this dish again for special occasions! Chateaubriand is not a difficult meal if you follow the recipe.

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Melting the butter.

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Searing the meat.

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Searing the meat on all sides.

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The meat placed on a rack in my pan, ready to go in the oven.

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Chopping the tarragon.

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The meat after cooking in the oven.

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Adding in the shallots.

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Sauteing the shallots.

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Adding in the red wine.

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Adding in the Demi-Glace.

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Tarragon being added in.

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Ingredients

1 thick, center cut tenderloin, approximately 1 pound

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 shallot, minced

4 oz. full-bodied red wine

4 oz. Demi glace

1-tablespoon butter, softened

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

Whole tarragon leaves, for garnish

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375º F. Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat. Preheat an oven-safe heavy skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Depending on your stove, this could take 4 or 5 minutes. Add the butter and oil to the pan. When the butter stops foaming, place meat in pan.With tongs, turn the meat and continue searing. If the meat sticks to the pan, leave it for another few seconds. When the sear is complete, the meat will release on its own, so be gentle and patient. Keep an eye on the heat, you may need to adjust it up or down to maintain a good “sizzle ‘ without burning the meat. Remove the meat from the pan, and place an oven-safe rack in the cooking pan. Put the meat on the rack and roast in the oven until the meat has reached an internal temperature of 125º F if you want your meat more on the rare side. I cooked the meat for 25 minutes. Put the meat on a warmed platter to rest for about 15 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise, and your meat will be a perfect medium well. While the meat is resting, prepare the sauce. You should have plenty of oil/butter left in the cooking pan. Place the pan over medium heat – careful, it has been in the oven. Make sure you have an oven mitt, because the handle can burn you. Add the minced shallot and saute until translucent, but not browned. Add the red wine. Turn the heat up to medium high and reduce by half. Add the demi-glace to the pan and reduce for a couple of minutes until the mixture is somewhat syrupy. Taste for seasonings, and add salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in the minced tarragon and remove from the heat. Swirl in the softened butter right before serving. This will help to further thicken the sauce and impart a lovely sheen. We sliced the meat in the kitchen but the traditional preparation would be to slice the meat at the table. I severed this dish with piped mash potatoes but you can use any other side you wish.

 

Classic French Sauces.

I made Chateaubriand a few weeks ago for my Mom on Mother’s Day. I made these two sauces for it. Both of these sauces are simple to make and are wonderful on their own as well as combined to make other sauces. First I made Espagnole Sauce which is the most time consuming of the two, the Demi-Glace uses all of the Espagnole Sauce. We had some of the Demi-Glace Sauce left after I made the Chateaubriand, so the next day I served it along with baked pork chops, it was wonderful!  These sauces will be made again and again in my house, they are so easy to make and really add something to whatever dish you are making. Check out the Chateaubriand Recipe Here.

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Melting the butter.

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Skimming the foam off the top of the melted butter.

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The clarified butter.

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The milk solids next to the clarified butter.

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Measuring the flour.

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Measuring the Clarified Butter.

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Adding the Clarified Butter to my Stock Pot.

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Adding in the chopped carrots.

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Adding in the onions.

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Sauteing the mirepoix.

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Making the Sachet.

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Adding in the flour to make the roux.

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Whisking in the Stock.

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Whisking in the tomato paste.

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The Espagnole Sauce after adding in the paste.

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The Espagnole Sauce coming to a boil.

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Adding in the sachet.

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Straining the sauce.

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Adding in the Brown Stock to the Espagnole Sauce to make the Demi-Glace.

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My little Sous Chef, Arianna.

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The Demi-Glace boiling.

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The Demi-Glace.

 

Clarified Butter

Ingredients 

1 stick unsalted butter

Directions

Heat butter over low heat in heavy bottom sauce pan. Simmer until foam starts to rise to the top of the butter. Begin to skim foam off top of butter, continue to skim foam. The foam is milk solids, keep the milk solids, they are great in mashed potatoes. Remove the clarified butter from heat. Clarified Butter can be kept in fridge for a month.

Espagnole sauce

Ingredients

1 cup onions, diced
½ cup carrots, diced
½ cup celery, diced
2 oz clarified butter
2 oz all-purpose flour
6 cups brown stock
¼ cup tomato purée

For Sachet:
1 bay leaf

½ tsp dried thyme

3-4 fresh parsley stems

4 inch square piece of cheese cloth

1 inch wide  piece of cheese cloth

To make sachet place parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in middle of square cheese cloth. Tie the sachet together with inch wide cheese cloth.

Directions

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, place clarified butter. Add the mirepoix and sauté for a few minutes until it’s lightly browned. (Mirepoix is just a fancy word for diced carrots, onions, and celery) Don’t let it burn, though. Whisk the flour into the mirepoix a little bit at a time, until it is fully incorporated and forms a thick paste or roux. Lower the heat and cook the roux for another five minutes or so, until it’s light brown. Don’t let it burn! The roux will have a slightly nutty aroma at this point. Using a wire whisk, slowly add the stock and tomato purée to the roux, whisking vigorously to make sure it’s free of lumps. Bring to a boil, lower heat, add the sachet and simmer for about 50 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by about one-third, stirring frequently to make sure the sauce doesn’t scorch at the bottom of the pan. Use a spoon to skim off any impurities that rise to the surface. Remove the sauce from the heat and retrieve the sachet. For an extra smooth consistency, carefully pour the sauce through a strainer. Serve hot. If not serving the sauce right away, keep it covered and warm until you’re ready to use it.

Makes about 1 quart of Espagnole sauce.

Demi-Glace

Ingredients 

2 cups brown stock
2 cups brown sauce (espagnole)
——– For Optional Sachet: ——–
1 bay leaf
½ tsp dried thyme
3-4 fresh parsley stems

Directions

Combine the Espagnole sauce and the brown stock in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat to a simmer, add the sachet and reduce for about 20 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by half. Remove pan from heat and retrieve the sachet. Carefully pour the demi-glace through a wire mesh strainer lined with a piece of cheesecloth if you used a sachet.

Makes about 1 pint of demi-glace.

Mothers Day Almond Cake with Almond Frosting

Today I bring you the requested Mother’s Day Cake. Last year for Mother’s Day I made a “Semi-Homemade” Cake but this year I went all out, completely homemade cake and frosting. You may have guessed by all of the different post that contain Almond that my mom is a huge fan of almond flavor! My mom grew up on Hough Bakery, her grandma would always get cakes from there on special occasions. Hough Bakery used almond flavoring in their cakes, I think this is where my mom got her love of almond flavor! I used a classic recipe from Cooks Illustrated but changed it up a bit, here is the original recipe Cake. I used a Classic Buttercream frosting from Savory Sweet Life, here is the original recipe Frosting, I also changed this one to reflect the almond flavor. I frosted the cake in Petal Effect but instead of using a round tip I used a large star tip.

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My favorite type of cake flour.

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Cake pan traced onto the parchment paper.

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Greased cake round and pan.

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Adding in the sugar.

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Adding in the baking powder.

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Cutting in the butter.

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The wet newspaper in the foil.

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Folding up the newspaper in the foil.

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The folded newspaper and foil.

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Creaming the butter into the flour and sugar mixture.

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Mixing in the almond extract.

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Adding in the egg white mixture.

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Adding in the last of egg white mixture.

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The cake ring formed around the cake pan.

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The batter poured into the cake pan.

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The baked cake.

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The cake turned out of the pan.

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The parchment paper peeling off.

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The softened butter.

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Creaming the butter.

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Spreading the frosting on the first layer.

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The second layer on top.

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Using the frosting to fill in the gaps in between the layers.

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Using a thin layer of frosting for the top of the cake.

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Piping three large stars onto the side of the cake.

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Use a spatula to drag half of the star towards yourself.

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The finished cake.

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The cut cake.

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Ingredients 

2 1/4 cups cake flour (9 ounces), plus more for dusting the pans
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature
3 teaspoons almond extract
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (12 1/4 ounces)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened but still cool
Directions
Set oven rack in middle position. (If oven is too small to cook both layers on a single rack, set racks in upper-middle and lower-middle positions.) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick
cooking spray; line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper rounds. Spray the paper rounds, dust the pans with flour, and invert pans and tap sharply to remove excess flour.
Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measuring cup, and mix with fork until blended.
Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining.
Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed (or high speed if using handheld mixer) for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture
and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium (or high) speed and beat 20 seconds longer.
Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread batter to pan walls and smooth tops. Arrange pans at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. (If oven is small, place pans on separate racks in staggered fashion to allow for air circulation.) Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted
in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes.
Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes. Loosen from sides of pans with a knife, if necessary, and invert onto wire racks. Let cool completely.
Frosting:  Ingredients

2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks or 1 pound), softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like ice cream.
6-8 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
2 tablespoons almond extract
up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Directions

Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with flex edge beater on medium speed. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) continue adding another 4 cups gradually until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add almond extract and 2 tablespoons of cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

Before you place the first cooled cake layer on the cake stand place small strips of wax paper around the edge of the cake stand. Place a layer of frosting on the top of the first layer. Place your second cake layer on top, put a thin layer of frosting between the two layers of cake to fill the gap. At this point you can crumb coat the cake, I did not. Place your frosting in a piping bag, if you choose to do more then one color separate the frosting now. Pipe on three stars of frosting , using a thin spatula drag half of the star towards you. Continue this process until you have completely frosted the sides of your cake. To finish the petal effect pipe on three more stars but do not drag half of the stars. I choose to pipe pink stars on the top of the cake.