Paula takes the quintessential lemony summer sip and transforms it into an easy, yet show-stopping layer cake. To a simple boxed cake mix, she adds grated lemon zest, pink lemonade and vanilla.
After the cakes have cooled, Paula spreads a thin layer of butter frosting, made with butter and confectioners’ sugar, between the two cakes. Using an offset spatula, she spreads the remaining frosting over the top and sides of both layers.
Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about this week’s episode.
There’s nothing I look forward to more than returning champions day — to see the familiar faces of former winners “baking it out” makes for great competition and delicious tastings. Let me also take my hat off to the champions, Doron, Arlene, Rebecca and Victoria, who were willing to take the risk to come back again. They had a lot to lose and it took guts to do.
If you need a side salad in a hurry and the barbecue’s already on, try Guy’s recipe for grilled greens. Simple, yet so flavorful, they wilt quickly and impress easily. Guy tops his off with red onions and a bacon-blue cheese dressing.
The cake, which is a replica of the wizarding school Hogwarts, is “on fire” –it even included smoke special effects (check out the photo here). Rupert Grint, the actor who plays Ron Weasley, had the honor of cutting the first slice.
Every week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.
What is it about a peach that is so seductive? They look so juicy to me. When I see them in any market, they shout to me, “Hello! Over here. Dig in!”
But how do you pick out a good one?
1. Don’t be seduced by the brilliant red color that covers a large part of the fruit. That will change from variety to variety of peach. It is actually the yellow or white areas where you should seek a rich color. A deep yellow hue tells the story of a good peach.
Bobby takes everyday beef tenderloin and transforms it into a light yet satisfying Asian-inspired summer meal by allowing the steak to marinate in garlic, Thai chile, soy sauce, lime juice and honey. He then slices it up and pairs it with a sweet and tangy papaya salad.
Editor’s Note: If you can’t find Thai bird chiles, substitute with your favorite hot pepper.
Rachael Ray cooked with Graham Kerr, host of The Galloping Gourmet, on a recent episode of the Rachael Ray Show. Graham is known for launching one of the first classic cooking shows and has inspired many television chefs (including Rachael) to follow in his footsteps. Try some of his classic recipes and see the video on AOL TV.
Guy Fieri dished out tips in a video with Extra revealing his three simple rules to follow when dieting. He cites, “Moderation, exercise and eating in courses to ensure that even when surrounded by food you don’t give in to temptation.” Guy makes sure that the food he consumes is “really good” since he doesn’t count calories and tries not to waste them — his guilty pleasure is anything salty. Watch the video on ExtraTV.