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Overland Park Convention Center
Do you want to add some fun to your holiday season? How about perfect gift suggestions and really easy, but delicious desserts?
The answer is at the Holiday Boutique and we invite you to come talk to us this weekend! Come join the fun! Shopping for the perfect gift will be easy. Stop by our booth, learn about slow cooker baking, and enjoy a bite of great tasting slow cooker cakes.
This is a great time to find out how to bake in your slow cooker. We would love to show you our new book, Slow Cooker Desserts, Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious! (Would an autographed book be the perfect gift, or what!!!)
We will be selling our Slow Cooker Cake Mixes. All five flavors—Ultimate Carrot Cake, Classic Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache, Key Lime Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake and Banoffee (Banana flavored with chocolate and toffee.) We will be serving tastes –and believe us, tasting is believing.
What about gifts? We got that covered. We all know we have received too many candles or ornaments at the office or Bunko gift exchange or struggled to find the perfect hostess gift. Be the hit of the party and give a Slow Cooker Cake Mix. Everyone owns a Crock-Pot, but baking in that slow cooker is new and intriguing. What a fun gift a slow cooker cake mix would be.
Cakes baked in a slow cooker are moist. They are perfect to bake now—and freeze for easy serving on busy days ahead. Many of our friends and neighbors have received a slow cooker cake—and tied in a basket, box or cellophane wrap– they loved it and it makes a scrumptious, beautiful, perfectly-sized treat.
We love to serve them at all of our holiday meals, the office lunch, the holiday party or any gathering that might end with a sweet treat. Easy, yummy, make-ahead convenience. What else could you ask for?
Do you know how to bake in a slow cooker? It is easy —just make the batter and put it in a 7-inch springform pan or 8½ x 4½ – inch loaf pan. Put the filled pan on a ring of aluminum foil in your slow cooker. Cover and bake—and in 2 or 3 hours you will have a rich, tasty, cake.
We are busy setting up the booth—and will be ready and would love to meet you when the show opens Thursday morning. This is a picture of the booth we had at War Eagle and the booth at the Holiday Boutique will be similar. Come see us—booth #104 at the Overland Park Convention Center. November 19-22, 2015. (They left us out of the listing that was in the paper–and in the exhibitor listing at the show–but have no fear! We are there, in Booth #104, and are eager to see you!)
We hope to see you there. If you can’t come, don’t despair. Here are some links that you can use:
Want to learn more about our mixes, how to bake in a slow cooker and want some baking tips? Click Here!
If you cannot attend the show, but would like to order the mixes or pans, we sell them on line, here.
One last hint—for those attending the Holiday Boutique—get ready for more fun. Check the listing here for the schedule—including special Girls Night Out events. Shop for all of your holiday needs—and take a respite to walk the Festival of Trees. See you there!
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Get out your slow cooker. It is time to bake!
Yes, you read that correctly—bake in your slow cooker. Fall means it is time to get in the kitchen and bake! And we will show you how–with recipes galore and mixes for those that prefer. Best of all, the cake you bake will taste wonderful!
Our new cookbook is filled with delicious and easy desserts that are ideal for fall baking. One of my favorites is the Cider Glazed Apple Walnut Cake. Then again, there are bread puddings–warm from the slow cooker and topped with sauce. Or maybe this is the weekend for a warm and gooey fondue or a Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake. It is all in the book –making it hard to choose which to try first. And slow cooker cakes are moist–so they freeze beautifully, which means you can get a jump on holiday baking. The cookbook is available at your local bookstore, or all of those on-line sources, like Amazon. A link to the on-line sources is here.
If you and your friends are going to War Eagle (the huge craft fair in northern Arkansas) next weekend, Oct. 15-18, please stop by our booth. We would love to talk about baking in a slow cooker with you. We will have the book on hand and would be happy to autograph it for you. What a great gift that would make!
What else will be in our booth? It will be well stocked with all of our new Slow Cooker Cake Mixes. We will be sharing samples and believe us when we say—tasting is believing!
We are thrilled to announce three new flavors of our Slow Cooker Cake Mixes for this fall.
• Key Lime Cheesecake
• Banoffee Bread—banana bread flavored with chocolate and toffee
• Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake
Plus our original flavors:
• Classic Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache
• Ultimate Carrot Cake
So, how do you bake a cake in a Crock Pot? Easy, and the method is the same whether you choose to bake one of the mixes or one of the cake recipes from our new book.
First—just do it! Amazing desserts await you!
Select a large slow cooker. Round or oval, 5, 6 or 7 quarts.
Then, get a pan. Baking in a pan makes beautiful cakes! You can easily lift them in and out of the slow cookers and they are perfect for serving. No, you do not need a pan for fondue, candy, or pudding recipes, but we recommend a pan for the cakes and cheesecakes.
A 7-inch springfrom pan fits in all large round or oval slow cookers and works beautifully with any of the cake recipes or any of the mixes. An 8½ x 4½ inch loaf pan fits in the large oval slow cookers and is great for banoffee bread, triple chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake but is not recommended for cheesecakes. (Purchase the pan at your local kitchen shop or from us –at the fair or on line.)
Just prepare the recipe from the cookbook or the mix as directed on the back of the package. For the mixes, you will need to add the eggs, fresh dairy and oil—just like regular cake mixes.
For added easy, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper or waxed paper. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan.
Set the filled pan on the aluminum foil ring. Cover and bake—often about 2 to 3 hours on high.
A few tips:
Slow cookers vary by brand; some are hotter and bake more quickly while some bake more slowly. Those purchased in the last 10 years or so are generally hotter and are ideal for baking.
The volume of 7-inch springform pans and 8½ x 4½ loaf pans vary by brand. Double check that the pan you are using fits into your slow cooker before mixing up the batter. If a small amount of cake flows over the top, no need to worry, just trim it off with a sharp knife. If desired, remove 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter from the Banoffee bread prior to baking to insure that it does not over fill the loaf pan.
To remove the baked cake from the pan, run the tip of a table knife around the edges, then remove from the pan.
If your slow cooker bakes more slowly, you may find that occasionally foam or bubbles rise to the top of the carrot cake as it bakes. After the recommended baking time, it may not appear done, but if tested with a wooden pick it comes out clean and is done. Remove the baked cake from the slow cooker, and if desired, gently use a table knife to scrape off the foam.
If you can’t go to War Eagle…..think about ordering our book or the slow cooker cake mixes online and begin creating dessert masterpieces just in time for the holidays! Both would make a great gift. The cakes bake up moist and freeze perfectly, so you can start baking now for the holidays to come. Have a cake ready to serve—or give a baked cake to friends and neighbors as a welcome gift.
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