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Chef Simone’s Very Berry Strawberry Cake

There’s no problem a cake can’t solve! Summer is well on its way, and you can get a head-start on recipes with a Summer twist with Chef Simone’s Very Berry Strawberry Cake. Simone Bridges - Very Berry Strawberry CakeTry out her recipe below!

Very Berry Strawberry Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated Pure Cane sugar

1 cup softened room temperature butter

1 (3 ounce) dry strawberry Jell-O

4 eggs (room temperature)

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ cup sifted Gold Medal all-purpose flour

1 cup milk (room temperature)

½ cup fresh, sweet strawberry puree

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Lightly grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.

3. Using a bowl, mix together the sugar, butter, and dry strawberry Jell-O until it’s light and fluffy.

4. Add in eggs, one at a time and mix it well after each one.

5. Using another bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together.

6. Add the flour and baking soda mix into the batter while alternating with the milk. Then, blend in the vanilla extract and sweet strawberry puree.

7. Divide the batter evenly when pouring it in the two cake pans.

8. Bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

9. Keep the cakes in their pans and allow them to cool, over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.

10. Add desired frosting, fresh strawberries, and ENJOY!

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Chef Simone’s Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookie Recipe

Simone Bridges - Chocolate chip and M&M cookies

Nothing soothes the soul better than a great chocolate chip cookie. Chef Simone has made the chocolate chip cookie ever more decadent by adding an all-time favorite candy, M&Ms! This recipe is perfect for a summertime party or to bring to a group event. Check out her recipe below and try it for yourself!

Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted softened butter

¾ cup of brown sugar

¾ cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

¾ teaspoon of salt

1 ¼ cup of M&M chocolate candies

1 cup Nestle milk chocolate morsels

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, granulated sugar, and the brown sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the two eggs and the vanilla extract.

4. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Then, blend the dry mixture into the creamed mixture.

5. Stir in M&M’s and chocolate morsels.

6. Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoonful, scoop the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper on a pan. Place the cookie dough 3 inches apart .

7. Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let the cookies sit on a cookie sheet for about 2 minutes. Remove the cookies to wire racks, until it cools completely. Dig in & enjoy!

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Chef Simone’s Malva Pudding Cake Recipe

Our April Chef of the Month has shared some of her signature recipes with us! Chef Simone’s Malva Pudding Cake is full of rich flavor and is a great treat to satisfy your sweet tooth! Read below for her decadent recipe.

Simone Bridges - Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding Cake

Pudding Cake Ingredients:

2 large eggs

6 ½ oz. of granulated sugar

5 oz. of all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. of apricot jam or jelly

1 tsp. of baking soda

½ tsp. of salt

1 tbsp. of room temperature butter

1/3 cup of whole milk

1 tsp. of vinegar

Sauce Ingredients:

¾ cup of heavy cream

3-5 oz. of granulated sugar

3 ½ oz. of butter

2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup of hot water

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Smear oil around the inside of an oven pan.

3) Use an electric blender to whip together the eggs and sugar.

4) When the eggs and sugar are mixed altogether, add the apricot jam. Mix all the ingredients together.

5) Melt the butter.

6) Add the melted butter and vinegar to the mixture with the electric beater.

7) Using a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda, flour, and salt.

8) Add the mixed dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the electric beater.

9) Add the milk to the electric beater.

10) Pour the mixture from the electric beater to the oven pan. Bake until the pudding is a nice brown color, and has risen to a good height (about thirty minutes).

11) Use a separate mixing bowl to make the sauce.  Mix the heavy whipping cream, butter, sugar, hot water, and vanilla extract together.

12) When pudding is cooked thoroughly, pour the sauce mixture over the pudding.

13) Let the Malva Pudding rest for five to ten minutes, before serving.

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April 2018 Junior Chef of the Month Chef Simone Bridges

We are excited to introduce Chef Simone Bridges as our April 2018 Junior Chef of the Month! Chef Simone is a 12-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida who demonstrates excitement, drive and passion in everything she does. At such a young age, Chef Simone has been able to grow her business as the Goddess Food Factory including cooking classes and a subscription box! Read more about our Junior Chef of the Month Chef Simone below!

 1. Where were you born? 

I was born in the beautiful, sunshine city of Jacksonville, Florida.

 2. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you? 

  • I am a very shy person, when it’s one on one if I don’t know you yet. When I am baking and I get to know you, I’m very energetic. Also, when I’m in front of a large audience I shine bright.
  • I love to play sports, especially basketball and track. My favorite sport is running track. I have a lot of energy in me and I always love to compete. I love the competition, the speed and the wind pushing against my face when running track. It puts me in a good mood.
  • I love to play with and teach kids, especially babies.

 3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your dishes?

My favorite culinary tool is a wooden spoon. I use a spoon to mix up different recipes and to taste the food I’m cooking. I’m always using a spoon and it is very easy to carry around when traveling.

4. What advice would you offer for aspiring young chefs?

My advice would be to put your best foot forward every single time you are baking. I like to imagine baking for Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, or Beyoncé. Make it the best you can every time, so it can be the best for the people you are baking for.

5. What made you want to begin the Goddess Food Factory?

I started the Goddess Food Factory because I wanted a way to connect with other girls like me and other people who like to bake. It is a great way to connect me with other children and a way for other kids to learn how to cook. A lot of grandmas like to cook, so the kids can be the grandma they might not have had or the mom/dad who can’t take time out of their busy day to sit down with their kids or know how to bake. With the Goddess Food Factory, I like to take simple steps to make it easy for them to learn.

6. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

My chef coat must be pink – it’s my signature color, and it must have pockets on it for my chef tools or flyers and my card to hand out. Another thing I need is comfort – the texture must feel right and smooth.

7. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

Sugar – sugar makes everything taste right. It perfects everything, sugar is the key ingredient!

8. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect? 

Every chef should know how to present their dish. Presentation is key. You want it to look and taste good. You do not want it to look all over the place and messy, it should be plated well. Some people taste with their eyes initially. If it doesn’t look good, they may not taste it at all.

9. Best Dish you have ever made? 

My best baked dessert would have to be my famous snicker brownies! The chocolate melts in your mouth with the caramel inside. The flavors are well combined and it has a crunchy nutty and silky chocolate sauce that makes you want to dance when you bite into it.

10. Who is the person you would most like to cook for? 

I would love to cook for a few people- Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. Michelle Obama is the first black woman in the white house and she teaches us how to keep our heads high. She is a great inspiration for all little girls. I admire her so much Beyoncé has been my favorite singer since I was 5 years old and she’s such a phenomenal woman. I would love to have a seat at the dinner table with the whole family. We would eat a great meal or desserts prepared by me and chat about her kids, her inspiration for her music, and I would ask about business advice because she’s a mogul.

11. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years in your culinary career?

I see myself with a lot more products in my merchandise line and having my own baking show in which I cook and bake with other celebrity chefs. I want to travel all over the world to empower and inspire other young children. I want to have TV commercials, maybe even a reality show about my life and business, and to compete on Food Network. Additionally, I would love to be a judge for a kid’s baking championship to inspire other kids all over the nation.

Fun Facts!

Chef Simone has been on the cover of Inspire magazine, the Steve Harvey show, in the news, appeared on Trinity Baptist Network in Smile of a Child commercials.

She teaches kids in elementary school to help them get a better understanding of STEM-based learning through her ExSTREAM Baking program, in which she infuses baking and cooking with Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

You can book our Junior Chef of the Month for motivational speaking, purchase products, desserts, and subscription boxes!

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