Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Matt and Renato are the owners and operators of the famous Brooklyn-based bakery, Baked, where they add new twists on traditional American desserts. Additionally, the two are the authors of multiple best-selling cookbooks and a popular cookware line.

"It’s important to choose carefully when selecting an oil to compliment your dessert. Oils often add needed moisture, but they also have distinct flavor profiles when used across applications with different ingredients. When I need a neutral flavored fat, I use high oleic soybean oil because it plays a crucial role in moisture while letting the ingredient’s prominent flavors to shine."

Matt Lewis

"Soy shortening adds the perfect spring to cake sponges that is almost impossible to achieve with an all butter recipe. Just swap out about 25% of your butter and replace it with soy shortening (in a one-to-one ratio) to give your cakes that extra lift."

Renato Poliafito

Dark Chocolate Cake

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total time: 50-55 minutes
  • Serving size: 1 three-layer 8 inch cake
  • Shelf life: 3-5 days or 1 month frozen

Equipment:

  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Mixer with paddle
  • Two medium bowls
  • Three 8” round cake pans

Ingredients

  • AP flour: 415g
  • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Cocoa powder: 90g
  • Hot water: 1 ¼ cup
  • Sour cream: 150g
  • Butter: 170g
  • High oleic soybean shortening: 103g
  • Sugar: 300g
  • Dark brown sugar: 220g
  • Eggs: 3
  • Vanilla: 1 ½ teaspoon

Steps

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the AP flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In another medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and hot water. Add sour cream and mix well. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

3. In a mixer with paddle attachment, mix the butter, high oleic soybean shortening and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla until fully incorporated. Scrape the sides of bowl as needed.

4. Add the dry mixture alternating with the cocoa mixture to the butter sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Try not to overmix.

5. Scoop/distribute the mixture evenly between three 8” round cake pans that have been greased and the bottom has been lined with parchment.

6. Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes. Rotate halfway through. Check with a cake tester. When inserted in the center, it should come out clean.

7. Let cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool completely before icing.

Coffee Frosting

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Serving size: enough for one “Coffee” cake plus a little extra
  • Shelf life: 5-7 days, refrigerated

Equipment:

  • Spatula
  • Mixer with paddle
  • Medium bowls
  • Sifter

Ingredients

  • High oleic soybean shortening: 225g
  • Butter: 225g
  • Powdered sugar: 500g
  • Coffee extract: 1 Tablespoon

Steps

1. Sift powdered sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.

2. In a mixer with paddle attachment, mix the butter and high oleic soybean shortening together until light and fluffy.

3. Gradually add the sugar to the high oleic soybean shortening mixture in parts, stopping mixer during each addition. Mix on low to incorporate.

4. Add the coffee extract and mix until fully incorporated. Frosting should be light, fluffy and be pale tan in color.

Chocolate Glaze + Cake Assembly

  • Prep time: 60 minutes, including chill time
  • Total time: 60 minutes, including chill time
  • Serving size: enough for 1 “Coffee” cake plus a little extra

Equipment:

  • Double boiler
  • Pot
  • Metal bowl
  • Burner
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cake turntable
  • Serrated knife
  • Piping bag with star tip
  • Offset spatula

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate (72%): 130g
  • Butter: 80g
  • Corn syrup: ½ Tablespoon

Procedure

1. Melt all ingredients in a double boiler over low heat. Using a rubber spatula, stir continuously until all solids have melted and mixture is glossy and fully incorporated.

2. Let cool to room temperature before pouring.


Assembly

1. Place a cake board on your turntable.

2. Place one cooled cake layer, dome side up, on turntable. Trim dome to create a flat surface.

3. Using an offset spatula, evenly spread about 1 – 1 ¼ cups of frosting on top, working the frosting almost to the edge.

4. Add the next layer, and repeat steps two and three.

5. Add the top layer and spread a very thin layer of frosting over the sides and top of the cake (crumb coat) and place the cake in the refrigerator to firm up, about 15-20 minutes.

6. Remove from refrigerator. Frost sides and top with frosting, reserving about 1 cup for additional décor.

7. Smooth the sides and top of your cake using a plain edge cake scraper.

8. Pour the chocolate glaze onto the top center of your cake. Working quickly, spread the glaze outward (by turning the turntable) until the glaze starts to drip down the edge of the cake. Then, swirl the glazed top using the offset spatula, working from the outer rim of the cake to the center.

9. Put the remaining frosting in a piping bag with your preferred tip and decorate to your liking.

10. Once finished, transfer the cake to your refrigerator to firm up, about 20 minutes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Bake time: 60 minutes
  • Total time: 70 minutes
  • Shelf life: 3-5 days or 1 month frozen
  • Serving size: 2 loaves

Equipment:

  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Mixer with paddle
  • Bowl
  • 2 standard loaf pans

Ingredients

  • AP flour: 480g
  • Cinnamon: 2 teaspoons
  • Nutmeg: ½ teaspoon
  • Ground allspice: 2g
  • Ground ginger: 2g
  • Baking soda: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Pumpkin puree: 444g
  • High oleic soybean oil: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 635g
  • Eggs: 4
  • Vanilla: 1 teaspoon
  • Water: ⅔ cup
  • Chocolate chips: 260g

Steps

1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and set aside.

2. In a mixer with paddle attachment, mix the puree, high oleic soybean oil and sugar together until fully incorporated. Add the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla until fully incorporated. Add the water and mix well.

3. Slowly add the dry to the wet. Do not overmix. There should be trace amounts of flour.

4. Scoop/distribute the mixture evenly into two greased loaf pans.

5. Bake at 325°F for 50-60 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Remove and let cool before removing from pan. Let cool completely before slicing or wrapping.

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