There were many reasons why I wanted to cover Nisa and her cake baking skills.
The biggest was my love of cooking. It’s no secret to my friends that cooking is my passion. I will watch segments on the Food Network and try to recreate it (many successfully) just by memory. I love creating dishes and seeing my friends’ reaction when they taste my food.
After interviewing Nisa, I found she shared my passion. One of the other reasons was she is taking her raw talent, and receiving classical training in the culinary arts.
I never took that path after high school, but have always wondered how my life would’ve been different had I gone to a culinary school instead of broadcasting. So Nisa is doing what I never had the guts to do; becoming professional trained. I love watching people flourish and get better as they progress in life. Nisa has aspirations of wanting to come back and opening up a bakery in Sioux City. It is always nice to see people return to their roots no matter where has taken them. With the trend in the epicurean community to buy, grow, and source local; I am sure Nisa will have find her niche when she returns to Siouxland. It will be exciting to see her grow from a student baker to a potential pastry chef! Watch highlight’s of Nisa by clicking Student Cake Baker!
In the meantime, here’s Nisa’s recipe for chocolate cake.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9 inch metal pans with nonstick cooking spray. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla, and blend with hand mixer until smooth. Slowly mix in boiling water. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
This post was written by Kyle Martens on May 14, 2012