Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Movie to finish off the '09 Year!

So i know this isn't cake related but those who love to cook, eat or bake should see this movie. I know i'm behind on the times but i just finally saw Julie and Julia!

Amazing movie! I absolutely loved it.

For more information you can check out this site. http://www.feedyourinspiration.com/

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some of my very first cakes!

So i found these on my computer at work and figured i would share some of the very first cakes i made, during my courses at Michaels and other cakes i made for fun for friends!

Course 1 Cake - This cake was vanilla with vanilla buttercream.
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Course 2 Cake - This cake was a vanilla flavoured cake that looked like a rainbow. Covered with vanilla buttercream and Fondant.
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Football Game - 2008. I believe this was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant tinted green. All accents are fondant and i hand painted the wording.
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Grandparents Anniversary Cake - All 3 different flavors but i remember the icing was cream cheese and the diamonds were made out of candy melts put into a mold.
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Chocolate cake w/ chocolate icing and Fondant Butterflies
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Going away party for a dear friend who was moving to London, England. Vanilla and chocolate cake both with vanilla buttercream and covered in home made Fondant. This was the 2nd Fondant cake i made before even taking the Fondant Course so i went in this blindly and read a lot of threads on websites on how to use Fondant. I was quite impressed with it.
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This was my very first fondant cake. Home made fondant as well. Someone told me once it looked like a Blues Clues cake.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PB&J Anyone?

So with Winter here it's hard or even motivating to get out of the house when i get home from work. Plus it's so cold outside what is the point of leaving a nice warm house. I decided after my 2.5 year old went to bed i'd make cupcakes. These are vanilla cupcakes filled with strawberry jam topped with peanut butter icing and a little bit of chocolate syrup as a drizzle.

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Recipe makes 22 cupcakes but mine made 23.
Recipe:
1 package of yellow cake mix (prepare cake as per directions on box)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk

2 cups strawberry jelly
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line standard muffin tins with paper baking cups.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.
bake 19-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.
Cool cupcakes in pans on wire racks 10 mins.
Remove to racks, cool completely

Beat peanut butter and butter in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until smooth.
Add sugar and vanilla; beat at low speed 1 minute or until crumbly.
Slowly add milk, beating at low speed until creamy.

Fill pastry bag fitted with small decorator tip with jelly.
Insert tip into top of cupcake; squeeze bag gently to fill center of cupcake with jelly. (stop squeezing when you feel resistance or jelly comes out of top of cupcake.
*I actually put the jelly in the cupcakes before it actually baked.

Pipe or spread peanut butter frosting over cupcakes

Voila you are done and you've got amazing cupcakes that taste like a peanut butter and jam sandwich.

*Recipe is from 2009 Publications International, ltd.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Kyla's Party Check List

This is a marbled cake w/ buttercream icing. All accents are made out of Fondant and the lettering was colored with my colored palette.

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The dress had edible glitter and edible pearls on it.

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The shoes were made out of fondant w/ the Silver Dragies. I should have made them out of Gumpaste, the fondant took forever to dry.

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Sugar Cookies

I recently took a Sugar Cookie class taught by the Cake Tutors. I had a blast and learned a lot. The cookies were pre-made by Lori and Anna. They provided all the royal icing and they taught us how to outline them, flood them and then decorate them. Some of the cookies i did were also done with Fondant.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

My poor attempt at Petit Fours

Well i attempted to create my own Petit Fours. They didn't turn out so well but they tasted amazing!

It's vanilla cake w/ chocolate chips inside and than drizzled with chocolate glaze. To top it off i added a chocolate ginger snap cookie.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fall is here....

I decided to make cupcakes for the office last week. I know i'm sorry i haven't been posting much, i also haven't been baking much either. I get the itch everyday to do something it's just finding the time especially when i work full time.

I did chocolate cupcakes w/ a vanilla buttercream frosting. (Both taken from the Martha Stewart Cupcake book) The glitter on the Fondant Leaves is edible. I bought it at Icing Inspirations. That store sells some of the coolest stuff possible, the edible glitter is just one of them! On the leaves i finally got a chance to use my painted color pallette. I have yet to figure out how to make my pictures look great with my new camera!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

1st attempt at Cake Pops

Well i attempted to make my first cake pops. I've seen them done a ton of times on other sites but nobody does it better than Bakerella herself. I would say she is the Cake Pop Goddess! So here is my attempt. I have a lot to learn and I'll definitely try this again.
It's left over chocolate cake and i added a bit of vanilla frosted buttercream. This icing recipe is so good and when it gets whipped it's almost like a mouse.






Hoping Spring will come early

We were invited to a friends house for dinner on Saturday and of course i find any excuse to bake. :D I found the flowers left over from my Wilton Course 2 back from last year. Good thing they were sealed in a tupperware container in the back of the dark cupboard. The nice thing is, they lasted that long and it paid off keeping them.
This is a chocolate cake covered with chocolate buttercream frosting. I whipped it so much it came out to be a mouse like kind of icing. It actually complimented the cake pretty well. All the flowers and birds are made out of Royal Icing.
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5-Minute Baked Goods??

This is deadly for those who ever need a chocolate fix under 5 mins. I've seen this before but i could never remember where i saw it. So i found it on this cool website this morning and i figured i would share with everyone!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My little helper

My daughter loves to bake and of course she is always wanting to help me whenever i need to bake something. :D

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Trying to get Callie to smile for the camera is becoming so much harder.

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She has to make sure that her cake dough is still in there. Plus i think she's also checking out how much longer it has so she can lick the bowl.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My cake pantry


So this is the most organized pantry (only because i cleaned it two days ago). I have a ton of stuff around the house but this is the main central area for all of my baking/cook books and pieces of paper with other recipes that i find when on the Internet.

I hope to have something baked on the weekend and hopefully can use my new camera. I went and bought myself a new Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. It is gorgeous and i'm having a lot of fun with it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No new posts for the next two weeks...

This week my hubby and i have been dealing with a sick little girl. Her fever is finally gone but she still has a nasty cold/cough. Then next week i'm in Miami for work so hopefully i'll have some baked goods within the first weekend of November.

Happy Baking Everyone!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Princess Cupcakes for a Princess


I was asked to make cupcakes for a Princess Party! They were lemon cupcakes filled with fruit and vanilla buttercream tinted blue. The princess dress, shoe and crown are fondant dusted with silver luster dust.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Wedding Cake



Well i finally have the time to upload pictures.

Top Tier - Red Velvet filled with fresh strawberries and strawberry buttercream, covered in teal fondant. Quilting pattern with silver balls.
Middle Tier - Lemon cake, filled with fruit and lemon buttercream covered in white fondant. Teal gerber daisies airbrushed with silver.
Bottom Tier - Vanilla cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream. Covered in teal fondant with white gerber daisies as an accent and dusted in Silver Dust.

The cake topper was a gift to the bride and groom. I bought these from a company in the States that do custom cake toppers. They turned out beautifully and the bride and groom were happy with it as well.

Any issues with the cake?
-Many especially the fondant. We needed it so much that it was constantly cracking. I have to figure out how to not over knead it especially with the amount of color i was adding.

Bridal shower cake and cupcakes



The week before the big Wedding, i got asked to do the cake for the Bridal shower party! The cake and cupcakes were chocolate cake w/ vanilla buttercream, covered in fondant. I tried matching the teal as much as possible, and i found it very difficult. It was to be a girlie theme so i decided to make little fondant figurines for the cupcakes in the shape of a dress, shoes and crown!

Monday, October 5, 2009

No post this week....

Sorry everyone, i won't be posting this week. I'll be working all week on a Wedding cake for Saturday! A little nervous but excited at the same time as this will be my first wedding cake. :D
I'm just hoping it turns out.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Business Cards

So i've had a couple of people asking me if i have business cards. Well i finally do, well just the design, i still need to print them. I have a friend who is an amazing photographer/graphic designer. She originally created my logo on my site and i figure i could get her to do my business card as well. Here is a link to her wonderful site http://www.devicfotos.com/

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flavor of the Month....Trains, Plains and Automobiles

Anybody need some transportation? You have your choice of Trains, Planes or Automobiles.

The train and car are red velvet cake with Raspberry Buttercream then covered in Fondant. The plain is actually a plane mold pan that i have, and it's flavor is butterscotch cake with raspberry buttercream as well.

One thing I've learned I'm not very good at sculpting cakes, but that will take some time to figure out.
Recipes:
Red Velvet Cake
Whisk together until thoroughly blended:
2 1/3 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Beat in a large bowl until creamy
3/4 cup unsalted butter
Gradually add and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 mins.
1 1/3 cups sugar
Whisk together, then gradually beat in, taking about 2 mins.
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add, 1 to 3 teaspoons red food coloring with the first batch of buttermilk
Beating at low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with buttermilk
1 cup buttermilk
Grease 2-8 inch pans
Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins.
Butterscotch Cake
Take your basic white cake mix (I know i never like to cheat), follow directions on package. Add one package of butterscotch pudding mix.
Bake based on package instructions.
I used my plane pan for this recipe but you could easily use this recipe for cakes or cupcakes.
Raspberry buttercream
I use my standard buttercream recipe but instead of using water as the base, i put in a package of fresh or a cup of frozen (first thawed) strawberries.