Sunday, February 20, 2011

Superbowl Cake!

So every year we go to our friends house for their Annual Superbowl Party! This is the 3rd year we did a cake and of course the expectations were high! So my trusty husband came up with a great idea of making a cake to look like a football helmet! I thought it was a great idea but of course we needed to have the cake sturdy enough to hold since it was going to be big. When i say big, it was huge, at least 10lbs of cake. So i made chocolate and vanilla pound cake with an Almond buttercream.

The cake looked much better in real life than in my pictures! I think i need to upgrade my camera and get a better point and shoot.

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Now you are probably wondering what the cage for the mask was made out of. My husband decided to take Candy cane and slowly heat it in the oven and then mold it when it was still hot. He molded it and then we covered it in Candy Melts.

Everyone loved the cake and hopefully next year we can top this cake!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting

So for most of you Bakers out there i'm sure you've heard of Frosting for the Cause. I was lucky enough to have joined and posted my own story of someone who i know who has gone through Cancer.

Here is my Recipe Post:

Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Brown Butter Frosting (Recipe from my Kitchen Addiction)

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1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (i used home made, but store bought can work as well)

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Turn oven on to 350F
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Mix sugars and butter together in mixer, beat well until mixed.
Add eggs one at a time.
Alternate the flour mixture, milk mixture and pumpkin mixture in batches until combined together.

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How to make Brown butter
Start with a 1 cup of unsalted, cut into chunks. Put it in a small pot and boil on medium low until it slowly cooks and boils to have a golden/brown color.

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Let the Brown butter cool. Once cooled add to the mixer w/ the cinnamon & vanilla. Mix until just combined. Sift the confectioners sugar (i did them two cups at a time) Add the sugar in batches. Once all the sugar is added it will look very dry.

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Mix on low and add the whipping cream. I used half a cup of whipping cream to ice the cupcakes. if you want a thiner consistency add the whipping cream by tablespoons until you get the consistency you want.

Fill a piping bag with the big Wilton Star and start piping the cupcakes with the icing.

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Voila you're done!

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Line cupcake tins with your choice of cupcake liners, my daughter wanted the Little mermaid cupcake liners so that is what we used.

Part of raising awareness to not only donate your baking time but giving generously as well.

So my standard 3 Donations i make a year is
1) Canadian Cancer Society
2) Movember! - Raising awareness for Prostate Cancer (A Tradition at the company i work for)
3) Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Why not donate your baking time and Dollar donations! A small amount goes a long way!

Here is a link to my Post for Frosting For The Cause!