It’s Been a While

I know it’s been forever since I’ve blogged, but I have been baking away and taking pictures of it all.  Since the last time I’ve been here my dad and I have decided to go into business together so to speak.  So I have been working with him and my step-mom to put together a plan to offer my tasty treats through their restaurant and catering business.  I’ve been baking for some of their catering events already as well as helping out at the restaurant.  It’s very exciting and I will keep everyone posted on the progress.  Here are a few pics of what I’ve been doing lately:

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This is a 12” cake-1/2 white, 1/2 chocolate with a 1/2 round chocolate volleyball cake on top, served with chocolate and strawberry cupcakes with my favorite buttercream.  This was for a local high school’s volleyball banquet.  Everything was decorated in pink and black and our desserts worked perfectly with the decor.

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Here’s Will’s 3rd birthday cake.  He wanted airplanes and this is what we came up with.  I made the airplane to match the invitations with lots of help from my little apprentice.  I think everything turned out great.  It is a 9” chocolate cake with mint filling, covered in chocolate chip mint ganache (just add a dram of Lorann chocolate chip mint flavor oil to your ganache), and marshmallow fondant.  The plane and clouds are made out of MMF mixed with cellulose .  The cupcakes are coconut chocolate chip with coconut buttercream.  Delicious!!  These were baked on a cookie sheet so they flared out a little bit. 

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One more and then I’ll let you go!  Here are some cupcakes that I made for Jessie’s birthday.  They are white chocolate chip with white chocolate buttercream.  The flowers and “J” are made out of fondant with gross grain ribbon accents.

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Sorry again for the extended absence.  I’ll do better in the future  🙂  Hope you like what I’ve been doing!

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January 11, 2010. birthday, buttercream, cake, Cupcake, decorating, fondant, fondant figures, frosting, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Halloween Birthday Bash

I also had lots of cake to make for a Halloween themed birthday party that took place yesterday.  This was probably my favorite cake project so far.  The main cake was a jack-o-lantern shaped cake with a cheeky little black cat sticking out of a bunch candy stuffed in the center. 

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I started out by making the cat about a week in advance for the usual drying/screw up and try again time.  I made it using fondant that I mixed with cellulose powder.  (Cellulose is the same thing as tylose.)  I have never done this before, but have been wanting to try it for a while.  The cellulose made the fondant dry just like gumpaste.  I was SO excited!  This makes it a bit cheaper than buying gumpaste.  I haven’t gotten the guts to make gumpaste yet. 

I made this adorable little kitty based on a tutorial I found on youtube and adapted him to fit my needs.  I think he turned out just perfect and could not be happier.  The sign is made of the same fondant cellulose mix with edible markers and a lollipop stick attached with royal icing.

To answer your question, no…I did not carve this cake.  It is two vanilla cakes baked in bundt pans and put together with Italian meringue buttercream.  This is my second cake to completely cover in marshmallow fondant and while not perfect, it is much better than the first go around.  I always roll it too thin-just can’t seem to leave the stuff thick enough!

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To go along with the jack-o-lantern cake I also made four mini ghost cakes.  Which were chocolate fudge cakes baked in the Wilton mini wonder mold pan covered in white chocolate ganache and MMF.  AND a dozen chocolate fudge cupcakes with orange creamsicle filling and buttercream frosting.  The filling was simply white chocolate ganache that I whipped and then added a dram of Lorann orange cream flavor oil and a few drops of orange candy color.

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Half of the cupcakes had these cute little “floating” ghosts.  And the other half had witch’s hats.

100_3481 Like I said before this has definitely been my favorite cake project.  I hope you get some great Halloween treat ideas from this.  Happy Caking!!

October 19, 2009. birthday, buttercream, cake, Cupcake, decorating, fondant, fondant figures, Halloween, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Twins First Birthday

Today was the day-Ethan and Chloe’s first birthday party!!  I got up early this morning to decorate all those cupcakes (four dozen to be exact) and their smash cakes.

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I made the cupcake towers using an idea I got from Martha Stewart Weddings.  Of course I thought there was a 6” box in the sets that I bought but there wasn’t so I had to adjust my design a bit and couldn’t include a third tier but that’s o.k. They still turned out cute!  All you need to make these is paper mache boxes, scrapbook paper, and glue.  Super easy!

Chloe’s smash cake was a small chocolate half round cake made to look like a flower with pink Italian Meringue Buttercream frosting, fondant/gumpaste flower petals and a fondant/gumpaste butterfly with a 1 body.  It was seriously cute!!!

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Ethan’s smash cake was a 6” single layer chocolate cake with blue Italian Meringue Buttercream, a gumpaste frog, lily pad, and 1 “flies” on wire.

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If I may say so myself the best part of the display are the adorable cupcakes!  Chloe’s cupcakes were all vanilla flavor with either pink or purple and white marble, the opposite color IMBC and three jumbo sprinkles on the right side.

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Ethan’s cupcakes were banana with blue IMBC and green jumbo sprinkles and oreo surprise cupcakes with green IMBC and blue jumbo sprinkles.

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The desserts were a hit and definitely my favorite cake project so far!  Now on to next week.  Hmmm…..

September 27, 2009. birthday, cake, Cupcake, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

In addition to the twins’ birthday party this weekend I also made some cupcakes for my son’s school’s fall festival.  They have a cake walk and the parents donate baked goods that they have either purchased or made.  Last year I made a chocolate chip cake that looked like a jack-o-lantern and a carrot cake with a fall/leaf motif.  By last year’s standards I am skimping a bit, but I am also donating two bags of AVON products for their silent auction.  I sell AVON as a means to actually (try) make money.

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I made Black Forest Stuffed Cupcakes (don’t they look great) from allrecipes.com and Oreo Surprise Cupcakes.  Oreo surprise cupcakes are just your favorite chocolate cupcakes with an Oreo cookie in the middle.  I put 1-2 tablespoons of batter in the cupcake liner then the Oreo push down just slightly and top off with more chocolate cake batter.  Kids love them!!  Both kinds of cupcakes are topped with Italian meringue buttercream and Halloween themed sprinkles-bones, eyeballs, spiders, and bats.

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All are packaged in these adorable treat boxes with Halloween themed sprinkles that I found at Target.  I think they are going to be a big hit!!

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . buttercream, Cupcake, Halloween, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hooray for Burnt Butter Frosting!!

So, Will and I finished our cupcakes this morning.  We made burnt butter frosting to go with our peanut butter cupcakes.  This is seriously the pb cupcakesbest stuff I have ever tasted.  Not even joking!!  I got the recipe from allrecipes.com.  Click on the word recipe to go directly to it. 

I also took the time to play with a little bit of fondant to make some pretty flowers and I tried my hand at poured fondant.  Since I am the only girl in a house full of boys I have to get the pretty pink and purple stuff in somehow so when I am playing/experimenting that’s just what I do.

  The poured fondant wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  After I’ve done it a few times I’ll post a tutorial.  Will got out the gumpaste tools and tried his hand at fondant modeling.  Too cute!  You can see my new cupcake pics in the Cupcake Gallery.

What a great day!!

September 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . cake, Cupcake, frosting, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

First Day of School-Peanut Butter Cupcakes

So today was my youngest son’s first day of “school”-it’s really Mom’s Morning Out-a nursery school atmosphere that takes place once a week. It’s a big step for us though-he’s never even been to daycare. Well, he wanted cake for breakfast. No, I didn’t let him eat cake at 7:00 a.m.-I didn’t have any anyway. But I did make him some peanut butter cupcakes after school.

Cream together 1/3 c butter, 1/2 c peanut butter, and 1 1/4 c packed brown sugar.  Beat in 1 egg and 1 t vanilla extract.  Combine 2 c all purpose flour, 2 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t ground cinnamon.  Alternate adding the dry ingredients with 3/4 c  milk.  Bake in muffin tin lined with paper cups at 350 for about 25 min-30 min.  Cool in tin for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

The house smelled incredible while these were baking!!  After his nap we didn’t have time to get frosting made, but tomorrow morning you can bet we will be in the kitchen trying out our new recipe for the week: Burnt butter frosting. The recipe sounds delicious-can’t wait to share!!

September 8, 2009. Tags: , , , . Cupcake, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.