Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Owl cake

I made this cake for my cousin's daughter's first birthday. It was such a fun cake to make and I love all the bright colors! I started by covering a cake board with regular scrapbook paper. Then laid parchment paper down where the cake would be.
There were a lot of little pieces to make for the cupcakes and cake so I did that a few days before to make sure they were dry. These are the eyes for the cupcakes.

I used the marshmallow fondant recipe I used for my Minnie Mouse cake and colored it orange, blue, pink and brown for the beak, feet, eyes and branch.
Here is orange and white.

I made some extras just in case I broke them when they dried. Thankfully I didn't end up needing them. The little beaks are for the cupcakes.
I baked a 9x13 white cake, let it cool and put it in the refrigerator over night to make sure it was good and cold to help with the cutting. I drew a template of the owl on parchment paper, placed it on top of the cake and used a sharp knife to cut the shape out.

I frosted the whole owl with purple frosting. I then piped on the feathers on the chest and finished the piping in purple on the rest of the body with a leaf tip. Last i placed all my fondant pieces.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Disney Fairy Silvermist Cake

From Disney's Tinkerbell movies, Silvermist

Saying that my girls love the Tinkerbell movies is probably an understatement. They love all the characters but my oldest daughter decided she wanted a Silvermist dress cake for her fifth birthday. I honestly didn't know how this was going to turn out until it was done. I should have had a plan and drawn out what I wanted her dress to look like but I didn't! I was seriously nervous for this cake.

I made the gum paste flowers ahead of time to make sure they were dry. I didn't know how many I would need or what style I wanted.. So I made a whole bunch of all the kinds I liked in different colors and sizes so I had plenty to choose from. All I knew is it was going to be blue and yellow.. This is the picture I was kind of going by.
The blue gel coloring I had was dried out so the blue icing didn't turn out quite like how I wanted it to but it worked. I have since bought a new blue... 
I had also planned on making the dress cake by cutting round cakes like this tutorial, it's long but really helpful.
At the last minute my husband told me he didn't want me stressed if I didn't get the cake to work so I bought the Wilton Wonder Cake Set which is basically a Barbie Dress Cake Mold. It worked pretty well except it baked about 20 mins more than my recipe calls for so when I opened the oven thinking it should be cooked the cake fell in the center. Oops.. After it was cooked through I cut the bottom off and it was fine. 

As you can see this cake did not go as planned... Or not planned...since I just didn't plan at all...

So here's the basics of how I iced it.

There's a little hole in the center so I just put the doll down in there. I put her hair up and wings off (not in the picture) so they didn't get frosting on them. The cake should go about to her hips. Don't worry you will build up the top of the dress with frosting.
Give the cake a crumb coat so you don't have crumbs in your top layer. Refrigerate it and put another coating of frosting. It doesn't have to be perfect, you'll be piping over the top.
Then you're ready for piping. Color the frosting and have all your tips ready. I used a star tip and a circle tip. For the back I used a circular motion with the star tip and varying blue and white to make rose like circles. In the front I left a slanted space for the yellow.
For the yellow...Start at the bottom with the star tip and do little teardrops across the base. Continue with the teardrops up the dress the next layer slightly overlapping the top of the last layer to the top.
For the bodice continue with the star tip in yellow with two teardrops on the stomach and one across the chest to one shoulder. With the star tip in blue outline the yellow to finish the strap on each side and around the back.
To finish use the circle tip and blue to make dots where the blue and yellow meet. Add gum paste flowers where you like them, put her wings on and hair down and you're done! 

It was a hit! My second daughter wants a Rosetta cake like this for her fourth birthday.. So you can expect more dress cakes to come!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dinner and Dessert Crepes

Crepes aren't nearly as scary as they might seem. It's basically a flat pancake.. so if you can make a pancake you can make a crepe and they are so yummy with all sorts of this stuffed inside.
 Like this one.. a grilled honey mustard chicken (recipe coming soon) with provolone cheese, red onions, spinach and honey mustard drizzled over the top. It was delicious! I love the slight sweetness of the crepe with the saltiness of the chicken.. and even if you don't like red onion (like me) it really makes the dish pop with flavor so give it a try. You can roll it up and eat it with a fork and knife or with your hands like a burrito. It's a great meal for the whole family.

Crepe Ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook

1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 T Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Cups Milk
2 T Butter, melted
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 Large Eggs

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk wet ingredients together, then add to dry ingredients. Whisk together until completely smooth.

Lightly butter a 8-10 inch pan on medium heat. When bubbly add a little less than 1/4 cup of crepe batter and immediately turn the pan to coat the bottom and sides.
 Allow it to cook until golden brown and flip to cook on the other side.
 Place on wax paper under a plate until ready to serve. I doubled the recipe because I was feeding 7 adults and five kids dinner and dessert crepes and the recipe doesn't say how many it makes... but it was enough with about 6 leftover. I have no idea how many people ate though.. if I had to guess I'd say it made between 25 and 30 with two batches. So one would make 13-18 or something. I'm planning on making a BLT variety this week so I'll be better at counting them so I can let you know.
For  the dessert crepes the options are endless.. this particular one is filled with a Dove Chocolate Mousse that my mom had a packet for and bananas. The topping is powdered sugar, fresh blackberries, strawberries and blueberries and chocolate fudge drizzled over the top. Amazing! My husband and sister also made some with butter and honey that were really good as well. So experiment with the flavors you like and let me know what you did and how you liked it! I'd love some suggestions!