Saturday, May 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I haven't been able to find any toys, clothing or paper goods of any kind for the Disney movie Frozen for weeks.. so as my daughters sixth birthday came along I knew I was in trouble. I went to and called every store I could think of with no luck. So we settled with a snowflake cake instead of Elsa's castle and the north mountain. That will have to be a cake for another day..
I did a 10" base, an 8" middle and a 6" top. The bottom two tiers are white cake with white frosting. The top tier I decided to do last minute.. literally the morning of so it is made out of rice krispie treats. They worked up really quick and easy!
I covered each layer with white fondant and painted it with edible glitter mixed with clear vanilla extract. The liner I put around each base is just plastic to look like jewels which I found at Hobby Lobby in the cake section. They have two different sizes but I used the smaller one. I put these on while the cake was still wet from the vanilla and it stuck really well.
I made the snowflakes with marshmallow fondant the night before using two different cookie cutters. One was Wilton's large cutter and the smaller size I got from Orson Gygi. The third cutter with lots of petals is actually a flower cutter.. but when you look at the cake as a whole I think they fit in just fine.
My daughter and I painted them with blue edible glitter and white edible glitter mixed with clear vanilla extract. Some of them I painted with Wilton color gel to give it the patterns. I attached them to the cake using white melting chocolate.
The silver whimsical whirly things on top I also got at Hobby Lobby in the cake section, but you could really use any kind of wire you'd like. I had to hot glue the little balls and snowflakes onto it so that's the only part that ended up not being edible. I was really nervous about how the snowflakes would look but I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Happy birthday to my big girl :)
Friday, April 11, 2014
This is an 8" round red velvet cake. I made this cake last minute so I just used a Betty Crocker box cake and a homemade cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 Cup Crisco
1/2 Cup Butter
6oz. Cream cheese
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
Mix all the ingredients in a mixer until smooth.
I used the cream cheese frosting to stack my cake and crumb coat it. After chilling the cake I used buttercream frosting and a large rose tip for the ruffles.
The flowers I had made previously for another cake that I didnt end up using. Theyre made with gumpaste.
Monday, March 31, 2014
This cake has a 10" base made with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. The top tier is 8" and made out of rice krispie treats.
You can find the chevron cookie cutter I used on Etsy, the company name is Plastic Finatics and I bought their set of three sizes of cutters.
I made the flowers using Wilton's gerber daisy cutters in layers after using a pink powder dust from Hobby Lobby to color the petals. This was VERY time consuming but they ended up worth it and a little more realistic than if I had colored all the gum paste solid. I wasn't really thinking of any particular flower when I made them I just liked the look and went with it. I used floral wire to make them stand up and stick in the cake where I wanted them.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I made these cupcakes also for Aubrey's third birthday when we went to the park with cousins.
For the tinkerbell dress I used green frosting in a piping bag with a small rose tip. Starting at the edge of the cupcake I slowly piped with an up and down motion to create the ruffle. I overlapped the next layer and did the same thing around until I got to the center.
The top of the dress I made with green fondant and a small heart shaped cookie cutter. If you don't have a heart shaped cookie cutter you can also use a five petal flower cutter and cut off the other petals to create a heart.
The wings I made out of white melting chocolate. I drew a template of what I wanted the wings to look like then transferred the picture 8 times on the backside of parchment paper. Then using the melting chocolate I traced the template. These are very fragile so I made plenty of extra just in case, thankfully I only broke one wing.
For the rose cupcakes I used a rose tip and piped out the rose petals to the edge of the cupcake.
This cake was for Aubrey turning three! She loves Tinkerbell and green is her favorite color so she was pretty happy to get this cake!
The cake itself is a 10" round with two layers of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting between. I covered the cake with marshmallow fondant I made and colored green. I made the flowers the day before using gum paste and Wilton's Gerber Daisy cutters. I painted on an edible glitter and extract mixture to make them glossy and sparkle. The Tinkerbell doll is a 6" doll they sell in most toy departments. I think we got this one at Toysrus. I used green Wilton food gel to paint the grass along the bottom and green fondant for the leaves and longer grass. The white pearls are fondant rolled into balls.
Happy third birthday Aubrey!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Yields 24 Muffins
1/2 Cup Corn Meal
1 1/2 Cups Flour
2/3 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
1 1/4 Cups Milk
1/3 Cup Oil
3 Tablespoons Melted Butter
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine dry ingredients, whisk in wet ingredients.
Either use 24 cupcake liners or spray two muffin pans with cooking spray. Put one tablespoon of batter into each cup. Add 4-5 slices of hot dog and top with 1 more tablespoon of batter. It's ok if some of the hot dog pokes out of the top.
Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden.
Try adding cheese and/or Jalapeños for more options!
Friday, February 14, 2014
I got this idea and technique from Bakerella. She is an amazing cake and cake pop artist! Her website is bakerella.com if you haven't heard of her. She has a short tutorial on how to make the box here. Hers is larger than mine but I only had a really big cake pan and didnt want to go that crazy. Besides, this one was perfect for my husband who doesn't eat a lot of sweets.
The chocolates on top I made out of oreo truffles and a little melting chocolate.
The stawberry roses I saw on pinterest but the picture is just linked to another picture so I just figured that one out on my own. Using a paring knife I started out with a very thin cut and and slowly started angling the cut into the middle flaring the "petal" out. For not feeling well today I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out, thanks to my mom helping with my kids and the roses!