Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sepciality Flavors

Specialty Flavors
I have been experimenting with new recipes.
First up is the “Berry Me Lemon” cake
A lemon cake with 2 layers of lemon meringue filling and 1 layer of raspberry filling. Topped with lemon infused cream cheese frosting, raspberries and lemon meringue drizzle.
This cake was for my dad’s birthday. I asked him what type of cake he wanted and he told me lemon raspberry. He also said, “If you’re going to spend time on it don’t make it extra fancy make it extra tasty!” So that is what I did. I have to tell you this was the best lemon cake I have ever tasted. So this set in motion my need to prefect some delicious flavors!
Next up is my “Chocolate Delight” cup cakes
 This is a triple chocolate cake with a gooie chocolate filling topped with a sweet butter cream and dusted with powdered sugar. The gooie filling I found on the Wilton website and its called chocolate cake filling. I did make some every slight changes but the original recipe would have been perfect as well.
This is the “Bean Lovin Caramel”
I LOVE caramel. I found this recipe for the cake http://thebakerbecky.blogspot.com/2012/08/vanilla-bean-cupcake-with-caramel.html I also used her suggestion for the caramel sauce the first time around. The second time around I made some adjustments to the caramel. I wanted more of a caramel that will soak into the cake instead of stay as a “glob” in the middle. But the glob tasted good too! I topped it with a sweet butter cream made with real vanilla and a caramel drizzle.

Here is another great recipe that I have found. This is for Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes
I made this and they were supper good. The frosting was to die for! I would skip putting the cherries in the center though. They floated to the bottom and did not keep well after the first day. I made these before I started blogging so there are no pictures from me. Sorry!

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

This cake was for a special friend of mine. It was her daughters birthday and she wanted a sea themed cake. It was so much fun to make. No matter what I did I could not get the turtle to look grumpy! I love doing cakes fro this friend. She gives me an idea and lets me go from there!


2 tier Owl cake

Owl Cake
Another short blog since I forgot to take pictures again
This cake was lots of fun and the most difficult transport I have done. By the time I got to the place of delivery letters from the name had fallen off and the fondant started to sag! I have never had either of these problems before! At least the person I made the cake for was someone I knew well and they were quite forgiving with it!


Mario Cake

Mario Cake

This cake was a lot of fun. Life has been very busy so I forgot to take pictures along the way :-/
Please forgive me!
I ordered the figures and the blocks but I made the pipes, the mushrooms and the spiky balls.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bubble Cake

BuBbLe CaKe!

This cake was so fun! We called it the bubble cake. It defiantly had its challenges for me as well though. I think I was just having an off day because I have to re make my fondant several times. It was just not coming out right. There were also more seams to cover than I usually ever have… But once the fondant started to work right it was smoothing sailing.
This is what I used for the tag and #1
I first made the #1 and the name tag out of gum paste a couple days ahead of time so it had plenty of time to harden. I cut the name tag with a decorative rolling cutter and I just eyeballed the design. I used one of my gum paste tools that had a star like shape at the tip and made small impressions to create the stars on the tag. I thinly rolled gum paste that I had colored and made the letters. I got the letters to stick by using a tiny bit of water. (The shinny is the water and once it was dry that was not visible any more) I rolled gum past to make the #1 as well. I also took a paint brush and got the #1 damp and covered it in edible shimmer dust to make it sparkly.
This is what I used for the white cake.
First layers done, second layers about to go in the oven! They I froze them!
The next day I made the filling and frosted the cake. This is what I used to make a raspberry filling… I have since made a different raspberry filling that I liked better. This one had too many seeds for my liking.
 Butter Cream!
 Putting the filling in before covering with butter cream
Covered in butter cream
Making the fondant.
Marshmallows and water after 1 min in the microwave. Then mix it and it gets smooth. Add the powder sugar and mix until you can need it. This is what it looks like after kneading it.
 Add Color
 Roll and cover cakes!
At this point i was having fondant issues so I forgot to take more pictures! So this is the finished product. I made lots and lots of balls and put them all over. I held a few in with toothpicks if they did not what to stay. I also cut stripes, decorative strives and polka dots!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pirate cake!

What was used

I made the boat out of um paste and let it harden for 2 days. I had to redo the stick piece ones and ended up making it round instead of flat because the flat one broke.  

4 cups marshmallows with enough water tossed in it to make it slightly moist. Microwave on high for 1 min

Stir until smooth

Add 4 cups of powder sugar and fold in until it starts to get doughy. Rub your hands with shortening and kneed the dough in the bowl until its looks sort of like the picture below. Then kneed it on a surface that has been covered In shortening until its smooth.
Add food coloring and kneed it in. This particular batch of fondant was a little sticky so I put some powder sugar on top so I could cut it without it sticking to my pizza cutter.

Once the stripes were places on the cake I just rubbed them and the powder sugar goes away (see the second picture with the clean stripe?)

I took a picture I had printed and taped it to a zip lock bag. Then I just traced it by piping the lines. If I messed up I just wiped it off and started over. Then freeze for 10 mins and it will peel off and you can set it on the cake!

I used a circle cutter to make a black circle for the skull to go on.
I make the water with some blue fondant and just “winged” it. It was trial and error and I re did it several times.