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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spring Cookies on: April 28, 2011 12:54:55 PM
Wouldn't they make great wedding favour treats? Maybe you should market them for that?
I'd buy them! (and not give them away! lol)
You have great hand work!!
12  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Simple cake decorating suggestions? on: April 24, 2011 02:38:39 PM
Im glad I popped on today so I can answer your question.

I use to work at Dairy Queen and Ice cream cakes are not hard to make. The only issue I can see you having is losing the detail when you flip it out of the train pan. you would have to dip the pan in hot water to get it out. At DQ we used a bottomless/topless pan so you never had to flip it out of anything just slip the ring off of it.

What I would suggest is, get yourself a round spring form pan (put it in the freezer for a day if you can before you make the cake) and flip the top to the bottom. Using a cake board plate on the bottom soften what ever flavour you are making it out of just enough that you can easily spread it to the sides. If you are planning to cover the cake in fondant you can take it right to the edge, if not get some vanilla and spread it all around the edge first (about a half inch) spread it to the top of the spring pan. Then put the flavoured icecream in the centre. If you want to make it multi layered, you can put one layer in then cookie crumbs, nuts etc in next then put it in the freezer to get the bottom layer a bit hard before you add the softened second layer. Do this until you get to a half inch before the very top. Using vanilla put your final layer on top and use a icing spatula to smooth it. Freeze it again-preferably for a few hours.
If you want to put a train picture on top, you can usually find inexpensive projector machines (or if you know a teacher that can borrow one from a school) that you can use to put the picture on the cake. Take a clear over head sheet and trace the train onto it. use that picture to project the image onto the cake tracing the projected lines with black gel and a fine line tip. Black gel you ask...piping gel with black icing colour added to it. Once you have it traced, pop it back in the freezer again. Use this time to mix all the gel colours to fill in the traced train. Using a fine tip fill in all the blank spaces in your tracing. It will last a couple weeks in the freezer so long as you put it in a box of some sort to keep it from getting banged around.
Hope this helps, if you need any more help send me a message!
13  COOKING / Dessert / Monkey Madness on: April 18, 2011 07:40:54 PM
I put this cake together for my nephew's 2nd birthday-he is big into Monkeys!
Its a banana chocolate chip cake with banana cream filling and chocoate frosting.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Doobie Brothers Birthday cake on: April 16, 2011 03:28:30 PM
I made the jewel box cake for a friend's b.day then she emails me asking what I could do for her hubby for his b.day.

Well since he loves the Doobies almost as much as his wife, this is what he got...
Chocolate Fudge with Chocolate fudge cream filling
15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: At my son's request... on: April 09, 2011 07:06:51 AM
I just stacked a 12x15 cake after cutting it in half to make two triangles. This gave him the curve in his back. I then cut the triangle to give him the shape of a reptile and use the parts I cut off to make the legs. The are pieced together but know one knew that! lol Before he got his spikes he looked like an alligator so tweeking it a bit he could be both! lol
16  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Jewel box for adult twins on: April 09, 2011 06:55:42 AM
Love it! How did you get the rings so perfect?

I used the tube that covers my candy thermometer and put a thin layer of crisco around it. I then made a small string of fondant, wrapped it around and formed it. When it hardened slightly I slipped it off and let it dry a bit more before I painted them with glitter paint made with glitter powder and vodka. Everything else is free formed.
Thanks for asking!
17  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Jewel box for adult twins on: April 08, 2011 09:39:55 PM
Thanks all!

It is a cake, the bottom of the jewel box is 4 layers of chocolate fudge cake with fudge cream filling covered in bittersweet chocolate icing and fondant. The lid is krispie treats smushed down and royal iced then coved in fondant. Everything else is fondant, isamalt gems. The only thing that you cant eat is their picture and the plastic on either sided of the picture in an actual fondant frame. I even made isamalt feet for the box, they came out an ivory crystal colour.

I had fun doing it and after in put from my almost adult children I remade the lid and happy that I did, it looked so much better the second time around.
Thanks again!
18  COOKING / Dessert / Jewel box for adult twins on: April 08, 2011 05:04:03 AM
I got a request from one of my husband's friends.
Can you make a cake for Karen for her and Kelly's bday?
Sure I said, then started with the questions. The only thing I was told was it had to be chocolate then the rest was up to me.
This is what they got!
Side view

Close up of the picture frame

Close up of the jewels

Close up of the hankies (upside down)

CC's welcome!
19  COOKING / Dessert / Go Leafs! on: March 29, 2011 04:42:03 PM
Another cake I put together for a friend. 16" in diameter x 5.5" high. One HUGE cake!
Marble cake with vanilla and chocolate cream filling!
20  COOKING / Dessert / Re: At my son's request... on: March 20, 2011 06:03:49 PM
It was one of the easiest and fastest cakes Ive done!
Those little stars took me 40 mins start to finish! Thats including changing colour! lol
The orange spikes are made by melting orange chocolate melts 'Mercers?' I poured it out on parchment paper then when it was almost solid I used a hot knife to slice through. Some snapped but gave me the pieces for the nails.
I would liked to have made it closer to the original but John loved it and thats all that matters!
Thanks for the comments!
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