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1  COOKING / Dessert / Spiderman web cake on: Today at 09:34:41 AM
My kiddo had his fourth birthday party last weekend at the playground near our house.  He wanted a superhero/Spiderman themed party, and it was a big hit. Smiley  Picture 25 4-5 year olds running around in capes and masks like crazy. I found a package of 24 capes/masks (and stickers to decorate) for 40 dollars on Amazon - favors and crafts all in one.

While I made cupcakes to pass out at the party, I made a small 6 in cake as a centerpiece for the snack table.  It had a blue/red watercolor effect and webbing made out of melted marshmallows that I stuck to my fingers and draped on the cake. Watercolor effect was created by dabbing red/blue icing all over a white frosted cake and then using a straight edge to smooth it on a turntable.

Kiddo still had to have a piece of the cake before we left and licked the serving knife clean.  Wink
2  COOKING / Dessert / Ouija cookie cake on: October 14, 2019 08:24:34 PM
My husband turned 40 today, and he loves the artistry in old Ouija boards. (he's a designer/creative, and it fits his aesthetic). I made this cake to celebrate him.   Grin

It's a yellow cake with chocolate icing baked in a 9x13 pan, but the board and planchette are made of sugar cookie dough. I used a woodgraining tool to spread brown icing on it for a subtle wood look (I just watched YouTube videos for how to use one) and then printed out pictures of Ouija boards to make sure my royal icing was true to type fonts for all the words/pictures. After they dried, I put them on the cookie with a dab of frosting. The planchette is elevated on tiny cookie feet. Here are some progress pics.

And just cause...
3  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow heart cake and a sad story on: September 25, 2019 09:51:42 AM
Hello!  This is a cake for a sweet friend....sadly, the cake died a horrible death this morning while I was driving it to work after leaping from my passenger side seat to the car floor mat below, where it drowned in an entire cup of coffee I had just managed to spill.  (I blame the knocked over coffee for me knocking over the cake in my haste to save my purse/car.  So...really I'm to blame, lol.)  (I still snuck in a bite that wasn't covered in foot coffee.  It was delicious!)

My friend had to leave work early to pick up a sick kiddo anyway, so we wouldn't have been able to celebrate her today as it is.  We'll reconvene with cupcakes once little one is better.  But for a brief moment, this cake was great!   Cheesy  My three year old has already decided that he wants one just like it for his "home" birthday celebration when he turns four in a few weeks.  I did not realize that we were having multiple celebrations that would require multiple cakes.   Cheesy Wink

4  COOKING / Dessert / Lemon ombre cake on: August 17, 2019 12:21:48 PM
My mom turned 69 this Tuesday, and my family gathered to celebrate her last night. This is a lemon cake with lemon cream cheese filling and vanilla frosting. She's used to getting cakes made by her grandkids, but I wanted her to have something a little prettier this year. My three year old tasted the lemon cake batter and pronounced it disgusting...so there was also a tiny "banilla" cake on hand for him and his brother.  Roll Eyes  Wink  Cheesy
5  COOKING / Dessert / Floral Stripe Cake on: July 11, 2019 10:12:33 AM
I made another celebration cake using a striping comb.  The idea was an elegant cake with black and white stripes and palette-knife flowers for my friend.  The stripes went well!  The flowers were my first foray into using a palette knife and frosting to approximate impressionist paintings...and I had to scrape off and redo a few times, lol.  It was fun though.


I should have just stopped after adding flowers, but I kept adding--the borders, the gold leaf, and it got to be a lot, lol.  My husband said it reminded him of Victoria's Secret in the 90s, and that cracked me up.  I realized that in 1991 (when I was 12) I had bedding/curtains that I thought was so grown up and mature that looked similar.  Ha! (This picture is kinda close.)

It's a three layer cake (6 inch diameter).  The inside was devil's food cake with chocolate ganache filling, and the outside is vanilla American buttercream (the black stripes are the same buttercream with a decent amount of cocoa powder added plus a healthy squeeze of black food coloring and a little blue to keep it on the cool side-colorwise).  There's also some vanilla swiss buttercream used as the crumb coat and for the flowers.  I was just too tired day two to make another batch of swiss buttercream, so that's why they're different.  Grin  Enjoy the bedding cake!  Wink
6  COOKING / Dessert / Tastes like freedom on: July 01, 2019 06:53:27 PM
Happy fourth of July! My children helped me bake this cake this weekend. They each did a unit on the American and Texan flag at daycare (they're three and five), so they are interested in everything red, white, and blue currently.

It's American buttercream and funfetti cake with sugar cookies and a white chocolate drip. It's waaaaaaaaay sweeter than I like, but my boys were thrilled.

Here are some progress pics-I stopped taking them as we worked, so they're limited.

7  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate covered strawberry cake on: June 13, 2019 06:20:42 PM
For my boss's birthday, I made him a slightly more masculine cake than I normally make. This is a double layer chocolate cake with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream, a semi sweet chocolate drip, and strawberry and gold leaf garnish. I was a little worried that the cake was a bit overbaked, but the frosting helped.

I'm not good at putting myself "out there" at work, and I hope my cake making is making me more recognizable in the department without me having to awkwardly try to be sociable all the time. \_(ツ)_/ we'll see!!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Geode cake and joke on: June 04, 2019 08:45:01 AM
Hello all!

A friend of mine just finished her masters (while working full time with a kid in daycare/a kid in elementary/a kid beginning college).  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  I'm so proud of her!  I made her a congratulations cake that is a wink and a nod toward a joke we shared about geode cakes (specifically the ones that look more like a lady's....business).  What better way to celebrate her new business degree than a "business" cake that's 100% innocent and work appropriate?  Grin 

It's a six inch yellow cake with ruby chocolate filling (thank you Trader Joe's for affordable ruby chocolate!) and crumb coat.  I just made a basic American buttercream (2 parts powdered sugar to one part butter with a splash of vanilla) and added a whole bag of melted ruby chocolate chips so that it was a pretty, soft pink with a light berry taste.  I used a basic vanilla swiss meringue buttercream for the outside frosting.  The outer coat could be smoother, but I was pressed for time.  No worries here.  I don't have a pic of the inside, though.  I didn't stick around for the cutting of the cake but hope she saves me a piece!

I learned that with geode cakes, more and bigger is definitely better when it comes to the sugar crystals.  If there's a next time, I'll be careful to not crush the crystals and to use at least twice as many (with clear gel  or corn syrup holding it on rather than relying on the frosting).  The edible gold leaf was a nice surprise, though.  Super easy and looks great in person.  I'll use it again for sure. 

It's a looooot of frosting, so I hope her coworkers are sugar fiends.

 Grin Grin
9  COOKING / Dessert / Wafer paper on sugar cookies on: May 05, 2019 02:36:13 PM
I'm ok with modeling/3d artistry, but I have no talents with drawing/painting. I tried adding edible wafer paper to sugar cookies with royal icing like I've seen on many blogs, and they look a little like they've got hand painted water color decorations. They'd be great for mother's day or a baby shower. I bought the wafer paper from Etsy and used corn syrup to attach it to hardened royal icing. I love it when something looks fancy but it is way easier than expected.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Carrot Cake Roll with Carrot Roses and Pineapple Flowers on: April 22, 2019 02:41:49 PM
Hello!  For Easter I made a carrot cake roll with cream cheese filling and tried out carrot roses/pineapple flowers for the first time.  I've been eyeing the roses/flowers for a while, and this was a good time to test them out.

I followed Bravetart's instructions for the carrot roses https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/10/carrot-rose-recipe.html and my dehydrator at 135 F for about 5 hours (flipping occasionally) for the sliced pineapple.  I used a fresh pineapple and my mandoline at about 6 mm to slice it.  You can find a million instructions for pineapple flowers online--most say that you can also dry them out in a super low oven for a few hours. When mine were dry to the touch but not crunchy, I put the slices in a muffin tin to cool so that they stayed in a flower shape.  Smiley

I used this recipe for the cake roll: https://www.crazyforcrust.com/carrot-cake-roll/

And this is my first attempt at decorating the cake.  It was a lot better after I got a good night's rest and decided to rearrange everything in the morning. Lol. Smiley

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