Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A little Christmas Yule Log

A chocolate roulade cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream cake.
Meringue mushrooms and chocolate pine cones.

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

Heres a few treats I made up this Halloween.

Haunted House with Chocolate Butter cream. Yumm

2 little ghost cake

Mini Pumpkin cakes

Fall cake


How about a close up..
ENJOY!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Treats made with Apple Cider






During these fall months we always have a jug of Apple cider in the fridge. But why is it no one drinks the last bit in the jug? It must be curst or maybe as my 11 year old says "no one drinks it because has  cooties".  Well what ever it is don't let it go to waste you can still use it up--in baking.
This week I decided to test a few recipes using the last bit (cooties ha!).

The first recipe is one I've seen floating around FB and the net. It comes from www.countryliving.com

Apple Cardamom Cakes with Apple Cider Icing.

These are really tasty but need to eaten the day you make them.








Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
I used mini bunt pans but you can use muffin tins as well.
Combine all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl and give a good whisk.

Chop 2 granny smith apples and set aside- These get folded in at the end.
If you like chucks of apples you can leave them on the larger side. I prefer to do half chunky and 1/4 a bit finer. I really like the different texture.

2 1/4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamon

In a separate bowl combine-I use a stand mixer for this.
2 whole eggs
and 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Mix well
add 1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2  teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla

Once combined slowly add your flour mixture about 3/4 cup at a time. Try not to over beat because at this point you can add your chopped apples.
Fill your tins about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20-25 mins.
Although I only baked mine for 15 minutes-With all new recipes check, check, check. All ovens vary in temp. 
Mine just seemed to cook up quicker than the recommended time.

Once removed from the oven apply your glaze.
The country living recipe calls for

1 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
3 Tablespoons
Stir to combine

I preferred
2 cups confectionary sugar 
2 Tablespoons apple cider
Stir to combine.

ENJOY









Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for my kids. I's always bitter sweet this time of year for me.  Sort of sad to see the summer ending but on the other hand it's nice to look forward to the change of season.
Im not sure what's harder to believe that fact that my babies are getting older or me getting older (sniff).

I decided to post some of my kids favorite after school treats this week. Warning... they may not all be as healthy as you might like or think they should be but trust me my children do eat well balanced during the day.   I think a little sweet in moderation is ok.

Today I made a simple batch of Toll House chocolate chip cookies.  I use this recipe most often because for 1. it's quick and easy 2. it's consistent  3. they are always tasty. And the fact that these are the most requested cookie from my family.  My middle daughter tells me that they are here all time favorite.








Recipe
Pre heat oven to 375 F
Toll House Recipe
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup butter (unsalted)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar (I like light brown)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time. Combine flour salt and baking soda in a separate small bowl and give a good whisk just to combine. Slowly add flour mixture to the sugar mixture until all is well combined. Drop by the round spoonful on an un greased cookie sheet. I like to use a sheet of parchment paper just in case. 
Bake for 9-11 minutes.


Nothing smells like home than a batch of baking chocolate chip cookies!


My babies 1st day of school....


Enjoy

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fondant Covered Fire Truck Cake



This was a quick birthday cake request. I had 2 days to put this together. And to top it off its been pretty humid here so my fondant did get a little droopy. 
Im pretty satisfied with the job but wish I could of done a little better with smoothing the red fondant.



My favorite was the fire hydrant-thoguht it was too cute.


Enjoy!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jungle Pals Themed Cake and Cupcakes

 Hi had lots of fun making this cake.
All the decorations are made from fondant/gumpaste.
The cake is all swiss meringue buttercream.







ENJOY

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This recipe comes from Lindsay Ann over at The Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.  http://blog.dollhousebakeshoppe.com If you haven't checked out her site please do. She is simply fabulous.

oops I forgot in the picture to add Vanilla

Recipe
1 cup water 
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup. If you like your syrup thinner you can omit this all together.
3/4 unsweetend cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
Place all ingredients except the vanilla-into to a medium size saucepan. Stir well so everything is well incorporated.  Bring to a low boil while stirring occasionally. Allow to boil approximately 3-5 minutes. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved. 
Once it becomes to the thickness you like remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Once cooled add vanilla and stir.
I placed mine in a mason jar but you could put it into any container with a lid and refrigerate.






Friday, June 7, 2013

Day5,6,7 & 8-30 Day Snap Challenge




Well I havent been so good about keeping up with my 30 day challenge. Actually I've taking pictures it's just finding the time at the end of day to post. So excuse the random shots but Im putting them all on at once.








Oh Holly Bolly- She's a pretty pup. Just love her. Day 5




Not much flowering in our garden this year it's been so darn rainy.
Day 6
 The lonely swing set. My kids are getting too old to play with her. She sits in the back yard getting moldy and mossy. "Sniffle" Day 7











This is one of favorite. My son decided to do an
experiment with a white flower and food food
coloring. So pretty with the blue tips.
Day 8.



















HAPPY NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY
As part of the 30 Day Snap (http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com) here is my pic of the day. 
A package of doughnuts Im giving to my favorite ladies at my local library.

Enjoy a Doughnut wherever you are.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 2-30 Day Snap Challenge



Well - I got in too late last night to post my pic for day 2 Snap Challenge but here it is. I worked on this pretty white cake for an end of year school party. Simple white is always nice but this one had to get dressed up for the party. 

Great simple recipe for American Buttercream

4 Cups sifted powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 sticks unsalted butter
pinch of salt
3-4 Tablespoons milk
Beat butter well
add sifted sugar 1 cup at a time
add milk, salt and vanilla
Depending of the consistency you are looking for you may need a little more or a little less milk.

Day 3-30 Day Snap Challenge
Here is my 3rd pic that I forgot to post yesterday of my finished cake.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 1 of the 30 Day Snap Challenge


Day 1

I do quite a bit of baking and today I happen to be making strawberry filling for danishes and cakes. I usually freeze my batches to use later.  When I think of Strawberries I think of summer . 
check out Sprinkle of Glitter the 30 day snap

Monday, June 3, 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge

My daughter just turned me on this blog site http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com.  Very cute, she has some really lovely ideas and a great place for inspiration.
As for me I found her 30 day snap challenge an inspiration for me to really take a look at what I do everyday. Thanks.  Maybe you'd like to give it a try. Check it out.




Thursday, May 23, 2013

My sons Birthday cake







Last fall my son  had seen a commercial for Honey Boo Boo....Of all things...
Anyway it was for an upcoming episode of her getting and playing with a piglet on their kitchen table. Well ever since he had been obsessed with getting one. 
When Christmas time came around this past year he had written his list to Santa not once but 5 times. 
PIGLET
PIGLET 
PIGLET
PIGLET
PIGLET
Thats all I want.
Seriously he wanted nothing else.
Unfortunately we have no place to put a piglet.


Well much to his disappointment, Christmas morning he woke running down the stars- hoping there would be a little piglet under the tree. That sad look on his face when he saw there was no pig pen in our living room was just so pitiful.

So...knowing I would have to try and make a mends I came across this cake on pintrest.com. 

 http://diycozyhome.com/swimming-pigs-kit-kat-chocolate-cake/ had posted it. 

Perfect...If my little Drew boo couldn't have a real piggy maybe one (or 2) on a cake will  do.









ENJOY

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My First sculpted Elmo


I made him out of a gum paste/fondant. Much credit goes to Krazy Kool Cakes for her wonderful Tutorial on youtube. She also has wonderful shop on Etsy where she sells her creations. She really does   fantastic work.http://www.etsy.com/shop/KrazyKoolCakeDesigns?ref=si_shop





I made this for a little boy who was turning 2. 









Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Wishing all a very Happy Easter




Heres another example of using chocolate ganache. You can pipe with it as long as it sits for a bit. 

Again heres a simple recipe;
2/1 ratio of chocolate to heavy cream
2 cups good dark chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate 
1 cup heavy cream
heat cream in a sauce pan just below the boiling point.
Remove from heat and add chips.
Allow to sit for 5-8 minutes and give a stir until chocolate is incorporated well.
You can whip this and make a great filling or simple pour over your cake for a nice shiny frosting.

Enjoy

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patricks Day.

HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!


MAY THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BE WITH YOU
WHETHER YOU ARE IRISH OR NOT




A little rainbow cake for desert tonight. My rainbow colors are a bit muted because I used a swiss meringue buttercream instead of the traditional american buttercream. All that butter changes the colors up a bit but I think it still looks pretty.

This cake is a simple pistachio cake made with a Duncan Hines cake mix and pistachio pudding. Simple but tasty.

Recipe:
1 box of yellow cake
1 pistachio pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 chopped pistachios
1 cup sour cream.

Grease and flour  2- 8 inch pans and pre heat oven to 350.
Mix all dry together. Mix all wet ingredients then combine with the dry.
Combine well.
Pour evenly into your pans and bake 50-60 minutes. I usually start checking at 40 minutes. All ovens vary always best to double check with a tooth pick inserted in the center. If it comes out clean you know they are done.

This cake is great on its own or even dusted with powdered sugar.
This one I happen to use swiss meringue buttercream because I like its light flavor and texture. But you could also use whip cream too. It's just a good tasting cake anyway you like it.

ENJOY



Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patty's Day Cupcakes.-Re Share


I make these every year for my kids. Although I don't take pictures of them every year  I thought these would be nice to re share and to kick of this years St. Patricks Day Weekend.

Enjoy



Many Thanks to "My Cake School.com for giving me the idea for these cupcakes.They were fun to make-wish they looked like yours ha! Practice Practice.

I have never used edible marker before. Definatley will have to try them on other projects.


The little pots of gold are made with molded chocolate.

Okay so I went a little crazy with the puffy clouds-:)
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chocolate Ganache cakes

What is Ganache? Ganache is a mixture of cream and chocolate used for frosting cakes, dipping for pastries or making candies. It is usually a 2:1 ratio, chocolate to cream when using semi sweet or dark chocolate.  If you are using white chocolate or milk chocolate the ratio would be 3:1.

The process is simple; heat your cream either in a double boiler or heavy sauce pan. Allow the cream to come just under a low boil (not a rolling boil.) Remove from heat and pour your measured chocolate into. Allow to set for 5 min and give a good stir. It may seem at first that it isn't coming together but be patient-it will combine.  If Im using it for cakes allow to come almost to room temp. If you decide to put it into the refrigerator you can use it for truffles. Which are ver delish!

I love covering cakes with chocolate ganache. Not only does it give your cakes a super smooth look it's texture is silky and has great taste. 



When working with ganache I find it best to work quickly before it hardens. When you allow it to come to room temp it its great to use for piping. Once it hardens on your cake you can use a metal spatula heated in hot water to smooth out any imperfections.


I whipped my room temp ganache for this cake. It give a very light almost whip cream texture. Very silky.



Recipe;

1 cup heavy cream heated
2 cups of dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate

If using white chocolate or milk chocolate use 3 cups to the 1 cup of cream.

Enjoy

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes