Sunday, February 28, 2010

My First Wedding...

For Renee and Eric....Renee did my tattoo, so I was glad to be able to do her cake and cupcakes. I struggled with the flowers on the cake, as the cake is my chocolate with coconut frosting - the cake is very delicate - I was afraid to attach the heavy roses to the side in fear that it would somehow tear the cake (remember cookie monsters arm????). I built up the flowers from the bottom, and let the weight of the flowers rest on the flowers below them....I did attach some leaves and a smaller rose near the top of the 2nd tier, but otherwise, they are not attached.

The cupcakes are vanilla and chocolate with strawberry mojito frosting and pina colada frosting (which is yummy btw).
My camera battery died before I finished taking these are what I ended up with.

Congratulations Renee and Eric....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Christian Louboutin...

All I have to say is Ugh. hope it gets to it's destination in one piece.
updated note: cake made it to it's destination...I was nervous about the shoe breaking....but it travelled well and the birthday girl reportedly loved it.
It was painful making this cake and I swore that day I would never make another one....but I think it's kind of like childbirth in that I've forgotten the pain, and now thinking about how I would do it differently for it to turn out better (and less painful for me to make!).

The Cake Slice Bakers Present.....Mississippi Mud Cake.

I almost didn't make this got some bad reviews...however, in the midst of making 3 other cakes, I thought "what the heck" - I never wanted to make the accompanying frosting for it though, I just decided after the cake was done, I would sprinkle on marshmallows, chocolate chips and pecans (instead of putting them inside the batter) - I'm so glad I made them...huge success in my world....good PMS bars.

I think you might call my version more of a Minnesota Rocky Road Bar, but nevertheless, an easy, yummy treat. Try it you'll like it.

Mississippi Mud Cake
(Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott)

Makes one 13 x 9 inch sheet cake

For the Cake
1 cup (2sticks) butter, cut into big chunks
½ cup cocoa powder
4 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1½ cups all purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the Mississippi Mud Frosting
One 16 ounce box (3¼ cups) confectioners sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
½ cup milk or evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups mini marshmallows or 3 cups large marshmallows quartered

Method – Cake
Heat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan. In a medium saucepan combine the butter and cocoa powder and cook over medium heat, stirring now and then, until the butter is melted and the mixture is well blended, about 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, salt and pecans and beat until the batter is well combined and the flour has disappeared.

Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the cake springs back when touched gently in the centre and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.

While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting so it is ready to pour over the hot cake.

Method – Mud Frosting
In a medium bowl combine the confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well. Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla and beat everything together well. Set aside until the cake is done.

To Serve
Remove the cake from the oven, scatter the marshmallows over the top and then return the cake to the hot oven for about 3 minutes to soften the marshmallows.
Place the cake, still in the pan, on a wire rack. Pour the frosting all over the marshmallow dotted cake and eat straight away or allow to cool to room temperature. Cut the cake into squares and serve.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

I made 4 packs of valentines cupcakes for people at work, and friends of my daughter. They were:

1. chocolate cake filled with Strawberry filling, covered with a creamy ganache and topped with a chocolate covered strawberry.
2. Vanilla with vanilla buttercream and topped with a homemade sugar cookie,

3. Red velvet with a cinnamon Ermine frosting (My personal favorite) and
4. Turtle, turtle, turtle (c'mon, y know from "Masters of Disquise")

I also made some cherub cuppies for a baptism.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Elmo...

This one was because my son was so upset that he couldn't have a piece of the last Elmo cake. LOL! But it gave me an excuse to try Toba Garrets chocolate fudge cake recipe and use up all of the red frosting I had from the last cake.

I'll let you know if I like the cake recipe, and if so, I'll post it.

Friday, February 5, 2010