-->

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweet 16 Princess Cake

I had been wanting to get these pillow pans from Wilton for awhile. So I finally took my 50% down to Michaels and got them! Had some spare hot pink and black fondant which I haven't really used on anything so I thought I'd try them out and experiment. At sure I wasn't too sure about the color combo but I think it turned out very teenager. I got the little crown from the dollar section at Target.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holy Sugar Load

Ah, the holidays. Some people dream of cars. money, fame. This is what I dream about, chocolate, ooh and my Mom's toffee brittle she makes just once a year. This year I finally tried making it on my own. And can I say it turned out delish. Tried making her fudge too, that stuff is sweet. This year I even decorated some gingermen using the Wilton cookie icing to create a lovely flood. Now that's the kind of flood I want to get stuck in! Lol. Merry Christmas to all and many sweet returns. (I guess that can be taken a few ways. Ha!)





Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wedding Cake for Tiffany


My friend Tiffany is such a hoot! she up and married a guy she met after just a couple months while on vacation in Wisconsin to visit her family! And the plan was for January. Her grandparents decided to throw her a wedding reception which took place last Friday. I made the cake as a gift and it was the first time I made one for a real event. She wanted daisies and violet. I am happy with the result. But I think next time I will def not procrastinate and make things as early as I can along with a detailed list! Well, it was a good learning experience!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Grandma's Chocolate Cake



Grandma sure musta been a choco-holic, cause that's exactly what this cake is! This recipe is from a book called 'Birthday Cakes'. I had to try it out cause I need a good chocolate cake recipe for the first real official wedding cake I will be making next month for a friend's reception. I also made the chocolate frosting myself, using semi-sweet chips and baker's chocolate along with milk, powdered sugar and vanilla. The texture of the cake is different then I'm used to, denser and less sweet, maybe that's the way Grandmas like it? Well, off to the next recipe and then to the gym!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

More cookie Madness! Dogs


I love dogs from their furry soft coats to their wet noses and waggly tails! I did these cookies the same time I did the dress cookies. I don't make cookies everyday - but wouldn't it be fabulous if I did? They would have to roll me to the gym - sigh. Always a price to pay. Anyway, I tried a grass tip for the first time to do some of the hair and it was cute. The pink girl is my favorite - she's prissy. Here also are some pictures of my real live dogs, so cute! the black lab mix is Angel, she is 13 years old, and a sweetie. The other is a King Charles Spaniel Mix which I renamed Piper, he is a boy so my friends make fun of me! Well, its better than his original name, Sniper. Here he is obviously entranced by some birds flying out the window.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

COOKIESSSS!


I bought this book called Simply Spectacular Cakes a couple weeks ago when a coupon for Borders in my email was calling out to me. Not only do they have cute cake designs, but really cute cookies too! I went to Sur La Table in downtown Salt Lake, this is so my new favorite store, and got some spiffy new cookie cutters. I have quite the collection now! I was trying to replicate a little black dress design, but it came out a bit wider than I expected so I made em into wedding dresses! Wouldn't this be cute at a wedding reception or bridal shower! They would look cute with some tux cookies, right? Kinda reminds me of those chocolate dipped strawberries that look like little brides and grooms. Check these ones out on Shari's Berries - so beautiful! Yum, yum, I want some!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Miss Alice's Tea Party Mini Cake


I was inspired to do a mini-cake, small is always good for practice with fondant. I started by making the white chocolate cameo candies a day in advance. I was going for a Marie Antoinette French look first. But after covering the spice cake with buttercream and white fondant, I added blue fondant cutouts of hearts and spades and the cake instantly felt 'Alice'. Then I added some fancy piping work, a little messier than planned because my frosting was too runny. I happened to get this cute paper doily the other day with some truffles I had got at a boutique/bakery called 'Dear Lizzie' in Highland, UT. And the dish is from Anthropology, it has two hummingbirds on it. Tres cute.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I made a wedding cake


My first wedding cake I made myself! Ok, so I finally got the nerve to do it. These are cake dummies, made of Styrofoam, I was not having that much cake so close to me knowing i would probably get sick eating it. I covered the cake dummies with frosting and fondant. Separating the tiers are smaller Styrofoam rounds which the roses have been attached to by wires. I also attached green ribbon to each cake. These shots were taken in my dining room.

Friday, July 16, 2010

hey dolly



Yes, another hobby. Well I found this new sculpting clay at the store that claims never to dry out, and it is true. After using Fimo and Sculpty before, I wanted to try something that wouldn't become rock hard after a few days. So I tried to make a face, but because thae clay was so squishy I had a hard time holding and working on it with out leaving imprints and distorting it. Luckily, I found this head I apparently did, hiding in one of my craft drawers. So added the new soft clay to this pre-baked head and was able to work on fashioning a lovely Marie Antoinette-esque wig. I love how it turned out with the curls and beehive. Then when I tried to put it on a cookie sheet to bake I realized it wouldn't stand so I put some shoulders on her. Later I painted it with craft paint and did some accents with brushing on colored pastels.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Super Nintendo Cake




I've been wanting to try my hand at sculpted cakes for awhile now so when my husband's birthday was coming up I knew I had a good reason to try one. At first I was going to do an old school computer, but then I changed my mind and I asked him what his favorite video game station of all time was. I got my answer and did my image research. We totally had one of those, we probably had every game station that ever came out considering I had three brothers. Anyways, the cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I am still using cake mixes, I should probably try doing one from scratch, but I haven't worked up the motivation yet. The cake sorta cracked when I was moving it before it was frosted and that's why it's not exactly perfect. Well, my husband loved it anyways.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

purse cake


Here is my first 'sculpted' cake. I watched some tutorials online and figured this would be the easiest way to make a purse. Just a round cake with the bottom sliced off. Then I traced the cake pan to make templates for the fondant pieces I adhered to it. I made the tassel out of gum paste. The makeup is fondant, but I think I will try gum paste next time to hold its shape better.

I wanted to try making a gum paste pump. Since I was a bit low on the gum paste I tried using fondant instead. Probably a big mistake cause it is already cracking a bit. I like the sole cause i mixed brown and white fondant to make that wood effect.

Next I tried to make a fortune cookie. Just cut a round shape from the fondant and fold it a bit. Cute! Now I just need to make a cake to go with it!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Delicious Desserts!



My husband challenged me to make a souffle. I always heard they were hard to make. I found a recipe on epicurious.com that used semi sweet chocolate chips which I had so I went for it. Surprisingly I had all the ingredients, nothing fancy here. I think it ended up tasting more like a fudgy brownie but it was good. My egg whites didn't peak when mixing with sugar so I think I need to work on that part. Also a few days back I tried to make creme brulee, I think this was my second or third attempt. I had gone to Sur La Table downtown for the first time and picked up some pure ground vanilla extract, which is much cheaper than buying the vanilla beans and scraping the seeds out. This time I tried using my larger ramikens after filling up my smaller ones. I think they turned out great especially with the fresh fruit added on top and my husband absolutely went bonkers over them!