Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TWD: Chockablock Cookies

However yummy these cookies sound, I have to pass because I'm making lots of other cookies (and various other things) this week.

I'm going to be a vendor at a Quarter Auction! Yikes so scary for me.... and old friend talked me into it (bitch!). If I had know I actually had to get up in front of 100+ people and hock my wares I probably would have never signed up! I don't even like when people watch me set up cakes and I don't even have to talk during that. Eh well what can you do... I have to shake off my shyness and make it work (as Tim Gun would say- OMG wasn't the finally of Project Runway the best!)

Anyhoo....I will share pictures next week of what I make because I'm totally bringing on the cuteness.

Oh yeah for TWD, you can grab the Chockablock recipe over at Popsicles & Sandy Feet. 

Oye too much Mt. Dew today!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TWD: Sweet Cream Biscuits

The easiest recipe on the face of the earth and of course I muck it up. Well ok maybe not totally, they were edible... but they were like cookies instead of biscuits. I had no cream so I used some 1/2 & 1/2. They turned out really thin and since I left them in the oven too long they were also very crunchy. They were good... but not a biscuit, unless I was from New Zealand or something then the biscuit/cookie cookie/biscuit business would make sense. I topped them off with a sprinkling of sugar before baking and then slathered them with honey butter after they were over baked.

You can find some properly made biscuits on the Tuesday with Dorie blog roll here. And you can find the recipe over on Love at First Bite or on page 23 of Baking from My Home to Yours.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lavender Sweet Sixteen

This cake wins the award for the most dragees on one cake to date! A fairly easy setup of square cakes but the intricate designed on each layer made it a challenge that I was really happy with in the end.

This was my first attempt at quilting on a cake, with nothing more than a cardboard triangle, it was rough going and I had a few spots that were less than acceptable. I think if I had to do quilting again I would opt for one of those quilted mats to save time. I would have been supremely happy with this if I were 16 again!

A few other shots here, I took these at the last minute as my camera was running out of juice.

Oh and here is the original sketch of the cake. I like to get the end result as close to the idea as possible.... I love it when a plan comes together.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TWD: Swedish Visiting Cake

Oh my lordy those Swedish people are geniuses.... first Ikea (mmmm Lingonberry juice) now this! Ok well I'm sure this cake came before Ikea, but you know what I mean.
This cake is so easy and so very good. I made only 1/2 the recipe in my little mini skillet and topped it with sliced almonds and pearl sugar. The pearl sugar stays crunchy when it bakes so you get the incredible texture of the almonds then a bit more crunch from the sugar. Perfection!
Visit Nancy over at The Dogs Eat the Crumbs for the full recipe.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

TWD: Mocha-Pistachio Bundt Cake

Today was a gloomy chilly Sunday. A perfect day for filling the house with the warmth of the oven and the sweet smells of baking. A sweeping contrast to our 90 degree temps of last week which deemed it too hot to bake.
I couldn't pass up last weeks recipe without trying it. I have to say that the chocolate portion is my favorite part. I swapped out the walnuts for some pistachios that I already had ground-up from another project and slathered the exterior in a gooey chocolate glaze. You can find the recipe over at When in Doubt....Leave it at 350. And since there is never enough chocolate... the recipe for the glaze is below.

Super Shiny Gooey Glaze

  • 4oz. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 oz. Un-salted Butter
  • 1 tbsp.  Coco-Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla (or get your booze on)
  • 2 oz. Corn Syrup
Melt the chocolate and butter over a baine marie. Measure corn syrup and vanilla/booze in a glass measuring cup. Once the chocolate has melted remove it from the heat and warm the corn syrup and vanilla/booze by placing the glass measuring cup directly into the hot water bath. Sift coco-powder into the warmed syrup and stir to combine. Pour that whole mix into the melted chocolate and stir until its shiny. Spread onto bundt cake immediately as this sets up pretty quickly.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Marsh's Golden Anniversary

Its always harder for me to create web pages for cakes I really love. Narrowing down the photos to just a few shots is excruciating for me because I want to share them all. The photo here was taken by my sister-in-law Tahnee. She is a professional photographer and it certainly shows. I have the same shot, and mine doesn't look nearly as nice.
I love this cake because it was for my inlaws, they are awesome people. I couldn't have been blessed with marrying into a better family. Much like my own folks they are so sweet and genuine.
I also loved that I learned a few things while making this one. The entire surface of the cake is airbrushed, creating a smooth layer of color was difficult. Patience to add color layer by layer is not my strong suite and I paid for it when I was putting the fondant ribbons on the cake with quite a few blemishes. Next time I will have to try a different technique.

You can see a few close up shots here.