Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Steph!

My sister turned 23 and my dad wanted me to make her a cake for her birthday dinner. He sent me a few ideas and this is what I came up with. Cherry Chip cake 8" round 5" high on the bottom, and 6" round 5" high top tier. The bottom is done in white buttercream with pink fondant polka dots, pink happy birthday banner, white gumpaste/fondant daisies with pink centers. The top tier is pink buttercream with white buttercream ribbons topped with a gumpaste/fondant bow. Inside each tier were 3 layers of the cherry chip and buttercream.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cake Batter Fudge

I borrowed this recipe from here after a friend came across it online. Had to try it since it looked so good! I followed the recipe exactly except that I used Cherry Chip cake mix instead of white or yellow. It tasted great! And I used up some of the many sprinkles/sequins/edible hearts/sparkling sugars that I have.

2 cups Cherry Chip cake mix
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cups (1 stick) butter cut into fourths
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup sprinkles (and just like the recipe says, who measures sprinkles? Just to crazy!)

In a microwave safe bowl, combine cake mix and sugar. Add butter and milk. Microwave on high 2 minutes. Stir until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir again. Fold in half of sprinkles. Spread in to a greased or lined with parchment 8x8 pan. Add remaining sprinkles and press in. Refrigerate to set. Cut into 1 inch squares.

Halloween Cupcakes

I made Halloween cupcakes! The designs are a green eyeball, witch's hats, witch's broom, spider webs, vampires, candy corn (which I have since learned that they are yellow-orange-white not orange-yellow-white. How was I to know? I don't like them!), mummies, trick or treats, boo's, and pumpkins.

Halloween Cake

Boo! I made a Halloween cake! Chocolate cake, raspberry filling, vanilla whipped cream frosting and sweet buttercream borders. The black piping is black sparkle gel, which is like piping gel. For the spider webs, just make circles small to large, then drag a toothpick from the center out.

Wilton Course 3

Wilton Course 3. I learned to make fondant/gumpaste bows, flowers, borders and to cover cake boards and cakes in fondant. My final project had everything except the bow. I guess it looks like a hat.

I love making these roses! It is so therapeutic to sit for a few hours and methodically go through the steps.

Daisies are simple but make a big statement.

I hated making this mum, but it is so pretty!

Calla lilies were easy and I love the sugar crystals that make them so realistic looking!