Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My husband gave me one rule when it came to her birthday cake--no fondant. He wanted it to taste good for her when she dug into it and took that famous first bite that parents so look forward to, with camera in hand.
The giraffe's body was made from a football pan, the head from half of a sports ball pan, the muzzle from a mini ball pan, and the neck, ears, and legs from sugar cookies. It took a lot of time, and a lot of stars, but I finally got the cake covered.
I think that he turned out pretty cute. And I only used fondant on the hat and sign! That's pretty good considering that I love working in fondant.
The next decision to be made was what to feed our party guests. I found this idea at bakerella.com, and when my husband saw it, he thought it was the coolest idea, so that is how we ended up with these cute little "hamburgers" made from cupcakes (buns), brownies (meat), frosting (mustard, ketchup, lettuce), and sugar cookies (fries). That's my kind of hamburger!
I had a dilemma, though. I needed some way to tie the giraffe/animal theme in with the hamburgers and fries. That's where these little boxes came into play that I found at orientaltradingcompany.com. Too cute and too perfect to make little happy meals with the hamburgers and fries for all of the kids.
And as everybody knows, a happy meal must come with a toy or prize. Aren't these little bubbles adorable and totally perfect to help tie everything together?!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The bottom is an 8 inch triple chocolate cake with vanilla icing as filling, covered in fondant. Tosha had a cute mini-bear pan that she used to bake up the bear. We covered him in tip 18 stars, and used fondant to decorate the rest of the cake with a bow and flowers.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I used the Wilton Brownie Pops mold, although it was pretty tricky to get them to come out of the mold without breaking (more difficult than their directions let on to be). I dipped them in melted chocolate candy melts and rolled half in toffee bits and the other in some cookies n cream crunch decorative sprinkles put out by Wilton. Next time I think that I'll try dipping them in caramel instead. Sounds more yummy to me.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
My brother Doug is finishing up his residency in ENT at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and while I was out there visiting them and watching their kids for a few days while he and Nicky went to a conference in Arizona, I decided to try a little treat craft with my niece and nephew that they could give to their dad when he got home. They are little graduation chocolates that I saw on Bakerella's blog. She used Reese's Peanut Butter cups, Godiva chocolates, and Air Head Xtremes, using a little melted chocolate candy coating to glue everything together.
We actually got the carmel filled cups (I think that it is the Sam's choice brand) that Walmart carries in the candy aisle due to my nieces peanut butter allergy, and 2 kinds of the Ghiradelli chocolates (the ones with little krispies in it didn't work as well because they have a bumpy tecture--oops). We had a fun time making them, and the kids were SO excited to give them to their dad. Congratulations on finishing your residency, Doug!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
- Combine all the ingredients for the flan. Put this in a well-greased bundt pan first.
- Prepare the cake by mixing all the ingredients together and pour this carefully in to the bundt pan over the flan mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes at 350F
- Clean out your ev. mild and sw. and cond. milk cans and fill 3/4 of the way with water. Place these on either side of your cake while it is cooking (keeps the cake very moist).
- Place pan on a cooling rack to cool.
- Carefully flip cake onto a serving place after at least 10 minutes of cooling.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The day before April Fool's I was asked to teach the Achievement Day girls some cake decorating for their activity. We did some April Fool's cupcakes. They decorated them to look like spaghetti and meatballs with a side of peas and carrots. It was an idea I got out of the Hello, Cupcake book (I keep telling you, I love this book). The girls did a great job and had a lot of fun making their "well balanced dinners." I'll ask them on Sunday if any of them fooled their parents with their dinners they made :)