Thursday, January 1, 2009

Catching up

So I'm a horrible blogger. Perhaps just an internal blogger. :) But for those who have asked to see baking photos I'll catch up and upload all the tasties I've created since my last post.

Cheeseburger Cupcakes!

Pilar & Everett's Wedding Cake

Monday, July 21, 2008

White Trash Baby!!

What could be better for a bridal shower than a White Trash theme?
Everyone picking through the backs of their closets to proudly display their trashy-ist, redneck, trail park apparel...who could ask for more?
And what else would round out the occasion than a Rice Krispies Little Debbie Snack Cake-Cake! I have to say, this was one of the more enjoyable experiences I've had creating a cake. I knew going in that I could be over-the-top, silly, down-right redneck if I felt like it. All the better. And that means fun. :)

The tiers were made out of rice krispie treats molded by cake pans and a little bit of carving. The rest...snack cakes adhered with melted marshmallow.

The little topper, of course, was homage to Pilar's burlesque identity, Ruby Rockets. We affectionately called her Twinkie Rockets. :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Corsets & Topsy-Turvy Birthday

I am a bad, bad blogger. Its not that I haven't baked since my last post but have procrastinated when it has come to posting the pics.

The Caberet Show opening was a hit and so was the corset cake I gifted to the ladies. And really...who can resist a cake with boobs? Its funny, damn funny.
Since I was on the peanut butter kick at the time this cake was also rich chocolate with peanut butter cups through out. Layered with peanut butter cream (oh yum) could only have a small piece then have to lean back into the gluttony of it all.
For this cake I got to experiment with some new ribbon and punch out tools my nicey-nice Mom sent me. :)

Latest addition, Chris bday Topsy Turvy. Not too bad for a first attempt I think. Especially since I decided to do it a few hours before I needed to have the cake! Next time, I would definately do 3 tiers to enhance the topsiness and spent more time carving carefully. Its a bit difficult to get perfct angle without collapse.

Also, courtesy of my mom, I used this pan set that helps you create a checkerboard effect with the cake. Yay!

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Birthdays abound around here. Last weekend began with Jessica's birthday. After an unsuccessful attempt at maracas and a sugar fan I ended up presenting some simple but tasty cupcakes adorned with tulips. Lesson learned was patience. The slower I go the more successful I am likely to be. Sigh.

I brought that mindset into my latest projects however. My wife's brother is a huge baseball fan (as seen in a previous blog) and turns 16. I decided to do a basic version of a baseball field. I took my time and the results were very cute. He was thrilled - and that's saying a lot for a 16 yr old boy.

Cake was a super rich and decadent chocolate peanut buttercup cake with peanut butter buttercream. Wow, very yummy - but rich, very rich!
Peanut Butter Buttercream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup of room temp butter
1 pinch salt (optional)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp milk
Beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Add peanut butter, beating well. Add milk and beat until smooth and creamy.

Chris helped me do some of the decor this time - and that led to the fun little jellybean fans. One even had a black eye - and one was yelling. We were doing a good bit of laughing with this one.

Next...the corset for Amelia's bday/cabaret show opening this evening.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Red Velvet Heaven!

The other day my cake buddy, Ammy, mentioned red velvet cake. Ever since the thought has stuck in my brain. I've never tasted or tried baking red velvet cake. Isn't that reason enough? All the notoriety, the too numerous to count variations... I went for it. Verdict? Wow and yum.

After searching out tons of recipes and reviews online I tweaked a few amounts with the cocoa, vinegar, vanilla and oil (instead of butter) and decided to do cupcakes. The results have rounded our bellies and we are happily sticky with frosting. I made one batch of cupcakes but two half batches of chocolate buttercream and cream cheese frosting respectively. Both complimented the cupcake flavor I thought.

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 glob of Wilton Red gel coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Buttercream

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
(plus I dyed it orange for fun)

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Practice, practice, practice. The more the better before the bigger project for August. So I just did a quick and simple cake for Chris' brother Paul who is a HUGE baseball and A's fan. Very simple but good to get more confident with the fondant.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Peacock Version 1.0

I'm feeling a little better this afternoon about my hope of creating a peacock cake theme. With the help of rice krispy treats I've managed to mold up a decent birdie for a first try. Covered in fondant - skewered with wooden kabob sticks. I know traditionalist say it should be cake but the neck and head would just be too heavy.

I just used leaf cut-outs to see how this first one would look. I have ordered some fancy feather molds and cut-outs though...they just haven't arrived yet! And color - not sure whether I want to do colors yet or just use white and pearlize.

I did discover that I will need to use either thicker dowels or piping for better structure though. The wooden skewers didn't help all too much - resulting in a sad, sad peacock. Ahhhhh.