Archive for March 2009

Pink Velvet Cake 2.0

March 31, 2009

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I am definitely on the right track. I used Wilton’s gel food coloring. Rose this time, as opposed to the pink I used before. Who knew rose was more of the color I wanted. I decided to go with a completely different recipe than before because I really didn’t like the one before, and once again, I am on the right track. I may have overcooked it and that is why it was dry, but I think it was a tad on the dry side. A little more oil maybe would help. I stuck to the recipe for the most part. I added a little more chocolate to the batter because all the other recipes called for much more than this one. My co-worker gave me this recipe and said that it can’t be messed up. Well I guess she is right, but who knows.

Ingredients:

½ cup Crisco

1 ½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1tbsp vanilla

5 tbsp red food coloring (I used a big glop of PINK gel)

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cocoa (I used 1 ½ tbsp)

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vinegar

Directions:

Cream together Crisco and sugar

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Add the eggs, vanilla and food coloring and mix well.

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Sift flour, salt and cocoa together.

Add alternately with buttermilk

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Mix vinegar and baking soda together in cup and fold into the batter DO NOT BEAT

Put in greased and floured pans

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Bake at 350 for 35/45 mins. (I am pretty sure it was like 40 mins.)

Cool on racks

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The bottoms kind of fell apart… but you can see the pink in them

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The icing recipe she gave me was easy and when I made it, it looked great. Light and fluffy, but I made it on Saturday and didn’t ice the cake till Sunday. I don’t know if it was because I kept it in the fridge or what, but it got very wet, and was very hard to put on the cake Sunday morning. But it still tasted good, just didn’t look as pretty.

The icing

Ingredients

¼ cup butter

½ cup Crisco

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp flour

2/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Cream together butter and Crisco

Then add sugar, flour (one at a time) milk and vanilla.

Beat for 10 minutes.

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Overall, I think this recipe could work, I will be trying it again. Maybe the extra cocoa made it a little dry. Who knows. I decorated it for Mema’s birthday and we all pigged out 😀 Though with the icing being so thin and wet, I didn’t attempt much decorating because I didn’t think it would hold.

I <3 mema!

I ❤ mema!

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Princess practice cake

March 31, 2009

Today I made my practice princess cake (say that 3 times fast)

The cake mold was easy enough to use, and I just used a boxed cake mix. I had to cook it for almost an hour though. I put chocolate chips in to help hold it together (a trick my teacher offered us on the first day if we used cake mix from the box). The cake release stuff I used on the pan was amazing. It worked so well. It was worth the $3.99 I spent on it! I wish I had been using it all along.

making barbie decent

making barbie decent

the back

the back

As it was a practice cake, I didn’t do many of the things I would normally. I didn’t level the cake, the stars were a little messy, but for the most part everything was the same. I am still working with the mom to see what colors I am going to do for the real thing. Pink I know, probably the same. I am going to change the design a little bit. I will post pictures of the whole process. Today’s cake was made while I stayed home from work with day 3 of a migraine. Saturday is when I make my first ever order! 😀

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she has a ghetto lean 😉

Haha I used my name and age for the practice, mainly because I know how to spell it 😀 She is also leaning a little, but we can fix that next time too!

Dad is taking what is left with him to work tomorrow. Enjoy! ( stop by and steal some if you want)

Cake Class 2.1

March 30, 2009

Tonight was the first night of Course 2.

We learned a couple new boarders, and how to make ugly rose buds ( I need to practice more of those)

We worked on our roses more.

We are going to be making a lot of flowers in this class. I didn’t take any pictures tonight. but I will try to take some next week. I left class with a migraine. I have had it off and on since Sunday. I have 3 posts to finish, sorry I am neglecting you. My weeks have been busy. Will get back into it soon!

I have my first cake order! Due Sunday! YAY!!! Mom and I are practicing tomorrow/Wednesday. Will post pics.

night

Cake Class 4- Completed Course 1

March 23, 2009
The Proof

The Proof

I DID IT!!

While I did learn how to make roses, and pretty sprial flowers, a lot of this class was review for me because my momma taught me a little when I started making cookie cakes, I also taught myself some.

Not too bad for my first time

Not too bad for my first time

Next week starts course 2. The best part for me, I don’t have to make a cake, or make more icing. Sucks for those who eat my practice cakes.  I am declaring this weekend a bake free weekend, and Matt and I are going to play outside in D.C. Unless it rains, then I will sleep a lot, read and watch a lot of tv. Maybe go to the mall. So pray for SUN! 😀

Today was my sweet, sweet classroom aide’s birthday. I couldn’t muster the energy to do one more cake over the weekend, so we are celebrating her birthday tomorrow.

I am pleased with her cake, though the one boarder is now sliding off…(I cheated on the cake icing…I used Betty Crocker. I was realllly tired today after work, I fell asleep holding my laptop while checking emails. :-D)

The cake is pretty though, I need to make about 1000 more roses so I finally make them look like they do at the bakery.

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Happy Birthday Glenna, thanks for being such a good worker, the babies and I love you!

Funfetti Cookies

March 23, 2009
Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies

I don’t normally like cookies not from scratch. It is rare that cookie dough in the tube or tub gets baked (consumed from the tub… is a different story), however, I had these cookies a while back at the annual turducken feast. They were very yummy, and very easy to make. Which was good because I made a lot of things, in a short amount of time.

Ingredients:

1 box Pillsbury funfetti cake mix

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

Combine mix, oil and eggs in bowl.

Mix well (it takes a long time, to get all the powder incorporated, but make sure you do)

I used a medium scoop and scooped them onto the cookie sheet. Flatten with hand (directions on recipe said use a bowl and wax paper, I was lazy, my hand did fine, just not perfect circle cookies.)

Cookie dough

Cookie dough

Bake 375 for 6-8 mins (it took mine 7ish)

let cool on rack.

Cookies cooling

Cookies cooling

Take tub of funfetti icing, dump sprinkles that come with in icing and stir- ice the cookies. I added more sprinkles, because who doesn’t love sprinkles?

YUM

YUM

They were very soft and moist, and very sweet. I liked them, and I think the fam did too. Next time I will double the recipe, I only got 23 out of it, the recipe said 3 dozen, they must have made small cookies, mine weren’t even that huge. Who knows.

You should definitely make this.

Baking marathon

March 21, 2009

This am, I had a little baking marathon. I made a pink velvet cake, the icing, lemon bars, and funfetti cookies. All before the 3:30 Maryland game. 😀 Score! (still have to ice the cake though)

Will blog about them all soon, but I am off to Cirque du Soleil tonight and family dinner tomorrow (hence the baking marathon)

Check back to see how pink velvet 2.0 turns out 😀

A quick run through of cake class 3

March 18, 2009

But first, as requested a picture of mom’s birthday cake…

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It leans a little, and the icing was acting weird so not my best work…oh and I forgot to take a picture before I cut her and dad a piece. I brought it home Sunday night, as of this evening it is gone. Hope the Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company enjoyed 😀

Last night at cake class 3, we learned how to make shells, and pretty spiral flowers and clowns. I was alright at the shells, but I defiantly need practice. I didn’t take any pictures of my shells because my hands were a mess.

The clowns were creepy, but I guess kind of cute. They sit well on cupcakes and edges of cakes.

Creepy Clown

Creepy Clown

of course normally you would tint the icing for the clown, but this was my practice clown, I didn’t tint him.

We had to bring in cupcakes, and after we practiced on our practice board we decorated our cupcakes. I practiced the spiral flower on mine. I really like how they turned out. So did the teachers at The Bee… they were all gone when I left. 😀

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pretty spiral flower cupcake

pretty spiral flower cupcake

Sorry this post is so short, I just finished a midterm for my FCC class, it was 3 pages long. I am tired.

This weekend I get to bake for my family again! I am going to try lemon bars from scratch, funfetti cookies and some form of birthday cake as my Mema’s birthday is Sunday!  But the best part of my weekend (besides seeing Matt) is we are going to see Kooza, the Cirque Du Soleil show that is in Baltimore. This was my Christmas/Chanukah present and it is finally here! I can’t wait. If you know me, you know my life goal is to see them all… maybe when I hit the lottery. 😀

Attempt 2 at Pink velvet is coming soon, I have been given a new recipe. Get excited. I will have fun stuff for you soon!