Archive for July 2009

Sorry I am MIA

July 31, 2009

This move is making me crazy. We are in the new apartment….and we are mostly unpacked. But there is stuff everywhere. I am making a big effort this weekend to make it look like a home. My goal is to hang pictures by Sunday.

I did bake once… it was a learning experience about my oven – it get HOT compared to the electric ( I now have gas.)  I will post the recipe soon I promise – Maybe even a round 2 for it this weekend/week depending.

Bear with me, and don’t give up on me. I will be back soon. I have so many things I want to try, and I keep finding new blogs that have wonderful things on them. More added to my “must try” list.

Also, Aug 30 is Dear OLD Dad’s 50th birthday. I have some ideas floating about for his cake and desserts for the cookout he wants to have with just a couple friends… I think we are actually listening to him. The man turns 50 and we are only having a small cookout (where I am sure he will be doing the cooking out…) O well – it is what he wants. ( I did find black candles today- and a cool 50 is nifty candle) Small cookout or not the cake has to hold 50 candles so it won’t be too small.

See you soon! PROMISE!

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Aubrey’s UF Cookie Cake

July 1, 2009

My bestest’s 21st birthday was last Thursday. She lives in Florida, because I started a new job I couldn’t go down for her birthday as I had planned. So I did the next best thing. I made her a birthday cake…her favorite to be exact. A cookie cake. Everyone loves a cookie cake, and it is the easiest type of cake to mail I think. (more on that later)

I started with a home made cookie cake.  Then I decorated it.

Since Aub moved to FL to go to the University of Florida she has become obsessed with The Gators ( I don’t blame her, I am obsessed with all things Testudo.)

So the only thing to do was to make her a gator cake. I thought I would be able to trace it with piping gel and transfer it to the cake like the soccer cake.

Well that didn’t work, maybe 20% of the pattern transferred, and of course it was the outside, easy part, not the inside complicated part. So lucky for me I am a little artistic, so I hand drew the gator with icing, then filled it in.

the idea that failed

the idea that failed

my attempt at fixing it

my attempt at fixing it

turned out great!!!!

turned out great!!!!

finished product

finished product

After it was decorated I let the icing harden in the fridge over night. then wrapped it in plastic wrap and foil and froze it. put it in a bathroom scale box ( it was the perfect size for the cake, didn’t give it much room to wiggle around.) Then I took it to the post office Saturday am and the lady put it in another box and stuffed it, marked it with fragile and perishable all over and off it went to Florida, I just had to hope that it went there quickly, and that it didn’t get too hot and melted. She called me Monday and she got it! In one piece, the only thing messed up was the 21…not bad. If I can get a picture from her I will post how it looked when she got it. I am very very pleased with this cake. I am thinking that pretty cookie cakes my be my new favorite cake to make. 😀  Want one?

Here is what she got… it survived pretty well! 😀post mail