Sunday, March 30, 2008

Easter Dessert

This is a combination of the desserts I was able to squeeze out for Easter Dinner. Plain Sugar Cookies, Oreo Cups with a Dark Chocolate Mousse, Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Icing (with fondant flower decoration), & a Triple Layer Lemon Apricot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. There are some Chocolate Easter Eggs and faux flowers for some added touch. This cake is my new favorite cake and I don't say that very often. If you like citrus flavors, this is Delicious!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter Cookies

Back from Vegas and little time to make some Easter treats!!! These were for my nieces and nephews. All are soft sugar cookies with colorful fondant decorations. Spring is a time for color right?!? We have yet to feel the spring weather here, so this is as close as we get to spring so far.
All the cookies were placed in individual Easter take out cartons and placed in a basket. I hope it put a smile on all their little faces!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Victorian Cake

This was my take on a Victorian Cake. I was hoping the colors along with the design would mix together to give it a more eclectic Victorian feel. Top tier flavor was White Almond with Strawberry Preserves. Bottom Tier was White Almond with a Whipped Chocolate Frosting. Everything was created with Fondant and Royal Icing along with a touch of Pearl Dust.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Cupcakes are Cool

I find that the trend in wedding's and shower's that involve cupcakes are so unique and fun. There are so many way to decorate these little gems along with displaying them. I'm working on a construction project of my own variations of cupcake stands and I find the possibilities are endless. You can have various themes and displays that all tie together at one single event. As soon as I'm done with my project I hope to have some nice photos along with displays with actual cupcakes. I can't wait to try all the different variations of recipes and frosting along with decorating effects.

My town had a great little cupcake shop. I wish more towns would have them because, let's all be honest, there are no grumpy people around cupcakes. They just make you smile. Maybe it's the kid in all of us, or perhaps it's the fact that this one little thing is our very own, no sharing or saving. We get to have this all to ourselves. That's what this world needs, more cake, in any form.

Give this yummy recipe a try (From - Martha Stewart)

Vanilla Cupcakes


Makes 24

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.
  2. Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I would personally recommend topping with a Strawberry or Raspberry Meringue Buttercream.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Mini Spring Flower Cakes

This is a small sample tray of Mini Spring Flower Cakes. They are a torted double layer Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream. Cakes are wrapped in colored Fondant and accented with Gumpaste Flowers. They are almost like a Petit Four, just bigger. A true single serving size. I wanted all the colors to accent each other, yet "pop" in their own right. This would look great on a tiered cupcake type display with a 6'' or 8'' matching cake top.