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The Green Party

In cake on February 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

During my visit to Oklahoma, we had a gathering with some friends to celebrate the birthday of an old friend, Andy. His adorable wife, Victoria, chose the theme of a Green party. A little play on words, if you will! We took it literally….we only ate green foods and dyed any foods that were naturally a different color, to a very bright green. I made the cake, even though I had no tools whatsoever. Not wanting to buy all the needed tools, I spent about $2 on some icing tips and used the smooth end of a serrated knife (that had a curved tip, too!) instead of a cake spatula. I made a white chocolate French vanilla cake with standard buttercream icing….washed down with a cold glass of Coca-Cola Classic. YUM.

Happy Birthday, Andy!

I should have taken more pictures….sadly, I was too busy hosting! Oh, and forcing guests to entertain me with my brother’s guitars!

Red Velvet Delight

In cake, Dessert on February 3, 2011 at 3:18 am

I recently decided to cut my hair. All of it. At first, I hesitated making the big cut because my mom (as you can see in the previous post) has a pixie cut. On my most recent visit to see my parents, I repeatedly heard the phrase “Mirror mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all.” This is true in more way than one. I LOOOOOVVVEEE Red Velvet cake….so does my mother. We delight in tasting different varieties at various restaurants and have done so for years. A few months ago, I found a recipe online that was quite different from others I had seen. Once I altered it a little and combined it with some other recipes, I decided it was ready to be shared.

I was asked to make a cake for our friend, Austin’s birthday party. As it turns out, he also is a Red Velvet fan! I must say, my cream cheese frosting was exquisite. Take a look:

Hippos in a Hot Tub

In cake on September 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My mom and little sister both have August birthdays. I normally don’t get to celebrate with them because I live so far away. Consequently, this is the first cake I decorated that they were able to see. We have a running joke in our family, which might sound quite harsh to everyone else…..

But it’s hilarious to us! Yes, these are hippo versions of my mom and sister. (I put my mom in a one-piece…hee hee) Readers, please meet my mother….she loves to wear blush.

She requested a French Vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. I used Ghiradelli for the occasion. It was to die for…..I can’t even explain how delicious it was! I was happy to see how much they liked it – and that they both thought it was as funny as I did!!!! After all, they did eat all those cheesesteaks in Philly……

Point Shoes

In cake on September 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

My dear friend, Jennie, took cake decorating with me, therefore, she is normally my sous chef. This time, though, she is the decorative expert and creative mastermind behind this cake. Jennie was a dancer through high school and college and now, her little cousin is following in those footsteps! “Little” just turned 15 and we promised her a birthday cake. While I assisted and contributed here and there, I frequently consulted the dance expert each step along the way.

Jennie had her first experience with gum paste, making the point shoes – and what an amazing job she did!

Little was very surprised to see her cake, and quite pleased at that!

Princess Birthdays

In Baby, cake, Dessert, Girls, Kids on July 18, 2010 at 6:22 am

My dear friend asked me to help her make birthday cakes for her two little cousins. It was clearly a princess party from the moment we arrived! We matched Ally’s cake to all of her gifts and her decorations, adding a little edible sparkle to make it extra special.

She may not be much of a smiler, but it is apparent she was pleased with her cake!

It was also little Laney’s birthday, so we made her a small cake as well.

Keeping to the color scheme, we matched the inside of each cake to its exterior. Needless to say, all of the adults and children were all extremely surprised!

I very much enjoy being part of the occasions I make my cakes for! I love seeing my clients’ reactions and being able to enjoy all the fun right along with them! Thanks for having me P & G’s!!!! Glad you liked the cake!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mania

In cake, Dessert, Food on July 18, 2010 at 5:55 am

I don’t think anyone in the world loves Reese’s as much as my husband does. Each candy-related holiday, I fill our themed candy jars with different varieties of Reese’s candies. I always buy 2 jumbo bags and they are ALWAYS gone within 2 days. I don’t eat any of them. In past years, I have even taken the excess candy to hide at work and in different drawers and compartments around the house. He (and my co-workers) have always found and devoured ALL of it.

SO- what better way to celebrate his and his brothers’ birthdays than a cake made almost entirely of Reese’s and chocolate?

This is a milk chocolate cake, iced with chocolate buttercream and packed FULL of 2 entire bags of Reese’s peanut butter cups. The inside filling is my own very cream cheesy – cream cheese filling.

This cake tastes like nothing I could have ever dreamed. It is amazing.

May is for Cream Cheese Lovers.

In cake, Food on May 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

Ashlyn is one of my closest and oldest friends. She was my first friend and roommate when I moved here to Utah, as well as maid of honor at my wedding. She is also one of the pickiest eaters I know! I eat pretty much anything (food), so I am happy to adjust our menus for her, especially for her birthday. When I asked what she would like for her cake, she said she likes anything with cream cheese. Since it’s spring, I wanted to make something that would be cool and refreshing, so I incorporated lemon and some fresh strawberries….

I started with a layer of lemon cake, saturated with my special strawberry lemonade glaze. I then covered the layer of cake with a generous portion of my lemon cream cheese filling.

I covered the cream cream cheese in a layer of fresh strawberries, then started all over again. I topped the entire cake with some old fashioned, home whipped cream – garnished with more strawberries and a little glaze. I wanted it to be just a LITTLE over the top!

Happy Birthday, Ashlyn!

Ooey Gooey Cheesecake – Recipe!

In cake, Dessert, Recipes, Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 4:10 am

My mom has made this easy cheesecake for as long as I can remember. A great idea, which I got from my sister, is to use one of those brownie/cookie sheets that have the high lip on the edge. I feel like there is a better crust to cheesecake ratio….there are things I like about using a 13×9 as well, but it just up to you!

Crust:

1 Yellow Cake Mix

1 Egg

1 Stick (1 cup) of melted butter

Cheesecake Filling:

1 lb (4 cups sifted) Confectioner’s Sugar

2 eggs

1 pkg (8oz) softened cream cheese

Mix crust ingredients, press to bottom of pan.

To make filling, mix eggs and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar slowly. Pour filling on top of crust and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30-40 minutes until center is cooked through and just barely beginning to turn golden brown on the top.

Enjoy! These are a major guilty pleasure of mine. I could eat the entire pan myself. For reals.

The Big 12…

In cake, Food, Kids, Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

This is a photo of me and the best man at my wedding a little over 4 years ago. We tried to keep things pretty simple for the occasion, so my husband thought of just one person to be his groomsmen/best man and decided that Jake would do an excellent job. He REALLY did. Speech and all.

He has always been one of the sweetest little people I have ever met. I am so happy to be related to him. This next photo was taken at our reception. Later that afternoon, we got a call from his parents about a conversation they’d had with him in the car.  He’d described the day as one of the best he’d ever had. In response, his mom asked if it was because his uncle got married? He said “no”. She then inquired if it was because he got to be the best man and give a speech? He again, said “no”. “It’s because I got to kiss a girl…”

I have this photo in a lovely frame collage in my house. It was one of the best days (and moments) of my life, too, Jake.

Last week, our best little man turned 12. TWELVE! I can’t believe the time has gone by so so so fast…and if I feel this way, I can only imagine how is mom feels. I got a little glimpse during the sweet slideshow she put together of his life. I must admit, it brought me to tears a little bit. I’m happy to have known this little guy for as long as I have.  He’s a great example to my own son – of many great things.

My husband has had the pleasure of helping Jake’s dad coach Jake’s football team a few years and, as unbiased as I can say it, Jake is a STAR athlete. I am continually impressed (but never surprised) at his amazing abilities.

Jake and his little sister would ask me every week when I was pregnant, how my growing little baby was doing, giving my ever growing belly lots of hugs and love. It melts my heart a little every time they get to play together to see how thoughtful and sweet Jake always is. He keeps Beck out of trouble in the kindest ways (so as not to make the baby cry) and finds ways to keep him entertained and happy. He is so thoughtful and always in for a good time.

So, for his birthday, I made him a little cake that had a lot of fun in it. I knew that if anyone, he would appreciate the surprise underneath his favorite colored frosting…

AND NOW, for the surprise!

(I got the idea a while ago for this rainbow cake from Studio 5, but I couldn’t find the original post. It’s still pretty fun!)

I also made some cheesecake bars, but those will be posted later…this post is mostly for Jigglins’.

Here is a very Happy Birthday wish to you, big guy. I can’t believe you have grown up so fast. I am happy to have such a great nephew and like a said before, a great example for little Beck. Beck’s lucky to have a great cousin and such a sweet family.

I can’t believe how much has changed in just over 4 years!

Madagascar Cake and Par-tay!

In Baby, cake, Dessert, Dinner/Meals, Kids on April 29, 2010 at 4:17 am

I just arrived home this afternoon from my very first trip to California. I spent the last six days in Danville and had probably the most FUN day of my entire life!!!! I have Baby Wyatt to thank for the occasion and his parents for having a baby one year ago last Friday. I also have his Aunt Jennie to thank for inviting me to join the party and stay with her family (Becky didn’t ask…she pretty much told me I was going to come and make her kid’s cake…love you Becky!)

While I was there, I enjoyed the most amazing bowl of fettuccine with fresh scallops and prawns in a sherry cream sauce from The Great Impasta. Jennie’s ravioli was incredible, too….I also enjoyed Bruce’s tri-tip and famous party chicken. Mary made some AMAZING lasagna from scratch (which I, to this day, have still not done!) I am going to miss the incredible sourdough, too – we had lunch at Boudin’s on Pier 39 in San Francisco and I wanted to try so many things, I ordered myself two meals. Clam Chowder and a turkey sandwich on sourdough. O.M.G. I should have smuggled more bread on the plane in my bra or something…it was SOOOO good!

Let’s get to the main event….we spent 3 days  on this cake…filled with approx 20+ hours! of hard labor, teaching and baby tending. About five minutes into cake making I was labeled as the “Warden”. What can I say? I am really good at delegating. It also helps when I have such talented you-know-what’s do do my work with me!

I do wish I’d gotten more pictures of the cake making process, including frosting and powdered sugar fights…alas, all I have are photos of the finished product and some slices of the most tasty cake I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of Baking.

In perfect baby’s-first-birthday and Becky fashion, she requested that we have fresh fruit in the cakes….what better fruit to use in California than fresh strawberries? They were quite ripe, perfectly sweet and mine for the tasting….

The zebra layer of Wyatt’s cake was OH SO delicious and Jennie and I had shared our cake (one piece of each) so we really didn’t get as much as we would have like to. So, late Saturday night, we decided to run out to the store and bake another cake, this time really only going for the easiest way to get the flavor. It turned out just as delicious as we dreamed. We didn’t go to be till after midnight, but we’d been up that late the previous two nights, so we figured, what the heck! It was totally worth it, too.

Wyatt shared a piece of his cake with my little one, who was well past his nap time but didn’t want to give up his cake. We gave him a little more later to make up for it!

My boy, eating his piece of cake

I very much enjoyed my trip to California – the weather, the people, the trees and all the fun!!!!! I will miss having helpers to make cake with! We’ll be back together in June this year, so we might have to create something else! Thanks for all the fun ladies!