Sunday, May 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Husband!

My Husband turned 31 this year...and when I asked him if he wanted a cake for his birthday - I was expecting his usual "No Thanks" response because he never eats any of my sweets. He just doesn't have a sweet tooth like me.

So when he said "Yes." I was shocked.
I continued to be shocked when he told me he wanted "something with strawberries".

You got it, hubby.

I baked a Vanilla cake, whipped up some Vanilla Swiss Merinuge Buttercream, added Strawberry Jam to a couple cups of buttercream, sliced up some fresh strawberries...and built him a little cake.



I saw this idea on Pinterest a long time ago and since the husband loves sprinkles I figured he is the perfect candidate.

I grabbed the numbers 3 and 1 from my cookie cutter collection, placed them on top of the cake and sprinkled away. I lifted the cookie cutters and after a few adjustments with a toothpick, ta da!



He loved it...and I loved that he loved it.


He even had two slices the night of his birthday and two more slices the next couple of days until it was gone.



I love you Richard and Happy Birthday!

First Annual Spring Bake Sale

For a month, I advertised on Facebook - my First Annual Spring Bake Sale.

I offered any variety of the following four flavors:

CHOCOLATE OREO COOKIES N' CREAM
Chocolate Cake with Oreo Cookie Bottom topped with a whipped Cookies n' Cream Frosting 
and Oreo Cookie Crumbs



WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY
White Chocolate Cake filled with Fresh Raspberry Filling 
topped with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream



CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER
Chocolate Chunk Cake topped with a Creamy Peanut Butter Buttercream



VANILLA STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE
Vanilla AND Cheesecake Cupcake with Fresh Strawberry Filling
topped with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream 


All orders were hand delivered by me on May 4th, 2013.


Jacob

I know this kid named Jacob...and he has become a huge part of our lives here.
I met Jacob when he was 4 months old when I started taking care of him five days a week.
He has turned into Ethan's best little buddy and in April, Jacob turned ONE.

His mommy was throwing a Barn Yard themed birthday celebration and requested some delicious cupcakes and smash cake for the event.


Jacob is very special to me so I wanted to make sure when he looked back at pictures from this day, he says "Damn, my cake and cupcakes were awesome!" Well, maybe without the bad word, but still I wanted it to be perfect.


The cupcakes were Vanilla Cheesecake and Chocolate, both with Fresh Strawberry Filling.


The smash cake was Chocolate also with Fresh Strawberry Filling - just no glaze and a thin layer of buttercream to prevent a sugar overload.

Everything was covered with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.



I purchased the Cupcake picks from the local Bakers Boutique.


The cow spots are black Marshmallow Fondant and the barn cake topper is a bird house I bought at Michaels and painted myself.


I knew Jacob would be a great cake smasher...but I didn't know he would be the BEST CAKE SMASHER in cake smashing history!



He did not disappoint.

It was an awesome day and I am blessed to have been a part of his first year.


Happy Birthday Jacob!

Eggless = Not Easy

One of my customers needed an eggless cake and cupcakes for a family birthday party.

Eggs are a big part of my baking routine...so when I substitute other ingredients, although still very tasty, it is a challenge. I threw away the first cake because it just...well, it sucked.

The cake is Devils Food filled with fresh strawberries...and boy was it crumbly.
Trimming and placing the top layer was not an easy task.
Without the egg, which serves as part of the riser and most of the binder in the cake - the sheets were extremely fragile.


My favorite and most popular buttercream is Swiss Meringue Buttercream...but it is meringue based which does not fall under egg-free. So I used a classic Buttercream recipe that is powdered sugar and butter based. Although it is a bit more difficult to frost cakes with, it is very sweet and goes well with a fresh fruit filling.


I made a bowl of Dark Chocolate Ganache that I used as a drip around the edges of the cake, then whipped for the piping of the cake.


The cupcakes are Vanilla Cake with the same Fresh Strawberry filling and Vanilla Buttercream with a Ganache drizzle to kinda match the cake.




I welcome orders like this...ones that force me to try new things and explore new recipes.