Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
When I think of spring, I think of getting my hands dirty and planting bulbs for spring time flowers. So for my "Spring" project I thought it would be delightful to combine the 2 things I think of....dirty hands and spring flowers.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Jen has been away in Ireland for 2 weeks and we all missed out on celebrating her birthday with her, so Andy and I wanted to make her cupcakes for her return. We decided on red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, and hopefully we can make them look like flowers.
Bakerella's website where she used spoons as molds for making butterfly wings.
I used 5 spoons for each flower, we found that clear spoons were the most fun because we could see ahead of time what each petal would look like, which in turn made us more likely to attempt different combinations.
We then iced the cupcakes with the cream cheese icing and placed the petals around the cupcake and topped with a candy for the middle. We found that we could also use the back side of the spoon to make the petals curl up and look more like flowers, but they were much more delicate and often broke. If you have a steady hand and are more patient then Andy and I, the back side of the spoon is the way to go. However I think our flowers are adorable just the way they are. :)
Happy Birthday Jen!!
Photos courtesy of Peter Smith.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
My friend has requested that I make a "Super Why" cake for her sons birthday, so I am going to attempt to transform my soccer ball cake into the PBS character.
I baked a box cake, for a bit longer than the directions on the box specified for because the middle of the ball was still very gooey well after the buzzer had gone off.
And then I added a couple of fondant ears and glued them in with a little chocolate.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
I found these cute chocolate covered strawberries on Pinterest and wanted to recreate them. I already had a container or milk chocolate from an earlier visit to the grocery store clearance shelf. So I just needed to pick up some strawberries and a bag of chocolates.
This is apparently the wrong time of year to buy strawberries in New Hampshire, there were only a few boxes and all of the boxes had a weird array of shapes and sizes. So I picked up 2 boxes of strawberries to insure that I would have enough "football shaped" ones. I think I will leave some of the funny shaped strawberries for my roommate who is starting a new diet this month.
Most of theother times I have made "chocolate" dipped strawberries I have actually used melting candies, either because I wanted an odd color, or I didn't want to mess with chocolate. All I have ever heard about is how temperamental chocolate can be, and because I like my cooking experiments to be more fun than disappointing...I choose the easy way out.
Today though is different. I am going to attempt to use my make shift double boiler to melt my milk chocolate. In the bottom of my pot I placed a few of my boyfriends (washed) "whiskey rocks" to keep my inside bowl off of the bottom of the pan.
Oddly enough the chocolate was perfectly behaved and with frequent stirring became the correct consistency for dipping
quite quickly and painlessly.
I prepped a baking pan with crushed ice and water, and then place a second lined baking pan on top for the strawberries to cool on.
Allow strawberries to completely harden before beginning to decorate.
1 Egg White
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Powered Sugar
I whisked 1 egg white with a teaspoon of lemon juice, then added the powered sugar and continued to whisk on a low speed. The Joy of baking website suggests that the consistency is correct when you lift the whisk the ribbon of icing that falls into the bowl will continue to be visible for a few seconds before disappearing back into the bowl.
I have a love hate relationship with icing, I love to eat and decorate with it, but I hate to get the icing into whatever device I am going to use to decorate with. Today I am going to try and use a small bottle to pipe the lines on my footballs. My first attempt to get the gooey icing into the bottle failed miserably. My funnel just clogged up and made a mess.
My SECOND attempt worked much better, and made me feel stupid for not doing it in the first place. My mom gave me a set of adorable pouring bowls for Christmas this year, and it worked like a charm.
I had many failed attempts at decorating the footballs...