Friday, June 29, 2012

Fraisier

(Sorry about the picture quality. Now that Picnik is gone, I'm not sure how to tweak my photos)

Well, this is a Fraisier! Much easier than I thought it would be, with 4 components (plus strawberries) and light and airy and not too sweet!

The recipes and instructions for assembly came from this book, and it took one morning (maybe 2 hours?) to complete, although I had made the marzipan the night before.



I ended up baking the sponge in one sheet pan and then piecing the bottom together with bits left over after I had but out a circle for the top. I used kirsch in the syrup and in the creme mousseline, but I couldn't taste it in the final product. Finally, I probably should've reserved a bit more of the mousseline for the top layer after adding the chopped strawberries.

Definitely want to make this one again!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rose Cake


Ombre and roses...does it get more girly?

This cake was made with a vanilla cake recipe (to which I added varying amounts of pink Americolor gels) and a buttercream recipe that I'm pretty sure I got from Sweetapolita's website. (Sorry, I just can't seem to find the exact link right now.) I filled it with vanilla pudding and flavoured the buttercream lightly with LorAnn's Raspberry Flavor.

The roses were far, far simpler to make than I thought they'd be. A search on Pinterest yielded iambaker's tutorial, but for some reason the website was down. (I've heard she's looking for a new host.) Luckily, I found this tutorial on YouTube.

Some notes:
  • the recipe makes 3-8" cakes pretty much perfectly
  • adding burgundy deepens the pink
  • adding peach makes it more 'rosy' looking
  • make a double recipe of buttercream (i.e. with 2 cups butter, 8 cups icing sugar, 8 tbsp whipping cream, and 3 tsp vanilla)...even then, this cake has a 3"-square bald spot! (Just don't use quite as much on the sides when doing the first coat.)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

For the last day of school

I baked a gazillion cookies and cupcakes. (Thanks, Lois, for helping me decorate the cupcakes!) The theme was summer, so there were watermelon and beachball cookies, and cupcakes decorated to look like the beach, or with a flag in them. The idea was to sell them to raise money for the music program. I thought to sell by donation, but I think that maybe scared people off. I'd like to try this again...baking is fun!

(Note to self: donut boxes from Village Bakery are cheap and great for transporting large numbers of undecorated cupcakes!)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

CamoPlane

I bought this cookie cutter many many months ago and figured, with spring break giving me the extra time and all, now was the time to break it out! I iced outlined all the cookies with a light brown royal icing using the Wilton round tip #4. My biggest challenge right now is icing consistency, and I think I either should have used a smaller tip and/or a slightly thicker icing. Something to think about for next time. I mixed two more colours, kelly green with a touch of black to dirty it up, and grey (which came out looking a little pale-purply). I tried to make sure these ones were fairly runny. I used the plastic bottles to create random shapes. The icing was runny enough that the different colours smoothed over nicely. I'm hoping these cookies will be going to Chris, and since he doesn't have a huge sweet tooth (unlike myself), I figured he might take them to SAE (I can't remember what the letters stand for, but basically, he's designing an RC plane with a bunch of aerospace engineers for competition). I'm assuming they could use a little fuel. When I took the previous picture, I noticed little bumps on the otherwise smooth icing. At first I thought I hadn't mixed it up properly, but then I remembered reading about air bubbles...sure enough, when I poked them with a toothpick, they released and the icing smoothed over. The problem is, the bubbles continued to rise even when the icing had started to crust, creating bumps in the finish. I'm not sure if this is a sign of over-mixing, making the icing too thick, or...? I guess I'll have to experiment with this one. The finished product:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pilze!


So I got into a bunch of cookie decorating blogs, and this is the result! (Sweetopia is one of them...I've got her bookmarked now.) I had a lot of fun, didn't have to buy (too many) new tools, and made a few discoveries along the way.

In case you're wondering why I chose poisonous mushrooms as a motif, they feature prominently in German kids' books' drawings, along with adorable hedgehogs and gnomes. Plus, I figured it was a simple way to start.

Notes to self:

  • Wilton's Christmas Red makes a sickly pink colour. (Thank goodness for Picnik's photo editing capabilities!)
  • I could have thinned the flow icing a wee bit more.
  • If you shake a cookie hard enough, icing will fly off (instead of settling in nicely)


P.S. Annelore, this one's for you! :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Have the Cake's October Challenge: Layer Cake

I'm late, but that's better than the last few challenges, which I missed altogether. Which is a pity, since they were all things I really wanted to bake!

I found the recipes here...check it out; it'll be worth your time!

Since the recipe for the layered cake, ganache, orange frosting, and marshmallow fondant are all on Bakingdom's blog, I didn't think it would be right to copy them here. I'll give you the links, though...her directions are all clear, with wonderful photography to boot!


I don't know if you can call this a 'version' of the original, since I did my best to imitate the whole thing! If mine tastes as good as the original looks, I'll be happy.
Added later: it tasted great! Notes: make more chocolate frosting for the layers, and add more liquid to the frostings.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Imagine...

I kinda went just a little overboard at Pier I the other day...



I was thinking that cauliflower soup (with crisp bacon bits sprinkled on top) would look stunning (and hopefully taste good too) in those red bowls, so when I snapped a photo, I thought it would be fun to play around with it in Picnik.com. This is the result! An entirely imaginary menu.

In case you're interested, I purchased 4 each of
  • red bowls
  • water glasses with a beaded detail
  • flowered placemats
  • white plates

I also got 5 serviettes with a rick-rack border (in red, white, blue, green, and yellow), bird salt and pepper shakers, a green square ramekin (for butter), a white serving tray, and a glear glass water carafe with a bird embossed on it.

Can't wait to use them all!