Monday, 21 November 2011

Poker Cakes II

 I tried to get a little more creative this round. On cupcake wars a lady made cupcake cups out of playing cards, I thought it was a cool idea and gave it a try. Personally, I found it infuriating! It was hard to get the sizing right, then to tape them together was a bit of a chore! 
 Pain that they were, I do think they add a little something special to the presentation, and I'm glad I did it :)

 These were 24 vanilla C-cakes with poker pieces on top of butter cream. And I decided to jazz up the box a little with a few hands :) I am super pleased with the way they turn out.

Just on a side note, I learned a lesson that night. If your bag of icing sugar has a hole in is no good. (makes sense right? pfff) I made two batches of icing with the same bag of sugar and they were both gritty. Very gritty! :( Justin was looking online to help fix the problem and he said maybe it was the sugar! To which I promptly know.. there is a hole in the bag. So on to batch number three...after a quick trip to walmart for more supplies ( a new bag of sugar and some butter) This batch was perfect! Two things learned, Justin is a genius! and DO NOT use bags of sugar with holes in them!

I cant believe it took three batches to get to this point. But hey! Thats what an adventure is all about!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Poker Cakes

 I was asked to make C-cakes for two poker night events. My original idea was to make fondant pieces of all the suits in a deck of cards. I drew out some sketches of how i thought they should look and then got to work putting things together. I searched and searched and SEARCHED for tiny cutters in these four shapes. I found 3" cutters were too big, and the only small ones i found had to be ordered online and I certainly didn't have time for that. So i decided to make my own...but how? I was almost at a loss when one day at lunch i was looking at a tiny coke can on the table next to me and it came to me..  aha So i asked the lady for her can and this is what i came up with:

I am so pleased with the way they turned out!! For this first order I made 4 dozen mini chocolate c-cakes with small fondant toppers, and butter cream icing :)
See Poker Cakes II

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Disaster Cakes

Oh...I think that the pictures are pretty self explanitory...



Ok so our apartment was really warm, and i did not place these in the fridge ...maybe i should have. Just a thought. Eeeep

Friday, 11 November 2011

Mmmmmm Chocolate chip cookies!!!

 Mmmmm who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie?

I decided to make my B-friend a giant cookie because she had a rough start to her week <3 And cookies, chocolate, and love tend to make people (..women) feel better.

We were recently in the states and I bought a bag of dove chocolate (it's suppose to be the best chocolate ever..!) I had one or two, they were indeed delish! Buuut when i made the decision to make the cookies I realized I was lacking one key ingredient.
You guessed it! THE CHIPS!!! I unwrapped all the chocolates in the bag and chopped them into 'chips' for my giant cookie! I really think they added something extra special to the batch. It could be because on the inside of each tiny wrapper is an inspirational phrase like "you are beautiful" and "think of something that makes you smile". OR it could be because the chocolate is just THAT good! Who knows! I hope that they did the trick and cheered her up :) Because I love her <3 (as you can see ) aha

To good cookies and the best of B-friends <3 Love you lady!!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Jam & Maple PB cookies!

 Peanut butter cookies! A crowd favorite- (A justin favorite)! <3 I  found a great recipe on (which i LOVE btw- it is a great website!) I stuffed some of these pb cookies with homemade strawberry jam made by my mum <3 and some of them are stuffed with maple spread. I marked each cookie appropriately ...which in effect looked like.. Well...Justin and Molly.. hehe shaped like hearts...I'm a total dork! and very okay with it :)

I discovered very quickly that peanut butter cookie dough is extremely trying on my patience. I had trouble getting the hearts off the paper when they were cut, and one of them I stuffed too full of maple and in the oven it exploded maple over the rest of the pan and surrounding cookies...I was really not impressed...

 Anyway, justin loved them... Ate quite a few right out of the oven <3

Then I dropped them off in IT in the early AM as usual. (I <3 baking for IT)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Heather's Birthday

 We celebrated Heathers birthday with a weekend in Niagara Falls! It was a great, shopping filled, girls weekend away.
I decided to make Jack Skellington cupcakes for her. (She loves Jack Skellington!!)
I had to do a bit of research before going through with my plan, and over all i think it went alright.  I used the homemade c-cakes with a touch of box chocolate cake, so they were just a little dry but still tasty. I used sculpting tools to make each of the faces then painted on the details with fondant dye. It was mess, the black dye most certainly stained my hands...and my lip when I wanted to know what it tasted like.(at the time I was unaware that it would stain...though when i look back at the situation it does make sense...ahah)

All wrapped up and topped with a bow for a birthday girl :)
Happy birthday Heather, and thank you for inviting me to share your birthday weekend! :) I hope you had a blasty blast!