Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Babycakes Donut Maker

Thank you Aunt Diane and Ava <3  I am so excited to make fun things in this.

This is the cutest mini doughnut maker, or should I say "donut" maker :P.  

As soon as finals are over I will try making cute doughnuts in this and let everyone know how they come out.

Any volunteer taste testers? :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tri-Color Cookie Recipe

Everyone loves Tri-Color cookies; but forget about the store bought cookies they just taste like flour.  You can make these yourself and they will be the best cookies you have ever had.

What You Need:
- 1 Box of Pound Cake (and any ingredients on the box)
- 1 oz. Bottle of Almond Extract
- Red and Green Food Coloring
- Apricot Preserves
- 1 Box of Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate 
- Three 11X7 Pans
- A Double Boiler or Chocolate Melter (I prefer the double boiler for these cookies)

Preheat: As directed by the box of pound cake

Start making these cookies by following the pound cake recipe.  Mix in half of the bottle of almond extract, this doesn't have to be perfect just approximately half.  Next separate the batter evenly into three different bowls, now you are going to color the batter.  One bowl will not be colored at all, one bowl will be red, and the last bowl will be green.

Spray each of your pans and coat them with flour before pouring one color in each pan.  Put the pans in the oven for 12 minutes.  While the cakes are in the oven cover the bottom of a cookie sheet in tin foil, this is where you will layer your cakes.  First take the green cake out of the pan and put it onto the foil covered cookie sheet.  Next coat the top of your green cake in a layer of apricot preserves, this should be a thin layer.  Then put your "white" cake for the next later, cover this layer in apricot preserves as well.  Some people prefer raspberry but I am not one of those people :P.  Finally layer the red cake on top (DO NOT PUT PRESERVES ON TOP OF THIS LAYER).

Next you will melt half of your chocolate (four squares if you are using Baker's).  Melt the chocolate in your double boiler.  Using a spatula spread the chocolate over the top of your layered cakes and on the sides.  Coat as much of the cakes as you can.  Now put the cake into the freezer for about 15 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.  After the chocolate has hardened you are going to flip the cake so you can coat the bottom of the cake.  Melt the remaining four squares and cover the rest of the cake.  

Before putting the cake back in the freezer use a knife to mark where you will cut.  If you outline your cutting marks before the chocolate is hard it will be easier for your to cut the cake later.  Only outline the marks, do not actually cut through the cake.  Place the cake back in the freezer until the chocolate is hard and then cut them into cookies.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cake Making Essentials

The Fondant Embosser, also called a fondant ribbon cutter.

This tool helps you add the perfect detail to your fondant.

With this tool you can create straight symmetrical designs; for example, if you are making a ribbon on your cake this can add perfect detail to the ribbon.

Sorry for the poor quality of this picture but I'm a baker/law student not a photographer :P.  This is a fuzzy example of  what this tool can do, notice how the edges of the ribbon have a design on them. 

This tool has  two types of pieces: the ones that create the designs, and the spacers.  The spacers are marked and come into a variety of sizes so you can make sure your design is perfectly even and the exact size that you need.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sprinkle Cookies

First I would like to apologize for my awful photography skills, I'll work on the lighting and presentation but at least these taste delicious!

These cookies are great if you are in a rush but want something that looks like it took time.

Start with any sugar cookie recipe, I'll be posting my favorite recipe soon :).  Homemade and store bought dough will both work.  Set up a cookie sheet covered in foil or wax paper and pour sprinkles on it.  The cookie sheet will keep the sprinkles from being scattered onto your counter and make clean up easier.  Roll the dough into a log; as thick as you'd like, the thicker the log is the bigger the cookies will be.  If you bought pre-made dough this step is already done for you.  

Roll the log of cookie dough in the sprinkles making sure the sides are covered in sprinkles.  Now chill the sprinkle covered dough in the freezer for about ten minutes, this will make cutting the dough easier and allow the cookies to maintain their shape better.  Finally slice the dough into cookie slices before putting the cookies on a cookie sheet and into the oven.  Follow the baking instructions for the cookie dough.

Pouring any extra sprinkles back into their container will be easy because of the foil or wax paper you lined your cookie sheet with.


Ravani is a delicious plain cake.  It looks very simple and is covered in syrup.

Cake Ingredients:
       1 lb. Butter
       2 Cups of Sugar
       12 Eggs
       2 Cups of Flour
       2 Tablespoons of double acting baking powder
       1 and 1/2 Cups of Farina (Cream of Wheat)

Syrup Ingredients:
       4 Cups of Sugar
       4 Cups of Water
       1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350

In a large bowl beat the butter until it is fluffy.  Gradually add the sugar whiling beating the mixture.  Next add the eggs one at a time and beat on a low speed between each addition.  Now sift the flour and the baking powder together before adding them to the mixture.  Then add the farina (cream of wheat) and mix the batter until it begins to thicken.  Grease an 11 X 17 inch cake pan before pouring the mixture into it.  Make sure the batter is spread evenly in the pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.

While the cake is baking you can begin to make the syrup.  In a saucepan mix the sugar, water, and vanilla.  Bring this mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer for 40 minutes.

When the cake is done baking pour the hot syrup over it (I recommend using a ladle for this part).  Keep the cake in its cake pan and cover it with foil.  Allow the cake to cool, after cooling cut the cake and enjoy! :).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Give the Gift of Cookies

This Christmas give the gift of cookies, when done correctly this will be your friend's favorite gift.  These are great for people you want to get a small something for without breaking your bank.  

First make any kind of cookie you like, I chose sugar cookies. 

Second pick a cute Christmas themed container, it can be a box, tin, or bag.  Check out your local craft stores for these or try Wilton.  Keep in mind that the small boxes still hold a lot of cookies so don't pick too big of a container.

Finally arrange the cookies in the container to be aesthetically pleasing, note the pretty snowflake cookie is placed on top of the less decorated cookies.  This part is about presentation, but once they open it the only thing that matters is how great they taste.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies are simple and delicious.

      2/3 Cup of Butter
      3/4 Cup of Sugar
      1 Egg
      1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      2 Cups of Flour
      1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
      4 Tablespoons of Milk
      A Pinch of Salt

Preheat Oven to 375

First mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt together.  Then mix in the butter and egg.  MIX BY HAND!  Then add the milk.  Next split the dough in half, one side will get red food coloring mixed into it.  Refrigerate both halves for 30 minutes.  Finally roll pieces of the dough in your hands to create "snakes", wrap two snakes (of different colors) together and add the hook before placing on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 7-10 minutes.

If the dough starts sticking to your hands either use flour or put the dough back into the refrigerator. 

Homemade Marshmallow Fondant

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe  The results of my poll show that marshmallow fondant is the winner (even if the poll only had 8 votes) 

                                               Example of marshmallow fondant -->

Okay so I finally tried this recipe, and I LOVE IT.  I found that this is noticeably different than Wilton's fondant, but in a good way.  It is easier to work with and can be stretched thinner.

However there are a few changes that I would suggest:

- Even if the marshmallows look melted put them in for a total of 2 1/2 minutes (stirring after every 30 seconds of course)
- Use only 1 lb of confectioner's sugar (there is no need for the second pound and you can pour the entire pound in at once.
- Finally this doesn't take an hour, it's closer to 20 minutes

I'll update further once I use it on a cake.

Soft Caramels

Soft-Caramels Mmm, this is my weakness...I'll try this recipe, I hope it's good!

Spiral Sugar Cookies

Sprinkle Bakes' Spiral Sprinkle Cookies Simple, quick, cute, and delicious :P yum!

Flower Candy Dish

Wilton's Plant-a-Sweet-Surprise-Candy  These cute candy dishes can hold your favorite candy and when you run out of candy to put into it, you can eat the dish :).

Pie Cookies

Sweet Sugarbelle's Thanksgiving pie themed cookies, this is my kind of pie!

Cupcake Cookies

Sweet Sugarebelle's cupcake cookies.

These will take a lot of time, but they are so cute its worth it.

Cute Cookies

The Crafty Penguins's cupcake cookies :P

Panda Bread

Perfect Panda gives step by step instructions for making this loaf of panda bear bread.  This bread is so cute I just want to eat it up, but I'll have to make it first :P.

Chocolate Covered Oreos

 Sugared Blog's decorated 
    Oreos.  I will be making these 
    over my winter break they 
    are too cute! 

Wedding Cake Pops

Bakerella's Wedding Cake Pop

Cute and delicious <3


Cookie Dough Truffles

    I have already made these but
    they are so easy and quick 
    they are always on my list.

Sundae Surprise

Wilton's Sundae Surprise Candy Dish.

Chocolate holding chocolate? WIN! 

Bake It In A Cake

Bake It In A Cake

What can I say other than I NEED to make this <3  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cake Making Essentials

Hey guys :),

In order to make amazing and cute cakes you are going to need the right tools.  Unfortunately all of those tools can start to get very expensive, not to mention you only have a limited amount of space to store everything.  

Wilton's Mini Stand-Up Bear pan is essential.  First it is extremely easy to use and can create 3D bears.  That's great, but that's not all.  I used this mold to make the Max and Ruby figures on my Max and Ruby Cake.  My next cake is going to be a Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake which will also have figures made from this mold. 

The advantages of using this mold include having cake figures rather than gum paste or fondant figures.  The cake figures taste better and make your cake go farther with the party guests.

How to transform the bear into Max and Ruby:
                     First you bake the bear following the directions on the box.  After you have let the bear cool you can start to transform it by carefully shaving off unneeded pieces.  These pieces include their ears and snouts.  The rest of the bear will be covered in frosting and fondant so you do not have to worry about their arms or feet but save the fondant and frosting for last.  Carefully shave the ears and snout off so that their heads are round.  Using any extra cake (it must have already been baked and can include the pieces that you shaved off of the bears) make crumbs and mix them with small amount of frosting as if you were making a cake pop because that is what the ears will be made out of.  Shape bunny ears out of your cake pop mixture, melt chocolate, dip a stick into the chocolate and then into the individual ear, let that cool before dipping the ear in chocolate because that will be done later.  Now dunk the bear's head into melted chocolate and fully cover his head, you shouldn't have too many drips if your chocolate is the right temperature.  If it does drip a lot it means your chocolate is too hot but don't worry because you will be covering the bears's body anyway.  Before the bear's newly chocolate covered head hardens you want to dip your bunny ears into the chocolate so that you can get the stick into the bear's head.  Do not worry about pushing the stick all the way in until it is dry.  This allows you to get the ears on easily and it holds the ear so it can dry without being placed on a flat surface.  Now decorate to your hearts content with frosting, fondant, and edible markers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Hey guys :)

       So I really want to start getting a lot of followers, so lucky for you I am going to bribe you guys.  Here's the deal, I want to get at least 30 followers by December 31, 2011.  If I have at least 30 followers I will randomly pick one and bake them something special from my blog.  :)  The only catch is that I am not going to tell you what the prize is until I announce the winner, but I can promise you it will be delicious and that it is already on my blog so you can't lose.  I'll pick the winner on January 1st, 2012 if we meet my goal :).  Thanks everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Turkey Brownies

I got the idea for these from Erica's Sweet Tooth but I made a few changes :)

How To:
       1) Bake a box of brownie mix in a 13x9 pan
       2) Roll the baked brownies into balls, this is easiest when
           they are still warm, only make the bodies
       3) Instead of dipping them in chocolate I dipped them in
           melted chocolate frosting 
       4) Next I stuck a whopper onto the frosting coated body
       5) Stick 3 candy corns behind the turkey's head
       6) Now let the frosting cool and harden before decorating the
           faces :)
       7) The faces are really easy, pipe on short lines of vanilla
            frosting for the eyes and using a black decorating gel
            place a dot of black on each eye, try to keep them from
            being cross eyed if you can :P.
8) I made their beaks out of yellow fondant, mold the fondant into a beak shape, dab the side that will be attached to the whopper with
    a small bit of water and stick the beak to the whopper.
9) Share with family and friends !

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Max and Ruby Cake

This picture was pre-marshmallow arms :P.

The bunnies were like really big cake pops, made out of cake dipped in chocolate :)

Penguin Cookies

Yum <3

Wedding Cake Cookies

Sugar Cookies :)

Chocolate Picture Frame



Mini Cupcakes

These are just like cake pops but cuter!  These are from one of Bakerella's books.

Old Fashion Shake Cupcake

Tye dye king size cupcakes with an old fashion look :) 

Using a king size muffin pan I made tye dye cupcakes, swirled frosting on them, sprinkled on round sprinkles,  stuck an old fashioned stick candy in and topped it with a red gumball :)

For more help with this idea check out Wilton


Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

These are not hot chocolate flavored they just look like cups of hot chocolate <3

How To:

1) Bake cupcakes

2) Wrap a tall layer of fondant around the the cupcake, it should be taller than the cupcake because it will be filled with frosting.

3) To keep the fondant wrapped you may need to use a little bit of water (it makes the fondant sticky so it will stick to itself)

4) Once the fondant has set melt some chocolate frosting and drizzle it over the cupcake so it fills up your fondant cup

5) Stick a few mini marshmallows into the melted frosting

6) Finally, roll small pieces of fondant into Cs and using water stick them onto the cups as a handle 

S'more Pops

These are easy, quick, and cute.

To make these:
       1) Melt chocolate
       2) Dip the tip of the stick in the chocolate and then 2/3 of the way into a marshmallow
       3) Let that cool
       4) Break Graham Crackers into crumbs in a small prep bowl 
       5) Dip the top half of the marshmallow into chocolate
       6) Then dip it directly into the cracker crumbs
       7) Let cool completely 
       8) Share and enjoy :)

Check out The Decorated Cookie Blog for more about these :).

Bear Cakes

These speak for themselves :)

With Wilton's mini bear mold and a lot of Pam these are so easy a cave-woman could do it ;)

Ice Rink Cake

The things you can do with fondant and edible markers...

Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites:

Brownies drizzled in chocolate :)

Using a brownie pop mold bake regular brownies, to bring them to the next level drizzle a light colored chocolate over them. Mmm!

Cake Pops

Cake Pops! Yum!

These are very easy once you know what they are made of, my advice for these is to stay away from "cake pop molds" or cookie pans they are a waste of your time and won't make a real cake pop.  The reason those won't work is because they completely exclude the frosting step which makes the cake pops moist and delicious.

How to make cake pops:
             1) Make a regular sheet cake from a box of cake mix
             2) Let that cake cool COMPLETELY
             3) Crumble the cake into a large bowl
             4) Add 1/3-1/2 a can of frosting into the crumbs
             5) Mix, the mixture should be able to be molded
6) Roll the mixture into balls
7) Melt chocolate
8) Dip the stick into the chocolate and then into a cake ball
9) Let that cool so you can pick up the cake ball by the stick
10) Dip the cake ball into the melted chocolate
11) Place the stick into a block of Styrofoam to cool

For cute ideas and more instruction check out Bakerella or The Crafty Penguin

Christmas Cookies

I made 250 sugar cookies from scratch...

Made a sugar glaze and piped each one by hand :x

And wound up with these <3

Holiday Cookies

Black Cat Halloween Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies and Candy Cane Cookies