Monday, August 31, 2009

Figure Piping

My figure piping class was tonight and it was a lot of fun! We learned various things. I made a little chick, an elephant, a ghost, wreaths and other things.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Birthdays and Babies

I had two jobs to do for today. One was a pink and white polka dot birthday party for two twin girls and the other a pink and brown girl baby shower.

For the twins' birthday party i did three dozen cupcakes for the guests and jumbo cupcakes for the girls because they requested "muffins" or "cuppy cakes" as their separate personal cake. I used some solid pink and some pink polka dot cupcake liners and did both chocolate and white cupcakes each decorated with bright pink fondant decorations stamped with birthday images (if you look close, you can see them in the picture below). For the girls i did jumbo cupcakes to be placed on a cake drum with fondant decorations with their name. For the twin that wanted a white cupcake, i decided to do hot pink striping in the batter. I finished each jumbo cupcake with pink mouse ears to go with the party theme. There will also be a candle on each cupcake for the girls to blow out.

For the baby shower, i made a custom pink and brown polka dot cupcake tower and made both chocolate and white cupcakes and petit fours each with a white M monogram in chocolate cupcake liners. The petit fours do not even deserve to be called petit because they ended up being HUGE! So, i'll call them grand fours.

What a job this was. Cupcakes: no problem, fondant letter and petit (grand) fours: TIME CONSUMING! I began at 8pm and didn't finish until 2am. I think my feet fell off somewhere in the kitchen... i'll just look for them in the morning. In the morning you ask? Yes, i am blogging at 2:42 AM waiting on the petit-grand fours to dry but dry or not, i'm putting them up now or else i'll be sleep blogging!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Brownie Fun

Hope and I attended the brownie class tonight and had a lot of fun! We were able to open all the flavors and other treats that Wilton offers for brownie making. While chocolate buttercream is good on the brownie, Wilton makes a brownie fudge icing that is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Here are my brownies. We had two circles, one heart, a mini, a pop, an oblong, and one that looks like a set of stairs. Still not sure what that one is supposed to be!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Web Store

Since i don't have any jobs being finished this week for pictures i thought i would post that i have bought so many baking cups, i decided to open an online store to sell some of them in. Bear with me because i just populated it but it is there nonetheless! I have to buy thousands at a time to get a good price so i have more than i need presently. These would make your baking that much sweeter!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Doberge and Petit Fours

Today was the doberge and petit fours class and it was amazing! I learned a few things that i hadn't really thought of and can't wait to experience. I am so excited in fact that i wanted to do a post just on my class without any pictures of anything i've made because, well, i just got home from the class! Below are pictures of what we learned to make and there is a certain someone that is absolutely obsessed with these cakes so a surprise may be in order, for practicing purposes of course. My husband's cousin decided to come with me and i think she really liked the class and i enjoyed her being there. We also tasted the cakes and man were they good! Here are some pictures i found online of what we had in class. I can't wait to do this myself! I may just have to experiment this weekend.

Doberge cake is a layered dessert originating in New Orleans, Louisiana. Still popular in the area, the cake is made of multiple thin layers of cake alternating with dessert pudding.

A petit four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of dessert.The name is from the French petit four, meaning "small oven".

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Candy Basket

I was enlisted to make some candy and cupcakes for a family get together this week. I was able to do what i wanted so i decided to make a dipped candy basket of sorts. Yesterday Hope came over to help me and we had a blast. What a team we are! We made dipped sandwich cookies (chocolate and golden), dipped rice treats, and dipped pretzels. We packaged them and put them in a square dish i had at home. I also made Chocolate cupcakes ahead of time with mint buttercream icing topped with fleur de lis designs.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sugar Cookie Experiment

I still had some royal icing left over from my course two Wilton class and since i used the leftover pink for flowers, i decided to experiment and use the left over purple to make sugar cookies. I had never made sugar cookies from scratch so i had no idea how this would turn out. Well, the dough was a little tough to work with because it was mushy and not as stiff as i would have liked but oh well maybe it was too hot in my house. The icing was not as runny as it needed to be but i was pressed for time because i was late for a girl's night out! They were really good though, at least as good as sugar cookies can get. I'm not a big fan of sugar cookies but they were good nonetheless. I went to Party Time yesterday and bought some stuff for something for next week so while i was there, why not buy everything else i don't need!?!? Just kidding, but i did buy a bucket of cookie cutters. I guess now i know what theme i will have on my Christmas list! I want, oh i mean i NEED, everything!