Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Here Comes 2011!

What a year 2010 has proven to be!  It almost makes me dizzy when I think about it.  Was your year a whirlwind too?  So many things have changed.  When this year began I didn't have the first clue how to write a blog.  Now I have many new friends all because of this blog.  Who knew?  I have two things to ask you.

First, I would like to invite all of you, my blog friends, to share your favorite dessert creation that you made in 2010.  Send a picture to my email:   I'll compile your photos into a "year in cake" post.  I'm counting on all of you.  What was your year in cake like?  My favorite cake I made all year was this one.  (It doesn't have to be cake.  Any dessert is welcome.)

Second, what are your New Year's cake resolutions?  What things are you determined to try in the coming year?  I've got a list of things I want to post about in the coming year; run sugar, buttercream transfer, stenciling, .......  just to name a few.  Leave a comment below to share your New Year's cake resolution.  I can't wait to hear them.

Ready or not, here comes 2011.  Happy New Year!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Chocolate Truffles for Christmas

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to get together with friends and make candy.  You get to laugh.  You get to chat.  You get to eat chocolate.  What could be better than that?

I'm going to show you how to make my favorite Christmas candy, Chocolate Truffles.  You'll certainly impress your friends and family with these babies.  That is if you can bring yourself to share.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Royal Snowflakes

For my second Christmas party goody, I wanted a snowflake that I could mass produce and add to a cupcake.  This is what I came up with.  It is a super simple snowflake design.  You might even call it a flower.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Embossed Snowflake Cookies

I have to know if this happens to you.  I start out the Christmas season with my calendar completely empty of commitments and I worry that it might get boring.  Then, within the course of two days, I completely stack my calendar to the limit, my limit anyway.  That is why I missed posting late last week.  I had dessert to make for a Christmas party and ran out of time for posting.  Good news is that I managed to take pictures during the preparation and now I can share that with you.

How about some Christmas cookies?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gingerbread Cupcakes

I have to admit something to you.  I'm a sucker for cute sprinkles.  You know, the ones that look like little trees, or snowflakes, or gingerbread men.
 Aren't these the cutest little gingerbread men you have ever seen?  These little guys are the reason for this post.  They told me they need a place to belong.  They were tired of being cooped up in that plastic container.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pink and Black Minis

I recently received a cupcake book from a sweet friend of mine.  She lives in Australia.  Hi, M!  (You should check out her blog, Many White Bowls.  She does beautiful work!)  This book got me thinking hard about cupcakes.  And then I had to make some.  I chose to make minis.  It's just what I felt like doing.  This design would work equally well on standard cupcakes if you increase the size of everything accordingly.  I just think minis are super cute.  Wanna know how I made them?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Turtle Pie

Today I am recovering from Thanksgiving.  Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful holiday.  But you know how it is.  The house always needs cleaning.  The laundry needs washing.  All those things that just don't get done while you are vacationing.  With the kids back in school I'm able to catch up on the stuff that I neglected over the long weekend.

In my Thanksgiving post I teased y'all with a picture of turtle pie.  I'll be honest, I considered not posting a recipe at all.  Turtle pie is not exactly a decorative dessert.  I suppose, however, that it is a thing of beauty in it's own right.  Besides, I was asked for the recipe by one of you lovely readers out there.  So, here goes.

I found this recipe many years ago in a magazine.  I tweaked it to suit my tastes and have been making it ever since. 

 Start by combining 1/2 cup of milk, 1 1/3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/2 of a bag of little

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  I hope that all of you are surrounded by loved ones and great food.  What a great combination! 

I thought of y'all as I made this pie last night.  It is one of my family's favorite traditions.  You can't have Thanksgiving around here without turtle pie.  I'll share a slice with you along with wishes for a blessed holiday!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

$35 Gift Card Winner

Thank you , thank you, to all of you that commented and entered the giveaway.  You set a blog record for comments!  It is always so much fun for me to read your comments and learn something about you.  I'm totally impressed with those of you that are already finished with your gift shopping/making.  I haven't even started yet.

Thank you also to CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway.

I know you are all dying to know the who the winner is, so......

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gifts and Giving

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is one week from today?  Already there are adds everywhere about Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  I'll be honest, the last thing I want to do the day after Thanksgiving is battle the crowds to find a good deal.  I'm much more inclined to participate in Cyber Monday.  It's much more peaceful.  It's easy to locate everything from counter stools to the perfect toy without fighting traffic in the process.

To  kick start the gift giving spirit I decided to make a little gift bag set.  I also have a gift for a lucky winner to start their Christmas shopping with.  First, lets start with the cake!
 I baked the cake in a small loaf pan.  Then I cut two 2" slices for each bag and stacked them.
 Crumb coat these with frosting.  I wanted one bag to be standing and the other to be lying down.
 Knead some modeling chocolate until soft.  Roll it out into a thin sheet.  Measure and cut for the four sides of the bag.  My bags were approximately 3 1/2 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 2 inches deep.  This photo shows the front of the bag and one side.
 I used a ball tool to mark the crease in the side of the bag and bent it slightly. (I know, this picture if fuzzy.  I'm so sorry.  I didn't know it was this bad until it was too late to take another.)
 This is the really fun part.  Mix up a small amount of silver luster dust and vodka.
 "Ink" a Christmas stamp with the vodka paint.
 Stamp the modeling chocolate with the desired pattern.
 Isn't that cool?
For the lines, I marked with a ruler and hand painted with the vodka paint.
 Attach the chocolate pieces to the cake.  The frosting should be sticky enough to hold it on.
 Gently squeeze the two sides of the bag together.  Continue until you have all four sides.
 Here is the back of the bag.
 For the handle, roll a long, skinny snake of modeling chocolate.  Fold it once and twist it into a rope.
 Gently smash the ends of the rope to the inside of the bag.
 For the white bag I used white modeling chocolate.  I was able to roll out three sides at once which allowed me to easily make a continuous pattern on the bag.  Since this bag was lying down, I only made the front, two sides, and the bottom of the bag.  The lettering on this bag was applied with a stamp and the ribbons were painted by hand.
Add a handle.  I made a single skinny snake for this bag.
At this point the bags look a little naked.  They need some tissue paper.
 Roll out some fondant very thin.  Cut it into a long strip.
 Arrange it in the bag to look full and fluffy.  It is difficult to tell in the picture but I tinted the tissue in the white bag with silver luster dust.
 Here is a close-up of those lovely, silver holly leaves and the "Season's Greetings".
These were so much fun to make.  I think I'm ready to tackle that shopping now.  How about you?  Here's something that may help to get you started.  I'm giving away a $35 dollar gift card* to CSN stores, just in time to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales.  Here are the details:
- To enter, leave a comment below telling me if you are a Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopper, or both, or neither. Make sure fill in the email field for winner notification.  Addresses will not be published.
- Entries will be accepted until Noon, November  22, EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced Tuesday, November 23.
-You must be 18 or older to participate and be a resident of the US or Canada.
Good luck everyone!
*The card does not cover shipping costs.
Entries are now closed.  Winner will be announced Tuesday, 23.  

Monday, November 15, 2010

Skinner Leaf Cookies

My husband tells me that I have too many hobbies.  He might be right.  Anyone who checks out my shelving unit full of craft supplies would probably think so.  I also have a whole cabinet in the kitchen dedicated to cake decorating stuff. (not counting the pans, that's a seperate drawer.)  Once in a while, my different hobbies collide!  I'll explain...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Baking Cakes With a Flower Nail

I was asked about this recently so here's my two cents on baking with flower nails.  I stumbled upon this use of a flower nail a few years ago.  It is now standard practice in my kitchen.  When I bake a cake I place a flower nail upside down in the cake pan.  The purpose is to promote even baking of the cake.  Ever have a cake that gets done on the outside but takes forever to bake on the inside?  This is especially a problem with large cakes.  Yes, there are heating cores that you can use.  I have one.  You'll see why I like the nails better in a minute.  Here's how I do it.
 Place the flower nail in the pan and spray with non-stick spray.  (I took these photos in Texas. See, no green counter top.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kitchen Remodel - Phase 1

In case you have been wondering why I have been MIA for a few days (and even if you haven't), I'm going to tell you.  I have been working on my kitchen.  I'm a do-it-yourselfer with a fixer-upper house.  My last house was a fixer-upper too.  The kitchen was the first thing I tackled in my Texas house.  I was painting cabinets before the first box was unpacked, literally.  It had been fixed up for so long that I had  forgotten what it was like to have a messed up, ugly kitchen.  I miss my fancy convection, double oven, sigh.  (See Farewell to My Kitchen, have a tissue handy.)

I have been in this house for approximately 4 months.  It was high time I did something about my ugly kitchen.

Monday, November 1, 2010

White Modeling Chocolate and Roses

I have been thinking for a few years now that I really needed to try making white modeling chocolate.  I don't really know why it took me so long.  It's not as if it takes hard-to-find ingredients or anything.  Now that I finally did it, I'm so glad that I did. 
 Just like the dark modeling chocolate, the ingredients are super simple.  All you need is white chocolate and light corn syrup.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Cakes

Yes indeed, I'm still on a fall kick.  What flavor says fall better than pumpkin?  Especially pumpkin and cream cheese frosting, yum!  I thought it would be fun to make a pumpkin cake that a pumpkin...or 3 pumpkins to be exact.
Let me start by telling you about recipes. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Peanut Butter Frosting

This peanut butter frosting is a spin on the standard buttercream that I use.  The flavor is light and delicious.  It is a great compliment for chocolate cake. 

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered coffee creamer
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cups sour cream
2 lbs. powdered sugar

Mix together the first 5 ingredients until smooth.  Gradually add the powdered sugar.

Click here for the printable recipe.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chocolate Oak Leaves and Peanut Butter Frosting

Have I told y'all that I love fall?  Especially the leaves.  There is something magical about all the rich, earthy colors.  As a tribute to fall I made these chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and chocolate oak leaves.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chocolate Roses

Flowers are a timeless cake decoration. I don't know who came up with the idea of putting flowers on a cake, but aren't you glad they did? Flowers and dessert are a great combination. In this post I'll show you how to make chocolate roses. And unlike gum past flowers, these will never be left un-eaten. All you need is modeling chocolate(I'll be using dark modeling chocolate), and clean hands.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Modeling Chocolate

How many of you loved to play with play dough as a kid?  I'm serious.  I loved the stuff.  I could spend hours sculpting little figures and such.  I never really grew out of it.  I worked with ceramic clay in college.  Now I've found a way to combine my love for sculpting with my love for baking. 
I hear you out there in cyberspace, "You can sculpt with fondant and gum paste.", and you're right.  Gum paste and fondant are great for sculpting too.  I love this modeling chocolate for three big reasons.  The first is quite's chocolate!  Who can argue with that?  The second reason is how easy it is to make. I'll show you.  The third reason is that it is stiff enough to make things like mortar board hats for graduation and delicate enough to make flowers. 

Let me show you how easy it is to make.  You couldn't ask for a simpler list of ingredients.  It only takes chocolate and corn syrup.

That's right, chocolate and corn syrup.  I didn't believe it the first time I heard it either.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Does that sound scary...experimentation?  It is definitely messy.  I decided to try making a checkerboard cake like my sister made, but without the pan set.
You're probably wondering why I'm trying to make a cake like this without the proper tools.  There's two reasons.  The first is that I don't want to spend the money....yes, I'm frugal that way.  I was going to say cheap, but frugal sounds nicer.  The second is that I don't have storage space in my cabinets for more pans.  

Monday, September 27, 2010

Berry Mousse

There is something about the term mousse, it sounds so decadent.  It's really rather simple to  make.  This particular recipe is quite versatile.  I have made it with raspberries, strawberries, and now mixed berries.  Each time it was delicious!
Start by combining 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and 2 cups of frozen berries of your choice, in a saucepan. 

Friday, September 24, 2010


A growing trend these days is dessert buffets.  I've seen them at wedding receptions instead of, or in addition to, a cake.  These buffets are filled with miniature morsels of deliciousness.  Seeing these miniature sweets made me think.  It made me think about these.
Aren't they cute?  These are miniature chocolate cups filled with white chocolate, berry mousse.  Yum!

Let's start by making the chocolate cups.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

And The Winner Is....

Good morning!  It's time to announce the winner of the $35 gift card with CSN Stores.  The winner was chosen at random early this morning.  Drum roll please..........

Alma Wimsatt
          "Love your blog and your baking ideas are an inspiration. My favorite cake has to be Devil's Food."

Congratulations!  You will recieve an email from me with information regarding your prize.

Thank you to all of you who participated.  Thank you also to those of you that commented even though you couldn't participate.  Reading all your comments made me hungry.  I wish I had more than one to give away.


Monday, September 20, 2010


You read that correctly!  Today I am having a giveaway on my blog!  This is a first on That Really Frosts Me.  When this opportunity came to me I couldn't resist.  Consider this a thank you for all your visits.

Here's the skinny.  The winner will receive a $35 gift card* to use in purchasing anything from bistro sets to beverage dispensers.  This giveaway is sponsored by CSN Stores.  They have over 200 online stores to choose from. 

Who is eligible?  Residents of the US, Canada, and the UK can enter to win.  If you live in the UK, the gift card is only good on their UK stores.  I know I have some readers in un-eligible countries.  I'm sorry you are not eligible for this giveaway.  I will keep my eyes pealed for opportunities that you can participate in too.

How do you enter?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Caramel Frosting

When I made the apple cupcakes from my last post I decided to frost them with caramel frosting.  Who can resist a caramel apple? 

Start by making a salted caramel sauce.  I found the recipe for this sauce on

Combine 1/3 cup of water and 1 1/4 cups of sugar in a saucepan.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Apple Cupcakes

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  The weather here was fabulous!  I love the crisp air and cooler temperatures of fall.  This weekend we went to a local apple orchard and picked apples!  We had a great time.

I came home with a whole peck of these beauties.

I waited all of an hour after getting home before heading to the kitchen to bake.  I had to turn these lovely apples in to these...

Apple Cupcakes