Monday, December 26, 2011

Calling All Cake Decorators - It's Time for 2011 Year in Cake

We have one more week left in 2011, which means that I'll be writing the date wrong at least until March.  I don't know why I have such a difficult time reprogramming for a new year.  Maybe it has something to do with not wanting to grow up...or grow old...or something.

All that means that it's time for the 2011 Year in Cake here at That Really Frosts Me.  How many cakes did you decorate in 2011?  Which one was your favorite?  Email me a picture at frostine@thatreallyfrostsme.com and I'll publish it in a Year in Cake post in the new year.  If you would like to see what everyone made in 2010 check out this post.  I can't wait to see what y'all made.  I'll be accepting your pictures through New Years Day.

Here are a few of my favorites for 2011.

 


Alice in Wonderland
 


Earth Day/Graduation


Mini Purse Cake








And the cake that seems to be my reader's favorite - 


Auburn Football Helmet Cake








Happy New Year!
Frostine

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cookies and Boston to Austin Gift Exchange

I decided to try some new cookie designs this year.  I had the perfect reason.  I volunteered to be part of a blogger gift exchange.  Boston Food Bloggers teamed up with Austin Food Blogger Alliance for a great Christmas gift swap.  I was paired up with Christy from Epicuriosities.com.  Since I couldn't figure out a great way to ship traditional New England foods like clams and lobster, I decided to make some homemade goodies.  Now, how about those cookies?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ombre` Christmas Cake


You know the color of the sky when the stars first start to twinkle?  That's what inspired this ombre` Christmas cake.  Around here the stars start to appear around 4:30 PM. (I'll try to refrain from complaining about how early that is.)  I love the way the sky is light toward the horizon and gets darker and darker as you look up.  It makes a lovely background for silhouettes.
To get the ombre` look with buttercream, I frosted the cake with two shades of the same color.  Now I want to try the same technique with three for four different shades, maybe next time.  The junction of the two colors is zig-zagged to provide more blending.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Giant Coffee Cup Cake - Hot Chocolate


I didn't know if I should call this a "Cup of Cheer" cake or a giant cup of hot chocolate.  It's actually a giant coffee cup or mug filled with hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows.  What do you call it in your house, hot chocolate or cocoa?  Regardless of what you name it, this cake was a lot of fun.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cool Mint Patties & a Giveaway


**WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW**
It's getting colder and colder here at my house.  It's time for hats and mittens, chocolate hats and mittens.  These mint patties on a stick are perfect for a winter get together.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Time For Thanks



Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away?  How did this happen?  I'm not prepared!  I'll be doing my grocery shopping tomorrow.  Looks like I left myself no other choice than to battle the crowds at the store.  No, I won't be participating in black Friday.  The crowd at the grocery store is enough for me.  It's well worth the hand to hand to get the fixin's for sweet potato heaven(the kiddos' favorite) and turtle pie(hubby's favorite).  It just isn't Thanksgiving without them.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Better than a Bookmark - It's Pinterest

Have you heard of Pinterest yet?  My sister told me about it a while back.  It's a place to store all those great ideas you find out in Internet land.  It's much better than a bookmark pull down that extends down past the end of your screen. (Am I the only one?)  Pinterest arranges all of your "pinned" pages very neatly on your selected boards.  Best of all, it saves the link with a picture.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Soccer Cookies

Our fall soccer season is over hear in New England.  My boys had their last games on Saturday.  I couldn't help but celebrate with the team with some well deserved cookies.  These can be somewhat time consuming, but the resulting smiles are worth it!
I wrapped these all individually and the coach, my husband, gave them out as trophies.
First outline the design with black icing.

Monday, October 31, 2011

No More Chocolate Roulette

Nothing is worse than biting into a decadent chocolate and not getting the flavor you expected.  Maybe you were expecting a gooey caramel and find that it is actually a cordial cherry.  Now that's a shocker!  My husband calls this phenomenon chocolate roulette.  He has been known to take a bite and put the candy back if it is not what he was looking for, eww.  Well, there will be no more chocolate roulette in my house!  I have found a very decorative solution.

See that little gold design on the top of my Irish Cream Truffles?  It is more than decoration.  It is a label.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Irish Cream Truffles

The rich, creamy flavor of Irish Cream is just begging to be made into candy.  I've been dreaming about these truffles since last Christmas.  I'm so glad that I finally made them.

The filling is a combination of white chocolate, butter, and, of course, Irish Cream.  (A complete recipe can be found below.)  Melt these ingredients in a microwavable bowl and stir until smooth.  Be careful not to over heat.  Let this mixture cool to room temperature and put it in a piping bag.  You don't even need a piping tip.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Marathon Cupcakes

Eighteen weeks ago I embarked on one of the most crazy undertakings of my life.  Last Sunday, I finished it by running the Bay State Marathon!  For the record, I do not consider myself a runner, just someone who happens to run.  That's what makes this so crazy.  My husband has run multiple marathons and I've always thought he was a bit insane.  Last May he convinced me to give it a shot.  During the 400+ miles of training I questioned my sanity regularly

Now that it doesn't hurt to walk to the kitchen I had to make something to celebrate my completion and replace some of those calories.  How about some white chocolate finishing medals?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Taste of Fall - Apple Tacos

For this dessert I have to give total credit to my oldest son.  It was completely his idea.  I was making lace cookies for fun.  I had never made them before.  They are quite unique.   My oldest said, "Hey, why don't you shape the cookies like a taco shell and fill them with something and make dessert tacos?"  Brilliant!  He's creating his own desserts.  I think I'm raising him right!

This is how they come together. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Great Gadget - Side Swipe

It has been a while since I showed y'all a favorite gadget.  While I was baking this weekend it dawned on me that if you don't have one of these, you need one.  This is a Side Swipe beater for a KitchenAid mixer.  I've had this beater for at least 3 years.  I use it ALL THE TIME!  There are two great reasons why I love this gadget.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Holiday Recipe Exchange - Chocolate Truffles

I ran into this recipe exchange on My Baking Addiction and couldn't resist participating, especially since it's all about chocolate!  I love any dessert with chocolate.  It was tough to decide which recipe I should submit.  I finally chose my chocolate truffles because you can't get more chocolaty than this!  They are rich, decadent, and beautiful.




Monday, September 26, 2011

White Chocolate Lace


I'm not sure why but most of my desserts are coming out pink lately.  I hope you don't mind.  I think it's because all the strawberries and raspberries at the store have looked so good.  This week it was the strawberries calling me.  Do you ever get stuck in a color rut?  I'll try to make sure that my next post is NOT pink, but that is not really what this post is about.  It is actually about lace.  White chocolate lace to be exact.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Birthday.......Ice Cream?

I have been asked many times if I make my own birthday cake.  Actually, yes.  Since I live in a home surrounded by boys, I usually use the occasion as an excuse to try some girly design, but this this year I made something different.
Remember that recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream?  I've become somewhat addicted to it this summer.  For my birthday I made a batch of Strawberry Ice Cream and a delicious topping. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Designer Brownies

I love taking an ordinary dessert to the next level.  How about some designer cheesecake brownies?
You won't believe how easy these are.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes


Today is officially the end of my summer.  My kids start school tomorrow.  That day is always bitter-sweet to me.  On the one hand, I've created a staggering list of things I'd like to do that I just didn't have time for during the summer.  On the other, I miss my kids when they are away all day.  I feel like we have had a very successful summer though.  It took us several months, but we actually  finished painting our house and our garage.  That was a big job!  Now it is time to shift gears and start soccer, homework, and wood hauling.  I think I might actually be ready for some snow...as long as it comes after October 16th. (more on that later).....Enough about me, how about this recipe?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Flour Comparison (Cake Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour)


Which flour is better?  Have you ever wondered?  I have.  Just because it says "Cake Flour" on the box, does that really make it better for cakes than all-purpose four?  Inquiring minds want to know.  I decided to run an experiment and find out.

 I made the same cupcake recipe, once with cake flour and once with all-purpose flour.  These are lemon cupcakes with raspberry frosting.  Mmmm!  Wanna guess which one is which?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

Please pardon my recent absence.  I went on vacation expecting to post on the road, only to find that I had no Internet connection when I got there.  Yes, I still live in the technological dark ages and have no iPhone, etc.  (Sigh)  Maybe you'll forgive me when you take a bite of this pie.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

I know what you're thinking...what is THIS doing on this blog?  And you're right, it's not sweet or decorative, but these homemade pita breads are so fun to make that I just couldn't help myself.  They are especially fun to make with the kids.  Don't worry, I won't get carried away and stop posting desserts.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Strawberry Ice Cream

Because July is National Ice Cream Month, and because the outside of my house is finally painted, and because this dessert offered a most refreshing cool down during painting, I have to post this recipe.  You heard correctly, my house is FINALLY painted!  It took my little crew(me, my husband, and my two boys) almost a month and a whole bottle of sunscreen to complete this enormous task.  I have no desire to climb a ladder any time soon.  I'm sure you really don't care about that, you'd rather hear about the ice cream...fair enough.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flower Pot

My little boy loves critters of any kind.  For his past birthdays I've made everything from a hippopotamus to a lizard.  This time I decided to make a critter that is more fuzzy and mischievous.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Vintage Charm

While I am busy painting my house, I thought I would share a cake with you that I made recently.  It was for a friend of mine who was throwing a party for her parent's 50th wedding anniversary.
Her only requests were to make a two tiered cake frosted white with gold accents.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dark Hot Fudge & Vanilla Ice Cream

It finally feels like summer here where I live!  I actually got hot outside yesterday.  With the 4th of July coming up quickly, I thought I would share my recipe for Dark Hot Fudge and Vanilla Ice Cream.  This is a simple dessert that cannot fail to please on a hot summer day.  It's also ridiculously easy and can be made in advance.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Snickerdoodles

These are my little boys favorite cookie.  When I asked him what he wanted to take to his year end school party he said that Snickerdoodles were even better than chocolate chip.  The best part is that he helps me make the Snickerdoodles.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Rhapsody & Lace

Recently I have been struggling to write blog posts.  It seems that every time I sit down to write one, my brain would rather be sleeping.  Truth is, I've been working on some projects that have really been sapping my energy.  When the time is right I'll fill you all in.  And no, I'm not pregnant or anything.  Don't get any crazy ideas.  In the mean time, I'd like to show you how I made these little beauties!


I made these for a small gathering of my ladies Bible study.  It was our last meeting until fall so this was a special get together.  We had a luncheon/tea party for which I quickly volunteered to make dessert, of course.  The original recipe that I started with was called Chocolate Rhapsody from Nestle.  It was written for a 9" dessert.  I decided to make a few changes for individual desserts instead.  You'll find a printable recipe at the bottom of this post.  If you are wondering what's inside, I'll tell you!  There is a layer of white cake, topped with chocolate ganache, topped with white chocolate raspberry mouse, all wrapped up, neat and tidy, in a chocolate collar.  Yum!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lemon Velvet Tart - Gluten Free

When it comes to diets, I really stink. I've never been good at dieting. When the thought comes into my head that I should diet and lose some weight, I become obsessed with eating. All the tasty treats in the pantry and refrigerator start calling my name and I end up eating more than before I was on the "diet". That's why I never diet. I stay thinner that way, I'm weird.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cookies & Cream Filling

I made this filling not too long ago.  It was so very delicious.  I wish I had some right now.

Though I would not risk this filling in an outdoor event, for an indoor event, it is a real crowd pleaser.  You can find a printable version of the recipe below.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Hundred

This is my 100th post!  I can hardly believe it.  Who knew I had so much to say.  On this momentous occasion, let me share with you some of my favorite posts.


Decorating Basics-
Smooth Buttercream Frosting
 This technique totally changed my decorating.








Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stucco Effect Cake

Here is a cake that I made recently for a get together.  No, it wasn't for a wedding.  I just made it that way for fun.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Color Flow

This morning, as I sit at the computer, I cannot think of a single way to start this post.  I guess I'm brain dead on a Monday morning.  Maybe I need some more coffee.  Aren't weekends supposed to be restful?  Somehow, my family seems to have missed the memo on that. 
This is a post about color flow, as it is called in the States.  You might also see it referred to as run sugar work.  It is a great technique for detailed plaques or even decorations that stand up on a cake.  Shall we get started?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Laser Cake Level - Works For Me Wednesday

I recently discovered a tool that I just have to tell you about!  Let's say you're piping swags on the side of a cake and you want them to all be the same drop; or you are putting a horizontal ribbon around your cake and you would like it centered on the side.  If you're like me and try to eyeball it, you'll end up with your design getting slowly shorter or taller as you go around the cake.  That's what happened to me....until now!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dogwood Blossom Cupcakes

Is is just me,or is May getting out of hand?  I meant to post this on Wednesday evening and haven't had the time to sit down and write until now.  Teacher appreciation was this week at my kid's schools so I made these cupcakes for all the teachers and staff. 
The dogwood blossoms are made of white modeling chocolate.  I'm sure you will all notice that the dogwood blossoms I made have 5 petals and many dogwoods actually have only 4, but nobody complained and they were much easier to make with my 5 petal cutter. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Earth Day Cake

I know what you're thinking. Why is there a graduation cap on an Earth day cake?  I made this cake for the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Gordon College.  If any of the students happen to be out there reading this, "Hi!".  They were celebrating both Earth Day and graduation in one event so the cake reflected a combination of the two.
After much thought I decided to make the base of the globe out of Styrofoam.  I just didn't think that a small piece of cake could take the weight.  The last thing I wanted was for this cake to go slip-sliding around...hot glue to the rescue.  The center support dowel was hot glued into the base cake board.  The Styrofoam was pushed down over the dowel and hot glued to the base as well. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chocolate Graduation Cap


It's that time of year again...time for graduation.  Do you know a graduate this year?  Whether they are graduating from college, high school, or Kindergarten, this is a great decoration to add to any graduation cake.
To start with, you will need something to use as a mold.  Since Easter just passed, you might have one of these plastic eggs in the house. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Coffee Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love coffee?  (Ooo, Ooo, that's me!)

I recently found myself in possession of quite a lot of K-cup coffee and, because I like y'all, I'm going to share.  True, this doesn't have much to do with making dessert, except that coffee goes great with it.  After your busy Easter week, I think you deserve some.


I'm going to send one box each of Wolfgang Puck's Vienna Coffee House, and Breakfast in Bed to one lucky winner (U.S. residents only).