Thursday, March 29, 2012

Icing Images - A Short Review

Let me just say right from the get go that I am not a big supporter of the whole icing image thing.  In terms of cake decorating, it's just not very creative to slap an image on a cake and call it done.  However...I have recently decided that if it is incorporated as only part of an overall cake design, it just might have it's uses.

Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Make a Two-toned Cake With Buttercream for Landscape Design

Ok, so this two-toned technique has many applications, but I used it to create a landscape on the side of my cub scout cake.  It worked so well, I can't wait to find a good reason to use it again!  Wait until you see how easy it is!  Sure you could create a similar look with fondant, but buttercream makes for better eating.
Start by smoothly frosting the cake tier with the background color of your choice.  Since I'm making a landscape, I frosted my cake in blue for the sky.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tie-dyed Cupcakes

Do any of you out there have teenage girls?  I was recently asked for some birthday cupcakes for a young teenage girl.  She wanted something pretty.  Only she had reached the age where she didn't want pretty-cute, she wanted pretty-cool.  Know what I mean?  She had outgrown the princess and fairy theme.  She wanted something that was pretty and feminine and cool and hip and happenin'.(I'll stop there, I'm showing my age.)  But these are pretty groovy.
I took some of her favorite colors and made tie-dyed cupcakes.
Start with some fun colors.  I had green, blue, pink and white.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Turquoise and Leather Purse Cake

I have a burning question....Would you call this a purse or a pocketbook cake?  I have always called such things a purse.  I never knew of them being called anything else until moving to New England.  Everyone that I run into here calls it a pocketbook.  So what do you call it?  I'm dieing to know.
This cake starts with 3, 9" cake layers.  That makes it serve approximately 25 people.  After stacking the layers, I wrapped them in plastic wrap and popped them into the freezer for a little while.  I didn't time it but it was probably around 30-45 minutes.  I don't usually freeze my cakes before carving. (I don't like the way freezing can change the texture of the cake.) I'm actually not really freezing this one either.  I just wanted the frosting to firm up enough to make it easy to flip it all on it's side.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Clover Cupcakes

Top o' the marnin' to ya!  Are you decked out in green for St. Patrick's Day yet?  Truth be told, I'm not either.  But these little cupcakes are.  I made these cupcakes for a small group of friends to share.  One of these friends will celebrate their birthday on St. Patrick's Day.  Happy Birthday!
To begin, pipe some white frosting onto the cupcakes in a flat swirl.  I used a Wilton #12 tip because it was the biggest round tip that I had.  If you have a bigger one, go for it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March Madness Basketball Cookies

We had a little bit of our own march madness at my house the other day.  My son's basketball team had their end of the season tournament so I made these basketball cookies for them.  They are so easy to make, I only took two pictures!  Seriously, they are that easy!
Using thinned glace` icing in black, I free hand piped the outlines for the basketballs.  Since they are simple sweeping lines, this step goes very fast!  I used a Wilton tip #3.  Let these dry for awhile.  I didn't time it, but I would guess that I waited 30 minutes or so.  It has been very dry here lately.  If it is humid where you live it could take longer.
The orange icing is achieved by adding orange food color and just a touch of brown.   When I flood large areas like these I like to put the icing in a disposable, plastic, piping bag without a tip or coupler.  Then I just snip off the end with scissors when I'm ready to decorate.  After flooding is complete, you'll want to let these dry for about 24 hours before bagging or stacking.

I hope you'll enjoy making these for you're basketball star!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Truffula Tree Cookies

A birthday party is not complete with out party favors.  And what better party favors could you have for a Lorax party than Truffula Tree Cookies!
These cookies make a perfect party favor.  They are all individually wrapped and ready to hand out.  You might be wondering about the "B" that the tree is sporting.  Well, that is the initial of the birthday girl.  You could make them without an initial or change the initial as needed.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lorax Cake - I Speak for the Trees

"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees."
Did any of you go see the movie yet?  What did you think?  Dr. Seuss characters are always so imaginative.  Who wouldn't want to make one in cake?
The Lorax is shaped sort of like a large kidney bean. Here it is, frosted in Lorax orange, just waiting to be textured.