Monday, August 29, 2011

Strawberry Swirl Cake

On tap this week is a strawberry and vanilla cake with a petaled effect on the outside as well as a swirl on the inside. So simple yet has that wow factor.

I learned how to do the petal effect from Melissa @ My Cake School and I thought I would alternate the colors to add some color. I can see doing this cake in colors like red and white, green and pink, green and white, and many more.

I had extra batter so I made so coordinating cupcakes. The flower in the middle is made from gumpaste while the rest are made with buttercream.

You can find the vanilla cake recipe here: All In One Bake Shop Recipes
I used the full cupcake recipe and got two 8 inch round cakes and about 7 cupcakes from that batter. To make the strawberry cake, I took half the cake batter and poured it into another bowl and added 3 tbsp of strawberry icing fruits to the batter. I then alternated scooping batters into the prepared pan to create a swirl pattern inside the cake.

This was the first time I tried making this flavor combination and I am so glad I did. It is fruity but not overly so and the cake isn't so sweet that it competes with the icing. You know those cakes where your mouth hurts from all the sugar? Well, this cake isn't that. It's light and fluffy and incredibly delicious.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes with an Animal Print Design

I think I have just found my red velvet recipe. This one is fluffy and light with the slightest hint of chocolate flavor. At least in my opinion. :) My hubby's co-workers can post their thoughts tomorrow after they get a chance to eat them. ha

I just recently joined the website, My Cake School and saw this wonderful tutorial on making leopard print cupcakes on Melissa's blog. This website is so addicting and I'm so glad to have a bunch of new and creative cakes to try this fall. :) It's so hard to choose what to make next!
Here's my version of leopard print cupcakes.

I hope you enjoy them!

Here's the recipe from My Cake School Website:

Southern Red Velvet- (Cake Man Raven’s Recipe)
 Submitted by member jfolzman (thanks Jill!)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups veg. oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temp.
  • 2 eggs, room temp.
  • 1 tsp "red red" Americolor Food Coloring
  • 1 tsp maroon Americolor Food Coloring
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 dozen cupcake pans. 
  • Sift the dry ingredients together.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated. 
  • Scoop into lined cupcake pans and bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

When all else fails...

Have a margarita cookie! Or two. :) I still want to add some limes but I just couldn't resist sharing. I think they are adorable. And perfect to eat on a hot summer day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Violet Cake

Here is a picture of the cake I made for my final class for the Wilton Course 2. I learned so much about making flowers, color composition, and general cake arrangements.

The cake is a devil's food cake with a vanilla buttercream frosting decorated with royal icing violets and buttercream vines. This was my first attempt at making a shell border on a cake and I can't believe I waited so long, it's so easy!

Here is an up close pictures of the design:

Thanks for stopping by!

Post linked to Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zebra and Leopard Print Beach Blanket Cookies

I absolutely love this cookie design. As I am writing this, I am imagining all the other cookies I can make with this design. I decided to start with an easy cookie cutter just in case it didn't turn out the way I intended but I didn't need to worry. These turned out great! I am so thrilled with the way they look, I almost don't want to give them away!!

Here is a closeup of one the zebra print cookies.

Here is a closeup of one of the leopard print cookies.

I am also excited to make these designs on cupcakes too. :) Stay tuned to see those soon.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Royal Icing Violets

These little flowers are so easy to make once you get the hang of keeping your hand at a 45 degree angle. Once you master that basic motion, so many flowers are within your grasp. :)
I learned how to make these violets using the violet flower sticker like this one on the upper left:

Items Needed:
  • Purple Royal Icing
  • Piping Bag or Parchment bag with coupler and tip 59
  • Yellow Royal Icing
  • Piping Bag or Parchment bag with coupler and tip 1
  • Flower nail with Violet template
  • Parchment Squares
  • Tiny bit of Piping Gel
  • Wave Flower Former (optional)

  • Fill piping bag with tip 59 with purple icing. Fill the tip 1 with yellow icing. You will not need a lot of yellow as you are just using it for the small dots in the center of the violets. 
  • Position tip 59 with the wide end of the tip touching the center of the nail.
  • The narrow end of the tip is pointed towards the edge of the nail and at a 45 degree angle. 
  • Using light pressure, move tip out slightly to the edge of the first line while slowly turning the nail. Relax the pressure as move the tip back to the center of the nail. 
  • Stop and lift the tip away.
  • Repeat to make the other two bottom petals. 
  • Make two smaller petals across from the bottom petals leaving a small space between the top and bottom petals. 
  • Use tip 1 to add two center dots.
  • Dry in the wave flower former (optional). Make sure to let them dry overnight before removing from parchment squares. 
  • Use to decorate cakes and cupcakes. :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Royal Icing Daffodils

As part of my Wilton Course Two, I got to practice and make some flowers out of royal icing. One of the flowers I really enjoyed making were the daffodils. Such pretty vibrant yellow color and once you get the hang of the 45 degree angle needed to make the petals, pretty easy to make as well.

I hope you enjoy reading about the flowers and how to make them. :) I tried to be as concise as possible.

Items Needed:
  • Royal Icing colored yellow
  • Flower Nail with Daffodil sticker like the one on the bottom right.

  • Damp Towel or Dusting Pouch filled with cornstarch
  • Piping or Parchment Bag with Coupler and tip 104.
  • Tips 1 and 3
  • Wave Flower Former (optional)

  • Fill a bag with yellow royal icing.
  • Position the tip with the wide end of the tip lightly touching the center of the nail.
  • The narrow end of the tip is pointing out and is at a 45 degree angle.
  • Using steady pressure, move tip along the the dotted line of the template out to the edge of the nail as your turn the nail slightly, about a 1/8" rotation.
  • Relax your pressure as you move the tip back to the center (your starting point). Stop the pressure and lift the tip away. 
  • The first three petals should cover half of the flower nail.
  • Repeat to make a total of 6 petals. 
  • Let the petals sit for 15 seconds and then begin the process of pinch the edges of the petals. Make sure to wet your fingers before pinching the edges. You could also dust your fingers with cornstarch as well before pinching.
  • Pipe a tip 3 dot in the center of the flower. Move your hand in a circular motion creating a circle. Make sure the base is narrower than the top. 
  • Add a zig zag to the top of the coil with a tip 1. 
  • Let dry overnight. You can place it in the Wave Flower Former to create dimension with the flowers.

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