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Friday Night Cake Club 3/29/13

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Opening up another session of the FNCC! Who is up? What are you working on this week?

 

Cat

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Hi everyone!

 

I haven't been working on the cake biz this week but rather our party planning biz instead. I made meringue cookies for the first time as a test run for wedding favors. My boys gobbled those goodies right up! LOL!  I made invitations and planned centerpieces this week as well. But...no cake. For Easter I'm making "the Green Stuff". It's a pistachio pudding pie that is a family favorite. 

 

How is everyone else?

 

Cat

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I (probably for the first time ever) am ahead of the game for once!  I got my weekend cake orders done this morning!  I don't know what to do with myself tonight!  HAHA

 

Did a couple small gourmet round cakes for a fundraiser, then a glasses wearing cow cake for the finish!  Was a pretty light week! YAY

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I made a practice cross cake for Easter.  The real thing will be for a First Communion in May, but I needed to figure out what would look best, as I've never done a cross before.  Very difficult to ice the corners in buttercream, so I ended up dragging it into a design.  After many hours of experimenting, I finally came out with what I like. I even made roses out of candy clay!   My kitchen looks like a buttercream truck exploded though!  I won't be cleaning up until tomorrow, gotta watch college hoops with my hubby. 

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I made a practice cross cake for Easter.  The real thing will be for a First Communion in May, but I needed to figure out what would look best, as I've never done a cross before.  Very difficult to ice the corners in buttercream, so I ended up dragging it into a design.  After many hours of experimenting, I finally came out with what I like. I even made roses out of candy clay!   My kitchen looks like a buttercream truck exploded though!  I won't be cleaning up until tomorrow, gotta watch college hoops with my hubby. 

Sounds awesome!  Def would love to see pics of the cross!  =-) I leave most of my clean up for the dear ole Hubby or the kiddos!  HAHA

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Cakemommy: The cow in glasses cake sounds hysterical! Post a photo if you have one...I could use the laugh tonight<G>

 

Norasmom:  I have always used fondant on cross cakes and it is a lot easier at the corners/joins to do than butter cream I would imagine. However, people also tend to love those cakes so I'm sure everyone will be very happy with your work come Sunday!

 

Cat

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Another Cow wearing Glasses!

 

Here ya go!  They are the most studious cows!  HAHAHA

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I just love those cows.  They are adorable.  They make me happy to look at.

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Hi everyone!

 

I haven't been working on the cake biz this week but rather our party planning biz instead. I made meringue cookies for the first time as a test run for wedding favors. My boys gobbled those goodies right up! LOL!  I made invitations and planned centerpieces this week as well. But...no cake. For Easter I'm making "the Green Stuff". It's a pistachio pudding pie that is a family favorite. 

 

How is everyone else?

 

Cat


What recipe do you use for Meringue Cookies? Ive never attempted those!  Kudo's for trying them out!  The Pie sounds strange but I bet is super yummy!!!

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Working on my fruit cake recipe. This time I just threw a bunch of stuff in this version to see what it would turn out like. I've often felt like maybe a stroke of genius will hit me and my random recipe will turn out better than the ones I've found online and in books. LOL. We'll see. So far, none of the previous ones have really struck the right note with my taste buds. I think if any cake is amenable to throwing stuff in, it would be fruit cake. Fingers crossed.

 

The only other cake-related thing I did today was to make some sugar flowers.

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You mean a cross cake? Just a thought: use the billowing technique on the sides. You can have the top flat.
 

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OMG!!  LOVE the cow cake!!! I love the teeny glasses on them. Thank you SO much for sharing!

 

 

CakeMommy...the recipe is 6 egg whites, 1/2 tsp creme of tartar, 1-1/2 cups white sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract. Whip the egg whites until fluffy, add in creme of tartar and whip a bit more. Add in the sugar a small bit at a time. Lastly add in vanilla and then whip till the mixture forms stiff peaks and is glossy. Heat the oven up to 350 degrees with the cookie sheets/pans in it. Lay parchment onto the sheets and pipe the meringue onto the parchment lined cookie sheets. Shut oven door and turn off the oven. Let sit for 90 mins. When they are done they will be crispy all the way through, not chewy at all. Test one and, if still chewy, let them sit longer in the oven until you test one and its crispy. This recipe will make about 200 1-1/2 inch cookies. They are really easy and really yummy!

 

And, yes, the ingredients in the Green Stuff sound really strange but all together they are great! I'll post my recipe on my blog Monday.

 

 

Vgcea: Fruit cake in the USA is odd to me. It is an alcohol soaked brick of cake with odd candied fruit in it. Now my mom simply adores it but I'm not much for rum or hard liquor tasting desserts so it's never been something I grew to like. What is yours like?

 

Cat

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Yeah, American fruit cake is super weird. The fruit cakes I grew up with have way more cake than fruit, little to no nuts, and none of that candied stuff, just real dried fruits. Ours is a cross between traditional English fruit cake and Caribbean black cake so it's soft, and very moist (yeah I used THAT word icon_lol.gif ). My version is about 65% cake and I use dried fruits including sultanas and currants that I get from the UK. 

 

When I moved here years ago and found out the type of fruit cakes available, my soul was let down LOL. 

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Making my Easter cupcake sampler. Just poured the sugar for the creme brûlée frosting.
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