Happy Boo-Day Cake
My partner Jim and our friend Will share the same birth date of Oct. 30. Here's their Boo-day cake! Carrot cake with cream cheese icing/filling and marshmallow fondant decorations painted with food color and vodka.
Mother's Day Cake
My mother and my sister (who is also a mother) are coming to my house for a Mother's Day dinner. This is the cake I made for them. Tiramisu layer cake with chocolate collars, chocolate roses, and cream puffs! I originally intended the cream puffs to be cake balls made from some leftover cake I had, but the cake balls didn't work out (into the trash they went). I had on hand ready-made frozen cream puffs, so I dipped them in chocolate and used them instead!
But for the lettuce cookies, I designed and made my own cookie cutters for these cookies. In this batch, I baked a bunch of egg-shaped cookies too, but I haven't gotten around to icing them yet. I managed to ice only about a third of the cookies last night. I'll try to post more photos later, but I wanted to share a picture of a few of the cookies today. NFSC with Antonia74's RI.
Frog And Gator Cookies
Chocolate rolled cookies with royal icing. I made fondant flowers for my birthday cake, but ended up not using them, so here they are as boutonnieres!
Autumn Birthday Cake
My second attempt at a fondant covered cake. This was the second birthday cake I made for myself last year! (See the first cake/attempt called the Happy Boo-day Cake in my picture gallery). I baked the tree canopy in a big glass salad bowl. Everything is fondant painted with a food color/vodka mixture. I didn't want to color the fondant itself because I learned from the first cake that coloring fondant is a lot of work and very time consuming, and time was something I was very short on.
Happy Boo-Day Cake
My significant other's b-day is Oct. 30 and mine is Nov. 6, so we had a Halloween/birthday party. This is the Happy Boo-day Cake I made for us. It was my first time making and working with fondant, and wow, did I make a lot of mistakes (but learned even more). First of all, I used the wrong kind of cake for this type of cake design. I used two Bundt cakes to make the shape. The bottom cake was made of devil's food, which fell apart into big chunks instantly when burdened with the weight of the marble cake on top. I was forced to "glue" it back together with liberal amounts of buttercream, then reinforce it with plastic drinking straws. I then placed the top Bundt cake on a cardboard platform on top of the drinking straws, tiered-cake-style. Secondly, never having used fondant before, I made it too hard and dry (I didn't know what the proper consistency should have been). I now know also that fondant will not dry stiff enough to make a bow. I also did not plan enough drying time for the loops in the bow either, so the bow turned out a mess. I also tried two different fondant recipes and found that MMF was much easier to make than the other more traditional fondant recipe. I think I'll be making this cake again with some changes next halloween. I think it'll be cleaner without a bow (even a well made bow), and instead of piping the spiderweb, I would paint it on. I've included a picture of the cake before the bow and spiderwebs were added, and I think it looked cleaner then. The good news was that the cake actually tasted really good and it was completely gobbled up that night. Of course, this being my first attempt at a fondant covered cake, I immediately wanted to try to make another one...which I did! I made myself another birthday cake (happy birthday to me! LOL) using pound cake the following week and had friends over for another birthday party! I will post pictures of the second cake separately...
St. Pat Lucky Clover Cookies
As a kid I used to search beds of clover for a lucky four-leaved one, but was always disappointed at never finding one. Well, there won't be any such disappointment with the clover beds in these cookies, ha ha! Chocolate rolled cookies with royal icing.
Year Of The Tiger Cookies
As it turns out, the Lunar New Year falls on February 14 this year, the same day as Valentine's day! These are my Year of the Tiger Cookies. Unfortunately, the blue icing did not photograph very blue, but that's to be expected, I suppose, when shot with the iPhone camera. NFSC with RI.