I was asked to do a Wedding shower cake. I didn’t come up with this one on my own. I was shown a picture very similar to this and tried my best. Cake out pretty good.
I can’t believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted! I have been recovering from surgery that has kept me off my feet for quite some time. I was going through withdrawals, no baking for 2 months is unheard of! Anyways, all is well now, back on my feet and ready to hit the kitchen running. Poor KAM (my Kitchen Aid Mixer) had been tucked away in the cupboard all this time, it was like music to my ears to hear it whipping away at the cake and icing.
I had a request for a Star Trek cake. I will admit that I know NOTHING about Star Trek. She actually had to guide me through an internet search to show me what to make, I kind of felt like Penny, from Big Bang. I was clueless! Once I figured out what it was, all was well. The Star Trek Logo…
It was a success and he loved it!
It felt so good to be back in the kitchen baking, I hope I never have to go that long without baking, ever again! As much work as it is, I just love it!
I was asked to make a cake for an adorable little girl having a first birthday. Her name is Violet, my goodness she is adorable! The little bear is “My Pal Violet”, she has one and just loves it. This was my first sculpted character cake, it came out ok, I will need more practice at that, it’s harder than it looks! Hope she liked her cake.
Ahh, Tim Hortons! If you are not from Canada, then more than likely you have not heard of Tim Hortons. If you are from the Northern United States, your Tim Hortons are just not the same (I have been, and they are just no good!). Timmies are on just about every other street corner in Canada, here in my small town of 73,000 there are 10 Tim Hortons, and you would be hard pressed to find one without a huge line. I am not a coffee fan but their steeped tea is the best! (why don’t the ones in the States have steeped tea??? double bagging it just does not cut it!). Anyways…..
I was asked to make a cake for someone who is rarely seen without a Timmies in his hand. This seemed like the perfect idea. The cake was a huge hit, he loved it, as did everyone else. Here are a few more shots of the Timmies Cup Cake
I was asked to make a Justin Bieber cake for a 15th Birthday. Not knowing a thing about him, I asked for them to come up with an idea and I would go from there. They did even better! They showed me a picture of what they would like and I did as close as I could.
Here is the inspiration….
And here is what I created….
Not quite the same but I tried.
I have not learned how to make the topsy turvy cakes yet, so it was a basic tier.
From what I hear she really liked it!!
Dad’s Birthday is May 1st and requested, as usual, a lemon cake. He didn’t want anything fancy, “just a simple lemon cake”. So that I did. I wanted to spruce it up a tad, not just doing the boring spread icing.
A few weeks ago while browsing Pinterest (amazing site, I highly recommend it!) I found a chocolate cake that was decorated like this. I knew I wanted to try it but wasn’t sure when I would get the chance. Usually when I get a cake request it is for a theme cake, not often do I get to do a plane one. So, when Dad requested a ‘simple lemon cake’ it was my perfect opportunity.
1. Layer your cake as you normally would, icing in the middle
2. Put a thin ‘crumb’ coat of icing on the entire cake
3. Fill piping bag with a medium to large size round tip
4. Create a row of vertical dots, 3-4 depending on the hight of your cake
5. With a spatula, spread every dot to the right (or left, depending on your handedness) in one motion
6. Wipe spatula clean and move up to the next dot
7. and again
8. Start the next row by slightly overlapping the first
9. Continue until all the way around the cake
10. To Finish the top, I placed dots all the way around the outside of the cake and slid the spatula towards the centre
Voila! Very simple. Next time your doing a round cake, give this a try.
It has been a while, but finally guest baker Jen is back! Jen’s little niece was turning 2 and she loves Elmo! We took on the challenge of Elmo Cake Pops and an Elmo Cake. I must say we were quite adventurous taking on the Elmo cake Pops. We had only ever made pops that were decorated with sprinkles, that was as fancy as it got. Elmo, that was a whole other league, but we were up for the challenge! As soon as I heard Elmo Pops were the goal I headed straight to Bakerella’s fabulous site, couldn’t think of a better place to look then the founder of Cake Pops! Sure enough she had some Elmo’s. Ours did not turn out quite like Bakerella’s, but for our first attempt I think we did pretty darn good!
Elmo Cake Pops
Please see here on how to make the Cake Pop.
1. Dip Pop into red melting chocolate, making sure to tap excess off so they do not drip
2. White pop is still wet add eyes, we used pre-made eyes. Could also use white candy with edible marker for pupils
3. Add Jelly Belly (or similar) for nose
4. Cut a brown or black melter in half for the mouth
(Good example of why you need to tap excess off – starting to drip)
5. Texturing (didn’t get a picture of this step)
Once the face has been assembled let the pop sit and dry. You can leave them at this point (as they are still pretty cute) or add the “furry” texture. This part is quite time-consuming.
Use a toothpick to dip into the chocolate and drizzle and dab the chocolate over the pop creating a textured look
Not bad for our first attempt at characters Pops! Only 34 more to go!
We also made an Elmo cake. It was a cheater cake. Jen found a cute Elmo cake pan, just bake and follow the outline
Lots of Elmo’s I hope she likes them :)
Up until a few years ago I had never heard of German Chocolate Cake. I think the first time I saw one was on the Food Network, I believe it was Bobby Fley’s Throwdown. I knew, right then, it was something I was going to have to make. If you will notice, it is #1 on my “Bucket List of Baking”. Over the past few years I have done much research on this cake. At first I thought that the Germans must have been some pretty spectacular people to come up with a dessert like this! Chocolate, coconut, walnuts need I say more? As I researched I found out it was not the Germans at all! It was an American, Sam German, who created a brand of dark baking chocolate that was used for the cake. Now a days very few recipes actually call for the German’s Chocolate (I didn’t use it). It is more the process and final outcome that we refer to as German Chocolate Cake. Quite frankly, I don’t care who created it, or what it is called, all I know is that it is FABULOUS!!
This Easter I decided I was going to make it for dessert. For those crazy coconut haters (I know eh, who doesn’t like coconut?) and someone with an allergy (who knew?) I made an apple crisp. That is the last you will hear of the apple crisp, it was very dull and boring compared to this wonderful German Chocolate Cake!
While researching the cake I found literally thousands of recipes! Which one do I choose? I mixed and matched a few to come up with my own version.
German Chocolate Cake
For the Chocolate cake I used the recipe I have perfected. I used the cake recipe from The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, with a few tweaks that I choose not to share (can’t give away all my secrets;)). Please check it out it is a fabulous chocolate cake!!
Follow Chocolate Cake recipe from my previous post here or use your favourite chocolate cake recipe. Just make sure the recipe is big enough to have 3 layers.
This is where I had the most difficulty, there were several different recipes. The big difference in them was the use of evaporated milk, cream, whipping cream or sweetened condensed milk. After much debate I went with the sweetened condensed milk version, because really, it has Eagle Brand Milk in it, it has to be good!
I am a firm believer in saving where you can, but with somethings you just have to go with the Brand name, simply put, it is just better. When ever sweetened condensed milk is called for I ONLY use Eagel Brand Milk. Honestly I could eat it right from the can!
COCONUT PECAN FROSTING
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes
1 cup chopped pecans
1. Stir together sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and butter in a medium saucepan.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. (This took approx 40 minutes of constant stirring. Next time I would not take it as far, it stiffened up a little too much when cooled)
3. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, coconut and pecans.
I could not resist tasting it while it was still warm. OMG! Delicious! It was one of those moments when you stop chewing and close your eyes because you think it was the best thing you have ever eaten. This would be good on a lot of desserts, I can definitely see adding this to a few creations. Enough of that tangent on with the cake…
4. Cool to room temperature.
1. Place your first layer of chocolate cake on your cake plate and top with approx 2/3 cup of coconut pecan frosting. Mine was a little thick, had to pull it apart with 2 forks.
2. Repeat with the next 2 layers, spreading remaning frosting on top layer
Look at that!!!
As delicious as it looks, to me, it just doesn’t look finished, something else is needed! If you look at most German Chocolate Cake recipes they do not have a chocolate frosting on them. It will usually just have the coconut pecan frosting between they layers and on top, occasionally you will see it around the outside as well. I had to take it a step further and add a delicious chocolate frosting to the outside.
That looks better!
It is a thing of beauty!
A few pecans to spruce it up a little
I have had a lot of cake in my day but this, by far, was the best! The chocolate cake was moist and fudgy. The pecan coconut frosting was sweet and had a nice texture, you didn’t really taste the nuts just the coconut. The chocolate frosting, probably the best I have ever had. The 3 aspects together were spectacular!!! Normally I can pick apart most things I make saying I would do this and that different next time, not this one, it was perfect! It was well worth the wait and lived up to every expectation I had. Definitely will be making this again. I think I will even make German Chocolate Cupcakes! I hope everyone at Easter dinner enjoyed it as much as I did :)
I must also mention the delicious dinner Mom made for Easter. She outdid herself once again. The entire dinner was cooked out on the bbq’s. We had roast beef, ham with pineapples and sweet sauce, corn, beans, veggie casserole, coleslaw and buns. Was delicious!
Even re-heated the apple crisp on the bbq
There was 20 of us and we all sat down at the table to enjoy a wonderful Easter Dinner. Thanks Mom!