Sometimes buttercream is too much, and that's when brown sugar glaze steps in.
Brown Sugar Glaze
~ 2 tablespoons butter
~ 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
~ 1/2 tsp vanilla
How cute are these 4" mini cakes. I love the idea of mini cakes because you can have different flavours, they are perfect for you want a 'little bit of cake' and, well, just because they are so darn cute. Especially with polka dots...
I had to grab something to compare sizes with so you can get a sense just how mini they are. The nearest was a bottle of Malibu. :)
The saxophone, a symbol of jazz, and this one, a delicious cake au lait flavor.
Creating a sculpture cake needs some vision and planning of what the base will look like. Once you have that down it will all come together. Sketching it out is an essential and helpful step. You also want to make sure the cake was in the fridge after the layers were assembled with buttercream, it is easier to cut the shape if the cake is firmer. The shine was created with edible gold dust.
Happy birthday to Des! I am a couple weeks late.
Have a good valentine's?
Ready for another treat? Check out this giveaway:
I hope my husband isn't reading this blog today. What are the chances? If you know him keep it a secret pretty please. This is pretty much my little vday gesture for him.
I made homemade skor bar.
Adapted from this recipe on health on the run, these are actually simple to make and will impress your honey if you want a last minute DIY valentines day gift. All you need is brown sugar, butter, crackers and semi sweet chocolate. For the full recipe click "read more" below.
I used some of their suggested toppings, pecans, butterscotch chips and coconut.
After the chocolate has been cooled, break the pieces, arrange neatly and wrap in foil for a rustic packaging look. Fold the sides in neatly.
Download this label (don't worry it is not too heartsy or pink) and wrap it around your foil package. Stick it in your honey's lunch bag for an amazing mid-day treat. They'll come home in a good mood and maybe even save you a piece.
If your not sick of eating all the pieces that "broke".
Oh! And add a personal handwritten note. If you want.
Last weekend on February 5th we celebrated nutella bowl.
Courtesy of Ms Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day! Last year I made tong yuen, and crepes. This year I made crepes again (couldn't imagine nutella day without it) and nutella cake truffles.
I held off posting this because they are also perfect for valentines day. All you have to do is find someone worth sharing this with. Even if that means it's just yourself.
INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING:
• chocolate cake, crumbled
• chocolate icing
• chopped peanuts
To make the filling combine the above ingredients (use a mortar and pestle to easily crush nuts). If you have an 6-8" cake a half cup icing and two tablespoons of nutella would be good portions to mix together, however the great thing about these is that you can adjust measurements to your liking. Nutella lovers might want to add more, or for a moister filling add more icing.
After mixing those ingredients put it in the fridge for an hour to make it easier to work with. Roll into balls, and dip into melted chocolate.
And if that doesn't make you all excited to bake tonight, come back later today for a homemade skor post and a free printable label for chocolate bar gift.
That's right., DOUBLE POST today.
It's becoming more and more popular to have a winter wedding. If you're lucky it will snow the perfect fluffy kind, and your pictures turn out beautifully white. If your not so lucky it snows too much and your guests have to toboggan to your reception.
This bride was lucky.
Congrats Angela and Dan! Their day was nice, especially nice for this time of year. The wedding cake was three flavours: the top tier banana chocolate chunk, the middle was blueberry cake with berry buttercream and the bottom layer tuxedo. Some winter elements were brought onto the wedding cake: royal icing snowflake toppers and sugar icicles. Here is a little tutorial for both:
How to make royal icing snowflake toppers
Print your snowflake design and place parchment paper on top, tape it to your surface so it doesn't move. Make your favourite royal icing recipe, place it in a piping bag and trace the snowflake.
• Do not pipe too thin. Using #2 tip won't work, it will be too fragile. Pipe using tip #3 or 4. Or this is what will happen:
• For a nice effect while still wet sprinkle white sugar crystals over your piped snowflake.
• Wait at least 24 hours, 48 is better, for it to dry completely.
• Once dry, flip it over, pipe a line of royal icing on the back and attach a bamboo skewer (longer than a toothpick). Wait to dry.
• Make sure you make a lot more than you need, these are VERY delicate.
• For a shiny finish, spray pearl luster spray onto your dried snowflake.
How to make sugar icicles
I used hard candy mix, pretty much just sugar and corn starch. Follow directions carefully. When the sugar is boiled to a specific temperature, use a spoon to create the icicle shape. Start with a big drop and quickly move your spoon down for the end trail. Do this on top of a greased cookie sheet, not a plate as shown below.
• Be very careful working with boiled sugar, it is hotter than oil and can burn you.
• You want to work very fast, the temperature of the sugar gets to a certain point and you don't want it over that degree--it will start to brown.
• To achieve the clear sugar icicle take the tip before this seriously...work fast :)
• They harden immediately and can be "glued" to the fondant on the cake using water (brush the back and hold on fondant for a couple seconds).
• You can spray luster dust on them for a shine.
Bringing colour into your winter theme cake can be done with a beautiful snowflake brooch or a satin ribbon. For the edges of each tier you can achieve fake "snow" using this edible glitter, looks fantastic.
A winter themed wedding cake.
As promised some photos from Costa Rica.
Once and awhile we need to take a break from cake...
and see a volcano.
Be in awe of nature's waterfalls.
Swim with them.
Swim in hot springs.
Watch a sunset.
Eat some fresh fruit.
Go on a coffee tour.
And photograph some cows.
I love the cows. Click read more for some tips for Costa Rica travel.