My husband is a big fan, I made him a mancake.
Don't hate me for another royal wedding post.
I HAVE to share photos of the wedding cake. Forgive me?
That cake must weigh as much as an entire family of sumos.
For better quality photos: British Monarchy Flickr Page
And the McVities Chocolate Cake...
"Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy."
— Sigmund Freud
My brother-in-law asked me to make a cake this past weekend in celebration of his lady and her acceptance to the University of Ottawa. She is going to be a Dr. in Pyschology. Congrats and love to Christina!
So, immediately Freud came to mind.
With inspiration from a chaise I recently purchased for my home (LOVE) I made a cake that resembles the infamous freud's couch. Modernized. With a matching pillow, a mini magazine and a book on Freud on top.
The cake flavour was vanilla with vanilla bean buttercream, and each layer was a different colour. If you know Christina you will know this suits her just perfectly. I kept getting questions if the layers were all different flavours but not this time. Interesting idea though...
The vanilla batter was divided and colored with gel food coloring. Tip: When using gel colouring it is beneficial to mix and evaporate the gel in a little bit of water or you made end up with chunks of dye and the colour will not be as vibrant.
Have you heard just about enough about the royal wedding? If you have, maybe skip this post. I want to talk cake.
W&K have chosen multiple cakes. The main, a traditional fruit cake. This will be a centerpiece with multiple tiers, and decorated by Fiona Cairns. Each tier will have fancy scrollwork and flowers representing the four corners of the UK.
Most of us are O.K. under pressure, you have to be, but I think I would be a total nutcase making this wedding cake. The cake will be a celebrity in itself, will appear in many british tabloids, US magazines, gossip sites and little old blogs like mine. Fiona Cairns 's website has a link JUST for press inquiries for the Royal Wedding. This cake will get more fame than anyone of us in our lifetime. No offense. :)
The cake has already been made by the way. It takes four weeks to ferment.
And then, the other cake...
A chocolate cookie cake, I guess you could say your 'grooms cake' as it was requested by W, a lover of chocolate. The cookie part will have 1,700 McVitie's Rick Tea biscuits. This one actually looks and sounds pretty delish.
And two more cakes after that. Did tell you about the multiple cake trend!!
Here are three recipes I found for you (in order of yumminess factor):
Prince Williams Chocolate Biscuit Cake *
Fiona Cairns’ Tropical Fruit Cake for a wintry Wednesday
For easter I made some colorful cupcakes, then lined them up for a spring inspired photo shoot. The weather is getting warmer, but it really is taking its time.
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The ultimate easter candy (at least in my opinion) is MINI EGGS.
For a little nostalgic fun, find this mini egg on this page...
Two things tomorrow:
1. Earth Day
2. Good Friday (to those of you who are Catholics)
In honour of EARTH DAY here are 10 tips for going green in your kitchen:
Good Friday (from the now obsolete senses pious, holy of the word "good"),also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
It is tradition not to eat meat on good friday. My family always gathers for a feast of fish! Yes, that means no bacon for breakfast tomorrow. For some reason its always hard not to eat bacon. This could be a very good time to practice being vegetarian or vegan. I encourage you to visit this blog for some great veggie meal options: www.101cookbooks.com
There are also dessert recipes like Chocolate Loaf Cake. I'll have one of that please.
Peanut butter is packed with protein, is an excellent source of Vitamin E and is good for your heart! (Reasons to indulge). Here is a simple peanut butter frosting recipe...
In case anyone is wondering, yes I do 'normal' cakes. By normal I mean without the magical power of fondant! It was my sister's champagne birthday this weekend and I wanted to make her a damn delicious cake. I know she loves the chocolate peanut butter combo so I brought it to a new level and made…
a reese peanut butter cup cake.
It was meant to look like a gigantic reese cup. To achieve the sides I pressed an extra large cupcake wrapper into the icing.
The flavour was peanut butter cake with chocolate fudge icing. The icing was so rich and thick it was the perfect pair for the light cake. Next time I will darken the cake to make the colour match!! To make a peanut butter cake, you can use your favourite vanilla cake recipe and substitute the butter with peanut butter.
Remember those days?
Me neither. But it looks like aprons have made a comeback. Cute, flirty, vintage inspired aprons have been showing up at many retail stores. I normally don't wear aprons in the kitchen but these aprons are so fashionable its like wearing a summer dress! I own a cherry apron, similar to #2. Below is a collection of my favourites.
Now baking can make you feel good and look good.
1. Anthropologie $32; 2. Flirty Aprons, from $22-$35; 3. snappyshop on Etsy, $45; 4. Sugar & Spice aprons on Etsy, from $30-$32.
And a spicy one for your man...