When I first started making large batches of cupcakes I wanted to figure out how to get the cake batter in without any spills on the sides and to have the perfect amount each cup so they bake (rise) consistently. What I found works for me is the easy pour funnel for thinner batters like chocolate, and a regular ice cream scoop for thicker batters.
There are other products out there that I found during my Food network store discovery. I haven't had a chance to use them, but they look efficient, neat and tidy (I think the neat freak hidden deep inside of me who reallly likes these products and the side that doesn't enjoy washing dishes are currently battling it out).
Another dog's head cake for birthday boy Phoenix! I used this shape for the base of the head similar to my puggle cake, but wider.
The ears were long pieces of cake carved into shape and put on with buttercream. They might have been to heavy though to be on their own, I suggest carving them right into the main base of the head if you can to make sure they stay attached. For the fur I actually used piping tip #47 (nice photo credit here) but the grass tip #233 will work nicely if you want a fuller coat.
Eyes, nose and tongue were fondant.
For some reason this made me think of Clifford. Remember him?!
Why was he so red?
I passed by this table and they were all alone.
Wearing bright colours.
Calling my name.
Inviting me to a tea party.
It's the Kate Spade home collection. I saw it at the Bay and fell in love. If I ever end up owning these you better believe I'll have a tea party. I'm kinda bummed my wedding registry is closed, but maybe yours isn't?
library books mug, $24.00
Mixed Set of 4 Tidbit Plates, $59.00
Maybe not a monkey.
Although have you seen what the japanese can train monkeys to do?
One of my favourite ice cream shoppes is Marble Slab Creamery, because you can create your ultimate flavour...but what if there was an easy way to do that at home? There is. I found this recipe that might be the simplest way to make homemade ice cream WITHOUT a machine!
My twist was to make their version of Nutella ice cream, then chop up Reese cups into small bites and stir into the mix as the last step. Click "Read more" at the bottom of this post for the recipe.
The ice cream turned out smooth and very creamy, more like gelato rather then the harder in texture ice cream your used to.
I have to share with you the best gelato i've ever had in my life. it was called CREAM DI GELATO in Nice, France. That is exactly what I am enjoying in my profile pic here:
Onto the recipe... I really hope you try it.
This weekend I tried fried plantains. They were so good I immediately wondered how can I put them in a cake. So naturally I think, since it looks like a banana maybe it acts like a banana. I put it in my banana cake recipe and made my own version of plantain cake.
Their skin is thick and will turn dark brown when ripe. Just like a banana it has to be ripe for you to mash them for your recipe. Ripe plantains also give the most flavour. Plantains are much sweeter then bananas too (even though they contain less sugar), so when you use them use less sugar. I used about 1/4 cup less.
Like all cakes you can smell them while baking, but I've never had a scent so strong and so delicious smelling as this.
So far the reviews are good:
"this is delicious" - friend
"so moist" - same friend
"Can you taste the plantains?" - me, asking friend
"you can't tell the difference too much, I wouldn't have guessed right off the bat it was a plantain instead of banana, but it's really good" - other friend
today's challenge prize.
BMW 5 series sedan! My husband would love me forever. It's been a month since I started a contest a day challenge and I haven't won anything. Am I going to give up now? Hells no.
Of course they do. Here are a couple things that caught my eye...
Another kind of courier.
Cute artichoke lunch tote.
I love these baking dishes. Nice enough to serve in.
A great metal turntable. You absolutely need a turntable when you are decorating a cake. Helps you to ice the cake evenly around, helps when you are piping patterns or even placing fondant decor. Things like these just make life easier.
Do I have to tell you this is suppose to be an rx prescription? I used royal icing to write on the cake, I like how it dries hard and a bit glossy.
Can you read this script?:
Leave a comment with your answer! I'm curious if I can imitate doctor handwriting well. (Update: ya, it's too obvious. Everyone guessed right away.) I made this cake for Rosalind, my wonderful boss and the editor at my day job. It's her last day today and she will definitely be missed. The illegible script is paying homage to her sometimes illegable editor's marks.
Letterpress invitations can be costly but are so beautiful. Letterpress printing is a traditional type of printing where text is created on a plate, reversed and raised, then literally inked and pressed into a sheet of paper.
Did I lose you?
Anyway It is pretty common and trendy for wedding invites. You should look into it.
Here is a baby shower invite I designed and printed on letterpress...
A bridal shower...
With my camera (or maybe just the lack of real photographer skill) you can't tell too much in these photos how the type is pressed on. Here is a good zoomed in shot to see the effect:
Of course i would go to the Bahamas and find cake.
Bacardi has this line of rum cakes that are delicious and exclusive to the Bahamas. The flavours are chocolate, piña colada and Bacardi rum (with walnuts). They are moist, not dense, and flavorful. Not to mention packed with the right amount of rum soaked coating. I wish I brought back more.
You can even get mini size cakes. I love these so much, so I stalked them and found this site where you can order them. Not sure if they deliver to Canada though. There is a recipe here too for rum sauce, something to try for a future post.
I may have to go back to the bahamas. You know, for cake.
Ps. Here is an actual pic from my vacay. We got lucky - the beach was all ours.