Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Send me your ideas!

We're now almost into December AGAIN! Seems like the year just flew by! I have some ideas for cakes and desserts for the holidays approaching but I'd really like to hear from you. What do you do that makes your holiday so special? What desserts to you bake? How do you decorate your cakes, cookies, etc to give them that personal appeal? What are your favorite recipes from childhood that you have carried forward for your own children?  Mine is my grandmother's deliciously chewy (fresh) ginger cookies....yyyyuummm!
Please, I want to know more about my readers! And yes, I have many, many readers! In fact at least 75-100 (actually I just checked and it's as many as 567!) and sometimes more visit my site daily! I love this but I would like to hear from you also. I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season and vacation for those who get a break from school.










I look forward to ready your comments.  Until next time......happy baking!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Cupcake Cakes

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When most people think of cakes they think of the traditional round or sheet cake.  But becoming more popular these days is the cupcake cake because of the ease of serving it.  Just pull one off and hand it out; no slicing needed.

I had my own series of cupcake cakes when I worked for WalMart's bakery.  They are easy to put together and once smooth you can give them most any look.  For Thanksgiving I had a series of pilgrims, indians and turkeys.  I also had the convenience of an airbrush for all but the turkeys.  However, you can make a simple color sprayer by using an atomizer, some food color and water mixed to suit your need.  Simply mist the areas lightly to obtain the color needed.  It doesn't look as good as an airbrush but it does ok.  I only needed some rosy red for the cheeks on these guys:

See how wonderful they turn out? And they sell like hotcakes!

You just change the order of the cupcakes depending on the design you're wanting to achieve.

All of the one's here have 12 cupcakes and buttercream icing.  I used the grass tip for hair.  Works great!


She wasn't quite as beautiful as I wanted.  I made her a few days after the others and had forgotten the shape of eyes I'd used on the one's before her.  So she turned out a little beady-eyed! but not bad.   use the rose tip to make the ruffled hat.
This guy is made from only 2 cupcakes.  I cut the corner from a cake board to make a support for his tail.  Once you get the two cupcakes iced using a 21 or 22 border tip then you just stick the board to his back side and ice onto it - both sides starting from the outside and working in so the feathers fall on top of each other.  Make his face the same as with the first turkey.

Hope this gives you some more fun ideas with the kids and for your special Thanksgiving Day!  

Until next time..... Happy Baking!


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

With Thanksgiving not too far around the corner it's time to start thinking of ideas for your family Thanksgiving cake.  Many people are satisfied with just a pumpkin pie or some apple dumplings; yet others want something a bit more exciting.  I've taken some time to look around the web and pull some ideas that I thought were really awesome looking cakes.  I hope this will trigger some unique ideas for your special day!


 The cornucopia is always popular during this season


 Nice and colorful fall leaves add a nice touch to this 3 tier


Gobble Gobble......Nice job with fondant!



 Oh, I love this basket weave.  I wonder if the nuts are real or fondant.


Very delightful looking turkeys if I do say so myself!  And look, they have card holders for a message.  Maybe the turkeys are porcelain?


 Yyyuuummmm, Looks like a carrot cake with walnuts!  My favorite!


 Now, I think this is my favorite so far!  Cute little scarecrows in a pile of leaves... Adorable!

And how about those Indians and Pilgrims?   If you're a chocolate lover this one's for you!



 Very nice and calming.

 Ooops, what was I thinking?  Funny pic huh?

 From Martha Stewart, acorns and pumpkins

 Oh, I like this one!  I love those "twistie" cookies!  Bet it's delicious!


We can't forget our little ones!  These are probably made with 4" rounds.  Too cute!

With whatever you choose to make I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Until next time.....happy baking!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Cupcake Truck - Awesome Story!
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A few years ago while watching television I saw a story about this couple in New Haven, CT who began baking cupcakes from their home and selling them on the streets....literally.

Every morning this couple gets up in the wee hours of the morning, while most of us are still sleeping, and they begin baking cupcakes. They load them into what looks like a renovated ice cream truck and park at various places around the city. What's really cool is they have a website and a blog site. Each day you can go online and find out where the truck will be parking and also to see what the menu will be for the next day! Icing is also your choice and comes in a variety of flavors.  On their main website you can hover over each flavor to find out what day they make that flavor.  One day may be Chocolate, Red Velvet, and Sweet Potato Pecan cupcake with vanilla or chocolate buttercream, cream cheese, peanut butter or caramel icing; another day may be lemon meringue or salted caramel.


What started out as a simple and some might say crazy idea has really grown.  At the time I first saw this story they only had the truck; but now they have a sister store located in Bridgeport, CT as well!  Wow, great going you two!   Great and unique idea!  I love it and am so excited for you!  Good luck for continued success.

Until next time.......happy baking!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Make Your Cakes
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If you remember back in August I posted a blog about "Make Your Cakes" website. This is an ever-growing site with recipes, material descriptions and directions for some of the most beautiful cake designs.  She's constantly adding more cake ideas so always check her site if you need something fresh and new.



This site was created by Arq. María Victoria Pomponi.  She founded the Maria Victoria Pomponis Institute in 1986.  She gives lessons all around the country and abroad. She makes annual expositions with her pupils where they show their achievements. She was cakes decorating jury in different national and international competitions.  She shows her knowledge in many TV programmes.  Author and editor of Tortas y algo más, Sukkar, and Sugar magazines.  Author and editor of books and manuals.  She uses the Step by Step method in all her publications with a photograph for each movement of the explanation getting that all readers can make their own work.  Since all the success in the country and abroad, she shows her products in ICES International Cake Exploration Societé, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Her passion for teaching and her desires of forming the pupils from different parts of the world, takes her and her daughters to show all her knowledge through the web.  

Click HERE to go directly to her site and see what she has to offer you!  Below you'll also find some of her books listed on Amazon.com.  Until next time........happy baking!

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