A few weeks ago, my Pop-Pop turned 80. We had a nice surprise party for him at a local italian restaurant. My mom was in charge of the invitations and she thought it would be funny to put a cartoon-like old man on them. They turned out so cute that we thought it would be perfect to put the old man on the cake too.
I had to freehand the fondant carving on this cake. For many of my more complicated cakes, I try to trace the images onto fondant so I can get a true image. For this one I didn't have that option because I didn't have access to the image to enlarge it. I must say it was difficult but I think it came out great.
The cake was a 1/4 sheet cake. It had 1 layer of chocolate and 1 layer of vanilla. I carved out the inside and filled it will Alton Brown's chocolate mousse. YUM!
You might remember that last year, for Avery's 2nd birthday, I made Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes. This year, I made this very neat Tigger and Pooh cake. When her mom, Missy, asked her what she wanted on her cake, she exclaimed "TIGGER AND POOH!". Missy stuck with the idea and it was a nice success. I cut the Tigger and Pooh out of fondant and then I piped black chocolate buttercream around it to make it look like a cartoon. Avery loved her cake. Happy birthday Avery!
Last year, I made an Eagles cake for my friend Kara's husband, Brian. This year, Kara requested a Phillies cake. Although baseball season was over by the time his birthday rolled around, Brian loved the cake. Happy Birthday Brian!
The weekend before Thanksgiving, a good friend of mine from College Park came to visit me all the way from Buffalo, NY. She is in dental school at the University of Buffalo and, after a long day of classes on Friday, she drove 7 hours to come visit me in Delaware.
I should also add that it was her birthday weekend!!! She asked for one present...an appearance on the blog! Ok, that was obviously going to happen. We really made it a weekend of eating. On Friday night, she started off by eating risotto straight from the fridge. Then, on Saturday, I made buttermilk pancakes and bacon (yum!). We had Iron Hill for dinner and made lots of cupcakes (for Cody's baptism). We also made peanut butter cookie dough ice cream (double yum!) and watched lots of movies. It was a weekend of total indulgence!
On Monday night, for Stacey's birthday, I made a nice homemade dinner and a chocolate birthday cake for her to take home to Buffalo. Matt Perry came up from Baltimore for a visit too, which was icing on the cake!
Stacey, THANK YOU for taking the very long trip to come visit me...and for the good times (and presents) you brought! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Oh, I should also mention that she loves to play with the camera...
I have been so lazy with blog posting lately, but today is the day to change that.
A few weeks ago we went to Ian's 3rd birthday party. Ian is the very cute son of Jim and Deb. Ian loves trains so for his birthday I decided to make a Thomas the Train cake. I made 2 9" cakes. I cut one of them in half an stacked it on top of the full layer. Then, I took chocolate icing and chocolate truffles and made a tunnel for the train to ride through.
The cake came out really cute and , of course, Ian loved it. Happy 3rd birthday, Ian!
Today at work we had a bridal shower for one of our fabulous paralegals! She is getting married in exactly a month. One of my co-workers suggested that I make a miniature wedding cake for the shower. We tricked Liz into thinking that we were doing a Halloween munchie day. Everyone brought in food and we ate like crazy.
The cake was really tiny. It was a 6" base with a 3" top I put a cupcake on the very top and covered it in buttercream flowers to make it look like a hydrangea. I hope you loved the cake, Liz! Can't wait for the wedding!
Today we went to a birthday party for our friend Matt's son Alex's birthday. Alex turned 6 and he gave me 3 options for his cake. He wanted either soccer, space, or legos. I thought that a lego cake would be awesome, so that's what I made. I did a quarter sheet cake and decorated it with fondant "legos". Alex loved it! Happy 6th birthday, Alex!
Over the summer, I met a girl in my bar review course that asked me to do a grooms cake for her October wedding. Her fiance went to Clemson so she wanted a Clemson themed cake. She really gave me creative license but she did request that I put "Howard's Rock" on top of the cake. Apparently this rock is good luck for the football team and they rub it before each game. Does this sound familiar, Terps?
Here is the Clemson cake. The best news of it all is that the bride and I both PASSED the Delaware bar exam. For her, it was a particularly exciting week because she not only passed the bar, but 2 days later, she married her Clemson groom! Congratulations Amber!
Oh, and speaking of weddings, last night we went to a wedding in NYC. They had a "Viennese Hour" which is an hour full of every dessert imaginable. They put all the desserts on a stage in the ballroom. What an awesome idea! Good call, Dave and Leah!
Last Sunday, Risa over at Baked Perfection posted these muffins. I saw them and instantly needed to try them. This Sunday, I had some left over french bread. Greg requested french toast for breakfast, and, well, it was just perfect timing. These muffins are really excellent. The cake is buttery and moist. The topping is a true fench toast. It is really the best of both worlds for those of us who like to eat cake for breakfast.
Since I didn't have any cinnamon bread I added some salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar to the topping mixture.
I know, I rarely post a recipe, but here it is. YUM!
French Toast Muffins from Baked Perfection
French Toast Topping
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
6 slices cinnamon bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all the french toast topping ingredients in a medium bow and set aside. Combine 1 cup milk, melted butter, 1 egg, and vanilla extract in another medium bowl. Combine all remaining muffins ingredients in a large bowl. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until mixed.
Spoon batter into a greased or lined 12 cup muffin pan. Soon French toast topping evenly over batter; press down slightly. Baked 20-25 minuted or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Immediately brush muffins with maple syrup. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Sprinkle over glazed muffins. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Serve warm.
Today was my nephew Skylar's 5th birthday. He LOVES Super Mario Brothers so I decided to make a Super Mario Brothers cake. There were about 30 people at the party and I thought a tiered cake would be much more exciting than a sheet cake. I frosted the entire cake in blue buttercream and used fondant to make the decorations. Everything on the cake is edible. My mom was my sous chef this time. It took the two of us 8 hours to pull this one off. I have to say, though, it might just be my favorite cake ever. There is something about fondant that makes it so appropriate for the cartoon look. It was just so perfect here. Most importantly, Skylar loved it!
Two weekends ago my friend Marie (she's coming up in a lot of posts lately, isn't she?) had a bbq at her hour to celebrate the birthdays of Mike, Kelly, herself, and me! It was really a great party. Since it was September I felt like it was time to break out the pumpkin. I feel like this year I might get just as obsessed as I was last year.
This is my favorite cake. It's my mom's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake. It has tons of yummy spices, pumpkin, chocolate chips, and even All Bran cereal (which, I feel, makes it healthy!). It is seriously the best cake ever.
I also made some carrot cake cupcakes for the party since that seems to be the favorite among my group of friends.
Along with the peach cupcakes I just mentioned, I also made a birthday cake for my friend Mike. He is pretty much obsessed with his iPhone so I wanted to make him an iPhone inspired cake. My friend Marie was amazing in picking out his favorite apps and cutting them out of fondant. We made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Oh, and it reminded me why you should never try to make a carrot cake decorative. Cream cheese icing is IMPOSSIBLE to work with!
I'm a young lawyer and self-proclaimed domestic goddess.
I believe in real butter and making everything from scratch.
I bake as a hobby. I find it to be an incredible way to unwind in a world of never-ending work. If you have a question, just ask! ENJOY!
Please feel free to e-mail me: LAnderson2@gmail.com