Turkey Cake for Thanksgiving – 2013

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So for Thanksgiving this year I decided to bake and decorate a turkey cake for a family get together! Inspired by Buddy Valastro’s turkey cake, I thought I would give it a try. I’m not going to lie, it did not start off too well, I ran into some obstacles, but despite those, I worked around them and gave it my best shot. I am pretty pleased with how the cake turned out considering this was my first turkey cake. This was a homemade, from scratch, red velvet cake with chocolate fudge icing as a filling. I used decorator’s buttercream to dirty ice it as well as for the “feathers” and the neck/head of the turkey. I started the process at around 8:30-9pm after I got off of work, and I had finished it by 2:30-3am. That includes, creating the mix, baking time, cooling time, and decorating time. The family loved it, and the kids got a kick out of it, one of the little girls even called dibs on the  entire neck/head! Needless to say she was on a pretty good sugar buzz after that. 

Remember that even though today was a day for giving thanks, you should always take some time out in the “average” day to do the same. Hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and ate until your heart’s content!

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography 

Carrot Cake-Thanksgiving Potluck 2013

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So this week at work, we had an awesome potluck. Everyone brought in their side dish, or dessert of choice, my choice was to make an awesome carrot cake. The cake has two layers, and is covered in cream cheese frosting. Sprinkled in brown sugar, decorated with crushed walnuts, and fondant carrots to top it off! I used the same recipe I used for my Thanksgiving cupcakes, and my co-workers loved it, I’m very happy with how it turned out!

 

For anyone interested in the recipe I got it out of Buddy Valastro’s “Baking with the cake boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets” http://www.amazon.com/Baking-Cake-Boss-Recipes-Decorating/dp/143918352X

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

Birthday cake for a football fan!

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I made this cake recently for my manager’s birthday at the end of October. He is a huge Oklahoma State fan, so I wanted to do something for his love of football. I searched the internet for ideas and came across this design on Wilton.com. I got the football pan at my local Hobby Lobby store, and he’s a chocolate fan, so needless to say, chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting! I used tip #3 for the outline, #18 to pipe individual stars all over the cake, and the same tip, #18 to pipe the white zigzag stripes on the ends. I piped “Happy Birthday!” and “OSU” on the cake board with, black sparkle gel, and sprinkled orange luster dust on the board as well. I’m very happy with my first football cake attempt, and he loved it! 

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

 

My very first commissioned order!

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This past February I received my very first order! 2 dozen mini cupcakes, and 3 different cookies styles. The cupcakes were chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. All with different icing, and toppings, as well as design. The cookie styles were, “You melt my heart cookies” with a semi-melted heart marshmallow on top. “Half and Half” heart cookies, red frosting on one side, white on the other, and I used a toothpick to intertwine the two. The last, “Half dipped heart cookies” were you simply dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate. It was a blast, and she was very pleased. Not to mention I bought all the ingredients and baked, and decorated them all within less then 2 days. That includes the packaging and presentation. I was very happy with my work 🙂 Not to mention, extremely grateful for the opportunity!

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

Carrot Cake, Cupcakes for Thanksgiving

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These carrot cake cupcakes, were so yummy! I got the recipe out of Buddy Valastro’s cookbook, “Baking with the Cake Boss” I used cream cheese frosting, and some brown sugar on top. I made the carrots, and pumpkins out of fondant, originally white, I used some orange food coloring, I used a toothpick for the lines in the carrots, and pumpkins. 

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

Melted Snowmen and Snow-women Cookies for Christmas

 

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For Christmas last year, I decided to attempt the “melted snowmen” cookies. I went ahead and added a couple of my own touches. For instance, adding some coal boobs for my snow-woman cookies, and putting a couple wreaths on the other cookies. Vanilla cookies, and cookie frosting, with marshmallows as head, that I put in the microwave for a couple of seconds to get the semi-melted look. Then, fondant accents, hats, snow balls, and candy cane hearts. I used a toothpick and dipped it in black food coloring for the coal. The kids loved them! 

Cupcakes for a co-worker

Cupcakes for a co-worker

Last year, I had baked some cupcakes for a co-worker’s last day with us. They were orange cupcakes, with vanilla filling, which took on the flavor of the orange cupcake itself. Topped with dyed vanilla frosting, and some white sprinkles. Fun to make, and the blue turned out beautifully! Not to mention, she loved her going away, cupcakes!