Fondant Covered Pina Colada Cake

 

This was made for my sister’s birthday, we didn’t have a lot of people to feed so I went with a two-tier cake and just enough cupcakes to spell her name.

The cupcakes were Red Velvet with the same cream cheese SMB that I mentioned in the previous post. This cupcake was filled with White Chocolate Amaretto pudding.

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I hand painted the tips of the circles with gold luster dust and lemon extract, the same was done for the flower on the top tier.

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The bottom tier of the cake was made to look like the dress she was wearing. She loved the cake and matched the colours she was wearing for the big night.

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1st Birthday Thomas Cake and Cupcakes

This weekend’s project was a Thomas the Tank Engine birthday cake and cupcakes, the bottom tier is a basic vanilla cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling and crumb coating. The top-tier is a marble cake with chocolate mousse filling YUM!

Cupcakes were chocolate and vanilla, also with SMB.

1st Birthday Thomas Cake

1st Birthday Thomas Cake

Railroad sign cupcakes

Railroad sign cupcakes

Train Tracks Cupcakes

Train Tracks Cupcakes

 

1st Birthday Sweet Table

This weekend we celebrated my nephew’s first birthday, I was tasked with making the sweet table. I have to say that it was pretty stressful at times, and it took a lot of work. But in the end it was so worth it! He was all over the place and even fell asleep at one point throughout the day. The highlight of the entire party was when it was time to sing Happy Birthday…he just lit up and starting smiling…I think that’s when he realized everyone was there for him.

The theme for his party was Thomas the Tank Engine, he loves trucks and trains and things like that so what could be better.

Here are a couple of pics…

Thomas #1 Cake

Thomas #1 Cake

I also added some marshmallow pops, the kids LOVED these and they were gone in mere minutes, these were covered in coloured sugar. I think it’s save to say they were a hit…and SO easy to make.

Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow Pops

Next up were the cupcakes, I decided to try something different with these. I’ve been wanted to try the cupcake in a cone for awhile and this was the perfect opportunity. Almost all the kids thought these were really ice cream, in the end they got a pleasant surprise.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Next up we had his smash cake, it was a basic vanilla cake covered in Swiss Meringue Buttercream, his face was priceless after he tasted it…so many little smiles! His topper was a pair of converse, he actually has these shoes!

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

Brownies are always a hit with kids, so I decided to make a batch and just sprinkle them with icing sugar to give it that extra touch.

Brownies w/ icing sugar

Brownies w/ icing sugar

And finally, I made a batch of sugar cookies and customized them just for him…there are no words to describe how quickly there cookies went. I used these for the sweet table and we also gave them out as party favours.

Custom Sugar Cookies

Custom Sugar Cookies

Custom Sugar cookies, party favours

Custom Sugar cookies, party favours

Custom sugar cookies, party favours

Custom sugar cookies, party favours

Just over the table, I strung pictures of the birthday boy, there was a picture for every month since he’s been born. Everyone loved the idea and complimented how great it looked.

Sweet Table

Sweet Table

It was a great experience, in all I baked around 5 dozen cookies and my sister helped to decorate them.

Here are a few pics of what was left…

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

It was hard to see two days of work done in about 10 minutes and even though I literally felt like crying, I was happy to do it.

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show Review

I attended the second day of Canada’s Baking and Sweets show yesterday, It was my first time at this event so I didn’t really know what to expect but I was really excited to see what it was all about.

The venue was nice, it was held at The Toronto Congress Centre, admission was $15.

There was so much to do and see, there were vendors from all over Canada and even the U.S., I was really happy about this because there were a couple of store such as McCall’s and Flour Confections that I’ve been wanting to check out but just haven’t had the chance. These pop up stores had great selection and for great prices too. I managed to get a few new toys that I’ll cover in another post.

The samples where there in abundance, anywhere from cupcakes to spinach pies, some where great and others were just not for me!

The competition cakes were CRAZY! One of the themes this year was Alice in Wonderland and I have to say that some of these bakes really went all out and presented some really good show stoppers. I’ll have to add a few pics later on.

The bonus of my day was meeting the Cupcake Girls, Lori and Heather were really nice and so approachable and were even taking pics at their booth.

Overall, it was a great day, I’ll definitely be going back next year!

Cake and Cupcakes

I love birthdays, I’m always looking forward to the birthdays of friends and family because it gives me a chance to make them a cake. Sometimes I feel like I’m more excited about their birthday than they are!

This cake is for a young lady who I’ve known for more than half her life, she was celebrating her 20th birthday, she loves pink and wanted something special to celebrate with her friends, she also happens to be a close family friend.

The cake is a three layer 6″ vanilla cake, iced and filled with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

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She wanted two different kinds of cupcakes, we decided to go with Chocolate and Lemon, for the Lemon cupcakes I actually put a little twist to it and added some Grey Goose Vodka to the filling, so they were actually Grey Goose lemon cupcakes.

I adorned the cupcakes with her birthday message and little flowers.

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She loved, loved, loved the finished product. She is like a younger sister to me, considering her and my younger sister are a year apart and good friends themselves, I was happy that I was able to make it all possible for her.

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Recipe Review *Salted Caramel*

I’ve been wanting to try a salted caramel recipe for some time now, I finally found a good recipe with great reviews so I decided  to give it a shot. The recipe is from the blog Beauty and The Beard and can he found here: http://beautyandbeard.blogspot.ca/2013/05/salted-caramel-sauce-its-as-good-as-it.html.

I’ll admit I was a little intimidated even though the recipe called for such few ingredients. I set all my ingredients out and got to work…anxiously!

Items needed:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water- room temperature
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 stick unsalted OR salted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
either:
two pinches kosher or sea salt
OR  1/4 teaspoon iodized salt.
Here’s what you do:
1. Combine your water and sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan and stir to combine. It’ll seem too thick- it’s not!
2. Place the pan over medium heat so the sugar begins to slowly dissolve. This will take about 5 minutes. Resist your urge to stir it constantly and only give the pan a swirl every minute or so.
3. Slowly raise the heat a notch at a time to medium high, lightly swirling the pan every minute or so for 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on it after the 5th minute or so- you’ll want to get your butter ready to put in once the mixture is a LIGHT amber color. Too dark and it’ll burn! (I watched this thing like a Hawk!)
4. Cube your room temp butter and add it to the sugar mixture- it’ll sizzle a bit because well.. you’re adding something cooler to a really hot liquid. Don’t worry! It should happen that way! Stir the mixture VERY carefully, partially incorporating the butter. Be super careful not to whip the mixture up on the sides of the pan, or the sugar will crystalize, get back in your mixture, and ruin the whole batch. Sadness.
5. Once melted, take your pan off the heat and add your vanilla and heavy cream. Using a whisk, LIGHTLY stir it until it is a cohesive, very liquid caramel. Pour quickly into a clean pan or bowl to avoid any of the uncooked sugar.
6. In the new bowl, whisk in your salt, taste- add more if you’d like! Put it aside to cool for a bit.
7. After this, keep it refrigerated .. or eat it all in one sitting. It’ll yield about 1 1/2 cups- so plenty for you and your favorite friends.
This recipe was really, really good, at least compared to the store bought stuff. I can honestly say that my household will no longer be using store bought caramel.
I used the caramel to compliment some chocolate cupcakes that I made for work. I poured it into a Wilton bottle so that it would be fairly easy to pour and use.
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The Cupcakes:
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Give it a try…I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Baby Shower Cube Cake

I was asked to do a baby shower cake last month for a friend of my sister. It was by far the hardest cake I’ve done to date, it was so HOT and HUMID…the buttercream was hell to work with and I learned so much through the process.

In addition, one of the cakes slid while I was transporting it to the location and that just totally left me devastated.

Here are a few pics…

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There were three different types of cakes…Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla and Chocolate.

The cupcakes were Vanilla and Chocolate.

I used the 2×2 Wilton pan, each cake consisted of 3 cakes with filling between each one to measure up to 6×6.

As I said earlier this cake was really challenging for me…I’ll definitely do this again, however, I’ll only do it if it’s being covered in fondant.