Monday, September 29, 2014

80th Birthday Cake

It seems like there were lots of birthdays this summer. And I made lots of cake.  But didn't take many pictures. For example: I worked really hard on my great-aunt's 80th Birthday cake, and only took two horrible pictures. Here's the better of the two:

She's not a pastel buttercream rose kind of gal.  And here you also have a little insight into what my kitchen looks like after a cake. It ain't pretty.

Then I took two more bad pictures at the party, so I'll share those, too:

Aunt Iva is an Ohio State Buckeye fan, so I made a scarlet and gray cake for her. :-)  As an aside, I love my Agbay.  Best. Tool. Ever.

The other two cakes were chocolate.  The one in the foreground had mint chocolate ganache filling.  The one in the back (that you can't see...the pink one) had vanilla buttercream filling. Very tasty all around, if I do say so myself.

Anyhoo, that's all for now.

Friday, September 26, 2014

100th Birthday Cake

One of the ladies from church asked me to make a cake for her mother's 100th birthday celebration.  I was honored, to say the least.  All she wanted was pink and purple and NO FONDANT. The rest was up to me.  No pressure!

Anyhoo, that's what I came up with. It was massive.  14" and very, very heavy.  I make weird roses.

I have only made one other 14" cake, and I had forgotten how big that really is. It ended up being too tall for the box so I had to prop the lid open.  It never occurred to me that the cake box wouldn't be deep enough. I felt a little betrayed by the box.

Plus 40 cupcakes for the nursing home staff. Because who doesn't like cupcakes?

I thought it came out nice, and she loved the cake, so yay!

That's all for now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Summer in Retrospect

Happy Autumn!

Apparently I decided to take the summer off from blogging. It happens, I guess.  Things get busy and before you know it, the summer's over and the leaves are turning.  Stupid leaves.

One downside to having a baking blog is that sometimes you get so busy baking that you don't have time to blog. Happens to me a lot.  That and I don't take pictures because I'm a lousy photographer.  But if you've been around here before you already knew that.

So I finally decided to stop messing around with the bottles of vanilla extract at the grocery store. Found this one on Amazon.  Now hopefully I won't run out every week or two.

My beautiful assistant started the first grade this year.  How did that happen?

To prove that I've been baking, despite the lack of blog posts,  I took a picture.

From left to right-ish: Honey Wheat Bread, Granola, Chocolate Cake, Peach Cobbler. Click on the links for recipes.  The peach cobbler hasn't gotten much traffic here on the old blog, but it's one of the best recipes on here. You should try it.

A friend of mine got married in August.  The same friend who asked for Ninja cookies at her bridal shower. I brought cupcakes to the wedding. Still navy and silver.  I thought they were kind of pretty. I made chocolate and red velvet.

It's kind of hard to see, but the ruffly ones have silver heart sprinkles on them.

I found clam shell carriers that hold two dozen each.

I made a birthday cake for a coworkers granddaughter, but then didn't take any pictures but this one. Go me! (Pay no attention to the icing on the box top.)

So anyhoo, it's been a busy summer. I don't imagine things will slow down anytime soon, but maybe I'll make more time for blogging.

Well, that's all for now.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Black Raspberry Pie Revisited

So I made another black raspberry pie. Still not crazy about the seeds, but the young'uns love the pie.

Thought I'd get fancy this time and try a lattice top.  I totally screwed it up, but you can't tell unless you look closely.

This time I added a little cinnamon to the fruit mixture.  I also took my potato masher to it.  But just a little.  I left lots of whole berries in the mix.

Aaand pie:

Do you like the paper plate? I know we've had discussions in the past about how classy this blog is. I just like to reinforce the issue every now and then.

Well, that's all for now.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Black Raspberries and Cream Bundt Cake

It's black raspberry season again!!

Aren't they lovely?  I've spent the last few years encouraging our neighbor's black raspberry bushes to move into our yard.  I've been moderately successful. However, this year, my neighbors told me they were having trouble getting to the back of the raspberry patch, so I was welcome to take whatever I could reach.  My generous neighbors did not take into account the fact that I am nearly six feet tall and have the reach of a WNBA player. ;-)

So anyhoo, I've got lots of berries this year.  I may make a few jars of jam later, but the first thing I did was make two of these lovely Raspberry and Cream Bundt Cakes.

Here's a quick how-to:

Cream butter and sugar:

Until it's light and fluffy:

Add the eggs, milk and vanilla:

Stir in the flour:

Dump in the raspberries:

Fold in gently:

Grease and flour a bundt pan (I had some sticking with greasing alone):

Pop it in the oven for 55-60 minutes:

Pull it out and we have cake!

Chock-full of beautiful black raspberries!

Seriously, check that out:

Gorgeous.  And yummy.  You should make one.  Recipe found here. I added a little lemon emulsion to the batter, but that's the only change I made.  Had I not been lazy, I would have added some lemon zest.  Maybe next time.

Ooh, here's an idea!  Use half regular raspberries, half blueberries and have a red, white and blue bundt cake for your Fourth of July cookout!  It's too late for me, but you should try it and let me know how it comes out!

Well, that's all for now.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Patriotic Cookies - Operation Cookie Takeover 3

Operation Cookie Takeover struck again!

Here was my offering this time around. I sent a total of 2 dozen, and I totally stole most of the ideas off the internet. But it was for a good cause, right?

Oh yeah, OCT finally got a website!  Because I refuse to Facebook that makes me happy!

Pop on over and either submit a soldier or volunteer to make cookies for next time. :-)

Hubby insisted on the 'Merica cookies.

They suit our sense of humor.

It was my first shot at piping bunting.  I imagine I could have found a tutorial online, but I didn't.  I'll just have to practice and get it right.

Saw the dog tag cookies from last OCT, and had to make my own version. I really like these.

Well, that's all for today.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ninja Bridal Shower Cookies!

Yes, ninja bridal shower cookies.

I lost my camera again.  But I took the iPhone outside to try to get better pictures.  I failed.  But the cookies came out cute.  And they're gluten free!

It was my mom's idea to put the little rings on the bride ninjas.  I never would have thought of that.

Anyhoo, that's all for now.