Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This cake really in not THAT big, it was a little trick photography by Kelly!
This is an EASY cake to make.
Use 1- yellow cake mix, bake 2 layers, let cool.
Mix 1 large box instant vanilla pudding, use a little less milk so it will be thick.
Spread pudding between layers of cake.
Melt (soften) dark chocolate frosting in the microwave for one minute; pour over cake top/
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
We all felt like we were standing in her kitchen. I love her “Learn to decorate cakes” DVD and give it an A+. No matter what level of cake decorating you are at this will make a very good addition to your kitchen library.
Hop on over HERE to read her review is full!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This is my FAVORITE cupcake blog!!! 52 Cupcakes
Although I would never pay so much for a cupcake, these are beautiful:
With the Cup Cake Blog the emphasis is on the cupcake recipe, not so much the decoration. GREAT how-to pictures!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Review: If you want to know how to decorate lovely cakes for birthdays or special occasions and DON'T have the time or money to invest in taking Wilton classes, this is the product for you. I would have saved myself so much time and money if I had had this video when I first took classes. Here are some reasons I appreciate Kathy's video:
- The video's organization. The video is divided into important areas of decorating knowledge: supplies needed, recipes for decorator frosting, decorating tips and their purposes, and more. The amount of information provided is just what you need to know in order to begin the process of cake decorating.
- Kathy's pleasant speaking voice. Kathy is so likeable- from the first moment you hear her Alabama drawl. You will feel like you are in the kitchen cooking with a friend (albeit a very talented, experienced friend). :o)
- The DVD format. The fact that you can review information when/as needed is crucial in learning good cake decorating skills. The DVD format makes that easy to do. If you can't remember how to do a perfect shell, simply return to that part of the DVD. If you need to jot down a recipe or list, pause the DVD. So helpful.
- The close-ups. Seeing the piping bag so closely (as well as the angle at which it is held) is a huge plus over taking regular classes. Truthfully, I never saw my instructor's hand closely (I had to crane my neck to actually see my instructor at times), so seeing the "close-ups" really help to get your angle correct- which hugely impacts how your frosting appears.
- The fact that Kathy herself "messes up"...and she shows you how to fix it. Oh, how I appreciated this! In my cake decorating classes, my instructor NEVER messed up- therefore, we never knew how to fix our mistakes! Kathy shows you how to repair dropped garlands and more. Cake decorating is an art, and even artists at times need to correct mistakes on their canvases. I appreciated Kathy showing how to correct those inevitable boo-boos, rather than pretending that everything always goes as planned (Note to novice cake decorators...it DOESN'T!). :o)
Now, for some additional information: If you are looking for tutelage on how to do everything when it comes to cake decorating, you will be severely disappointed. I've taken 3 classes, can make wedding cakes, and still don't know all there is to know! This video delivers what it promises: basic cake decorating skills. Cake decorating takes lots of practice, so be prepared to take time to learn! I think this is a fantastic video for "getting your feet wet", and it will have you easily creating lovely cakes for your family without the usual expense in getting started. :o)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
It has cream cheese icing with a raspberry filling,
Around the outside are broken pralines and a ribbon, topped with a wild rose.
Olivia made this for a tea she hosted.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
You will need:
1 lemon cake mix
lemon INSTANT pudding mix
fresh, washed strawberries
optional a little sugar
fresh pansies, mint leaves
(thick and peaks beginning to form).
Whip in one package of instant pudding.
You can add a little sugar if you'd like it sweeter.
Whip for about a minute. Do not over mix.
Garnish with sliced strawberries, mint leaves and pansies.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Basic Cake Decorating Review
My grandchildren had earned their cake decorating badge in their Keepers at
Home Club, and they all just loved cake decorating. When I saw Kathy's DVD
on cake decorating, I thought it might be just the thing to further their
interests and increase their skills. I was not disappointed! Kathy did an
excellent job in both explaining and demonstrating the skills. Kathy's DVD
will help anyone to learn to decorate a cake. It was well done!
Keepers of the Faith
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Mix a small amount of milk, 10X sugar and lemon flavoring to make a glaze, drizzled it over the cake after it is cooled. The key is not to make the glaze too thin, it takes a VERY small amount of milk (or water) to do the job.
Garnished with pansies and mint from the front porch.
Monday, March 31, 2008
14 Year old Taylor writes:
Kelly, of Hearts for Family says:
"My daughter and I watched our Cake Decorating DVD today, and I was most impressed! Kathy explains things so well, and makes it look so easy that my daughter made a cake right after watching! (And did a great job.) The video is full of details like how to hot-knife the icing, or keep the cake from crumbling, and how to make all kinds of basic designs. Whether you're a beginner or just need some brushing up, this DVD is just right. My favorite part is that my girls can have a detailed class on one of the home-arts, without ever leaving the house. And for a mother of seven, that's worth a lot!"
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
2/3 cup oil
1 cup coconut
then I put 6 carrots and 2 cups water in my Vita Mix to grate,
poured grated carrots and water into cake mix.
Bake in a 11 x 15 pan on 325 until done, aprox. 30-40 minutes.
cut into individual squares. (optional)
Top with Cream Cheese Icing
Roll up strips of carrot pealing to look like rose buds.
Garnish with mint leaves.
These are actually chocolate mint leaves.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Buttercream Icing made with high ratio shortening has a delightful and light taste to it, almost like a whipped cream icing. It uses less sugar than regular Buttercream Icing. It is easy to decorate with, but it can be sensitive to humidity. It also has a slight shine to the finish.
You would buy high ratio shortening at a bakery supply store. The only place I have found this right now is online. You can do a Google search and compare prices and shipping.
6 c. 10X sugar
½ T salt
1 t vanilla
¾ c boiling water
2 1/3 c high ratio shortening
1 ½ sticks butter
Using a standard mixer with the whisk attachment, mix sugar and water for about 5 minutes;
Add vanilla, shortening, salt and butter; once blended well, whip on high for 15 minutes.
This icing will double in size and be light.
1 c. butter, not margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 bag. 10X sugar
1 1/4 c. sifted cocoa
6-10 tbsp. water
3 tbsp. light corn syrup; optional
Cream Crisco, butter, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
Gradually beat in sugar and cocoa on medium speed, scraping down bowl often.
Add water (and corn syrup) until light and fluffy.
Do not over mix.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
to give the upper layers support, I used lollipop sticks here.
When serving a crowd of people sheet cakes are easiest to serve from.
The bottom of this cake is an 11X14 sheet cake, which will serve 40-50.
I added an 8" round (with supports under it) and then a small bunt cake.
to the plate of the middle cake to make sure the top cake would not slide any.
I didn't spend alot of time making this one smooth
because I added the melted chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler
and add a little oil,
this will keep it from getting completely hard.
You need to be sure to have the chocolate thick enough so it won't break easily,
you can do this by going over your design a few times.