Monday, March 31, 2008

Reviews of the Cake DVD

14 Year old
Taylor writes:

This DVD clearly and professionally explains all of the steps on icing your cake, tips, decorating,etc.! It is presented in a very easy way for beginners to understand. I loved this DVD and after watching it couldn't wait to get started on my own cake! I highly recommend this DVD.

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

Spring Wedding Cake

This is a simple wedding cake.
Serves 50
$75.00 ($1.50 per serving)

Groom's Cake

Grooms cake to feed 40.
This cake is a marble cake, with chocolate icing.
The grapes are sugar coated and it has dark chocolate shavings all
around the sides and sprinkled on the top.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Carrot Cake Deluxe

I used:
2 Betty Crocker cake mixes
6 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 cup coconut
1 raisins
then I put 6 carrots and 2 cups water in my Vita Mix to grate,
poured grated carrots and water into cake mix.
Mixed well.
Bake in a 11 x 15 pan on 325 until done, aprox. 30-40 minutes.

Aster cake is cooled,
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.
We made two trays of these for a fellowship lunch after church tomorrow.

Davy...Davy Crocket

These pictures are over-exposed I know. I took them in a hurry.

This was for a little boy's birthday. He loves Davy Crocket,
this is a coonskin hat.
Made using brown, black and gray icing and the grass tip.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Turley Wedding Cake

I did not actually make this wedding cake,
but I did help decorate it.
You can't see it real good,
but their monogram is on the front.

There were also 3 sheet cakes to serve from.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

High Ratio Buttercream

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.

Chocolate Buttercream

1 c. Crisco
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.