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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Pie? or a Cake?

Raspberry 'Pie' Cake
Today, we had our "Old Fashioned Day" at church. It is a special day of services with dressing up, potluck, games, etc. One of the special events is a pie competition that I am in charge of organizing. And it is also the reason I don't usually make a pie.

A few years ago, Joy made some cupcakes that looked like pies.  So, I decided this year. to make a cake that looked like a pie (for those that would rather have cake and not a pie.)

This is a white vanilla cake with layers of raspberry filling.  The top also has raspberry filling.  The lattice work and fluted edges are fondant and 'painted' with food coloring and flavoring.  I would have to say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simple Blue Fondant Cake with Gum Paste Roses

Simple Blue Birthday Cake
White Roses
Since my husband went south for the ordination of a good friend, we were able to have the Netcaster Team come to our church for the week.  Evangelist Jonathan Barber is preaching for our services and has been a tremendous blessing.  The team has jumped into a lot of places (Children's Church, music, outreach, office work, etc) and we are so grateful for their help! 

Jonathan's wife Rebecca's birthday was this Saturday, October 15.  Joy wanted to make her a birthday cake, so she asked Jon what her favorite flowers were, her favorite color, and her favorite cake and frosting.  We were happy she likes roses, because Joy is great at making roses!  The roses you see here are gum paste roses with leaves also made of a light green gum paste.  

The cakes are triple chocolate fudge (fudge cake, chocolate pudding, and mini chocolate chips) and the frosting is a fudge frosting recipe I found on CakeCentral.com.  It is a cooked frosting, similar to a fudge recipe, that worked GREAT!  Blue fondant covers the chocolate cake and white lace was added to give it more of an elegant look.  Although the whites did not match exactly (like I wanted them to) we were happy with the finished product of the cake! 

We look forward to the Netcasters Team coming back in May!!

Basket of Apples Cake

Basket of Apples Cake

Ever since seeing a cake online, that looked like a basket of apples, I have wanted to try it.  I read up on it, purchased my ingredients, then started to work.  I planned to take it as a dessert to a bonfire.  BUT, it had some MAJOR problems and I could not bring it.  After the bonfire, I finished it enough just so I could get pictures. Someday I will have to try it again, taking a few steps to make this cake a success! 

The first picture on the top left was taken just before we planned to leave for the bonfire.  I still had to 'paint' the apples, but I was simply going to do that as Becca drove us out to the bonfire.  The bumps on the road were TOO stressful on the basket and one side of the basket broke open.  Next time we will make the cake denser and then put dowel rods from the apples down into the cake.  This will help hold them up and keep them from putting as much pressure on the basket walls as possible.  

The cake I made for this was a marble cake with chocolate frosting.  This way you also see brown between the cracks of the basket! 

The basket is fondant  that has been rolled, indented, and painted to look like wood.  The apples are rice crispy treats shaped into ball shapes, frosted, then fondant covered.  They are finally painted with food flavoring and food coloring. 

The dirt on the bottom of the serving tray is chocolate frosting, Green grass is piped around the basket also.  I would like to try this cake again some time, since I love the look of the finished product!!

David's Softball Birthday Cake

baseball cake
David again wanted a chocolate cake with royal frosting covering his whole cake.  He LOVES royal frosting!!  So this is a simple chocolate cake made in the ball pan.  White royal frosting is star tipped to cover the ball, green royal frosting is made to look like grass, and the laces are red royal frosting using the writing tip.  The hardest part of this cake is piping the lowest part of the ball, because you are putting on stars at a weird angle since the table gets in the way a bit!  Over all, it was a great cake to make!!  Happy Birthday David!