Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jill's First Attempt At Cake Pops - S'mores Style!

By: Jill
Christine does such an amazing job on cake pops I decided to give it a try! I decided to incorporate one of my favorite desserts - S'mores - into
a cake pop.

I used a chocolate cake base with a marshmallow frosting to make the cake balls.
The first variation involved the finished cake pop dipped in melted chocolate and then rolled in graham crackers.

I felt that the marshmallow taste wasn't incredibly prominent in those cake pops, so I decided to do a second variation that involved dipping the cake pop in melted marshmallow, then in melted chocolate, and then rolled in graham cracker. It was difficult to keep the marshmallow at a temperature that was melty enough to dip the pop in and also keep it from
burning. These pops were also heavy.

The third variation involved putting a mini-marshmallow on the cake pop stick before putting the stick in the cake. Then the cake pop was dipped in chocolate and graham cracker as was the first variation.

After multiple taste testers (including my friend Lauren - a self-proclaimed S'mores tasting expert), the second variation was the most well-liked, although the most difficult to make. I think next time, I would use a frosting that including more marshmallow or just used melted marshmallow on its own.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Frost It!'s First Cake Order

By Christine
Our first cake order for the Frost It! bakery was for a 50th Birthday party for Jill’s aunt. The only problem was, Jill was leaving for Kentucky on Wednesday and the party was on Friday, which meant that I was on my own for this assignment!
I had only a few requests for this cake; marble cake and fun colors.

For the cake batter, I used Bakerella’s “moist yellow cake” recipe and The Pioneer Woman’s “best chocolate sheet cake ever” recipe. For the frosting I used the Wilton buttercream frosting recipe.

I made four 11x15 cakes to create a 2 layer full sheet cake.

I decided to make this a fun cake so I decorated it with stars, dots & stripes in a bunch of bright colors!

Make a wish!

Happy Birthday Rosemary! I hope you enjoyed your cake!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cookies, Cupcakes, & Brownies, Oh My!!

By: Christine

For each friend or family function I try and bring some treats along with me. I try and make things that appeal to a crowd & things that look great as well as taste delicious. My ideas come from things that I see, whether it be in person or somewhere online. Here are some of the things I have made in the last year that were big hits.

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Fudgy Ganache Brownies

Easter Basket Sugar Cookie Treats

Coconut Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Buttercup Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (for Valentines Day)

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fun with Fondant!

Fondant is sugary dough that is rolled out and placed over a lightly frosted cake. A lot of people like the look of a fondant cakes because the cake will be clean & smooth. There are a lot of decorating options when using fondant because it is very easily shaped into almost anything! We decided to use Marshmallow Fondant because neither of us like the taste of the plain (and pre-made.) We found a recipe for marshmallow fondant and, although it sounded messy, we gave it a try!

Part 1:

We used mini (4 inch) cake pans to create four, two layer cakes. With the extra batter we also baked some cupcakes too!

Using a stand mixer, we mixed the ingredients for the marshmallow fondant, which was a very messy job!

We also used icing coloring to tint the fondant different colors for our cakes.

Then we wrapped the fondant tightly in plastic wrap & left the fondant to rest overnight before we use it to cover the cakes.

Part 2:

The next day we frosted our cakes with a thin layer of icing and put them in the fridge to harden. Then, we rolled our our base fondant color. Although the fondant was easy to work with, we found out that you can't roll it too thin or it's difficult to work with!

As we hoped, the fondant is super yummy! We used cookie cutters to create different designs for the cakes/cupcakes.

Christine decided to create two "present" cakes as well as fondant cupcakes to go with it. Jill decided to do a "star" themed cake as well as a "daisy" cake.

With the extra cupcakes we decided to experiment withe cookie cutters!

This was an easy (although messy) and delicious way to make fondant and I can see us using this all the time!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cake Pops

By: Christine

I am a big fan of a blogger named Bakerella. She created something that I had never heard of until spring time of 2009: the cake ball. A cake ball consists of: A freshly baked cake (any flavor), freshly made frosting (any flavor) mixed together and rolled into a ball or into whatever shaped is needed for the final product.

The Cake Pop is a cake ball on a stick & using high quality candy melts in a variety of colors it is possible to create almost anything that can be imagined! These are some of the ideas that I have tried from the Bakerella website.

Graduation Cap Cake Pops:

Christmas Tree & Santa Hat Cake Pops:

Apple Shaped Cake Pops:

Cupcake Bites: These also use the cake ball but instead of on a stick they are molded to look like mini cupcakes.

Leprechaun Hat Cake Balls: These are similar to the cupcake bites but were molded into the shape of Leprechaun Hats for St. Patrick’s Day

Cake balls, cake pops & cupcake bites are great for themed parties since they can be molded into so many different shapes. They are also great for children’s parties because they are an easy grab & go treat!