Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beach Themed Birthday Cake

Last year I made a flip-flop cake for our friend's mother's birthday. This year she came back to me for another cake for her mother's birthday. This time I did a vanilla pound cake with raspberry jam and white chocolate buttercream. Since her mother loved the beach, we did a beach themed cake.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Baby Shower Cupcakes

A friend of ours asked me to make cupcakes for her sister's baby shower at the end of July. Her sister did not find out the gender of the baby, so the cupcakes could not be either boy or girl colored. She wanted to have pacifiers on the top of each cupcake in green, blue, pink and yellow. The cupcakes were swirled chocolate and vanilla. I also swirled chocolate and vanilla buttercream on top. The pacifiers were made out of colored chocolate poured into a plastic mold.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dan's Graduation Cake

It has been a while since I have posted and have a lot to catch up on. This past June, Dan graduated from Lehigh University with his MBA. He had been working on this since before we got married. I was very proud of him and wanted to give him a cake for his party that was both appropriate and celebrated the occasion. He said a simple stack of books would be fine, but I thought he deserved something grander--not just a few books, but a laptop computer, a fondant figure of Dan, and some other chocolates too.
The bottom two books are chocolate cake with peanut butter cream filling and covered in chocolate buttercream. The computer is a vanilla cake with a white chocolate raspberry filling. The cakes were covered with fondant and the figure is also out of fondant.

The hats around the edge of the board are Reese's peanut butter cups attached to Ghirardelli chocolate squares. I attached them together with melted chocolate. Once the chocolate cooled, I flipped them over and piped on the tassels with yellow tinted royal icing. Lehigh's colors are brown and gold so I could use chocolate as is. If the colors were different I might have melted down colored chocolate into molds to make the hats.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Beach Themed Congratulations Cake

Dan had a co-worker getting married and his team was throwing a party for him. Dan, of course, volunteered me to do the cake. He changed the date on me twice and was not very clear on what he wanted at all. What was nice was that it was a small simple cake that did not take long at all to complete. Dan finally decided on a beach themed vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream, since he was heading to a tropical destination for his honeymoon.

I freely admit I was not the easiest customer, but my coworkers are always asking me to bring in something my wife made, and this was a great opportunity to show off her magic. Of course, she did an amazing job!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fondant Dog Cake Toppers

Last month, I was contacted by a nice woman who was in a major cake dilemma. She had ordered a cake for her father's 70th birthday party from a bakery. Just one week before the party, the bakery told her that they would not have time to make the fondant dogs she had ordered for the top of the cake. So she went online and found my post about the fondant dog I made for another cake. The other problem was that the party was in southern Maryland, I am in Pennsylvania, and she was flying from Michigan. She contacted me to see if I could make these dogs and ship them to Maryland for the party that week. I did some research and found that fondant decorations could be shipped if packaged properly, so I agreed to help her out--but it was the first time I ever tried to ship fondant.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Brunch - Cinnamon Buns

Brunch is my favorite meal, and what is a brunch without cinnamon buns? I make these for our Christmas morning brunch and this year I also made them for Easter brunch. Everyone loves this recipe and it makes a great leftover too. 
And you can NOT beat the smell that fills your house when these cinnamon buns are baking! Of course that was also torture when Laurie made them for Easter which of course happened to be during Passover...but she was nice enough to make an extra batch for me to enjoy the following week too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Almond Macaroons with Orange Buttercream Filling

The last (and my personal favorite) macaroon that I made this year for Passover was an almond macaroon with an orange buttercream filling dipped in semi-sweet chocolate. I think the almond, orange, and chocolate combination was wonderful and surprisingly light. These were also the first cookies to be finished in our house, way before Passover ended.