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birthday bonanza!

What better way to end a week than with a birthday celebration! This wasn’t just any birthday, but rather one for our little, well I guess not so little nine-year old pup…
No birthday would be complete without a vanilla cake baked from scratch and filled with a glorious vanilla custard between the layers… Topping off this towering delight, a light buttercream frosting [this was for the adults though, plain for the pups]!
After a little singing, blowing out candles, photo-ops including birthday hats and the opening of presents, it was then time to cut into the cake. The birthday boy and his brother both got to enjoy some cake, while we did as well, but also had cleanup duties…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a reason to celebrate!

After a long and tiring day, it was time to sit and unwind! Relaxation was short lived though, since a birthday celebration was on this evenings agenda…
To make this birthday special there were hats, presents and of course… CAKE!! Well more like cupcakes.
A moist, fluffy vanilla cake with thick buttercream frosting covered in sprinkles had the birthday boy unable to control his excitement…
It was amazing that he shared any with the rest of us!

at a low simmer…
-R

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fond[tastic]!!

Wow this feels like it has been a marathon of birthday cake making! First special birthday cake was the little guys, and tonight’s special delivery is for my mother. Vibrant purple fondant, homemade buttercream frosting, cannoli creme filling [sorry secret recipe], as well as a light and fluffy vanilla cake brushed with Cointreau to make this cake extra special!
Once the cakes were baked, I brushed a light amount of the cointreau to add some exotic flavor and let it cool completely. After the cakes were cooled, a healthy dollop of the cannoli creme was evened out on the bottom cake layer and then the other layer gently placed on top. For the buttercream frosting… butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla were whipped until it was thick and velvety! Next step was to ice the filled cake to prep for the fondant that was going to be molded over. After icing, into the refrigerator to quickly chill and then time to roll out the fondant. Working quickly, the fondant was placed on top of the cake and smoothed out. Once the fondant was smoothed, a light brush of pearl dust was added to create a modern shimmer, while a strip of fabric and beading was added to wrap the base and add interest and depth. For a dimensional element, the cake was adorned with sugar flowers dusted with the pearl dust on the top and side! Another exciting [and tasty] creation!

at a low simmer…
-R

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must have been the luck of the Irish…

So today we were invited to a post-St. Patrick’s Day party. I thought to myself what would be something that I could bring to the festivities… after weighing all options the idea of making a fun holiday related cake popped into mind! So with that my journey began. Vibrant green and snow white fondant, a homemade buttercream frosting, as well as a light and airy vanilla cake.
I started by making the cake in a shamrock styled cake pan! Once baked, I let it cool completely on a rack [overnight in fact]. This morning, I made my buttercream frosting… butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Whipped that buttercream frosting until it was thick and luxurious! I began to ice the cooled cake as a layer between the cake and the fondant that was going to be molded over. After icing, into the refrigerator to quickly chill and then started to roll out my green fondant. Working quickly, I rolled the fondant on top of the cake and began the process of molding out the shape based on the grooves. Once the fondant took shape, I lined the entire cake base with a strip of the white fondant and then did little shamrock cutouts to adorn and create a finished masterpiece!
It then was into the car for the careful ride to the party! The cake was a huge success at the party and everyone loved it from decoration down to taste.
All in all, for a first time attempt at this type of baking project, I think it’s came out pretty good… hmmm what’s the next holiday??

at a low simmer…
-R

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