Saturday, September 26, 2009

WWE Wrestling Championship!



Here it is...the WWE cake. This one gave me troubles from the start. And honestly, it's my least favorite to date. Bleh.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Backpack, backpack!


I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the MAP!



For Delaney's third birthday she wanted a princess cake. No, a tinker bell cake! No! Mickey Mouse! No! Dora!

I stopped her there. Dora it was. Then the ice cream bucket fell on it on the way over to the park and squished it.

Luckily, it still tasted pretty good...

Holy Cake Batman!




I was happy with this one. It was a lot of fun...Batman had some body issues, but I'm sure he got over them. He's a superhero, after all. He has all those gadgets on his belt, what does he need with hands? Aside from my glaring lack of skill in the figure sculpting department, this cake went pretty smoothly. And everyone was happy with it. The report was that people didn't think it was a cake, but just a table centerpiece.

I'll take that as a compliment!

Cheesecake saga

Oh, how glad I am that this weekend is over. 12 cheesecakes, which actually ended up being 14 cheesecakes because two of them were...um...not pretty. Then there were the two sculpted bithday cakes. I had some really late nights and I only pulled out a few handfuls of hair. ( But well away from the cakes...) And I didn't even cry. For too long.

Do you want to hear about it? About the 3 trips to the grocery store, because I ran out of graham crackers and then because I froze the cream cheese? Apparently, the stuff doesn't freeze well. (Note: When the package says "for best quality do not freeze" BELIEVE IT! ) Then I needed more butter? How about when I was getting low on sour cream and was not about to make my husband run to the store again for more, so I had to find another recipe? Or when my first cheese cake sank in the middle and cracked? Or when the fourth one wouldn't come off the pan and ended up a giant pile of slop? (tasty slop, mind you, but slop nonetheless.)

Anyway...one nervous breakdown later:








Thankfully, the bride was very, very pleased.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Convoy!

This weekend I was busy doing a fairly difficult cake for a 3 year olds birthday...He wanted a Mack truck, flatbed:



First I cut the cake and carved it so it would resemble a truck.



Covered it with homemade chocolate buttercream.



Added the fondant and decorations. Ta Da!




All done! Now, doesn't that sound easy??

Friday, September 11, 2009

Yummmy...zucchini bread



On the advice of The Waylaid Wordsmith, I used the giant zucchini that had been lounging on the counter and replaced the shredded carrots in the carrot cake recipe for the shredded zucchini. And oh, yum. YUM!

You should try it. Right now.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cake for Breakfast!

I had cake for breakfast.

Carrot Cake. And it was mighty tasty.



Despite the fact that it was 85 degrees in the house, I fired up the oven and baked a cake. All for the love of cream cheese frosting.

It's not really pretty. If I just bake for us I don't bother with making it look good. As long as it tastes good... I used a different recipe for this one. I have one that I usually rely on, but wanted to try something new. I wasn't as impressed with this one. Still good, but not amazing. I guess I'll go back to the old standby...

Carrot Cake

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I don't like nuts or raisins in my carrot cake, but it would be easy enough to add either to this recipe.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Carrot Cake...

I really want to make a carrot cake today but the air conditioner decided to go out...Do I really want to turn on the oven? Hmmm...

How bad do I want cream cheese frosting?