Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge ~ Crostata

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

Well….this was a fail in my book. I am horrible with dough. Just horrible. I read up on the tips… you know… to make dough… such as freezing butter after you grate it.. etc. Well, my dough was just alright. I still couldn’t get it out of the glass pan.

I choose a sweet dessert to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Chocolate. I have been on a chocolate kick recently and it is showing in my hips. Well, next week no more. I have to let the chocolate go. ::sigh:: It’s going to be more of a challenge then I can admit to. But I have to do it.

I layered Strawberries in my chocolate ganache to make this pie. It looked rough… yes it did… when I took this picture the pie wasn’t set and I was rushing to get it to our Thanksgiving dinner location.


This pie was rich!! Oh my goodness, the chocolate was to die for. I mean… shoot Chocolate Ganache with Bermuda Black Rum in it.. well… the taste was phenomenal.

Thanks again for a great Daring Bakers Challenge… I will try it again… practice does make perfect.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yeah.. that part one movie coming out that’s not Twilight.

Okay… I am a twi-hard. But I haven’t had an opportunity to do a Twilight cake. However, I guess Harry rules.. and truthfully the Deathly Hallows movie looks pretty awesome and almost makes me want to read the entire series.  Almost being the operative word.

Okay, Damon is having a sleep over and my 11 year old son is attending. His gift?… cake! His mom has no clue I do these types of cakes so I am anxious to see her face more then I am to see the birthday boy’s.

It is not as complex as the Harry Potter cake from March this year, but I love it just as much.


I love snitch. I had no idea how I was going to do his wings but fondant and toothpicks stuck in a ball of dry gumpaste are awesome…

Also I wanted to throw the scarf on the cake and not place it… but it kind of looks like a mixture of both. The fondant was stretching a lot while trying to throw it and then it started ripping so I had to place the rest of it carefully on the book cake. Grrrrrrrrrr. But sometimes in fixing something you don’t like.. well… it can end up worse. So the scarf stayed as is and I worked with it. I wish the camera could show more of the scarf texture. I was quite proud of it :)

Sigh… the things we cake people go through in the world of cake!


Anyway, Damon.. Happy Birthday man.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

And even more…!



We’re backyard friends.. .the Backyardigans!!!


just chillin….

daydreaming and spreading happy birthday cheer!



Peace OUT! I love this cake.. so girlie so simple so sparkly!!


UP UP AND AWAY… Ben had a great airplane theme and mom gave me the invites to model from! So cute… again.. simple but cute!!


Mom threw a great party too.. boy I tell you… some great event planners I have met….

Birthday boy Ben even had a shirt to match! how cute is that….?? love it!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Cakes! Cakes. More Cake?

not been bloggin… but been bakin. Haven't had much time to try new recipes… haven't had time to blog. But I must time manage better.  Sleep too…

Anyway, I had time for cakes :)

Lets get on to the pictures…


It’s Minnie! This party was awesome… every single detail was great… I attempted a buttercream creation but guess was humid as heck that day and it was September. hmmmmm… still too early to do a tier buttercream cake. As we delivered I watched my buttercream sweat. I was not impressed but regardless the cake still was cute and all her details made it work! Who doesn’t love Minnie Mouse!?!


Hello Kitty was loads of fun… 11 year old Kamri loved it. I loved it too… and check out that buttercream… near flawless!! :) Much better day for Buttercream.. whooo hoooo….


How about these cute cupcake wrappers I found on  Awesomeness…


His life on a cake… Paul sold houses, been married 60 years, loved his cabin and was a pilot in WWII. Amazing. His family wanted all this to be represented on a cake… and boy… it was special…



It’s Halloween Time!! I baked cupcakes for my daughters class…. how fun…. LOVED THEM!!!


What a cute pumpkin… but the mummy was my favorite…



SLAM DUNK!!  This was a rush and I soooo wish I had more time to do it but I was okay with it! Red Velvet ball on Vanilla net.. oh yeah. The theme was basketball and it was held at an Athletic Club. Andrew’s mom did a great job with the decor… down to the gold stars on the table which matched the cake!! lol….