Sunday, May 24, 2009

Twilight Cake

My youngest sister is turning 18 today . . . so I volunteered to make her birthday cake! She (like all of the girls in my fam) is a SERIOUS fan of the Twilight series . . . so I surprised her with a Twilight birthday cake! I tried out a few new decorations and used a stencil and royal icing on the side, and added a little sparkle, ribbon etc. I was a little ticked when my top layer of fondant was too soft . . . but since this is my second time working with it . . . and the bottom layer of fondant had a perfect consistency I didn't sweat it too much. Also I learned that if your frosting evades the stencil form you can carefully scrape off the excess and use a moist fine tipped soft brush to wipe away the remnants and clean up the lines . . . (live and learn) I am making a wedding cake for my darling cousin in two weeks and am major pumped! It is a cowboy cake and is going to be awesome!!! Hopefully I will have something more than cake to post soon! We'll see!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Transformers Bumblebee Cake!

I love my nephews and nieces to death! They are just so much fun and such a joy in my life! My nephew turned 5 yesterday and I volunteered to make a Transformers Bumblebee birthday cake for him!
I was pretty pleased with how it turned out! Especially since I have NEVER used fondant before (or made the sticky fun stuff either for that matter!) I made marshmallow fondant and it turned out pretty good! My family decided that it tastes somewhere between a "peep" and "circus peanut." It was pretty fun to work with . . . very much a live and learn experience! I volunteered to make another cake in June . . . so we will see what happens!
How cute is my little helper? She loved the fondant and marshmallows! (She also LOVED her ladybug birthday cake that her mama made!) We have LOTS of birthdays in May to celebrate!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Strawberry and Cream Cheese filled Skinnies

Skinnies are a fav in my fam for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I remember my mom and my aunt making them as a child and they still remain a fav of mine! To celebrate the end of another semester of school I knew that we had to have a killer breakfast and since I still have bags and bags of strawberries in my freezer from making freezer jam, strawberry filled skinnies were a perfect choice! I could seriously eat these every day! Strawberry and Cream Cheese filled Skinnies
Strawberry filling

2 cups strawberries, whole or halved
Sugar (to taste)
2 Tbsp Water

Cook the strawberries, sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Cook until the strawberries have softened and the desired consistency is achieved.

Cream Cheese Filling

8 oz Cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Whipped cream, cool whip can be used to

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add 1/2 cup whipped cream and beat again until incorporated. Fold in remaining whipped cream. (If you want the cream cheese lighter, fold in more whipped cream.)
To assemble skinnies: Place a skinny on a plate, spoon in desired cream cheese and strawberry fillings. roll up skinny and serve with additional whipped cream and strawberries on top. Enjoy!