Archive | April, 2010

Do You Have Your Golden Ticket?

30 Apr

Charlie & Chocolate factory cakeTomorrow we’ll be at the State Theatre for a one day only event!  Cleavland Signstage is doing a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We’ll be there with Life’s So Sweet Chocolate from from 1 – 3.  We’ve made an awesome cake called “Pure Imagination.”  If you’re in Ithaca stop down tomorrow and check it out.  It is huge!  Towards the end of the event we’ll be cutting and serving the cake so this is a great chance to get to try a Sweetie Cakes & Pies cake!

About the performance:

Five lucky children have found a Golden Ticket and won the chance of a lifetime to tour Mr. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. This adaptation of this uproarious morality tale is based on the book by world-renowned storyteller, Roald Dahl and the production is unique in that both hearing and deaf audiences can understand and enjoy as the actors themselves speak all the lines and at the same time, sign them in American Sign Language (ASL).

Tickets are available on the State Theatre’s Web page.

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Fat Friday – ?

30 Apr

Fat Friday and Make Up Monday are going to be taking a little hiatus until probably mid July.  They may make an appearance sporadically but the coming months are going to be crazy!  We have to pack in May.  Dan will be moving all of our stuff to Atlanta at the end of the month.  I have to find a place to stay in June  (any Ithacan’s with a comfortable couch or spare bed that wants to take me in I’d love you forever).   My last day of work is June 30 and then I’ll be heading down to Atlanta.  During the month of June I’ll be taking an accounting class.  It is a three credit class in three weeks.  I think my nights might be pretty busy doing work for that but it will be really helpful for Sweetie Cakes and Pies.   I took accounting in both high school and college but I need a refresher before I set out to do it on my own.  So when I can get a Fat Friday and Make Up Monday in I will and I PROMISE when we are settled in Atlanta we will return to the regularly scheduled programing.

Atlanta Cake Shop

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Bob Saget’s Strange Days

27 Apr

We had an awesome opportunity this past week to make a cake for a reality TV show that was filming in Ithaca!  Bob Saget is hosting a new show on A&E called Bob Saget’s Strange Days.  The premise of the show involves Bob traveling around to misunderstood groups of people in the US and living with them for a few days.  A few examples of the types of groups he’s lived  with are a biker gang and a group of Amish teenagers.  This past week he was living with a fraternity on campus called Seal and Serpent.  One of my box office students is in Seal and Serpent and asked me to do a cake for their formal they were hosting while Bob was here.  This is what we came up with!  The logo on the center is the frat’s crest.  We weren’t at the formal but I’ve been told that the cake was a huge hit!  The episode will be aired in late summer so keep an eye out for the show and my cake!

About the episode…My cake may have to make up for me being a sweaty mess.  On one of the first days they were on campus, I was running on my lunch break and ran right into my student with Bob and the camera crew.  I chatted with them for a few minutes, while slightly breathless and sweaty from running.  So hopefully I didn’t say anything interesting enough to make it into the episode.  I wasn’t even wearing cute running clothes for that matter.  It was very embarrassing.   Thankfully the cake looked a lot more together than I did!

The flavors include golden vanilla with chocolate orange filling and chocolate cake with cream cheese filling.  The serpent is make of rice crispy treats.

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Dan and I both worked very hard on this cake.  It would never gotten done without Dan!  He’s really started to enjoy the work I’ve given him…(she chuckles with an evil grin).

Make Up Monday – Blueberry Smoothie

26 Apr

This is pretty basic, but tasty!  I used the blueberries from Fat Friday to make a very cream smoothie.

Blueberry Smoothie

What You Need:

10 – skim milk ice cubes

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 vanilla yogurt

1 banana

1/4 skim milk

Put It Together

Blend and enjoy!

Fat Friday – Scrambled Pancakes

26 Apr

Dan makes the pancakes in our house!  I love pancakes, they are my favorite breakfast, but I am terrible at flipping them.  Hence this week’s (er…last week’s, I was really busy sorry) Fat Friday, Scrambled Pancakes.  They are a fun alternative to the traditional round ones and best for those of us who are “flipping” challenged.

Scrambled Pancakes

What You Need:

1 batch of pancakes

1 cup of blueberries

3/4 cup of chocolate chips

6 – 9 strips of cooked bacon

Put It Together

Mix batter accourding to package.

Add blueberries and chocolate chips.

Pour enough batter for two – three pancakes in the pan (it will look like you are making one big pancake).

Break up 2 – 3 strips of bacon and add to the cooking pancake.

When the pancake gets to the point where you want to flip it, start gently scramble it like you would scrambled eggs.

Let it completely cook and be careful not to over scramble.

Top with butter and syrup and enjoy!

On the bright side, you’ll get two Fat Friday’s this week!!! Well, hopefully.  This past week I had a huge cake and I have another one this week!  I will post pictures probably tomorrow or Wednesday, so stay tuned.

A Post From Dan – The Mystery of Fondant

22 Apr

The Mystery of Fondant

I don’t really have much to write about recently, Terry still makes sugar and cake messes for me to clean.  I think she may have even upped the ante a bit, because she thinks bigger messes equal more blog posts by Dan  (not the case).  But, I’ve recently put my finger on something that’s been tickling the back of my brain and troubling me a little, not about her but about fondant.  Rolled fondant, as I’m sure most of you know, is used to cover many cakes and provides that smooth finish that you can’t accomplish with icing.  To cover a cake in fondant you roll the fondant out until it is relatively thin, throw it over the cake and smooth it down.  But here is the problem, to cover a cake with a 10 inch diameter that is say 4 inches tall, you have to roll out a ‘circle’ of fondant that is at least 18 inches in diameter.

The circumference of the top and bottom of the cake is, of course, the same, 31.4 inches ( 2πr ).  But the circumference of the rolled out ‘circle’ of fondant that has an 18” diameter is 56.52 inches.  So, when you throw the fondant on top of the cake, you somehow have to squeeze 56 inches of fondant into the 31 inches of available space at the bottom of the cake without the fondant bunching or overlapping.  How does that happen?  Think of a tablecloth going on a table, the cloth bunches on the sides forming a ‘skirt,’ well cake and fondant shouldn’t be much different.  I’ve seen Terry make that fondant ‘skirt’ disappear by smoothing it down (it doesn’t look easy and often involves a lot of swearing and banging on things), but it doesn’t make any sense to me.  Does the fondant somehow thicken during the smoothing process and “draw up” the excess length of the fondant?  Even if that’s happening to some degree could it really account for 25 extra inches of fondant?  I remain baffled.  If none of this makes any sense to you or if you just couldn’t care less, sorry for wasting your time.

Make Up Monday- Strawberry and Cream Cheese Please

19 Apr

I wouldn’t say this Make Up Monday is great for you, it is just less bad than last week’s Fat Friday.  I actually used not one but three elements from the dessert pizza in this treat: strawberries, cream cheese and nuts.  It is really easy to make, not overly sweet, and has a very unique flavor.  The amount of cream cheese on the outside isn’t that much, so you feel like you’re getting a really rich dessert.

Strawberries and Cream Cheese Please

What you need:

1 pint of strawberries

8 oz of cream cheese (room temperature)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

1/4 crushed nuts (optional)

Put It All Together

Cream the cream cheese until it is whipped

Add the vanilla, lemon juice and sugar

Coat each strawberry

Roll in the nuts

Serve immediately or keep refrigerated. Enjoy!

I hope everyone has a good week! 🙂

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