Archive | May, 2010

Cake Free June

27 May

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As many of you know June is going to be a slow month on the blog. Dan is leaving this weekend for Atlanta and taking with him ALL my cake stuff. So pretty much no baking will be happening in June. This is not entirely a bad thing.

Benefits of no cakes in June:

1. My waste line. Even if it is a cake for someone else, there is always scraps around to nibble on.
2. Other people’s kitchen. I am homeless for the month of June and will be staying with friends. Something tells me their generosity does not extend to cleaning up my cake messes.
3. Time to take cake of some business. I am also taking this month to take a three week financial accounting course. I took this course in college (in fact we are using the same book) but I didn’t really have a personal vision for myself at the time. Now that I have a goal of starting a business, I’m sure the class will resonate with me in a different way. It is a three credit course in only three weeks so my time is pretty much going to be accounted for with accounting!


Yo Gabba Gabba Cake

17 May

This cake was for a 2 year old’s Birthday party.  The theme was Yo Gabba Gabba.  Despite being a domestic king and queen, we have no children nor do we have the ambition to be parents.  When this request came in we had  to do a little research.  What we came up with from our research is that these creatures live inside a radio and come to life when the DJ plays it.  So music is a big component.  Another fun fact is that I am tone deaf and can not sing at all.  That doesn’t stop me from trying though.  We made up our own Yo Gabba Gabba songs while working on this cake.

I had a lot of fun working on this cake and I wish all cake figures were like this.  The characters have no fingers, toes or necks really.  It was a very stress free cake!

The flavors include Golden Vanilla and Chocolate cake both with raspberry filling.

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This is our last cake in Ithaca!  You won’t see any new cakes on the blog here until at least July.  But I will be posting on how setting up the business is going and any other baking I do with friends before I leave town, so check back!

Bob Saget Cut the … Cake! :)

12 May

A few weeks ago we made a cake for A&E’s new show called Bob Saget’s Strange Days.  If you missed it, check it out here.  The show will be on sometime in late summer or early fall.  One of my students kindly sent me these photos of Bob cutting the cake at their formal so I thought I’d share.  Stay tuned for more info on when the show will be aired.

Bab Saget's Strange Days

Bob SagetApparently he “circumcised” the cake first by cutting the tail of the snake off.  I can’t wait to see the episode.

Fat Friday – New Take On No Bakes

7 May

Somehow I have managed to make a Fat Friday this week.  I think  my sweet tooth got the best of me and that takes precedent over other things in life like sleep…

This Fat Friday is really easy!  It is a new take on the no bake cookie, one of Dan’s favorites.  He doesn’t know that I’ve made these so he’ll be even more excited to get home from work today!

Chocolate Covered No Bake Cookies

What you need:

  • 3 cups oatmeal, quick
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces of milk chocolate (visit Life’s So Sweet Chocolate for the best)

Put it all together:

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, peanut butter chips, peanut butter, and vanilla.

Combine sugars and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let boil for about one minute.

Pour over oatmeal mixture and stir well.

Form mixture into balls and place on waxed paper to cool.

Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler.

Coat cooled cookies in the chocolate.

Let cool completely and ejnoy!

I am bringing this to work for my students who have to work during Slope Day because we have a show tonight.  If you don’t know what Slope Day is, it is the last day of classes at Cornell and they have a BIG celebration.  They have a concert and the kids wake up earlier than they would for classes to start having fun.  I’m volunteering again this year.  So I’ll be in the beer line making sure the kids get a little water before more beer.

Pure Imagination

4 May
Willy Wonka Cake

This cake was 25 X 39 inches

This past Saturday we made an enormous cake for the State Theatre’s presentation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  This was a joint project with Life’s So Sweet Chocolate and a huge success for both of us.

This may have been the biggest cake that we have ever made so I brought in reinforcements.  Not only did Dan bust his butt on this cake with me, so did my best friend Sara (who will be guest blogging at some point).  This cake wouldn’t have happened with out the efforts of these two until the wee hours of the morning.

We put so much work into this cake that by the time we got there we were totally desensitized to everything about it.  As soon as we sat the cake down we were swarmed with people.   Seeing their reaction was just so cool!  The kids loved it and instantly picked out all the characters on the cake.  It was such a rewarding experience to see people enjoying the cake.

The first half of the festival we utilized the chocolate fountain and let the kids and kids at heart dip marshmallows into it.  The second half we cut the cake and everyone got to enjoy it.  I got so many great compliments not only on the look of the cake but the taste as well so I felt awesome.

I do have to add that all of this was done on a sprained ankle.  It is not even a good story.  On Thursday afternoon I was walking down the sidewalk and rolled my ankle.  I hit the ground and scrapped my knee like a five year old on the playground.  Of course I was really dramatic about the whole thing and just rolled around on the sidewalk for a while.  I think my friend Scott, who I was with, was a little embarrassed.  He generously went into the store though and got an ice pack and ibuprofen. If Kerri Strug could win the gold with a sprained ankle, I could finish this cake and I did!

Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think!

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This kid loved the cake and was explaining it to everyone who walked by.

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