Archive | August, 2010

Cakeisode Two – Chocolate Dipped Drama

27 Aug

Here is Cakeisode two!!!  I know that this should have been up about three weeks ago but I just couldn’t make myself sit down at the computer and actually edit it.  But better late than never.

We made this cake for when my mom came to visit.  It is her favorite and basically everyone else who eats it agrees.

Enjoy the drama.

Fat Friday – Caramel

27 Aug

Fat Friday returns!!!  For those of you new to the blog Fat Friday is a little tradition we have where we make a delicious calorie busting treat and share the recipe with you.  On Monday we return for Make Up Monday where we take an ingredient from Fat Friday and make something healthy.   This week’s Fat Friday is really simple, it just takes time.

Carmel

What you need:

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

Put It Together

– pop two small holes in top of the can

– remove label from can

-submerge in pot of simmering water.  The water should be about three quarters of the way up the can.  If it is higher water will get in the milk, but you don’t want it go lower.

-Simmer for three to four hours always adding more water as it boils out.

-remove from can and whisk.  It will be thicker on the bottom.

Can be served on its own or used in other recipes.  Works well on top of ice cream.  I’m told Jenny has a great caramel pie recipe.  Maybe she’ll do guest blog post?

We dusted a little sea salt on ours for a salty/sweet treat

Have a good weekend everyone!

Work It Wednesday – Peach-Raspberry Pie

25 Aug

If you have been following the blog for a while you know that I was toying around with the idea of going to the French Culinary Institute.  I went to visit and loved everything about it!  The only thing that held me back was the price.  Funny how I just didn’t seem to have $40,000 sitting around to follow my dreams.  What I did have was a $50 Barnes & Nobles gift card!  For only about $7 out of pocket, including shipping, I got the next best thing.  The French Culinary Institute’s The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Art.  I am in love with this book!  In no way does it replace the actual classroom experience that one would gain at FCI but it is so much more advanced and professional than your average cook book.  So my goal is to work through each recipe in this book and try my best to master the techniques.   The book is filled with terminology, examples and rational for doing things the right way.  It is much more than a cook book, it is a text book for the aspiring pastry artist.  This brings me to the title “Work It Wednesday,” it stands for working on it by myself and doing the best I can.  I’m committing to learning the right way to do things so I can make the most professional product possible.  This may involve repeating recipes and failures.   All of which I will share with you my readers!  What I will not share with you is the actual recipes.  I’m sorry but I don’t want to plagiarize, plus it is a great book to own.

This week I tackled the first recipe.  It is actually a recipe from FCI alumna Melissa Murphy ’95, Pastry Chef/Co-Owner of Sweet Melissa Patisserie.  I made her North Fork Peach-Raspberry Pie and this is easily one of the best pies I have ever made.  I live in Georgia now and it is peach season so that is why this recipe caught my eye to be the first one that I tried.  I love to eat peaches, but I am no expert at peeling and slicing them.  Actually I have trouble peeling and slicing anything.  The book gives great instructions on the proper ways to peel and slice vegetables but it is just not clicking with me.  My peach slices were uneven and didn’t look pretty.   My knives aren’t that sharp which is a good and bad thing.  Bad in the sense that I am trying to become good at things like slicing fruit to look professional and good because even with our dull knives I caught my finger twice (only one of them was a serious casualty).

Sliced Peaches

The biggest thing that I’ve learned from the book so far and will make the biggest difference for me, is that you are suppose to refrigerate your pastry dough before you use it.  I used to just mix it up, roll it out, fill the pie and bake.  By chilling it first it “allows the gluten to rest.”  In other words, it makes it super flaky and melt in your mouth!  So for anyone else out there that hasn’t been chilling your dough, START NOW! Chill it for at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours is ok as well.

The pie came out looking great and within an hour it was mostly gone.  Everyone here loved it!

Stay tuned for the return of Fat Friday this week!!!

Brides Needed

5 Aug

So I have not heard anything yet from the casting directors for the Cake Boss baking competition.  I hope I am still in consideration.  It has been almost two weeks since I’ve submitted my video.  I know I am being really impatient but I really want to be in the competition!

They did post this today on facebook.  If you are a bride in the NY/NJ area getting married in September have a look below.  Maybe if things work out, it’ll be me making your wedding cake! 😉

Casting Call

CALLING ALL BRIDES! ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER 2010? WOULD YOU LIKE AN EXTRA FREE WEDDING CAKE FOR YOUR BIG DAY & THE CHANCE TO BE FEATURED ON TLC’S NEW BAKING COMPETITION SHOW? IF SO, LET THE CAKE BOSS AND HIS NEW COMPETITION SHOW BAKERS MAKE YOU AN AMAZING WEDDING CAKE!

TLC & The Cake Boss are looking for outgoing, tell it like it is,
brides-to-be in the NJ or NY area. If YOU or SOMEONE you know wants an
amazing cake for their wedding email your story & photos to casting@highnoontv.com
ASAP!

They would be a featured guest on the show and they can already have a wedding cake (they’d just get another one for free). It would be like a Top Chef guest giving the bakers a challenge. We just need a bride with lots of personality! It should be really fun!

Cakeisode One – Meet the Cast

5 Aug

I’ll let the video do most of the talking for this post.  We’ve decided to give all of you a backstage pass to magic of Sweetie Cakes & Pies through a series of Cakeisodes.  Keep in mind that these are all being filmed with a flip and editing with Pinnacle Studio, so we’re not talking top of line here…  Also, we are fulling aware that we are dorks and yes, we have a lot of free time, we’re unemployed!

Enjoy the first official Cakeisode!

Lace Cake

2 Aug

Lace Cake

This cake is a design from a Colette Peter’s book. I bought the book about a year ago specifically to make this cake and just never got around to it. Thanks to being unemployed, I’ve finally found the time!  I’m also glad that I waited a year to do it so my skills were a little stronger.  It is a beautiful cake but took a lot of patience.  I would love to make this cake again and I think it would be beautiful as center pieces at a wedding or a cake for a baby shower or classy birthday party.  Piping is something that I really need practice with so that is another reason why this was a good cake to work on.  It didn’t turn out flawless, but I was pretty happy with it.

Ace Of Cake Fondant, Duff Fondant

The flavors are vanilla cake with an orange puree and chocolate orange filling.  Then it is covered in a Meringue buttercream and fondant.  The lace is made from royal icing.  Which for the most part I finally got the consistency right.  At first it was a little too stiff but I added some water and it worked out ok.  I still hate royal icing though…

I tried a new brand of fondant for this cake.  I noticed at the craft store that Duff, owner of Charm City Cakes and star of Ace of Cakes has come out with a line of cake supplies.  They have a lot of cool things from pans to cake tattoos to fondant.  I thought I would give his fondant a try.  When I first opened the fondant it seemed really hard and I thought I was going to be really disappointed, but I microwaved it for ten seconds and worked for a minute and it soften up very nicely.  The fondant was really easy to work with, it had a nice stretch and rolled out beautifully.  I had no trouble covering the cake with this fondant.  It tasted great too, very fresh and buttery.  Overall it is an excellent product.  What I didn’t like about it was the price!  It is way too expensive!  The fondant retails for $19.99 for two pounds.  Ten dollars a pound is crazy.  To put it in perspective, I can get Satin Ice, a professional grade fondant for about $2.00 a pound.   The only problem is I have to order it online.  If I didn’t have a 40% off coupon and money left on a gift card I don’t think I would have even tried it.  Even though it was a good product to work with, I won’t use it again because of the price.

Lace Cake

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