Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm lovin' it!

No... not McDonalds! I love that business is picking up again... and I knew it would happen. Check out my latest creation:

This is a chocolate 1/4 slab with whipped cream and strawberry jam mousse filling. I used chocolate buttercream and lightened it up with whipped cream. Trimmed and decorated with buttercream flowers, butterflies and hearts, not to mention silver dragees to make it extra fancy.

What isn't pictured on the cake is:

Yup! Cake pops! Chocolate cake mixed with buttercream, rolled into balls and a lollipop stick inserted. Dipped in chocolate candy melts, cooled, then decorated with more candy melts. Unfortunately, I couldn't put them altogether because it still needed to fit into the box... so they were delivered separately.

I figured it was time to delve into the world of cake pops because I've been seeing them everywhere, and knew that sooner or later, people would be asking me to make them :) Gotta keep up, right?

Some of you may know that I used to work in a bakery department, and I was recently asked if I missed it. Truth be told, not at all. I had little desire to spend quality time on a personal cake order when I got home from decorating cakes all day. Now when I am asked to make a cake at home, I look forward to spending time on it. Definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made, to step out of that department.

Anyway, things to do, so I must go. Until next time, stay sweet!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

I know it's a bit early, but I'm planning ahead :D

How's it going with you? Life is quiet for me and the fam right now... The only baking I've been doing lately is cookies and such for my kids so there haven't been any updates on the Facebook page, but it's coming! I have some cupcakes to do for Cubs this week, and a special surprise cake for a family member who is a chocoholic like me! :) It's going to be so yummy! I'm also going to do strawberry shortcake for my sweetheart, since he's not as much into the whole chocolate aspect as I am :( Talk about depriving a girl!

I talked in my last post about the break I've had after Christmas and looks like it's continued. I'm sure it's mostly because of New Year's resolutions... but it's a good thing! :) I want to lose a few pounds myself and have been watching what I eat lately. It gives me a great opportunity to scope out new ideas!

The break is short-lived though, I think. I've had a lot of orders for the next few months coming my way. Two in March so far, one for June and one for July... I like people who plan ahead! I have a gender cake to do, a baby shower cake to do... one is a 40th birthday and another birthday cake.. and that's not including my own kids!

One thing I've been doing in my spare time is checking out Pinterest! Have you checked it out? It's by invitation only (I can invite you if you are interested) and there are sooo many amazing ideas out there! One really cool idea that I can't wait to try is making a garden out of a skid! I know it's sounds bizarre but since I live in a townhouse, and we want to eventually build a deck, this space-saving idea is right up my alley! You really DO have to see it to understand how cool it is lol!!! Great ideas for hair, gardening, home, cooking and baking.. totally amazing! It's a site that 'pins' great ideas up from it's members, people who have scoured the internet for great ideas, and it's all in one place! Definitely worth a gander!

Well, that's it for me for now... take care and stay sweet!