Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's almost Heart Day!

Hey peeps!

With the craziness of the Christmas season, I've been taking it easy this month, not taking on so many orders, trying to get the rest of my life in order after the chaos. I've been hanging out with the family a lot, and just chilling out. We've been ice skating a few times, and we are really enjoying it! Since we aren't as active in the winter months as we are in the summer months, it's nice to get some physical activity in!

Well, let's talk cake, shall we? This elegant cake was what we delved into to start our New Year! It's a rich chocolate cake (of course!) with a strawberry jam filling, encased in delicious almond buttercream. Black fondant covers it, and yellow numbers were cut out using Curly Tappits. Then I mixed up gold luster dust with vodka and painted each number, coating it in gold. The same was done for the hands of the clock. Gold ribbon trimmed this beautiful cake. And of course, no one wanted to destroy it when it came time for dessert lol!

Next up was this cupcake cake for my neice. The party was Frozen-themed and I suggested doing the shape of a dress. You may have seen the one from Pinterest that is a wedding dress for a bridal shower? Same idea, but this one is topped with two shades of blue, like Elsa's dress, with some silver dragees along the neckline, a pretty ribbon in the center and it's nearly impossible to see them in this photo, but there are edible glitter snowflakes on the dress as well.

A couple of co-workers and I were getting together with our significant others a couple of weeks ago, and we all brought something for the meal. I almost always bring dessert lol! So, I came across a recipe for eggless, butter and milk-free cake, and wanted to test out the recipe. The original recipe was for Kahlua but I had Bailey's on hand so I swapped it out. All I did was replace some of the liquid in the recipe for Bailey's. Did it ever smell amazing when I was baking these cupcakes!

Then I took my trusty buttercream recipe and tried the same thing, replacing some of the liquid with Bailey's. I needed to use almost the same amount of water anyway because of how thick the buttercream was, but the taste was out of this world good! They were such a big hit! They helped our night of playing Cards Against Humanity along quite nicely :)

I am planning on being busy in the next couple of weeks, so I can't wait to write about Valentine's Day!

Stay sweet!