Posts Tagged ‘buttercream’

Nurse Themed Cake

Monday, April 6th, 2009
Nurse Cake with Fondant Stethoscope

Nurse Cake with Gumpaste Stethoscope

This cake was created for a girl who recently passed her nursing exam. I was concerned this cake wouldn’t come out all that well due to the fact it was last minute.  However, I am coming to realize some of my best work is spur of the moment.

This time around  I decided I would try my hand at decorating with gum paste. The nurses cake is decorated with several “nurse related” items.  The stethoscope, pill capsules and bandages are made out of gum paste.  I baked a very basic 1-2-3-4 cake and filled it with apricot.  The frosting, swiss meringue buttercream, is my all time favorite!  All in all I think the results were good!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet has always been a mystery to me. As a child cake came in four flavors; White, Yellow, Chocolate, and Marble.  Today it seems every time I turn around there is a new, hot cake flavor.

For the past couple years I have seen many articles, programs and recipes featuring Red Velvet Cake, but I never bothered to make it.  Is it Chocolate?  Is it a White cake with a deep red coloring?  I decided that I would do some recipe research prior to baking.

There are a few common ingredients with Red Velvet; buttermilk, cocoa, and red food coloring. After looking over about a dozen recipes I decided to use Martha Stewart’s Red Velvet cake recipe. I did substitute regular buttermilk for the low fat kind (I like full fat everything in baking).

Overall the recipe was relatively simple and the result was wonderful. The flavor is definitely not white cake nor is it a chocolate. Instead it had a almost sweet tanginess to it with a hint of cocoa…very appealing. I topped each cupcake with a marshmallow, cream cheese buttercream and a couple of fun jimmies.

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Marshmallow, Cream Cheese Buttercream

What You’ll Need:

1 Stick unsalted butter (room temp.)
8oz. Package cream cheese (room temp)
8oz. Marshmallow fluff
1tsp. Vanilla
1lb. Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1.) Cream butter, cream cheese, and marshmallow together until smooth.

2.) Add one tsp. vanilla and blend in.

3.) Add powdered sugar a bit at a time.  Blend until smooth.

4.) Add festive jimmies or sprinkles – this is optional.

Baby Shower Cake for Miss Amy’s Shower

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Amy's Baby Shower Cake

Amy's Baby Shower Cake

Early I signed on to handle all things cake related for my friend Amy’s baby shower. I should add I’ve been tooting my own horn amongst my non-baking friends about how good I have become at this whole cake thing. Let’s just say the expectations were a bit high and I have lost a tad bit of sleep over the whole baby shower cake. Prior to this cake, all cakes I have ever baked have been for my immediate family or a single close friend.

This cake was different. Not only did it have to be 2 tiers it also was to be displayed in front of a gathering of women. Oh, and I forgot to mention the cake had to be chocolate…my sworn enemy.

Chocolate cake and I have had a long history of not getting along. I would say a good 80% of the recipes used have come out DRY!  The kind of cake that looks and smells great while baking, but when it comes to eating it is more of a disappointment.

I spent the weeks before the cake scouring the Internet for just the right recipe. There are thousands of recipes to look through so which one would I choose? I look for a couple things: Who’s recipe is it?…Is the recipe overly complicated?…What kind of feedback has the recipe gotten? These three steps generally make my selection process a whole lot easier. Ina Garten otherwise known as “The Barefoot Contessa” is who I borrowed this chocolate cake recipe from….I’m not sure I’ll be giving it back!

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