There are lots of things I could do for fun on a Saturday; run a race, go for a long bike ride or hike, read a book, watch a movie, babysit my granddaughter. But I had two special birthday cake orders for this past Sunday, so I spent most of last Saturday decorating cakes. I spent a good part of the morning on the cake for a 6-year-old girl who after hesitating chose a Minion cake over a princess cake. I took my time in the afternoon on the sewing machine cake for a seamstress friend whose husband was surprising her with the cake for her birthday. My sister had sent me a picture of a cute sewing machine cake that I copied with a few modifications.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
In the summer, one way to keep the temperature inside the house from rising too much is to avoid baking. But if I absolutely can’t keep myself from baking, I try to open and close the oven as little as possible, so instead of baking individual cookies I make pan cookies. These are butterscotch pan cookies.
Add an extra egg to a regular cookie recipe. Spread the batter into a 9x13-inch (22x32 cm) pan like you would for brownies. Bake at 350° F (175° C) for 25 minutes. Cut into squares. Makes 2-dozen.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Last year I thought it would be fun to make Justin a Minion cake for his birthday. I frosted and decorated the cake with white chocolate. I was pleased with the results, but having had more practice with fondant recently I decided to give it another try this year.
I baked a double recipe of applesauce cake (since it’s one of Justin’s favorites) in a 9x13-inch (22x32 cm) pan. Having frozen the cake to make it easier to trim to shape, I cut the sides and the corners to make a long oval
then I flattened the top and rounded the edges.
I made the arms and legs out of the trimmed sides, and the glasses out of gingerbread. Next, I spread a thin layer of frosting over the cake to seal the crumbs and make the fondant stick.
I rolled out part of the fondant that I had colored yellow to cover the top of the cake and the arms.
I rolled out and applied blue fondant for the Minion’s overalls.
I used black, grey and brown fondant for the final details.
This may become a yearly tradition!
Last year’s Minion