Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Mousse Birthday Cake

After trying this cake at my son's first birthday party, a very good friend requested this cake for her own birthday. Of course I wanted to surprise her with this cake and gave it to her a week early so she could share it with her boyfriend and his family. She was so excited to get this cake and said that everyone else was going to get a small piece but the rest of the cake was hers.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Poptarts

After I saw this recipe posted on one of my favorite blogs, I had to try it out. They turned out great, taste-wide. As for the looks, it was a little bit of a disaster. I had a horrible time rolling out half the dough and cutting it freehand into 9 rectangles and then rolling the other half and cutting another 9 rectangles to fit nicely on top of the first 9 rectangles. It was frustrating, needless to say.
Then one Valentine's Day, I decided to make heart-shaped poptarts. After using the heart-shaped cutters, I realized that solved my problem of cutting freehand rectangles and making sure the tops and the bottoms matched. What a brilliant idea! Now I can make more than 9, which is a great thing, since this tops my husband's favorites list. Now I just need to improve the sealing of the poptarts so they don't leak the filling out because that is the best part, according to my husband.
This last time I made it, I rolled the dough as thin as I could, per my husband's request, and made more strawberry filling. I was able to make about 2 dozen Poptarts. They still didn't last long, though.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cupcake Sampler

I had a potential client interested in me providing their wedding cake and cupcakes. So I baked up several different varieties for her and her fiance to try.

I made vanilla cupcakes with brown sugar buttercream,
 and pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting,

and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting,

and chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream,

and finally, apple spice cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream, as well as a few apple spice cupcakes with brown sugar buttercream.
They loved the cupcakes, especially the apple spice cupcakes with the salted caramel buttercream, and had to decide which ones they wanted for their wedding. Needless to say, I'm thrilled that I have the honor of making their wedding cake and cupcakes.