Learning to pipe

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And you can do it too!

It’s another day, sun is out, birds are chirping.  So what’s a girl to do, but bake cupcakes.

I was invited to a party and wanted to offer something different then what I usually do.  Sure, there were other cupcakes there, but I’m proud to say they didn’t look as good as mine.  And I DON’T mean that in an evil, negative way.  Just an observation that presentation really is key.  This I always new, but to see it once again was a great reminder – hence wanting to learn how to pipe.  AND NO, all of mine were not superb, but the effort was well received and I appreciated that.

So I jump in the bakemobil and headed out to a few shops to gather some supplies.  After doing some research I learned the tips I wanted were 1M, 2A and 2D of which are pictured below.   I tossed them in the cart – ‘ting’, the tips bounced against the bar.

“That’s her!” a woman whispers in the aisle.

“Is she looking at cupcake supplies?” another voice quietly observes.

I figured I needed some bags, but came across a link mentioning using zip locks. “Now may not be the time to explore,” I mumbled to myself. Figured I needed to learn the correct methods before making stuff up.

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Every House Loves Chocolate Cake

So a friend of mine was throwing a housewarming and I couldn’t show up empty handed.  <hmm> What to make?  Devils Chocolate Fudge Cake!!!

I’m not a perfect baker – YET!  I still have my ups and downs like the next person, but it sure is awesome to see your creations come together.

OK!  We need some cake.  I decided on a chocolate cake with fudge icing.  I knew their would be lots of wine and cheese so I thought chocolate would go well with the menu or at least I hoped <chuckle> Once cooled, I shaved and leveled both cakes.  One on the cake board with the other off to the side. I started icing the bottom half of the cake.  Next I stacked the other cake on top and finished icing it as well.  I placed in the fridge to slightly harden.  It’s easier to work on chilled cakes FYI.

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Once the cakes were ready with their crumb coat I began layering the cakes with chocolate icing from the can.  Next I took the time to trim down some pirouette cookies to the height of the cake.  Time to adhere the cookies to the side of the cake.

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This was followed by shaving chocolate onto the top of the cake.  Careful, for the heat of your hand can cause the chocolate bar to quickly melt.  Once finished, I grabbed some ribbon and tied a little bow with a flower on the front of the cake.  I placed it back into the fridge until it was time to go.

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It was perfect, but looking back I wish I had a gold cake board <chuckle>.  Everyone loved it and of course with decorative desserts, nobody wants to be the first to cut into it.  I told the one guest I clearly brought it to be destroyed 🙂

Thanks again Ben and Rick for having me!

VOTE – Proposition Q!

HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ME!

That’s right, its my new year.  And as always I’m excited to celebrate another season while giving thanks to the one that has gracefully ended.  Well, what you don’t know is that I’m an elections baby.  Therefor, if you’re going to vote for someone – VOTE FOR ME!  hahahahaha

Now, let’s get to the ballad.

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PROPOSITION Q: Will offer americans free cake every weekend in any flavor.  It is a proven fact that cake and other starch items bring people together and that’s what the world needs – to come together in happiness and love and cake does that.  Proposition Q will also offer baking classes to children allowing families to bond more often.

(What your vote means)

VOTE YES:

Encourage family bonding and communication.  Youth will learn a trade in Culinary and/or Hospitality.  Exercise science and mathematics (baking/measurements).  Acquire an appreciation and understanding of varied starch items.  Practice moderation.

VOTE NO:

People may possibly be unable to focus due to being full of cake.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake 🙂 Happy Birthday To Me! XOXO

 

Brownies from the Baby!

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I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, I absolutely love children in the kitchen.  Ok, fine I don’t like them when Im trying to complete something complicated, but until then, they are all welcomed.  The kitchen is still my favorite place and forever the heart of the home.  Therefor, all who are loved are welcomed.

Speaking of love, this little lovely stirred up a beautiful batch of brownies using her Little Bake Oven.  A baking queen in the making. <chuckle> Such a joy, right!  Her sister was the one practicing her cheesecakes with my mother over the summer.  Clearly there’s a little baking in all of us.

Well…
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