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OK I used to like to blog… so much so, that I had 3 different blogs!  One where I posted pictures of my cats… One that was just general stuff… and one where I posted about cakes!  Well, I think I’ve somehow merged all 3 into one, because really, who needs 3 blogs!  I haven’t posted anything for a couple years.  I just kinda ran out of steam, but lately I’ve been thinking about writing again.  So I might start, in between trying to clean up this 3-blogs-in-one mess I’ve created!  Sometimes it just feels better to get stuff out of my head and onto paper (or whatever!)  Until then, enjoy this picture of my spoiled brat cat, doing what she does best.  IMG_3166

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July 27, 2013. Ramble on. Leave a comment.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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February 16, 2012. Info. Leave a comment.

Valentine’s Treats

The weekend before Valentine’s day, I baked some NFSC, and then decorated some of them on Monday.  I also made a few cake balls, and took some of the cookies and the cake balls to work on Tuesday.

I invited my family and a couple friends over for Sunday the 13th to sample some Valentine’s treats, so on Saturday I went to work making the cakes.  One was simple, just a 6″ candy barrel cake.

The other was a little more challenging.  I got the idea from Bakerella, and mine didn’t turn out nearly as nice as hers.  It was her Red Velvet Cake Ball Cake.  I think it’s going to taste good though.  I did red velvet cake, and I used Duff’s red fondant.  I’m not a fan of Duff’s stuff at Michael’s, but I had a coupon for 40% off, and I hate color mixing red fondant… it’s hard to get a good red!  I was surprised though, the Duff fondant tasted pretty good, way better than the Wilton fondant!  So I covered it with fondant, and made different shapes of cake balls for the chocolates in the box.  I used the leftover red velvet cake for some, and some left over devil’s food cake from the candy barrel cake for the others.  I also tried to make a lid, by just covering a piece of cardboard with fondant.  It did work, but the sides on the box weren’t high enough for the lid to make it look closed lol  so it was really just for looks.

I used some of the leftover red fondant to cover the rest of the cookies

Then I got out the rest of the ones I did earlier with the royal icing.

Everyone should be here in about 15 minutes.  I hope they enjoy the treats!

February 13, 2011. Cake, Cake Pops, Cookies, Holiday. 1 comment.

Spaghetti Cake

So my brother was having a Murder Mystery night on Friday, and making his awesome lasagna.  I offered to make dessert, and I was thinking just some simple cake balls or something.  On Wednesday night I told him I was gonna bring cake balls and he said “Italian cake balls?”  And I thought Italian… cake balls… meatballs?  Maybe I could make a cake that looked like spaghetti and make cake ball meatballs… I looked at some ideas on Cake Central and went for it Thursday night.  I just baked an 8″ devil’s food cake, then torted it and put the bottom layer on a plate, filled it with raspberry filling, and put the top back on without leveling.  I wanted the mounded look.  Then I iced it in cream cheese frosting.  Then I put on tip 7 and just started squirting out noodles with the cream cheese frosting.

Then I made the cake ball meat balls.  I had left over batter from the single 8″, so I threw it in a 6″ and baked it at the same time.  I crumbled that up to make the meatballs.  Then dipped them in chocolate and tried to give them a rough, meatball look!

Then I mixed some raspberry filling with a little chocolate icing so it would be thicker, like pasta sauce.  I put that on the noodles, and rolled the meatballs in it and placed them on too.  I made one look like it was falling off.

And there you have it, a spaghetti cake!  It tasted really good too!!

February 13, 2011. Cake. Leave a comment.

Valentine’s Project

I bought some things at Michael’s today for a project I want to do for Valentine’s day. I think I might invite family and friends over the weekend before Valentine’s day for yummy treats. That way I can make all kinds of things and have lots of people to eat them! I’m going to try one of Bakerella’s ideas. I hope it works out! I also have an idea for a smaller candy barrel cake for valentines day, and some cake balls! Too bad I have to wait a couple more weeks until I can make everything!

January 22, 2011. Cake. Leave a comment.

Cupcake Bites

I’ve been wanting to do something with cake decorating lately, but there’s no birthdays coming up, and I’m trying to eat healthy so I don’t need any cake around here!  I was invited to some friends house to watch a movie tonight, so I thought Aha!  I’ll make something little to take over there.  I can have some fun decorating and not have a whole cake sitting around here!  I’ve been wanting to try Bakerella’s Cupcake Bites.  I also have a bunch of cake scraps in the freezer, so I thought why not!

First I made the cake balls like normal.  I used some chocolate and some raspberry cake that I had leftover.  I didn’t have cream cheese frosting this time, so I used chocolate since it was all I had, and I think it turned out fine.  Here’s the cake balls…

I have this mold that looks like a Reese’s cup, so I used that for the bottoms of the cupcakes.  I just melted some dark chocolate candy wafers, put a little in each cup, and pushed the cake ball in.  Here you can see the cake balls in the cups…

Here they are outside the cups…

Then I dipped the tops into colored candy melts and added sprinkles and mini M&M’s.

Here’s the finished product…

I hope the gang tonight likes them!

January 15, 2011. Cake Pops. 1 comment.

Odds and Ends from 2010

It’s been a long time since I posted!  Here’s a few odds and ends from last year.  Then I’ll post about my little project from today!

I posted about some of my Halloween treats, but not the ones I took the Clint’s Halloween party.  This year I tried to make gross sweets instead of cute sweets.  Here’s what I came up with:

These were those pretzel rods put into skeleton finger molds with white almond bark….

Nasty looking finger cookies.  They tasted lots better than they looked…

And eyeball cake balls!

It was a creepy looking trio, but tasty!

For Christmas this year, I didn’t go all out on the cookies and candy like I usually do.  And I hardly took any pictures either.  Here’s what I have though:

This shows an assortment of what I made.  I had NFSC with Antonia74’s Royal Icing, Dark chocolate/mint chip cookies, Homemade Marshmallows, peanut butter balls, Oreo truffle balls, dipped peanut butter sandwich cookies, dipped Oreos… I think that’s it.

Here’s a closer view.  This is actually the plate of goodies I took to work the week before Christmas.

I also made a Christmas Candy Barrel cake, and it turned out so cute!  I posted it on cake central, and ended up being on the front page as one of the “Most Saved Cakes of the Day”.  I was really excited about that!  Here’s the cake…

My old work was having a potluck the week before Christmas, so I made some simple cupcakes to drop off there on my way to my new work!

I also made some raspberry cake balls for Christmas with some leftover cake I had…

I think that’s all I did at the end of the year.  I did make a friend some Dukes of Hazzard cupcakes for his birthday on Christmas, but I didn’t get any good pictures of them, just a couple on my phone.

Now…. on to the next project!

January 15, 2011. Cake, Cake Pops, Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 362 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 547mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 3rd with 74 views. The most popular post that day was 50th birthday bowling cake!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, and en.search.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cute display pictures, rocket cake, toy story cupcakes, bacon cake, and toy story cake ideas.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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50th birthday bowling cake! July 2010
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When are you opening a cakery?? July 2010
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My birthday cake failure! June 2010
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Mom’s 60th birthday November 2010
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Baby Shower Rocket Cake June 2010

January 2, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Mom’s 60th birthday

We threw a big party for my Mom’s 60th birthday.  We needed lots of cake!  I baked 3 cakes for the party, all with things on them that reminded me of my Mom.  The weekend before the party I started making some of the decorations that would last.  I made a whole bunch of old fashioned buttons out of chocolate and candy melts.  Some were made in plastic molds, but the fancy ones were made in “First Impression” silicon molds.

I also made a teacup out of gum paste, using this tutorial

And some brooches made out of gum paste, sugar pearls and sugar gems.  The cameos are chocolate made from a silicon mold.

On Thursday night I baked the 10″ cake.  It was one layer of devil’s food, one layer of vanilla and devil’s food marbled.  On Friday, I baked the 8″ which was lemon with raspberry filling, and the 6″ which was raspberry with raspberry filling.  In between, I started frosting the cakes.  I finished the 10″ first.  I frosted it with vanilla butter cream in a pale green color.  I used an impression mat to make a diamond pattern on the sides.  I put sugar pearls on as accents, and large sugar pearls around the bottom.  I put a lip on the top edge with butter cream, then covered the top with the chocolate buttons.  It was supposed to look like a button tin, like Mom used to have.

Next I finished the 8″ cake.  I frosted it with lemon butter cream in pink, then rolled out some white fondant and made it look like a doily, and put it on top.  The teacup went on top of that, with the bouquet of gum paste flowers inside.

The 6″ cake I frosted with white vanilla butter cream, and attached the gum paste brooches around the sides.  I made a “60” to go on top.

Overall they turned out pretty good.

I also made some cake balls…  Please visit Bakerella if you want instructions on how to make those tasty treats.  Or check out her new book, which is awesome!

Here’s the whole cake table spread…

I think everyone enjoyed it, and I know Mom did, so that’s what’s important!  Happy 60th Birthday Mom!  I love you!

November 15, 2010. Birthday Cakes, Cake, Fondant. 4 comments.

No tricks, all treats!

We decided to do our annual pumpkin carving at my house this year because I wanted to make a bunch of treats and I needed someone to share them with!  So Clint, Piper, the kids, Dad and Jennifer all came over for White Chili, Mummy dogs, and lots of Halloween goodies on Sunday!  So here’s what I came up with… A couple weeks ago I made a Candy Barrel cake for a BBQ at Sam and Jenny’s.  I had always wanted to make one and this was my first attempt:

It’s 2 layers of devil’s food, with a layer of peanut butter cookie between.  Filled with chocolate chocolate chip icing, then covered in chocolate icing.  Then you line the outside with Kit Kats broken into 2’s, and fill the top with Reese’s pieces!   Tie a ribbon around it and you’re done.  The easiest cake to make ever, and it looks so cute!  It’s VERY rich though.

So I wanted to make another Candy Barrel cake, because the kids didn’t get to taste that one, and I wanted Mom and Carl to get to try it too.  So I made the same thing, only tied off with a Halloween Ribbon this time.

And sitting on one of the cute new cake plates I got!  They were each tied with coordinating Halloween ribbon.  How fun!

I also made some giant cupcakes, because I got these cool cupcake wrappers from Sam and Jenny for my birthday a couple years ago and wanted to try them out!  They are real sturdy, you don’t have to put them in a cupcake pan, you just put the batter in and set them on a cookie sheet and they bake right up!  As soon as I saw these papers, I thought of Candy Corn, so I made cupcakes that were layered yellow, orange and white cake inside.  Then tried to do the same with the icing but it was pretty sloppy.  They were cute anyway and tasted good!

I also tried my hand at making some sugar cookies.  I tried the NFSC (No Fail Sugar Cookie) recipe for the first time last weekend and wasn’t happy with the results, so I tried again this weekend and they turned out much better.  This was only my second time trying to work with Royal Icing too.  It was a royal pain… But they turned out pretty cute… after 4 hours of icing them Friday night!!!

I used the leftover cake from trimming the Candy Barrel Cake to make some cake balls.  They were ugly but tasted great!

So here’s what the whole spread looked like together…

I had enough for the pumpkin carving party, sent leftovers home with everyone, took some to work for Heather, and took some to Dallas for Mom and Carl to try.

Happy Halloween everyone!

October 25, 2010. Cake, Cake Pops, Cookies, Cupcakes. 2 comments.

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