Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pretty Princess

When I was a little girl, my favorite part of school carnivals was the cake walk. Huge surprise there right?

Out of all the cakes, the ones that were like a siren song to me were the princess cakes. You know, the ones that look like they ate the Barbie? There was just something about them.

So naturally, when I got an order for one, I was transported right back to those school carnivals...


Not to brag or anything, but I think mine is WAY neater than any of the ones I ever saw at the school carnivals! In fact, I had two people comment via Facebook that they didn't even realize it was a cake until they read the caption. How's that for an ego boost?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crabapple Pie

Poor crabapples. Around here, they are so misunderstood. My husband mutters about the mess they make in the yard. My girls throw them at each other and the dogs. My dogs and cats think they are for chasing and batting around on the floor. But me? I understand these pretty little fall fruits; I know what they are really for.

Crabapples are for brightening up my counter with color, and for baking into delicious pies. I mean, look at how pretty they are: 



But they're not just pretty, they are also delicious. Yes, I said delicious. Not right off the tree of course - they're called crabapples for a reason! But baked up with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and other tasty spices? And served warm with vanilla ice cream? Mmm...


I'll even share the recipe! Or take your order...I know not everyone is as obsessed with baking as I am. Either way.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple Pie in My Oven

Apple Tree in My Yard


Apples on My Apple Tree


Apples in My Sink


Apple Pie Crust in My Cookbook


Apple Pie in My Oven


Apple Pie on My Counter


Mmmm. Pie.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

I ♥ pie. If I had to choose between cake and pie for my own special occasion, I would choose pie. Mmmm. So prepare yourself for a series of pies. What can I say? Cake orders have been slow, and I do ♥ pie so very much.


And just for you Madeleine, here's the recipe:

 Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: 

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 3/4 cup half-half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • a pinch of nutmeg
Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Prepare or thaw a 9-inch pie crust and set aside (Taste of Home says that Marie Callender's Deep Dish Pie Shells are the best)
  3. Whisk eggs until yolk and whites are combined. Add pumpkin, apple butter, half-half, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and combine well. 
  4. Pour into pie shell and place in oven. After 10 minutes reduce heat to 350°
  5. Bake until center of pie no longer trembles and has set, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature and then transfer to refrigerator.
I also buy a small container of whipping cream, toss it in the KitchenAid with the whisk, and add fresh whipped cream to the top.

Okay, okay, you caught me! I'm not actually that Betty Crocker-esque. I just never remember to buy cool-whip...but I always have whipping cream in the fridge.  









Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Cupcakes

Sigh. I just ♥ Halloween. And cupcakes. And therefore Halloween cupcakes.  





Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tasty Jack O' Lantern

I won't lie...my favorite holiday is Halloween. In college, my friend and I always decorated on the first of October, while watching 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. Clearly, my excitement keeps showing up earlier and earlier in the year. Because I made this on September 19! Just wait until you see the cupcakes I did a few days later...



Monday, September 17, 2012

3 Cakes, 3 Days

I don't usually travel to do cakes. It's not super fun packing all of my baking stuff, and then working out of other people's kitchens. But this weekend I did just that, for some really special cakes that I had planned before we moved. On the way to do those, I got to drop off this cake, which I ♥. I like all of my cakes of course, but there are some that I just adore.


There was a mini Eiffel Tower that went on top...I'm still crossing my fingers for pictures of the complete cake!

After the Paris cake was safely delivered, it was on to Torrington, where I was decorating a wedding cake for Sweet Lou's Bakery. Before we moved, I was going to work for Tauna, and we had taken this cake. Naturally I had to go back to do it!
 








Let me tell you, this was a HEAVY cake! I had nightmares about it falling over (or worse) the night before, and I was a nervous wreck following the car that was transporting it! But it arrived safe and sound, and I hear that everyone loved it.

After that, it was on to Laramie, to do a birthday cake for a special 4 year old. Missy is one of my oldest and dearest friends, and for her, I would travel to do a cake any day!




 I'm not brilliant at cutting out things and having them look right...but I didn't do too bad with these dinosaurs!


Monday, September 10, 2012

You Know You Want to Sing Along

I'm sure all bakers have their quirks, and I'm no different. One of mine is the quest to make the perfect beer can cake. My secret mission is to make one that looks so much like a real beer can, you can't decide if you should eat it or drink it! My first attempt was neat...


...and it gave me lots of ideas for a better beer can cake the next time, two of which were to use an edible image, and some edible silver spray. So with lots of time on my hands last week (I haven't made any friends yet, LOL), I decided it was time to continue my quest for the perfect beer can cake:



This one was a vast improvement over the first one...but now I have even more ideas for how to make it even better the next time. And the quest continues...

PS ~ Go ahead, you know you want to sing the song:

"Reach your hand down into the cooler, don't drink it if the mountains aren't blue..."


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Girls Who Hunt

We went church this Sunday, for the first time since we moved here. Like everyone else in town, the people there were so friendly and welcoming. Half way through church, my husband leans over and whispers that he knows the gal sitting in front of us...but he doesn't know why.

We figured it out later that night, when she came by our house to bring cookies...and tell us she figured out how she knew Kenny! They went to high school together. She was a few years ahead of him in school, but Kenny was, ahem, "party buddies" with her little brother. :)

Anyway, we got to talking, and after learning what I do out of my little kitchen, her daughter wanted to look at my cake book, since her birthday was in just a few days. She spent quite a while looking at everything, and when her mom called a few days later to order her birthday cake, I got specific instructions for what she wanted!! Heck, I even got a picture! Gotta love a girl who knows what she wants. :)


Yep, she's a hunter! I ♥ girls who hunt.