Monday, November 5, 2012
Princess wanted a Jasmine cake. Why a Jasmine cake? I have no idea, beyond the fact that Jasmine is a princess, she is not one of our Princess's favorites. However, my little girl was very sure that this is what she wanted, so I did my best. She blew out all five candles like a champ! The domes and the four pillars are made with gfcf rice crispy treats. I tried using cake, but it just flopped. Squirt thought they were delicious!
Squirt did not offer up much input for his cake, but since he loves Lightning McQueen and Mater, I was pretty sure he would be happy with a Cars cake, complete with toy cars (because there was no way I would be able to make those out of fondant). He needed a bit more help with the candles since he just seemed content to let them burn for a while.
For Gizmo's birthday she wanted apple pie. The pictures are on my husband's camera, but there really is nothing that neat to see.....it is just apple pie.....with candles. Add to that the fact that she is getting older and I do try and respect that fact that me posting pictures of her blowing out birthday candles is not all that cool anymore. :) She is always complaining that I never make enough pie, so she was very happy with her birthday apple pie. I made three for her and everybody who helped us celebrate, served up with Rice Dream ice cream, and I do believe she almost finished off an entire one by herself.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
From youngest to oldest, here is what the kids were this year:
Thomas the Tank Engine. The gardening gloves are not part of the costume. He just likes them and would not take them off for pictures.
Merida (from the movie Brave)
Nike, Goddess of Victory
Friday, June 8, 2012
So there is my new sob story. I suppose I have not been taking the news so well, and have been extra emotional lately, so I figured my loving family was in need of a Cake Friday.
I had planned out making a chocolate cake with caramel in the middle (yep, dairy free caramel), but the sweetened condensed coconut milk I had previously made never made its way into caramel, despite the fact that I boiled it for five hours. I will be trying again in the future though, as the promise of caramel is just too great to resist. I followed the instructions here. I just ended up filling the cake with regular frosting and sprinkled mini chocolate chips in it.
I am quite happy with my progress with fondant. Even though the fondant I was using was a bit dry, so prone to cracking, I still had a much easier time with it than I did, say, a year ago. That is worth a little happy dance right there.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The lobby of the ship is the first place you see upon boarding. It is breath taking and my pictures don't do it justice.
Because our little girl has to frequent the bathroom often, I saw many of them around the ship. I absolutely hate public restrooms, but every one I entered while on the ship was wonderfully clean and beautiful. They also have actual doors and walls, not stalls. Just one more way that I wish the real world were like a Disney cruise. I normally did not have a camera on me while in the restroom, and that might freak people out anyway, so I don't have many pictures. At one point I was the only one in one of the restrooms in the adult area of the ship and so I just had to take a picture of this mosaic.There were many wonderful mosaics around the ship...I just found it incredible that this one was in a bathroom!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Just one week! That is all we have left before we leave to start our cruise on the Disney Fantasy. The advent chain I set up for the kids is looking extremely short. I am beyond myself excited. It will be a bit of a hectic week with all of the packing and getting things ready that needs to be done, so I am sure it will go by quickly.
The kids really liked the cake I made today. The ship on top was made by baking a small cake in one of my mini loaf pans and then doing a bit of carving. It is a very simplified version of a Disney cruise boat, and not all that accurate, but I did not want to spend hours on it. And in the end, it brought smiles to my hubby and kids' faces, so I am happy.
FYI, it is chocolate cake. :)
Friday, March 30, 2012
I have never been a fan of carrot cake, which is probably why I have never made one, gluten-free or otherwise, before today. In fact, today I came pretty close to never making a finished carrot cake at all. Not one batch of cake, but TWO, completely flopped. I am not sure what went wrong, since the recipe I first used had good reviews. Sometimes cakes just don't work out though. I wish I had taken a picture of the sad mess just so you could feel my pain. They puffed up, overflowed into a big mess, burnt on the bottom of the oven (which had to be cleaned up after each attempt), and then slumped into a nasty looking bit of cake-sludge in the pans.
For the third try, I tried a slightly different recipe which I found here. It sunk slightly, so I may want to fudge around with the amounts of baking soda and baking powder, or perhaps I just overbeat it. Taste-wise, I thought it was marvelous. The cream cheese frosting was the perfect complement. Since we eat casein-free here, it was tofutti cream cheese, which is actually pretty dandy stuff.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I am offering it up here so that maybe some other frazzled cruise-planning mommies (or daddies), can have a bit if an easier time packing. If you can drop me a line if you decide to use it, it would make my day.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Yep...I know....St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow. It was just too close to resist making a themed cake though, especially since tomorrow I will most likely be too busy. The shamrocks are a bit pathetic looking, I admit, but I did have a lot of fun piping them. It is almost meditative to sit and draw with frosting. I have to remind myself to stop before the cake looks ridiculous. There is always a bit of piping that never shows up on a cake. A while back, I started giving the kids what we have come to call Frosting Tattoos. With a little bit of leftover icing, I pipe a design on the back of one of their hands. Squirt has already started holding his hand out when he sees me with a piping bag.
But wait....there is more....
Ta da! My first successful attempt at marbling a cake! I have tried the more common way of marbling that involves putting half the batter, that is normally colored, into the pan first and then covering it with the colored half of batter and swirling it around with a knife. That has never worked for me, so I tried to think of something that would. In the end, I just had two bowls of batter, one colored and one regular, and alternated them with plops of batter into the center of the pan. Afterwards, I just gave the pan a little jiggle, and it was good to go. Unfortunately, my first batch of cakes this morning sunk. I tried to color and flavor the colored portion with lime jello. I guess the cake spirits decided in was getting too cocky because it has been a while since I have had a cake fell and decided to teach me a lesson. Lime juice and green gel food coloring worked much better.
Friday, March 2, 2012
In honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday today, I made a Green Eggs and Ham cake! Well....a cake decorated like green eggs and ham, the inside is chocolate with chocolate chips buttercream filling. The kids all liked the wonky shape of the cake before I even got the fondant put on, so I guess this one is a winner. Since I really wanted it to look like the illustrations in a Dr. Seuss book, I tried a new technique and painted the blue coloring on the bottom and the big black lines. I am pretty pleased how it turned out, especially since it will just be devoured in a couple of hours anyway.
|A close up of the decorations.|
|I tried to get another picture just so the crookedness showed a bit better.|