2 Chix in the Mix

October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

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We had our annual Chicken Stew/Trunk or Treat tonight at church.  This year we added a hay ride and cake walk.  Chicken stew was wonderful, truck or treat was great but I missed the hay ride because I was helping with the cake walk.  Everyone had a great time.  We had many children from the neighborhood come by to Trunk or Treat. 

I made this cake for the cake walk.   I call him Frankie.  He’s a chocolate cake, toffee almond buttercream with fondant decorations.  This was the first time I’ve made toffee almond buttercream and I must say it was out of this world!  I will definitely make it again. 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

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October 21, 2010

Aubrey’s Snickerdoodle

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This cake is obviously for Aubrey’s birthday.  It’s a Snickerdoodle cake with Snickerdoodle buttercream.  How did I do that?  That’s the magic of the Snickerdoodle. 

Have you ever noticed that everyone loves Snickerdoodle cookies.  I think it’s one of those universal flavors that everyone enjoys.  There’s something comforting about that cinnamon goodness.   Maybe while I’m making my applesauce Christmas ornaments next month I should be nibbling on a Snickerdoodle cake.   🙂

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

October 20, 2010

Rob’s Birthday

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It is impossible to make a cake for my husband without him seeing the process.  I tried to figure out a way he wouldn’t see his cake until it was complete but it just didn’t work. 

Here’s Rob’s TWO cakes!  Yes, he rates 2 birthday cakes.  Rob is diabetic so the chocolate cake is sugar-free.  It’s chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream icing.  The grim reaper on the top is fondant – not sugar-free but he wasn’t going to eat that anyway. 

Rob’s second cake was a sugar loaded cake for our friends to enjoy.  It’s a pumpkin gingerbread cake with cream cheese buttercream.  The stem is a hunk of cake covered in the same buttercream. 

This was a new recipe that required fresh grated ginger.  I’ve made pumpkin bread with ginger before but not fresh ginger.  It really makes a big difference.  This was extremely good.

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

October 14, 2010

Bonnie’s Birthday

My sister-in-law, Bonnie, and her family live in Florida.  We don’t get to see them much during the year and almost never on birthdays.  Rob and Bonnie’s birthdays are both this week.  Rob is 360 days older than Bonnie.  (You’ll be able to figure out Bonnie’s age later this week.)  Rob’s mom had surgery on Monday so Bonnie flew up to help her during her recovery.  While Bonnie wasn’t here on her actual birthday, we took the opportunity to celebrate her day a little late.    

This cake is lemon with a lemon curd buttercream filling.  The buttercream covering is vanilla.  Leaves and Gerber daisies are gumpaste.  Gumpaste is edible just not palatable.  

Keepin’ it sweet,

Deah

October 11, 2010

Friends and Family Tree

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One of my daughters best friends from about four years old to middle school, was Krissy.  They were like two peas in a pod.  They lost touch after middle school for a while, but I ran into Krissy’s mom about three years ago at a burger joint.  We exchanged phone numbers and became Facebook friends. 

A few months ago, she told me Krissy was getting married.  Where has time gone?  My little girl is married and now her friend was getting married.  Seems like only yesterday they were hiding under Krissy’s family pool table building a “fort” and playing with Barbie’s 🙂

Krissy’s mom had seen a few of our cakes on Facebook, so she asked if it was possible for us to do the wedding cake.  We were pretty excited about that.  Krissy had a picture she wanted her cake to look like.  We got a picture of the bridesmaid dress and tried to get the color as close to that as possible.  To me, the leaves were the most fun to make.  Each one is hand shaped, cut from gum paste and colored.  Then, we added a shimmer to each leaf.  It was a challenge, but a very enjoyable one.  The cake topper is also handcrafted from gumpaste.

We stemmed the cake and placed the leaves on it when we got to the venue.

The wedding was held at a marina, overlooking the water…it was a beautiful setting for a wedding.  We over heard one of the young caterers say, “The guy getting married today is a very lucky man; she’s beautiful.”  And she is.  We wish the bride and groom many years of happiness and thank you for letting us be a part of your very special day.

October 10, 2010

Baby Heidi’s Bum

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My friend Shasta is ready for Baby Heidi!  Big brother Mason is excited about his sweet baby sister.  Heidi should be making her appearance any day now!  There was a shower today for Shasta and I was asked to make a baby bum cake.  After a day of wedding cake I tackled the shower cake.  I’ll let Myrene tell you about the wedding cake.  It was GREAT!

While preparing to bake the layers Friday evening, I couldn’t decide if I wanted chocolate or vanilla cake so I did both – one chocolate layer and one vanilla layer.  Both layers were torted and filled with chocolate buttercream.  The layer flavors were stacked alternated.  It looked pretty cool when it was sliced.  The baby bum and legs are cake.  The feet are rice crispy treats.  Everything is edible. 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

October 9, 2010

Welcome to……

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a squished North Carolina.  Have you ever noticed the long and narrow shape of our state?  Well, I had never related it to a cake shape until this week.  My neighbor’s sister, dad and his girlfriend are visiting them this week all the way from California.  This is the first time they’ve been here since Sandy moved here a few years ago.  Sandy asked me to make a cake for them with the shape of North Carolina.  At first I thought it would be easy-peasy but then I compared the shape of the state related to a 9×12 sheet pan and realized if I carved to correct shape the cake would only serve 4!  Maybe a few more but not many.   With a little artistic license I reshaped the Great State of North Carolina to allow for more servings.  You know, it’s all about the cake! 

Since the family is all about chocolate this cake is chocolate with chocolate buttercream.  I suspect it won’t last long past dinner.

October 8, 2010

Ridem’ Cowboy

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This week I was asked to make an adult themed Cowboy cake.  There are so many cute kids cakes out there but only a handful of adult cakes.  I decided to rely on a silhouette version of a cowboy.  The cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream.  The cowboy, horseshoes, rope trim and message are chocolate fondant colored black. 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

October 5, 2010

Bungle In the Jungle

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My stepdaughter, Heather, had a baby last week, so, that is why this is getting on here at this late date – I’ve been a little busy. They are doing the nursery in jungle animals, so I made her a jungle animal shower cake. Note the monkey – her husband REALLY thinks monkeys are cute, so I put one on there just for him. Hope you liked that, Will. Congratulations you guys on the birth of your baby boy, Kaleb.

October 4, 2010

Here Lies David

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I work with David. David’s having a birthday. David had a birthday last year,too….strange how that happens, huh? Last year he said he wanted strawberry cake, so I made a strawberry flavored cake in the shape of a strawberry. Apparently, that wasn’t “cool” enough for him when you compare it with Nick and Chris’ cake. 🙂 David is turning 30 this year. He told me (yes, told me) he wanted a “fun” cake this year with cream cheese icing. Well, I guess fun is relative, cuz this is funny to me, but I’m sure it’s not going to be what he’s looking for. But that’s okay…his milestone cake is a tombstone cake. But, he did get the cream cheese icing (and the cake was key lime, simply because I like the thought of gray and lime green together).

Happy 30th birthday, old man!

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