2 Chix in the Mix

June 5, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Mr. Ayden!

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Deah and I have had a lot going on lately and haven’t had a lot of time for “caking”. And even though I’ve been in another state for two and a half months, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to make the cake for my grand baby, Ayden’s, first birthday. My daughter decided on a Mickey Mouse theme, so this is what I came up with for my precious grand baby’s first birthday….the top layer was white almond sour cream and the bottom layer was decadent chocolate.  I also made a matching baby smash cake that he enjoyed immensely. 🙂

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April 9, 2011

Just Married!

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Stacy asked us to make her wedding cake for today.  She brought us some pictures of what she would like.  We could tell by the photos that she has her own style and it’s non-traditional.  She requested banana-walnut and strawberry tiers.  Again, non-traditional but yummy just the same.  She also was thoughtful enough to consider some friends who maintain a gluten-free diet so we made a small chocolate gluten-free cake. 

The letters were fun to make out of gum paste.  They were made earlier in the week and allowed to dry hard.  I like that the lines aren’t uniform.  It gives the cake a fun element. 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

April 1, 2011

Mini Cake for 60 Years of Wedded Bliss

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Yes, 60 years!  That’s quite an accomplishment.  Bill and Ruth are a sweet couple that I go to church with.  To celebrate their anniversary I made a mini wedding cake for them.  I wanted it to look like an old-fashioned wedding cake.  Probably not authentic to their wedding time but as old-fashioned as I can remember. 

What I discovered is that a mini wedding cake is harder to work with than a large wedding cake.  Everything is on a smaller scale so my tools don’t fit.  I started by baking a 6″ layer of almond cake and then cut it down to 5″.  The 2nd and 3rd tiers are cut from a larger layer.  I covered each tier separately with buttercream and then stacked them.  Once I added the buttercream ruffles and swags I was nearly finished.  All in all, I think it turned out pretty well.  Ruth  told me she wouldn’t cut it until the neighbors saw it. 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

March 27, 2011

I’ve got a little bit of catching up to do…..

 As you can tell, this cake is for Nina.  And I bet you didn’t realize that Nina had a birthday.  🙂  

This one is a vanilla pound cake with vanilla buttercream.  Yes, you can put buttercream on pound cake.  It’s really good, but then again buttercream makes ANYTHING good. 

The flowers are made from fondant. 

My friend, Larry, had a birthday party last week.  Larry loves Mountain Dew Code Red as much as I love my Diet Mountain Dew.  You never see Larry without his bottle of Dew.  Normally, it stuck in his jacket pocket.  He likes to tease me when I don’t have mine with me. 

Larry’s cake is a double layer 9 x 13 carrot cake with vanilla buttercream.  The cooler and contents are fondant.

This cake has a split personality.  It’s for 2 sisters and a boyfriend.  The cake is strawberry amaretto with vanilla buttercream.  

Catherine love the Dave Matthews Band.  I like DMB but I’m not an expert on them so this one took some research.  The “person” on the front is a firedancer.  It’s molded from a combo of fondant and gumpaste.  The splotch is also a DMB emblem I found and the writing on the background is lyric from one of their songs.  I didn’t know it but it just happens to be one of Catherine’s favorite songs. 

Christine and Kris’ birthdays are just a few days apart.  Christine is a shoe and purse Diva.  She just loves them.  Kris is a photography enthusiast.  The shoe is made from gumpaste and the camera is a rice crispy treat covered in fondant.  And since I know you want to see that shoe better, here it is.

March 7, 2011

Carolina on my Mind

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We finally celebrated Trey’s birthday Saturday night.  Trey turned 21 last Monday but because of some illnesses and work schedules we weren’t able to celebrate with him until Saturday.  Trey requested a cake with the white chocolate/kona filling so the cake just had to be chocolate.  I added chocolate chips to the batter to make it extra decadent and it worked.  The buttercream was kona flavored.  The hat is a huge rice crispy treat covered in fondant.  I added chocolate chips to this also.

After a dinner at Big Ed’s Chicken Pit (Trey’s choice) we dove into this one.  It was great!    

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

March 6, 2011

Our Latest Wedding Cake

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Myrene and I worked on a wedding cake for a sweet bride.  Laura asked us to do a scroll on her wedding cake to reflect scrolls on her invitation.  Her cake flavors are strawberry, vanilla and almond.  Almond was her favorite so we made the bottom tier almond since that’s the one she and her groom would cut at the reception.  Laura’s colors were black, white and red.  Perfect for scrolling, I think.  The cake tiers were 6″, 8″, 10″, and 12″.  Yes, that’s a lot of cake!  130 servings to be exact. 

Myrene and I spent about 4 hours piping the scrolls on the tiers.  We spent extra time on it because we wanted it to be perfect for Laura.  Once the piping was complete all that was left was the stacking.  Normally stacking is a bit nerve-wracking but this time it was much easier.  We found a stacking system that guarantees even tiers.  It was a breeze to stack. 

Myrene and I were pleased with the results.  A beautiful cake (if I may say so myself) for a beautiful bride! 

Keepin’ it sweet,

Deah

**UPDATE**
We heard from the Mother of the Bride today.  She said it was more beautiful than she and Laura had imagined.  The cake flavors were a hit because guests were going back for seconds.

February 27, 2011

Forget-Me-Not

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I’ve never had free reign to put anything on a cake I wanted, unless, of course, the cake was requested BY me :-). A friend asked me to bake a cake for her sweet little momma’s 79th birthday. Her only stipulations were 1) It had to be strawberry flavored and 2) Her mom’s not real frilly. So, I experimented. I made it simple, yet colorful…something MY mom would like. I also took the opportunity to practice my scrolling. I scrolled in the same color as the cake, but only on the sides, so it wouldn’t be too “frilly”. I put some forget-me-nots made out of royal icing on it, but those don’t qualify as “frilly”, do they? Nah, I didn’t think so either. I just got a note from my friend that said her mom loved her cake, so I guess we accomplished our mission.

February 21, 2011

Thank You Neighbor!

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Have I ever shared with you that we have great neighbors!  The whole neighborhood is great but we have super neighbors on both sides of us.  We really take care of each other. 

This past weekend Rob and I were out-of-town at Winterfest in Gatlinburg, TN with the youth group at church.  While we were gone our neighbors kept an eye on the house for us.  I left them a Thank You gift in the kitchen.  It is Kahlua cake, white chocolate coffee filling and coffee flavored buttercream. 

The caffeine lovers dream! 

Keepin’ it sweet!

Deah

February 13, 2011

Let’s Talk…

My husbands all time favorite dessert is brownies. I have a pan I bought long ago with 6 heart shapes, so I decided to make him a special Valentines Day treat – Frosted Conversation Heart brownies. They were cute and delicious! Of course, I also made him some chocolate covered strawberries with some “premium” strawberries. In case you wondered – the premium strawberries are worth the extra price you pay. Each one was huge, ripe and decadently delicious!  Hubby was a happy man!

Strawberry Fields Forever

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My step daughter really loves strawberries and almost anything you can make with them. Each year, she requests a strawberry flavored cake on her birthday and I comply. This year was no different. This year, I tried something different because I’m working on my scrolling technique. I made a strawberry patch. Each strawberry was rolled and shaped individually, because, as we all know, no strawberry looks just like another one. I coupled the strawberry cake with butter cream icing instead of the cream cheese I usually pair it with. Heather enjoyed it so much she had two pieces and took the rest of the cake home with her. Now I need to try to top this one next year…already thinking about it.

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