Monday, September 29, 2014

80th Birthday Cake

It seems like there were lots of birthdays this summer. And I made lots of cake.  But didn't take many pictures. For example: I worked really hard on my great-aunt's 80th Birthday cake, and only took two horrible pictures. Here's the better of the two:

She's not a pastel buttercream rose kind of gal.  And here you also have a little insight into what my kitchen looks like after a cake. It ain't pretty.

Then I took two more bad pictures at the party, so I'll share those, too:

Aunt Iva is an Ohio State Buckeye fan, so I made a scarlet and gray cake for her. :-)  As an aside, I love my Agbay.  Best. Tool. Ever.

The other two cakes were chocolate.  The one in the foreground had mint chocolate ganache filling.  The one in the back (that you can't see...the pink one) had vanilla buttercream filling. Very tasty all around, if I do say so myself.

Anyhoo, that's all for now.

Friday, September 26, 2014

100th Birthday Cake

One of the ladies from church asked me to make a cake for her mother's 100th birthday celebration.  I was honored, to say the least.  All she wanted was pink and purple and NO FONDANT. The rest was up to me.  No pressure!

Anyhoo, that's what I came up with. It was massive.  14" and very, very heavy.  I make weird roses.

I have only made one other 14" cake, and I had forgotten how big that really is. It ended up being too tall for the box so I had to prop the lid open.  It never occurred to me that the cake box wouldn't be deep enough. I felt a little betrayed by the box.

Plus 40 cupcakes for the nursing home staff. Because who doesn't like cupcakes?

I thought it came out nice, and she loved the cake, so yay!

That's all for now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Summer in Retrospect

Happy Autumn!

Apparently I decided to take the summer off from blogging. It happens, I guess.  Things get busy and before you know it, the summer's over and the leaves are turning.  Stupid leaves.

One downside to having a baking blog is that sometimes you get so busy baking that you don't have time to blog. Happens to me a lot.  That and I don't take pictures because I'm a lousy photographer.  But if you've been around here before you already knew that.

So I finally decided to stop messing around with the bottles of vanilla extract at the grocery store. Found this one on Amazon.  Now hopefully I won't run out every week or two.

My beautiful assistant started the first grade this year.  How did that happen?

To prove that I've been baking, despite the lack of blog posts,  I took a picture.

From left to right-ish: Honey Wheat Bread, Granola, Chocolate Cake, Peach Cobbler. Click on the links for recipes.  The peach cobbler hasn't gotten much traffic here on the old blog, but it's one of the best recipes on here. You should try it.

A friend of mine got married in August.  The same friend who asked for Ninja cookies at her bridal shower. I brought cupcakes to the wedding. Still navy and silver.  I thought they were kind of pretty. I made chocolate and red velvet.

It's kind of hard to see, but the ruffly ones have silver heart sprinkles on them.

I found clam shell carriers that hold two dozen each.

I made a birthday cake for a coworkers granddaughter, but then didn't take any pictures but this one. Go me! (Pay no attention to the icing on the box top.)

So anyhoo, it's been a busy summer. I don't imagine things will slow down anytime soon, but maybe I'll make more time for blogging.

Well, that's all for now.