Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Maxine 60th Birthday Cake

Maxine said it right! If you follow me on Facebook, you've already seem my Maxine birthday cake. This was a yellow cake with a pastry cream filling. Buttercream frosting, and marshmallow fondant to make Maxine!

I'm kind of loving making things out of fondant! I'm getting the hang of things and it is becoming less intimidating. How I made Maxine was by printing up a picture of her. Then I traced her on wax paper, cut out all the individual pieces, and traced the fondant around the wax paper pieces. I believe she came out pretty decent for my second fondant endeavor!

Maxine is always being a crabby patty. I don't believe she has any right to complain about birthdays though, seeing as she never ages. C'est la vie! Either way, there will always be cake!!!

Random birthday cream puffs on the agenda for this week! Cake pops at the weeks end as well! Stay tuned, friends!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Pie!

There are a crazy amount of peanut butter pie variations on the internet. And you know what? They all consist of the same ingredients. 

And yet, some looked more promising for me to try than others, ha! 

Honestly, pictures really influence me trying a recipe. Unfortunately, I took a bunch of pictures of this chocolate peanut butter pie I made yesterday, but lost them all today.  =(  Amazingly enough, we didn't eat the whole pie yesterday, and I had a last minute chance to snap pictures of this sweet beauty! =)

I always like to find different crusts to try as opposed to graham cracker crusts. I think it's because people are just expecting that for a pie such as this, so I like to surprise. I myself was really surprised to find that there were no solid chocolate short dough cookie recipes on the internet, so I used one from class last year and rolled it out for the crust in this 8in foil pie pan. 

After the crust baked and cooled, I added something more to the crust before I spread the filling into the pan. I used some hot fudge topping (by Smuckers- I've been meaning to do homemade, but that hasn't happened yet) and spread a layer on the crust before I added the peanut butter filling. 

The basic peanut butter pie filling you'll find on the internet is peanut butter, cool whip, and confectioner's sugar. I added some vanilla to it and a little extra peanut butter than what it calls for. After popping it in the freezer for a bit, I topped it with a thin layer of whipped topping, then drizzle more peanut butter and hot fudge sauce on top. 

In a pinch, you can freeze this for a a couple hours, and then it will be ready to slice in to! 

Love! My most favorite muffin loves peanut butter and chocolate, so this is my go-to for his birthday! Happy Birthday to JP! =)

More birthday things to happen later this week! Stay turned for more blog catching up soon! 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pink Ombre Swirl Cake- CLM's style!

Slowly playing catch up! 

Over the course of this year, I'd like to take as many birthday opportunities as I can to practice different kind of cake techniques. I took a quick twist on some Pinterest inspiration to create this pink ombre swirl cake for my grandma's 75th birthday cake!

Seriously, the most time consuming part of frosting was dying the buttercream different shades of pink. Making swirls with a star point wasn't nearly as scary or intimidating as this picture seems!

Looks just as yummy from the top view, no?!

The inside was a white cake, 4 layers, with two layers of pastry cream filling and a single layer of strawberry sauce in the middle. I really need to start trying different cake recipes, as well as buttercream recipes. My go-to is a bit sweet, and it's time to start searching around for the perfect frosting for each ocassion!

Can't wait for the next! More exciting birthday posts to come!!!

Hope you aren't on a sugar load from Valentine's Day! Love!!! It's safe to say I need a quick sweet time out.....  ;-)


Friday, February 1, 2013

Penguin Pops

Happy February!!!
These little penguin dudes are fighting the cold by flying west! Long overdue special delivery for one of my most special little muffins!!! <3

Birthdays and baptisms and communions....so many orders coming up! While you are waiting to thaw from the last few winter months, considering something to keep your tummy sweet and happy!