Sunday, September 30, 2012

Baby Shower sheet cake

This is a 1/2 sheet cake with a small pillow cake on top

Marble cake with mousse & fresh strawberries

Gum paste hibiscus flowers & baby

100% Edible

Barn cake

I love this cake!

Top tier (barn) is vanilla cake with raspberry buttercream

Bottom tier is chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream

Fondant barnyard animals

100% Edible

Camping cake

This cake was for a kids campout birthday theme. 

They wanted to incorporate camo print & s'mores too! So, I marbled the fondant with camo colors ...
...and made s'mores pops!

100% Edible
 (even the rocks! they're chocolate!)

Hitchcock themed cupcakes

These are for the Hitchcock lover!
Edible image "bluray/movie posters" placed on fondant, topping Chocolate cupcakes with blood orange mousse.

100% Edible

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Home made vanilla extract

This is the finished product...

But first, was a lot of research and buying what I needed...

I got my bottles and my vodka (and i did 1 smaller bottle with rum~ i wanted to see the difference at the end) -make sure the vodka is 80% alcohol

Then I got my vanilla beans.
I got my beans from where they have a wide variety of different types of organic beans.

I got plain organic vanilla beans, organic Indian vanilla beans, organic mexican vanilla beans, organic madagascar vanilla beans, and organic tahitian vanilla beans..

Let me add, that these prices were amazing for as many beans as you get, AND i knew it was coming from certified USDA organic store.
Beware buying your beans from other online places...if they price is too cheap...your going to get crappy beans.
All of the beans I got were nice and plump and soft.

Research told me to use 6 beans per 17 oz bottle. My large bottles were twice as big and then some, so i doubled my beans and added a couple to compensate. The mason jars I used were exactly 34 oz, so i used 12 beans for those.

I filled them all with the vodka and beans, then I labeled the bottles to show which beans were used and I added a date to the back of each bottle telling when it was bottled. It takes 8 weeks/2 months for the vanilla to be complete.

You store in a dark cool place and shake your bottle once a week.

See the nice brown color? (up there) I think this was after only 1 week!

Now, this is after 8 weeks....

Nice and dark

Mine still smelled a bit like alcohol, and I'm not sure if it is suppose to, so I will give it another week or so..

This project was pretty simple! The hardest part was waiting 2 months!!!
But now I'm set for all of my holiday baking and I may possibly put the vanilla into smaller bottles and give as gifts!

The End =)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Floral baby shower cake

I love love LOVE this cake!

Per the mommy's request;

Top tier-Chocolate cake (with toffee bits baked in) with caramel filling & more toffee bits!

Bottom tier- Salted caramel white chocolate macadamia nut cake

mini cupcakes- banana cupcakes w/ a mini reese's peanut butter cup baked in, with peanut butter buttercream

Bottom tier is decorated with buttercream roses. cupcakes are topped with a mini brown sugar cookie covered in fondant.

100% edible!