Friday, October 13, 2017

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

It's October, the month of all things pumpkin! Seriously, all of the things are pumpkin. I'm not just talking about pies, donuts, and lattes. They even have pumpkin flavored Oreo's, Cheerios, and gum. Well, you want to know what's not pumpkin?--this cake!

To make this pumpkin shaped (not flavored!) cake, I used this delicious vanilla bundt cake recipe. Be sure to double the recipe if you have two bundt cake pans. I only have one, so this became an all day event while I waited for one cake to bake and cool, and then make another batch of batter before I could finally reuse the pan.

Once both of your cakes are cooled, you will flip one of them upside down. This will be the bottom half of your pumpkin. Spread some frosting on the top (technically bottom) of your upside down cake--this will act as a glue for the top half of your pumpkin. Place the second bundt cake right side up directly on top of the frosting. You should start to see a pumpkin shape now. Cover with orange frosting and stick a small green log shaped piece of fondant on top for the stem. Ta-da!

Bippity Boppity BOO! -- see what I did there?
Now put a glass slipper next to it, because you think you are so clever and might possibly be a huge Disney freak.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Did you know that Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts? I suppose that's an easy guess because "Boston" is in the name, but it's a fun fact that I didn't know about until recently. Thanks to my 6 year old for being part of a post card exchange group, I've been researching interesting (and sometimes tasty) facts about Massachusetts.

If you've never heard of a post card exchange group, it's when you mail out 50 post cards and receive one back from each state. It's a fun way to teach geography, learn unique state facts, and if you're like me... another excuse to bake.

To make Boston cream pie cupcakes, you will need your favorite yellow cupcake and pastry cream recipe. If you want to cut corners and use box mix and instant pudding, go for it! However, I do recommend taking the time to make a whipped chocolate ganache. It's not only super easy to make, it's also a lot of fun to say. Say it with me: ganache. See? What did I tell you? Fun!

Once your cupcakes are baked, your pastry cream set, and your chilled ganache is a peanut butter consistency; you are ready to assemble. First, take tip 230 and place it inside a piping bag. Fill the piping bag with your pastry cream and insert the tip approximately half an inch into the cupcake. Give a gentle squeeze, don't squeeze too hard or your cupcake will explode.

If you don't have this tip, no worries. Just cut off the top of the cupcake and hollow out the inside a little bit. Then, take a spoon and scoop some cream inside before re-assembling.

After your cupcakes are filled, you will need to frost them. Whip your ganache until it is fluffy and place it in a plastic bag with the corner snipped off or use a piping bag fitted with tip 1M. Push the frosting towards the hole in the bag, squeezing out any air pockets. Then, pipe the frosting out on top the cupcake in a continuous circle one on top of the other forming a pyramid.

Or you can do like Dexter does and just have at it.

Does your home state have an official dessert?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eclipse Cake

I wasn't exactly planning on celebrating the recent solar eclipse. This will be our first official year homeschooling and I've been super busy planning and organizing. We don't technically begin until September, but what kind of homeschool mom would I be if I let such a momentous day go by without including a little last minute learning (and baking.) 

First, I had to admit my ignorance. I know next to nothing about space, so we watched an episode of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" to jog my memory on what exactly a solar eclipse is.

After that, I searched Pinterest for a craft that we had all the supplies for on hand. We stumbled upon this and it was a fairly simple art project involving coffee filters. 

For our "out of this world" dessert, I was inspired by this cake. First, we baked a chocolate cake and covered it with chocolate buttercream. Then, I took a small Mason jar and placed it on the center of the cake. After that, I gave the kids tiny brushes and let them apply gold and white petal dust around the jar. It got messy fast, but I resisted the urge to take over and they had a lot of fun.

How did you celebrate the eclipse?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Unicorn Cookies and Cupcakes

This year my daughter wanted unicorn-themed treats for her 4th birthday. I was more than happy to deliver because we all need a little magic in our lives, and it's such a fun, whimsical way to celebrate.

Almost too pretty to eat, these unicorn cookies were a blast to make! I made my favorite sugar cookie recipe and used this cookie cutter set. To get that luscious mane and sparkly horn, I used a small star tip and painted on this gold airbrush color.

These adorable unicorn cupcakes are easy to create by sculpting a horn and ears out of gumpaste. Add a rainbow frosting swirl, and you have a truly magical cupcake.

These treats will delight the imagination in any little dreamer. Unicorns may be real after all...well, at least in dessert form.

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