Monday, May 27, 2013

The Anti Birthday Cake

This was a fun cake for me to make, but nervous because it was for my boss.  Like most of us working people who work on their birthday, or simply don’t celebrate their birthday, my boss is one of those people.  So I got the bright idea to make her a cake based on some of her favorite flavors, with one of her favorite kitchen tools (the paring knife, we all have several). 

We call it the anti-birthday cake.
I am glad she liked it because I was nervous.  I enjoyed making it.

Bourbon cake with bourbon pecan mousse
and vanilla butter cream

Looks like a murder, ha ha ha
Inside joke

Fondant paring knife

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Boob" Cake

Well, my other adult novelty cake I had this past weekend was a “boob” cake for another birthday boy…
Making this cake was extremely fun, and with the “butt” cake I made two months ago, it was easier to make.  I was happy to make it and the birthday boy was EXTREMELY happy!!!!!
Name "tattooed"

Taurus symbol "tattooed"

Completed cake

Up view of completed cake

Close up view

Completed cake

Close up of sugar gel decorations

Side view

Another side view

Completed cake

The cake was chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream icing, covered in chocolate and butter cream fondant, with sugar gel decorations.

Bass Guitar Cake and mini tutorial

Well family, my latest adult novelty cake was a bass guitar cake for my best friend’s husband.  He is a guitar player and we thought it would be a great surprise.
Sketch of guitar

Chilled and wrapped cake

Cut template placed on cake to measure

Cake cut around the template

Cut cake

Cake crumb coated and iced pre-decorations

Using fudge icing pipe guitar pieces

Completed cake

Decorated with fudge and sugar gel

Signed with his name

Another shot

Finished with musical notes

close up on decorations

music notes

side view

elongated view

Comparison of actual bass guitar and bass guitar cake
The cake is yellow cake with white icing and fudge icing.  The decorations are all edible sugar gel and fudge icing.
Hope you like it.  He loved it.

Savory Herb Whole Grain Muffins

So today was a great day when I was able to revamp (modify) a recipe I always use and try it out at work… Yea, great boss right!
So I took my whole wheat blueberry muffins and turned them savory… hope you like the recipe… the customers who they were made for did!!!
Herb whole grain muffins
1 c      all-purpose flour
 ¼ c    rye flour
¼ c     wheat germ
½  c    whole wheat flour
½  c    sugar
1T      baking powder
½t      salt
¼t      oregano, ground
¼ t     thyme, ground
¼ t     basil, ground or chopped
¼ t     rosemary, ground or chopped
1        egg
1 c      milk (can use reduced fat-2%)
¼ c     butter
¼ c     oatmeal

Yield one dozen muffins

1. Preheat oven to 400
°F. Grease 12 muffin cups (or use cup cake liners)
2. Combine flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, wheat germ, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl.
4. Mix egg, milk, butter in another bowl. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients until just combined (important to not over mix). Gently fold in herbs.
5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake muffins until golden brown, 18-20 minutes.
Optional:  Add shredded cheese
Herb Whole Grain Muffins

Close up
Have a great day.. keep cooking

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Day

Hey family,

I know this post is a couple days late, but I injured my thumb and didn't want to type on it until it was not killing me to do so.   (Thumb injury is for another time, ha ha ha)

Mother's Day 2013... I was working the line (yes even after the thumb injury... I'm a boss, nah I'm not really, I just am a diligent worker...) with Chef Ashley and Lauren, our pastry intern.

We rocked out five amazing dessert dishes and two children's dessert dishes for the River House.  And it was amazing to see the magnitude we served on that day.  Had an amazing day...

Kids Cheesecake, (Kid's shortcake is not shown)

Key Lime Creme Brulee
Honey Meringue, & Graham Cracker Cookies

Triple Chocolate
Frozen Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta, White Chocolate Mousse
& Milk Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut Cream Pie
Key Lime & Coconut Caramel, & Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Upside Down Rhubarb Cake
Butterscotch Rhubarb Sauce, Honey Vanilla Ice Cream,
& Sugar Decorations

Spring Berry Shortcake
Buttermilk Pound cake, Blackberry-Raspberry Coulis,
& Creme Chantilly
If I had it to do over, I wouldn't have injured myself, but the quality of work was still cool.

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Until next time... have two cakes I am finishing this week so... CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE

Love you,

Friday, May 10, 2013

New Cupcakes at Buffalo's

Well, well, well...

Once again, I had an opportunity to make something that I think will fair well.

Our sister restaurant, Buffalo's gets their homemade goodies from our bakeshop (don't think we are crazy, we are literally across the street on the property).  So today, I made two new flavors and I just made an old favorite more festive looking.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting looking like sheep

Spring lamb Red Velvet

Irish Cream Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes

Lavender Scented Vanilla Cupcakes

Its Lavender ganache stuffed inside the cupcake with lavender scented butter cream with white chocolate pearls and white chocolate decorations ("B" for Buffalo's)

So those are the new special cupcakes at Buffalo's this weekend.  Other specials are apple pecan tarts, triple blueberry tart, and red velvet whoopee pies.  Buffalo's is a casual fare cafe which is for members, guests and open to the public.  Click here for more information on dining at Buffalo's.

Well, with a nice cake coming up this weekend and work in full swing, I am definitely looking forward to sharing more with you.  Love you, keep baking/cooking...