first communion cake and tablescape

First communion yellow cake with buttercream icing. This is a double layered 1/4 sheet. I definitely could not stand the buttercream consistency..But hopefully next time it’ll work more in my favor. The lettering was made of chocolate melts drawn out on parchment paper, hardened in the fridge and transferred on the cake. The chocolate crosses, I used chocolate molds and the cake balls were oreo and cheesecake!

cake balls cheesecake and oreo
cake balls cheesecake and oreo
chocolate croses

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chocolate truffles & pound cake

Finally tried my own truffle recipe! I can’t wait to try with different flavors and learn how to use fillings! I also had pound cake on hand and decided to try cake balling them with buttercream :D My first set of truffles were so ugly I REFUSED to take pictures hehehe! But they were too soft and not at all pliable!! Too much heavy cream I guess. The second set was fun to make. I used espresso beans, nuts, and confectioner’s sugar for toppings.

Went to Joanns and bought some silver shimmer most likely to be used for the first communions I’m scheduled to do. I’ve been looking for cross and graduation molds (for chocolate) for two graduations in May. Any ideas for souvenirs anyone? I was looking to do cold porcelain souvenirs but it looks like that might be too complicated. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m also thinking maybe soaps? I need more brainstorming :)

Here’s the truffles!

Chocolate Truffles!!

Some of them are chocolate truffles, the perfect circles are pound cake balls, and then chocolate dipped bananas

Espresso beans :) they made the kitchen smell so good!

dipping bowl!

fondant!

I FINALLY worked with fondant today :) I made mocha cupcakes and 7minute frosting and if only I had taken a picture of the mess I made..you’d be exhausted for me! Enjoy!

mocha cupcakes
fondant
7 minute frosting
fondant on the cupcake
pink flowers
music <3
flower!
hello kitty!

I had to try hello kitty 3 times before i got her semi correct  :) i wish i would have shaped her head but she’s still cute!! I had a hard time working buttercream with the cake I made last week so I worked with cupcakes and it’s a great start. Hopefully I can get mini cakes done soon.

creme de la creme of chocolatey goodness.

I had originally wanted to work with fondant..since yesterday, but I just didn’t have the energy or heart to bake more cupcakes and work with fondant when my mom made mocha roll.. oh delishhhh mocha roll. So I helped/watched her make it and I iced/frosted and tasted (yummmmmy). I also was inspired by Pioneer Woman to try molten chocolate lava cake, so I did it. I must say I am proud. I thought it would be much harder! It is the perfect chocolate fix for your “I just need chocolate cuz it makes me happy” days. The recipe is from Tasty Kitchen by Brandielle I miss my son so much I actually ate the baked goods. (he’s with daddy visiting) oh and yes I have a 19 month old angel :) he would love this chocolate overload.

Chocolate Chips (Semi-sweet) yummmm.

semisweet chocolate chips

The ingredients.

the ingredients

Butter..because it makes it all worth it.

butter and chocolate who doesn't love that?

Pam sprayed ramekins/custard cups..any pyrex will do.

ramekins or custard cups

If you don’t think this looks good. you’re crazy and you hate chocolate. cuz this is creme de la creme of it.

what more is there to say about this goodness?
ready to pour

I could eat them just like this. make sure to put the ramekins on a cookie sheet to bake!

yummmm

yes this was round 2. the first ones turned out flat after i flipped them onto a plate.
bake for 12 min. i made them 2 at a time..to lessen wasting product.

deeeeliissssshhhhhhh

wham! bam! ta da!

bam!

for the sake of tradition and extra yummy goodness..vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache.

with ganache and vanilla ice cream

and again…

molten chocolate lava cake

i am still workin on my camera..i hate the blurry pictures..but bear with me please. So this amazing chocolatey scrum-diddle-umptious dish was so easy to make. I will work with fondant at some point maybe have a post by next week. We’ll see where my mood takes me. I have online classes to worry about..it’s crunch time for the semester :/

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake –tasty kitchen

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces (squares) Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
  • ½ cups Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Egg Yolks
  • 6 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Real Whipping Cream (seriously It’s So Much Better!!!)
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

How to:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray 4 custard cups with Pam and place on cookie sheet.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 1 minute, until butter is melted. whisk until chocolate is also melted.

Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour.

Divide between cups.

Bake 13-14 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand 1 minute.

Whipped Topping:

Combine sugar and heavy cream and whip until stiff.

Invert cakes on dishes and top with whipped cream.

my own little heaven.

So last thursday, my family and I went to CakeArt in Tucker,GA (heard bout this from Bakerella) and I about had an aneurism from all the stuff they had..literally everything a pastry artist/event planner would ever want. AND they have Wilton classes!!!! (well so does michael’s) but still this place has everything from different size and shape baking pans, to different colors for icing, cookie cutters, boxes, sprinkles..candy, equipment and all!! AH!!! I get excited just remembering :) so we bought a ton of stuff including fondant and I’m now learning how to work with it. Here’s some of the stuff I saw and bought.

brushes, whisks, these and those

icing colors..tons of them
chocolate melts..my fave
couplers and decorating bags
my pantry of stuff

So after this adventure..I had a cake to make..that strawberry cake that was originally suppose to be a bigger version of the cupcakes (See last post) became a strawberry torte (martha stewarts recipe) and the customer said it was good..so did some family members who would be straight up if it sucked so I was satisfied..bummed that I didn’t get to taste it but happy everyone who did liked it! It inspired my mom to make her favorite goldilocks mocha roll. She’s currently making it again for me as we speak (I should be watching)

strawberry torte

and again….

yummmmmm

wait for my fondant work!!!

strawberry love

Strawberry cupcakes with chocolate chips!

with frosting…

take a bite?

yummmmmm…..

the 1/2 dozen

So I have a cake order on Friday and I was clueless as to if I should make it a strawberry flavored cake? or strawberry filled yellow or butter cake? I then saw this Sprinkles’ Cupcakes recipe from Martha Stewarts site and decided why not try it? We for some reason had loads of strawberries in the fridge so I baked away! I love customers who say, “strawberry cake please, surprise me and do whatever you want as long as it has strawberries.” So this is going to be a 4 layer cake by Friday :) I will definitely be adding the chocolate chips inside and on top just because it helps bring the strawberry-ness together. LOVED it!!! yummmmm! I’m definitely feeling the Summer lovin!

Easter sweets!

Had a  fun easter with family!! I made carrot cake cupcakes and cheesecake balls. I was gonna try my million dollar cake for easter but there was too much going on in the kitchen! My parents had family friends over for the weekend and had a cooking extravaganza. My mom successfully made brazo de mercedes for the first time and she’s currently making it as we speak ! So enjoy the colors and goodness! These sweets were gone by the end of the day!!! Everyone said my carrot cake was great because it wasn’t so sweet and the cream cheese frosting made up for it! Perfect blend!!! Carrot cake of course dedicated to my uncle  in NYC! Wish you guys could have been here for easter!

Carrot Cupcakes

yummmm. cream cheese frosting in multi easter color! Those eggs are m&ms and Reeses!

Easter cupcakes!
cheesecake balls!

I loved how they turned out specially the pink! So excited for the summer!!!!