Sunday, March 4, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Key Lime Shamrock Cake

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day a little early this year.  Last night we had a big corned beef and cabbage dinner for friends of ours who are expecting baby #3 right around the 17th.   We didn't want them to miss out this we decided to get an early start on things!  That being said...this is likely to be my only holiday related post that will actually "post" prior to the holiday it was made for.

I made the Key Lime Shamrock Cake that I saw on Bird On A Cake. I stumbled on this blog post a few weeks ago and knew right away that this year I would try this cake.  Last year I made a Chocolate Stout Cake but as I mentioned before, my good friend is SUPER pregnant.  Seeing as the corned beef is boiled in beer for hours on end and I served cheese with Irish Whiskey in it, I thought that it might be a good idea to nix the alcohol in the dessert!  

Both the cake and the frosting had key lime juice in them.  Quiet yummy.  Thank you Bird On A Cake for the Inspiration! 

P.S. - I just love the beautiful photos of this cake as seen HERE...but I am not that patient of a person when it comes to food photography.  I forgot about the "inside" picture until it was almost too late!  And really...isn't this messy mess a sign of a good cake! :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mardi Gras Cupcakes - Half Birthday Celebration

Last year for my son's half-birthday I made him a "HALF" Birthday Cake.  This year he got to celebrate his half birthday in school because his real day occurs during the summer.  His big day to celebrate was on Fat Tuesday.  I thought long and hard about what to make for his class.  I was going to make train engine cookies because anyone who knows my son knows that he LOVES trains.  When I realized that it was Mardi Gras I managed to twist his arm into letting me make these multicolored cupcakes.  I had a lot of fun making them.  New recipe - new icing technique - new way to make me fat and bring a smile to my kid's face!

The cupcakes were three different colors inside.  Green, Purple and Gold...the colors of Mardi Gras.  I attempted to get all three colors of icing on them, but only two colors cooperated at a time.  I wrapped each color separately in saran wrap and thread them into my piping bag.  Getting two colors to come out at once was simple, but the third color just gave me problems every time.  Time was running out, so I decided to just alternate them and settled for two colors on each.

Valentine's Day Donuts

Can’t believe that February is almost over!  While I know that I didn’t keep up with my blog for the past seven months…I have kept up with the baking.  There are so many fun things that I want to share and I suppose that I better just jump right back in! 

These are the donuts that I made for my son’s class for Valentine’s Day.  I stumbled on a recipe for baked (not fried) donuts and simply had to give it a go.  I think they came out really well.  I’m going to at least post the pictures for now…all the details will shortly follow…I promise!!

I also made little "centerpieces" for the classroom tables.  The kids LOVED the chocolate dipped marshmallows and candy.  There was NOTHING left!

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