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Pink Cake

My daughter turned 12 this month.  She ordered her very favorite strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream.  If you haven’t been around here before, you may not know how pink this cake really is.  It’s definitely a girly cake.  This year she wanted to have a layer of strawberry cake with a layer of chocolate cake.  She asked for the filling to be chocolate and the strawberry buttercream for the whole cake.  She also asked to put colorful flowers on it.

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Funny thing about her cake…she never ate one bite of it.  Still at 12 years old, she requested (and expected) her star cake that I have made her since she was 2…

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I guess she didn’t want to share since it’s a 4 inch cake.  Or maybe she was feeling a little sentimental and decided to help me out with this how getting older thing and agree to eat her cake that I will willingly make her until I can no longer bake.

Fourth of July

We are settled here in Utah now.  Not sure what we are doing about the business at this point but I’ll keep you posted.  It’s similar to living in Colorado to this point.  We are a little lower in elevation but still have to make the adjustments so things don’t bake out of the oven or crisp on the bottom.

One sign that I am settled is that I can bake and want to bake.  It just so happens that worked out to be the same time as celebrating America.  So thanks to ideas on Pinterest. I decided to use my own vanilla cake recipe to make a fun and festive cake for the fourth.

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I decided on vanilla because it’s light and it’s so darn hot around here.  Plus everyone loves it.  So I added blue coloring to 1/3 of the vanilla batter and red coloring to another 1/3 of the batter.  I put them into 8 inch pans and baked them up.  After the cakes cooled and I leveled them, I used a 4 inch circle cookie cutter and cut the centers of each cake.  So I had small circle of each color, red, white and blue and a large outer circle of each color, red, white, and blue.  Are you following me?  I should add here that I double my vanilla cake recipe to have enough cake.

Then I place the red center in the blue ring and put it on the cake board.  After a layer of vanilla buttercream, I added the next layer of the blue center with white ring and covered it with vanilla buttercream.  I add the last layer of white center and red ring to the top and covered the cake with vanilla buttercream.  I used the star tip (tip 18) to place 2 rows of white stars followed by 1 row of blue stars (tip 21) all the way to the top.  I used a star-shaped cookie cutter (4 inches) to make an outline for me to follow and did the outline in blue and filled it in with red tinted buttercream stars (tip 18).

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My critics (the kids and husband) were all about it.  They loved the way it looked and the taste, of course.  I knew they would love the taste.  I like how it turned out.  We had way too much cake leftover the just the 5 of us but it was festive and just what I need to relax after all the unpacking!

Purple Star

My middle child turn 9 today.  She ordered up a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.  The icing needed to be purple.  Oh and she wanted it to be a star.  So I made her a simple star cake.

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I piped stars around the sides of the cake and tinted a little purple icing a little more purple to put her name on the cake.  She told me later that she really liked that I put a star for the dots above the letter I.  It takes so little to impress her!

Angry Birds

My son turned 6 in March.  He ordered up an Angry Birds cake complete with “a king pig, a mustache pig, and a few birds”.  He also wanted chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a special chocolate surprise in the middle.

So I went to work on the fondant birds and pigs…IMG_0006I used an edible marker for their faces since I didn’t allow myself enough time to actually make faces.  But the Birthday Boy was pretty please, especially with the “king pig”.  He also thought the sling was pretty cool.

I made his special birthday cake which is chocolate and used my chocolate buttercream and iced the cake smooth.  I tinted vanilla buttercream green for his birthday message.

IMG_0003And his special chocolate surprise?  I put a layer of chocolate chips in the middle with the chocolate filling.  He was happy when he took his first bite.  The kid love his chocolate!

IMG_0004 Overall, I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  And my birthday boy was please, which was really what matters.  Happy Birthday, Jacob!

Baking

Here’s what’s been going on at Stahrs Cakes.

December:  There were lots of goodies made.  Peppermint bark, peanut butter fudge, cornflake wreaths, lots of cookies.  I attempted a cookie I saw on Pinterest.  Chocolate Melted Snowman.  Copy (1) of IMG_0006

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I used my own triple chocolate cookie recipe and white royal icing for the snowman but I used the same design I saw on Pinterest.  I used a mini peanut butter cup for the hat and some red and green sprinkles for the eyes and mouths.  They were cute and the kids say they are part of the Christmas cookie line up.

 

January started out with a Chocolate cola cake.  That’s what my husband asked for our New Years dessert.  So moist, chocolaty, rich.  I dressed it up a little with miniature chocolate chips on the glaze.

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Then my husband’s birthday with his red velvet cake with peanut butter buttercream.  I’m not sure what my obsession is with mini chocolate chips but it does dress up a cake…

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Since there are only five here, I made a six-inch round and torted the layers so it was a tall cake but still small to not waste.

Then my oldest daughter turned 11!  Aside from her first birthday (which was chocolate cake), she has always asked for strawberry cake with strawberry icing.  This happens to be the pinkest cake ever.  This year she had a hard time deciding.  She actually wanted to have peanut butter fudge.  But when she asked if she would get her star-shaped cake (a tradition I’ve been doing since she turned one) and was told no, she decided on chocolate cake with strawberry icing.

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And, yes, she got her little star…

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I also had an order for a special birthday.  Twin boys who were turning 11!  Mom wanted them to have individual cakes but similar and didn’t want a lot of cake left over.  So we decided on 6 inch one-layer cakes.  Mom also said that boys were, well, boys and didn’t really have any ideas on what they want their cakes to look like.  She had a picture of a cake she thought was neat and decided on gold, purple, and black for colors.   I tinted chocolate icing black and covered and filled each layer with it.

I rolled out purple fondant for straight ribbons and white fondant for curvy ribbons.  I used edible gold spray on the white.  I also used a star-shaped cookie cutter for some star confetti.  While I still used the same decorations, I wanted the cakes to be different for each of the boys.  So I purposely placed the fondant decorations differently.

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I finished the cakes off with Happy Birthday and their names in gold gel.

Green Things

March is a fun month in this house.  While we aren’t Irish, we do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  My son loves all things green and it kind of represents the Spring is right around the corner for us.  So more green things appear, like the grass and the buds, etc.  So I decided to try my hand at some truffles.  I made mint chocolate truffles.  According to my kids, they were yummy…I used green candy melts for the coating and drizzled white chocolate on top.  They were very minty and refreshing!For St. Patrick’s Day, I treated my kids with mint chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla mint buttercream.  My 10-year-old said it was almost as good as the ice cream, which is her favorite.  I’ll take that complement ;-)!And one more “green thing”…since Spring break is upon us, it was time to celebrate the cadets’ birthdays for March.  I made a green velvet cake with vanilla buttercream tinted green.I had never even heard of green velvet before.  I saw that one of my pinterest friends pinned it.  I had to try it with my yummy new red velvet recipe.  It smelled the same but looked green and turned out so wonderfully that I was giddy with glee!

Class Cakes

I ended up with such a large class for my Decorating Basics course at Hobby Lobby that I had to split the class and have two!  The students were awesome and they had lots of fun.  I have to say that I did too.  It wonderful for me to see students get excited when they realize they did something cool.  And they did lots of cool things!   But I’ll let you decided by looking at their final cake projects…These were from a husband and wife couple who took the class together. 

I had another couple in my second class.  He loves her, if you couldn’t tell…And she’s pretty smitten with him…and their little guy…

I even had a student who decided to do cupcakes for their final project instead of a full cake.  Such a good idea…

Aren’t they all great?  There were 4 students who were under 18 in the class too.  I am so impressed by these cakes.  I love the colors and the ideas the students had.  They all did a great job!

Polka Dots

Last weekend I had an order for a baby shower cake.  The lady who ordered the cake had an idea in her head with pink, brown, green, and blue colors but wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.

I used tip 12 to pipe large dots onto the cake and, when the icing dried a bit, I flattened the dots.  I think it turned out nicely.  What do you think?

Birthdays

We have two birthdays in January in our house.  My husband loves red velvet cake with peanut butter buttercream and I make it for him every year…He is my clown!  And I love him.  And this cake lasted for two days.

My oldest turned ten this year.  She had ideas for her cake since September and designed it mostly on her own.  All I had to do was make everything.  She wanted star-gazer lilies and she wanted a chocolate cake with a strawberry cake on top. Strawberry really is her favorite.  I mean, what girl doesn’t like a pink cake? But since she was having a few friends over for her party, she decided that the bottom layer should be chocolate so that everyone was happy!  And they were.I thought it looked pretty with the candles all litTen candles on an 8 inch cake and a 6 inch cake is a lot!  I was happy with it and so was she and so were her friends!

End of the year wrap up…

Wow! It’s been pretty quiet around here.  My New Year’s Resolution is to not let that happen anymore.  I plan to keep this place hopping from now on.  But in the meantime, here are a few things I’ve work on over the last few months…

Baby shower…mom was decorating the room in pink and green and loved monkeys.  I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream tinted pink and green.  I used modeling chocolate for the monkeys…

The cadets of squadron 6 at the Air Force Academy wanted a celebratory cake for all their efforts to surpass their volunteering goal.  Well, they did it!  I made a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing tinted red, a “funfetti” (vanilla cake with sprinkles) with vanilla buttercream tinted red, and a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream tinted black.

I used black fondant for the bull and piped vanilla buttercream for their hours of volunteering.  711 hours is impressive!  Good job Bulls!

Here are a few cakes from some of my latest students in my basic course…

The last one was from an 11-year-old!

So that’s it for now…but not for too long!

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