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!

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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!

Heart Pops

What says Happy Valentine’s Day better than red velvet?  I say red velvet cake pops shaped into hearts!IMG_0002

I had never shaped cake pops into anything other than a cupcake before and was interested in see how the coating would go.  I used Wilton’s candy melts in red, pink, and dark chocolate to coat them and some I even used heart-shaped sprinkles.IMG_0006

I was pretty happy with the outcome.

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.

Can I get a beat?

My 8 year daughter’s drum teacher had a birthday (in October, *gasp*) and his wife wanted a drum set for his cake.  My daughter was so excited because she had to tell me about each drum and what it does and where it’s placed.  To say she was a tough critic is putting it lightly.  The cake had to be perfect.

The cake part was pretty easy…white cake and white icing.  They wanted the drums to be red since it’s the birthday boy’s favorite color.  So I used red fondant to color the drums.  I colored dowel rods with edible silver spray and used edible gold spray on white fondant for the cymbals and high hat.I rolled red fondant around two small dowel rods to make sticks.  The only things that were missing according to my daughter were a china cymbal and a look-alike Peter who should have been sitting on a seat behind the drum set.  Oh if only I would have had a couple of extra days and a few more pounds of fondant…I was pretty happy with the cake and it was a hit at the birthday party.  I hear my daughter is thinking of a set of her own for her birthday!

Halloween Treats

I have a few Halloween treats that I wanted to share yesterday but just didn’t have a chance.  First we have bones…Actually they aren’t real.  I know, I fooled you, right?  These are sugar cookie bones.  Their real name is Boneyard Cookies.  My son wanted me to try to make them and they turned out ok but I felt they needed a little help.  While they were shaped like bones, they really didn’t look like bones.  So I dipped them into white chocolate…Since I dipped them, they kind of got a “creepy” look to them but tasted so so yummy.  My son approved!

Next we had an assortment of cupcakes.  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband takes cupcakes in for his squadron’s cadet birthdays.  They all agreed that they wanted “funfetti” flavor which is just my vanilla cake recipe with sprinkles thrown in.  I used vanilla icing and dipped them into colored sugar or various Halloweeny sprinkles to make them festive…The kids are in a sugar coma from all their treats.  I hope Halloween was fun for you too!

Supporting Teachers

This week is our parent/teacher conferences at school.  The PTA coordinates suppers for the teachers so they can do their conferences and get them all completed before Fall break.  I volunteered to do some cupcakes for them.  The kids helped pick out four different flavors.I made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream and dipped them into chocolate sprinkles…and white chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream…and applesauce cupcakes with maple buttercream…and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing…

A good variety to support our great teachers!

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