Friday, August 29, 2014

Recent Cakes I

Not only do I made cookies, but I sometime dabble in cakes too!  Here’s a few that I’ve made for family and friends.

This fun cake I made for a friend’s son who loves Cars.  Buttercream with cookies.

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This one I made for my daughter’s friend Maiah.  Buttercream with fondant details.

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I made these guys for a friend’s daughter’s birthday.  I’m mad at myself because I took awful pictures of the cake.  But these guys turned out awesome.

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I made this Monster High cake for my daughter Abby.  It’s a 6” buttercream with fondant details.

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This Buzz Lightyear cookie cake I made for a friend’s one who was turning 3!

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I had fun surprising my husband with his favourite movie in cake form.  This was an 8’ black forest cake!

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This adorable 4” cake I made for a baby shower.  Vanilla bean with chocolate ganache filling.

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And this was for the office party.

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Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Treat Day Wednesday–Vanilla Bean Glazed & Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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Alleluia school is back in session!!!  I can finally get more done in a day without having to hear “I’m bored”, “I’ve got nothing to do”,  “play with us”, or my favourite “entertain us”.  Nobody told me that when you had kids you were to entertain them 24-7, not sure I would have signed up.

But now they are back at school and I can go back to doing what I love to do, test recipes.  So what sparked this attempt?? As a Canadian, we love our donuts and this week news spread like wild fire about Burger King buying a Canadian icon, Tim Hortons or Timmies as we call it.  Now this could mean that Timmies might come farther south and I’d be down with that.  I love me my Timmies.

So that being said, I was craving some donuts.  I’ve never made fried dough donuts before and since the kids were gone, this was my chance.

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I made the dough on Tuesday, as it requires to be chilled for 24 hours.  Of course, I was anxious and after 3 hours of chilling I pulled off some dough and tried to make some.  Bad idea, they didn’t rise  much and I burned the crap out of them.  I stepped away and left the rest in the fridge over night.

The next morning I took the dough out to proof and then I rolled it out and cut the donuts and let them rise.  This is my kryptonite, I hate waiting.  But the waiting paid off.  The donuts doubled in size and when I fried them up, they turned out perfect.  Apparently you shouldn’t guess when the donuts are done, timing is everything.

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Donut Dough:

  • 1.5 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 2.5 cup cold milk
  • 8 cup flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 ounces egg yolks
  • 1.5 cups shortening
  1. Add all ingredients in order to bowl of a stand mixer.  Using a dough hook, turn on low and mix until dough becomes smooth and elastic (15-20 minutes)
  2. Put dough into a greased bowl.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take out of fridge and let come to room temperature (about two hours).  Don’t rush, trust me.
  4. Roll out on floured surface and cut out donuts using either a donut cutter or two round cutters (3” and 1”).  Cover and let proof one hour in dry warm spot.
  5. Preheat 6 cups canola oil in a dutch oven or deep fryer.  Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.  Don’t let the oil get hotter than 350 degrees.
  6. Fry one or two at a time.  If too many, the oil temperature will drop.  Fry each donut 45-60 seconds per side.  They should be a beautiful golden brown colour.
  7. Remove from oil and let sit on paper towel to drain.  Continue until all donuts and holes are done.
  8. While still warm, the donuts can then be dipped in vanilla bean glaze or cinnamon sugar.
  9. Enjoy!  Lets just say I ate a few of these.

Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  1. Whisk together until combined.  If too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  1. Mix together until combined.

So what did the kids think?  Abby loved them, even brought a few friends over to try.  Rowan decided she didn’t want to try and asked for cheesies.  We joke that Rowan isn’t a true Canadian, she’s been in the US longer than she lived in Canada, hence why she doesn’t appreciate a really good donut.

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I also offered them to friends on our street because I made a double recipe, so I had a few lying around.  They got thumbs up all around.  Even the guys who came to clean the carpets gave them 4 thumbs up. So I’ll say success all around.

So these are a must!

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Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recent Cookies!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and even longer since I’ve posted my recent cookie creations.  I’m so sorry.  My goal now that school is back in session to be a little more consistent with my blog.  So to start things off this week, I’m going to post some of my recent cookies.  Information on how to order can be found in the tabs above.

First up are Rio 2 Cookies I made for a dear friend’s daughter.  I decided to paint/draw using edible markers.

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Next up, I did a pay-it-forward set for someone who did something nice for me. A little brushed embroidery and simple piping.

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These were for my nephew Eamonn’s birthday.  He’s a big gamer boy and loves Plants vs Zombies.

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I made these for the opening of the local Ronald McDonald House ground breaking ceremony.

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These I made for my kids teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day.

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These were made for a graduate of NC State.

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These were made for a lover of running for her birthday.

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So those are just some of what I made, I’ll post some more later this week.

Thanks for looking!