Herbie

My uncle, Herbie, is about to turn 60.  My task was to make him a Herbie Love Bug car cake.  Here it is…

 

 

I learned a lot from this cake.  I was too timid in my cutting, so it was a little square and lumpy…but once the fondant is on, there is no going back.  I really had a LOT of fun with the details…they take a long time, but they make the cake.

 

Weekend Fun

We had a pretty fun weekend  🙂  The kids went to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at church.  I LOVE OCC!  And I love even more that the church is including the youth to partake in giving to other children all over the world.  The kids had a great time serving and loving from afar!

We also had my daughter’s birthday.  I am not sure if I have ever seen her so excited!  She loved every single second of her day and went to sleep happily engrossed in one of several books she received for her special day.  This is her cake:

I love how frosting can cover up fondant mistakes.  I did run out of frosting, so had to improvise on the back.

I stayed away from the yellow dye of the cake, but was cursed by the crescent rolls!  I never even checked the ingredients on those!  I am currently an itchy mess.  😉

Also found out that vanilla may come from a certain place on a beaver…gross!  (Thanks a lot source of info…you know who you are.  😉  )   http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/01/beaver-butts-emit-goo-used-for-vanilla-flavoring/

I am choosing to forget that piece of knowledge and hope beyond hope that most still use the good old vanilla bean in making vanilla extract.

My daughter’s friend party is in just a couple days…time to start preparing.

🙂

Cake and Letters

Here is the latest cake.  So funny, when I set it out, everyone thought it was just a bowl of Reeses Pieces.  I made my favorite chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and surrounded it with candy!  The idea is not mine, but it was really fun to make.

On another note, this morning while on the elliptical, I was watching Letters to God.  Highly recommend this movie!  Very touching.

No big news today, just a couple tidbits.  Enjoy your week!

(made for a going away party)

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

DELICIOUS!

Pumpkin bundt cake

For more spice than pumpkin use about 1/8th of a cup less pumpkin and do 5 dashes of all the starred spices except cinnamon…use 1.5-2 tsp of that.  1 cup margarine or butter tastes better than oil.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger*
  • —-
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled or 1 cup vegetable oil
  • One 15-ounce can solid packed pumpkin or fresh puree
  • —-
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour bundt cake pan. In a large bowl with a wire whisk, combine first set of ingredients. In a small bowl, combine last set of ingredients. Hand whip until combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour into prepared bundt cake pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove  from pan and finish cooling on rack.

I used this frosting:

CINNAMON FROSTING

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix ingredients to make the glaze while cake is baking. Let cool completely. Drizzle with glaze.  Use enough milk to get to consistency of drizzle

Fun festive Christmas treats

cake balls with skinny candy cane sticks

beginning to set up

chocolate chip walnut cups and sugar cookies

red and green tortilla chips

Christmas pound cake…inside is red and white

peppermint bark is so much fun to make!

traditional black and white cookies Christmasfied!

chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles

egg nog bites

preparing some more

Paula Deen quiche

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/spinach-and-bacon-quiche-recipe/index.html