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Caking

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The cake! 

I was pretty excited to try my hand at fondant icing, I’ve seen it used on the cake shows and it didn’t look any worse than freaking butter cream.  After checking prices at Michael’s I ended up making my own.  The actual process of making the icing is, in my opinion far more difficult than actually decorating with it.  You start by melting marshmallows in the microwave.  Sticky.  Gooey.  Add some Crisco and a ton of powdered sugar.  When it turns from sticky to stiff dough you start to actually believe you are making something other than a giant mess.  Or at least, in addition to making a giant mess.  It took me about an hour per batch of fondant.  I made two batches, and got tired!  I had originally planned to make three, but that would have been too much!  In hind sight I should have split the white batch and colored it pink.  The cake needs more color.  The consistency reminds me of playdoh with a tad more elasticity.  The cake didn’t need to be huge so each tier is only one layer, which made my life a whole heck of a lot easier.  Under the fondant is some tasty home made butter cream in case the people at the party don’t like eating sweet playdoh!  Haha.  A few tips if you are planning to try this for the first time;

1. Sift your sugar.  You will end up with a much smoother texture.

2.  Slather Crisco on anything that will come in contact with melted marshmallows, including your hands.

3.  Use high quality sugar made with sugar cane. 

4.  The quality of marshmallow matters as well.

My biggest complaint about the cake is that the lettering is so awful.  I just plain ran out of steam on that part and I think it takes away from the overall cake.  I will set aside more time for lettering next time.  The other think is the lack of a 3rd color.  That may bother me less tomorrow after I have all the toppers in place.  I will put them in place at the party because of transportation concerns.

It was a lot of fun to make and Ara had a blast playing/eating the icing!

Let Them Eat Cake!

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Cake decorating!

I am practicing my caking skills because in a few months time I will be making a wedding cake.  So, as I’m sure my family has noticed, I am making cakes for any and all occasions.  Today, I made a 2 tiered combination 4th of July/Father’s Day cake.  This was my first time using the new Wilton cake pans and I was really happy with the result.  Decorating-wise I made a butter cream icing that refused to crust.  Probably because this is Arizona in July.  I was a little turned off by the off white color but the taste is good because it has real butter and vanilla.  Ara helped with every step.  She added ingredients’ and held the mixer!  We made a special cake just for her to decorate.  It was a little star cake with piles of icing and sprinkles.  I love that she is interested in this and wants to be a helper!  Quality Mama-daughter time for sure.DSC05708

In our haste to leave on time for the party I forgot to take pictures of the finished products.  I only got this shot of the top layer already sliced up.  In the right corner you can see some of Ara’s star cake.  We had a nice day with family.  My Dad smoked a brisket on his grill/smoker all day and we swam and talked and laughed. 

I hope everyone out there is enjoying their independence safely!

 

Craft Store Treasures

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Ara and I went to a craft store today and I picked up a couple things from the $1 bins for her.  I found this place mat with the Alphabet written on it (lower case on one side upper case on the other).  It came with a dry erase marker that has an eraser on the cap.  The mat went over like gangbusters (hmm.. is that a real saying?).  She said she was “writing down her schedule” which is super dog cute.  We also got new list pads with magnets to hang on the fridge.  I had one that I used for grocery lists but Ara took a shine to making lists too so we needed more!  I also found a foam 3D animal creation kit and a pad of Disney’s Car’s characters that came with little markers.  All for a dollar each!  Woo hoo.  I have way to much fun in craft stores.  I spent a lot of time looking at the cake decorating isle.  I need a lot of equipment but I can’t decide if it would be better to buy individually or as a set. 

I need all things cake! 

I swear every isle in that store sparks my imagination.  I want to buy more beads, a canvas, more paint to use on the canvas, storage boxes, picture frames, photo albums… the list goes on and on.  The only place worse for me is a hardware store (craft stores for the serious people).  I managed to escape with under $20 in items and I have a few little things to keep my Ara’s mind and fingers busy!

 

Ara used the restroom at the craft store!  She still has a lot of worries about falling in and the noise of the flush but her successes are out numbering the times when the fears get the better of her.  Yay!  We were out and about from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm and she went diaperless and carefree the whole time!

Square Pants!

I will have lots to post about soon… but we are waiting on some answers first.

Today Ara and I did Tot school for the second time and she is loving it! It’s so fun. I’m actually not really following the program but I liked the basic ideas. Each day I prepared three trays with activities and let her choose. First she chose a 3D foam project and today she chose the water tray. I took a few pictures but Ara gets grumpy with the camera lately. “Mama NO pictures!” But I loved watching her discover and experiment with the water. I will have more detail when I put the pictures up.

I walked Ara to the grocery store tonight to get supplies for the gigantic Sponge Bob cake Ara and I will be making tomorrow. Oh! I have pictures of the cake she made for my brother too! She did it all, even cracked the eggs.. (I had to fish out the shells though).

I’m tired and not feeling well so I think it’s bed time.

Parting thoughts:
I love office supplies!
And my “W” key is hardly working!

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