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A Chef's Cake

My brother-in-law works at the Budapest Restaurant on Gerrard St. E.  They have really good hungarian food.  Tomorrow's the chef/owner's birthday and my mother-in-law asked me to make her a cake in her honour.

I made a two layer 8" cookies and cream cake with buttercream filling to go with the black and white theme of the chef's coat.  Then I added some flowers that reminds me of hungarian needlework to add some colour.

It sliced up really nicely even.  The cookies get a little soft in the baking process which makes for a really yummy flavour.

Happy Birthday Edit!

Minion Cake for Molly

I was delighted to be asked to do Molly's birthday cake.  Especially a minion cake.

I made a 3 layer 8" chocolate cake with buttercream filling.  Well, Mr T made the cake as he's become more of the baker in the last several months and I am the decorator.  For this cake he outdid me.  The cake was super moist and everyone loved it.  I gave him full credit!

Whenever I try to do a band of fondant around a cake I just can't seem to get it on straight without it looking all wobbly.  Instead I tried to do it in two piece which worked out well but I came up way too short in the end so I added the extra bits at the back to make it look like whatever I did I did on purpose.
Happy Birthday Molly!  We are so glad that we were able to celebrate with you.

Twix Cheesecake

For Mr T and his brother's birthday I decided to go with a Twix cheesecake for the celebration. Chocolate and caramel are an awesome combination.

I followed a basic plain cheesecake recipe in a 9" springform pan; next time I will use a 10" as I normally would have done but wasn't thinking.  I avoided having to do a bain Marie so as I knew I was putting a topping on the cake so it didn't matter if it cracked.  However, if I had I could have saved myself a world of a mess.  The cake really expanded and overflowed onto the bottom of the oven which result in me having to do a full self cleaning of it.  No one seemed to notice burned cheesecake but they did notice it when it was in cleaning mode.  Good times!

Fortunately the cake was not ruined.  I was able to trim off the top of the cheesecake so it didn't have a smokey flavour to it!  Then I added a homemade caramel sauce followed by chocolate ganache.  I didn't think it needed so much ganache but everyone e…

The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo Cupcakes

Miss E's class put on a play called "The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo".  The cats were dropped by parachutes to help control the mosquitos and rats but instead they ended up with lots of cats with no homes and nothing to eat.  A far cry from the type of plays we used to put on as 11 year olds.  Yikes!  Anyway, they were having a bake sale so Miss E volunteered me to make cupcakes.

Originally I was going to draw a face on each cat but it looked really creepy.  Miss E agreed.  So we scrapped that idea and just went with the silhouette in rainbow colours.

I made two dozen vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing and placed a cat on each one.  They went over well with her classmates.

Baptism Cookies

I got to do another collaboration with Krumbs for these cookies.  Krumbs made the cookies and I decorated them with some help with the flooding.  It is very timing consuming.  All the videos on the internet make it look so easy; of course it doesn't help that the video is sped up.

For the round cookies the "A"s were made out of fondant and placed on the set icing with a bit of water as glue.  I added the white dragees before the icing set.  For the crosses I couldn't find my clay extruder so I got to roll out the fondant by hand as thin and even as I possibly could.  To finish off the the decorating I added a rosette of pink dragees.  So sweet.

Valentine Cupcakes

Miss E wanted to bring cupcakes as her Valentine cards for her class.  So we did up a batch of cookies and cream cupcakes with butter cream icing.  I pulled out all my pink and red sprinkles and candy hearts to decorate them with.

After I piped on the icing Miss E decorated all the cupcakes.  She had quite fun having free reign. :)

Pokemon Cake for Tyler

For this cake I made a 2 layer chocolate cake with butter cream filling. I had leftover icing from Tyler's sister's My Little Pony cake so I used it for the filling as an extra surprise.

I added a band of ribbon around the bottom.  The ribbon is so much easier than trying to get a band of fondant around and perfectly straight.  :)

My Little Pony Pull Apart Cupcake Cake

For this "cake" I made two dozen vanilla cupcakes and arranged them on the cake board in the shape of the rainbow and clouds.  To make sure the cupcakes didn't move I added a dab of icing on the bottom of each cupcake.

It's not that often that I get to dye icing, or six different colours at once.  You can get a really good bicep workout,

Miss E was kind enough to lend her figurines as models for the picture.  The clouds piped out perfectly.  The rainbow was a little more difficult.  Next time I would put a base coat on the cupcakes to help keep the top coat more level and easier to pipe over.

Tiramisu Cupcakes for the Big Boss

Today was our senior director's boss.  One of his favourite desserts is Tiramisu.  Not one of my favourites but I found an interesting recipe on Pinterest for Tiramisu Cupcakes and thought I would give it a go. The link has all the step by step instructions along with the pretty pictures to go with it.

There was a lot of steps involved but they were actually fun to make. Inside there is some Kahlua and the custard topped with the mascarpone cheese buttercream icing.  Topped with a dusting of cocoa and a chocolate covered coffee bean.

They were actually pretty good if I do say so myself!

Banana Muffins

We always seem to have bananas that have gone very ripe by the end of the week and an ever increasing inventory of frozen bananas growing in the freezer.  Since we didn't have any baking to do this weekend I figured it would be nice for a change to bake something for us and to make some room in the freezer.

I just picked a recipe at random from Pinterest.  I was able to get 24 large muffins from it.  I filled the liners to the top so that they would overflow over the top to create muffin tops.  Yum!  I reduced the sugar by two thirds and next time I'm not going to add any as we didn't notice any difference in flavour or texture.  I'm also going to try to replace the butter with apple sauce to see how that changes the flavour and texture.  If it works out the muffins will be so much healthier for us.

Queens University Gaels Birthday Cake

I was asked to make this cake for the goalie, #30 for the Queens University hockey team.  I'm so not into sports.  I couldn't even tell you the name of my alma mater's hockey team or if we even had one.  Though York U did build a mega hockey complex so my guess is that that would be a yes to having a hockey team.

The idea was to have his hockey mask as the main feature of the cake.  The helmet has amazing art work on it that I didn't even want to attempt to replicate so we went with a more basic interpretation.  I printed out a goalie mask colouring page and drew a rough design.  One side, batman symbol and the other Thor's club.  In the middle Queens crown and number 30.  The bottom has a brick pattern on it. That I could handle replicating.  Ha!

This was a 10" 2 layer chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling covered in white fondant.  To finish off the decorating I added the lightening bolt and the full batman symbol along with the logo for the Internati…

Yo-Kai Watch Birthday Cake

For this cake I had to go to Miss E to get schooled on what Yo-Kai was.  I had no idea it was as she put it a "knock off" of Pokeman.  At least that is her opinion. :)

Domenic's favourite character is Noko, the lucky snake; see four leaf clover on his head.  I used two different sizes of heart cutters then squared off the points to join all the hearts to form the clover.  This was a 2 layer 8" chocolate cake with butter cream filling.

I love the tail so I had to make sure to include it as part of the decorating.

Mr. Dewell's 70th Birthday Toblerone Chocolate Cake

Today we went out to Bowmanville to my home church, St. Paul's for a surprise flash mob to celebrate my mom's retirement as the junior choir director after 40+ years.  It was also the Mr. Dewell's 70th birthday party, the amazingly talented organist and family friend.  No matter how old I get I still can't call him by his first name. Anyway, I was making a chocolate cake for another order today and decided as a surprise to make a 6" cake for Mr. Dewell since I know he likes his chocolate.  The only problem was that I didn't have any baking chocolate but thanks to Miss E's suggestion we did have several really large Toblerone bars that I could use instead.

Toblerone chocolate is very different to work with than baking chocolate.  It melts a lot faster.  I made some musical chocolates from a mold set and were almost impossible to get out because it doesn't get very hard.  Between each of the three layers I added some chopped up Toblerone.  The Toblerone…