Sunday, September 27, 2009

My First Wedding Cake

Back in May I announced on my facebook page to all my friends that I wanted to pursue cake decorating. At the time I had already done birthday, homecoming and graduation cakes for friends, but I was very nervous when a college friend asked me to do his wedding cake. A wedding is such a momentous event, I didn't want anything to go wrong. My finance reassured me that I was talented and that I could do a wedding cake (he really is a wonderful man!). So, I decided to take on my first wedding cake.

The bride, Sara wanted something very simple and classic. After emailing ideas and images back and forth, we decided on a three-tiered vanilla buttermilk cake with a simple dot pattern. The bride graciously forwarded a few professional images of the cake (hooray, no blurry images!), so here is the cake!

I love the added touches that the florist gave the cake.

The cake toppers are so cute!

And here is a picture of the beautiful bride, Sara and her husband, Tyler.

Photography by Peardon-Carrillo Wedding Photography

To Sara and Tyler, may your marriage be filled with happiness, laughter and love! Congratulations again!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club

Back in June, my best friend gave me the Martha Stewart Cupcake book.

175 recipes... how am I going to bake all these recipes. Answer: the Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club! A group of baking bloggers who have come together to bake one recipe at a time! I am so excited that I got membership... there is a waiting list right now...

Check in on the 15th of every month to see what our club is baking up!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beer Yeast Cake!

When it comes to personal style, I have two sides. I love solids that are clean and sleek (my city girl outfits are modeled after that thought) and I love cartoon shirts (it’s the nerd and dork in me, what can I say). I may be 26, but I still love Hello Kitty, Gummi Bears, Harry Potter, Angry Girls, and anything Disney, so I rock their t-shirts! I also love t-shirts from Threadless and Think Geek.

Which brings me to this week’s cake… If you’ve never visited, you should! It was Tyler’s birthday this past week, and seeing as Tyler is a science nerd (I say that with love) we were inspired by the giant plush microbes found on
They have a beer yeast microbe. So, we thought it was a perfect match to his beer-tasting event.
Tyler has an appreciation for beer, so I thought we might as well continue the beer theme and make a stout cake. The recipe is from the Martha Stewart Cupcake book and it was interesting. It was a spice cake with a lot of molasses and stout. I personally think the recipe calls for too much molasses, and the next time we make the cake it will definitely have less molasses and more brown sugar added to it. I filled the cake with chocolate ganache, which helped cut the earthy taste. I then covered the cake with fondant and created beer yeast fondant figures. I thought it would be funny to have the microbes sit in a Petri dish at 100X magnification… later in the day, I thought it would even more hilarious if we saw the microbes having a little party of their own, so I added red cups.
I, personally, am not a fan of the stout cake (Tyler loved it), so I decided to make vanilla buttermilk cupcakes (my favorite!) with vanilla buttercream frosting as well.
I also made cake lollipops with the leftover stout cake and buttermilk cake. I learned this technique at Sweet and Saucy and people just love cake lollipops.
Hope you enjoyed our nerdiness!
I will be taking a break from my "1 new recipe a week" for the next 3 weeks. I do a have a couple things up my sleeve to show you, make sure to stay tuned. I can give you a small hint... our kitchen is being remodeled! Until next time, happy baking!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Recipe of the Week

As I mentioned last week, I will be trying at least one new recipe a week. This week, we tried a Matcha Green Tea recipe. I love the color green and I loved this recipe!!! The recipe at first made me a little nervous because it called for 2 Tablespoons of Matcha powder. That seemed like a lot to me, so I only added 1 Tablespoon at first. You could barely taste the Matcha, so we added the extra Tablespoon. Check out the green batter...

The cupcakes smelled like shortbread cookies while they were baking and I loveee shortbread cookies. We decided to make the green tea buttercream frosting to go along with the cupcakes. The recipe ended up being very thick so I added a little lemon juice. I think I will add some milk next time because it still ended up being very thick.

The cupcake was delicious!!! The cake itself had a subtle green tea taste. The initial taste was of a regular yellow cake recipe, but after your first bite you will find you can taste green tea and that taste will linger in your mouth. However, when you eat both the cake and the frosting together... it is amazing!!! The sugar in the buttercream brings out the green tea flavor really well in both the frosting and the cake.

I think I found my green tea recipe!

If you live in the area and want to try a cupcake, lemme know!

Coming soon... stout cake recipe and some more science cupcakes!!! :)