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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ugly is Sweet

I'm going bananas! Well, because I purchased over 3 big bunches of them last night at the grocery store. I'm getting them super ripe for the big wedding cake that is due March 10. Really, it's got to be completed March 9 so that I can assemble it on-site Saturday morning.

When you eat a banana, you like the ones that are generally nice and yellow, no green spots, and very few brown spots. This is an awful banana to be used for baking. The ugly, overripe brown ones are going to be the sweetest and the softest for your batter. Embrace the ugly ones--you'll have a better tasting cake.

*UPDATE: My cake boards, dowels, big piping tip, and dowels came in the mail today! All is good. On another note, the wedding planner emailed me. I feel all professional and stuff, lol. This is looking up and I am so looking forward to the wedding day. GO BANANA CAKE!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Perfect Cupcake

Making the perfect cupcake is not hard. It takes three things. The first is a great recipe. A great recipe will make it almost impossible to mess up. The second is time. You must have the time to invest in making your cupcake. If you don't give your cupcakes the same amount of attention you do putting on your makeup, they'll fall flat and won't be as delicious as they should be. The third is patience. Yes, the recipe has a specific time limit on cooking time, but this will vary between ovens and location. Keep your eyes stuck to the oven, especially for the last 5 minutes of baking.



Monday, February 27, 2012

How do you like YOUR guitar?

Bakin' with Bacon--short and sweet

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Two more weeks!

No, not two more weeks until something big for me. It's something very wonderful for my friend--she's getting married! I am making her main wedding cake. I've done a stacked cake once before, but it was for a bridal shower, and not nearly as big as this one is going to be. It's also going to be square, not round like you're used to seeing. I also have another challenge in front of me, and that's using cream cheese frosting instead of regular butter cream. Since it's not as sturdy as butter cream, I'll have to MAKE it sturdier by adding...well, more butter, of course! I have supplies for the "stack" part of the project, so I'll be able to gauge difficulty once those arrive. As for now, I'm hoping to have a sample cake made by next Monday at the latest. I'll keep you posted on the progress. When it's complete, I'll definitely post pictures.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

As suggested...

Hello everyone! My very first blog post! This has been suggested to me by several people over the last few months. I have a website that I do not keep up with, and I have a FB page that I'm trying to promote. We'll see how long this blog thing lasts. Please follow it as I will try to keep it updated with my latest projects (baking or nail polish) and with my articles that are published in my local newspaper. Stay tuned!