Sunday, July 24, 2011

34/99: German Chocolate Cake

The German Chocolate cake actually turned out better than I expected. I don't know what happened to me in the process of making it but I spaced out. Thank goodness I took time to prep because If i hadn't, the cake would be missing eggs, canola oil, and vanilla.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

33/99: Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Torte

Since it's summertime, I'm trying to knock out a bunch of the cakes with fresh fruit.  I went to the farmers market and since they did not have the right plums, I bought pluots. Pluots are a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. I tasted one and loved it so I figured it'd be great in a cake. 

For some reason I decided to cut these pluots into half circles rather than the normal fruit quarters. Big mistake. The cake looks like a planet with craters... or a cake with sliced hot dogs. yuck.

I served it at a dinner party at my parent's house and wouldn't let anyone see it until it was sliced.  The slices are much better since you can't actually tell what the cake itself looks like:

Friday, July 15, 2011

32/99: Financiers aux Mirabelles (translation: plum round ingots)

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James 

 This afternoon was absolutely lovely.  A friend of mine from church invited me and a few other ladies over for a tea party to celebrate Bastille Day. In keeping with the theme, it was a French tea party and therefore the cake for this occasion must be a French cake. 

I chose the Financiers aux Mirabelles (plum round ingots) because they are French in origin and are dainty enough for tea.

I did a little research and found that

Thursday, July 14, 2011

31/99: Two Fat Cats Whoopie Pie

I feel really behind on the baking challenge since it's been about a week since I've made anything.  This week has just been super busy with school so the cakes got pushed behind. But here I am, back on track.

I decided on the whoopie pie, mainly because it seemed easy and didn't have a huge yield. It didn't take long at all which was fantastic.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake

I have been singing "It's the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" for about 2 days now haha.

This cake was for a little girl, Taylor, who just turned two and had a mickey mouse clubhouse birthday party!

It was so much fun to make- I love working with fondant- especially when it's homemade. I still have a lot to learn and would love to take a class on it but it's fun to experiment.

The Cake is the classic butter cake from Rose and the fondant is also Rose's from the Cake Bible.  It's 3 layers in a 10 inch pan.  I had to veer off of Rose's Heavenly Cakes for this one but since it was the Cake Bible, you really can't go wrong.  

Monday, July 4, 2011

30/99: Lemon Canadian Crown

 The Lemon Canadian Crown cake was surprisingly easy to do and turned out to be really pretty.  There is nothing I love more than finishing up a pretty cake.

Once I made the Ladyfingers and let them cool, I assembled them in a greased springform pan and let them freeze overnight.

My ladyfingers baked together in the oven so I didn't separate the ones that I used for the outside.  I did use a knife to push down on the creases first though so they looked as if they had been separated from the outside.  I think that helped them stay together.  

29/99: Dreamy Creamy White Chocolate Frosting on a flag cake!

Happy Independence Day!

I saw Jenn's post on the American flag cake last week and about died. I had to try it.  She got it from Glorious Treats. It is such a fun, festive cake! I've never seen anything like it!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

28/99: Ladyfingers

This is actually part 1 of 2 of a cake but it is a recipe in itself.  Tomorrow is the Lemon Canadian Crown AND a little fourth of July happy so stay tuned for that!

Apparently you can buy ladyfingers at the grocery store but since it is in the book it was much more practical to make them myself.  Plus, Rose commented that "there is, perhaps, no cake more ethereal, exquisitely plain, or purely delightful as a homemade ladyfinger." After reading that, do you really have a choice in whether or not to buy them at the grocery store or make them yourself?

Friday, July 1, 2011