Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Purple Flowers Birthday Cake

Ever since I discovered, i heart baking's blog, I have been so eager to try a filling of fresh strawberries and whipped cream.  The opportunity struck when a friend requested a white cake with strawberries and purple flowers for their daughter's birthday.  The cake was to feed 20 adults and 15 kids; so I went with a three layer 8 inch cake but next time for this type of filling, I would stick to 2 cake layers max and torte, if necessary.  The cake was really heavy and I am not sure it was good idea for this type of filling.

 A dam of vanilla cream cheese buttercream filled with a layer of whipped cream frosting, fresh strawberries, and more whipped cream frosting.

Also, because of the fresh fruit and whip cream, I kept it in the fridge after it was decorated.  It's a go to white cake recipe which I used here and here with great results.  But, this time around, I noticed that it was a bit dry. I don't know whether the fridge dried it out or I simply over baked it as my oven was freaking out that day.  Overall, it still tasted good and it turned out as I imagined.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Red Egg Sugar Cookie Favors

In the Chinese culture, a child's birth is celebrated after a month with a Red Egg and Ginger party.  As a symbol of happiness and life, the parents hand out red eggs to their guests.  Instead of handing out actual red dyed eggs, my friend requested sugar cookie favors in the shape of red eggs.  I do not have much experience with sugar cookies but I took on the job of making 100 of them thinking it was going to be easy.

I ended up making 3 batches of rolled sugar cookie dough and 2 batches of sugar cookie frosting.  It also took the help of my sister, her boyfriend, and my husband who helped cut the cookies, flood them, and package them.  All of this work and I can't believe I was only making one type of cookie and one color of frosting.  Much respect to the other bloggers I follow that make those sugar cookies with all sorts of colors and designs all the time!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

One thing about being a food blogger is finding out about all the fun food holidays.  If you're looking for something to bake in celebration, look no further than the following tried and true:

Bonus: Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Option 1: Brownies over Cookies

Option 2: Cookies over Brownies

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