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We recently celebrated my Oma's 90th birthday. What better way to celebrate this important milestone than with a special cake. This was my first time making fondant calla lilies. I didn't think I needed to buy the calla lily kit and I was right. They're so easy to make. All you need is a heart cookie cutter and your set!
What could be better than a Nintendo DS for a gaming enthusiast? For this 10 year old birthday boy, his mom thought he would love a special cake inspired by his gaming addiction. The Nintendo DS was made out of rice crispie treats and then covered with fondant. Apparently the cake was quite popular at the party!
When a friend of mine asked if I could make her daughter a girlie cake, I was thrilled. I've used WIlton's Wonder Mold pan for several cake projects in the past, but never for it's intended design. Making this girlie birthday cake was much easier than I thought, and after watching my daughter's reaction, I know I'll be making one for her!
This cake gave me the opportunity to use fondant decorated with royal icing flowers. Normally I would have just used fondant, but after this cake project, I think I'll be using both techniques more often!
've come to realize that some cakes are winners and some, well, flop, especially when I'm baking with a fussy newborn and a frustrated toddler. I found a Lemon Pistachio cake recipe in one of my Canadian Living magazines and thought I would make it for my Dad's birthday. So Saturday morning I started baking the cake, making the lemon curd, and white chocolate icing. When the cake was baked, I noticed it was very dense, but didn't give it much thought until I found the melted butter in the microwave the next day. Opps! Although the cake was still edible, it was very heavy. Not my best work, but it still looked pretty!
Whether you're making gingerbread or sugar cookies, why use boring cookie cutters? My niece and nephew gave me these fabulous Ninja Breadmen Cookie cutters from Fred for my birthday. Not only are these cookies delicious, they're full of action. Just make sure you eat them before they attack!
Cupcakes are hard to resist, but when they're cute and adorable like these Cookie Monster cupcakes - game over! After watching Sesame Street with my daughter, I thought I would try to make some of the furry creatures she loves into cupcakes. I'm thinking of making her a Sesame Street themed birthday cake for her birthday, so these cupcakes were excellent practice.
They're really easy to make and as you can see, they look fabulous. I used a basic chocolate cake recipe to make the cupcakes. You can either bake your own cookies or use store bought, but make sure you cut some of the cookie off so it fits in his mouth. For his big cookie ingesting mouth, simply cut into the cupcake, squeeze it open, and insert the cookie. Next, I used buttercream dyed blue and a start tip to pipe the fur.
Mmmmmm....cookie! Next on my list is Elmo!
I would have loved to make sugar cookies to use on the wreath, but since it was destined to hang on a door at the Royal Botanical Garden for four weeks, I thought it would be best to make something a little more durable.
The salt dough recipe we used was fairly simple.
Salt Dough Cookies
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups water
Combine the flour and salt.
Add the water gradually until the mixture has a consistency like putty.
Knead the dough for about five minutes. Be sure the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Roll the dough on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Use a straw to poke a hole through a few of the cookies if you want to hang them up.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about an hour at 325 degrees. When I took the cookies out, I noticed they were still damp, so I turned the oven off and left them in overnight to dry.
My fellow writers (Christine Davis and Jane Muller) at DailyWebTV.com and I spent the day decorating the cookies with Royal icing. Much to our dismay, the icing didn’t stick. I’m not sure if it was because of the high concentration of salt in the dough, but the icing just slipped right off the cookies after having spent a few hours piping. So we used glue – white glue and hot glue to fix them. Mental note: Next time use paint to decorate the cookies.
These are one of my favourite cookies to make in the fall. Orange and fluffy, they truly are delicious!
1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, and eggs and beat until creamy. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 12 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.