Ok so is anyone still reeling from last Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones? If you haven’t seen it yet…. SPOILERS ARE COMING… Ok, still here? Then you saw it or you want to ruin it for yourself, … Continue reading
In honor of the 29th anniversary of my brother’s birth this past week, I am posting the cake I made for him 3 years ago….yes….once again I am sharing a cake wayyyy later than I should. Honestly though, This post is mainly for when I serve up half-assed non decorated, plain ole cupcakes to him today, I can kindly show him this and remind him that 3 years ago he got a nice cake. Plus, I’m really only thinking of him, because I’m saving all my energy for next year’s big 3-0. We wouldn’t want to outshine that one after all.
So what was a sister to do?! Cue heroic music!
shout out to Skibicks123 for your having this on your youtube channel 😀
My quest was to combine both into something awesome and really I kinda had too much fun with it if I’m being honest.
Ladies and Gents…I give you…”The Missing Link”!
Now I dont know about you, but Im not too sure what Princess Zelda’s issue is here..I mean its just Link….wait…that’s not Link? Who is it? OHHHHHHH….you rascally Totoro….you tricked me!
I think the big questions we all are asking are, “Where’s Link?”, “Does he know Totoro is impersonating him?”, “Can you really save more on Gieco car insurance?” And these are all excellent questions…..that I have no idea how to answer. My guess is he got tired of saving Zelda’s butt and decided to take a little vacation, so naturally he asked his Neighbor Totoro to stand in for him for a bit so he can go fishing or maybe just take a well deserved nap. I can tell you though that I think Totoro is pretty darn convincing and I’m pretty sure no one will even notice.
This really was one of my favorite cakes from 2014 and I’m a little ashamed that I’ve been meaning to post it but I’m just getting to it now.
James, if you’re reading this happy birthday little brother who is way too much taller than me…I wish you a happy 29th birthday and I can’t wait to embarrass you with next year’s cake. (kind of like the time I did this)
Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoy my weird sense of humor…oh and that you like the cake too.
There are some people who have been getting cakes from me since pretty much the beginning of my crazy cake making ride. While I loovvee and appreciate all my clients no matter if its their first time getting a cake or their 50th, these cake ordering veterans have become sort of like a extended cakey family. I have been through so many joyous celebrations with them and it means the world to me to share in all the excitement.
The cake I’m about to share was made for one such family, and in particular one of my favorite “littles” who is now not such a little anymore. In fact Miss Caeyln hit double digits this past Monday, and that’s a pretty big deal. This kid is pretty awesome. She’s way more athletic than I could ever be, a total goofball, super sweet, and she thinks I’m 21…. That alone makes her outstanding 😉
For her big 1-0 she wanted a “Moana” themed cake sans “people” characters. I was all too happy to comply. The dynamic duo featured on this cake are “Pua” (the pig) and “Heihei” (the rooster). I of course am slacking on my Disney movie watching and haven’t seen the flick yet, but that’s nothing good old Google couldn’t help me with.
To say I had fun making this cake is an understatement. Im a big fan of adorable characters and these two were the epitome of adorable.
Everyone, say “aloha” to the cutest Pig & Rooster cake ever.
SQUEE!! Seriously though. I had a hard time giving this one up.
Here’s a few closeups.
The best part was the birthday girl totally approved, which made this cake 100 times sweeter ❤
Sending a small shout out to the Birthday girl. Happy Happy Birthday Caelyn! Thank you for being so darn cool (and for thinking I’m way younger than I really am).
As always, I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and cake pictures! Have a great night everyone!
So it feels like its been at least a year since I posted a blog. Wait, I just checked, it’s been longer than that. In fact its been almost two years since I posted a blog. I’m horrible, really I am. I have a ton of posts I started but never finished and I have SO many cakes I haven’t shared and that’s just not fair. I could start listing the reasons why I’m so far behind, why 2016 was literally the worst year ever to be a “Sara”, why I have pretty much disappeared from the “Cake Scene” online when I’ve been making such fun cakes for my clients, but honestly it doesn’t matter now…Because I’m back!
Not only do I plan on sharing my recent cakes but I’ll be throwing in “flashbacks” here and there to get all of us caught up (because I cant even remember everything I’ve made, so it will even be new and exciting to me).
So with all that aside let us get to the cake of the hour. Remember back to the first week of January here in good old Connecticut? If you’re not from around here…just imagine the unpredictability of winter in New England…then times that by ten. Well months in advance, when I booked this wedding for my two awesome friend, Cat and Keith, I joked about it snowing. Bad Sara….Bad bad Sara. So of course it snowed. But it wasn’t just “snow”…it was SNOW. Which is pretty fitting for the season and the general theme of the cake….but stressful as all heck when you need to drive a bit of a way to get to the venue.
Normally my deliveries consist of me and a “helper”. The unlucky person helping me is usually my boyfriend or my mother…both of them are rockstar helpers…and both of them hate dealing with me. I may be a tad neurotic…just a little bit. This time around not only did they both accompany me, but my Stepfather drove. Needless to say, I had a car full of people who wanted to throw me out of a moving vehicle on more than one occasion.
It took us about 3 times longer to get there, but all in all the drive was ok….well except for the crazy girl holding the huge cake while simultaneously weeping and screeching…she was annoying. That girl may or may not have been me.
Finally we arrived at the beautiful “Bill Miller’s Castle” (one of my favorite venues ever) and I went to work. Not only was the venue perfect. I had a great time catching up with some long lost pals while getting to do my “thang”. Delivery perfection.
So now for the part you actually came here for (not my babbling) I introduce to you, the cake!
I pretty much had free rein on this cake, and that is always exciting. The beautiful bride wanted a winter theme without it being too “Holiday-ish”. She was digging the different texture look, which I was more than happy to work with. The couple also wanted the topper to be a non-edible keepsake, which was super fun to make. It really gave me a chance to be creative in a whole new way. Aside from the topper and the lighter colored ribbon though, its still all edible. The cake and cupcakes were my beloved “Red Queen” flavor (Red Velvet & Vanilla marble cake with ganache and cream cheese filling…yum!) so I could only imagine the fun contrast of color when they cut into the cake.
Here’s a close up of the bride and groom pinecones. Squee!
And now let me spam you with a couple more photos because I just loooovvveeed this cake.
Lastly, here’s my favorite picture. The hilarious and amazing Best Man decided to pose in the mirror while I was taking some shots. Love him!
Sending a huge congratulations to Cat & Keith! Thank you so much for having me be a part of your special day.
I hope you all enjoy, and thank you for reading! Its great to be back ❤
Date: Jan. 7th, 2017
Venue: the breathtaking Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford, CT
I’m sure I can speak for most (if not all) bakers out there when I say that every once in a while you get a request that is so “your style” that when the person shares their idea and asks you to make this cake your response is “OH HELL YES!”….ok most of the time its “Yes, I can totally do that.” while you’re dancing around the room screaming for joy. This was one of those cakes.
The beautiful bride, Rachel, came to me in search of a Groom’s cake of epic proportions….I like to think I held up my end of the bargain.
You may recall my talk of being a nerd back in the post about my Baby Star Wars cake, well with that, add “gamer nerd”. My brother James (you met him back in the TA DA! cake post) had EVERY gaming system you could imagine growing up. I’m not exaggerating…my poor mother would cringe every December when my darling baby brother would produce his “wish list” for Santa and it of course would consist of the newest and greatest system and you could hear the money running from her purse. So basically we had it all, and Ive played my fair share of games. Two of my favorite characters in the video-gaming world were “Link” from Legend of Zelda (yes the boy is named Link by the way….NOT Zelda) and Mario, from well…Super Mario. Both of these guys hold a special place in my heart. So when Rachel requested a “Super Mario”, “Legend of Zelda”, & “TMNT” mash-up cake (you already know how I feel about those turtles), not only did I say “YES!”, but I did that “dance of screaming joy” I mentioned earlier.
The initial design was cool…
but with Rachel’s creative thinking it went from “cool” to “BEST cake ever”…
(yea I know the second one isn’t colored…I got lazy…shhhh)
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well Sara, its one thing to draw out a concept of the ‘BEST cake ever’ but did it really come out just as awesome?”…to answer your question….
and just in-case you need some more….
The end result made me squeal like a 5 year old on a sugar high, that finally got that pony she was asking for. My favorite part is definitely the Goomba though. I wanted to keep him….but I decided the cake needed him more than me.
Hope you all enjoy!
see this cake on CakesDecor.com: http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/207090-cakey-dreams-and-nerdy-wishes
on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/pzyyj3u
I am a child of the 80’s and with that comes a certain love for any “franchise” that debuted during that era…One in particular that comes to mind ♫ ♪ ♫”TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!”♫ ♪ ♫ (is the song stuck in your head now? I know I cant stop singing it…)
This cake was made for one of my amazing clients that has been getting her husband’s birthday cake from me for [I believe] the past four years (my mind is mush lately…lol) This couple is awesome…no strike that…AWESOME! They are gamers and geeks just like moi, and seriously, they are just so sweet and did I mention awesome?
My task this year was to create a “TMNT” cake…but you know me, I always need to make something different…so instead of modeling them after their original “turtley” selves….or their “newer” look…I decided I wanted to “pitch” an idea that was more Fun….enter “Funko“…have you heard of them? If not…take a minute to bask in the awesomeness (yes I’m fully aware of my “awesome” usage…) I am infatuated with their “POP!” Vinyl figures…like its pretty scarey how much I love these things.So anywho, extremely long story short, I asked my client, she said “Yes!” (turns out her hubby collects them too…squee!!) and I set forth on making the cake .
Honestly, I’m sure every cake decorator can attest to this, but there are things that we hate to make in the world of sugar and things we LOOOOVVVEEE to make…my “love” is character modeling…(on a side note my “hate” is bows…just throwing that out there) I had such a blast making these little guys and seriously if you know me well enough, you know I was sitting here making them talk to each other like they were action figures and singing that darn theme song into the wee hours of the morning.
(kinda like the “Yoda” doll on my “baby Star Wars” cake)
Well if you excuse me, I’m going to go fight some crime and eat some pizza…or at least sing a certain theme song about 4 billion more times…TURTLE POWER!!
(special thanks to YouTube user EKhan33 for posting this video so I can get it stuck in everyone’s head)
I dont know how many of you know this but…
“Hi my name is Sara, and Im a nerd”
There! its out! my dirty little secret has finally seen the light of day!…
Ok, who am I kidding?! I let my nerd flag fly every hour of every day. I’m not ashamed that I know more about Marvel superheroes than coach purses, or that I’m more impressed with my boyfriend’s battleground armor than my friend’s new cashmere sweater. I have tattoos written in Quenya & Khuzdul (after studying both languages and writing them myself, might I add) and my house is chock full of sci-fi novels and action figures. Most of all I cry like a baby every time I watch the end of “The Fellowship of the Ring” (why Boromir!? why!?) and feel elated when the rebels destroy “Death Star” number two.
So with all that being said, any time I am approached with a cake order that lets my nerdy side shine, I am SO in!
About a month ago my friend Amanda (yes, of the amazingly awesome Amanda Rose Photography) decided she wanted to have a “Star Wars” party for her son’s first birthday. On a coolness level of 1 to 10…this is about a billion. So naturally I knew exactly where I wanted to go with this theme.
Ladies and Jedi, I give you…
Baby “Star Wars” Episode 1: The Playground Menace!!
Speechless? yea..I know…its really that awesome. I mean I dont mean to be all “hey look at me! I made a cake fit for a Sith’ari” but I’m just a tad bit in love with this one and I’m not afraid to say it ;]
The setting of the cake is a playground on the “Forest moon of Endor” complete with a “Death Star” play-house. Oh and before you even say it, yes, I know TECHNICALLY if they were all babies, “Darth Vader” would indeed be “Anakin Sywalker” but just let me have this darn it!
and lastly we have Baby “Chewy”…who is not the least bit pleased that Mama “Wookiee” stuck a pink bow in his fur ;] (And his little doll who looks awfully familiar dont forget.)
All in all, This is at least in the “top 5” for my favorite cakes that I have made (if not number one, for at least the moment) I had WAY too much fun making it and I hope you all enjoy!
Oh and…May the Force be with you ;]
In my household we dont agree on many things, especially when it comes to entertainment and music…but there is one rising starlet who holds a special place in our hearts around here.
Her name is Miranda, and you can call her Miranda.
I was first introduced to this mystical siren by my brother James (we will talk more about him later) when he showed me her cover of “Starships“, and have been hooked ever since. She is quite the entertainer. The words eccentric, unique, and “special” come to mind. I mean, to captivate such a huge audience of people with such raw and unbalanced talent, she is a unicorn in a field of horses.
Last year I failed to make James a birthday cake..instead he got a good ole cake in a box from the grocery store…Im not naming any names but it starts with an “e” and ends with “ntenmann’s”. Now where one of these cakes is well suited for a late night stress eating session (not that Im speaking from experience) it is in no way how the brother of a freakin’ cake maker should be celebrating his birthday. I knew this year needed to be over-the-top, memorable, “EPIC” if you will. And well, James, my mother, and I are such huge fans that when it came time to decide on what to make my brother for a cake this year…there was no question.
I give you the “Miranda Cake”
James had no idea it was coming. Seriously.
He even decided to “dress” the part and pose with his cake in style…
In my opinion, he’s never looked better.
But he just wanted everyone to know hes usually not THAT beautiful, so we took a less extravagant picture.
All in all I had a blast making this cake, even more fun singing at the top of my lungs in an off-key fashion to the cake, while frosting it. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had Miranda actually singing “Happy Birthday” to him ;]
P.S. you can see more videos of Miranda’s epicness here
It seems like its been months since I have posted here…oh wait…it has. Well darn. To be honest I’ve wanted to, I really have, Ive missed you all so much. Its just that its so gosh darn hard to sit down and type anything worth reading, in between baking, frosting, and running around the kitchen like a crazy person screaming about “fondant this” and “more chocolate chips that”. But I just needed to share one of my favorite cakes that I have made so far this year.
For those of you who know me (and for those that dont, you’re probably better off…I’m a little weird.) you can attest to the following statement. I am a scaredy cat. Yes, I admit, while I can be fearless in some ways, I am a big ball of terrified nerves in others. Point being…Scary/Gory Movies. Whether it be ghost, zombies, aliens, or some psychopathic creep with a ridiculous agenda, I watch a movie with the least bit of fright, I wont sleep for a week. This is a huge problem in my household though, because my loving boyfriend insists on making me watch these horrible movies…well he did for a while until I almost passed out at the movie theater…he kind of back off a bit.
There are minor exceptions to this rule, certain movies for the love of me just haven’t scared me. For example “The Grudge” I slept like a baby after that one, “Saw 2″…I was fine (not the other Saw movies though. screw that, I couldn’t sleep let alone eat for a while), & “1408” I thought it was great, especially when my boyfriend nearly jumped out of his seat 90 times (he he he sweet revenge). But other than those 3 movies I’m pretty much the biggest baby when it comes to horror/gore that you’ll ever meet. Perfect example, I saw “Signs” in the movie theater when it came out, and right now you’re saying to yourself “please tell me she isn’t going to say she was afraid of that craptastic movie…” well I was! I cant help it! I slept with glasses of water around my bed for a week after…only until I kept spilling said glasses of water everywhere did I finally decide maybe the aliens were not coming to take me after all.
But I digress, basically the point I was trying to make is I’m afraid of these things when they are on the big screen or my tv…but when customers ask me to make them anything remotely gross/scarey for a cake, I am THRILLED! Like my first ever gross cake here. Its odd, I swear, if you want blood, guts, ZOMBIES, or aliens ..I am all over that, but dont expect me to watch them on my tv…at least without a bat, mace, and maybe a tinfoil helmet.
So the story behind this cake is one of my awesome customers contacted me in hopes of getting a “Zombie Party” themed cake for her husband’s birthday. I was so up for the challenge. My favorite out of the three top characters would have to be “Clarice” (yes I named them)…I have this crazy habit of conversing with these characters (thankfully none have started talking back yet) and Clarice just seemed like a good name.
The other two characters are “Ed Who lost his head”
and “One eyed Bob”
Along with some other details, I have to say I was pretty darn happy with how this cake turned out and I hope you like it too.
-Sara the Scaredy Cat ;]
Hey everyone! So I know its been a very long time since my last post (ok a very very long time) but one of my favorite blogs Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and the equally awesome blog that I just found out about due to this contest Cookies and Cups is hosting a Holiday Recipe Contest and I just couldn’t resist! This is my first time making a recipe blog and tutorial so please bear with me!
The mission is to make a fun recipe that anyone can make…mission accepted. This recipe can be made by ANYONE even if you’re just starting out with baking, this is a fun way to get into it. My goal was to come up with a recipe that was more “wintery” rather than something that represented a specific holiday, because I want everyone to be able to join in on the fun! I also chose to make a cookie recipe versus my good ole’ standby of cake because I wanted to show you how fun cookies can be too!
May I introduce the “Yeti Cookie”
Aren’t they cute!? Don’t you want some of your very own?! Well guess what?!
I’m going to teach you how to make them.
The two recipes you are going to use are very basic. The cookies I used are my favorite Shortbread Cookie recipe that have been “tweeking” over the years and I think Ive finally found that perfect blend of “melt on your mouth” cookie consistency. If you are not a fan of Shortbread, feel free to use your favorite cookie recipe instead. I can’t really give an accurate time frame that you will need because less experienced bakers/decorators may need a little extra time versus someone who really “knows their way around a kitchen”, but I would say set aside a few hours at least (the dough needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour so count that in too) and have your favorite cookie Elf help you (my helper was my mom). All in all they may take some time to make, but they are fun and everyone can achieve the same adorable tasty results!
Now on to the recipes!
Makes approx 70 cookies (or if you like to eat 50% of the cookies like I do, 35 cookies)
Tools you will need:
- A mini muffin/cupcake pan (I used 3-24 space pans, the more you bake at one time, the more time you have left to prep the other ingredients)
- Stand or hand mixer
- Large mixing spoon
- Melon Baller, or as I like to call it, an “Elf sized Ice cream scoop”
- Cooking Spray
- 3 pastry bags
- small “round” cake tip (I used a wilton #3)
- small “Open Star” tip (I used Wilton #21)
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Wax Paper
Shortbread Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 lb butter *ROOM TEMP*(In my experience it’s the butter that makes or breaks the Shortbread goodness, so use the best butter possible. Please make sure you are using softened room temp butter)
- 1 tbsp Shortening
- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Pkgs of “Jello” Candy Cane flavored instant pudding (if that is not available use 2 pkgs of “white chocolate” instant pudding mix and 2 tsp of peppermint extract *if you use vanilla pudding instead of white chocolate, your “yeti fur” will look yellowish)
- 3 cups of heavy whipping cream
- Light Blue Fondant (you end up using a very small amount, I would suggest coloring only about a chunk of fondant roughly the size of a small apple)*If you dont have/like fondant any blue chewy candy will do, like “Starburst” or Laffy Taffy”
- Black Melting Chocolate
- White Melting Chocolate
Baking the Cookies:
- In your mixing Bowl add your butter and shortening and mix on medium speed for approx 2 minutes
- add powdered sugar and mix on low until combined (you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times)
- Beat on High speed for approx 10 min. Your butter/sugar mixture should be white and fluffy looking when finished
- In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the Flour, Cornstarch, & Salt for a few minutes until fully combined
- When butter mixture is ready, add half of the flour mixture and mix on the lowest setting (be very careful not to get the flour everywhere) until almost fully incorporated
- Clean “dough” of of the mixing attachment, add dough to mixing bowl, and add remaining flour mixture. Using your large spoon stir very slowly until almost fully incorporated and then continue to mix at a regular pace. Dough should be light and fluffy when ready.
- Cover bowl with saranwrap and put in your refrigerator for an hour (now is the perfect time to make the decorations-see below)
- When dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350°
- Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray (make sure to use enough to coat each space)
- Take your melon baller (aka Elf sized Ice cream scoop) and scoop out some cookie dough and pack it in and place your cookie “ball” in the mini muffin pan.
- Repeat until all spaces are filled
- Bake cookies for approx. 11 minutes. Cookies should have a light golden color when ready.
- Let cookies cool completely before removing from pan (I waited about 15-20 minutes)
- If you have broken cookies…eat immediately
Making the “Fur” Frosting
*the peppermint pudding tends to have a slight pink hue, I added a VERY small amount of blue food coloring to make it look a little “icy”
- Take your mixing bowl and whisk attachment and place in your refrigerator for 10 minutes so it gets nice and cold (the yetis prefer cold fur)
- Take 3 cups of heavy cream and both packages of pudding and whisk on low until a loose pudding begins to form
- Turn mixer to high setting until stiff peaks are formed (watch carefully and do not over mix)
- Cover bowl with Saranwrap and place in fridge until ready to decorate
Yeti faces & feet
*See pictures above for more help
- Take a small amount of fondant and roll into a ball
- flatten ball with your thumb until you form a small flat oval. These are their faces
- Repeat this process depending on the amount of cookies you are making
- Take the same sized ball of fondant and split in two
- make two small ovals (2 per yeti) and use knife to cut “toes”. These are their feet
- Take pastry bag with “round” cake tip and add melted black chocolate
- make 2 eyes on each “face” (or 1 if your yeti lost an each in the great blizzard war of 2012) *Be careful as melted chocolate comes out of the bag quickly
- take a small piece of Saranwrap (about 12″ piece) and lay on a cookie sheet
- Take pastry bag with no tip (snip the end off the bag, not too much just enough for the chocolate to come out) and add the melted white chocolate
- squeeze chocolate onto Saranwrap to make little “horns”. I made my horns about .5″ long, you dont have to go crazy measuring them though, different sizes give these little guys character.
- put all decorations aside, clean up a bit to get ready for the best part (putting them together!) and eat some more broken cookies
Time to make the Yetis!
Alright everyone, the hardest part is over, you mixed, baked, and prepared and now your efforts will be greatly rewarded.
*Use your last pastry bag and #21 star tip for your “yeti fur” frosting.
Check out the video and pictures below showing how to do the decorations, but let me just say, there is no wrong way to make these little guys. The crazier they look, the cuter they are.
In the end you’re going to have the cutest cookies this side of EVER, and everyone will be asking “Oh my gosh! where did you get those?!” and you can proudly say, “I MADE THEM!” (enter trumpet sounds)…or in my case you’ll eat them all before anyone can see them, but hey, thats how the cookie crumbles….haha get it?…cookie….crumbles?! because we’re making cookies… *crickets* Anyways, I hope you all have a fantastic Holiday season and thank you for visiting my blog!!