Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Butter Cream Roses for a 93rd Birthday

Made this cake for a lovely lady, Midge (short for Midget because she is short). Her real name is Yolanda.  She worked until she was 89 at a local laundry mat.  She is an amazing woman and I was thrilled to help her celebrate her birthday.

I made the roses with butter cream on marshmallows and sticks. This makes the flowers stay better when you put them in the cake.

I also did the first multi-color frosting as the base and the trim on the cake.  It was really fun and Midge was really happy with it.  Happy Birthday girl!  You rock!!

Waterfall Outdoor Cake

We are house sponsors for La Puente volunteers. These are generous kids, young adults, that work the homeless shelter and other entities, such as, the food banks, PALS kids program, Adalente, and so much more.  They work hard!  When Brian heard I made cakes he wanted me to make him one.  He loves the outdoors so I made him a waterfall cake.  It's a single tier cake made with vanilla cake and buttercream filling. Needless to say he was super surprised when I made it for him.  Love making people happy!

NFL Bronco Birthday Cake

I made a birthday cake for a friend of mine who wanted to give it to a friend who was celebrating her 70th birthday and loves the Bronco football team. I made a three layer cake and "glammed" it up a bit because it was for a lady. I love the way this cake turned out.

I made a round disc of thin gum paste.  Thin enough to be able to see the outline of the Bronco Logo.  Then I drew it on with food coloring slightly watered down with Vodka.  The Vodka evaporates and leaves the logo looking great.

Two other techniques I tried on this cake that I haven't done before and that is edible lace which I used as the blue border at the bottom and butter cream roses made on marshmallows. Just click on the links for the tutorials.  I found them very helpful!

The cake is Old Fashioned Butter Cake with chocolate ganache filling. The recipe is below.

Old Fashion Butter Cake

2 cups all purpose flour (measure after sifting)
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened (Use salted butter or add 1/2 tsp salt to recipe)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs - room temperature
High Altitude Adjustment: add 2 tablespoons flour to the 2 cups of flour, cut sugar back to 1 cup, cut baking powder to 2 teaspoons, and add 2 tablespoons milk to the 1 cup milk. Follow the directions below.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) or 325 degrees (F) for high altitude.

Grease and flour two 8 inch by 2 inch cake pans and set aside. (I use parchment paper cut the size of the bottom of the pan to help the cake not stick and come out easier.  First spray the cake pan, lay in the parchment, spray again and then flour.  For the right cut of parchment just set the pan on the parchment paper and draw around the base.  Cut it out and it fits perfect.)

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  (Yes, this makes the second time you sifted the flour. I sift the flour before measuring and again when combining the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.)

Add butter, milk, and vanilla.  With a hand or stand mixer, beat for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add the eggs one at a time until just blended, then beat for 2 minutes more.

Divide batter equally between the two pans. Spread with spatula and then lightly tap the pans on the counter to let up any air bubbles.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (40 to 50 minutes for high altitude). If you put a tooth pick or knife in the center it should come out clean. I use a knitting needle.

I use cake boards that I buy at Walmart to fit the size of my cakes.  As soon as I take them out of the oven I carefully run a knife around the edges.  Then I place my cake board over the top and turn out the cake gently banging it on the counter.  I know that sounds rough, but it works.  I do this hot because all of the moisture hasn't escaped yet during the cooling process. Then I cover it loosely with commercial grade or heavy plastic wrap.  If you cover it too tightly the heat will cause it to pull in the edges of the cake.  Let it cool that way and than put a second layer of plastic wrap around it and put it in the freezer for a few hours or until you need it. Using this method keeps the cake moist and it is easier to frost when it is cold. (You can frost it as soon as it cools too.....you don't have to wait if you're craving dessert!)

Chocolate Frosting

1 stick butter (1/2 cup) melted
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon good vanilla

Melt butter.  Stir in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.  Add more half and half if needed.  Stir in vanilla.  Makes about 2 cups.

I let the beater really work on it for at least five minutes.  Makes it really glossy and spreads well.