Saturday, April 13, 2019

Buttercream Flowers Cake

Piping Buttercream Flowers, Flower Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Chocolate Buttercream, Buttercream Roses, Buttercream RanunculusOn my quest over the last few months to perfect my buttermilk birthday cake recipe (which has since been perfected, I'm excited to say, and I'll be sharing it very soon...), I've had a few variations of the cake which I used to practice some decorating techniques.  Piping buttercream flowers is something I'm always trying to get better at, and if you have extra buttercream after frosting a cake, you can just pipe a few flowers and freeze them to use later.

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Making of a Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake, From Scratch Strawberry Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Fondant Rose Cake, Pink Cake, Girl's Birthday Cake, Cake with FlowersCake is my thing.  It's what I love to bake and decorate the most, although when it comes to eating cake, I won't go back for more unless I think the flavor and texture is absolutely perfect.  And I set my standards high, which is why I'm always re-testing my recipes, even ones that I previously thought were just right.  My husband tells me I'm too hard on myself, but it seems to be a matter of personal pride with me, to be the best maker of cakes that I can be.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Rainbow Cheesecake

Rainbow Cheesecake, No-Bake Cheesecake, Rainbow Party, Easter Desserts, Cheesecake, Summer DessertsIt's the last day of March, although almost certainly not the last we'll see of snow here in Colorado, and I'm so excited for April.  With April comes warmer weather, everything turning a welcome green, flowers blooming, our baby's first birthday, Easter, and hopefully, a few rainy days here and there.  With the brown of winter fading away and the promise of days spent in the sun, it feels like the perfect time to share my Rainbow Cheesecake.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Peach Upside Down Cake

Peach Cake, Peach Upside Down Cake, Cake, Rhubarb Cake, Summer DessertsUpside down cake is one of those retro desserts that everyone I know grew up with and loved, the most common, of course, being a pineapple upside down cake.  Since we grow our own peaches and rhubarb in our back yard, last summer I made a few of these cakes to highlight our home-grown fruit...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake, Lemon Poppyseed Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Buttercream Flowers, Wedding CakeA few months ago, I started reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  I was intrigued by the title, but for whatever reason, I couldn't quite get into the book.  I used to love reading, but haven't had much time for it since my little boys joined our family.  Actually, I think the last time I committed to any serious reading was three years ago, the summer before our first son was born, when I read through all of Harry Potter.  Since then, I just haven't had the time, and I do miss reading something other than the same Curious George story that our toddler loves to read night after night.

But, back to lemon cake...

Monday, March 4, 2019

Polkadots and Roses Cake

Cake Decorating Ideas, Red and White Cake, Cake with Flowers, Valentine's Cake, Polkadot Cake, Wedding CakeI've been testing and re-testing cake recipes lately.  Adjusting this and that, studying the science of cake baking, playing with different ingredients and striving for perfection.  Like paintings, most recipes are never truly finished, and I will probably always continue to add more touches to mine as the years go by.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Soft-Baked Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Homemade Oreos

Homemade Oreos, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Cookie Recipes, Milk and CookiesA few days before Valentine's Day, I stumbled across this recipe for cutout chocolate sugar cookies.  I usually use my own shortbread cookie recipe when I want to make cutout cookies, but I've been wanting to try some new sugar cookie recipes, too, and this one was fantastic.