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Life's A Beach!

Life's A Beach!
Celebrate Summer by Creating a Beachy Topper! Click on photo for tutorial!


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Creating Scrolls on Your Cake by Denise Talbot



Scrolls 1

 

 Scrolls 2



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Tutorial by Denise Talbot
Copyright 2010- All rights Reserved

This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pretty Piped Pansies



This week's tutorial is on making a piped pansy. 
These are really easy to make and will surely enhance those spring/summer cakes.
1.  Add a square of wax or freezer paper to a flower nail using a dab of icing.  Using a rose tip #104 and holding the tip quite flat,
fat side of the tip inward, pipe two small petals. 
Starting and ending each petal at the same point.
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2.  Overpipe two more petals on top of those
making them slightly smaller in size.
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3.  Add three more petals to the bottom. 
(Sorry for the holes in my icing...
it was sitting in a bag for awhile and I was in a hurry :-) 
 I normally pipe all of these out of royal icing only. 
 I let them dry before placing but for this demo, I used some buttercream. 

I ADORE the Chefmaster meringue powder. 
 Believe me, if you have never tried this brand, it's the BOMB! 
 It mixes up to a slightly stiffened buttercream consistency,
doesn't melt back down and rebeats wonderfully. 

 I've tried MANY brands and this is the very best around in my opinion.
Chefmaster Meringue Powder

 You add enough sugar until it JUST loses it's shine in the mixer bowl. 
Good stuff :-)  Tastes GREAT, too!
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4.  Taking straight Americolor and a teeny tiny brush,
paint a few lines on them. 
You also could dust some petal dust on if you want. 
The Americolor will dry. 

Then, taking a small writing tip,
make the little circle center in the middle of each flower. 

Aren't they cute?
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Here's a whole tray of different color combinations:
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Here's some shots of a cake with them on: 
 (Those are frill cutters on the edge)
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Tutorial and Photography by Jennifer Dontz
2010 All Rights Reserved
This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blueberry Muffins




I am always on the look out for new and Amazing recipes.



With the nice weather finally here it was time to start making some dessert's with fresh fruit.
This recipe is my new favorite for blueberry muffins..

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping Recipe

Note: Coat the blueberries with a dusting of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom. Also remember to evenly distribute the blueberries across the muffin cups.

Streusel Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Muffin Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup milk
3 cups (1 1/2 pints) fresh blueberries, stems removed

Directions

For the topping, in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Add the butter pieces and combine the mixture with a fork until the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper liners in muffin pans. In a separate medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat one egg in at a time, and then add vanilla, sour cream, and milk until combined. Add 1/3 of dry ingredients at a time and beat until just combined. With a spatula, evenly fold blueberries into batter.
Scoop batter into muffin pans and fill each cup to the top. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester or wooden skewer comes out clean.

Makes 24 muffins,
Blueberry coffee cake muffins adapted from Barefoot Contessa]……

Here is where I found this recipe.


Photography by Diane Marks
2010 All rights reserved.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Footprints in the Sand


This cake is a walk on the beach, so to speak!


Ingredients
Cake Covered in Ivory Fondant
Granulated Sugar
Demera Sugar
Super Pearl Dust, Food Grade
small amount of ivory fondant
Small amounts of  bright blue, hot pink and orange gumpaste
Piping Gel

Tools
Card Stock
Scissors
Toothpick
GumGlue
Parchment Paper
Fondant Roller
 Flat Artist Brush
Impression Mats
Plastic Piping Bag

Instructions

Flip-Flops
1. Cut out a pattern using cardstock. The pattern is about 1" long.
2. Roll out bright blue gumpaste very thin. Place your flip-flops pattern over gumpaste. Using a PME wheel cutter, cut around pattern to create sole of flip-flops . Turn pattern over and cut another sole.


3. Place a wave pattern impression mat over the soles. Gently impress pattern onto the tops of soles. Cover and set aside.


4. Roll out a hot pink gumpaste. Using #12 piping tip, cut two circles. Make indentions using a leather punch or toothpick.


5. Roll out a bit more blue and cut two dot using the tip of #6 piping tip. Moisten the center of the pink with a bit of gumglue and place the blue dot in the center, as shown.


6. Using a SugarCraft Clay gun and the smallest cord disk, make an orange cord.


Cut into two ½” lengths. Pinch the center together.


7. Using toothpick, Make an indention in the soles of the blue gumpaste, the lightly moisten the indentions with gumglue.

Place the pinched center of the cord at the top of the sole, and the ends at the sides.


8. Place pink flower at the top of flip-flops, attaching with gumglue. Cover to protect and set aside.



Footprints
1. Using the cardstock flipflop pattern, cut 8 footprints out of parchment paper.


2. Roll ivory gumpaste very thin. Place 6 of the parchment patterns over the gumpaste, and cut using the PME wheel cutter.

3. Mix a small amount of ECG Frosted Lemon and Sombrero luster dusts together and dry brush over each gumpaste footprint.


4. Place an impression mat over the gumpaste and gently press.

5. Cover to protect and set aside.



Sandy Beach Cake
1. Mix 1 cup granulated sugar with ½ tsp ECG Frosted Lemon , ½ tsp Sombrero Luster Dusts, ¼ tsp. super Pearl dust. Add ¼ cup demera sugar. Mix well and place into Plastic Piping Bag.




2. Cover Cake with Ivory Fondant.

3. Brust fondant with Piping Gel.



4. Place the 8 parchment footprint pattern over piping gel, as if walking up side of cake.*

5. Place cake inside 14” Cake Pan to catch unused sugar. Cut end from piping bag and began covering cake with sugar in uniform style until the cake is completely covered.

6. Remove the parchment patterns.


7. Place the 6 footprints over the exposed piping gel, then place the flip flops over the last two footprints at top, as shown.

8. Sprinkle more sugar around the top of the cake.

Remember the beachy topper tutorial? Now you have the perfect cake for the Beach Themed topper. Place on top of cake with a little sugar sand spilling out of sand pail.

The sugar will sparkle just like sunlit sand.



Here is a picture of a Fun in the Sun cake that was created by three artists!

Photo by Sherilyn Vineyard-2010

I had the privilege of demonstrating this as the top tier of a three tiered cake. The middle tier was created by the very talented Sherilyn Vineyard; and the bottom tier and cake board by the uber creative Sylvia Wilson. We all built our tiers separately, then assembled them at a Day of Sharing. We were thrilled with the way it all came together!



Hope you have Fun creating your own Summer Fun Cake!!



* this tutorial is for one side of cake only. If you want to repeat the pattern on the back side of cake, you will need to make two pair of flip-flops and 12 footprints.

Tutorial and Photography by Jacque Benson
Copyright 2010-All rights reserved

This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

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