This is one of my most favourite videos that I have done; the reason for that being that I got to make it with my adorable niece, Elsa! We have been inundated with requests for a Frozen themed cake since the movie came out, but I HAD to wait for Elsa to come and make it with me. I couldn’t do it without her as it’s her favourite movie, and Disney clearly named their main character after her.
Elsa is three years old, and she stood on a tiny stool for over an hour while we put this cake together. She was patient, helpful and did an amazing job for any child, never-mind one that is only three! She loved clapping along with me to sync our mics, and when the time came to decorate, or follow instructions, she was right on and eager to do it! Being that my brother and his family live in Minnesota, I don’t get to see them often. I can sure tell that he and my sister-in-law have done an amazing job raising two lovely children. It was such an honor to be able to put this cake together.
To make this cake, you have to learn how to make candy. It’s really simple, despite the fact that you need to use boiling hot, liquid sugar!! Follow my previous post and video tutorial on how to do that here.
I can’t make a video of a Frozen cake without commenting on what a great movie Frozen is. Disney did a great job with appealing to the masses, and the ages. I’m not one to watch Disney, or cartoons much anymore, but with this movie, I loved it so much that I bought it. I loved everything about it, and sang along with each song. Call me crazy. I’ll let it go.
I had never tried to make my own candy up until three weeks ago, and now, hot diggity, I’m an expert!
I was scared of the candy thermometer.
No need to be scared of it people- it is surprisingly easy! You can get away with NOT using a candy thermometer, and using the “cold water test” but I found that way unreliable.
To make your own candy you need very few ingredients- sugar, corn syrup, candy flavouring and water. You can skip the flavouring if you want, but that’s the best part! I found all of my flavours, and many more, at Bulk Barn. I know you can also find them at many online sources, while Amazon and ebay will have lots of choices for you.
The only difficulty that making homemade candy presents, is the act of patience. The liquid seems to heat up fairly quickly to 200F, and then . . . nothing. Wait, and wait, and wait while the thermometer ever so slowly climbs past 200F on it’s way to 300F! I didn’t want to leave the candy on the stove unattended, so I each time I made it, I patiently sat stirring, and watching each. and. every. notch. on. the. thermometer. rise. Once it’s up to temperature, you have to work quickly. The candy will start to harden as soon as you remove it from the heat, so you want to add your flavour and colour, and get it into the molds, or onto the pan quickly. Be careful not to touch the syrup though, as it is HOT!
Once the candy is cooled in the molds, you can easily pop them out. If you have chosen to pour it onto a pan, you can smash it up, or cut it up quite easily. Coming up at the end of this week, we will be releasing our MUCH requested Frozen cake! In order to make the Frozen cake, you need to know how to make hard candy.
Making homemade ice cream is a tutorial that I have been wanting to do for forever!! I love ice cream. Unfortunately it doesn’t love me. But, I keep coming back to it, expressing my love, and never ending commitment. It doesn’t matter. It wants nothing to do with me.
Also having love and devotion for my KitchenAid mixers, I had my sights set on the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment. I had seen it for over a hundred dollars from a couple of stores, so when I found it on sale for $90 CAD, I ordered it right away from Golda’s Kitchen, which is an online baking supply store in Canada.
I was set to love this attachment. I always do that to myself. I set myself up for adoration, and when it doesn’t live up to my level of love, I’m disappointed. I think I thought that this attachment would magically make ice cream, pretty much instantaneously. But, you actually have to MAKE ice cream! Well, duh Jenn . . . life is not meant for laziness!
In my naivety, I thought I would just have to throw the ingredients into the freeze bowl and turn it on, and viola, ICE CREAM. Nope, not how’s it done. You have to warm and cook the creams, sugar and eggs, and THEN you can throw them into the freeze bowl?! NOPE. You have to chill the warm mixture first for eight hours, and THEN you can throw the mixture into the freeze bowl?! YES! Finally.
Other than the fact that this machine is not a magic machine, I liked it. You have to be prepared though since many of the steps require freezing and chilling. The freeze bowl needs to be completely frozen before using it, and in the directions it says not to take the bowl out of the freezer until you are ready to pour the cream in- and they mean it. I tested that accidentally. If the freeze bowl is not completely frozen, the ice cream will not freeze, no matter how much you stir it, will it, or scream at it. Trust me on that one.
I would also like to make a comment to the parts “namers” at KitchenAid . . .”freeze bowl”, “dasher”, “driver”. . . seriously KitchenAid? You couldn’t have found better names for these parts? It took me like a million takes to get those names right! It felt like I was reading off Santa’s reindeer.
Poutine is a favorite Canadian dish that originated in Quebec, a province in Canada. It’s made with French fries, smothered in gravy and topped with large chunks of cheese curds. Being that Canada is upon us tomorrow, I thought I would make the cupcake version of it to share with all of our viewers!
The cupcake version consists of vanilla cake, and vanilla buttercream but you can choose any flavour of either for you version. In Canada we also have something called Hickory Sticks- basically they are thin slices of potato chip that look like mini fries- you can make do with slicing your own potato chips.
For the gravy that covers the fries, you can use butterscotch, or caramel, depending on what colour you want your gravy to be. As the cheese curds are usually large chunks of white cheese, I chose to use white chocolate chips, but you can use anything that is similar in colour, or shape to cheese curds.
For the video, we wanted to make sure that our viewers would be able to truly appreciate the look of poutine, so we “had” to go and get the best poutine there is in our town. We have one food truck in Cranbrook. One. It happens to be the best thing on the earth, thank goodness, and in addition to poutine, it also has fabulous burgers, and smokies. We headed down to Smokey Bro’s BBQ & Grill prior to filming, and “had” to grab two poutines!! Life is tough.