I think this year will be a great year for a NYE celebration! Paul and I had so many wonderful things happen to us in regards to YouTube in 2014 that we are super excited about what 2015 will be bringing us! We finished off a six month YouTube program in February with our third trip to YouTube Space LA, in the summer we took a two week working vacation to Vancouver Island and caught up with family and friends and filmed a fun video on the beach. October brought us to Toronto to take part in Buffer Festival, and that was a great experience to see how Canada’s YouTube branch does things. We celebrated 500K subscribers in the fall and hosted a giveaway that shut our blog down!! Lesson learned- we’ll have it ready for the 1M giveaway that we will be hitting sometime in early 2015. I can’t wait for that milestone! If you’re reading this, let me know in the comments what you think would be a gigantic way to celebrate it! We are very grateful for everything that has happened to us, and are so excited to plan 2015.
On to the cake for our New Years Eve celebration:
I purchased all of these New Year’s eve decorations at WalMart. Before Christmas had even happened, the stores were filled with NYE decorations and were pushing us onto the next celebration they could sell us stuff for. The candles and sparkles are available all year round, and I found those in the birthday section. The glitter ribbon I found in the crafting section, and it would be my guess that it is also available year round.
The fireworks are really easy to make and don’t require any templates. They are easy to freehand. The key to the fireworks is to make the centre the brightest, and to add the small dots and dashes around the outer rim. I practiced them a number of ways, and I found that those were the key to making it look most realistic.
Merry Christmas everyone! This is our last Christmas tutorial video for 2014, so I hope that you enjoy it.
For a special Christmas video this year, I joined up with my friend Miki who has the YouTube channel Sugarcoder. I was fortunate enough to have met Miki early this year, way back in February. She lives in San Francisco and flew to LA to meet Paul and I when we were filming at YouTube Space LA. She is one of the happiest and sweetest people I have met. She is always sending me presents . . . that’s not why I like her, but it speaks to her thoughtfulness.
Miki previously had a different YouTube channel (Miki’s Pantry) and recently started this new one as it was more true to the brand that she wanted to convey. I think that it was very brave of her to leave behind 60K subs to start all over again!
Making this cake is basically just assembling many prepared pieces. The links to everything you need to have prepared are in the recipe below, so make sure to check that out. I found that the candy canes were mostly broken inside their wrappers, so I opted to leave the wrappers on the candy canes in order to not have to deal with that issue. Just ensure that they are clean before placing them on to the cake.
Making macarons has always been a challenge for me, so when you head over to Miki’s channel, Sugarcoder, and try out her recipe, don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed the first time. The first time I made french macarons, I failed four times until I got it right. Miki’s recipe is simple to follow, and she learned it first hand from a chef in San Francisco. Give it your best effort, and remember to keep practicing if you’re not successful the first time. Have fun!
Merry Christmas! We’re only a couple of weeks away from the big day, and I’m sure you’ll need some sort of dessert to help celebrate. This vertical cake roll will impress the jolly man in the red suit, and all your other guests!
This cake roll is something a little different than the regular type of roll you might be used to. Instead of traditionally rolling up the cake by the width, this cake is rolled up length ways in small strips to create a large roll. It gets a little messy when you roll this cake up but it’s kinda fun to get dirty sometimes, right? It’s fun to roll it up!
As far as fillings for inside the cake roll go, it’s best to work with a light filling, such as whipping cream, but you could also use a fruit filling, and if you prefer, you could try buttercream, but I’m not sure how that would affect the ability of the cake to roll. I had decided that since there was so much buttercream around the outside of the cake, and using something different for the inside was probably best. It is also really easy to roll up whipping cream as opposed to other fillings.
Decorating the outside of the cake can be done however you want, and I’m sure my viewers and readers have great ideas! I liked the way the ribbons up the side of the cake we soft looking and very festive. Anything themed for the season would be great for this holiday type of cake!
Stephanie is back for our forth challenge video! On a recent trip to Spokane, Washington, I went shopping and came across some oddly flavoured candies. With making a future video in mind, I bought them, and asked Stephanie to join me in taste testing them. I’m sure she’s upset she agreed to it.
If you haven’t met Stephanie Moore from Stephanie Moore Photography yet, you must meet her now. She has become a great friend and a great guest to have on my channel. In fact, I’m thinking she may have been inspired to start her own channel. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to watch her in all her glory soon on YouTube.
These candies were not enjoyable to eat. The Jelly Belly draft candies were reminiscent of the vomit flavoured jelly belly’s in the Bean Boozled challenge. I didn’t like them then, and I didn’t like them this time either. The boogers pretty much tasted like regular candies. Now, for the exploding candies, they tasted just like pop rocks, and I can’t say that I was a fan of the explosions, or the flavours. These candies did not compare to the ones that we previously experienced with the sour candy challenge, but I can tell you that they were gross just the same!
I wouldn’t want to experience them again.
If you’ve got another idea for a challenge video, let me know in the comments!
Get Jelly Belly Draft Beer candy here.
Get Box of Boogers candy here.
Get Exploding Wasabi candy here.
Get Exploding Popcorn candy here.