Yet another cake trend has taken over the internet. This time, it’s the UNICORN (with no noses) cake trend! I don’t understand the lack of facial features besides eyes, but hey, who am I to argue with the internet. This unicorn cake encompasses everything fun about unicorns- rainbow, glitter and a little magic.
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.
This is one of my favourite cake recipes that I have made. I’m a huge sucker for almond extract! I don’t know what it is about that flavouring, but no matter what it’s in, I LOVE it! My Angel Food Cake has it, my Sugar Cookies have it and they are delicious! Whenever it is included in a recipe, I inevitably get asked as to whether it has to be included . . . trust me, it’s worth buying and trying out.
Last December, my good friend had her first baby . . . and named her London. This baby and I were meant to be friends . . . since she was named after one of my favourite cities! Despite the fact that she spit up all over my new LuLuLemon jacket during one of our first meetings, the love has stayed strong . . . albeit from a distance. I would love to be able to spend time with this little sweetheart.
She is the cutest, and most well behaved baby ever! During her grand first birthday party, she was pretty much the only child under the age of two who wasn’t crying, yelling, or snotting! I <3 her. Other babies . . . not so much!
Now, a year has gone by and she is a one year old!
To celebrate, we provided the sweet treats! I felt a lot of pressure providing the birthday cakes for such a sweet, amazing little girl, but I came through . . . with A LOT of cake, right Janine??
Owl Birthday Cake
The Owl Birthday Cake was for the family after the party.
This was a really fun project! I love doing anything in mini, so as soon as my suggestion of “mini” cupcakes with a spring theme to everything got accepted, I got excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do.
My directions for this order were to have large carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing, mini chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream, mini vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, 50′s all over the place, and lots of spring flowers.
For the Carrot Cake cupcakes, I went with a new recipe, and though it tasted really delicious, I wasn’t that happy with how it looked. It was actually kind of difficult to bake. I’m not sure if this is common for carrot cake recipes, but I’m still on a search for the perfect recipe that I can use regularly with the Cakery.
Has anyone ever made Ina Garten’s Carrot Cake recipe that can be found on the Food Network’s website? How did it turn out for you? Like I said, it tasted great . . . hearty, sweet with lots of flavour to it, but it’s appearance was less than stellar. I hoped all the decorations and icing would hide it’s “unique personality”. The base of the cupcake was perfectly cooked, but the top was on the crispy side. It was my weirdest baking experience to date . . . except for the one time I mixed up baking powder for baking soda. Boy does that ever make a difference! Who knew!?
For the decorations on the mini’s, I used a simple flower cutter, with a gum paste/fondant mixture. *Note: Whenever you add gum paste to your fondant, the fondant will become much harder that it would on it’s own. The pearls in the middle of the flowers are just pastel coloured dragees. (WTF is a dragee anyway?!?!?). The leaves are cut with a mini leaf cuter and then touched up with a veining tool for a more lifelike appearance.
I’ve heard the birthday was a successful surprise, and that the cupcakes were a great hit! I’m so glad I could be a positive part of the event. Happy 50th Birthday Donna!