My dad claims to not like sweets. Claims to. Though I’ve seen him sneak a few bites of ice cream and pie now and again. I’ve tried to force him into my love of baked goodies, but he wants nothing to do with them. My family has always been more than willing to eat his share. For this year’s Father’s Day, he’s getting a Meatloaf Cake with Bacon Roses.
Today is my nephew’s third birthday, and one of my BFF’s birthday’s as well. It is the perfect day to make these pancakes for them. Unfortunately, neither of them live close enough for me to drive them to them to celebrate. Well, I guess I could drive them there, but they wouldn’t be very good after a day in the car. Hmm, never mind.
Meet Kevin, Stuart and Bob in MINIONS, in theaters this July. I’m so excited for the movie that I took the opportunity to turn Stuart into an Easter Bunny. I’m sure he likes his costume.
Rubik’s cube has been around longer than I have been alive, but it’s still a popular toy that exisits in many stores. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, and was quite shocked to be able to find one in the store on my first try.
The point of the Rubik’s cube puzzle, is to have each side of the cube (9 squares) be one solid colour. You have to do that without taking off the stickers!! Unfortunately the new cubes don’t have the stickers, so there is no cheating by way of the 80′s!
I’ve never had the luck of being able to solve it, but in all honesty, I haven’t really tried. I made this cake because I think it looks cool!! I know there are genuis’ out there that have actually tried to solve the puzzle and CAN solve it! I applaud you! Apparently, the current World Record is held by a gentleman in the Netherlands and is attempt was completed in 5.5 SECONDS!!! I can’t even imagine how he could do that!! It takes me 5 seconds to figure out how the thing moves.
Making this cake is a little time consuming, but the WOW factor when your guests cut into it will definitely cake it worthwhile! You can prepare your cake batter ahead of time, as well as prep your fondant squares. The cake batter should be coloured in the colour theme of the Rubik’s cube- red, orange, yellow, white and green. The fondant squares work best if they are a little bit pliable, but I ended up putting on some that were rock hard, and they worked fine too. The hard ones don’t mold to the side of the cube as well, so some of the corners stick out.
When you’re lining up the rectangles to make your cube, make sure you’re paying attention to the side the will have the 9 blocks shown when the cube is cut. Otherwise, if you cut on the wrong side, you will be shown only three rectangles. Other than that, making this cake is pretty fool-proof!! Unlike the Rubik’s cube itself.
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.
Although I stupidly sound like this is a sponsored video, be assured that it is NOT!! I paid $29 CAN for this fun machine at *cough* WalMart *cough* . Would I admit that I shop at WalMart if I didn’t have to?
This machine looked really cool when I saw it on the shelf (thanks to Paul for pointing me to it!). I knew that if I had kids at home, I would love to hear an unbiased review of it before I committed to purchasing it. So here it is . . . it is fun, bright, and easy to use, but if you already have silicone moulds at home, or know where to find them, you can save yourself $29 and use them and the microwave.
Making gummies is super easy, all you need is gelatin, Jello and water! If you’re so inclined, so can replace the water in the mixture with fruit juice for an extra fruity flavour. I believe that the required amount of unflavoured gelatin powder creates the perfect chewiness, but if you find it too chewy, you can cut back one package. The molds that are included in the machine are for a giant gummy bear, gummy worms, gummy fish and other gummy bears.
I hope you enjoy this review and making your own gummy bears!!