Month: September 2011

All Gone!

Rosh Hashanah was a huge success!  I ended up feeding about 200 people rather than the 150 I was initially quoted.  Not one morsel of dessert was left.  People were even picking at the crumbs on the plate! This was everything I had made: I pre-sliced everything so people wouldn’t start slicing themselves… that could have been a disaster! Some of my friends remarked that people were asking where the shop was they could buy these delicious cakes.  WHOA! I know, right?  Made me feel good.  And though I wouldn’t really want to run a cake shop out of my small apartment kitchen, it does give me something to think about! I think of everything, the Apple Cider Donuts were my favorite part.  LOVE these donuts!  However, the big hit of the night was the Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer cake (i.e. the bane of my existence).

Aaaand… we’re done!

Whew, it took me all day yesterday, but the baking is finally done!  HOORAY!!!  Of course, as always, there were a few glitches with some recipes, but all in all, everything turned out really beautiful.  Here, why don’t I show you? Behold, my most favorite decorated cake to date… the White Cake! The gorgeous (but so difficult to assemble) Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Layered cake! Apple pie anyone? And donuts… Lots and lots of donuts… Oh, and did I  mention I was crazy and decided to make mini cakes for my friends who live up the street? I read something about portion control and baking mini cakes in tin cans… sounded like fun! All right, I’m ready!  Are you??? L’shanah Tova everyone!!!

On Schedule!

As promised, everything is going according to plan. Two Banoffee pies! And one Snickerdoodle cake! Now, tonight it’s time to frost the other two cakes, bake the other two pies, and fry up some donuts, Not to mention a little project I put myself on, just for the challenge!  Luckily I had to come into the office at 6am this morning to work on a project, which means I should be home early to get all this done.  šŸ™‚

Rosh Hashanah Prep

I’ve been asked to bake a dessert reception for my congregations Erev Rosh Hashanah service.  We are expecting about 150 people.  I’m used to baking a cake about every other week for approximately 35 – 40 people, but I’m up to the challenge… I think! Of course, I can’t put everything together until Tuesday night, so I thought I would give you a little sneak peak at what I’ve been doing for it as well as a little tutorial of how I put together my timeline for such things. Menu:White cake with strawberry fillingDark Chocolate Salted Caramel layer cakeSnickerdoodle cake2 Apple pies2 Bonoffee pies5 dozen Apple Cider donuts Obviously, this whole project is going to take a lot of butter.  Count that – it’s 28 sticks! SUNDAY First, I go ahead and make all the cakey parts of each cake and froze them.  This only works to my advantage, because cake is easier to shape and frost when it is frozen or just barely thawed. Second, I make the dough for the donuts and the …

Frosting a Cake

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been baking like crazy.  Though my cakes always turned out delicious, I’m afraid I have a lot to learn when it comes to decorating.  On pinterest I found this tutorial that has totally changed my baking life.  Check the link, and when you do, get back to me on how you think I did! Yes, not as perfect as the link, but getting there, right???

MARGARITAS (nuf said)

Hi all! I’ve been getting the hint over and over and over again – more recipes please!  I actually have a back-log I’d like to share with you, especially since I’ve been refining my baking skills.  BAKING SKILLS.  And I’ve got some – who knew?! This coming Shabbos I’m planning a fish taco margarita night, and of course, there is no way I could present margaritas with confidence without testing them first.  And besides, it’s 9/11.  After all the specials on TV I’m sure you too could use a cocktail recipe, right? Well, I searched Pinterest high and low and came up with these recipes here.  Pretty darn good!   Classic Margarita on the rocks 3 ounces Patron Silver tequila 1/2 ounce Cointreau 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice 1 ounce sugar water syrup 1 Tbsp salt for rim  Frozen Strawberry Margarita 3/4 c Patron Silver tequila 1/4 c Cointreau 1/3 c fresh squeezed lime juice  2 Tbsp honey 3 c ice   ***Please note, I do not, nor will I ever make light of 9/11.  …