Saturday, October 31, 2009

One Crazy Week....

This week has tested my cake limits like never before. It started off with one big cake...the zombie (which, btw, I updated my last post with a better picture.) After that, I was talking to a good friend of mine who wanted a Twilight themed cake and matching cookie favors for her daughter's birthday. "Sure, no problem!" I said. Then I found out when she wanted it...the same day as the zombie. My first reaction was, "OH CRAP!" But I went with it, knowing I'd figure it out. And then another acquaintance asked me to make a small cake and sugar cookies for her daughter's class. "Of course!" I said. And of course the due date...the day after the two others. And then a few weeks ago while visiting my parents (3 1/2 hrs away) my sister in law asked me if I would want to make a cake for my niece's birthday. This time my first question was, "When do you need it by?!!!" Yep, you guessed it...the same day as the zombie and Twilight cake. Oh man! How could I say no to my niece??? So it has been one crazy, crazy week...and it's not niece's cake I have to drive 1 1/2 hrs to meet up with them this morning, and then drive back to hopefully carry Mr. Zombie in one piece across the street to my neighbor's birthday party. Shew! One thing I can say for myself, I rock at time management!!!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009


Jill's son's birthday is this coming week, so she decided to have a Halloween theme party for him. After telling me he wanted a haunted house cake, I went home and scoured the internet for some inspiration. Somewhere among the Halloween cakes, I found the original version of this cake from Courtney's Cakes. After seeing her version, I really wanted to make it (and had to convince Jill's son that he didn't really want a haunted house!) I had never worked with an internal structure and was really excited to try it. Courtney's version is a bajillion times better than mine (the head of mine kind of cracks me up a little!) but I think for my first time using a structure like this I didn't do too badly! And I think I will be declared the coolest neighbor evah.

Friday, October 2, 2009

National Cookie Network September Challenge

After first seeing that Septem-ber's secret ingredient was strawber-ries, I thought, "Geez that is going to be a snap!" However it took the entire month for my creative juices to flow and come up with an idea. I knew I wanted to use fresh strawber-ries, and in the end I chose to make a shortbread thumbprint type of cookie. For some extra pizazz I added shaved white chocolate to the cookie dough. I thought that these cookies were super good (unfortunately I'm the only one in the house that will eat strawberries, so these cookies have not been good for weight loss!) However, next time I would dice the strawberries instead of just using halves. I didn't like that the cookie spread and the strawberries got smaller as they baked, leaving "exposed" parts of the cookie middle. If the strawberries were diced, I think it would look a little nicer.

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. strawberry extract
2 c. flour
1 oz. shaved white chocolate
white chocolate chips/white chocolate/white candy melts
fresh strawberries, cut in halves
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add extract, then flour and shaved white chocolate. Form into tablespoon size balls. In the center of each ball, make a hole or indentation large enough to place a strawberry half. First place a small amount of white chocolate in each hole, and the top with a strawberry (cut side down.)\
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12ish minutes (I'm so awful about timing!) or until the cookies are set to the touch (do not let them turn brown.)Stripe with more white chocoalte. Yummmmmmmm!