This blog is a hodgepodge of things I want to share, from the good deals I find to my newfound cake decorating hobby and everything in between. Enjoy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wilton Gumpaste and Fondant: Week Two

This week in class we finished the roses, calla lilies and carnations we started last week. They took a long time, but I think they turned out great and I will most likely use some of these flower types on top of my cake the last week of class!

I'm not sure what I will do when these classes are over. I really enjoy being creative every Wednesday for a few hours, it is a really good stress releaser! Until next time...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wilton Gumpaste and Fondant: Week One

I was very excited to start my next Wilton class. I learned a few things in the decorating basics, but there were a lot of things I already knew. I have never worked with fondant, so I had a lot to learn!

The first week we spent time learning how to roll, cut and dye the fondant. We prepped some flower bases for next week and we were also tasked with making a bow! I chose teal for my bow color and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

I let the bow sit and harden, and Thursday night my husband said his coworkers had Thursday cake with drawl. I told him that if he baked the cake I would decorate it with some left over chocolate frosting and the bow I made.

He got out the yellow cake mix, and I was shocked when he started adding peanut butter and Heath bits. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it tasted delicious! I decorated it with frosting, lined the edges with Heath and set the bow on top! Oh, did I forget to mention that the middle is layered with banana? YUMMY! This is our chocolate, peanut butter, toffee, banana cake creation:

Month 3 (2011) - Meatloaf

My food to taste for the month, decided by my husband, was meatloaf. Myy biggest problem with meatloaf in the past has been that I don't like the shape. Meat shouldn't be shaped like bread. As I was thinking about this, I started wondering why it had to be in a loaf pan, I have been making a lot of cupcakes lately so why couldn't I make mini meatloafs in the cupcake pan?

It turns out that I wasn't the first one to think of this (duh...) so when I Goggled it I got all sorts of ideas! Some people even put mashed potatoes on top of the meatloaf to make it look like frosting. Once I saw this, I knew I had to do it!

I think they turned out really cute, and most of all they didn't taste all that bad. My husband liked them a lot and as I have said of the other two months of tasting food I thought I hated, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!

I give this meal a 6 out of 10.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Taco Cupcakes

A co-worker had a few of us over for dinner, and she made taco's. I thought a good desert to bring would be taco cupcakes! For the taco shell I rolled out caramel candies. For the ground beef I used crushed up chocolate cheerios mixed with a tiny bit of chocolate frosting. I died coconut green for lettuce and just used yellow frosting and a small round tip to make the cheese.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wilton Decorating Basics: Week 4

The final week we learned how to do letters in both print and cursive. We also learned the Wilton ribbon rose. Then we got to decorate one final cake however we wanted. Since I feel like the roses are a little old fashioned, I used drop flowers on my cake. I cannot wait to start the next Wilton class, Gum Paste and Fondant next Wednesday!