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Circus Cake

Well the Circus Party was AWESOME! Thanks to all involved and all that attended it was ALOT of work and ALOT of fun! The petting zoo was Mary’s Go Round and you can find her here:

http://marysgoroundponyrides.com/  they are SO nice and the animals are so cute and you can tell how much they are loved by there parents. Thanks Mary and Joe!! So you want to see this gorgeous Circus cake Tasty Cake Pop made? Ok here it is. I’m still uploading pictures so keep checking back for more photos all week long.

clowncake1This was VERY time consuming but so much fun to make. All edible except the pinwheels I added which I could have done from fondant but did not want to take a chance of someone trying to play with them or them cracking and breaking. OK more photos later and all week long.

 

Tasty Monday everyone!

Fondant Fun

Can you believe it is Thursday already? The week is going by quickly and there is still so much to get done for this Circus party. Today I baked up all round cakes in 10″ x 3″ (almost double the thickness of a regular pan) cake, 2 8″ cakes, a 6″ cake and last but not least I have one of those “ball” pans so I cooked up half of that to create the dome on the top of the “Big Top Tent” which will be the topper to our cake. You can’t even imagine HOW many sticks of butter, cups of sugar, sacks of flour goes into making THIS MANY CAKES WOWZA! Oh and don’t forget about all those egg whites to create white cake with sprinkles which is what this little peanut wanted for her cake of as she says VALLILA  too cute!

Once all those cakes were finished I started on my fondant lion. I had begun using my plain white Marshamallow fondant or MMF and had to color it. Working in small batches I made a few colors.  This is the first time I had done a lion so here he is I think he came out cute.

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I also created a seal balancing a ball on his nose, last night however I am going to share when he is ALL done. I need to make his pedestal still.

Tonight I will be busy leveling my cakes (using a in-expensive level from your local hardware store works great!) then getting them all wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled overnight so that tomorrow I can begin the crumb coating and start getting this Circus cake done.

What are you working on? Have you ever played with fondant before? Have some fun pictures you would like to share email them to me.

Have a TASTY night all

Frozen?

So how many of you woke up in a clip from frozen today? It certainly can be pretty to look at but PLEASE drive safely and don’t go out if you do not have to!

Some of you may know that on Sunday my finger left hand ring finger was crunched in my trunk (don’t ask!) and with no time to baby it before the big event Sunday its still quite painful. At least now its not black/purple anymore but still quite swollen.

This morning I have been busy making Marshmallow fondant that will be used to create fun accent pieces and animals for the 3 tier CIRCUS cake for Sunday. Have you ever tried making MMF before? Its really  easy……..and STICKY!

Here is the recipe so go ahead give it a try!

In a microwave safe bowl, lightly greased add a 16oz bag of mini marshmallows, 2 Tablespoons of water and 1 tsp of clear vanilla extract. Microwave for 60 seconds, stir, and repeat at 30 second intervals until the marshmallows are melted. Once melted thoroughly remove and add to it 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening stirring until melted. Add a 2lb bag of confectionary sugar a bit at a time. I usually dump half of the bag at first mixing good and then adding more as you go along. I never use the entire bag of conf. sugar. Your MMF consistency should be just thicker than play dough.  Once you have the desired consistency lightly grease the outside of your MMF ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in an air tight container. Let this settle for a few hours or overnight. After settled you can color your MMF using either a gel like Wilton or Americolor which offer a very intense color so start out lightly and add more as needed. This MMF can sit on the counter for a few weeks. If you need to soften you can do so by microwaving it in 5 second intervals until pliable. ENJOY and have fun with it!

Here is a Peppa Pig I made last year for a Peppa Pig “Muddy Puddles” party20130120_164258Here is a photo of the cake which was a dairy, egg free cake so I’m surprised that it did not crumble under the pressure of the tiers! Covering sugar cones with buttercream NOT EASY!

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We are having a Circus

Today I have been very busy working on some items for the 6th birthday bash we are having for our niece. If you couldn’t tell by the title its a CIRCUS theme party YAY (can you tell I’m excited about it? )  So today I baked up a nice confetti fun cake, rolled and dipped for some clown pops. Here is what I have done on them so far

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These are SO cute the kids, and parents, will love them! I’m only doing a dozen since we have LOTS of fun things planned. Check out these what I like to call “MuscleMALLOW” dumbells below. If you click on the picture you’ll get the whole view in there.

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Its been quite a productive day here at Tasty Cake Pop. Next up will be to finish our cute little clowns and dumbells and tomorrow afternoon start working on some fondant pieces. Be sure to check back daily to see what is going on.

My crafting started out with scrapbooking, then blossomed to rubber stamping, jewelry and cake. So with that said, I am also doing all the paper items such as banners for the party and popcorn boxes so I need to get those all glued up also. Did I mention the party is this Sunday? OH and they are calling for what could be a “significant snow.” Now just mentioning the word SNOW here in our Nations Capital and everyone FREAKS so please pray that this storm does not arrive until Sunday night as they are talking about, if at all!

Tasty Monday everyone

What exactly IS a cake pop you ask?

This is a question that is often asked by those that have SEEN cake pops but have yet to have a TASTY CAKE POP (like that plug? ) This way of making cake pops came to me after hours upon hours of research online one winter.  So this is the ORIGINAL way to make cake pops.

1. Bake a Tasty cake

2. Crumble your cake

3. Mix in frosting/flavorings

4. Roll or shape

5. Insert sticks

6. Dip in chocolate

7. EAT AND ENJOY!

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Now some of you may have seen those cake pop makers that you put the cake batter into and it cooks your cake into round balls, this is NOT the original way to make these yummy morsels. Now you CAN make them like that if you like but be forewarned this will result in a dry cake pop and not the yummy truffle like morsel pictured above. Those cake pops look like this: roundbakedcakeballs

If you decide to give it a try have fun with it, don’t stress even the ones that dont look beautiful on your first try will still taste wonderful.

Have a TASTY day everyone

Honoring our healthcare providers

With the Holidays coming it is a time to remember those who do the things that perhaps we take for granted like our newspaper carrier, the coffee shop employees that make that perfect latte daily and our healthcare providers. Since we will be at the Holiday Bazaar at NIH Friday what a great time to grab a few of these cute little “scrubs” We are also working on a Nurses appreciation pop so stay tuned!! Its chillly here so what a great day to play with cake!

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