Apr 042014
 

My grandson loves to play Pokémon and requested this theme for his birthday cake.

Pokémon Black and White Versions- Isshu Region Pokémon (complete)

He agreed to narrow down the choices of his favorite characters to three for his cake.

After researching more about Pokémon, I found that some of the main images in the game are water, leaf, and fire.

Fortunately, these symbols were easy to make out of fondant.

Pokemon birthday cake

For the two chocolate cakes, I used a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Then half of the second batter was poured into a small metal bowl and the rest poured into a round cake pan.  The large cake was cut in half to make two rectangle shaped pieces.  The round cake was trimmed for the middle section.  Now the round bowl piece was set in the center of the three sections for the Poké Ball.

I love the Savory Sweet Life blog’s Buttercream Frosting recipe and one thin layer was spread on the cake shapes.  The cake was then put in the freezer, while I made the fondant.

Rice Krispie treats work great for molding the character shapes.  Since fondant is expensive and can sometimes be hard as a rock, I found the perfect recipe.  Marshmallow Fondant is great to work with and the How She Does It website gives a detailed step by step tutorial for a “no-fail’ recipe.Pokemon Cake 1

His friends are all Pokémon lovers and they enjoyed choosing which parts of the cake they wanted to eat.

Was it a labor of love?  Absolutely.

But this grandma works for hugs and birthday boy smiles.

What is the most unusual birthday cake you’ve ever seen?

Mar 192014
 

Minecraft is my grandson’s favorite computer game. Minecraft bug
What is Minecraft?  Kids use creative thinking, geometry, and some geology as they learn to build imaginative block structures.

Steve, Enderman, Diamond Axes, and grass were the characters and items requested for his birthday cake.

MineCraft Birthday Cake

Steve and Enderman were molded with Rice Krispie treats and covered with fondant.  The TNT is mini red Twizzlers.  Pretzels covered with chocolate pieces created the Diamond Axes.  Toasted coconut filled in the area and Kit Kat wafers added the bridges.  A Fruit Rollup had his name written with the Wilton edible writing pen.

I started with two chocolate cakes baked in 9 x 13 inch pans for the blocks.  Crushed Oreo cookies mixed with graham crackers were added to the frosted sides to look like dirt.  Green buttercreme frosting with a Wilton Grass tip, gave the blocks that grassy look.

Inspiration and helpful ideas came from this Coolest Birthday Cake website.  I’d love to hear about your clever cake ideas, since there will be more grandkid birthdays coming soon.

Jan 112014
 

SpongeBob Squarepants has always been my grandson’s favorite cartoon character.  So it wasn’t a surprise that he requested this theme for his birthday party.Spongebob Squarebants cake Spongebob birthday cake Spongebob Squarepants eyeball
Two chocolate cakes (his choice) were baked in 9 x 13 inch pans for the head and body.

Fondant used for the white eyes, teeth, red tongue, with blue fondant eye balls give him that smiling hello to the partying kids.

Mini donuts created his shoes and pant tops. Large pretzel rods were covered in fondant for his legs and arms.

To keep my fingers from looking yellowish red for the next week, I wore disposable gloves while mixing the colors into the fondant.

Fruit rollups created the tie & belt on chocolate frosted pants.  Rice Krispie treats shaped the hands and fingers and covered in fondant. Wilton’s food writer pens gave an edible birthday message on the fruit rollups.

Blue jello jigglers held the candles and gummy bears were added for snacking until the cake was cut.

Here’s looking at you grandma!  Half the fun of eating the cake is picking out what part they want to eat.

My inspiration came from the many great ideas shown on this Coolest Birthday Cake website.  I’d love to hear about your cake creations and any questions or suggestions you may have for shaped cakes.

Oct 222013
 

 

Is the Baked Alaska dessert from Alaska?  Was the German Chocolate cake first made in Germany? German's chocolate cake bloggerman chocolate cake
I assumed this recipe came from Germany.  Then I read out about a chocolatier named Sam German.  He created a sweet baking bar named “BAKER’S German’s Sweet Chocolate.”

When a Texan housewife sent a recipe using German’s Sweet Chocolate to a Dallas newspaper in 1957, everyone started making this cake.  The recipe went viral and the name was shortened to German Chocolate Cake.

Roasting the pecans and coconut takes them from ordinary to extraordinary.

Mix 1 cup chopped pecans with 1 teaspoon of butter and spread on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

Spread coconut thinly on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.  Stir every 5 minutes to evenly brown.

4.5 from 2 reviews
German Chocolate Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares German sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1⅓ cups flaked coconut (toast @ 325 degrees for 5 minutes, stir for even color)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (roast @350 degrees for 5 minutes, watch to not scorch)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoon shortening
  • 3 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 - 9 inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat water and 4 ounces chocolate until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks one at a time. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold ⅓ of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain.
  4. Pour into 3 - 9 inch pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  5. To make the filling: In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, evaporated milk, ½ cup butter, and 3 egg yolks. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool until thick enough to spread.
  6. Spread filling between layers and on top of cake. In a small saucepan, melt shortening and 3 ounces of chocolate. Stir until smooth and drizzle down the sides of the cake.

Do you say pee-can or pe-con?

Enjoy the “Foodie Tuesday” series on Inside Journeys

 

 

Sep 242013
 

My grandsons are becoming great cooks and always eager to try making something new.
Cake in a Mug ingredientsGrowing boys are hungry boys, when they come home from school.Cake in a Mug microwave

Upon finding cakes on Pinterest that are baked in the microwave instead of the oven, I knew they could make these safely on their own.

What’s neat about a dessert called “Cake in a Mug” is, they won’t leave a big mess in mommy’s kitchen.

All the ingredients are added and stirred into a mug and only take one minute to bake.Cake in a Mug grandson

Other than the grandson’s favorite chocolate fudge, any flavor of cake mix can be used.

Add ready made frosting or whipped cream and some tummies are happy.

The boys love to twist open an Oreo cookie and they sure make funny owl eyes.Cake in a Mug Owl Cake

They used the unfrosted cookie half to make mustaches, eyebrows or smiley mouths.

All that’s needed now, is M & M’s for the eyes and nose.  Candy Corn makes cute noses too.

They can no longer say “there’s nothing to eat,” when their tummies need an after school snack.  They now know how to make a one minute cake with no mess and no burned fingers.

 

4.5 from 2 reviews
Cake in a Mug
 
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A microwaved one minute cake baked in a mug.
Ingredients
  • 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1 box Cake Mix (any flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
Instructions
  1. In a zip-lock bag, add the two cake mixes and mix well.
  2. Take out 3 tablespoons of the cake mix combination and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water in a small microwave-safe mug.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
Notes
Cooking spray can be added to the mug for easy removable of cake.
One cake mix MUST be Angel Food, because it has the egg whites in it.
Top with a dollop of fruit, frosting or whipped topping.

For more great food ideas, check out the blog and pins on http://www.nowthatsnifty.com

May 202013
 

My grandson chose a ‘Lego King of his Castle’ theme for his sixth birthday party.  The little king’s swim party was a success, even though his crown didn’t float very well.
Birthday Cake copy

The lego birthday king is wearing his red robe and flanked by his lego princess sister and prince brother.  They are shaped from Rice Krispie Treats and covered with colored fondue.  Wilton FoodWriter pens outlined the face and robe details.

Hershey chocolate squares were used for the castle door and windows, then outlined with piped dark chocolate.  Sugar wafer cookies are the drawbridge and held with chocolate licorice chains.

Birthday cake side pic
I cut squares out of the middle of the double layered chocolate cake and placed the pieces on each corner.  The turrets are chocolate covered mini marshmallows.  Waffle cones were placed on top of ice cream cones and chocolate frosting “glued” them together, with golden sugar glitter sprinkled over them.

Bubble wrap covered the tray and then frosted blue for the lego base.  Blue Jello jigglers were cut and placed with red Gummy fish around the cake for the moat.  Fruit rollups were used for the flags and banner.

Many of my inspirations came from the creative ideas for Lego Castle Cakes found in the website: http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com.

Apr 292013
 

My twin grandsons decided that, although they will always share their birthday date, they shouldn’t have to share the same cake.  The one thing they both agreed on was that both cakes should be chocolate,

Dinosaur cake 3 copy
His twin brother loves trains and requested the train cake.   My dinosaur loving twin grandson chose a Stegosaurus cake.

Dinosaur cake birthday 2

His chocolate cake was baked in two round cake pans.  The dinosaur body is a round cake cut in half, with frosting holding the body together.  The tail is a crescent shape cut from the second round cake.  Then four feet were cut to fit next to the body.  A square piece was used for the front of the body’s neck base.  The head was cut and wooden dowels were placed into the cake pieces for support.

All pieces were frozen, so the cut edges frosted easily with less crumbling.  I  tinted white frosting green and used a spoon to help give the frosted body some scales.  The eyes are yellow yogurt candy and more candy was placed on the toasted coconut that I scattered around the dinosaur.  I colored some fondant yellow and cut triangles for the spikes on his back.

The little guy was made from Rice Krispie treats. The bars mold easily and stick together perfectly.  I cut ½-bar for the body and ½-bar to make the two legs.  Another bar was cut up to shape a round head, two arms and feet.  I used colored fondant to cover him and Wilton FoodWriter pens to draw fine lines for the eyes and other details.

To keep your fingers from looking yellowish green for the next week, wear disposable gloves while mixing the colors into the fondant.  Also, a little oil keeps the fondant from sticking to your gloves as you wrap and shape the Rice Krispie bars.

My inspiration for this dinosaur cake came from the many great ideas shown on this website: http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com.   Please leave a comment, if you have any questions on the assembly of this cute cake.

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