Saturday, April 25, 2009

2nd dance competition done, go Legacy!

Hey this is Brenna! Mom's  busy so I get to write the post! MwaaHaaaHaaa! (just kidding!) Since I'm writing I'm going to tell you all about these (delicious) cookies and why the picture above says "Hey U". First of all, the cookie above says "Hey U" because these cookies are for my dance studio and that's the name of my jazz dance. It says #1 because our jazz dance was the TOP SCORING DANCE of the WHOLE COMPETITION! Second, Angie from the studio ordered cookies for ALL of the dance lines as congrats for a job well done. There are 6 dance lines, Little Lites, Rising Stars, Dancing Stars (My younger sister Olivia's dance line), Starlights (My dance line), Starmakers, and Highlights.                                   

These are some of the 105 cookies my mom made. Pretty sweet, huh?
On that note, I LOVE LEGACY! (Hope I get to write again soon!) 

Brenna Lou

Hi this is Olivia. For right now I'm posting for mom. You see the good news is mom's business is great and she's really busy, but the bad news is she won't be able to post. So I'm filling in for today! GO LUCKY C'S SWEETS!!!!
So remember how mom mentioned neeh on the last post? ( If anyone's even reading it..... maybe everyone just likes the pics?!) Anywho, she said that 'cause she got an order from our friends saying they want a horse cake for the dad's mom's, birthday.  He said she loves horses and rides a lot, but she has fallen off 4 times and gotten hurt.  Her nickname is Spot because of all the freckles she has.  So, that's what inspired her.
Here's how it started.  Hoping to get a taste soon.
Weird lookin', huh?  Then she covered it with fondant.  Starting to look better. Boy, the kitchen smelled good at that point.  Still didn't get that taster of fondant, rats!
No, it's not an armadillo, it is a horse.  Don't worry he gets cuter. At this point, I still haven't got my taste :(  This horse sure was looking at me funny.  I don't know if he's shy or just knows how much I want to eat him!
Mom thought she should add a little something extra.  So, she molded some fondant into these shapes: a little emergency/doctor bag, a set of horseshoes for good luck, a journal to write her riding adventures in, and a seat belt on the horse to hold Spot on.
Here's the finished product.  I think he looks a little like Bullseye, from Toy Story, but he's still cute.  Our friends came over to pick the cake up.  They thought it was awesome! Mom gets to do another cake for them next week.  I think I heard something about a corvette.  Sounds like an old car to me.  Wonder why they want a cake like that.  Hmm.  
Anywho, we waved as the horse rode off into the sunset.  (Well, actually he was a box in the backseat of the car, but you know what I mean.)
Good news, bad news, again.  Bad news, I had to help Mom clean up the kitchen.  Good news, I was in charge of cleaning up the frosting.  After I was through with it, there actually wasn't much to clean up!
ONS out. Peace!

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's been a while since I posted. Have been so busy. No, I am not complaining!

I  don't think I have sat down in about three weeks, but it has been very exciting.  My sweets business is taking off and I couldn't be happier.  Although, sleep does sound kinda nice.   I have a few things to update and I will do so after this weekend.  Until then here is a teaser...
Certainly couldn't celebrate Easter without Chickie cupcake pops!  More to come soon. 
Did someone say Neeh? You'll see what I mean when I post my next cake adventure.  Happy weekend :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

B's 12 layer birthday cake, she was turning 12 after all!

My oldest, dear, sweet daughter turned twelve in March.  She has the second largest sweet tooth in the house, for sure. (Not disclosing who is #1, leaving that to your imagination :) 
In preparation for her birthday, we spend many days talking about what type of cake she will have to celebrate her special day.  This year her main request was something pink, but also with lots of chocolate.  Well, the fact that my little girl was turning 12 was a bit tough for me.  I know she's getting older, I can see it! I just don't have to accept it, do I? In order to keep it cute, but make it a bit more elegant for an "older" girl, I thought I would push the envelope on this one.

Twelve years old, how about a twelve layer cake! I had recently seen one posted on one of my favorite blogs, Bakerella.  In an effort to bake the cake in a shorter period of time, I used twelve foil pans to bake the cakes.  I could fit 3 in the oven at a time, x 2 ovens = 6 cakes x 2 = 12 cakes. Baked in less than 2 hours. Math again, I can't help it, I use to be a banker.

Here's how it all started~

Then with great patience and 3 kids googling at me, I layered each cake.  OH MY! I forgot to mention that in between those lovely layers, that I colored pink- per B's request, was a chocolate ganache type icing.  It was so close to heaven, that I think I heard an "AHHHH" (you know like the pearly gates opening), when I slathered it on each layer.

It dripped all over the place!  When all layers where placed, I evened out the icing around the whole cake.  Now this is where most "normal" people would stop. 

Never been "normal", never will :)
So I made some dark chocolate cream cheese frosting and frosted the entire cake to a smooth finish.  Next, I added just a touch more pink with candy hearts around the edge.  Now, I didn't even want to tarnish it's beauty with a candle, but as my 7 year old pointed out, How's B gonna make a wish? So the final touch- a single candle.

Here is a look at the inside.  Layers and all...

We barely put a dent into it! Maybe we had finally found a cake that my family couldn't devour in one sitting.  We managed to share some slices with a selected few, who thought I was crazy- but seemed to love that fact after eating their slice.

B had dance practice on her birthday.  Since the cake was for the family, we had to make another treat to share with her fellow Starlights.  Sticking with our chocolate and pink theme, I made red velvet cupcake bites.  (More on those lovely little morsels in another post.)

I won't be making that cake every day, that's for sure, but I would make anything and do anything for my dear girl.  She has been a sweet treat from day one.  She has an elegance and grace that many who are older than her, don't possess.  She has such compassion and shows kindness every chance she gets.  I love my B for so many reasons, sharing my affection for all things sweet, is surely one of them. 

And I was afraid I taught her nothing.