Kaylee’s 10th Birthday Cake

Kaylee turned 10 and she’s been showing pigs in the farm shows the past couple years.  Her theme was pigs in shades, she wanted a pig cake, so she got show pigs with style. A delightful pageant of glorious fatty pigginess, with only one winner.

 

IMAG0945Using the sports ball cake mold, I baked up 3 flavors. 1 cake mix per mold(both halves). These needed to bake for 40 minutes because they are so thick.

IMAG0934 IMAG0935 IMAG0936         I attached 3/4 inch dowel rods to a wooden board. Then, placed the bottom half of ice cream cones with My Cake Frosting, around the bottom of the dowel for the legs. Cutting a hole in the center of each half, slid the cake onto the dowels, placing frosting between the layers and filled in the hole top.

I then, frosted the bodies with cake frosting and smoothed it out as best I could.

 

 

 

I gave each body some spots, used party favor kazoo lips for theirs.

 

 

 

 

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I cut some ears and eyes out of craft foam pieces. Snouts were strawberry marshmallows, and eye lashes and accents out of black frosting.

I found some party favor accessories: rings, ear rings, sun glasses, necklace and crown for the winner.

 

 

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Created prize ribbons out of craft foam as well.

Topping it off with marshmallow lights around the runway stage.

 

For the Finishing touch, a pig is not a pig if they don’t have that curly tail. These were created with fun curly birthday candles.

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Puddin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 large roll of gingerbread cookie dough
  • 2 sm boxes of Jello Pumpkin Spice pudding mix
  • 1 container of French vanilla whipped topping

Instructions:

Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with spray oil.  Flatten with your hands the roll of gingerbread cookie dough into the bottom and up the sides (a small roll will work if you just want it on the bottom).

Bake on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, till you can insert a toothpick in the thickest parts and come out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

When crust is just about cooled enough, mix together pudding as directed on the box for the pudding pie version. This does not require as much milk and will firm up more for cutting.

Add the pudding to the top of the gingerbread and then top with whipped topping.

Chill until ready to serve, at least an hour.

Kaylee’s 9th Birthday Cake

 

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Kaylee’s 9th birthday request was a Despicable Me II Minion with the fruit hat. The one eyed minion wears a fruit hat in the jelly factory and at the end dancing, and this was what Kaylee wanted.

I layered 4 different flavors of cake, using my Cake Out of a Cookie Mix idea. I used Pillsbury’s blue raspberry, orangecicle, key lime and fun fetti mixes. I spread the corresponding flavors of frosting in between the layers. Mixed up yellow frosting from my Cake Frosting recipe and frosted the outside.

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Skewers or dowel sticks stuck down into all layers of the cake can help make secure.

I then mixed together blue frosting with the same recipe and added his pants using Twinkies for the legs and half ones for the feet.

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The minion also where’s a coconut bra in the end with his fruit hat, so I found some white Hostess Snowballs and tinted them brown.

The goggle was made from 2 canning jar lids glued together and a piece of white foam board painted with the eye lid and pupil popped into the back of the lid.

Black tube frosting was used for the hair and strap. More Twinkies were used for mini minions around the base.

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For the hat, I found a child size sombrero and glued fake fruit to it. I then lined the inside of the hat with some wax paper, waited till we got to our destination then applied the hat. Lining it with the wax paper allowed us to remove it and let Kaylee wear it.

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Peanut Butter Cake out of a Cookie mix

Turn almost any cookie mix into a cake.  A challenge to figure out what people can do if they don’t have a cake mix or accidentally  bought a cookie mix by accident. My Cake out of a Cookie Mix post, has helped many solve a challenging dilemma. Enjoy this challenge made delicious. One package makes a 10″ round cake, for a layer cake you will need two to three.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients and mix on medium till well blended.

Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch round pan. Bake for 35 minutes on 350 degrees, till toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Frost with Chocolate frosting for a wonderful peanut butter cup flavored dessert.

Coconut Tres Leches

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For the cake:

  • 9 eggs, separated
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 tsp real mexico vanilla(1 plus 1/2 tsp of imitation)
  • 2 c. flour

For Milk sauce:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lg can evaporated milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp real mexico vanilla(1 plus 1/2 tsp of imitation)

Topping:

  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • toasted coconut

Separate egg whites into large mixing bowl and yolks into a small or large mixing bowl.

Whip egg whites with sugar till stiff peaks.  Set aside.

Blend egg yolks with vanilla till creamy.

Mix yolks into egg whites on low till thoroughly mixed, on fold speed, add flour to mixture slowly. Scrape sides but don’t mix too heavily to flatten the egg whites fluffiness.

Pour into a spray greased glass baking dish and bake on 350 degrees for 25 minutes, till toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool.  Using a fork to poke holes into top to aid in absorption of the milk,  turn out onto or into a platter or larger cake holder that will hold fluid and poke more holes into the bottom now top.

In a medium to large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce.  Pour milks over cake(it may not require all the milk, try pouring only half onto the cake let set for a while and add more as needed to keep a thin layer of milk in bottom around the cake for extra sauce while serving.

While cake is absorbing milk, in a small mixing bowl, whip with mixer the whipping cream and powdered sugar till thick and creamy.

Spread whipped topping onto cake, and top with toasted coconut.  Serve chilled.

 

Kaylee’s 8th Birthday Cake

Better late than never… the theme this year was baseball and mustaches..

Her wish was my command..

You will need the Wilton soccer ball half pan and a round pan, i bolted a piece of PVC to the board and cut a hole in the center of the cake, the PVC helps the cake to hold up. I used a yellow cake mix for the two halves in the ball pan and a chocolate mix for the round cake pan.

The round cake went between the two halves to make the ball larger, make sure to cut the humps off the tops of the cakes so that they lay flat against each other. I put some frosting between as you would a layer cake.

I had to put some cake pieces at the base to raise slightly and stabilize. I mixed the left over icing with the cake humps that i cut off to make dirt for the pitchers mound.  I did it in stages, by putting it back in the fridge, so that it didn’t get hot and try to melt or get too soft. I let the cake settle over night after i dirty iced, before i put the fondant on, because the PVC in the middle was as tall as the cake when it first went on, then after settling it was then taller.  Had i put the fondant on first, it would have ripped through and no way to fix.  This way i was able to fill in with extra frosting and round it off better before placing fondant.

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Dirty iced the outside and covered in fondant.  I placed whole shell peanuts at base to cover the bottom of the fondant.

 

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The seams, i drew on with red gel icing. The mustache and eyes are cut out of foam poster board with bamboo skewers glued to the back to push into the cake.

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Supplemented with funfetti cupcakes with mustache and baseball decor for extra players.

 

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The scoreboard was cut out of foam board, printed the scores on the printer and the candles stuck into the top like the fireworks at the end of a real game.

Cake Out of a Cookie Mix

Pillsbury has come up with some yummy new flavors this year in cakes and cookies. Last year they opened with the Pink lemonade cake and
cookie mix with matching frosting which was divine.

This year they brought it back i’m glad to say and added new flavors, Key limeOrange-cicle and Blue Raspberry.  This recipe follows my cunning abilities in attempting to make the key lime cake but by my rush at the store picked up the cookie mix instead.  Oh, No! what do  I do? I need a cake!…

Oh, hey, I make cookies out of cake mixes (awesome example) why can’t I make this cookie mix into a cake?  

Answer.. I can!  I happened to have one of the pink lemonade cake mixes in my cupboard, for that spur of the moment dessert, so I pulled it out and checked the required ingredients..

WHA LA!!!  instead of using the ingredients on the cookie box I used the ingredients on the cake box and got the best key lime cake ever with the key lime frosting of course ( the best part ;-)).  Mmmm, Can’t wait to make it again.

In a mixer bowl, combine your cookie mix, **1 and 1/4 c. water, 2/3 c. oil, and 3 eggs and mix on medium until well blended.

Pour into your greased and floured 9×13 pan (I used a glass pan) and bake for 35 minutes on 350, till toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.

**Add ingredients slowly, add the oil, but 1 egg at a time, and 1/4 c. water at a time. Just in case there is not a much cookie mix in the box or bag as those listed above.
If it seems a bit dry while mixing, try adding a touch more oil and water, oil can also make more moist.

Coconut Punch Bowl Cake

Last minute simplicity.

Ingredients:

  • 1 angel food cake, broken into chunks
  • 1 sm box Jello instant coconut cream pie pudding
  • 1 and 3/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c. grated coconut
  • 1 lg can mandarin oranges
  • 1 lg can pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream

Instructions:

Crumble half the angel food cake into a large bowl.

Distribute 1/2 the oranges and pineapple over the cake.

Mix pudding with milk till thickened, spread over cake.

Add the rest of the cake, then oranges and pineapple.  Sprinkle with the coconut.

In a mixing bowl, whisk or beat the whipping cream and sugar till stiff and spread over top.

Chill and serve when ready.

Kaylee’s 7th Birthday Cake

The smurfy-ness of this cake surprises everyone with a smile.

  Start with a skeleton, pvc mounted to a piece of plywood.

Form leg, arms and head out of rice treats.  Tip: use a ganache or icing on the pvc so the treats have something to adhere to.  Icing is used to “dirty ice” the treats and cake so that the fondant will adhere to surfaces.

Use white fondant to make it any color you need.  Add frosting tint to your fondant then knead till well blended into even color.  Roll to desired thickness and apply to a dirty iced sculpture.

Frequent refrigeration may be required if kitchen is not cold enough, plus it will help in hardening icings to prevent melting and fondant from sliding off.

Be aware that fondant will dry out and needs to be shaped in the exact form required, because it will become brittle and break apart.  Frustrating lessons learned from this fondant adventure.

Also, non-toxic glue should be used on the pvc joints to prevent movement.  The weight of the cake/treats and fondants will cause the joints to move.  As seen above, I learned this lesson too late, the joints stayed still till I applied the fondant, then a creative cover of a garden hoe was required to hold her arm up.

The rice treats created a new and unique challenge, the original plan for her hands became rounded nubs that then had to be creatively disguised by a large flower and a big butterfly.