Tuesday, November 11, 2008

more than one way to ice a cake

Above are some off the entries into a school rocket ship cake contest in Ohio. All different and all beautiful! for video instructions on making a rocket of your own click on the sidebar image of a rocket.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Got Cake?

Got Cake?
These dear deer cupcakes inspiration are from Baked, a sweet little spot in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

healthier recipe ideas

A few of our favorite classic cake and icing recipes have been added to the bottom of this page called "A Few Good Recipes" We welcome any suggestions to add to list of recipes.

Healthier Recipe ideas:
Photo © Kate and Georgina
For a bit more of a nutritional bang for your buck, here are a number of cake and cupcake recipes from the book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld:
Deceptively Delicious Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Chocolate Milk Cake
from the What To Expect book's Best Odds Recipes
I love the handful of recipes in the What to Expect book, because kids really like them and you can feel a little bit better about serving them.
Makes one 13 X 9-inch cake pan
Butter and flour, for the baking pan
1 C whole-wheat flour
1/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 C wheat germ
2 t baking powder
2/3 C unsweetened cocoa
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 3/4 C apple juice concentrate
*1/2 C milk mixed with *5 T nonfat dry milk
2 whole eggs
1 egg white
1 t vanilla extract

1. preheat the oven to 325˚F. Lightly butter and flour a 13 X 19-inch baking pan
2. Place the flours, wheat germ, baking powder, cocoa, oil, juice concentrate and milk in a large mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Add eggs, egg white, and vanilla and beat until thoroughly mixed.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake until the top springs back when lightly pressed about 35 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a rack to cool completely. Or serve right from the pan, if desired with whipped cream.

M&M's Decorated Cake




Here's a great decorating idea from our cake and cookie design expert & friend Patti Paige at Baked Ideas custom baking NYC. You can get the m&ms at the m&m store around times square - where you can pick out any amount of each color that you want.

How to Teach Children to Bake

By eHow Parenting Editor

Every kid loves cookies & cakes and teaching children to bake is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children. While they thrill at covering the kitchen in flour, you will enjoy watching your children learn about fractions, temperature, time management and responsibility. So grab an apron, and teach your children to bake their favorites.

Step1
Make baking fun.
Step2
Keep it simple. Give the children an opportunity to be successful. Have them start with a simple recipe and master it before moving on to more complicated directions.
Step3
Read or ask your child to read the recipe out loud. This will help him learn new words and terms.
Step4
Assemble all the necessary equipment. Ask your child to get out the bowls, cookie sheets, measuring utensils and ingredients that are within his reach to help him learn organizational skills.
Step5
Help your child learn fractions by allowing her to measure ingredients like ½ tsp. vanilla or 1/3 cup chopped nuts. Let your child measure both liquid and dry ingredients using the appropriate measuring cup.
Step6
Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and sweep the excess off with a straight edge to achieve an accurate measurement. Show your child the difference in the amount of flour in the cup when you spoon it in versus dipping the cup directly into the flour. *If your child is younger it may be best to measure everything in advance so that you can better keep track of everything going into the mix.
Step7
Show your child how to be responsible for keeping track of the time so the cake does't burn.
Step8
Encourage your child's creativity in decorating or choosing the design.
Step9
Stress the importance of safety in the kitchen . Make sure all towels, pot holders and hair are kept away from the heat. Supervise your child's use of sharp utensils and hot pans.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Easy cookie recipe
  • Ingredients listed on recipe
  • Aprons and decorating materials (optional)
  • Bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cookie sheets
  • Oven mitt or potholder

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

bake about what you care about


I know this isn’t a political blog, but I couldn't resist these and why not make special message cupcakes?
top: Crumbs Bakery, NYC

Oh, Betty Boop







Here's a behind-the-scenes look. These are the final steps of how the birthday cake for our own beloved "Betty Boop" (from the 2's 3's) came together last year. Rice Krispie Treats were molded into an oval tier and placed on top of a 2-tier oval cake. This cake was balanced onto a carved body cake (with strong internal supports built in). Then the whole thing was covered in White Chocolate fondant and then painted with powdered food color. Rice Krispies Treats (see package instructions) are great for making cake decorations and sculptures.

Oh, Betty Crocker

This Lego birthday cake is made by by taking a rectangular sheet cake and putting two smaller round cupcakes on top. Its finished off with colorful icing. I thought this was a wonderful and graphic birthday cake idea. The Betty Crocker website has directions for making the Lego birthday cake (along with many other great kids cakes) and it’s not difficult at all. (*If you'd prefer, you could purchase a lego shaped pan instead, see 3D cake pans below)
Betty Crocker


Bunny Cake




Bunny Cake &
The Bunny Cake cutting diagram
from Skip To My Lou: This site is full of wonderful arts & crafts, free patterns, downloads and plenty of inspiration.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Peace of Cake


Have yourself a peace of cake: invest in Fred's new peace-sign shaped cake pan! Not only will you have a cool-looking cake, but you'll be helping give back: a portion of proceeds will be used to contribute to nonprofit organizations dedicated to peaceful resolution of conflict. (We love Fred!)

Supplies


New York Cake & Baking Distributors
56 W 22nd St (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
212-675-2253
Everything cake is here. This is a fun field trip (but beware, it doesn’t come cheap).

Pheil & Holing
Better prices. *On-line only, not a storefront. Usually ships in one or 2 days.

Broadway Panhandler
Very fun store. Cake decorating section is a little random, but works for most basic needs.

Williams-Sonoma
Great 3D cake pans & cookie cutter sets

Sugar Craft
Cake decorating & candy making products