Friday, July 24, 2009

More Cookies

Wow, I've learned from my mistakes. The first being, remember that you substitute 1/2 crisco butter flavored for butter in the cookies. The second, don't roll out the cookies on a REALLY humid day. Both of these factors, went into my cutout cookies that I just got done making. They came out fine, and taste great, but were a pain. And I had to work really, really quickly!

I went back to the cutout cookie recipe I used two times ago. I still think I prefer the one I usually use, but I just can't get over all of the waste of the eggs in the recipe. I should try to figure out if I can just use 1 whole egg in place of 2 egg whites... I guess I'll have to look into it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Birthday Cakes

I had a busy weekend of baking cakes. I had to do two Elmo birthday cakes.. They were so fun. I used the frozen buttercream transfer method and was very happy with the results. My only problem I had was that the cake recipes I used were for bundt pans and they sunk in the middle more then I would have liked. The taste was excellent though. Very moist! I will have to try to research it a bit further. I also, used a different buttercream and I had pros and cons to it. I'd maybe use it again with some changes. But you never know until you try, and I really liked not having to use meraigne powder.

So, here it is!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Well, I'm on a baking marathon the next month or so. I've got three orders, so it will definetely keep me busy. I made all of the buttercream for the cakes for this weekend. I tried a new recipe that is a crusting buttercream but elliminates the meraigne powder and uses dream whip instead. I didn't really see much difference, however, I haven't tried to do anything with it yet. I also made a batch of "buttery buttercream" to do the frozen buttercream transfer with. That I will start tonight along with baking the cakes.. So much to do, so little time. Of course, I'll post the finished product.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Back to Banana

Tomorrow Jeff and I have a wedding to go to so I thought I'd make some cookies for the babysitters. Since I have bananas in the freezer, I"m going to make chocolate chip banana cookies. These have to be one of my favorites. I do make the frosting for the top, but these are wonderfully soft, and almost like a cake! I'm going to eliminate the walnuts since my father in law can't have nuts and may add a few extra chocolate chips. I've been making these for years, and they are always a hit!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Catching Up

Well, I'm just catching up a bit. Seems like with the new house, I'm still baking, but just not getting my pictures uploaded. Here are some pictures of cookies I decorated for a graduation party. These were not my favorite of all I've ever made, but there were so many of them, I didn't have the time to focus on the detail. The chocolate cake is the darn good chocolate cake from the cake mix dr. Came out wonderful, it is such a good cake, I froze some to use to make ice cream blizzards. I forgot to take a picture of the cake out of the pan unfortuantely. The other picture is of a blueberry custard pie. I got the recipe from The pie was good. The custard part was good, but I think I'd have prefered a little more of a traditional custard then a sour cream based one. There was a hint of sour cream taste rather then sweetness. But the crumb topping and blueberry part were great. I also made a cream cheese pie crust to go with it. I noticed that these crusts brown so much better then store bought ones. I think I'm hooked on making my own pie crusts. Mmmm Pie! Enjoy!