July 4th: Striped and sprinkled with blue and red

 Today is July 4th,2010, Independence Day – America’s Birthday. As man other countries do, we are celebrating our nation’s birthday. We are celebrating with fireworks, picnics, friends, family, food and cake. Yes, we always have cake at each and every events and then some. While this is similar to last year’s treat, it is not the same.

A different time, date, year and cake shall grace the July 4th festivities here amongst the friends and family of Sweets and S’morsels. Please check back after the fireworks and fun to get the “inside scoop” in this Sweets and S’morsels treat.

Happy Independence Day! Our July 4th treat was yet another heart shaped cake. Let’s face it….if you are celebrating on a day like this you love America – or at least you are fond of the principles set forth so many years ago. Life, liberty and freedom —simple goals and plans for early settlers who came to this great land. So a heart shaped cake was in order.

Complete with blueberries and strawberries this yummy treat was refershing and tasty. Topped with whipped cream blue and red sprinkle sugars and confetti stars. The suprise inside was a first time for me — Jello Poke Cake, and double layered at that as well. Using red and blue Jello, poke the top of the cake with a fork or the end of a wooden spoon and pour the Jello Mixture over the cake and chill. Having room to chill the cake is the key :-).

So the end result is a red (jello), white (cake) and blue (jello) suprise as you cut the cake. And Enjoy! Fun, food, friends, family and festivities. Blessing to all until the next cake. Happy Baking!

Ice Cream Cake Craze: I scream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. As the saying goes, yes we scream….and yes I get ice cream and I eat ice cream but there has been a heat wave and it seems, a craze for ice cream cakes is on the rise, now.

So I have been summoned…I have been “ice cream” caking for the past two weeks. My part time job has now turned into a full fledged all day-5 day-cake fest.

Wish me luck this summer as I cake away and decorate, oh and before the cakes melt too ;-). Yes we can’t have that.

So, I have not vanished I have just been busy caking in another sector :-). We hope to be back on track very, very soon.

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Cake Lit: Lion’s Share by Matthew McElligott

Okay, so we all know I love cake and kids books. So what we have here is a children’s book about cake. It is a fairly new book 2009, by author and illustrator  Matthew McElligott, Lion’s Share: A tale of halving cake and eating it, too.

In this unusual “cake” tale – a lion has invited the ant and various others to join his special dinner. This seems such a nice gesture until ant realizes what pigs the other guests make of themselves – right down to the cake. See the cake is first presented to elephant who gladly takes half of the cake and passes it down well hippo take half of that and this cake halving continues until ant hasn’t anything but crumbs and nothing left for lion and herself.

She offers to bake another cake for lion tomorrow. Well each guest decides they are going to top that; beetle claims he will make two cakes, frog four and the doubling coninues…until elephant has to make “two-hundred and fifty six” cakes. Well as you might guess as everyone is slaving away the next day – lion and ant are enjoying a strawberry sponge cake.

What I like about this book is its funny twists, its learning experience and it is about cake. This would be a great tool to use for fractions, counting and multiplication. This is a great math learning book, similar to Greg Tang’s math riddle books.

Pretty in “pink”

...Pretty in Pink.....

For this special “rocking” birthday…I had a special request. A simple request really. The order was pink – then birds – then cup cakes. I was like really that’s it? I mean I work with ice cream cake and make hundreds of cakes a week. That was it, just cupcakes, with pink icing and birds.  I thought well ok I could go for some cupcakes about now. 

So I had a vision……   

....or a product of that vision.

And well….really after all that white cake, mixing and cupcake filling and baking…the rest fell into place. This was a special birthday. And a tribute to the twitter bird? Maybe or just birds in general. She likes pink, birds and vanilla cupcakes.  And voila’ ….we have…a birthday…..

...a little birdie told me....

…. 30 Rocks!

 No , not 30 Rock – 30 Rocks! Turning 30, rocks! I guess I should know I turned 30 a bit ago and I just remembered that I don’t think I ever posted my birthday cakes that I actually ordered from work. Now with gourmet cakes like that who wouldn’t agree that 30 Rocks!

So, Happy Birthday, Amy! Enjoy your cupcakes, your pudding cake and may 30 Rock your world and 31 and 32 and 33…….

On this 30th birthday,
May the sun shine bright.
May you be free to soar,
Like a bird in flight!

 Hope and grace, love and peace,
Be with you today,
In all that you will venture and gain,
This year and many – Happy Birthday!!

 30 really ROCKS!!!!

Sweets & S’morsels is seeing “green”

Just a little teaser to keep you thinking about what we have baked up – how and why?

Yes we’ve baked up a special treat for a special birthday- Not Saint Patrick’s birthday but a near and dear birthday here at Sweets and S’morsels (family).

Here are a few more views to keep you “seeing green” – we will return Thurday with a full post on this lucky charm. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

....shades of green....

....and confetti clovers....

Okay so here is the real scoop on this “green thing” well it was Pat’s birthday – No not Saint Patrick, my step-dad, Pat! Yes his 78th birthday was yesterday March 17th. And well, being that I am the cake hobbiest in the household and family it was surely my duty to bake up a treat that he would appreciate. Rewind to February and we all saw my attempt at “Conversation Heart” cupcakes but I had invested in some heart shaped pans and I knew right away what kind of lucky cake Pat would recieve for his special day. Well the froogal queen that I am, I attempted this venture with one little heart pan (kinda poetic too I might add) anyway. I leterally put all heart into this and well the final product……

Happy St. Patricks 'Birthday"!

The cake is three “mini” 6 inch heart shaped pans by Wilton – chocolate cake with a Wilton Whipped Buttercream Icing. Using a large round cake board I set the three hearts end to end with some extra cake for the stem and voila’ a shamrock appreared. Completed with green trim border and shamrock confetti this cake made Pat smile and he really appreciated the work and effort. But I was glad to do it. I love to play with cake and bake it is fun, exhausting and fulfilling all in one. I am the cake hobbiest in the home so it is now my call of duty to bake for each birthday that comes along.

The holidays are over?

NEVER….life is a holiday…and even when it gets too hot to handle then you need to get out of the kitchen. Wait no get back in that kitchen. See it is January 6th, the Eve of Russian Christmas and [thank you twitter – @dominosugar]  National Shortbread Day!

National Shortbread Day January 6th

Perfect timing if you’ve gone into sugar overload and need need to cut back on the sweets. If you need a little history on Shortbread read here!  Domino sugar’s website {psst I used their powdered stuff by the 10 lbs – I make lots of frosting} has shortbread ideas.

So when you can’t take the heat…get out of the kitchen and plan your next holiday tasty treat. There are still more holidays and excuses to bake…Valentine’s Day, Easter etc etc and everyday is a birthday (depends on who you know). So Happy Shortbread Day!

What has become of the pumpkins sitting on the lawn?

Ever notice the pumpkins that become jack-o-lanterns – they get all saggy faced and shrivel up after they have been gleaming for a few days. And then what becomes of them? Just piles of rubbish? No…for years I have been putting these plump orange squash to good use. Large or small….you can carve them up something like this….

This ordinary field pumpkin can become a tasty dessert!

 Just an ordinary field pumpkin…can become a tasty dessert!Yes this year that leftover field pumpkin gave quite a bit of puree’ to turn into a tasty pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake and much much more!  Just as easy as carving a pumpkin just slice it up and cut off the orange rind/skin. It looks like chunks of cantaloupe, but you bake in a dish until tender and puree’. This medium sized pumpkin yielded about 12 cups of puree’ and then some…We’ll be able to make so much more than cake and pie. You may even be able to make soups, dinner side dishes and cookies out of these pumpkins. And with this year’s shortage of Libby’s canned pumpkin puree’ you ay need to put those plump little squashes to use for your holiday pies and cakes.

Cornucopia Cake - Made from fresh pumpkin puree'

You may have seen these ‘type’ cakes in stores and bakeries. But it is amazing witht he stroke of a hand how you can create with icing and gel coloring. You can easily check online websites for recipies and google pumpkin recipies for these great tasty treats!