Orange: Bright, vibrant and zesty

I know what you are thinking, what is so vibrant about this. Well, we had another birthday this past week. It needed to be orange – it needed to be vibrant, and zesty. It needed to be an orange.

So with out the proper shaped pan – I went into experimentation mode – I used a glass bowl to bake the cake. It took awhile to bake and the white butter based cake was so dense (more on that later). But when it was all set and done. It was round and ready to be turned into one of the best fruits on earth.

What is so special about this cake is not that it was hard to do – it was hard to release from the bowl yes – but it was not a difficult task. While the cake baked in the oven I decided on a special frosting Vanilla Butter Cream frosting with real butter. Just whip it up and add some color and voila it is ready to adorn your cake. One the cake was done – and ready to ice, I went to work with the crumb coat and then to the freezer for 5 (min). Afterward, the orange icing coated this moist/dense white cake. With some orange sugar, a hint of green stem and naval this bright birthday cake was complete.

Since I was afraid it was too dry or dense I served it with Mango Water Ice, Orange and Rainbow Sherbet from Ice Cream World this cake was a huge success, tasty and zesty. And trust me there is NOTHING like buttercream icing with a real stick of butter it is delectable.

A dollop of daisies and ‘love buds’ for Mom

So here it is, Mother’s Day – has come and gone – and in my struggle to find the best cake for my mother I ended up with something unexpected. Since I had been under the weather – actually just exhausted from the past few weeks – I wanted something simple. Because I knew that Mom would want something simple. If I had asked her she’d have said a flavor and color nothing fancy. So….as I thought about what I would do. I remembered…….I had two chocolate mini heart cakes still in the freezer from Pat’s Shamrock Birthday Cake – 1 star. I also still had some white, pink and purple icing in the freezer – 3 stars. Now for something fancy – into the cupboard there sat a box of Instant Pudding Chocolate Fudge 2 cups of milk and 2 minutes to whisk – 1 star. Then I went to take a ShariCakes cat nap and read a bit.  

 So, I awoke from my nap and went to work whisking the pudding up to chill, frosting and piecing together my Mother’s Day surprise. It literally just went together, although, small cakes are easy to manage sheet cakes however can be tricky. But this little cake was a charm to put together, frost and decorate…until I realized I was out of green icing for the bud stems. I knew Mom wouldn’t care – so I did the next best thing I could think of…….SPRINKLES. Yes I have a ton of colored sugar in the cupboard as well. So I dusted the cake with some pinks and some greens (in case you thought I went nuts with some abstract flower cake :-).  And our result was….  

"Oh, Happy Birthday" - Mom "Uh, um" - ShariCakes "Mother's Day"-Mom

Yes, as Mom saw the cake – She said Happy Birthday and I was worried for a bit but yes I guess without a birthday or two or three or four – there would be no Mother’s Day. So after a (well okay for a novice and tired cook) steak dinner with rice and veggies we enjoyed this pink chocolate little gem. Complete with a dozen purple “love buds” for Mom. It was simply small, simple and yummy. 

Daisy Wedding Shower Cake


More than a Dollop of Daisies
So the equator decided to visit Northeastern/Southeastern Pennsylvania two weeks ago – I guess what I am saying is, well it was hot. Yeah it was scorching hot and I had this half sheet cake to make for a wedding shower. I knew that it was going to be vanilla and chocolate with that ganache inside. So I needed a cool place to make my cake. My house is bone chilling in the winter and hot, hot, hot in the summer. Very little air flow so having and oven going all day was not a good idea with a ganache filled cake. So I carted my kitchen – yes literally everything but the kitchen sink to my friends Amy and Sarah to make this cake in the AC/Central Air. It was small and a bit difficult but it came together in the end. The cake seemed bigger that the apartment however, it was able to set well and I was in the company of good friends and it turns out they love daisies too.  So in then end we ended up with more than a dollop of daisy – we ended up with a cake covered with daisies. And Congratulations to Monica and Eric – on thier upcoming wedding celebration.

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.

Cake Fun: Happy Groundhog Day

Well it was all excitement and fun today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; the Groundhog Day festivities were in full swing. And of course our pal Phil was at his weather work as usual. “Six more weeks of winter” he says, “Now take me back to the library, it’s cold out here!” Yes Punxsutawney Phil is not your average groundhog, he is a local (national and international) celebrity! He is just fine to hang out at the Punxsutawney Library and Groundhog Zoo all year with his special friend and make his yearly apprearance on February 2nd.

Some of us were celebrating this unique event a bit before today. Thanks to the folks at Fezell’s Country Market – Sweets & S’morsels Cakery plus friends had a great day of cupcaking and cookie baking in preparations for the Groundhog Day event!  With a batch a chocoalte “groundhog” cupcakes  and “groundhog” shaped sugar cut out cookies, Groundhog Day will be a blast!

Chocolate "groundhog" cupcakes with lots of frosting cheeks and hair

'Phil' and friends cupcakes for Groundhog Day

Whether its coffee/tea and cake or cookies and milk, warm up – we’ve got six more weeks of winter ahead. Enjoy your Groundhog Day celebration. And don’t worry Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the “cakery” has a load of birthday’s to post about too! So they’ll be even more candy, cake, sweets and s’morsels!

Groundhog or meerkat/prairie dog cut out cookies!

One World, One Heart: Win a wonderful Wilton pan pack “plus”

 OK here we go the winner of the OWOH 2010 Wilton pan pack “plus” is #30 – Shirley Van der Veldt see her cool blog here

Thanks again for all your kind comments and visits. It was a fun, exciting and tiring trip. But we all made it come back and visit and I will do the same! 

COMMENTS on this giveaway are now closed – the winner will be announced at 1:oopm EST tomorrow 2/15/2010. Thank you for your participation! 🙂

To “cake off” the lovely month of February – Sweets & S’morsels Cakery is joining the One World, One Heart Event giveaway! In appreciation for all your visits to the cakery we are giving away this wonderful Wilton pan pak plus two handy cake decorating books.

Wonderful Wilton pan set with an added touch of love ❤

The set includes (1) 8″ square cake pan, (1) 8″ round cake pan, (1) pink silicon flexi heart shaped pan, a Wilton beginners decorating guide and a Cake Mix Magic recipe guide.  It is everything you need to get your cake decorating started – all you need are the ingredients and the decorating tips :-).

Rules for entry are  ” a piece of cake” – just leave a comment here on this post here at Sweets & S’morsels Cakery blog and include with it your favorite kind of cake. My favorite kind of cake is chocolate any kind of chocolate 🙂 I will make sure that you are entered! The winner will of course be announced on February 15th. Via twitter or email. Visit Miss Shari’s Storytime for another posh giveaway!

Contact me if you have any further questions – or Twitter @ShariCakes.

UPDATE: The OWOH Winner will be announced at 1PM EST on FEB 15th the comments will close at 11:59PM EST 2/14/10. SO get your entries in. ALSO please  make sure you have listed an email, twitter or blog address for yourself so I can contact you. So far so good! If you do not want your email published in the comment please let me know – it will only be visible to me via comment moderation page!  Thank you and Happy Valentines Day!

Kids in the Kitchen: Lemon Whip by Razvan

Lemon Whip by Razvan, adapted by Deborah Stupple

Gather the kids and let the baking begin. Surely over the holidays and , well, any day really your kids will want cake, candy, cookies and sweets. So if they’re in the mood to bake, you’re trying to motivate them or you have some time while your cakes are in the oven – see if you can get your hands on this sweet little tale.

Over the summer I came across this [rare] little tale. As, I flipped though the colorful pages and read the cute little rhymes – I smiled. It was  definatley a sweet treat. These are the food for thought or “Cake for Thought” books that I post here on Sweets and S’morsel’s Cakery Blog page. And if you didn’t know already, I love kids books, fun, craftical things and teaching preschool – sweets and treats are there somewhere in the mix of it all . 

If your days are down and you are ready to lose it – take a trip with Lemon Whip. Perfect for ones, twos and threes – this cute whimsical story is charming, “sweet” and colorful. Play some pat-a-cake afterward or just bake a cake.  Brighten up your day and laugh with this lusious, literary tale.

Try out Disney’s Family Fun Recipe site: Lemon Cake Recipe and more. It’ll tie the whole theme together. Also @domino sugar has a Lemony Suprise too!