I have been on a cake hiatus lately, sorry all. I did bake some cupcakes for Amy’s Birthday but we at them before I could photograph them. And I have been taking shortcuts with my cakes lately. I pride myself on the “homemade angle”. However, after a recent health issue and working full-time I gave myself a shortcut. I went to work on Sunday baking a cake for Mother’s Day. It was going to be a Cake two-tier heart-shaped because Mothers are love. I had it all visioned. One large heart and one small heart iced and flowered touting “Happy Mother’s Day”.
The cake was all baked, I use parchment paper to line the pans it makes flipping and releasing so much easier. I inverted the first cake and pulled the paper up and noticed something hard and dark in the cake. ???? Wondering what it was I set out to take it out of the cake. I hadn’t used nuts of anything in the cake. I dug out two pieces of glass from one of the cake.
Horrified I took more pictures...
Yes, I have contacted the company. I do not wish to disparage any company via blog, or internet (I tweeted about it – out of concern). I and many other people have used this companies products in the past. I am just looking for some concern and food safety upgrades and better quality control and checking.
It was a Duncan Hines boxed cake mix Classic Yellow Moist deluxe. If you’d like to know more about it contact me directly – I’m not going to go into a tangent here. But seriously food safety is a concern. This has happened recently in Canada with a Duncan Hines cake mix. The only good thing is no one ate the cake at all so, thank goodness no one was hurt.
So people please be safe and maybe check your mix before adding the water-eggs and oil.
Shari's Birthday Cake courtesy of Weis Markets
Greetings again! Yes after a long hiatus from caking I am starting to get a twinge in my sweet tooth or pastry thumb (you know like green thumb). Ok I tried to make a joke it wasn’t funny 🙂 oh well. Anyhoo…I featured this yummy cake because – I wanted to. We had a birthday while we were cake less again and I wanted to share my birthday and my appreciation for the yummy and pretty cakes that call us from the bakery cases. 🙂
As some know I am working full time again and not in the cake industry but I will continue to share my cake baking and decorating passions with you from time to time. As spring decends upon us and the days are longer hopefully there will be more and more things that I can share with you. New recipies, cakes, cupcakes, pies and more sweet things to satisfy your sweet tooth urges. Til then happy spring! And to cakes. Stay tuned and subscribed please – we have some birthdays on the horizon!
I apologize for missing out on the awesome aromas of fall baking. But while I was working 3 part-time jobs, I was baking behind the scenes. Yes again in tradition – these orange cuties became puree’ and turned into many many yummy treats.
Among the list of fall pumpkin recipes were, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter and pumpkin soup. All of it perfectly delicious. I used real pumpkin puree and I still have some of if frozen, waiting to amaze taste buds with its amazing qualities. So our fall baking did go – literally eaten every crumb and drop.
Yummy, pumpkin bread....
I was exhausted literally. I just lacked all types of motivation and literally went on a hiatus from baking of all sorts. I hope that this year I will be able to put my knack back into my cakes and baking possibilities.
We had two birthdays during this break from cake (:-) just realized that rhymes). My brother had a November Birthday.
And my mother had a cool blue December birthday – which we celebrated on New Year’s Eve.
Thanks to my friend Sarah for baking the cake and rushing it over before the ball dropped :-). So from baking to cake craze to hiadous…the cakery is still caking. We hope that you will be by again for some cake. Let me know what you would like me to bake this year. I am all ears, wisks and baking bowls ready :-). As always I welcome your comments and requests.
So it is September already….and the air is fresh, crisp and cool. Although today seems a lot like Indian Summer…well in fact it is. So this months featured cake happens to be a Hunting Themed Bithday Cake. I am sure for the [deer] hunters in your lives November 30th cannot come soon enough. Click here for more on Pennsylvania’s hunting seasons.
Sweets & S'morsels' latest - a hunting themed cake
Until then a Hunting themed birthday or party cake will just have to do. This months cake is just that…a deer hunting scene. Before I continue folks….this is not an original idea of mine…the cake was [customer] chosen from ideas gained at Cake Central.com – where you can submit and gain cake decorating ideas. It was a life savor for me (I am new at this—totally green).
This cake is a variation a few cakes I viewed on CakeCentral.com website. So again, it isn’t totally original and it isn’t totally not mine. It ismy own variation. I used most of the idea submitted and then a few variations (ie. the ice cream cone Evergreen tree – upside down, green thin icing using Wilton leaf tip 67 and the fox). The rest is all (I guess what orinally was used in the cake model I used, pretzel logs and sticks for the stand, oreo? cookie dirt and graham craker base and tent (Yes Amy I should have listened to you when we were making Sandra’s birthday cake )- note to self or anyone who cakes…I mean, cares 🙂 —fruit roll ups are too soft and need to be frozen first…they don’t hold up well with tooth picks 😦 …. Anyway…
The only thing I always forget—-PIPING GEL…..yes be sure if you are doing grass or stand up leaves add piping gel to the icing. In any event, the cake came out beautifully and I will keep you posted on the customer reviews.
July 2009 Featured Cake - The Heart of America
So welcome to Sweets & S’morsels Cakery(AKA “The Cakery”).
We’re just a couple of sister bakers, who love to make and decorate cakes. This has been a love of Shari’s for some time now and I enjoy creating works of art out of cake and icing. We have a selection of candies that we make too. Made to order recipies can be done as well. All of our stuff is homemade and local ( well to those who live in Emmaus and surrounding areas). We invite you to send us messages, tips and orders. Most recently we featured a Fourth of July cake of Shari’s creation. It is an old classic, yes the traditional red, white and blue, made out of blue berries, strawberries and whipped cream. There is a twist…just for added experimentation we made it a heart shape, two-layer, red and blue cake.
Watch for more creations to come and some of our most recent cake features. Til then you can have your cake and eat it too!!!