Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Whew! Now I'm feeling inspired!
While the design may not be original,
it at least incorporates the entire cake surface
and doesn't require much frosting expertise
beyond smoothing, blobs, and continuous lines.
Nice 'n easy C:
Thank you, Ladies' Home Journal. You have restored my cake-crafting faith.
And if you want all the crafty kudos for a spider web cake
without resorting to "spider web" lines,
pick yourself up one of these MSC stencils
and just rake in the compliments.
Eerie Eyeball Cookies
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
* 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* Granulated sugar
* About 1 cup vanilla frosting(homemade or ready-to- spread)
* Red and black decorator frosting in tubes
* WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls
1. Heat oven to 375° F. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
4. Frost center of cookie with vanilla frosting to form white portion of eye. Decorate with red and black frostings to form outline of eye and bloodshot markings. Press malted milk ball "iris" into center of eye. About 4 dozen cookies.
Made by lunara06. She is a genius!
You can use standard twelve-cup muffin tins instead of mini muffin tins; bake them for about twenty minutes. To frost the ghost cake, cover each of two layers with two-thirds cup Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, and stack the layers; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of assembled cake. To frost the mini cupcakes, use the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (for vanilla frosting, omit the chocolate).
Makes three 6-inch layers or about 6 dozen mini cupcakes
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
- 2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted, plus more for pans
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 6-inch round cake pans. Dust with cocoa powder, and tap out excess; set aside. Alternatively, line six mini muffin tins with paper liners.
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
- Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk. Mix until just combined. Divide batter evenly among pans (about 2 cups batter per pan) or lined muffin cups (about 1 tablespoon batter per cup).
- Bake until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes for cake layers and 14 to 16 minutes for mini cupcakes. Let cool in pans or muffin tins on a wire rack. Decorate as desired.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Every year we have a huge halloween party (got three firespinners for this year...hubby being one of them). I thought I'd share a party favorite (well, the kids won't eat it).
1 box of spice cake...bake and let cool completely. Make one box of vanilla pudding. Set aside (the pudding will get mixed in to the cake so it isn't so dry). Get one box of vanilla wafers and use a blender to grind them so fine it feels like sand. Take two table spoons of the "sand" and mix it with blue dye. Set the blue sand aside.
Use a powder/chemical/scent free litter liner and a NEW litter box and shovel. I must stress NEW. The above pic was the first year I did this. I didn't use a liner. It looks better with the liner.
Crumble the cake into the box and stir in the pudding. Cover the whole thing with the "sand." Sprinkle the blue "sand" in to make the crystals. Final touch? Tootsie rolls. Warm them for a few seconds in the microwave and shape them into little poops. Bury some of them...leave some on the side of the litter box...use your imagination.
Serve with a NEW (I repeat NEW) litter scoop!
**Warning: I have never found a little kid who was willing to try it. If you find this a problem, serve it onto plates and hand the plates to the kids. You'll get a better response.