Where the Only Limit is Your Imagination

Baking is my new passion! The magical smell of cake in the oven, the sweet aroma of cookies, the clicking sound of the mixer combining ingredients....

... sugar all over the counter, flour sprinkled on the floor and my clothes, food coloring all over my hands and the table.... I'm a messy baker. lol. I cant help myself, but I love every minute of it!

Starting off as a cake decorator, I began my new found occupation in culinary cheating a bit, and used mixes quite often.If its not broken, why fix it, right? I was a decorator, not a baker. I quickly realized my joy was not only in decorating but also in creating the whole package, the design of the cake along with the flavor. It is incredibly satisfying to see people's faces light up when they not only see their cake but also when they taste it. I find great joy in it! (Making a buck or two isn't bad either. ) :)

Join me in my journey as I learn and experiment with not only cake and decorating but also other pastries. I will share with you my ups and downs, my accomplishments and my disasters! There will be disasters...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Spring!

I don't know about the rest of you, but Ive had it with the cold weather and Spring flying by( because we don't really have a Spring) and all of a sudden its summer! Give me the SUN and warmer weather. Notice I didnt say "hot" weather? I love the spring but, living in New England, its almost non-existent. (sad face) 

So, when I found out my friend's birthday was coming up this week, I really wanted to make her a cake that screamed SPRING! Her favorite flavor is lemon. The more lemon, the better. I wanted to make it all from scratch, because that's what I do, but I found this weekend to be extremely busy. I had a bunch of cakes to do and I just didn't have the time to do that. So, yes, I'll admit it....I cheated. I ALMOST feel guilty about it. I would feel worse except another friend of mine just happened to send me a bunch of recipes the day before, and this recipe was one of them. Call it coincidence??? Maybe....

This lemon cake was so easy to make and really good!! I was afraid it wouldn't have a strong lemon flavor but it really did. I was happy, and so was she.

This is the recipe I used. It makes a 2 layer 8 in cake. Enjoy!

Double Lemon Cake with Fluffy Frosting

Prepare 1 package (18.25 oz) white cake mix according to the package directions, adding 1 package (3 oz) lemon-flavored Jell-O.

For frosting, stir 1 package (3 oz) lemon flavored Jell-O into 3 tbsp boiling water until dissolved. Cool 5 min. On medium speed, beat 1 c butter (room temperature) and 1 jar (7 1/2 oz) Marshmallow Fluff until combined. Gradually beat in Jell-O, 1 c confectioners sugar and, if desired, yellow liquid food coloring, until fluffy. 

*Frost cake layers. If desired, garnish with lemon slices.*

I didn't garnish with lemon slices, obviously. I decided it wouldn't be "me" without some kind of fondant topper. So, as I said previously, I need a splash of spring, and when I think spring, I think flowers. So I quickly rolled out white fondant, cut out 7 large leaves, rolled the edges of them with a fondant tool to thin them out and to make them look more realistic, and let them dry for a short time over flower formers. (They really needed to dry longer, but I did this last minute) I should have taken a picture of this step, but, I dropped the ball on this part. Sorry.

I then dusted them with pink, purple and yellow shimmer dust, and laid them on the cake. They kept their form for the most part but I also knew I could stick the end of the leaves into the frosting and that would hold them up. Then I rolled a ball of  light pink fondant and flattened it a little with my hand on the counter, wet the bottom of it with a little water, set it in the middle of the flower and dusted it with pink shimmer dust.

*Water on wet fondant works as a glue to hold fondant pieces together*

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