Thank you, Cake Boss and Michael’s for sponsoring today’s post!
A couple of weeks ago I hosted a cake decorating party full of goodies from the Cake Boss’ line of awesome STUFF. We had frosting, fondant of all kinds, icing, sprinkles and all sorts of handy tools to make it “easy” for us. At least, it looks so easy when they are doing it on TV!
I made 9″ round cakes and little flower cakelettes for everyone at the party using the Cake Boss cake mix. It was so moist! Everyone commented on how delicious the cake and frosting were. Nothing was overly sweet and the cakes stayed moist for several days after the party. We each grabbed a cake and got started!
The boxes of fondant were enough to cover a two-layered 9″ cake with extra. None of us had ever worked with fondant before, but it’s so easy to use and makes a cake look finished! Just take it out of the box, knead it for a bit and then roll it out! Use cornstarch to lightly dust the counter so it doesn’t stick. After a few minutes, it became obvious that rolling on tile wasn’t going to work, so I pulled out plastic cutting boards for everyone so the surface was flat.
Having the right tools really does make a difference when you are working in the kitchen! The spoonula and spreader in the top picture there were in everyone’s swag bag when they went home and they were so excited to have their own. They make frosting the cake much easier! Next, you see my favorite party fuel, Diet Coke. That box with the swirly looking white things is a really cool fondant cutter. You can set it to cut ribbons in a strip of fondant. It’s a huge time saver and gives you nice even stripes of fondant. On the bottom, you see Jamie using a very important tool, Pinterest, to get some inspiration for her cake. The last photo shows my favorite tool: a great collection of piping tips!
Didn’t the cakes turn out so well? OK, for total newbies they turned out well. Carrie definitely wins with that adorable watermelon cake! The colors we had were just perfect for a slice of watermelon.
I loved the way these flowers came straight out of the pan! They tasted great and were so cute. The only problem was trying to figure out how to frost them! I think we settled on just piping some icing on top and leaving them before we made a bigger mess.
Only a few minutes in and this is what my counter looked like. We were also working around the dining room table. It helped to have a couple work surfaces. And fortunately, the table was covered. Because THIS is the aftermath:
As you can see, everyone dove right in and got their hands (and my house) dirty. We all had a great time playing with all the different Cake Boss products. I think my guests were the happiest about their swag bags full of frosting, sprinkles and the tools!
If you want to be cool like us, you can find all these products and more fun stuff at Michael’s. The cake plate is my absolute favorite. I LOVE it! It’s very retro/vintage looking and makes a so-so cake look impressive.Read More
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So. Guess what I got my husband for Christmas? This baby pretty much guarantees that I will win the “you’re the best wife in the whole wide world and I could never live without you” award. It’s something he had on his list. Actually, it’s BETTER than something he had on his list. And it’s something the whole family can use. Give up?Read More
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Recently, I have started using a site called Hometalk. It’s like Pinterest, but for all things related to the home. Home decor, organization hacks, crafts and DIY for around the house and detailed tutorials. Another cool aspect of Hometalk is the ability to ask a question and have people with experience weigh in on the topic. So, if you were redoing the tile in your bathroom and needed to know how to cut a piece of tile in the corner, you could post a question to the entire community and get some answers from people who have been there! Before you click over to check out my board full of organization hacks, let me show you a general overview of how Hometalk works.Read More
Surprise, surprise! Another cookie recipe! I can’t help it. I love cookies. They are my Achille’s heel. I absolutely can NOT turn them down. Which is exactly why I wanted to host a cookie exchange this year. MORE COOKIES! My sister-in-law brought these Soft Baked Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction and I’m so glad she did! Now I’m sharing them with you!Read More
A friend of mine posted a photo in our Pinterest, Posts and Pals Facebook group (please join us!) with chocolate bars labeled as “lumps of coal” made with OREOS. Being the skeptic that I am, I was forced to test this recipe for myself. It seemed a bit easy and I didn’t think it would really work, but I was happily proven wrong! These lumps of coal are yummy and as easy to make as Rice Krispie Treats! They may not have the most nuanced and refined flavors, but they look awesome. You’re going to hope you’re on the Naughty List if these are the lumps of coal in your stocking!Read More
As I’ve mentioned a few times, I hosted a cookie exchange last week, and I’ve had cookies on the mind and on the blog ever since! OREO Cookie Balls, Cranberry White Chocolate cookies (coming soon) felt cookies (you don’t want to eat those) and now Dark Chocolate Chip Chipotle Cookies. Today’s recipe has that extra ingredient that takes it from just another cookie recipe to delicious party food!Read More