Flower Cake

Happy Mother’s Day to a woman with care, affection, sacrifice and a lot more is described with the name “Mother”. We celebrate her presence on Mother’s Day. Snapseed We are here now because of our mother, who sacrificed her life for our growth and welfare.  She is the most beautiful woman in the world and what better way to say I love you Mom than with flowers (or a Flower Cake). Snapseed Mother’s Day will be celebrated all over the world and on this Spring day it always brings to mind endless profusion of bright flowers that add a stylish, colorful touch to any Mother’s Day cake designs. SnapseedI decided to make chocolate petals from melted red chocolate candy melts to make my flower Snapseedand a strawberry sponge cake filled with custard and fresh strawberry whipped cream. SnapseedFrosted with real whipped cream and added a few Sixlets as decoration. SnapseedA Mother is like a flower, each one beautiful and unique. Wishing my Mom and to all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! SnapseedSnapseedSnapseed

Boo-tiful Halloween Cake

Trick or Treat!  As we all know Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but this boo-tifulhalloweencake recipe

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 is all treat, no trick.  With the month of October coming to an end and Halloween is tomorrow, this  resulted to last minute baking.  Honestly I have been so busy with my kids, school, household and making my daughter’s Halloween costume and once again, I still don’t know how she convinced me. Last night I realized I had no dessert planned for Halloween and started to have a panic attack (I like to plan ahead of time).  I decided to see what I had in my pantry and fridge and with eggs, flour, cocoa, chocolate and whipped cream I came up with boo-tifulhalloweencake .  

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I made a vanilla and chocolate cake baked layer by layer 

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and covered it in chocolate ganache.  

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Using melted chocolate I piped around the cake 

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I know it would have been more convenient picking up a cake from my local bakery but by putting something together from scratch (limited time) and making it look and taste more unusual is a big success in my book. 

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Homemade, of whatever degree, goes over best when it looks homemade.  All it takes is a simple personal touch.  

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Happy Halloween!    Click boo-tifulhalloweencake for recipe.

 

 

 

   

Tiramisu Layer Cake

Happy Belated Birthday to me!  Tiramisu Layer Cake 

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made for my birthday (by me) but perfect for Thanksgiving. As most of you know I love my coffee, so I decided what better way to celebrate my birthday than to have coffee incorporated into my theme. 

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Using modelling chocolate  I designed a coffee cup filled with coffee beans and chocolate covered espresso beans as my cake topper. 

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Coffee soaked cake, filled, layered and frosted with coffee mascarpone

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topped with a thin coating of ChocolateGanache is just too much to resist for a die-hard coffee lover like me.  I just needed that special occasion that would have me happily putting in that time and effort for this particular cake

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A cake which has been haunting me for so long……..Tiramisu Layer Cake .  

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I knew when making  this cake, I just had to make the miniature version as well and with my coffee theme this would be the perfect addition…….

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Tiramisu Latte Cupcakes 

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These cupcakes were perfect for the kids (no liqueur added).  I baked them right in the cups and once cooled I piped the frosting and sprinkled grated chocolate for the latte effect. 

 

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This is Tiramisu in cake form, an absolutely fabulous dessert for any elegant ending….

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 Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe

 

 

 

Father’s Day “Mowing The Lawn Cake”…

An amazing cake for someone who takes great pride in cutting their lawn !  Father’s Day cake made for my husband. image To be honest with you I was kinda stumped for ideas. I had golfing and fishing ideas, but my husband isn’t into either one of those activities. So I came up with a John Deere lawn mower image(considering he just loves it so much) and because he maintains the lawn like any professional landscaper.  I thought this would be the perfect cake for him.  The John Deere lawnmower and the figurine of my husband image is made out of imagemodelling chocolate.  I needed the cake to be a little sturdy, in order to hold up the John Deere and the figurine. I decided to make a homemade yellow sponge cake and filled it with strawberries and whipped cream (my husband’s favorite) image I covered the entire cake with whipped cream and crushed Oreo cookies for the sides of the cake, to resemble imagedirt.  For the grass I colored some of the whipped cream green imageand used a #233 decorating tip.  The final touch I used chocolate covered rocks imageto give it a more realistic look.  I am a big believer that the best gifts are homemade (especially cake) and from the heart. It is the perfect way to toast dad this weekend: make him a cake!  I hope that you and all the Father’s in your life imagehave a wonderful Father’s Day!  image image image image 

Painting Bunny Easter Cake

Hippity Hoppity, I found the Easter Bunny and that means Easter is on its way! image   The Easter bunny is painting up a storm with artistic flare. He seems to be hard at work making sure all the eggs   image are painted in time for Easter.  One of my favorite ways to celebrate Easter is baking! Nothing says Happy Easter or Spring like a cake with bunnies.  This is a MarbleGanacheBundtCake and decorated with image eggs, image carrots, imagebunnies and all made from modelling chocolate.  Different Easter cake ideas is a must-have for celebrating image Easter day.  You can incorporate various designs image and patterns image in making the cake unique image and creative. image With a little bit of patience imageand imagination anything is possible. Baking a cake in a Bundt pan is an easy way to make for a pretty presentation!  This MarbleGanacheBundtCake  imageis soft and moist , swirls of chocolate and vanilla image ensures that everyone gets their favorite  flavor in every slice. image  

Honeycomb Cherry Torte

Valentine’s Day, February 14 is the only day of the year when it is acceptable to eat nothing but chocolate.  In my previous post I made vanilla cake for all the vanilla lovers out there.  I could not let Valentine’s Day pass this year without some type of chocolate creation, so I dedicate this HoneyCombCherryTorte 01283d8206964c6bf5d4c60d58158e444d62669248 to all you chocolate lovers.  This dessert is the choice, to mark the perfect end to a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.  014dd9225f5cd2609b6d1a61f8cf37704019823093 Have you ever tried baking puff pastry layer cake?  This is my first try and it was easier than I thought. Flaky puff pastry tubes filled with cherries, 01ed7eac74a655069cd98d90f0a772b315774ba9b6 all enrobed in luscious Dulce de Leche  layers of spiraling puff pastry tubes filled with tart cherries.  017fc2cbabf9c761640191d37304ced2e2651921db The look of this torte is similar to a honeycomb, so I decided to call it HoneyCombCherryTorte.  On Valentine’s Day strawberries usually take center stage but not this year. In this torte  01a65aa962a4ea38d093e6f7ca7a0800e6d4c83c36the cherries are getting all of the deserved attention. The classic combination of cherries, Dulce de Leche and chocolate ganache 01afc9643e70f060de5a4fc0d959e707bb97cab957does not really need much of an introduction but if you have never tried this torte before, let me tell you, you should!  The tartness of the cherries 01af99112458d369ba6bccacf3b744ac9d9a708969 balances perfectly with the sweet filling, while the smoothness of the chocolate ganache makes it look like a masterpiece. 014bc830a98c0983ab85d2732e04f2b2fa6a780f83 It is obvious what I love most about this torte is the looks but I also like the surprise inside once you cut into it. 01dccc96e3f12327105b9a09050abab1724f3885fd I wanted to dress it up and make it perfect for Valentine’s Day. I used modelling chocolate to make the little balls (that line around the torte), 010dd3985f661215e740d6f36bcde3ddd2c8bbaf06 the flowers 01f72a2c635fcb2fcdc80cf3376b954bee2ee44b49.jpg016ca17e0e35657c1881094a9e5d3855ac8415a2df.jpgand the grapes I decided to shape them into heart shaped grapes,01fbf7ac7d515dc44ae0c0318fea7e3d868fa2f744.jpg perfect for the occasion. HoneyCombCherryTorte is the perfect cake, 01b1b7d7845a80fa5ae571194eb8a6a3bb1c0ef88f the perfect shape, 01a614d841661eaa16e74350603b2ad4142c1f410f to say “I love you”!  Three layers of spiraling heart shaped pastry filled with tart cherries and layered with Dulce de Leche and coated entirely with smooth chocolate ganache, it does not get better than this.01c68f8c26dbc20537cac901304984f98ead9c675e

 This HoneyCombCherryTorte is a decadent and romantic dessert for that special someone for Valentine’s Day.    Happy Valentine’s from cakesandmore101.0130684afd26d5cccb99b170e117b02766bdc4366f.jpg

Strawberries and Cream Cake

We may have just finished with the winter holiday season, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my StrawberriesandCreamCake 01285bcfa48d7b18082ec5a89254401436b256c34b is perfect for the occasion. On Valentine’s Day, indulge your sweet tooth with a special, simple dessert recipe for you and your special someone. This cake is so quick and  easy to make,  your loved ones will think you have been creating all day long(it can be our little secret, I promise not to tell). 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 With its beautiful presentation, it’s sure to make your Valentine’s Day – or any other occasion – memorable!  Every February, across the country, chocolate, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones I’ve come to realize that there are people out there who prefer vanilla cake over chocolate.  So to all the people who prefer vanilla cake, your Valentine’s Day is about to get a little sweeter.   My StrawberriesandCreamCake has no chocolate, pink M&M’s, or red velvet anywhere, it is a simple cake.  Light , fluffy sponge cake, 01e2724a62acedcc6e75c1ad9bd3a3083f5ec85b69filled with freshly whipped cream and diced strawberries. Decorated with fresh whipped cream (roses) 01f95dcca4dbe86fa307a6d27924f6f607da354ad8 01180315d06d963c11ee563876d56b4ed774fa53df and sliced almonds around the cake. 0187e2f1fc1b0025916244c71bb6aba39d1a96387f 01874cc5f6d0ef0463f95fbd658a6ed7111b9f5d7b and that’s it. There’s nothing crazy in this cake 015068f8479b13e95c50d8afcc0bcb2d69c2f702e3 or over the top about it. 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 It’s so simple and it’s simplicity is what makes this cake completely and utterly perfect. 01540d252f9cc55518879a2ea9e0a69f7d2370f1c5 What this cake does have is a lot of love. 011bf2716e156102b4bd6289387cdcdc165857f627 and that’s what counts, right?  Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with StrawberriesandCreamCake. 01d496a59e0b06d12f29f1b96e62bedd1f532d1af2 01cf057b7556f24fcd7304e0c3743619bca7250fc6 0168bbab3688403560031e36cd04bbad2b2dac981d