I can't wait for a slice tonight.
After a morning session in the kitchen, a batch of Rum buttercream and puff pastries, I finally finished the Diplomat cake and it feels great! I could not help myself tasting the buttercream, one of the best I ever tasted! It's not the easy buttercream made of butter and powder sugar, it requires more but it's worth the extra effort.
3 Cakes in 2 weeks plus 60 Easter eggs equals kitchen chaos. I am making a SURPRISE cake for my brother-in-law. I hope he doesnot see this post until after tomorrow. He wanted to know where to get a Diplomat cake aside from Bon Ton's. A light bulb moment... his birthday is coming up and "I" could make him a Diplomat cake. I found a recipe by Drew and I thought I could give it a try. Here is step one: Make a Genoise cake and Rum syrup! Tomorrow, I will be making the Rum Buttercream and Puff pastry to layer the cake together. I will let you all know how it turns out.
Dutch chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla buttercream.
My sis just got Engaged! Another excuse to bake a cake. Coincidentally, I am in the midst of a wedding cake project. I will be posting pictures of the sketch. The bride, my cousin, emailed me a picture of a cake she wanted me to replicate. I find it more challenging to copy a cake design because you don't have artistic interpretation but I aim to please the bride!
This is the biggest project by far. My kids are sharing a birthday party and they wanted a SpongeBob cake. Hence, the dilema. I could do the usual square pan covered with yellow fondant and cut the face and limbs. Or, do something different. I found a beautiful cake idea from Decopac and here it is...
I have been always intrigued by anything creative. I am easily inspired by the things and people around me. My first introduction to the culinary arts was when I am 7 years old. I remembered wanting a snack and my grandma, Lola, told me to make it myself. I chop a potato, sprinkle it with salt (I thought it was salt but it was MSG, Yuck!) and I fried it on her wok. I learned that hot oil hurts and that I can cook! I spent countless hours watching my grandma cook. But, my eyes opened to bigger and better things when I saw my mom make Coconut Macaroons. When she made a Taro (Ube) Cake, I fell in love with baking!
Below is the first fondant cake I made. I took the "fondant" class at my local Michaels and I never looked back.