Archive | May, 2012

What a Toffee Crunch Cookie Surprise!

21 May

Last weekend my sweetie made me cookies! He thought since I bake for him all the time he wanted to return the favor! (I feel so lucky!) So after we hung around the apartment on Friday night he wonders over to the kitchen. Casually he asked ” Hey hun where is the butter and stuff?” I say ” For?” He replies “I need the stuff to make you some cookies”. What a Surprise!

We had picked up the toffee at the supermarket earlier that week because I was going to make him some toffee cookies, I guess he had other plans! So naturally I had to get pictures of this.

The whole process was just hilarious to watch! He at first thought he should just dump all ingredients in the bowl and mix them. Or he did not quite know what it meant to “cream the butter and sugar”. I am glad I caught him. Imagine the first time you learned correctly measure dry ingredients or how to PROPERLY use a hand mixer. I think I am still finding dried cookie batter that splashed out of the bowl on he walls and floor. What I enjoyed was the perplexed look on his face. You know the ” am I doing this right?” face. Overall this was just a nice activity to do together. To teach him about the thing I love to do the most. So I was not making fun of him but I was thoroughly entertained.

And Let me tell you folks, they were sooooo  good!  Chewy, soft and the toffee gave them a light sweet crunch. I just loved them. After the first batch we had some extra batter and added some chopped nuts to them and that made them even better! So a big thanks to my sweetie for making me the happiest baker ever!

Recommendations from the Baked Scientist:

1. You can also add some chocolate chip morsels if you want a but more chocolate in them.

2. Any type of nut or dried fruit you love will add a nice crunch and flavor to these.

3. Be awesome to your significant other because one day they might just make you cookies or something else you love.

He found this recipe on Foodnetwork.com

Toffee Crunch Cookies

Recipe courtesy Jeannie Eddy (1st Place)

Prep Time: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 45 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag toffee candy bits
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 cup chopped whole, skinned almonds

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat the eggs slightly; then add to the butter mixture and mix well. Sift flour, salt and baking soda; then add slowly to the moist ingredients and mix thoroughly. Mix in the toffee bits, oatmeal, coconut and nuts.

Drop dough by the teaspoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Cookie Dough Surprise Cupcakes

8 May

Well let me say first how much I love Cookie Dough… But cookie dough INSIDE a cupcake I just had to share… I WILL be trying this!

The Zebra Print Shower

8 May

This weekend I made a lovley cake for a baby shower. As I said in my previous post the theme was Zebra Print with the colors pink and purple.  I even made the cake batter in Pink and Purple Zebra Print! I wanted to have more pictures of me while I worked, however I employed that job to my sweetie. Always supportive of all my endeavors, he enjoyed watching but somehow forgot to snap photos of my progress as I worked.

How to do the Zebra Print

1. Get two different colored batters. (Strawberry and vanilla colored purple is what I used)

2.  Spoon equal amounts of the batter over each other in cocentric circles ( See Pictures)

3. DO NOT WAIT FOR BATTER TO SPREAD! Just keep piling it on in the center of the pan.

To see pictures of the inside of the cake see my facebook page, but I do have a picture of the test cupcake I made. I wanted to make sure you could tell the colors apart.

Baked Scientist Quick Tip: If you are worried about a crown on your cake, use cake pan strips. THEY ARE AWESOME! They allow cake to rise evenly by lowering the temperature the outside of the pan. Those who want to minimize cake leveling should use them!

Cakes in the Oven

What I hope the cake looked like!

 

The Outside of the Cake

I spent hours of my life looking at zebra print cakes online to figure out just how I wanted to complete the cake. Some people use fat stripes, some thin, short or long. I went for medium to thin longer strips that went from near the center over the sides and to the edge is a diagonal pattern. In the back I did a “U” like shape. (silly me didn’t take a photo of that part)

I rolled out the black fondant and then cut about 5 long strips in random shapes an then layed those 5 onto the cake. Once I was happy with their location I would glue them down. After not being so happy with that method and probably more paranoia from messing up than anything else, I chose to line everything thing up on the cake as best I could before glueing it down with gumpaste adhesive. ( that took extra time  kind of like doing the cake twice). For the bassinet, I found a tutorial online done by Way Beyond Cakes on Youtube . I did not do exactly what she did but I was inspired by her design.

I also made chocolate lollipop favors (Those are on the table and in the top of the cake). These can be laborious to make, even though the process is quite easy.  However they always go over quite well at any event. You can purchase the molds and chocolate already died at any Michaels, AC Moore or popular craft stores.

Zebra Print Flowers on Cupcakes

For the cupcakes I made my own zebra print fondant. I simpley rolled out the color I wanted as a base then placed strips of black in the layout of the zebra print. I just rolled over the two colors carefully and soon the black melded into the base color. After I used my flower cutter to cut out the flowers and I put round pearlin the center. The cupcake flavors were: Red Velvet, Banana with strawberry filling, (both with Cream Cheese Frosting) Vanilla and Strawberry ( both with buttercream).

Summary  From the Baked Scientist

Overall I am extremely happy  with the cake so were the customers. I suggest everyone making a labor intensive cake like this give them self a lot of time, so they don’t work on it all day. For example, I made the bassinet one night, the flowers another night, baked and covered the cake and the cup cakes the night before. I left Just the frosting and the cake decor to till the end. However I had the carriage done the flowers on the side were done. If you split up the work it wont seem so crazy!

 

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The Pink and Purple Zebra Print Shower… in Progress

4 May

It only took me and hour… 🙂

Yay… I have been commissioned to do a baby shower this coming Saturday. The theme is Purple and Pink with Zebra Print. I have to make a small cake and 20 cupcakes. This is kind of a tasting for future events so I plan on throwing in some cake pops and chocolate lollipop favors. This way I can showcase some of my skills.  I originally thought that I would do a lot of colored zebra print however,  after making samples the pink/purple background  was too much for what I wanted to achieve. So I am going to go with the traditional black and white print with purple and pink accents.

 

Today I have included a small preview of my decorations. I take fun in exploring how I want things to look and mix and matching things.So you are seeing different things that I have played around with and might Possibly use.  I guess you can say it is the scientist in me. I plan on putting a bassinet on the cake with a teddy bear inside and a zebra print blanket draping over the sides. I made this pattern using my fondant roller with the interchangeable patterns and cutters. I cut out the wavy top and made the line and circle pattern on the bottom.

For the Cupcakes, Red velvet, Banana, and Plain, I made zebra print fondant flowers! I cut up various black stripes and placed them over white fondant. I then rolled the the black fondant into the white making my own zebra print fondant. Now I could use this to cut out flowers. They are super cute. I will put those on some of the cupcakes. On others I am going to make pink and purple baby bottles, bibs and a circle with the first initial of the baby’s name ” T “.

 

For the Cake… Well you will have to wait and see. I will say it is gonna be Zebralicious!

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