Monday, November 30, 2009

my fondant class

ok, for those of you who don't know what fondant is it's a sugar paste that bakers use to cover cakes and also make figurines and other decorative elements. Marzipan can also be used, this is almond paste; personally i prefer the taste of marzipan but it is twice the price of the fondant. Either are super fun to use, it's like play-doh for adults! So here's the cake we decorated in my fondant class that ended last week, it was only 2 evenings but so informative. our teacher Steve Paquin from St-Bruno is awesome! I took this class and all the other cake decorating classes at Creations Gourmande in Ste-Catherine.

it's a bit of a modge podge of different techniques so the cake looks a little odd but it was oh so good. Of course i couldn't just make a regular white cake so i made a coconut flavoured buttercream and them sprinkled coconut between the layers. it was good but really sweet.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

grown up Ian

i got the "grown-up" Ian from TGF and i think they are gorgeous! it's funny because i definitely see one that reminds me of Brady and the other is totally Charlie. I used the Cosmo Cricket boyfriend papers and made good behaviour jars for the boys. well i'm sure it would work well if i kept it up but it's a big job for me to be consistent doing it so it kinda went by the way side. i'm probably gonna use the pics on the jars and make something new for them with it, maybe a sign for their bedroom door or something.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dora birthday cake

My very good friend Claude asked me to make the cake for Kira's birthday, which was last week-end, i was very honored to make this and it was so much fun since i have two boys and will not be making princess, Dora or anything pink for them. Sorry the picture isn't that great but Claude has a good one on her blog. Mommy wanted fondant over the cake but i told her kids usually like the icing better so i iced the cake but make those cute little swirl lollipops out of fondant just for her! The rectangular cake was white tinted purple, because when asked what kind of cake she wanted Kira just said "purple!" Ok so a purple cake it was! the white icing is buttercream and purple one is cream cheese icing. Dora's skirt is a chocolate cake. the road is make with multicolored non-pareils and multicolored licorice and jujubes are used to decorate the rest of the cake. it was very yummy and i love how it turned out! you know sometimes when you make something it just doesn't come out the way you had imagined it in your head? well it happens to me all the time! so i sketched out my idea for this one and it worked out great!

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Friday, November 27, 2009


tomorrow, my good friend Michelle invited me and the family over for supper. Julie and Steph's families will be there also. We try and get together for supper at least once a year, which is kinda pathetic when you think about it. we all live within a 15 or so km radius from each other. Last year we did a girls only supper at Le Local in Old-Montreal, OMG the food was amazing!

So when Michelle started talking about this whole dinner at her house thing i had just finished my first cake class and was so excited about it that i offered, or begged, to make a cake. Ok now since then, with the other classes i've done (pumpkin, fondant...which i have yet to post the pics of the cake) i've made about 1 cake per week in the last month and a half and i have a request
from Erin to make one for next week-end so i'm a little caked-out! (but wait till you see the cake she requested it's so awesome i can't wait to make it!) So when we confirmed with the girls yesterday i told them i was taking care of "dessert", that left my options a bit more opened! I decided to make a Tiramitsu, with real mascarpone not some weird combo of whip cream and cream cheese, it's gonna be so yummy!
i'll post pictures of it later, it has to sit in the fridge over night before finishing it up. Since there is espresso and Brandy in it i made something else for the kiddos. They will be having a brownie pizza for dessert and Charlie helped me with the toppings, ok i think more went into his mouth then on the pizza but that's what's fun about it, right?!

this is super simple to make and takes about 45 min from start to finish. Make a Betty Crocker brownie mix and spread it in a greased round pizza pan, i cooked it at 350F for about 15 min and it was perfectly done. remove from oven and sprinkle some white chocolate chips on top.

let sit on hot "pizza" so that they melt and spread with an offset spatula, they weren't quite melted enough when i tried to spread mine and it pulled off some of the top of the brownie so i put it back into the warm oven for 3-4 min.

Once the "cheese" is spread out sprinkle with your choice of candy toppings and you are done! it's that simple and i'm sure the kids will love it!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

charisma cardz challenge

found this great little card challenge blog and since i've been making tons of x-mas cards lately i thought i would submit one since that is this week's challenge. check out the challenge here.

i made this card yesterday morning and i think it's just so cute! but that's my personal opinion of course.

cs: kraft (not sure which company), Bobunny dots (yellow), prism simply smooth
pp: cosmo cricket
stamp: TGF
ink: memento, versacolor, Copic markers
ribbon: bazzill
other: spellbinders nestabilities ovals, stickles (diamond), glimmer mist

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

wedding card

here's a wedding card i made for friends of ours that got married last week-end. i used a digi stamp from The Greeting Farm and with PS i removed little music notes that were on the girl's skirt.
pp: Basic Grey, BoBunny, My Mind's Eye
ribbon: Offray
punch: Martha Stewart
digi stamp: The Greeting Farm
ink/pen: copic markers, Sharpie
other: pins (Maya Road), stickles, pop dots

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PS: i apologize for the wonky look of my blog - I feel like revamping my blog and it deleted some of my lists RRRRR..... not happy about that! i should have it completed soon.