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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I'm a finalist!

Just heard that I'm one of the finalists in the baking contest I entered. The pessimist in me is thinking that they only had a couple entries to choose from, but who cares!!! I'm a finalist. Woo hoo! Check out the prizes. Sarah R. just gave up coffee but said that if I win something she'd come over an have a cup with me!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Recipe contest

Brownies and coffee
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
I entered TheKitchn's bittersweet recipe contest this week - made the brownie recipe off the back of the King Arthur Flour bag but added cocoa nibs - my new favorite ingredient. More photos can be found here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

cupcakes for Anna's dinner

I used the left over decorations from Lindsay's cake to top these.

inside of the yummy cupcake

vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate decorations

Lindsay's cake

Lindsay's cake
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
This weekend I made this cake for Lindsday. Red velvet with vanilla bean buttercream. Made the letters and decorations from colored white chocolate piped onto parchment (thanks, Whimsical Bakehouse Cookbook!) Realized when it's 32 degrees outside, who needs a fridge - just chilled the cake outside.

Lindsay's cake close up

Lindsay's cake

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The end of the line? (or at least a while?)

Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
Here's a picture of our "new" fridge. Actually, it's our crappy beer fridge from the garage in its new home in the kitchen. Our other one died a couple days ago and because we're remodeling soon it didn't make sense to buy a new one now. Anything we'd get for the new kitchen would probably be too big to fit in the current space. So, long story short - it's the only fridge we have for a while which means most of my cake baking/decorating will be on hold until said kitchen remodel is complete (3 - 4 yrs from now??). I say end of the line because this little guy was where I'd put my crumb coated cakes before finishing them. Without a back up fridge, I'm lost!

Contractors promise it's a 4-6 week job, max, but I tend not to believe them.

So, no cakes for while, but that doesn't mean no cupcakes!!!!

Tom's cake

Tom's cake
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
Made this wedding cake-ish cake for Doug's office. Carrot cake with cream cheese icing, which tastes great, but is sticky and slimy and doesn't stay together. Oh well, I'm in love with the gumpaste carrots. Wanted to keep some for myself!

Tom's cake

Tom's cake

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The order of things

I've been completely bass akwards when posting, but I just discovered how easy it is to take photos from flickr and post them! Anyway - am still playing catch up but hopefully I'll be up to date soon.

Victoria's cake

I was hired by someone in Long Island to make Elmo cupcakes (see post below) and she also wanted a birthday cake featuring purple and butterflies. I had so much fun making this cake - the butterflies were my little pets for a couple of days - I was sad to see them go! The cake was a layer of chocolate and vanilla, with a whipped cream ganache filling, icing was vanilla buttercream. Doug took the photos.
Victoria's birthday cake

Victoria's birthday cake side view

One more about Gus and his birthday, I promise

Here's the cupcake I did for Gus - figured he needed one of his own to enjoy. Doug thought my frosting looked like a blue dog turd, but hey, Gussie loved it!

Gussie's cake

Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
I had big plans for the cake, but as it always goes, time ran out on me and went with the old standby - dots and bubble letters! It was good, even if it did turn everyone blue!

Inside the cake:
Blue velvet cake

Gus turned 1!

delicious Gus
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
This is Gus at his birthday party in late November. I thought a blue velvet cake would be a good idea, but I think I went overboard a bit. Gus LOVED the buttercream, but had blue poops for a couple of days after that. Hilarious!

Swirly cakes

Cupcake Prep
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
Also made these red/white swirly cupcakes at Melanie's, but we didn't get a pretty photo of them. Loved the way they turned out!

Mini cupcakes for Melanie

Sara Bakes Cakes
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
Made these at my sister Melanie's house for her Christmas party. See the sprinkles? I told you I've been using them a lot! Below is Gus going after the cupcakes. After his first birthday he wants MORE!

Little Hand on Cake Dome

Cupcakes for Sarah

Sarah's cupcakes
Originally uploaded by the schneider clan
Made for my friend Sarah's birthday brunch. The chocolate cake is Martha Stewart's one bowl chocolate cupcake recipe, not my favorite, but it's easy and Sarah loves it. I'm now purchasing these sprinkles in bulk from Surfas and you'll see them a lot!