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Go Blue!

I made this cake for the last day of my blogging class!  It is a lemon cake with lemon frosting, complete with a few blue sprinkles to make it truly Maize and Blue.

I used a Block M cake pan that I found at M Den in Ann Arbor.  It is also available online here.  The FANPAN site has cake molds for many different schools, so find one for your favorite team!

January 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

Diet Coke Cake

I think I first heard about Diet Coke cake from a friend.  It is, by far, the easiest dessert to make!   It’s very moist and tastes just like normal cake.  It’s also low-calorie if you make it with diet pop.   I used Diet Cherry Coke for an interesting flavor!  It was delicious and ready in about 30 minutes.

Diet Coke Cake (or Sprite/7up cake)

  • 1 box regular cake mix, any flavor (no “pudding in the mix”)
  • 1 can of pop (use Diet Coke for chocolate cake or a lemon-lime soda for white or yellow cake)

1) Preheat the oven to whatever temperature is indicated on the box.

2) Combine the cake mix with one can of pop and stir until blended.  Leave out the butter/oil/eggs if the mix calls for it. Mix ONLY the cake mix and can of pop.

3)  Bake for about 10 minutes less than the box calls for.   Test with a fork to ensure that the cake is cooked in the center.  Enjoy!

December 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm 11 comments

When a Cake Goes Wrong

What is wrong with this picture?

nothing cakeFrom New York Times

How about this one?

bad cakeFrom New York Times

I’ve been following Cake Wrecks, a blog that shows cake disasters.  The cakes are hilarious!  It goes to show that “professional” bakeries aren’t always so professional.

Thanks to my classmates Arthur and Sarah for the link!


December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm 3 comments

Another year, another Zingerman’s birthday cake!

Ever since freshman year, my parents have sent me a Zingerman’s cake on my birthday.  The cakes are delicious and are decorated beautifully to look like wrapped gifts.

Thanks Mom & Dad!

Now that I’ve worked with fondant I am much more impressed with this decorating job. The fondant was rolled out perfectly to a thin layer.  I love how they made the bow!  The cake tasted amazing as well–it was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.  DELISH!

Here I am, looking happy about turning 22 because I have thoughtful parents, a delicious birthday cake, and incredible friends who came all the way from Iowa City to celebrate my birthday with me.  Thanks to everyone who helped make my birthday so great!

November 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm 7 comments

Yo quiero taco cake

Last year for Sean’s birthday I made a Taco Cake.  You might be thinking, “uhhh what is that?!?” but it is exactly what it sounds like: a cake that is made to look like tacos.

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For the taco shells, I baked yellow cakes in round pans and added some chocolate sprinkles to create the speckled effect.  The ground beef is crumbled chocolate cake.  It looks surprisingly real, doesn’t it?!

The next step is to add the toppings.  I used green food coloring to make the coconut look like shredded lettuce.  Next, I cut up circus peanut candies which are on my list of most bizarre candies.  I want to like them, but the taste is just a little different.  However, I had to sacrifice my own personal tastes here because they look remarkably like shredded cheese.  To top it all off, I used maraschino cherries to look like tomatoes.  And there you have it, last year’s Taco Cake!

You might be wondering if it tasted good.  I was first and foremost trying to make the cake actually resemble tacos, so I wasn’t too concerned with the taste.  However,  it turned out to be quite delicious in an unconventional way.  The circus peanuts weren’t too overpowering and the addition of a little “sour cream” (vanilla ice cream) was yummy as well!

October 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm 9 comments

In Search of Baking Supplies

To get supplies for the Red Stripe cake, I ventured to Barbara of Pauline’s Cake Supplies in San Jose, California.

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The shop is tiny but filled with any kind of cake decorating tool you could ever need.  I bought three different kinds of fondant there, along with two shades of luster dust (an edible iridescent powder that is used to decorate fondant).  The owner, Barbara (then who is Pauline?!), was very helpful—thankfully because I had no idea what I was supposed to do with luster dust.  All I know is that it sounds really cool and professional.  Turns out you have to mix it (a VERY small amount–a little goes a long way with this stuff) with vodka or gin first, then decorate as needed.  The alcohol will dry clear and leave the sparkly luster dust behind.

I constructed a “bottle cap” with white fondant and then painted it with the silver luster dust/vodka mixture and voila–an edible bottle cap!

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October 21, 2009 at 9:16 am 3 comments

Birthday Cake!

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I just got back from a great weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I helped Sean celebrate his birthday and enjoyed the amazing weather.  (Remind me again why I chose to go to school in frigid Michigan?!)  As for the birthday cake, drumroll please……… the winner is RED STRIPE CAKE!  Sean’s favorite beer is Red Stripe so the cake decision seemed quite obvious.  The cake itself was yellow cake with chocolate frosting topped with fondant.

First, I allowed the cake to cool completely and then cut it into a bottle shape.  From here, I frosted it with the chocolate frosting.  Generously, I must add.  YUM.  Next is the hard part, the fondant.  Because this was my first time using fondant I decided to buy it pre-made.   I used chocolate fondant to cover the entire cake.  Rolling the fondant was difficult so I enlisted the help of Sean’s roommate, Daniel.  Either I’m really weak or rolling fondant truly is a two-person job.  I bought a “fondant roller” which I would HIGHLY recommend getting.  The fondant must be super thin to spread over the cake so you have to roll it out completely and evenly.

From here, I draped the cake with the fondant and cute the edges around the cake.  The result is a perfectly smooth surface to decorate—just what I needed to make it look like a Red Stripe bottle!  I then cut out a square of the white fondant for the label.  The “red stripes” on the cake are pieces of red fondant.  I used red and white frosting along with silver luster dust to write on the cake.  The bottle cap is white fondant covered with silver luster dust.

All in all, I was really happy with how the cake turned out.  I had never used fondant before and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  I will definitely be experimenting more with fondant and luster dust in the future!

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October 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm 17 comments

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