Monday, June 27, 2011

A Romantic Cake

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did, it was beautiful here in New Jersey.  So this week I did a dark chocolate cake.  I iced it with a whipped cream icing and then covered it in fondant.  It wasn't as easy as it looks.  So anyway I am sitting there looking at this white canvas of a cake and I had my new Wilton fondant molds on the table when my came home from work.  He suggested to me that I should maybe put some decorations along the sides to cover up any imperfections.  I started making these pink roses and I must have had love on my mind because my cake suddenly started to look like the top layer of a wedding cake -lol. So of course I had to get out my Sweethearts cartridge and made a beautiful heart to go on top.  I really love the Wilton fondant molds because they add a 3-D look to my cakes along that go along perfectly with the main design from the Cricut cake machine.  My plan is to make two or three more cakes this week.  I am making them all with the Fourth of July theme so wish me luck.  One is going to be for us, one for my husbands friend to take to a BBQ, and the last one is off to my husbands work.  I keep looking for some good ideas on the internet, and I plan on getting creative so check back soon.  Oh yeah also 3 more days until I give away the Disney Classics cartridge!!  I will announce the winner at 3pm EST on my site on the 1st of July.  Then the winner can message me privately with their address so that I can get it shipped out!  I cannot wait!  Can you??

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How did you celebrate with the father's in your life?

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  This weekend was a special one.  Fathers Day! We celebrated it with one of the best dads I know- my husband Chris.  We took my husband out shopping and then to the Macaroni Grill for lunch.  Of course I baked him a cake.  It was a carrot cake.  It was a different recipe then I normally use, it had raisins and crushed pineapple in it. It was absolutely delicious and I made cream cheese icing to top it off.  You know what i used to decorate Cricut cake machine! I used the Simply Charmed shirt and tie design because it was so cute!  I also used the writing from the Father's Day cartridge.  I made some fondant buttons to put all around the edges with a Wilton silicone fondant mold that I bought from Michael's Crafts this week with my 40 percent off coupon, so it only cost me about 5.99.  They came out so cute and it was very easy.  The fondant was really easy to work with and roll out because of the heat.  I even mixed some of the colors my self.  I have a new way of doing things when I make my fondant designs.  I put out a piece of waxed paper and place each layer that I cut out on it until I have everything I need cut out.  Then next I assemble it this way if something breaks i can remake that layer.  Also i have my little trick of putting the more intricate designs in the freezer for a minute or two before removing them from the mat and I have my extra thin spatula that also helps.  Hope you like my cake, I know my husband did.  Have a great week and don't forget that my drawing for the Disney Classics Cricut cartridge ends in 9 days so if this is your first time visiting my blog all you have to do to enter is follow my blog and post any kind of comment.  Thanks, so until next time...or next cake- Bye!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Me Want Cookie!!

Lets just say its hot here.  It was 95 degrees yesterday and if felt even hotter.  So what do I do on a hot day?  Swim? Nope, bake a cake Hah!  I actually made this last night and it had cooled down nicely.  I made a delicious lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon icing -yum!  Too bad its not for us I sent it with my husband to work.  So this week i decided to use the Sesame Street cartridge.  I loved making cookie monster it was so easy.  Just three colors blue, black and white.  And are you ready for this?  I used the Wilton sugar sheets for the black background.  It actually worked great as a background because there was no intricate parts just the outline of cookie monster. Also rolling out the fondant went so smoothly last night and I am guessing it is because of the weather.  I put colored sugar crystals around the edge because I was going to pipe a design around the edge but the icing was just too runny from it being so warm.  So It came out OK.  I need to make a bigger cake because my designs are too small and I want to add multiple things and its really hard to do that on such a small cake. I am really loving my Cricut cake machine. 

Also this week I bought a gypsy!!  I got it from amazon and when it came I thought there was some sort of mistake because it looked like it was preloaded with alot of cartridges.  Well, I was wrong. too bad you can see them but you cant cut with them- hah!  Anyway it took me about 3 hours to register and update this thing!  Then, another hour at least to load all of my cartridges because I think I have around 90 or more.  You would think that having that many cartridges I would at least make some more interesting cakes right? LOL. Well, I'm trying. So maybe next week I might try using the gypsy with the cake machine.  I guess we will have to see.  Thanks everyone for reading

Also only 22 more days until the Disney Classics cartridge giveaway!  Wow! I cant wait!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Finally - A New Cake!

OK so sorry everyone that I haven't posted in a while, but I have one phrase for you to explain it all "3 kids with strep throat" Need I say more? LOL Anyway I did a lot of shopping over Memorial day weekend and found something new to try - Wilton Sugar Sheets! So I decided to try them in the cake machine. First off I would like to say that the honestly look and feel like a cross between paper and a fruit roll up. I removed each one from the package and then peeled it off the mat that it came on and brushed it with cooking spray to make it stick to the cricut cake mat. I decided to use the Independence Day Cricut cartridge for memorial day. So I started with the blue sugar sheet. First it ripped, then ripped and the ripped some more. Finally using the speed setting on minimum and the pressure on low I was able to cut something. I think these would be great for the punches Wilton intends them to be used with but they are very hard to work with in the cake machine, and once they are ripped there is no remolding them so its your loss. I wasn't able to do any lettering and intricate or small things are next to impossible. I feel like I wasted alot of money because the little design that actually came out is all that I was able to salvage from the 3 sugar sheets. They are 3.99 each so they aren't cheap. Anyway I was able to make something, I chose the easiest thing because the stars being cut kept ripping the sheets so this design only had three. This was all I was able to make. One red white and blue pennant. The large white design in the background came out really easy but it was a simple design so I think these might be good for some large plain flowers or something. I was really hoping they would work because some of them have some great designs on them. Oh well. Also for those of you wondering how they taste?- They taste sort of like the fondant plain and sweet. I guess I should stick with fondant from now on unless I get a great deal on them and decide to go for it again. Thanks everyone and remember my contest is ending soon. I am so excited! June 30th Yippee!!