Saturday, June 12, 2010

Old McDonald Had A Farm Cake



(I know, they kind of look like ducks!)



This is the cake that I've been working on.

Cute, isn't it?

This cake was made for Ryan's 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Inderrieden, who we absolutely adore.  She had a family reunion this week for the McDonald Family.  The theme of the reunion was "Old McDonald Had a Farm".  What a cute idea, huh!  Well, this cake was a lot of fun to make, and it was made by my whole family.  The kids got involved making fondant animals.  Erin made the chicken and baby chicks, which turned out great.  Jim made the cows and the horses, and I made the pigs and the sheep. Adam helped by eating some of the fondant.  If you look closely in one of the pictures, you'll see an over-sized rooster that Ryan made.  We only put it on for pictures.

The sheet cake and the barn were both carrot cake, with a cream cheese filling.  We made the silo with Rice Krispie treats.  I made the fence posts out of modeling chocolate, but realized afterward that I should have just used big Tootsie Rolls.  Oh well, they turned out really cute.

We were really proud of this cake when it was done.  The kids begged me to wake them up early so that they could see their creation one last time before it went out the door.  Thanks to Mrs. Inderrieden, for giving my family something fun to do this week.  This cake was a lot of fun!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Decadent Chocolate Strawberry Cake For Berneitta!

Last night I had the opportunity to make a cake for some good friends of mine.  They were celebrating their Grandmother's birthday.  When I asked what flavor of cake they wanted, the response that I got was, "Whatever you think would be good".   Hmmmm......Well, I think almost all cakes are good.  I decided that I could NEVER go wrong with chocolate.  And who doesn't like strawberries?  That's when I decided to make this decadent Chocolate Strawberry Cake.  It is a moist 12 inch cake, stacked 3 layers high, and  it is filled with a rich chocolate butter cream frosting.  While I was frosting the cake, and washing and slicing the strawberries,  my cute husband was melting white chocolate to do the lettering on the sides.  We actually wrote the words out, and then formed them to the 12 inch pan so that they would bend with the cake.  I think they turned out great!  I also made a delicious strawberry glaze, which I drizzled on top of the strawberries.  I will have to share the recipe with you, because it really turned out great!  This glaze would also work as a filling for inside the cake.  

Strawberry Cake Filling/ Glaze

1 small box Strawberry flavored gelatin
1/2 cup hot water
1 (20 oz.) jar Strawberry jam  (I used the seedless kind)
1 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch

Mix the gelatin with 1/2 cup hot water.  Stir until dissolved.  Add the jam.  Stir until well blended.  Combine cornstarch and 1 cup water.  Set aside.  Heat jam mixture to boiling.  Add cornstarch mixture.  Stir over heat until thickened.  Cool and use.

You can use any flavor of gelatin and jam.  (This is what I use for my raspberry cake filling, and it is great!)

This cake turned out great, and the family loved it!  I can't wait to make another one.