Thursday, April 28, 2016

NEW WEBSITE!


Click HERE to go to the new website www.cakesandcookiesbyandrea.com

I am excited to announce that I have a new website to showcase the cakes I have made recently as well as ways to contact me if you are in need of a cake.  I am keeping this site (blogspot) for tutorials and recipes so don't worry it wont go away for those of you who love to learn.  And I am planning on posting more tutorials soon, so check back soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fishing Cake


For all the fishermen out there this cake is for you!  This cake was a special cake for me.  I grew up fishing with my dad (the best fly fisherman alive...in my eyes).  I have many fond memories of getting up in the wee hours of the morning and driving out to a picturesque lake.   I cherished spend quality time with my dad, chatting, munching on crackers (cause we all know the fish bite when you are eating), and enjoying the beauty of the lake.  Fishing wasn't necessarily my thing, but it was that time with my dad that made it special.  When my oldest son started to love fishing it was so fun to hear him and my Dad talking about their latest fishing trips over the phone, through emails, and letters.  It really created a bond between them even with them even though they were across the country from each other.
So when my son said he wanted a fishing cake for his birthday I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like.  Below is a picture of the finished cake!  
The Kreel (that is what that kind of basket is called), is made of cake with a fondant basketweave pattern on it.  The rocks, fish, fly fishing rod, and reel are made of modeling chocolate.  I loved making it and especially loved to hear the birthday boy and my father say how much they loved it!  And it was also fun to hear some of the birthday friends tell which part of the fish they wanted to eat!  "I would love the fish head, please!" hehehe


Now doesn't it just make you want to catch some fish?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amazing Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

For the 4th of July I was in charge of dessert, surprise, surprise (but I love being in charge of dessert so no problem there!).  I wanted to do something a little different instead of a cake or cupcakes.  Since it was soooooo hot I thought maybe an ice cream cake, but then I saw my food network magazine and on the cover were the yummiest looking ice cream sandwiches (the July/August issue).  They included a recipe for homemade cookies to use for the ice cream sandwiches and I knew that is what I had to make!  And they aren't hard to make either!  

Here is the recipe for the cookies!
Chocolate Cookie 
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 


 1. Combine the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla and salt and beat until combined.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and add 1 1/2 cups flour and 3 tablespoons water.  Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and 3 more tablespoons water and beat until the dough is smooth.  (Add 2 to 3 more tablespoons water if the dough seems dry.)
2.  Preheat the oven to 350* and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Divide the dough in half.  Pat each piece into a flat square on a lightly floured surface, then roll out until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into 2-3 inch squares with a paring knife (or square cookie cutter which is what I used, since that would make all the cookies the exact same size).  Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets (or cut them out on parchment paper and just lift the parchment paper onto the baking sheet.  If you do this then make sure to leave a little space between each cookie as you cut it out. )  Poke several holes in each cookie with a skewer (to look like a classic ice cream sandwich cookie), then transfer to the freezer until hard, about 10 minutes.  



3.  Bake the cookies until set, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  Sandwich with ice cream and fillings; freeze at least 45 minutes before serving.  To store, wrap the ice cream sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and freeze up to 2 days. 


This one is Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Fudge, and the Chocolate Cookies

This combination is one that they had shown in the Food Network Magazine.  Black Raspberry ice cream, raspberries, chocolate fudge, and the chocolate cookies.  

I did a few combinations of ice creams and toppings but only took two pictures because I was worried about them melting. The other combos I did were: Peanut Butter and Chocolate ice cream with Peanut butter ice cream topping (found in the ice cream section of your grocery store) and chocolate fudge with the chocolate cookies.
And a basic vanilla ice cream with either chocolate fudge topping and chocolate cookies or caramel instead of the fudge.

All wrapped up in parchment paper and bakers twine. And then into the deep freezer so they wouldn't get any softer.  The saran wrap and parchment kept them from getting freezer burn.  

Everyone loved these and said they were amazing.  Probably the best dessert ever! I would even use the cookie recipe (which tasted amazing) for other cookies in the future as well.  Not sure how much they spread since I didn't compare them too my cutter, but I will have too because they were great chocolate cookies!  I will let you know when I make them again.

For the 4th of July I was in charge of dessert, surprise, surprise (but I love being in charge of dessert so no problem there!).  I wanted to do something a little different instead of a cake or cupcakes.  Since it was soooooo hot I thought maybe an ice cream cake, but then I saw my food network magazine and on the cover were the yummiest looking ice cream sandwiches (the July/August issue).  They included a recipe for homemade cookies to use for the ice cream sandwiches and I knew that is what I had to make!  And they aren't hard to make either!  

Here is the recipe for the cookies!
Chocolate Cookie 
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 


 1. Combine the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla and salt and beat until combined.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and add 1 1/2 cups flour and 3 tablespoons water.  Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and 3 more tablespoons water and beat until the dough is smooth.  (Add 2 to 3 more tablespoons water if the dough seems dry.)
2.  Preheat the oven to 350* and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Divide the dough in half.  Pat each piece into a flat square on a lightly floured surface, then roll out until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into 2-3 inch squares with a paring knife (or square cookie cutter which is what I used, since that would make all the cookies the exact same size).  Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets (or cut them out on parchment paper and just lift the parchment paper onto the baking sheet.  If you do this then make sure to leave a little space between each cookie as you cut it out. )  Poke several holes in each cookie with a skewer (to look like a classic ice cream sandwich cookie), then transfer to the freezer until hard, about 10 minutes.  



3.  Bake the cookies until set, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  Sandwich with ice cream and fillings; freeze at least 45 minutes before serving.  To store, wrap the ice cream sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and freeze up to 2 days. 


This one is Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Fudge, and the Chocolate Cookies

This combination is one that they had shown in the Food Network Magazine.  Black Raspberry ice cream, raspberries, chocolate fudge, and the chocolate cookies.  

I did a few combinations of ice creams and toppings but only took two pictures because I was worried about them melting. The other combos I did were: Peanut Butter and Chocolate ice cream with Peanut butter ice cream topping (found in the ice cream section of your grocery store) and chocolate fudge with the chocolate cookies.
And a basic vanilla ice cream with either chocolate fudge topping and chocolate cookies or caramel instead of the fudge.

All wrapped up in parchment paper and bakers twine. And then into the deep freezer so they wouldn't get any softer.  The saran wrap and parchment kept them from getting freezer burn.  

Everyone loved these and said they were amazing.  Probably the best dessert ever! I would even use the cookie recipe (which tasted amazing) for other cookies in the future as well.  Not sure how much they spread since I didn't compare them too my cutter, but I will have too because they were great chocolate cookies!  I will let you know when I make them again.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Super cool tool! The Cake Marker

Have you ever had to put a band of fondant around a cake and struggled to make it perfectly level all the way around?  Or needed to pipe something and things are just a little off? Well I found this new tool when browsing the isles at Michaels (I know, dangerous to browse!).  I had my doubts, but now I love this new tool!  It is the Cake Marker by Wilton.  It was only $6 and I have already used it on two cakes, and it helped me decorate them so much faster it has already earned it's keep!  
You slide the points (which can easily be popped off and on) to the height you need and mark the cake with a dot or slide it around the cake to make a line.

Here I am using the Cake Marker on the Kemsley wedding cake.  I gently scored the fondant with the Cake Marker then applied the fondant around the cake using the line as a guide.

For Jen's wedding cake I needed to pipe a swag of pearls.  If it was just a piped line that would be fine, but I wanted the pearls all around the cake to be about the same.  So I marked points at the top peaks and the bottom with the Cake Marker then used a stylus to connect them to give me a small line to pipe over.  It was a huge help!



I  have not been compensated in any way for this review.  I just like to share the cool tools I like in order to help you make cake decorating easier for you.  You can buy this tool here.  Or even better go to Michaels and use your coupons!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mikaela Wedding Cake

Mikaela's wedding was a vintage tea party/bird cage theme .  It was beautiful and I was honored to be able to make her wedding cake. 
It was red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and white cake with regular butter cream.  


The cake table.


A close up of the flowers I made for the cake. They are peonies, roses, and anemones made from gumpaste and modeling chocolate. 

Another close up of gumpaste and modeling chocolate flowers.  

Cutting the Cake!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mikaela Vintage Bridal Shower Cupcakes

I love cupcakes!  They can be designed in so many different ways and be so elegant.  The theme of the bridal shower was vintage theme, so the host of Mikaela's bridal shower asked for elegant cupcakes with peonies, pearls and anything that would make me think elegant and vintage.  With cupcakes I don't like putting huge gumpaste flowers on it.  So I decided to put wafer paper flowers on it instead.  

Wafer paper flowers are beautiful, light, and can quickly go together since the petals don't have to dry.  They don't look as real as gumpaste flowers, but are still very beautiful especially when you dust them with petal and luster dusts (which I did not do since she wanted white flowers).  They are quickly becoming very popular in the cake decorating world.  I will soon post some tutorials on how to make a few different wafer paper flowers.  


So as you can see some of the cupcakes have wafer paper peonies, some are covered or just outlined in fondant pearls, some are a piped swirl with edible pearls, and some have brush embroidered peonies on them.


The whole dessert table.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chocolate Lego Mini Figures


The Lego ice tray is a wonderful tool for making edible lego mini figures.  You can buy it here or at the Lego store (It was $7.99 at the Lego Store). It says it is an ice cube tray, but chocolate and other cake decorating mediums work incredibly well in it.  The mold is a flexible silicone material so it is easy to unmold your Lego Mini Figure when it is set.  Here is how to do it:
  • Wash and dry the mold thoroughly.  You don't want any water left in it at all.  
  • Spoon or pour your chocolate into the mold.
  • Use a large spatula to scrape off the excess chocolate.  
  • Tap the mold to have all the air bubbles pop and make sure the chocolate is in all the grooves





  • Chill in the fridge or the freezer until set (about 5 minutes in the freezer).
  • Unmold them onto a paper towel.  I first pull at the edges of the mold to loosen it.  Then flip it over above the paper towel and push on the feet portion on up to the head.  (Always start with the most delicate part.   
  • Enjoy!




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lego mini figures made easy!

I love to find new tools to help me with my cake designs, and often times they aren't meant for cake decorating.  So keep your eyes open where ever you are for things like this!
This technically is an ice tray so you can make cute Lego figure ice cubes. I saw this at the Lego store and really anything that is silicone can easily be used for chocolates, fondant, gumpaste, and more! You can buy it at the Lego store (which I want to say it was $7) or here on amazon.

My boys are really into Lego's so I had to have it.  When my youngest son's birthday came up and he said he wanted a Lego party I was excited to use my new tool!  And it works beautifully!  I will do a bunch of tutorials on things that I have made with it so keep your eye out for them.  

Here are some things that I have made with it so far!
Little Lego men chocolates.

 Lego men for the tops of cupcakes

 Standing Lego men.

Fondant Lego people from the LEGO movie. 

Close up of Vitruvious from the LEGO movie.  One of the figures I am going to show you how to make in a tutorial this week. 

Can't wait to come up with more!

Push Up Cupcakes

I was wandering the isles in Michael's and my son stopped me and asked what these push up containers were.  After I explained that you could not only put ice cream, but mini cupcakes as well he got really excited and asked if we could make some of those for the next family party.  
They were super simple and fun for everyone to eat.  I didn't use mini cupcakes though,  I baked a sheet cake and used a round cookie cutter that was slightly smaller than the opening. 
Also you don't need the special piping tip for them, that they sell.  I just didn't fill my piping bag too full and it fit just fine.  

You will have to excuse their sloppiness since I only had a couple minutes to throw them together.  They were cute, fun and very easy to do.  And the nice thing is they are very adaptable.  You can use them for any type of occasion, just change the colors to match your theme.  And they are reusable!
Now I just need to have my husband make some kind of holder for them! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Beach cake

I always look forward to making my birthday cake year.  It is a chance for me to try a new technique,  a new design that I wanted to do, or just have fun.  This year we had a super long winter that seemed to never end. So what I was wishing for the most for my birthday was warm weather, the beach ,  and to relax. Since I couldn't control the first two things I thought I would at least make them out of cake. So this is whatI made:


 And a close up