One thing that my inaanak (Goddaughter) and I have in common is our weakness for cookies. I love me a delicious cookie, especially the freshly baked kind. And so does she.
So for her birthday this year, I decided that I would surprise her with, of course, a cookie monster cake. ‘Cuz let’s face it: that’s exactly what we both are.
I baked two 8″ round cakes. I was initially going to do a chocolate mud cake, but at the last minute, I opted for red velvet for two reasons: 1) It’s her favorite cake flavor; and 2) It would be red when you cut into cookie monster. Ok, so I guess that’s a little gross, but the crazy in me finds it funny at the same time. Anyway, stacked the two round cakes with nutella buttercream (again, her favorite) and cut out a small section out of the top layer. I would describe this section as a secant from the top of the top layer between 90-120 degrees and sliced at an angle approximately 45 degrees from the top plane towards the bottom plane. Please excuse the crudeness of my drawing, but hopefully this helps:
Then comes the fun part! I dyed some buttercream frosting black and drew a semicircle on the angled edge that you just cut, using the diameter part of the circle parallel and close to the slice at the top of the top layer of the cake. Then, I dyed some more of the buttercream frosting blue and used the Wilton tip #233 to make the fur. For this to come out nicely, I started at the bottom of the cake and worked my way to the top. You place the tip on the edge of the cake and as you squeeze the bag, pull away from the cake perpendicularly. Stop squeezing when you reach the desired fur length and the “fur” should fall naturally, giving the effect you want.
For the other details, I covered two oreos (in this case the watermelon flavor, but it really doesn’t matter) with white buttercream frosting and used the same black I used on the mouth for the pupils. I then placed some chocolate chip cookies (in this case, the crunchy chips ahoy ones) in the mouth and around the front. I made sure to break the cookies into pieces right above the mouth area so that all the little crumbs that fall when that happens just scatters in the fur. I even threw in a few extra small pieces to get the full effect.
When I was in Michigan, I took my 12 year old cousin, Icee, to watch Pacific Rim. During the commercials before the movie, he was looking at random stuff on his phone. He showed me a picture of a minion cake and said, “Ate Jap, can you make this?” For my little cousins? Of course!
Luckily, I was off the next day and we took a trip to the grocery to buy some ingredients. I made a simple chocolate chip cake using a 13 x 8 ” pan and then cut it in half to make two smaller minions. Made some icing, grabbed some food coloring, chocolate chip cookies and melted chocolate and voila! I present Icee’s minion cakes.
Since there was only four of us in the house, we ended up giving the other cake to Icee’s “girlfriend” (haha, he hates that we call her his girlfriend!) and I’m happy to say that she enjoyed it too. Success!
It was that time again: my inaanak (Goddaughter)’s birthday. She turned 12 this year and before her birthday, I asked her what kind of cake she wanted. Her response? The same as last year! “What?” I answered, “We can’t have that! Something else?” To which she replied…
Haha. So I compromised and surprised her with a fantasy butterfly garden cake, completely made of candy. Well, the butterflies were made from using fondant and a butterfly cutout, plus some sprinkles. But everything else on the cake (except for the ribbon and the “Dani’s Garden” sign were just a few of her favorite candies. Hmph, then again, ALL candy is her favorite, so I guess anything would’ve worked but I chose these for a little fantasy garden.
On a side note, for those of you who like to bake for the little ones, using candy to decorate cakes is a great idea. First of all, it’s easy. Just think of a good theme and find the right candies and you can make any scene come to life. Secondly, after Dani blew out her candles, we just let all the kids attack the cake, picking out whatever candy they wanted and giving out slices after. The kids love it. I mean, let’s face it, how many kids have tried to poke their finger into icing and lick it, while all the adults yell out, “Ooooh…nooooo!” This way, not only do they love the cake, they feel like they’re part of the experience with the birthday celebrant! You should’ve heard all the kids giggling in awe that they were actually allowed pick at the cake! Anyway, hope you guys try it sometime and if you do, please share your creations!
This year, my cousin, Icee turned 12. Being the typical boy, he spends a lot of time playing games on his Xbox. And whenever you asked him what he wanted for presents, his answer would either be an Xbox game or Xbox Live points. So, naturally, the first idea I had when it came to thinking of his cake design was, of course, an Xbox.
I chose the 360 because I liked the cleanliness of the white design. Simple, and the small details are a stand out. Plus, let’s face it: we learned from the camera cake pops that white food is definitely more appetizing than black food, right? Anyway, here’s how his cake turned out. I definitely had the most fun making the controller.
I’ve been posting a lot of pink lately (probably more often that I even realize) so I thought I’d mix it up a little and this time, go green! This year was my Ninang (Godmother) Candy’s 50th birthday. Of course, my mom and I wanted to make the her cake for the party. She wanted everything to be green. Green!
Although my mom and I made most of the decorations at home, we flew to Detroit from SF on a Wednesday night (the red eye) and I spent all of Thursday and Friday baking up a storm. Here’s how her cake turned out. Green per her request and gold to represent her 50th birthday.
Of course, with over 150 guests at the party, we could not stop there. I also baked an additional 75 (yep, 75!) cupcakes. I used the salted caramel cupcake recipe from here and went with a Andes chocolate mint cupcake for the second flavor, which I found here. Serious success.
The party was excellent and I was happy to spend time with the family. In the end, my Ninang’s cake spread turned out like this.
Last week was my birthday! I didn’t do anything extravagant like last year (my friends and I took a beach trip to surf in San Diego), just a little dinner with family. Luckily, it was also another friend’s birthday party so I just piggybacked on the celebration and we spent it dancing the night away. Great times.
My mom made a simple marble bundt cake (which was really yummy) and my 11 year old cousin, Dani, decorated it. Of course, she used sugar crystals in all of our favorite colors.
Anyway, in honor of my birthday, I thought it would be nice to give y’all a little birthday present. Ok, so we all know how cute and perfect macarons can look. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what size or even shape macarons are as long as two important things are met:
They taste amazing, and
Each batch has a consistent look
Since most of us struggle trying to pipe macarons into perfect little circles, a good way to keep the shell sizes consistent is to use a template. I find that two sheets of paper fit almost perfectly on a 11″ x 15″ tray under your silicone mat and that is what I do. So here is my birthday present to you – a couple of my personal macaron templates! Just print off a couple of sheets and you’re well on your way to making some wonderfully looking macarons.
Last year, Dani was obsessed with candy. Obsessed.
So naturally, on her birthday, we had to make her a candy cake. It was actually pretty simple. The cake was red velvet (her favorite) and we iced it with a white cream cheese frosting. Since candy is so bright and colorful, starting with a clean cake is best. I went to the store and grabbed some of her favorites: sour strawberry, gobstoppers, nerds, mints. We also made candy and lollipops out of fondant. We kinda just went for it with the decorating and then placed a cute marshmallow hello kitty lollipop to bring it all together.
Oh, and we also placed some cotton candy on top but since the moisture from the frosting makes it globby, we had to put it in at the last minute and unfortunately, forgot too take a picture of it. Regardless, you get the idea!