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My Little Minion

10 Mar

Last weekend as I was bringing in the sweets I made for a birthday party I was approached by one of my daughter’s friends father to make a cake for his wife’s birthday. What I wasn’t expecting is for him to ask for a Minion cake. I thought that was just the cutest thing! They were going to have only about 10 people so the cake didn’t need to be big. So it was a cute little minion coming up….

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Just because he was getting it for his wife I needed to slip a heart somewhere on the cake…

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Hope you like my minion. Thank god he got picked up. I was very close to squeezing his cheeks!!

Where have your been?

23 Jan

I know, I know…where have I been!

I can’t believe how fast time has been going.  I also can’t believe the last time I posted was in September.  The beginning of October was great because it was my cousins daughter Melissa’s birthday.  Guess who showed up?  Come on guess?

No. Guess again…

No. Guess again…

No. Guess again….

Okay, okay, you give up?

This is who showed up…

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..with my daughter Sam.

It’s Belle!  It’s like she just stepped out of the movie…and turned into a real life person.  It would be pretty creepy if she stepped out of the movie as a cartoon.  The birthday party was  a blast and here are some of the treats that I made more Melissa and her friends.

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Here are some donuts dipped in a light pink glaze.  Sorry about the quality of the pic.

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I made some gumball necklaces.  There were really fun to make and the kids loved them.  I’ll do a tutorial at some point if anyone wants to know how they were made.

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Here are some cookie dresses that I also made.  Each little girl got one in there goodie bags to take home.

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And lastly I made some marshmallow pops.  I dipped them in pink candy melts and sprinkled them with pink sanding sugar.

Enjoy…

..the pics because the sweets are long gone…

Elmo Cake & Cookies

30 Sep

Hello Everyone,

This weekend I had a request for an Elmo cake. The birthday girl was Leah and turned 2 this weekend. I was asked to make a chocolate and vanilla cake with a cookies and cream filling. I did two layers of chocolate and the middle layer was vanilla.

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I had made some sugar cookies a week before and had extra plain sugar cookies so I tried to see if I could do Elmo cookies. I think they came out good. I started by doing the outline of Elmo’s head in black. Once that dried I was able to fill in the other colours (orange for the nose, red for the face and white for the eyes) all at once.

A 4″ circle cookie cutter was perfect for the head. I first drew out the design in yellow edible marker then traced it out in black royal icing.

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See ya…

Bridal Shower Cake

14 Aug

I have posted late but I wanted to share some pics of a bridal shower cake I made last month. The bride wanted a vintage flair and sent me some pics of what she was looking for.

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I thought fresh flowers was a nice touch. The peony season was ending so I am very happy to find a couple of pretty ones at a local flower shop.

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St. Joseph’s Zeppole (Filled Cream Puffs)

7 Apr
Zeppole

Zeppole

This is my version of the Italian pastry Zeppole. This is my first attempt at making them and they turned out really good. We usually get them every March for St Joseph’s day for my mother Guiseppina. Here is how I made my version.

St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole

1 cup of water
1/2 cup of oil (vegetable or canola)
1 tsp of baking ammonia
1 cup of flour
5 eggs

Add a quart of oil in a large pot. Heat up to 350 degrees or when a small amount of dough sizzles when dropped in.

In a heavy saucepan add water and oil. Bring to a boil. Once mixture comes to a boil remove from heat and add flour all at once. Mixture will bubble and tighten up and thicken very quickly. You will need to use a little elbow grease and try and mix until all the flour is incorporated. Once mixed add ammonia and make sure to mix well. With mixture still off heat add eggs one at a time making sure that each egg is mixed in completely. The mixture will be a very thick batter.

Take 5 inch square pieces. I got about 25 zeppole in total. On the square pipe a 3-4 inch cicle. I like using my 1M wilton tip to pipe. I like seeing the swirls in the dough.

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Once oil reached the ideal temp use your tongs to pick up the piece of parchment and put it dough first into the oil. Once the dough is in for about 40 sec you can pick up the parchment with your tongs and discard.

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Once the dough comes to a golden brown lay on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

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Once cooled use a serrated knife and slice through. Fill with custard, nutella or any other spread you would like. This is the custard recipe I use.

Vanilla Custard

4 egg yolks
3 cups of milk
8 tbsp. of flour
8 tbsp. of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

In saucepan add milk and place on low heat. In a small bowl add egg yolks, sugar, flour and vanilla and mix. Then add mixture into saucepan with milk constantly stirring. After about 5 minutes you will notice that the mixture will start to thicken. Once it turns to pudding like consistency take off heat. As it cools it will continue to thicken. Once mixture cools a little pipe into cooled dough.

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I plate them buy using the custard and add 3 little dollops on top. You can add a fresh berry or do what I did and add jarred sour cherries. Then top with icing sugar.

“Make Up”

16 Mar

In February I made some treats for Samantha’s friend Sarah. She turned 6 and her theme was Monster High. Here are some of the treats that I made…

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These are eyeshadows I made with regular oreos. I used royal icing to “glue” the top portion to the bottom. I brushed the cream centre with a mixture of clear vanilla extract and foodcolouring. I used a Cadbury mini chocolate finger and dipped the tip in coloured royal icing for the brush.

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These are cake pops that were dipped and decorated with Monster High colours. Since Wilton candy melts don’t have that hot brightness I added food colouring for candy melts to brighten the colour.

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Along with the eye shadow I made “nailpolish” with marshmellows and a gelee candy. I painted the large marshmellow with vanilla extract and rolled in coloured sugar. I attached the handle using a toothpick.

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These are some Monster High sugar cookies. I traced the bows and eyes separately on wax paper. When they fully dried I glued them to the flooded cookie with royal icing.

All in all these sweets were a success.

Where oh where has the time gone…..

5 Sep

Okay so I haven’t been on top of this blog lately.  I can’t believe summer holidays are over and school is back.  I will post next week some pics of the kids first day.  What I won’t post are my tears and nausea the night before.  Why does it feel like I just had these kids last week and now they are in SK and Gr.2.  Long gone are the days of “goo goo gaa gaa” now I hear things like “I am older now I can do it by myself”.  This blows!

Well since this blog is titled “What Angie Made” lets get to the treats I’ve made lately.

 My cousin’s financee asked me to make a ruffle cake for a get together she was having with her bridesmaids.  This is what I came up with.  I made a vanilla cake with pink buttercream.  The outside is made with fondant.  I used circular scaloped cutters to make each layer.  I used a wooden skewer to roll over the fondant and make this…..ruffely?  I also made teacups out of gumpaste and filled them with a standard size cupcake which fit perfectly.

I used a large makeup brush, unused, go dust light rose luster dust to give the teacups a blush colour.  I used food writer markers to draw little flowers on the teacups.  I “glued” the cup to the saucer using royal icing.

We celebrated Daniel’s 7th birthday this summer.  June 15th to be exact.  My son is obsessed with Lego, more specifically Batman Lego.  Surprisingly he asked for a Batman Lego cake.  I know, shocking!

This is the cake that I made him…

Batman is at the controls and I did a mock screen showing Joker and Bane that was copied on sugar paper.  Then I have the lego workers spreading the bat cave over the “original” legos on the oposite corner.  I got some candy lego from our local candy store and surrounded the cake with them.

I also had a friend ask me to make some cupcakes to celebrate her nieces granduation.

I made little granduation hat’s on the chocolate cupcakes using mini Reeces pieces and chocolate covered graham crackers.  I made little fondant diplomas and I put fondant tassels on the hats.  For the vanilla cupcakes I did purple buttercream topped with a purple glossed gumball.

My cousin’s fiancee Katy’s B-day took place this summer and I made her an Eiffel Tower cake since she loves all things Paris.

This is before I cleaned it up a bit.  If I had more time and not waited until the night before to start this I would have done my pipping more carefully and I would have used more support for the top of the cake.  She got dinner out of it also so that should have made up for it.

Samantha had a play date  with some of her school friends last week for the last time before school started and I decided to make a little treat for everyone.  I made some apple sugar cookies and some apple gumballs.  I didn’t actually make the gumballs I just used royal icing to make a stem and leaf.  I added a gummy worm to go with the apple theme.

So that’s it for now.  Stay tuned to see What (else) Angie Made.