Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holy Pies Batman!

So today I am working on a truckload of pies... 3 are for a customer, and the other 8-10 will be for the 2 thanksgivings that I am going to this coming weekend. So far, there are 7 pumpkin pies, and now I need to start on the pecan pies. I always seem to end up with more filling than what the recipe actually tells me I'll have (eg. I thought I only made enough pumpkin pie filling for like 4-5 pies, and ended up with 7) so we'll see how many pecans I actually end up making today.

And I hate to admit it, but earlier this week (at least I think it was this week, my days kinda get mixed up when I'm at home everyday) I ended up catching part of the Martha Stewart Show. And in the end I'm kinda glad I did. She was on with Rachel Ray and they were making pies, so I got the low down on how to make a decent crust! So for anyone who dispises making pie crusts as much as I do, here are some tricks...
  • Use cold ingredients (almost frozen butter, ice cold water, etc)
  • Use your food processer to get everything mixed together-- this works and it's AWESOME
  • Make sure you your dough and counter top with flour so that nothing sticks that shouldn't
  • Roll the crust around the rolling pin to transfer it from the counter top to the pie pan
  • If you don't want to roll it out directly on the counter, you can always put the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll it out... this will keep your counter clean and also make for easy transfer
  • If you don't really like the taste of pie crust, add a little sugar to the mixture, this will sweeten things up a bit
  • If all else fails, get some premade crusts, and take all the credit for it when everyone tells you how great the pie is!

I hope that everyone has a Happy and safe Thankgsiving!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Business is Booming

I feel like I haven't been on here in a LONG time. But it's all been for a good reason... I've been busy with cakes!! YAY! In the past week and a half, I have done 5 cakes and as of right now, I have 2 more orders between now and Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone who has ordered and has kept me busy while I haven't been working outside of home, it's kept me sane!

Here are the cakes that I've done lately:

This cake is a 8" round chocolate cake with strawberry and buttercream filling

10" square chocolate cake also with strawberry and buttercream filling and iCarly theme

9X13" chocolate cake with Oreo Fluff filling

8"round white cake with white frosting. This ironically was probably the hardest I did, as I am not real great at making the frosting perfectly smooth... Yet.

And last but not least, 9" white petal cake with buttercream and strawberry filling.

Thank you to everyone who has ordered, especially to the 2 returning customers!! This has been great~

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monkeys, Vikings and Pumpkins, Oh My!

I had three orders this week for cakes. Lucky for me, I had one Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday. The first one that I did was a Monkey (Curious George) cake for the elementary principal. They were having a non-Halloween, Halloween party on Friday where all the kids were to dress up as story book characters. The principal and secretary dressed up as Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, so they got a cake for the teachers to match. The cake is a triple chocolate cake with buttercream and sliced strawberry filling.

The next cake, which was for Sunday, was a birthday cake for a 12 year old boy who is in love with the MN Vikings and Adrian Peterson (#28), so the cake was a Vikings theme. The cake was a devils food cake with Oreo Fluff filling.

Saturday's cake was also for a birthday, and was for a girl who shares her birthday with Halloween, so her mom and dad ordered a Halloween themed cake. It came complete with a witch's hat, black cats and Jack-o-lanterns. The cake was a triple chocolate cake with Oreo Fluff filling.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their cakes, and had Happy Birthdays and a Happy Halloween~