Archives for January, 2010

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My Bloody Valentine Cake

Needing to turn out a cake for a visit to my parent’s house, I turned towards another boxed cake mix. This time around, at the word of a family friend, I used a Pillsbury cake box mix and let me tell you – it is so much better for cake baking and decorating than Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. It was perfect. The crusts were slightly harder, which made decorating easier and the inside was wonderfully and perfectly moist. It was easy to decorate and delicious to eat. I will be using Pillsbury cake mixes from now on for all box mixes that I need to use.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Recipe: Raspberry Filling

This is a recipe for Raspberry Filling with as few ingredients and instructions as possible – super easy. It includes ingredients, instructions and any further information that might help you recreate it.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Recipe: Buttercream Icing

This is a recipe for Buttercream Icing straight from the mouths of the decorating gods at Wilton. It includes ingredients, instructions and any further information that might help you recreate it.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Melted Snowmen: The Finale

I finally finished my cookie decorating. This week got a little more hectic than planned and I had less time to play with my baking and decorating pieces in the evenings than I would liked. But I suppose, better late than never. Plus, while slightly-old cookies are still great to decorate, it makes them less tempting to devour them all after the decorating is done.

Check out the Melted Snowmen: The Beginning to see where our story is starting from and to get an idea of how to do the first portion of this project.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Melted Snowmen: The Beginning

The other day I noticed the cutest cookies: sugar cookies with melted snowmen! Apparently this cookie idea has been all the rage this holiday season, just check out this Google search for melted snowman cookies. You’ll see a ton of way adorable half-melted snowmen.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Nicht So Gute

Tonight my husband and I had one of the most harrowing sessions our kitchen has seen since we moved in two years ago. We decided that we would bake together a Swartzwelder Kirsch Torte, which is German for Blackforest Cherry Cake and is what I remember as one of the most incredibly decadent cakes I have ever had.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Saturday, January 9th, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Fields of Yellow Roses

Okay, so maybe not ‘fields’ per say, but I did finish seven lovely yellow Wilton Roses per the Wilton Cake Decorating Book 1. I have to be honest, when I started the roses, making the triangle-esq shaped bud that goes under them, I really thought that I am simply not a flower-creator. They just were not looking correct. The book shows them to be beautiful cone-shaped things and mine looked more like the tips of baby bottles with a long snout at the top.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Friday, January 8th, 2010 | Read the Rest
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Sugar Cookies + Buttercream Icing

My sugar cookie decorating didn’t go quite as planned. When attempting to draw lines around the outer rim of the cookies and spread white buttercream icing cleanly within the line it didn’t work well. The lines went fairly well, but then when I would take my frosting spatula and go next to them, it would often pull them off completely.

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 | Read the Rest
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