Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Baking Backlog

I've been baking so much that I haven't had time to post, below are some of the lovely things leaving our kitchen.

Oink Oink

Over Memorial Day Weekend, they neighborhood hosted a pig roast, and I brought the cake. We named him Babe. Two batches of strawberry cake filled the body, with chocolate cupcakes creating the feet and schnoz. All was iced in buttercream...I've never made that much buttercream. To accompany the cake, I made tiny chocolate cupcakes frosted with a sphere of pink buttercream topped swirled pig tail of buttercream.

I finished of Memorial Day Weekend with a croquembouch. A croquembouche is a cake made of cream puffs. I used a standard cream puff recipe, filled them with pistachio pudding, piled them into a cone shape and splattered them with melted sugar. Delicious. Gave it all to the neighbors.

The weekend after Memorial Day I went home and was pleasantly surprised to find out the boysenberries were ripe. I made a heavenly boysenberry swiss meringue buttercream to top homemade funfetti cupcakes. No pictures, I don't know what happened, it must have been sugar shock. All those went to work.

That same weekend, I came back to Newport and baked a Celestial Chocolate Cake with Marcella. It was the best chocolate cake I've had in a very very long time. Dense and moist chocolate cake, filled with whipped cream, covered in chocolate ganache frosting.

Here are two of the three layers. Oh my.

This baby also went to the neighbors...too much for Christine and me to eat! But a slice sure did hit the spot after eating a vegan/raw meal at a restaurant we will never go back to.

Last week I made cupcakes for my coworkers, past and present. I used the same chocolate cake as the Celestial Chocolate Cake because it was so good. Topped them with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream tainted with strong espresso. And you can't forget the chocolate shavings.

I had so much fun delivering these cuties at my old employer with my sister.

I finished off last weekend making homemade brioche slider rolls. They were delich, but I'm not in love with the recipe, so I'll try again and post one later.

I feel like I missed a lot, but this will do for now. Stay tuned for a another fun cake this weekend....Five layer cake shaped to look like a chef's hat. This should be interesting.


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