Monday, June 1, 2009

Let them eat cake!

In the movie, Father of the Bride, Martin Short's character Franc elloquently suggests that the cake (or "kahck") determines the kind of event you are having...and in many ways he's right. Whether you are celebrating a milestone birthday, anniversary or other spectacular event, the right cake can set the tone. While there are many professionals who can whip up a pastry to fit your event, making your own cake can be a crowning achievement. Here are some simple ideas that can bring out the creative chef in you:

  • Boxed cakes can be embellished with additional ingredients to make something spectacular. Check out this website for more ideas: http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blcakemix.htm
  • Add a jam filling to the middle of a butter cake before you frost it for a professional touch--simply bake the layers as directed on the box and add a layer of jam in between the layers once the cake is cooled. Frost as desired. I used a buttercream frosting recipe that has been a family favorite (below).
  • Use small water tubes to discretely stick flowers into a cake as shown above. The flowers will last beyond the life of your cake, and because of the elegant beauty, your friends will want to know the name of your bakery!
  • Practice using frosting tips to created a pattern on your cake.
  • Check out Family Fun for ideas on Kid's Birthday cakes.
    http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/specialfeature/cakefinder-birthday/
  • My sister said her sons made a cake like a "foxhole" with little army men in the middle of the bundt circle...get the kids involved! Baking is another creative art and life skill that will build many fond memories!
  • Use your special china or platter to serve the cake. Use accents you may already have at home...paper doilies and ribbons can really add that special touch to your cake.
  • Make sure to get cake recipes from your relatives...family recipes are some of my greatest treasures...and they make great gifts for the newly married or the new home. What better way to celebrate than with good food made by those whom you love!
  • Pour a glass of milk, and enjoy!
  • Send in your ideas!

Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup Crisco (okay, so this isn't the healthiest recipes!)

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup milk

Beat until fluffy the Crisco and the butter. Slowly add the sugar and beat well. Finally, add the flour, vanilla and milk and beat until the frosting is stiff...it will have peaks...for about 5 minutes. This frosting works great for decorating cakes. To color, simply add a little food color paste.

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