Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birthday Cake

I made this cake for my hubby's cousin.  It is a white cake with a lemon filling and vanilla frosting.  The wording and detail actually looked like a brighter yellow than what is showing up in these pictures.  The top is edged in chocolate curls.  I've tried making them before and I just cant seem to get the hang of them.  These turned out out okay and even look kinda pretty with the ruffled edges, like I meant to do it! :)  But, uh, I was going for the smooth look, oh well!  If anyone has experience in making them and could offer up a few tips, I would totally appreciate that! Definitely not the most well done cake, but hey, not bad for a beginner, huh?  Thanks for being my guinea pig Tami! :) 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baby Shower Cupcakes

7 dozen cupcakes!  That's 84 cupcakes!!  Whew!  I'm tired!  I made these for an aunt's co-worker's baby shower.  I've never made cupcakes for anybody but my family and I've surely never made 7 dozen cupcakes in one day!  It was a challenge for sure, but it was fun and it feels great to know that I can do it!
A cupcake "cake".  I've never made one of these either, but it turned out pretty good.
I made outlines of onesies with melted chocolate.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Simple Oatmeal Cookies

My mom has made these cookies for years, and if I remember right, I believe that she got the recipe from my grandma.  I always liked them, but at one point I got it in my head that these cookies were crunchy and Im more of a soft cookie person, so I just stopped eating them.  About a year ago I decided to make them for little bug.  And I am so glad I did.  What was I thinking?!!  They definitely do have a bit of a crunch to them, but the inside is soft and chewy and they and have a wonderful oatmeal and brown sugar flavor that just feels like comfort.  I have made them several times since and I think they are such a great little kid cookie (simple flavor with no strange add-ins and no messy chocolate chips!), especially when you make them tiny for tiny hands like I typically do.  Of course they are also good normal cookie size too, you get more of the soft center that way!  Little Bug enjoyed helping me roll the little balls and making the check pattern with a fork.
Simple Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c butter
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

*Cream the butter, shortening and both sugars until light and fluffy
*Beat in the egg
*Mix in the rest of the ingredients (seperately or you can mix the dry ingredients together first)
*Roll the dough into a rough ball and smash down with a fork dipped in water to prevent sticking then turn the fork and press again to create a checker board pattern.
*Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 min.

(If you want to make them tiny, you will need less dough than you might think for each cookie because they do spread a bit.  I usually use a tiny 1/2 tsp size of dough.  But surpisingly they seem to need the same bake time.  And then you will have a TON of tiny cookies, but they freeze very well.)