Archive for February, 2008

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Pink Poodle in Paris Cake

February 29, 2008

I know – cheater cheater. I’m using this as an entry in a dessert contest – though I did make the cake two years ago. I wasn’t a blogger at the time – so I didn’t take pics of the stages of the cake. . . but will tell you how I did it. This cake was inspired by a dog cake I’d cut out of a Gourmet Magazine article – long before I had kids – and simply loved beautiful baked goods. I believe it was about a bakery in Philadelphia – though I can’t find the original right now (I’ll give credit when I find it).

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So, for the body of this poodle, I baked a yellow cake – in one 9 inch round and one 6 inch round. After cooling, I cut each of the two cakes in half and plopped them on the cut side. The two 9 inch halves are the body in the middle – the two 6 inch halves are the crouching legs on either side of the body. The picture below gives a better idea of how this happened.

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The head was made with a store bought sara lee pound cake. Because they are nice and firm – I could easilly carve the head that I needed. I rounded it in the back for the neck – left it pretty square in the middle – and then chopped away about halfway down the front for the eyes and tapered the nose. I’m so sorry there’s not a pic of this step. Maybe if I ever make another. . .

The Classic Buttercream Frosting recipe is from The Artful Cupcake, by Marcianne Miller. It calls for

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened.
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
Liquid food coloring
2 T milk or fruit juice (optional)

Cream butter, gradually mix in sugar (says to sift – I don’t sift). Beat until icing is pale and fluffy. Mix in color and milk or juice if desired. I used Wilton Rose for the shocking pink effect.

I iced the whole cake with a spatula – and then used a large star tip for the poofy areas – around the legs, ears, feet and tail. This icing gave it a wonderful feathery effect – very fun.

Well Serendipity, I’ve wanted to post pics of this pup for a while – for those who may be doing a Pink Poodle in Paris Party – so thanks for giving me the push to get it done.

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just in time…

February 28, 2008

I actually made my contest-entry-dessert a long time ago — it’s just taken me this long to upload the photos. Speaking of which, this is going to be a very photo-heavy post….to be kind I’ll start after the jump!

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ack! a baking contest!

February 5, 2008

And the prize is so fantastic!!

I wonder if I can beat my sister……………

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and so it begins…

February 3, 2008

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My seven year old completely FLIPS over holidays. To preserve my sanity, I put little guidelines in place — like, no Christmas cards before December first, no Valentines before February first, etc.  Otherwise, my entire house is overrun with piles of cards and crafts and other holiday paraphernalia, months before the actual holiday. And by the time the holiday rolls around, it’s all either buried under other crafts, or scattered throughout the house and when it comes time to use them or send them to school, I have to spend two hours tracking them all down.

Two weeks is doable….and of course, at o’dark thirty on Friday morning, my four year old bounded into my room, saying that her sister insisted it was time to start writing out valentines.  She keeps me on my toes, that one….