Our Wedding Cake Drawing

The big day is today!!! I can’t wait to see all the months of hard work/planning paying off! I’m anxious to see the wedding cake. If you remember on my previous cake tasting post, we have chosen to go with Colette’s. I have an idea of what it will look like, a drawing by Colette herself! It was great working with her on the cake design for our big day.

 

I’ll be posting the actual Wedding Cake when I get the photos back from the photographer. Keep an eye out for it!

How to Make Tiered Wedding Cake Sugar Cookies

My sister, Joyce, wanted to make tiered wedding cake sugar cookies for our friend Tina’s Bridal Shower. I offered to help her with the sugar cookies. They came out really good!

Be prepared…this one is a long one….

We made our sugar cookie dough and cut out 2 circles of 3 different size circles. A total of 6 round cookies for 1 tiered wedding cake sugar cookie.

After you bake the sugar cookies, let it completely cool before you outline all the cookies with royal icing. (We used a wilton tip #3 to outline the cookie)

 When its dry you can start flooding the cookie. (We used wilton tip #4 to flood)

 After all the cookie have been flooded. You need to wait for the icing to be completely dry or harden before you can start on these next few steps.

We used the royal icing as glue. Put some royal icing in the middle of the cookie and stacked the 2nd cookie of the same size. Do this for all your cookies.

 Then you want to put more royal icing in the center of the largest round cookie stack and stack with the mid size cookie to get the 2nd tier.

 And you do this again with the smallest stack onto the tiered cookie to get the third cookie tier.

 We made 2 dozen wedding cake tiers. But there’s one more step to make it look a lot better….

 We need to pipe a border around the cake on each tier. We used the star tip, I think  it was the Wilton tip #14.

 And lastly a box for presentation! We bought the boxes online from paper mart, they have lots of different sizes.

And this is how it looked at the bridal shower at each seat.

Congratulations Tina and Timmy!!!

Sweet and Saucy Shop Cake Tasting

The first cake tasting, was no other than the Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach, CA. A very cute boutique cake shop with cute cakes, small desserts and dessert table displays.

For our cake tasting, they served their flavors in mini cupcakes form along with cake pops and other small desserts. This was my first cake tasting so I didn’t know what to expect and I thought it was a cute way to serve all the different flavors. The flavors were awesome!

We also got to share our experience with Tina and Timmy another couple getting married this year in April 2012. It was great to go with another couple to experience the cake tasting. We were able to share our opinions with each other and ideas.

Sweet and Saucy Shop has really awesome cakes and desserts! They are so friendly and helpful!

Thank you Joe from Garden Row Media for the pictures!

Engaged!!!

It’s a big year of planning for me because I’m getting married this year!!! I’m really excited and will definitely be sharing cake tasting trips on my blog.

I had a traditional vietnamese engagement ceremony called “Dam Hoi” and added my crafty touch to it and of course a BIG desserts table. Check out all my details of my engagement :)  

Big thanks to Sargeant photography for the awesome pictures, Joe and Drew from Garden Row Media for the memorable video!!

The table were decorated with white table covers with a burlap runner and rustic floral centerpiece. Including wrapped utensils at each seat.

I made some Yarn Covered Monogram Letter for some extra decor around the house.

And now more details on my desserts table. I started out making many paper pom poms and bought Accordion Lanterns for my paper chandelier ahead of time.

Our favorite cake is carrot cake. So I made a rustic carrot cake as my main centerpiece underneath the paper chandelier with some party favors boxes filled with chocolates.

I wanted to make logo sugar cookies that I posted before from sweetopia’s blog. Her directions are awesome! 

I made simple cake pops in orange and blue for my desserts table.

Filled the table with french macarons from Layer Cake Bakery (I love there french macarons), powdered donuts, and white chocolate covered pretzels. And DIY candy favor jar. I saved baby jars and filled them with white mints. I covered the lid with burlap and used some string to hold it together. Very simple to do!

Plus some candy! Some rock candy and salt water taffy. I love the look of rock candy on a desserts table.

My BIG desserts table….

Thanks to my family and friends making a memorable engagement!

How to make Christmas Tree Cake Pop

I love christmas!!! Decorating the house and the smell of a real christmas tree in the house is just awesome!

I wanted to make some christmas tree cake pops and it wasn’t too hard to do. If you need to freshen up on your skills of basic cake pops check out my post on how to make cake pops.

I basically do everything the same as normal cake pops, but instead of rolling into balls, I rolled it in a cone shape like a christmas tree. Then I put the cake pop sticks as I normally would and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, I melted my vanilla bark and colored it green. (Use some shortening if the bark is too thick) Then I dipped my christmas tree pop into the bowl to cover the whole tree. You still want to get some excess vanilla bark by tapping the stick on the side of the bowl.

Then grab a toothpick and before the vanilla bark dries up, use the toothpick and go up and down to make the vanilla bark look like a tree.

 

  After you get all the tree like look and it dries. You can start decorating your tree with star sprinkles and small chocolate covered chips on the tree. Just use some of the colored vanilla bark as a glue to put it on the tree 

 And now you have your christmas tree cake pop!

Merry Christmas!!!

Baby Blankets That Change LIVES! from Ellie Fun Day

Cute baby blankets with a great cause from Ellie Fun Day. The blankets are sooo cute and simple. LOVE IT!

They just launched their IndieGogo campaign, by buying a blanket or other goodies, you can help change a life for fair wage and dignified employment for untouchable caste women in India. There goal is at least raise $15,000!

And of course don’t forget to “like” there facebook page!!!

A short little video from Ellie Fun Day, “Social enterprise, saving the world, one baby blanket at a time”

Soft Fluffy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Who doesn’t love Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!!! This happens to be my all time favorite cookie. Chocolate chip cookie would be the runner up for me.

I have this really great recipe if you like soft and fluffy cookies.  One important thing that makes an oatmeal raisin cookie is RAISINS!!!  So if you’re not big on raisins you can opt out or put less raisins in than what my recipe calls for.

Lets get on to the Ingredients….

  • 1-1/3 cups butter (2 cubes and 1/3 cube)
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups dry oats (Good brand oatmeal, I used Quaker Oats)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts

Get your oven ready at bake 350. While the oven is heating up lets start getting our cookie mixture ready! I like to use the flat beater with my kitchenaid since we’re making a thick dough consistency.

Start off by creaming butter (meaning mix butter and sugar)

Then add 2 eggs to the mix and then the rest of the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.

In another bowl, mix all your all dry ingredients and sift into the bowl, besides the raisins and walnuts.

Slowly add your dry ingredients into your wet mixture.

Then add raisin and nuts last.

After the mixture is ready, get good amount and lay them out on a cookie pan (I also like to use parchment paper cause its easier to clean!)

Bake for 13-15 minutes until light brown.

Soooo delicious!!!!

Homemade Coconut Flan

When I was younger, my mom would make this coconut flan on special occasions. I haven’t had it in many years until now :) It’s delicious! And not only that, but soo easy to make too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick mix
  • Unsweeted Coconut Flakes

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Mix all the ingredients in a blender, except for the coconut flakes. Blend well. Pour into pan and let it sit for 1 minute to let the batter settle.

Put the pan in the oven and about 30 minutes later or when the flan has cooked, sprinkle coconut flakes on top. Close the oven and leave it for about another 15 minutes or until its fully cooked and toasted.

Pretty Quick and Easy!!!

Deliciousness!!!! :)

Logo Image Sugar Cookie

I’m looking into different desserts I can do for my engagement party desserts table and I started looking into making a sugar cookie with an image on it. Then I stumbled upon Sweetopia’s blog, she has an awesome tutorial on how to apply an edible image.

Besides the normal things you need for basic sugar cookies, you’ll will need your edible image, corn syrup and a paint brush.

After your cookie is ready and completely dry, you will need to apply corn syrup to the icing with your paintbrush.

Then you can stick on the edible image on the corn syrup like a glue and add any other details you like on the cookie!

Check out her site for more detailed instructions on how to make your own logo sugar cookie.

It seems pretty simple and I’m definitely trying it very soon! So stay tuned for my logo sugar cookie.