The Icing on the Cake!

I love to bake cakes for the people that I love and icing the cake is my favorite part. Today, I have a video tutorial on how I ice my cakes using a Wilton icing spatula. The cake recipe that I used can be found here and the icing recipe can be found here. Last night, we got to celebrate Tim's grandma Nell's birthday. This cake was for her and it was delicious. It's a pretty rich cake and we served it with fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream. It sliced beautifully. I love it when that happens.

Chocolate Cake

Watch the tutorial here:

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Happy Wednesday!

XOXO,

Di

Paint Horses and Cupcakes

Saturdays are my favorite days. I get up early to meet my friends Chance (the paint horse) and Laura (my riding teacher) for my barrel racing lesson. Then, as if it couldn't get any better, I pick up my BFF Bella for our weekly adventure to the donut palace where she fills me in on all of the first grade happenings over chocolate milk and sprinkle donuts..it's the best. Then I usually go home and take a nap, but this past saturday I baked some cupcakes instead! And it was fun! My gal Tanielle (We call Danielle 'Tanielle' after spring break 2008, which was later shortened to 'Tans', because who has the time to say every syllable in life?) well anyway, she turned 25 last week so we were going to be celebrating her birthday and what's a bday party without cake!?

Strawberry and Chocolate Mint, both with marshmallow fluff buttercream frosting.  YUM.  Now I know what you're all thinking..how did you get the mint flavor Ms. Key Ingredient? Well world. I'll tell you. It wasn't easy. Just kidding. I chopped up Andes mints and folded them into the batter, and they melted while they were baking, and when they came out of the oven the flavor was so minty and so chocolatey all at the same time! Wham Bam. Happy Birthday Tans.

Also, here are some better shots of the wedding cake mom and I made this summer. Thanks Brittany Wood Photography!!

Here is the cake...

The cake and I...I just had to get a picture with the cake in the barn. 

So that's all.

Di.

Process

I just got this sweet note in the mail...

The Les Paul cake pictured in my previous post was for my darling cousin Randy's graduation party.  He loved it.  He loved it so much that he wouldn't allow us to cut it until EVERYONE had seen it.  We had so much cake left over we didn't know what to do with it!

When I started to think about what kind of cake I was going to make for this dude, I'll be honest I googled "graduation cakes".  I needed inspiration!  What does a graduation cake look like?  I mean, my graduation cake had a picture of me printed on it (remind me to show ya'll that some other time...hilarious).  I just didn't know where to begin.  After that shameless google search, I attempted to sketch my idea in my handy action book I got from Behance...

For some reason, I didn't get the talent of sketch that my father has.  Apparently, I was going to make square cakes with a fondant diploma tied with an awful ribbon on top.  Yikes!  Then, it occurred to me.  Randy isn't just any graduate.  I wanted this cake to really reflect who he was.  He's a musician.  He is the John Mayer of graduates.  He started playing guitar straight out of the womb.  So, duh.  Guitar cake.  That horrible sketch was just part of the process.

Randy will be moving to Nashville in the fall!  He's going to Belmont and I can't wait to have him here with me!  He's cooler than I am.