Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pink Rosette Ombre Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes that I have made. I love the ombre look, and the rosettes are simple, yet elegant.  The inspiration for this cake came from Ross Sveback.  The recipe and instructions were posted in the Minneapolis, MN Star Tribune News Paper prior to Valentine's Day.

Start by mixing your cake batter.  Depending on how many layers you want your cake to be, remove part of the batter.  Add food coloring to remaining batter.  Remove another portion of the batter.  Add more food coloring and remove more of the batter.  Continue this pattern until you have the batter divided into enough portions to bake as many cake layers as you want.

Here is an example of how your batter should look.  Each layer should be slightly darker than the previous layer.

Mix the frosting for your cake and color the frosting in the same way that you did for the cake batter.

Bake all of the cake layers.  Here are the results of the different colored cake layers.

Stack the cakes and dirty frost to hold in all of the crumbs.

Using a 1M decorating tip and the darkest color frosting create rosettes around the bottom of the cake.

 Continue creating rosettes using the 1M tip, using lighter shades of
frosting as you go towards the top of the cake.

This is what the final cake should look like.  Both the cake layers inside and the frosting on the outside should go from a dark to light shade of color.  This is a very elegant look and simple to create.  Try it out!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Super Bowl

Super Bowl is my favorite day of the year and I love celebrating with family and friends.  Unfortunately for me (and the Patriots) the team I was cheering for lost, but we still had a great time. 

Here is the dessert/appetizer table from our Super Bowl Sunday celebration.

Marinated Tomatoes
These are so delicious, you must try them.  Recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

 Cucumber Rolls
Find the recipe at Good Life Eats.  (this was one of my finds on Pinterest, anyone else addicted to Pinterest?)

Walking Tacos
These are great for parties.  Buy small bags of chips, crush the chips, open the bag, and add the taco meat and toppings right to the bag.

 Oreo Football Truffles
These are always a party favorite.  For step by step instructions check out Bakerella's blog.

 Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
Another delicious treat.  I purchased the Football Cupcake Wrapper printout from Spaceships and Laserbeams.  Check them out, they have a ton of cute party decorations for boys.

 Lil' Smokies
A football party is not complete without these.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
What better way to celebrate than some sweets for your sweetheart.