Saturday, January 8, 2011

Honey Nutella Rice Krispy Treats

You must try these! 

Honey Nutella Rice Krispy Treats

I found this recipe on a blog that I follow  I made them a few days ago and they were wonderful!  They were also very easy.  The honey flavor was a touch overpowering for me so I think I may decrease the amount a bit next time I make them, but it did seem to mellow over the next day or so. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Open Rose Patchwork Cutter

I ordered some cake goodies for myself for Christmas and one of the items was a patchwork cutter.  I have been looking at these for a while and decided to give it a try.  The cutter looks like this… OPEN ROSE
I purchased mine from Global Sugar Art.  I was originally going to use it as a stamp for brush embroidery but since the cake I was making was iced with buttercream I decided to use it as a cutter this time.  Hopefully I’ll have an occasion to use it as a stamp soon!
The cake was a small oval and I used a line impression mat on the sides to give it some interest.  I cut each flower out of fondant and dusted them with luster dust.  Then I placed one rose at the bottom on each side of the cake.  I was going to write Happy Birthday on the top because it was a birthday gift but I decided the single rose on top looked best.  Here is the finished product!
Happy Birthday Betty!
And because I always take multiple pictures I thought I’d show you all the views…
This cutter was very easy to work with and I can see multiple uses and lots of different styles that could be made with it.  Now I just need some time to play!

Monday, January 3, 2011

What is a Terrible Towel?

Sometimes I learn something new because of a cake request. For example I now know what a Terrible Towel is. It is associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team and was created in 1975 by radio broadcaster Myron Cope.  In 1996, Cope gave the rights to The Terrible Towel to the Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. The school provides care for more than 900 people with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Proceeds from the Terrible Towel have helped raise more than $3 million for the school.  Thank you Wikipedia.  But that's enough sports trivia for today...on to the cake.

Hunter wanted a Terrible Towel for his birthday.  Now a towel is a pretty easy thing to make.  The design ON the towel maybe not so much.  How was I going to do this and make it look right?  I decided to print out the logo of the terrible towel in the size I needed.  I rolled out some black fondant, placed the printout over the fondant and traced over the design with an exacto knife.  Time consuming but I think it turned out pretty cool.  When the lettering was "pressed" onto the cake it took on a puffy appearance (exactly what I was going for).  The rest of the design was fondant with buttercream piped lettering.  Now if I could just work on getting those square corners straighter, ugh.

20101209 terrible towel
Happy Birthday Hunter!