Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Jennydoll" Cafe Cake



Here's a photo of my first project from my Cake Decorating Class. Turned out pretty good, I think! Dark Chocolate cake with Buttercream Icing. Yummy!

BUTTER CREAM ICING
(this is for icing the cake and you will have some leftover)
2 lb. powdered sugar
1/2. c milk
1 tsp. butter flavoring
1-1/2 c crisco shortening
2 tsp. clear vanilla
dash of salt

Place most of the powered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients and start mixing on low speed. Add the shortening a little at a time; continue mixing at low speed. Add the remaining powered sugar and mix at medium speed until smooth and creamy.

*The above recipe will give you pure white icing. I use butter crisco so I eliminate the butter flavoring and substitute another flavor if I choose. I also use real vanilla, which is brown. This does affect the color of the icing and makes it an ivory color.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Maple" Pumpkin Cupcakes

These were made for "The Maple Family Reunion".
The ones on the right were the ones I took and are topped with homemade chocolate icing and little maple leaf candies that I also made. The ones on the left were my practice ones topped with a Maple icing that didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. They were too messy to travel so we ate them at home. ;-)

FOR THE RECIPE, see my Halloween post called "Food Creations".

Sunday Afternoon Dinner

Sunday afternoon dinner of fresh lemon green beans, creamy chicken and wild rice casserole, garlic toast and fresh garden salad. Ooh, don't forget the lemonade!

RECIPE FOR CREAMY CHICKEN AND WILD RICE
~courtesy of my cousin~

3 boxes Uncle Ben's Wild Rice (original) or substitute 3 c. long grain white rice
1 stick of butter
2-3 c. veggie or chicken broth thickened with flour
1 quart half & half (I use fat free)

Cook rice according to box directions in a large stock pot. Once it is finished, combine butter, rice, half & half and stir until butter is melted. In separate pan bring broth to a boil and add flour water paste to broth until it thickens like a gravy. Add to the rice mixture until it is a creamy consistancy. Not like a soup!

This makes A LOT! It does freeze well!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These are a variation of the "regular" Cinnamon Roll. I found a recipe online and tweeked it a bit to my liking. The pumpkin is a great change of pace.
A great fall breakfast treat! Lovely orange hue! :-)

"Jennydoll Notes"

This is a new grouping of "Jennydoll Notes and Note-tations".
Pic 1 & 2 = Holiday Invitations sold in sets of 10 with different designs.
Pic 3 = Notecards with different colored birds
Pic 1 = Set of ten with the same design birthday invites
Pic 2 = Set of six party invitations
Pic 3 = Set of four BBQ invitations

Mocha Cupcakes w/ Irish Creme Filling

I made these for my mother. These were the dessert for a Girls' Night.
They are homemade mocha cupcakes with whipped cream icing, chocolate sprinkles, and handmade dark chocolate swirl candies. There was an Irish Cream filling inside.
These look like little coffee drinks with steam escaping. They were yummy!