Monday, May 21, 2012
Anyway - this was quite possibly the easiest cake to make. A simple dark chocolate single layer cake with a thin layer of buttercream and covered in fondant and airbrushed gold. How cute is this little guy:
And because their wedding and his birthday was a weekend in May, it coincided with a First Communion for which I made cakepops! And when a 7 year old says "Can you make pink cakepops with white sprinkles? No! Rainbow Sprinkles!?" You nod your head and say "Definitely!"
Don't these look appetizing?
I've got so many more fun baking projects coming up! And as always - Go Beets!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
3 cups flour
1tbsp baking powder
3 tsp sugar
12 ounces beer or lemon/lime soda like 7Up
1 tsp salt
Stir first five ingredients until combined. Melt butter and pour over batter in loaf pan. Bake on 375 about 50 minutes. If you're using a soda, you can add a bit more sugar and a tsp of lemon extract for extra sweetness and flavor.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Since I was there sortof near Easter, I was greeted by this cute little Peep cake:
And then I noticed their adorable cakepop selection:
And then finally, I notice their good selection of cupcakes:
They looked pretty good and there was a decent selection for what looked like a very small shop. They had the standards: Vanilla with vanilla buttercream which they cutely call "the blond" and red velvet with cream cheese frosting which they call "the southerner". So cute names - I get it. And a few other interesting flavors: Vanilla Root Beer - vanilla cake with root beer buttercream, Sweetart - a lemon cake with a lime frosting. Then I noticed one called "Samoa". Wait - like the girl scout cookies? Turns out - YEAH! This cupcake was amazing. A coconut "infused" cake with caramel in the middle, topped with chocolate buttercream, caramel drizzle and a few coconut flakes. This tasted JUST LIKE the famous and somewhat dangerous cookie. And the cake was sooo moist and delicious. And the balance between cupcake and frosting was perfect.
So the lesson here is don't let a strip mall small shop turn you off. This was one of the best cupcakes I've had. Not an original flavor combination but done so well that you don't even mind.
One other note about this shop - their website has a link they call "SVC Supporter". A click on this link brings you to a page where they explain that they support the business of the Valley of Santa Clarita, using local businesses to help support the community. And even playing music from local musicians. What this shop lacks in size, they make up for in quality and class. Get thee to Santa Clarita for the Cupcake Tree.