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My Favorite Thanksgiving Cake

By November 17, 2017 Cakes and More

 

Hello everybody!!

Definitely Thanksgiving day is one of my favorite days of the year, it is a special occasion in which the family gathers to thank God for his kindness and blessings.


Part of the Thanksgiving tradition is to make a delicious dinner where among all the succulent dishes that are prepared, the turkey is undoubtedly the star of the night.

When I was asked to make a Thanksgiving cake, the first thing that came to my mind was to make something elegant according to the celebration and add as a cake topper the most representative element of the Thanksgiving dinner, the Turkey…also I wanted to give him a funny touch by making the cute turkey hold a sign that said “Eat Beef” LOL

Here you have my favorite Thanksgiving Cake:

Some details about this beautiful cake:

  • The top tier is an 8″ and the bottom tier a 10″ both of them vanilla cake filled with Dulce de Leche and buttercream icing.
  • The cake is covered and decorated with marshmallows homemade fondant except for the brown and red which were prefabricated.
  • The diamond design was made using this tool.
  • For the decoration I used these gold dragees.
  • The flowers were made using cutters from this set.
  • The turkey was handmade using gumpaste (fondant + tylose powder)
  • For the letters I used this wonderful Martha Stewart silicone mold.
  • For the borders I used my favorite silicone mold ever.

And here you have a close-up of the turkey:

Everyone loved the cake but the turkey was the center of attention of the dinner, the hostess of the party liked it so much that she kept it as a souvenir!!

It only remains for me to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to give thanks to the  Lord for his love and blessings not only this day but every day.

Thanks for reading!!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Maple Frosting

By November 10, 2017 Cakes and More

Hello Everybody!!

I don’t know if it happens to you but when November arrives I feel immediately  the spirit of the Holiday season.


I love to see how the atmosphere transforms with autumn and harvest themes everywhere and how families begin to prepare for one of my favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving Day.

It is for this reason that today I bring you a very appropriate dessert for this season that also could be the perfect complement for your Thanksgiving dinner, I’m talking about these delicious Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Maple Frosting.

These cupcakes are  really tasty, they have a moist and smooth texture and the best of all is that they are very quick and easy to make so without wasting time here you have the recipe.

                                                                      PUMPKIN PIE CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
  • 1/4 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
  • 1 TEASPOON PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • 1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON
  • 1/2 TEASPOON SALT
  • 1 CUP PUMPKIN 100% PURE PUREE
  • 1/2 CUP VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1/2 CUP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/4 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
  • 2 LARGE EGGS
  • 1 TEASPOON VANILLA

PREPARATION:

-Preheat your oven at 350 gr F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl mix pumpkin puree, oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Fill your baking cups halfway. Bake 20-25 minutes. This batter is enough for exactly 12 cupcakes.

                                                           CREAM CHEESE MAPLE FROSTING

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 OZ. CREAM CHEESE ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • 1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER
  • 1 TABLESPOON PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  • 1/2 TEASPOON VANILLA
  • 2 CUPS CONFECTIONERS SUGAR

PREPARATION:

-Mix all the ingredients one by one with a hand mixer. Frost your cupcakes.

Here’s a close-up so you can see how cute and fluffy they look inside:

I don’t want to say goodbye  without first encouraging you to make these cupcakes..I’m sure you’re going to love them, they’re so good that it’s impossible to eat just one!!!

Thank you so much for reading !!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Gatsby Cake and Big Flower Tutorial

By November 3, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello everybody!!

I still don’t know the first person who after having seen the Great Gatsby movie was not impressed with the style that characterized the 20’s.


Apart from the majestic Art Deco style that was born with the 20’s, what most caught my attention was the fashion, where colors like black and gold, long pearl necklaces and large flowers were the distinctive elements of the glamour that predominated at the time, that are also perfect details to be reflected in a cake.

When I had the opportunity to make a Great Gatsby cake for a birthday party, these details were basic for this wonderful theme, also I took the time to do an easy tutorial about how to make a big flower, which can be used in any occasion to enhance your cake with an exquisite and elegant touch..but before the tutorial some details about this cake:

  • It was a two tier 6″ and 8″ cake, both of them vanilla cake with Dulce de Leche filling and buttercream icing.
  • The cake was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallows fondant except for the black fondant which was prefabricated.
  • For the golden details I used homemade marshmallows fondant colored first in yellow and then painted gold with this spray.
  • To make the number 30 cake topper I used this cookie cutter set.
  • To make the borders and the necklace I used this silicone mold (one of my favorites and most used).

                                                                        BIG FLOWER TUTORIAL

  • Place the flowers in a flower foam and using a ball tool smooth the edges to achieve a natural look of the petals.

  • Stick the flowers to each other with water from largest to smallest order and let it dry on a flower shaping bowl or on any curved surface , for the center of the flower make a little fondant ball, flatten it and stick it to the center of the flower.

Here is a close-up of this extremely beautiful flower placed on the cake:

The cake was a great success and I guess that it was largely because of the elegant big flower detail in the decoration..please do this flower, you will see that it is very easy to make and the result is simply beautiful!!

Thanks for reading me, see you next time!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

 

 

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Because Cakes speak all Languages!!

By October 28, 2017 Cakes and More

Hello everybody!!

When I started this blog I did it with the intention of sharing with you fun and easy ideas about how to decorate cakes and something that I had very clear is that I wanted the content to come not only in English, but also in Spanish, because this is my first language and also because of the number of Spanish-speaking friends and family that I have.

When someone visited the blog they could see the same post repeated in English and Spanish and with this I managed to cover both languages, but something happened..when it came to take a look at the blog in general, people who do not speak Spanish thought that the blog was repeated for some technical issue and exactly the same happened with Spanish readers.


In short, because the blog had the repeated posts this was creating confusion in both languages when the intention was the opposite..this is why I decided to make a small change in the blog, something very easy to use and really versatile.

When you visit the blog, around the middle of the sidebar you will be able to find this button:This little button allows you to automatically translate the content into any language, therefore not only can it be translated into Spanish but also to the language that is of the reader’s preference.

With this small change, we guarantee a more concise and dynamic content, and also cover a wider population of readers and always with the intention of bringing useful, easy and fun information.

Once again, thank you very much for reading me..I promise a cake related post next time, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to inform you about the changes we are making to make your visits to the blog a more pleasant experience Because Cakes speak all Languages..see you next time!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Black Buttercream Halloween Cake

By October 20, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello Everybody!!

As is usual at this time everyone is getting ready for Halloween so to keep up the mood I want to share with you this Black Buttercream Halloween Cake.


As I’ve told you on previous occasions I always make my own fondant and buttercream but when it comes to colors like red, brown or black I prefer to buy them prefabricated because it is difficult for me to achieve these colors, but in this occasion I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I decided to take the risk of making my own black buttercream.

I have to admit that at first I felt a little doubtful but I made the attempt  anyway and the truth is that it was totally worth it..this frosting turned out to be easier than I thought and the best of all is that the taste is delicious, so of course I will share the recipe but before some details about this cake:

  • It was a 6″ round cake, to make this cake I prepared a vanilla batter then I divided it into two equal parts and on one of them I added a few drops of orange food coloring to get a cake with two tones inside.
  • It was filled and frosted with black buttercream, recipe below.
  • For the decoration I used these sugar pumpkins and these sprinkles.

Here you have a picture of the cake already cut so you can see how beautiful it looks inside and below you can find the recipe of the black buttercream frosting:

                                                                       BLACK BUTTERCREAM RECIPE

-1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER

-2 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR

-1/2 CUP UNSWEETENED COCOA ( I USED HERSHEY’S COCOA 100% CACAO UNSWEETENED)

-1/2 TABLESPOON VANILLA

-MILK OR HEAVY CREAM (OPTIONAL)

-BLACK GEL FOOD COLORING (I USED WILTON ICING GEL BLACK)

PREPARATION:

-Beat the butter for two minutes until smooth, add vanilla.

-Add the sugar one cup at a time, if you notice that the consistency is very thick add a splash of milk or cream or if you see the consistency is very loose add more sugar.

-Add the cocoa and when it’s fully mixed add 1/2 spoonful of black coloring, you will notice that the frosting will turn dark gray then add another 1/2 spoonful of black coloring..the trick to achieve a good dark black buttercream is to let it rest overnight, in my case I wanted the buttercream to look super black so I added another 1/2 spoonful of black coloring.

-This buttercream has a delicious chocolate flavor, the food coloring does not change the flavor or the texture, this amount is enough to fill and decorate a 6″ three layer cake, if you cake is bigger than that you can double or triple the amount.

Please make this buttercream, if you are a chocolate lover like me you will love it..don’t forget that the most important thing is to let it rest overnight and another important suggestion, do not use white clothes because it is sure that you are going to get dirty!!! LOL

Thank you so much for reading me, see you next time!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Candy Corn Surprise Cupcakes

By October 13, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello Everybody!!

Since the month of October arrives the United States is preparing to celebrate one of its most popular festivities: Halloween!!


Although it is true that this celebration is not to the liking of many, we can not deny that for the majority Halloween means fun..we see as from people, houses to shopping centers disguise themselves with allegorical themes and not to mention how much children enjoy collecting candies and sweet treats.

And talking about sweets and candies if I had to choose the one that most represents this occasion without a doubt, I would have to choose the Candy Corn, called thus not because they have corn flavor but because of their similarity to the colors of the corn kernels.

It is for this reason that today I want to share with you this easy but fun idea for your Halloween desserts, Candy Corn Surprise Cupcakes..so let’s do this:

  • Bake your cupcakes, to make these cupcakes I prepared a vanilla batter and then added a few drops of orange food coloring also I used Candy Corn  themed baking cups to give them an appearance more in line with the theme but you can use white plain baking cups and they still going to look really good.

  • Hollow the center of your cupcakes, I used a cupcake corer but you can use a knife.
  • Fill with Candy Corn.

  • Frost your cupcakes with white icing or your favorite icing color, to achieve this swirl I used Wilton 1M tip.
  • To finish your decoration add sprinkles, I used this ones and I also put a Candy Corn as a cupcake topper.

And here you have a close-up of the surprise cupcakes, ready to eat:

Well, I hope that after seeing how easy it is to do and how beautiful these cupcakes are you feel encouraged to make them and to enjoy them with your friends and family..in my house they did not last more than 5 minutes!!

And that’s it for now, thanks for reading..see you next time!!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Baseball Cakes and Bat Tutorial

By September 28, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello Everybody!!

Without fear of being wrong I can assure that if there is a sport that everyone likes, that’s Baseball!!!


In my case and being Dominican, baseball goes beyond being an entertainment..it’s a culture!! Since we are small children our parents take us to the stadium and that’s when our love for our favorite team begins to develop and that happens generation to generation and also I have to mention the Dominican baseball players, for me the best in the world, who so proudly represent us in an international level.

As the baseball season is almost ending here in the United States and almost starting in my country Dominican Republic I want to share with you a couple of ideas for your Baseball Cakes but first I want to show you an easy way to make a fondant baseball bat, the decorative element necessary to complement your Baseball Cake..here you have it:

  • Twist the strips of fondant together and knead until the colors are partially mixed.

  • When fondant looks like this, similar to the wood, stop kneading.

  • To form the bat make a small sausage with the fondant and then with your finger make an indentation to about 3/4 the length of the sausage.

  • To finish the bat push with your finger the remaining quart of the sausage, shape it until you feel satisfied with the results.

And here you have a couple of pictures with some Baseball Cakes ideas:

                      

My dear friends, hope with this cakes and this easy baseball bat tutorial you feel encouraged to make your favorite team Baseball Cake..thank you so much for reading and Happy Baseball Season!!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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5 Superhero Cakes Ideas

By September 13, 2017 Cakes and More

Hello everybody!!

All my life I have seen that a very popular theme at birthday parties are Superheros..we all have a favorite superhero and most children, especially boys, at some point want to celebrate their birthday with the superhero theme in which they dream someday to become.

To me in particular, I feel very excited when somebody ask for a superhero cake because with these cakes you can play with the details and not to mention about how colorful and funny they are..no doubt that you can take so much advantage of the superhero theme and make a super fun and super original cake that will become the center of attention of your Superhero birthday party.


It is for this reason that I want to share with you 5  Superhero Cakes Ideas that can be used as inspiration for your parties..these cakes are beautiful, funny and easy to make so I hope you like them as much as I liked to make them.

  • LEGO/SUPERHERO CAKE

This cake has a combination of two of the most popular things that children likes: Lego and Superheros..in the front you can see Spider-Man eyes but I also put Batman and Superman logos on the side.

  • SPIDER-MAN CAKE

This cake is the perfect cake for a Spider-Man lover, the stars give a more dynamic touch and the huge spider on the front puts this cake on another level.

  • NINJA TURTLE CAKE

This cake is not only cute and funny but has the advantage that it is very simple and easy to make especially for those last minute calls.

  • BATMAN CAKE

The combination of colors, buildings at the bottom and the huge Batman toy on top make this cake one very special Superhero cake.

  • THE 3 SUPERHEROS CAKE

And last but not least my favorite Superhero Cake!! This cake is a wonderful combination of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman..if you have a really big party and want an incredible cake definitely this is the ideal cake for you.

All these cakes are covered and decorated with homemade marshmallows fondant except for the black and red fondant which are prefabricated.

And that’s it for now..hope this post can be useful for you and when you have the chance to make a superhero cake have a lot of fun, I know you have all the superpowers necessary to do it very well!!!!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Unicorn Cake and Tutorial

By August 31, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello everybody!!

I can finally cross the Unicorn Cake from my to do list!!!


As you may have noticed there is an invasion of unicorns, definitely is the most trendy topic for birthdays, baby showers and even bridal showers and I understand why because they look really sweet and adorable.. and to be honest I am also in love with unicorns and I was crazy about making a Unicorn Cake.

So when my friend finally asked me to make a Unicorn Cake I was so happy that I was jumping around but I also thought that it was an excellent opportunity to give you a short tutorial about how to make the horn of the unicorn..but first some details about this cake:

  • It was a 8″ vanilla cake with Dulce de Leche and Nutella filling and buttercream icing.
  • It was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallows fondant.
  • The mane was made using the 1M Wilton piping tip.
  • The flowers were made using fondant cutters from this set.
  • The name was made using the Wilton Alphabets and Numbers Cut-Outs set that you can find here.
  • The eyes, the inner part of the ears and horn were made with homemade marshmallows fondant colored first in gray and later painted silver with this spray. 

The process of making the horn was very easy, here I show you a couple of pictures tutorials so you can see how I made it:

  • Roll out to pieces of tapered fondant about the length of a bamboo skewer.

  • Twist the pieces together, I used water as a glue, and make sure that when you are twisting the horn is getting really tight.
  • Cut to the desire length and paint silver, if you want to make a gold horn I recommend making the horn with yellow fondant.
  • After the horn is completely dry insert to the cake using a bamboo stick…and that’s it!!!

As I mentioned before I can cross this cake out of my to do list but they are so beautiful and easy to make that I stay with the desire of doing more, more and more Unicorns Cakes..so I have to say this: welcome to my life Unicorns!!

Thank you for reading!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

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Pineapple Cake and Tutorial

By August 11, 2017 Cakes and More, Tutorials

Hello Everybody!!

Yes, it’s still summer and it’s still very hot..and nothing more refreshing than fresh fruit to fight this heat, and if those fruits come in the form of cake then much better!!!

This is the reason why when I was asked to make a cake with a refreshing and tropical theme I immediately thought about this pineapple cake tutorial by The Icing Artist that I had seen several times on social networks.


Pineapple cakes are very trendy this summer and I loved this one in particular not only because is easy to do but because it is a super adorable cake and it was very related to the tropical theme that I had been requested to make.

In the tutorial the cake was covered with buttercream but I made my own version with fondant and I really like the  result..at the end of the post you will find the link of the video-tutorial to make this beautiful cake.

Here a picture of my Pineapple Cake:

Some details about this cake:

  • It was a 8″ vanilla cake with pineapple jam filling (off course LOL) and buttercream icing.
  • It was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallows fondant except for the black fondant which was prefabricated.
  • The pineapple leaves were made using the lilies cutter from this set.
  • The name was made using the Wilton Alphabet and Numbers Cut-Outs set that you can find here . 
  • The diamond design that you can notice on the cake was made using this tool.

The cake was a hit, perfect for summer, very cute outside and the best of all…delicious inside!!

Video-tutorial about how to make this cake here.

I hope that when you see this tutorial you feel motivated to do it..the best excuse: it is still summer!! Thanks for reading!!

Blessings,

Cecilia

 

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