Testing, Teacakes, Testing, 1 2 3

So excited! That's what I get worked up about - new pans, cooking gadgets, cookbooks. What a geek, eh?!?! I bought a new baking pan (mini tea cakes) on Friday. So I tested it out on Sunday and here they are.

More Butter Please!

Can't have a movie without popcorn! Vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream. This was fun and was easier to make than I expected.

The cake was a HUGE box office success! Everyone oohed and aahed and loved the popcorn on top!  ~ Debbie

Jesse's 40th BDay

Happy 40th BDay Jesse! Sorry that Soda got into your cake! I hear she likes to eat socks too! 4-layer choc cake with choc bc and assorted cupcakes which I forgot to take photos of!!! 
I had to make Soda 3 times before I got the proportions right ...

OH MY GOD!!!! You are amazing!!!!! It is even better than I imagined!!! Love it. XO  ~Sarah

Stella & Yuri's Beautiful Day

Cake was a breeze (choc with choc bc and vanilla with vanilla bc, nice and simple) ... cookies, hmmm, that's a whole other story... Glad I made it through this one! There's a book to go with the pictures ... stay tuned! 

Unfortunately, this rookie had no prior experience with edible paper. Here's my story ...

I made 235 heart shaped cookies, flooded them, let them dry, sprayed with pearl lustre. Absolutely lovely! Thought monogram was going to be a breeze ... wow, was I wrong and boy, I should have tried it out weeks in advance! Not a rookie mistake I'd like to repeat! Got the font, very pretty, and thought no problem, easy. Could not use edible markers or pipe it freehand, too detailed and would yield an inconsistent look. So I bought plastic stencil sheets from Michaels, tried to cut monogram out with a stencil burning tool, what a mess! They did not work out this way. So I cut stencil #2 with an xacto knife, detailed work. Some parts fell out! I had to leave small gaps of plastic uncut to keep the script intact, that was stencil #3, and how will i connect the gaps?  Thought I could smear template with royal icing which I did but my icing consistency was too runny so it bled out so I thought that this was not going to be an option, not to mention filling in the gaps of 200+ cookies by hand with a toothpick! So I raced to get the fancy script printed on edible paper. I sent it in a word doc to my favourite baking supplier, they were super nice and printed it the same day and I thought I was saved! Phew! Went to pick it up and the Y script came out as Times New Roman font ... and it should have been in Splendid ES font ... ugh! I needed 200+, managed to squeeze 15 on a page, so I needed 15 pages of this script ... add it up my friends! My baking suppliers suggested bringing in a printed page of the script and she could redo. Which I eventually managed to do and got back there at 4:15pm same day (they close at 4:30pm). Which she kindly printed it up again for me before the store closed. So add that to my previous bill. Thanks again to the staff there for not making me come back the next day to pick them up! They was awesome! So I took them home and tried one out. Ugh! The edges showed! Could not cut the edible paper to the size of the cookies because I squeezed 15 monograms onto each page. I tried to smooth out the edges with water. UGH! I tried to smooth out the edges with royal icing. UGH! What am I going to do?!?!? I only had one more day to work with! And a wedding cake to make! So I went back to the template, fixed the icing to the proper consistency, and tried it again. This was the only way to go. I worked the template and my darling hubby filled in the gaps with a toothpick. I spent 5 wasted hours and $$$ on the edible paper stuff for this project. Will definitely be more organized for the next project. 

I delivered the cake and cookies to the venue, which was a beautiful golf course in Maple. I'm looking forward to seeing the wedding photos as it was the wedding of one of my buddy's best friends! So I was thrilled to have been a part of her special day!

Anyways, that was my edible paper story. I know it was long but thanks for letting me share it with you! 

Anyone need fancy script S & Y edible monograms?!?!