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Simply Nautical

Simply Nautical.

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The bride wanted a simple cake with a touch of a nautical theme (the rope knot) and their color was navy.

5 tiers of white chocolate cake with raspberry filling and blue velvet with cream cheese filling, all with vanilla buttercream and covered in vanilla marshmallow fondant. This was probably the heaviest cake I have ever made! The bottom tier alone weighed more than the average 3 tier cake. I had to call upon help when it came time to deliver it (Thank you, Andrew!).

And as a surprise for the groom, the bride wanted a small cake to display some of his interests… like golfing, cigars, Fireball Whiskey, boating, and Chihuahuas. I have to say that I really didn’t think I could pull that one off. None of these things really went together… or did they! Thanks to my talented sister, Brandy, who dreamed up the idea to tie them all together, this little guy was born!

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A Chihuahua adorned with a golf cap (complete with a dimpled golf ball for the pompom), holding a shot glass of Fireball Whiskey in one paw, and a cigar in the other, while floating in the water on a life preserver! And to ‘tie’ it together with the wedding cake, I bordered it with a rope and the same knot!

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Congratulations to Brittany and Daniel!

~September 6, 2014~

Stuffed Rigatoni Pie!

I saw a rigatoni pie posted on facebook and it sounded pretty good. When it was time to make it, I didn’t go back to read the recipe; but rather added a little of this and a little of that. You can always use a lasagna filling recipe if need be.

 

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Start with cooked and cooled rigatoni pasta. Stand on end in a sprayed spring form cake pan.

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Mix up some ricotta cheese, some eggs, and some parmesan cheese and put it into a piping bag.

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Pipe the cheese mixture into each noodle.

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Once the noodles are all piped, tap the pan on the counter to allow the cheese to settle and pipe more if need be.

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Mix a jar of sauce and some cream cheese and pour it over the top of the filled pasta. Tap the pan on the counter to allow the sauce to seep down in all the nooks and crannies. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.

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Remove the ring of the spring form pan and cut the pie into sections.

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Use a pie server to lift the pie up and plate it. This pie is so good-and so filling, too!

A Yummy Accident

 

After making some awesome mozzarella cheese, I decided to give it another go! My daughter’s snack week was coming up and I wanted to make her class some cheese. This time, I had to double the recipe in order to have enough to go around. So, I used twice the starting ingredients and then began to pour in the milk…. Oops! My cheese making pot was too small for a double batch! I didn’t want it to go to waste, though; so I continued on with my ‘double’ batch-just with a little less milk. The outcome was not what I had originally intended; however, I did end up with some pretty tasty cream cheese instead! I made my own cream cheese! There was no recipe to follow… just a yummy accident!

 

There was a ton of whey left over from the cheese making process but it was not wasted. I used the whey to make some bread to go with it.

The bread was really good, too. Although, had I thought about it a little more, I would have made bagels-onion bagels!

And then taken my home-grown chives and turned the cream cheese into chive cream cheese!

 

Chive cream cheese on an onion bagel? Yes please!! It was so good-the cream cheese was extra smooth, and creamy,… and melty. And the chives just added a whole other layer of flavor. My taste buds are dancing!

Thank goodness for yummy accidents!

 

Bernie Boop!

My birthday buddy, Bernie, loves Loves LOVES Betty Boop! So much so that we sometimes call her Bernie Boop! Bernie was having a tough year and I wanted to make her a cake for her birthday to let her know I was still there for her! So…. the Bernie Boop cake was born!

 

 (Chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting and fondant Betty)

Bernie, I couldn’t think of a better person to share my birthday with!! You are one of the nicest, most compassionate people I have ever met and I am so greatful for your friendship!

Happy Birthday, Bernie!

Celebrating Love, Celebrating Life!

A 10 year wedding anniversary is definitely reason to celebrate! A special request came to me from a woman that was obviously still very much in love with her husband after 10 years of marriage. She sent me pictures of things they had done and places they had visited. The woman wanted the cake to highlight these important events in their lives. They had done so much in their 10 years together; which of course included the birth of their beautiful daughter! Surely it was all good cause for celebration!…. BUT, the reasons for celebrating didn’t end with all their accomplishments and time spent together…NOPE!…. There was one more reason to celebrate… one BIG reason… LIFE!! You see, her husband had just been given the gift of life with a liver transplant; proving that miracles DO happen!! It was an honor to make this cake and be able to deliver it to the very shy, and very surprised, recipient!

 

Happy Anniversary Patrick and Jess!! 

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