February 10, 2012

Pinterest Hit or Miss

So I've been trying out a lot of recipes from Pinterest and some are just as fantastic as they look and others...not so much. So I thought I would do you all a favor and tell you which ones are actually worth trying. I would also appreciate if you would do the same!

Chic-fil-A Copycat Sandwiches

These are exactly what they claim to be, so if you love Chic-fil-A, you will love these. In general, it's just a good-tasting breaded chicken recipe that could be used for lots of things. I'm excited to try it cut up in a salad.

Saucy Roast Big-Mouth Sliders

Jacob loved these! I thought they were pretty good and really easy. The recipe was WAY too much for the two of us so the beef ended up lasting forever and was good wrapped up in a tortilla too!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

It was fine, but a little blah. Not something I would make often.

Mongolian Beef

This was really good but kind of a lot of work. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to cooking.

Lemon Feta Pasta

This looked really good. I don't know if we got the recipe wrong or if it was because we didn't use fresh basil, but ours was pretty nast. I don't think I'll even bother trying to make it the right way.

February 5, 2012

2 cakes in 1 weekend

I made some cakes for a brother/sister birthday party this weekend.  It's A LOT of work to get two done by the same deadline!  I had to literally pull an all-nighter to get them finished in time.  Thank goodness for a mom who came and watched kids so I could sleep the next day!
 The boy wanted a lego stormtrooper.  It turned out to be as big as a small child becuase they had a lot of people coming to the party. I made chocolate cake with caramel buttercream.  The head is formed from rice krispie treats.

Here's the Hello Kitty cake I made for the little girl.  I formed the kitty with a mixture of fondant and gum paste.  Fondant alone is too soft, and gumpaste alone was too hard for me to get really smooth, so the combo worked great.
The top layer is pink cherry cake with cherry buttercream, and the bottom is white cake with chocolate buttercream.
This time around, I got a cake leveler and a new rolling pin.  The right tools make the process so much easier.  I also made the MMF(marshmallow fondant) in my Bosch mixer, which was better than doing it by hand, and it turned out really smooth.  I rolled the fondant thicker than I have in the past, which also made a more smooth surface with less bubbling/sagging issues.  I'm learning as I go!  I feel like I've run a cake marathon, but I think the family was happy with the results.