Thursday, 16 June 2011

Creepy and Cute Halloween Cake construct Ideas

Creepy and Cute Halloween Cake construct Ideas

To help you get started scheming and designing your ghoulish confections, here are a few Halloween Cake develop Ideas. Try these or generate your own spin-off's!

Haunted House - Sheet, Novelty Pan or Sculpted Castle

Cake Decorating

This Halloween cake can be made in many ways.

1. Trim a sheet cake into the shape of an old Victorian house with gables. Then pipe icing windows, doors, and other details, including cobwebs. Ghostly shapes are easy to pipe and fill in with snow-white buttercream icing. Add bats and other easy to pipe Halloween creatures.

2. Or you can use a novelty cake pan with the haunted house theme. Many of these come with decorations and instructions.

3. For a indeed exciting Halloween cake, try a haunted castle cake! Butter cakes works well. Stack two or more cakes, being sure to place supportive plates in in the middle of the layers. If the cake is large like a wedding cake, add cake dowels.

Towers can be created with upside down ice-cream cones or paper towel rolls, shortened to fit proportionally to your cake.

For edible towers, bake a pound cake in a jelly roll pan, and then using a cookie-cutter or glass, cut our circular pieces of uniform size. Skewer these, and then stick the skewered towers into the cake. Then ice them and pipe designs and windows.

For an wonderful haunted house castle - think detail. For example, you could cut out windows and place inside kooky ghosts or other ghoulish figures (modeled with rolled buttercream, created with gum paste molds, or store-bought).

You might even want to add a moat and drawbridge! Tuck green little lights behind the turrets and under the drawbridge for an eerie glow.

A basic set of confectionary tools will help you model your Halloween cake creatures. You can find these and all sorts of decorating supplies at

If you model your Halloween cake figures with gum paste, creations will dry hard and last for years, but the children won't enjoy the taste much. Marzipan's expensive, and this almond paste isn't as much of a hit with kids as grown-ups. Your best bet for your Halloween cakes is Rolled Buttercream. It's a great tasting icing dough that can be indeed modeled or molded.

Frankenstein's Bride - Vintage Halloween Cake

Here's a spin off from our charming doll cake that is made with a Barbie type doll and a cake dress. Use a doll with black hair. Tease the hair so it's all puffed up and then paint the lightening stripes up each side of her hair do. (For a humorous version, you could make her hair stand right up).

Paint her face a pasty white, add make-up (search online for "Bride of Frankenstein doll" and "Bride of Frankenstein costumes" for ideas. Cover the negligee dress with smooth, white buttercream and maybe add some black spiders and lacy impressions.

Another idea: A vintage 60's Halloween doll cake could be fashioned after the Adam's Family's Mortisha.

Jack o' light Bundt Halloween Cake

This is an easy Halloween cake for cake decorators new to cake sculpting.

Young children will adore a Jack o' light cake with a cute or goofy expression, while most older kids will get a kick out of an outlandish or spooky face.

Start with 2 bundt cakes (butter, pumpkin and pound cakes work well). Then after leveling and icing the lowest of the cakes, fit them together to form the pumpkin. Cover the pumpkin with smooth, orange buttercream. Then pipe and/or use rolled buttercream to model the facial features. Pipe green leaves on top and add a stem made of rolled buttercream or an upside-down ice cream cone, iced with green.

Last, but not least, here's an leading Halloween Cake tip. The whole of liquid food coloring needed to generate black or dark brown icing will probably give your icing a bitter taste. To avoid making a Halloween cake that tastes creepier than it looks, try one of these ghoulishly clever tips:

· Use gel, paste or powder coloring. They're concentrated, so you won't need as much.

· Begin with dark chocolate buttercream, and you'll need even less.

· Instead of black icing, cover plain buttercream with crushed, dark chocolate cookies, and use licorice and such for spiders and bats.

Creepy and Cute Halloween Cake construct Ideas

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The ultimate Crab Cake formula

The ultimate Crab Cake formula

In my family both growing up and later as a mom raising my own children, food was town to our time together. whether it was naturally sitting together at the dinner table, or the time I spent cooking while the children watched closely wondering what I was preparing, while finding up from their homework, food mattered in our home. Lindsey was our second of three daughters and the most stubborn. This is the story of The greatest Crab Cake which is the first food my daughter Lindsey ate as a toddler. Lindsey spit out her baby food refusing all things except her bottle. I slaved over the stove establishment homemade baby food, when that didn't work I bought every store bought brand and taste I could find. They all produced the same results, she refused to eat and held out for her bottle. This went on till 16 months of age when a trip to the pediatrician sent me away with instructions to take away her bottle and let her sit her in her high chair at dinner to eat or go hungry. As usual, she refused the baby food I put in front of her, development clear she would have no part in the meal. When suddenly out of disappointment and to this day I am not sure if was her disappointment or mine she waved her hand at our dinner. You guessed it! We were dining on crab cakes, and she wanted what we were eating. Her first meal was eaten with success which put a smile on her face and mine and is owed to this recipe which has been adapted from one of the T&C Maryland style crab cake recipes. Lindsey is now 27 years old and when she visits she still wants me to fix them for her.

Crab Cakes

Cake Recipes

1 lb jumbo lump crab meat

2 large eggs beaten

3 Tbsp heavy cream

1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning

dash cayenne pepper

fresh ground pepper to taste

3 Tbs. Minced scallions

1/4 cup minced onions

1/4 cup minced parsley

1/3 cup Hellman's mayonnaise

Few dashes pepper vinegar

1/2 to 1 cup bread crumbs

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl with the cream, mustard, Worcestershire, pepper vinegar, Old Bay seasoning, cayenne and pepper to taste until mixture is well blended. Add the scallions, onions, parsley and mayonnaise. Gently fold in the crab meat and breadcrumbs taking care not to break up the jumbo lumps. Using your hands, divide the crab meat into 8 shaping them Gently into rounds. Chill covered in plastic wrap for 1 hour. Heat a few Tbsp butter and oil in heavy skillet sauté 3-4 minutes each side till golden brown. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven. Serve with Spicy tarter sauce.

Spicy Tarter Sauce

2 Tbsp pepper vinegar

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

1/4 tsp sea salt

fresh ground pepper

Tabasco to taste

1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise

1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 medium onion finely chopped

3 Tbsp. Chopped dill relish

1/4 cup chopped parsley

Lemon juice to taste

Mix ingredients together, chill 1 hour, sauce will be thin.

Enjoy the recipe, these Crab Cakes are great served on a bed of lettuce with a dollop of spicy tarter sauce as a salad entrée. For a lunch time or easy dinner, crab cakes are great on toasted bun as a sandwich with lettuce and tomato. For a southern twist, decoration with a fried green tomato.

The ultimate Crab Cake formula

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Cherry Recipes in Honor of Our First President, George Washington

Cherry Recipes in Honor of Our First President, George Washington

Bring some history into your kitchen. Get the kids in the kitchen to help you bake some cherry treats. As you work together, talk to them about the early history of our country and our first President George Washington. This can lead to even more talks about our history. Don't leave it to the schools to teach your children the history of their country. Unfortunately, many of today's textbook don't even have the correct facts in them. Let your kids learn from you as you build up our country in their eyes. Most kids like to bake cookies and these Chocolate Cherry Cookies would be a good project for you as they are simple and made from a cake mix. And they are diabetic amiable so even the diabetic children (of all ages) can enjoy them. Or you can use a quarterly chocolate cake mix for quarterly cookies. Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes are also a tasty option and they are also diabetic friendly. however they, too, can be made quarterly by replacing the Equal with sugar. These tiny cheesecakes have a chocolate crust and who doesn't love chocolate and cherries together? And speaking of chocolate, how about some Oh-So-Easy Cherry Brownies?

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 (8 oz) pkg sugar-free chocolate cake mix

3 tbsp skim milk

1/2 tsp almond extract

10 maraschino cherries, rinsed, drained and halved

2 tbsp white chocolate chips

1/2 tsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat cake mix, milk and passage with an galvanic mixer at low speed. When composition looks crumbly, growth speed to medium and beat 2 minutes or until level dough forms. (Dough will be very sticky.) Coat hands with cooking spray and shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten each ball slightly. Place cherry half in center of each cookie. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies lose their shine and tops begin to crack. Do Not Overbake Or Cookies Will Be Hard When Cooled. remove to wire racks and cool completely.

Place chips and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and cook a few seconds at a time, removing and stirring until chips are melted. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Allow drizzle to set before serving.

Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes

Crust: 1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Equal-Lite

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup cold butter

2 tbsp cold water


6 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Equal-Lite

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 can sugar-free or lite cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 24 mini-muffins cups and set aside.To make crust: In a small mixing bowl, consolidate flour, Equal and cocoa. Cut in butter until crumbly. gradually add water, mixing with a fork until composition forms a ball. Divide dough and shape into 24 balls. Place in prepared limited muffin tins and press dough onto the lowest and up sides of each muffin cup.

To make filling: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and Equal until smooth. Beat in milk and vanilla. Add egg; beat on low just until combined. Spoon practically 1 tablespoonful into each muffin cup. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. carefully remove from pans to cool completely. Top each cake with a dab of pie filling before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Oh-So-Easy Cherry Brownies

If you are a fan of Black Forest Cake, you will love these cherry brownies.

1 pkg. (21.5 oz) brownie mix

1 cup cherry pie filling

1/4 cup oil

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Combine brownie mix, pie filling, oil, and eggs together and mix well. Grease lowest only of a 13" x 9" baking pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until done. After removing from oven, sprinkle with the chocolate chips and spread when they melt. Cool and cut into squares. To make a tasty and pretty serving, top brownie quadrilateral with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of the leftover pie filling.


Cherry Recipes in Honor of Our First President, George Washington


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