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Monday, September 2, 2013

Cake Design Inspiration: Nadyas Cakes and Bakes



This weeks cake design inspiration comes from Nadyas Cakes and Bakes. I searched for something that was just different and I found it in this cake. I originally saw this cake on Pinterest and I loved the hand painting a long with the technique that was used to make the cherry blossoms look 3D.

This cake obviously has a Japanese influence. I love how unique it is and how the hand painting looks organic. I've never seen a cake like this before. There should be more of them in the world.

I hope that you all have a great week.

Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 2013 Favorites




My August 2013 favorites are a mix of items from electronics to milkshakes. I have done a lot this month including a lot of reading as well as writing my book. What were some of your favorites for the month?
I got my MacBook Air 2013 this month and I love it. It is so lightweight and portable. The writing apps allow me to write my book with ease and the screen is so clear.
2. Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann
I've done a lot of reading this month and out of all the books I read I loved this book the most. It's Patricia's debut novel and she did a great job. To find out about this book and the others that Inhave read visit my other book and writing blog, Books and Stilettos .
3. OPI and Sally Hansen Nail Polish
I love painting my nails and these colors compliment each other well. The colors that I am wearing above are OPI - Kiss Me On My Tulips and Sally Hansen - Mint Sorbet .
4. Crock Pot - Hamilton Beach
On those hot days when I don't feel like cooking I use my Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I love that this one is programmable.
5. Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark
Here is me above with this book by Lauren Clark. After I recommended one of her other books on my book blog she was king enough to send me Dancing Naked In Dixie. I just started reading this book earlier in the week, but it has already become a favorite.
6. Milkshake
Shake Shake Shake has some of the best milkshakes in Tacoma, WA. My favorite is the Miso Butterscotch with Salted Caramel. I love all things caramel, so this is the milkshake for me. It is really rich in flavor. 
I hope that you have enjoyed my August 2013 favorites.
Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cake Design Inspiration: Petalsweet Cakes

I was browsing through Petalsweet Cakes Facebook page and came across this cake. Jacqueline did a great on this cake which is almost all decorated in green gumpaste hydrangea's.

 

This cake is Jacqueline's interpretation of Mr. Grasshopper from James and the Giant Peach. With a feminine touch, Mr. Grasshopper came to life.

 

I hope that you will check out Petalsweet Cakes other creations on their Facebook page.

 

Savor the Baking,

Chineka

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fondant Painting Video

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share this great video from McGreevy Cakes on fondant painting. So much can be done with fondant besides covering a cake or creating letters.  Shawna really shows you step by step how you can create your own fondant painting. The details in this painting are spot on and I enjoyed watching it.

I hope that everyone has had a great weekend.



Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Classic Pie Dough Recipe

Hi Everyone,

 

I baked a peach cobbler over the weekend and wanted to share with you the recipe that I use for pie crust. This recipe does use shortening, but that's why the crust is so flaky. This crust will compliment most pies well and is fairly easy to make. I use my kitchen aid stand mixer and that makes the process much easier.

I wasn't able to take any pictures of the process. Sorry about that.



Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all - purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

6 tbs (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter (cut into 1 inch pieces)

1/4 cup shortening (Crisco butter flavor)

2-3 Tbs cold water as needed

 

Yields one 9 inch pie crust

 

Directions

1. Put flour, salt, and sugar in the kitchen aid stand mixer bowl. Mix on low for a few minutes until all ingredients are incorporated.

 

2. Add butter to bowl and use a dough blender to cut the butter into the mixture, afterwards the butter will be into course pieces.

 

3. With the dough hook mix all ingredients together starting on a low speed and increase to medium speed as needed.

 

4. Add shortening and mix on low speed until all ingredients are incorporated.

 

5. Slowly drizzle the water into the dough mixture with the speed on low. This is what brings it all together.

 

6. Dough is ready to be taken out of mixing bowl when you can insert a finger and no dough sticks.

 

7. Lightly knead dough for a few minutes on a floured surface. Place in a flat disk and refrigerate for an hour or more before rolling out dough.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed this blog post. Have a great week.

 

Savor The Baking,

Chineka

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What Baking Has Taught Me?

Frequent baking and cake decorating came at just the right time in my life. It was just after my Dad passed away in September 2011 and I needed something to take my mind off of things and to bring me relaxation, if only temporary. Below is a list of 5 things that baking has taught me.

 

1. Relaxation

Baking has been a real therapeutic hobby for me. When I am baking I am in my own world and I love baking things that taste and look good. It may seem odd, but measuring and creating an edible treat is very relaxing to me.

 

2. Creativity

I have always been a creative person who loves photography and playing the clarinet. Baking added another creative talent to my list. It's something that I can do in the comfort of my home whenever I want.

 

3. Patience

Bakng has brought a new aspect to the word patience for me. Whether it be waiting for a cake to bake or waiting for dough to rise, patience is a big part of baking that is necessary.

 

4. Love

I bake to share and I put love into everything that I create. It is something about making someone's favorite dessert and seeing a smile on their face that I love. I have given desserts to hair dressers, family, and friends.

 

5. Friendship

I have made several baking friends through the one hobby that we all have in common. From recipe swaps to cookie exchanges there is something to be learned from them all.

 

What has baking taught you?

Have a great week.

 

Savor The Baking,

Chineka

Monday, July 8, 2013

Unique Cake Stands

 

 

 

Cake stands can add an extra personality to an already beautiful cake. There are plenty of unique cake stands online that always add flair to any occasion. From glass to porcelain and wood, there is something for everybody.

 

Cake stands can not only be used for cakes, but to display baked goods such as cupcakes, mini pies, and cake pops.





Polka Dot Cake Stand

This polka dot cake stand from Google would be great for any occassion such as birthday parties, baby showers, and bridal showers. These cake stands come in many color schemes and are not too heavy. They can be found in your local store such as Target.

 

 

 

Pewter Cake Stand

A romantic feel comes from this pewter cake stand from the blog, A Realistic Wedding . I can see the rose petals surrounding it with a beautiful wedding cake on top for all of your guests to see.

 

 

 

DIY Cake Stand

This cake stand with it's mix of bold and mascuine colors is from the Craft Addiction Blog where you will find all things related to DIY and crafts. This particular cake stand is made from tart pans and candlesticks that were spray painted.

 

 

 

Natural Wood Cupcake Stand

I love the simplicity and the use of nature in this cupcake stand that I found featured on Cupcakes Take The Cake . The different tiers allow for multiple display stations and I love how the natural wood grain shines through.

 

 

 

Porcelain Cake Stand

This porcelain cake stand from Gracie China Cupcake Stand is a cheaper alternative to the Lenox porcelain cake stands that I have seen. It is just as beautiful, but not as hard on your wallet.

 

I hope that you have found some inspiration for your next cake display. I had a lot of fun preparing this blog post.

 

Savor The Baking,

Chineka

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