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Cake Decorating Class: Week 4

This week we had to come with a cake (round or square, 8″ or 10″) already iced so we could work on decorating it.  I went with a lemon cake, used my new cake leveller (thanks@LeDolci!) and put some raspberry filling in the middle.  According to my teacher, my icing was done really well! I found it much easier to ice a square cake than a round, but I still need to work on making the icing level, as in better light, I could see the cake faintly through the icing.

We started in class learning how to write with icing.  Printing was a little easier than cursive.   In the end, our problem was what to write on our cake.  I went with “Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad” as they are visiting this weekend (surprise Mom!).  Jill went with “Green Tea Cake” so people would know what kind of cake it was.  I thought this was cute 🙂

The next item we learned was making a rose.  We used a rose nail to twist the base around so the icing could form petals.  They were not exactly as the picture showed, ours were higher and more open, their’s more of a flat circle.  But I was told mine were good (I am skeptical).  Then while they dried a little, we started to decorate the cake.  Supposedly, you start with the writing, then the flower placement, then the leaves and the border comes last.  Well, Jill and I were ahead and bored, so we started with the border.  I placed the pre-made flowers I made (skill from the week before), and then backtracked to the other steps.  We were disappointed that our flowers did not harden much, because we found they mushed slightly trying to get them off the flower scissors to put on the cake.  Overall, I think I did a good job.  What do you think?

Next week is a character cake.  I have some ideas thanks to the Wilton iPad App, but it always comes down to time.

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Frosting For the Cause: Chocolate Chip and Double Chip Vanilla Iced Cookies

I heard about Frosting for the Cause, like many people, through Twitter.  I had decided that I wanted to do more baking and cooking in the new year, and had seen a post with the hashtag #frostingforthecause.  A little searching later, and I was signed up!  I have enjoyed reading all the posts and learning some great recipes in the first three months and look forward to more! Thank you so much to Paula for organising the website and coming up with the idea.

 

The finished product, all 200!

 

 

I was a fortunate person that Cancer did not really strike my family until just recently.   My aunt has now had both a partial and full mastectomy, the second after being in remission.  She is doing well and we are hoping that it goes back into remission.  Around the same time as her first bout, my grandmother discovered she had bowel cancer.  She died during an operation to remove the cancer, within months of being diagnosed.  It was such a quick tragedy, it hit all of us hard.  I asked to be in March because of her birthday.  My grandmother baked annually at Christmas with my cousin, and gave more to charity than anyone else I know.  She would have loved to help with this event.

During the day, I am a high school teacher, so when I first signed up I thought that maybe my students could get involved.  Community service is part of the Ontario curriculum and I hoped that they would understand it can involve more than just volunteering.  Two of my Family Studies teachers on board who loved the idea (because unfortunately, Cancer touches us all) and the students happily made cookies.  They got a little creative with their decorating, but used pink for Breast Cancer and grey for Brain Cancer (my uncle died of latter the same year as my grandmother).  We donated 200 cookies to a local hospice, Evergreen Hospice , who were very happy to have them for their drop-in meetings.  The students were more than happy to do something to help others and gave up their cookies with no complaints!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Thanks to Shalan Bishop for the recipes)

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine/butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 3/4  cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Combine butter, white sugar and brown sugar.  Beat until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside for a minute.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts).
  • Drop the cookie mixture by the tablespoonful on an ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield:  3 dozen 2 1/4″ cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine/butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°.  Grease cookie sheets.
  • Cream together the margarine, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  • In a medium sized bowl, sift the flour and cocoa powder.  Add the baking soda and salt to this mixture.  Set aside.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts).
  • Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place them onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing.

Yield:  3 dozen cookies.

Vanilla Icing

Ingredients:

3 cups confectioners sugar

1/3 cup of butter, softened
1 ½  teaspoons vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

**add a few drops of food coloring for other flavours**

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, beat butter and confectioners sugar until smooth and blended.
  • Stir in vanilla and milk and beat until you reach the right consistency.
  • Stir in a few drops of food coloring until you reach your desired color.

Many thanks to Shalan Bishop, Head of Family Studies and Social Sciences, and Amanda Todd-Mierzynski and their classes for making the cookies and being supportive of this event.

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