Cheese Burger!

I... I... would... woooooood... like... lieeeek... to... toi... buy... buie... a... ahhhhh...hamburger... dbuigiear

A fantastic quote from The Pink Panther starring Steve Martin, and in my 'research' for my latest project I ate a lot of burgers! (And muttered this phrase in my head and giggles to my self more than once!) 

To make a good burger you start with a bun! I used a vanilla cake cut lengthwise for the bun, and since my cakes always seem to rise a lot more in the middle so I just left that part on for the top of the cake. 

The hamburger patty was the easiest part of the entire cake! It was just an un-iced chocolate cake!

Here is the fondant covered bottom bun with straws cut to the right height and stuck in for support.

First buttercream 'ketchup' is added to the bun, 

Then fondant onion rings...

Next up is fondant cheese and tomatoes.
Cute aren't they?
Next up is the lettuce,

And finally the buttercream 'mustard' which also acts as the glue for to hold the top bun on!

Some 'sesame seeds' for the bun and then you have a 'dburuiger!'

And thats all you need for a hamburger! Looks pretty good from the side where you can see all of the condiments! 
Happy Baking! 


This weekend, I attempted my first set of donuts, (or doughnuts if you prefer) They really weren't that hard to make, and I think I will be trying them again! The best part about donuts is the variety of toppings! Yum!!!

The recipe I used I found here. They even provide an instruction video which is pretty helpful. The recipe is as follows: 

- Oil for the frying pan (enough so that your donuts float in the pan, if they sit on the bottom of the pan they will burn) 
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 5 tsp yeast
- 1 cup warm milk. 

and the secret ingredient is.... drumroll please............
A potato!! Crazy! I had no idea. 

Okay first begin to heat your oil. 
 Meanwhile, bake the potato in the microwave until soft (approximately 5 minutes), then remove the potato skin and mash up the potato with a fork.

Then warm up a cup of milk also in the microwave (approx. 45 seconds). When the milk is warm, (but not hot!) add the 5 tsp yeast, a pinch of sugar and stir to combine. Let this milk mixture sit for about 5 minutes.

While your waiting, mix together the dry ingredients and the mashed potato. I used a fork to combine everything together mashing the potato into the other ingredients. Now add your milk mixture, stirring to combine and it will being to form a dough ball. (If your dough is to runny, add some flour, if its to dry add some milk)

Kneed the dough until it is a roll-out-able consistency and form it into a ball. On a well floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 1/2" thickness.
 Now the fun begins! cut out your donuts (I used a glass for the approx size I wanted, and a large piping tip to cut the holes. There are proper donut cutters but this works just as well!)

When cutting out your donuts don't forget to save the 'holes' because those are great to!

Now... test your oil... it should be about 375 degrees F. (I used a candy thermometer) start by putting in the dough scraps, the oil should be hot enough to cook the doughnut thru and give it a nice golden brown colour. I had my oil to hot at first, my first scrap came out damn near black and was raw in the middle. It took a little adjusting but I got there in the end. Next time I think i'm going to make this in my electric fondue pot. It controls the temperature for you!

Carefully add your donuts to the oil, allowing them to cook. When one side is a nice golden brown flip them over and 'brown' the other side.

Yum, things fried in oil just taste so damn good! Remove the donuts from the oil and place on a plate covered in a paper towel (to remove the excess oil)
 Now the real fun begins... decorating! I made 2 'glazes' a really thin vanilla glaze to make it honey diped, and a thicker chocolate glaze.. yum yum! (The glaze I used is just runny buttercream icing!)
I also melted some butter in a bowl and had a cinnamon and sugar mixture (similar to the snickerdoodles) on hand for the donut holes!

 Select your sprinkles if desired...
 (Who wouldn't desire sprinkles? Come on people... cakewrecks style 'I want sprinkles')
Then once the donuts have been glazed. Put them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. 

To dip the donuts simply hold the bottom and dunk the top half in. Slowly remove the donut from the glaze and gently tap off any excess (or keep it on if you like a lot of glaze!) 

 Once they are all done, It was tricky not eating them before their photo shoot! (I am also on a low sugar diet, this is going to end badly...)

And here is the finished product!
Mini sugar coated donuts, (dip the donut in melted butter then cover it in cinnamon sugar, I think these are my favourite!) 

 Vanilla glaze! (With mexican vanilla! Thanks!)

Chocolate dip... also a favourite.... and last but not least... 
Sprinkles!!! Yep... my low sugar diet is going to be tricky this weekend! 

Oh wait... I almost forgot! These are the best 'scraps' ever! Donut holes! 


These cookies are one of my favourite types of cookies! We have been making them in our family for quite a while and they are so much fun! (Also I got a new camera and needed to bake something to take pictures of!) 

The recipe is really simple, and is pretty darn hard to mess up, so its great for a quick cookie snack.

1 1/2 cups of sugar, 
1tsp vanilla,
1/2 cup soft margarine
2 eggs, 
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tbsp cream of tartar, 
1/2 tsp baking soda, 
1/4 tsp salt. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 
Simply mix the dry ingredients together, and then add the eggs and margarine and mix until the dough looks something like this.... 
I cheat and use the stand mixer I got for my 21st birthday. I love it (the mixer) it is the best thing ever.

Now comes the fun part! Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl that is large enough to allow for a full coating of the dough.
Now comes the fun part! (especially fun when your a kid!)

Fun family story time!!! I have a cousin who was making these cookies with some of the women in the family, she would make a dough ball, roll it in the sugar (managing to get more sugar on herself than on the cookie dough!) then place it on the cookie sheet. Doing pretty good so far! However she added a step in between cookie balls, she would lick her hands clean to get ready to roll the next cookie! All in all I think it paid off for her, because when the adults realized what she was doing she got the whole batch to herself! I remember kicking myself for not thinking of that trick first!

Anyway... back to the task at hand, roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch sized balls, then toss the cookie balls into the sugar cinnamon mixture and coat evenly.

Now line the coated cookie balls on a greased (I always forget to grease the damn sheet) and place sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes and remove the cookies from the sheet immediately. (This step I tend to neglect and then I have some broken cookies. However you get to eat the broken ones before the company comes so no complaint here!)

Then you end up with some delicious cookies! That look pretty good to!
Embarrassing fact, I got a cool food photo background thingy and spent a solid hour taking photos of these cookies, practicing with light and colours etc. Im getting better but still need some practice!

I like the black background a lot, Im not a huge fan of the green but the picture turned out pretty good! 

Anyway Happy baking!

Chocolate Carmel Cake!

I love chocolate cake, and this is one of the best ways to have chocolate cake! And it is super easy. I made it for my Mom's birthday. 

Here's how you start, a big package of caramels. Yum! The hardest part is not eating them all while your baking! 
Step One: Unwrap Caramels
Step Two: Melt Caramels in a medium sized pot...

Mixed with a can of sweetened condensed milk...

Brought to a boil....
Then cooked until slightly thickened.
Meanwhile, During the candy unwrapping, mix up your favourite chocolate cake recipe and pour HALF of the batch into the desired cake pan and bake for 15 mins. 
Now you have a cake that looks like this....
And a batch of caramel sauce, here is where this cake gets awesome, Pour the caramel sauce over the half-baked cake and allow to spread...
Yum! Now pour the remaining cake batter overtop of the caramel.... and finish baking until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Now, While thats finishing, I made the Whipped Chocolate Caramel Gnache. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart, and it worked out pretty well for me. 

First step: Combine the sugar, water and cornsyrup together in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, then allow the mixture to cook for approximately 10 mins. 

In a separate saucepan heat up the whipping cream. 
Once the sugar mixture reaches 350 degrees, remove from heat and allow to sit for a min. Then add the cream to the sugar mixture and stir to combine, then let cool for approximately 10 mins. 

Now pour this mixture over the chopped chocolate and mix on slow until the sides of the bowl have cooled. Then slowly mix in the butter and mix until thick. 

Now the cake is ready to come out of the oven and should look something like this....

See the caramel ribbons running through the rich chocolate? One word, Yum! 

Now I roughly iced the cake with the whipped caramel gnache and it looked something like this.....

At this point it was hard to not just eat the cake then! It looked and smelled so good! Then to add something to it for my Mom's Birthday I added a coco crown that had candy gems and a green ribbon, It turned out really cute and tasted so good!!! 

.....and looks even cuter on my crown cake stand!