Chocolate Layer Cake with Pumpkin Pastry Cream and Maple Bourbon Buttercream


To finish off my 4-week long fondant cake decorating class, we were tasked with making a cake to cover in fondant and bring the uniced cake into class.  Seeing as Halloween was later that week, my class decided pumpkin cakes would be fitting to make as our final cake project.  Continue reading

My Journey to Fondant Enlightenment…Wilton Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant

For four weeks straight, I feverishly and relentlessly toiled away with gum paste and fondant to construct beautiful, vibrant, and – with any luck, and a lot more practice – life-like flowers in my Wilton Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant cake decorating class.  Yes, this four-week long class taught me to make roses, mums, calla lilies, daisies, and many other flowers.  It taught me how to mold, manipulate, and roll fondant and gum paste, and I learned how to work quickly with it before it started to dry. (I also learned tricks to help prevent it from drying when I am working a little slower.)  It all culminated last Tuesday in the grand finale – covering a cake in fondant!  I will briefly chronicle the 4-week long journey to fondant enlightenment, in “picture-book” fashion…Let us begin…

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Better-Than-A-Campfire S’mores Cupcakes…Need I say (s’)more? ;)

Chocolate.  Marshmallows.  Graham crackers.  What’s not to love, right?  There are few things in life more perfect than sitting around a campfire with friends and/or family, roasting marshmallows, then squishing them between graham crackers and chocolate, taking a bite and giggling uncontrollably as the s’mores innards ooze down your face.  It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, and an activity I can enjoy pretty much year-round (flashback to many happy memories of roasting marshmallows in my fireplace with my family on a cold winter’s night).  Personally, I’ve never even needed the graham crackers or chocolate; just gimme a stick, a marshmallow, and a campfire, and I’m one happy little camper (pun intended).  So, when I came across this s’mores cupcake recipe, I was intrigued.  And I wanted it.  Immediately.  Luckily, with the weekend right around the corner and no recipe in the queue, it took me only a few days to make this dream a reality.  And let me tell you – I needed to be pinched to ensure I wasn’t still dreaming when I bit into these little morsels of perfection.

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Sending my bros off to college in style – Vanilla Custard and Lime Curd Fillings!

So, this week I made a cake for my twin brothers’ high school graduation/college send off party.  Patrick leaves for soccer pre-season this Friday at Catholic University in DC, and Christopher is off to Boston to attend Brandeis University the following Friday!  It is a bittersweet send-off for me, because, as any good older sister would feel, while I am excited for them to go off to experience all the wonders and excitement of college life, I am also sad that they are growing up.  Once they go off to college, they will be corrupted, in all the good and bad way I am sure, and I’m not ready!  I said this to someone at their party this past weekend and their response was, “Were you corrupted by college?”  My response, “DEFINITELY!”  College is great, and will change them FOREVER…my baby brothers are going off to college!  AHHH!!!

Bro's grad cake

Catholic Cardinals and the Brandeis Judges (hence, the gavel). I told Christopher there is more to a college than its mascot, haha.  And I made little flags to go around the cake…because I felt like it.IMG_1814

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