Tuesday, September 20, 2011

50's Themed Birthday Cake

Here is a fabulous cake that was designed for Kathy's 70th birthday party.  We took some of her memories and put them a cake in the colors to fit the party.  Take a look at some of the details...

 I shot the first photo at the bakery, but then added these music note bobbles to the top tier on site. 

It really turned out great, don't you think!  We also did some fun record cookies as favors for the guests to take home too.  But, I forgot to take photos of them, so sorry.  Kathy gave us titles of some of her favorite records of the era and we wrote them on the cookies.

So, bring your ideas and let's brainstorm something deliciously fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fresh Apple Cake

Here's the recipe that I did for my Tasty Tuesday segment on the Kansas CW morning show.  It is so easy and the perfect cake for September.


1    cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
2    cups sugar
2    large eggs
1    tsp. vanilla extract
2    cups all-purpose flour
2   tsp. ground cinnamon
1   tsp. baking soda
1   tsp. salt
2 1/2  lb. Granny Smith apples (about 4 large)
         peeled and cut into 1/4- inch-thick wedges

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow baking pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
2.  Stir together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. 
3.  Combine flour, cinnamon, soda and salt and add to butter mixture, stirring until blended.  Stir in apples and pecans.  (Batter will be very thick.)  Spread batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. 

 4.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out clean.  Cool completely in pan. Cake is delicious as it is or you can top with your favorite frosting.

Tune in for my next demo on Tuesday, October 11! I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet...but, how about something with pumpkin?  Hmmmm...I'll start thinking!