PUFF PASTRY CAGE


Ok these ones I'd like to say I made up. 
(I'm sure on the internet it's been done somewhere though)

I saw the Masterchef winner do this to his meal a couple years ago, and it's always stuck with me.
Take puff pastry - any recipe you make, or the freezer bought kind and turn it into this elegant cage!

- Take your puff pastry, lay it out flat and cut it with a lattice roller for the holes
- Take parchment paper, roll it up into balls, whatever size you want your cages to be
- Lay the parchment balls on a baking sheet
- Go back to your lattice-cut pastry, cut out circles large enough to wrap around the balls
- Carefully wrap the pastry over the parchment balls and bake in the oven!

For the filling, I took my favourite apple pie recipe and filled the middle.
You can get creative with the filling - even place some ice cream in there.

Have fun!

OH NAKED CAKES.


This was my first ever naked cake attempt!
...and it happened to be for a wedding, ha. So glad it worked out ;)
Things I learned from this experience:
- choose a cake batter that is DENSE, it holds the cake together with little icing
- use a thick icing (cream cheese or buttermilk is great)

For this one I used a lemon cake (requested by the bride) and cheese cake frosting!


MY BABY'S BIRTHDAY CAKE


For my son's first birthday, I was trying to figure out what cake to make! I didn't want it super feminine with flowers and whatnot, but I didn't want it tacky like some paw patrol face glued on haha! So I put together this little naked cake! Little Jackson couldn't care less what it looked like, but I appreciated the look it had amongst the spread of food - at this point it's all about what I want it to look like right ;)

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE SANTAS

this is a super easy dessert that look super cute, and are bites of deliciousness - why wouldn't you make it!

ingredients:
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese
- 8 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 pound of Strawberries, trimmed
- chocolate sprinkles
directions:

1. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla and sugar until creamy
2. in another bowl, whip heavy cream until peaks form then fold into mixture
3. transfer mixture into a ziploc bag and cut off corner for piping heads
4. pipe round ball of cheesecake into the cut strawberries to make head, place hat on top

5. transfer remaining cheesecake to another ziploc bag and cut a SMALL hole in the corner
6. squeeze tiny dots on the body of the strawberry as buttons, and on the top of the hat

7. last step: use chocolate sprinkles (!) to make the eyeballs, gently push them in

refrigerate for an hour!
ps. some recipes will tell you to use whipping cream instead of cheesecake,
that is a FAIL = it will collapse in no time.

try this one - you won't regret it :)

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH




this is my christmas contribution to the world haha
i decided to plop on my computer, keyboard and usb mic in my bedroom and put this together.
i've been trying to figure out a recording program Logic these days, so this is my little exploration.
just a mini project for the christmas season!


RUFFLE CAKE

this cake is oh so easy and it's a BEAUT.
i made this cake for a staff christmas party, (which landed on my birthday - and turned out to be my own birthday cake ha ha). Christmas cake and Birthday cake in one! bam.

for this design, you'll need a #104 piping tip
(you can buy at Walmart or Michaels for a couple bucks)
first step: make your cake!
i made 3 layers of a red velvet cake and glued them together with some buttercream frosting.

buttercream frosting:
i tripled this recipe below for my cake!!

ingredients:
- 3 cups powdered sugar 
- 1 cup butter 
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream 

directions:
Whisk sugar and butter on low-medium speed for around 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and cream and continue to whisk for another minute.
use the icing to glue the 3 layers of the cake together and cover evenly the outside of the cake.
let it sit in the fridge for a bit before you start piping.
then just follow the instructions in this video below:
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thank you Cake Style!