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Pics from My Big Day

I’m sorry to have kept you waiting. After this “Big Day,” I was steady baking, which is a wonderful reason to not have time to blog (but I was thinking of you all).

So if you will recall, I had an order for 80 cupcakes. This order wasn’t for 80 of the same flavor, basic cupcakes. It was an order for four specialty cupcakes (times 20). It was quite a challenge, and I LOVED IT! Here are the results from that day. Everyone was thrilled!! (Click photos to enlarge)

Sam’s Carrot Cake is what I call an “heirloom” recipe I found on Allrecipes.com. I want to share that recipe with everyone because it is BY FAR THE BEST carrot cake I have had. This recipe was used by the grandfather of the poster, and he was well known for always having it on hand. The poster wanted to share the grandfather’s legacy with others, so now I pass it on to you. It is exceptional without icing, but it is slap your mama down good with homemade cream cheese icing, fresh ground sugar and cinnamon on top! UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE!!!

Chocolate Heath Bar is a simple chocolate base with the ever time consuming, but worth it, Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing. Heath bar candy was baked in the base and also dusted on the top.

Lemon Curd filled Lemon is a nice lemon base with freshly made lemon curd (made with Meyer Lemons) and topped with a lightly, lemon flavored buttercream top.

Red Velvet is as it sounds. A wonderful from scratch recipe (as all my recipes are from scratch) that folds in beaten egg whites for a light and fluffy base to off set the heavier homemade cream cheese icing on top.

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My Big Day…

…and man am I exhausted and should be sleeping!! I felt like writing everything out before going to bed. Today (should I say yesterday) has been such a busy day, I think it would be best for me to write out what I have done and what I have left to do. I don’t want to miss something along that way. So here we go…

1. I started with a clean kitchen and ended with a clean kitchen. That is one of the rules I try to stand by. Always leave the kitchen clean. Sometimes, I just want to go crash, but I know I will dread working the next day if I don’t take care of everything right away. It seldom takes very long, so it ends up being worth it.

2. Baked a Mississippi Mud Cake (pictured below) for a customer. I was shocked at how popular that cake is.

3. Mom helped me by putting my 20 cupcake boxes together, so the cupcakes can go right into them after they’ve been iced.

4. I made a lasagna. I didn’t post that picture I don’t think. It was awesome! I haven’t made one in a long time.

5. After supper, I put together 4 cake mixes (homemade mixes–all the dry ingredients for 4 recipes). That shaved off about an hour or so including putting things away. I even separated my egg whites/yolk for one recipe and put them in the frig for tomorrow. I’m trying to make everything faster for tomorrow.

6. I created my labels. I printed a full page label because I listed all 4 recipe ingredients on one page since there is one of each cupcake in the box. I just need to print them. I decided to wait on this until I knew all of the cakes worked out. Hopefully, I won’t need any last minute life savers.

7. Papered my tins. I even went ahead and put cupcake papers in my tins.

8. Tomorrow, I will put the dry ingredients together with the wet and start baking.

9. While the cupcakes are baking, I will start on the various icings. There will be 3 different types.

10. Then I will be packing up and delivering them to the customer.

So here I am, calming my nerves. I just noticed the dishwasher just stopped, so the dishes are drying now. I am tired and definitely ready for bed. I will report back to you to see if there is something I should have done. I didn’t get out all of the other ingredients for the recipes. Most of them are refrigerated anyway.  Oh yeah, and the baby is staying with mom, which will definitely help my attention be on what I’m working on. So here we go. Wish me luck!

Cake, Cake, Cake

Valentine’s Day kept me busy for the entire week. I even had some orders unrelated to Valentine’s Day that stemmed from the photos I posted to my Facebook page. I did several different things. I will share with you my week. Maybe you’ll be able to smell a little sweetness from where you are.

This variety box was really fun, but tempering the chocolate wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  The white chocolate tempered easily, but the milk chocolate took longer to harden. It was still enjoyable and makes me look forward to creating chocolate boxes.

Chocolate Dipped Variety Box with Strawberries, Chocolate chip bars, and Pretzel rods

Chocolate Dipped Variety Box with Strawberries, Chocolate chip bars, and Pretzel rods

Next were these incredible strawberry cupcakes. I used local grown strawberries and worked them into my recipe, and when you open the box, you are hit with this unbelievable fragrance of fresh strawberries! I gave my mother one, and she posted on FB that she felt “pampered.” She is a tough one to impress, so I was excited with that feedback.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Icing; Made with local strawberries

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Icing; Made with local strawberries

You can’t have Valentine’s Day without Red Velvet cake. I am surprised that people wait until Valentine’s Day to eat Red Velvet cake. It is wonderful cake. These cupcakes were a hit.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Then, initially for Valentine’s Day, I received an order for a full cake for someone’s hubby. Something happened and the cake had to be postponed to Saturday, but I got word back from my customer that they loved the cake. Her husband was on his 3rd piece. They hadn’t long picked it up. 🙂 I would say that’s a winning feedback to receive.

Red Velvet Cake with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Cake with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Lastly, the Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing. Lots of work, but I loved the outcome. This was the first time trying the Swiss Meringue Buttercream, so I’m sure that is part of the reason why it was a longer process. It need not take long after running through it a time or two. Hoping to get winning feedback from it.

Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing

Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing

One thing I haven’t been able to get my customers to do yet, clean my kitchen. 🙂 I tell them that is one great reason they pay someone to bake for them, so they don’t have to go through the whole process or clean up. What an awesome deal! I am so very thankful for my customers. They have been such a blessing to my family and I. I am looking forward to my cakes becoming a part of their family meals and discussions.

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