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Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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Halloween Cake Ideas!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Easy to Make Halloween Cakes
Halloween is right around the corner and there are so many different decorations, costumes, and candies to choose from. While your local store may offer several creative choices for these items, it may be hard to find a
Halloween cake that is truly original. Luckily, there are several Halloween cakes that are easy to make at home. All of these Halloween cakes use cake mixes, frosting, and candy that can be found at your local grocery store. Also, these Halloween cakes are very easy to make and decorate.

Halloween Cake Ideas #1: Attack of the Giant Spiders Theme

This Halloween cake idea is great for kids and adults. All you need to make this Halloween cake is a chocolate cake mix (plus the ingredients to make it), chocolate frosting, coconut, green food coloring, three large gummy spiders, black M&Ms, and a small toy car. The first think you need to do is bake the cake as directed on the box. Let it cool and then frost it with the chocolate frosting. Next pour a bag of coconut into a bowl and add enough food coloring to make the coconut look like grass. Spread the coconut onto the frosting, leaving a path that looks like a road. On the path, place the M&Ms to make it look like asphalt. Next place the toy car on the road, at a slight angle. Then place one of the gummy spiders onto of the car. Place the other two spiders around the car, like they are surrounding it. If you wanted to make this Halloween cake even more creative, you could take red gel and make it looks like there was blood coming out of the car.

For more ideas, look here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/330697/halloween_cake_ideas.html?cat=22

World Largest Birthday Cake in Vegas!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Of course Vegas would be home to the World’s Largest Birthday Cake!

http://www.lasvegas2005.org/news/scrapbook/cake/

World’s Largest Birthday Cake


In Las Vegas, a beautifully decorated layer cake nearly always attracts “cheesecake.”

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt find themselves in a shower of confetti, let loose to announce the cake’s completion.

We had our cake, and we ate it too!

What’s a Centennial Birthday party without cake? Whatever the answer, no one in Las Vegas wanted to risk it.

So during the early hours of the morning on May 15, 2005, eight semi-trucks from North Carolina drove into the loading zone at Cashman Center hauling 30,000 half-sheet cakes and nearly 40,000 pounds of frosting. Volunteers were already gathering nearby to start the process of unloading, unpacking, stacking, and ultimately frosting.

Over the next 14 hours, more than 1,000 volunteers built a whopping 130,000-pound pastry from ingredients donated by Sara Lee. They worked under the direction of Sara Lee Executive Chef Brian Averna and the watchful eye of Sara Lee Foods President John Flood.

Las Vegas’ birthday cake is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records replacing a record set in Fort Wayne, Ala. The Vegas cake outweighed the Alabama confection by 128,360 pounds.

In order to qualify for a Guinness record, the world’s largest cake must:
• contain traditional ingredients in the correct proportions;
• be prepared in the same manner as a normal-sized cake;
• be prepared according to appropriate hygiene standards;
• be totally edible and safe to eat.
And while the final product is built from separately baked sheet cakes, they must be iced all over so that no joint can be seen, and so that the cake looks like a scaled-up version of a normal-sized cake.

Volunteers removed 30,000 sheet cakes from their shipping boxes.
Each cake is frosted before stacking.
Frosted cakes are stacked seven layers deep.
Volunteers frost the top of the cake and apply the decoration.

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman high fives Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese after setting the last piece of cake in place. Sara Lee Chef Brian Averna (in chef’s cap) tries to give instructions during the melee.

Too hungry to wait for forks, Mayor Oscar B. Goodman (r.) and Sara Lee President John Flood (l.) bite into the World’s Largest Birthday Cake.

After the cake was cut, guests took away pieces as big as they could carry.

Chocolate Victoria Sponge Cake recipe

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

A light and delicious chocolate sponge cake when paired with tea. Found over at the Fit Pig!

Serves: 6-10
Prep time: less than 15 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins

Ingredients:

6oz / 170g Butter
6oz / 170g Caster Sugar
3 eggs
6oz / 170g Self raising flour
1tsp Cocoa powder
Butter cream filling
2oz butter
1oz icing sugar
½ tsp cocoa powder

Preparation:

  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Gradually add beaten eggs
  3. Fold in flour and cocoa powder
  4. Pour in equal measure into two greased cake tins
  5. Preheat oven to 180c / 350f
  6. Place both tins on same shelf
  7. Cook for 20-25 mins
  8. Cooked when knife comes out clean.

Butter Cream Filling

  1. Put in bowl and stir till smooth

World’s Largest Wedding Cake

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Ever wondered what the world’s largest wedding cake looks like?

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At 15, 032 pounds and 17 feet tall, this thing is three times the size of the cake that currently holds the world record. The cake team baked 700 sheet cakes and put them all together to build the giant cake. They had to use steel discs as cake boards, heavy duty metal pipes as separators, and two fork lifts to put each tier in place as it was finished.

Memories of Fall… Caramel Apple Cake Giveaway!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

As weathers cool, leaves change and kids are back in school, I’m reminded of the wonderful memories I have of the autumn season. I recall seeing friends again after a summer away & the haunted houses we’d go to. As a younger child, it meant hay rides, apple orchards, cider and caramel apples. It’s interesting that September seems more a fresh start for me then, say, new years. In my mind, this is the start of new beginnings and old comfort.

As a salute to fall, I want to give away to one of our readers a Caramel Apple Crumb cake – the perfect cake for an autumn breakfast (or late night treat!). All you have to do is comment on this post and tell us what your favorite memory of fall is. Have at it – we’ll announce a winner on facebook and twitter on Monday morning, so you have until then to comment.

HAPPY FALL!

Survey Says… Its Meryl’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

We are celebrating Meryl Streep’s birthday with a scavenger hunt! Here’s how you win. Fill in the survey form with all the right answers. We will pick a winner at random from the people who answer all questions correctly.  If you have questions, please post them as comments to this blog post and we will answer as quickly as possible. Deadline to enter is Thursday morning at noon PST (we don’t want to leave you out, our West Coast buddies).

Click here to go to the Entry Form

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Icing on the Cake

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

There is a new online/offline trend called “icing” that involves Smirnoff Ice. Basically, you are supposed to surprise people with a bottle of Smirnoff and make them get on their knees and drink it. Anyway, we thought this Maryland bakery, Caroline’s Cakes, put an interesting spin on the entire concept. They hid their bottle of Smirnoff in a cake thus putting new meaning into the phrase “icing on the cake.”

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