Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Can't Mess It Up--Rose Swirl Cake

Easy to make and so impressive...
 Rose Swirl Cake

When the cake becomes a party photo prop,
you know you've made something spectacular!

(Here's my mom modeling my 'over-the-top' Hawaiian photo props?)

I truly had no idea what I was getting into when I wanted to decorate my mom's birthday cake with roses.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was.

I started with a crumbly, triple layer chocolate cake,
glued together with a coconut-macadamia nut filling.
(It had to go with the Hawaiian theme, of course!)

After a crumb coat (light layer of frosting over the entire cake)
and an overnight stay in the fridge, I began piping on the roses.

(I even impressed my son.)

Want to know the trick? 
You can't mess it up...really.

Use the 1M decorating tip in a circular motion and be amazed.
All 'mistakes' (not so great looking roses) still look swirly and beautiful.

Spaces in between the roses are filled in with another swirl.  Everything just blends together.  It's almost magical!

I found this great video link that walked me through the steps. 
Click here. 

I followed this frosting recipe. 
Click here.
Just remember that this cake takes a lot of frosting! 
  • 1 bag powder sugar (two pounds or about eight cups)
  • 1 cup shortening (I used original Crisco)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if want white frosting)
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup milk

  • Instructions:
    1. Cream shortening and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time. If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk. Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency. 
    2. Add coloring and mix well.
    3. I put my frosting in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before I start working with it.  If it get too warm while I'm piping it on, back in the fridge it goes.

    Stay tuned for more pictures from my mom's
    Pink Hawaiian Birthday Party.

    Here's a few more of my favorite EASY cake decorating ideas.  Really easy, I promise!

    Squiggle Cake with Sixlets

    Ruffle Cake

    Andes Mint Cake

    Candy Cane Cake

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    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    4th of July Breakfast

     Here's a fun 4th of July Breakfast idea.

    (Do you have a 4th of July breakfast?  For the last few years we've have a 5th of July breakfast...you know, the morning after the 4th.  It just works for us...late night of fireworks =a later morning wakeup, fun breakfast...especially nice if you have guests, too.)

    Patriotic Pancakes!
    You won't believe how easy these are to make.
    Simply whip up your favorite pancake batter and add red JELLO powder.

    Add a little at a time until you get the color you're after.  That's it!
    Of course I had to add the color 'blue' to our pancakes with some blueberries....
    and the color 'white' with a dollop of whip cream.

    The JELLO not only adds color, but a bit of sweetness, too.

    Happy 4th of July!

    More 4th of July Ideas:

    Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

    July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

    Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

    4th of July Smoothie

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    4th of July Patriotic Smoothie

    Need a patriotic smoothie? Of course you do!

    3 Festive Ingredients
    (a handful of green spinach is optional)
    A handful of strawberries

    A serving of vanilla yogurt

    A half handful of blueberries

     Looks pretty patriotic in the blender...if I say so myself!

    Blend. Pour.  Enjoy!

    Happy 4th of July!

    More 4th of July Ideas:

    Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

    July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

    Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    4th of July Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

    Here's a fun and quick treat for your 4th of July festivities.

    4 ingredients is all you need.
    1) Golden Oreos
    2) Sliced strawberries
    3) Blueberries
    4) White Candy melts or white chocolate
    (Melted and placed in a Ziploc ready to pipe.)

    Just a few easy steps is all it takes.
    1) Split each Golden Oreo apart. 
    On the top half, add some of the melted white chocolate and stack the cookie underneath the bottom half.
    2) Place one sliced strawberry and one blueberry on top of each cookie.
    3) Pipe white chocolate 'zig zag style' across the fruit.
    This holds the fruit on the cookie.
    Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
    Happy 4th of July!

    More 4th of July Ideas:

    Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

    July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    4th of July Melba Toasts Appetizer

    Ooooh!  Time to get ready for the 4th of July! 
    I love this time of year. 
    Bring on the sun.  Bring on the red, white & blue.  Bring on those patriotic crafts and foods and d├ęcor. 


    Here's an extra easy appetizer to feed your crowd.
    Patriotic Melba Toasts
    in 4 easy steps.
    On a cookie sheet lay out Melba Toasts crackers.
     Sprinkle toasts with shredded mozzarella cheese.

    Add half slices of pepperoni to each toast.
    Sprinkle with crumbled bleu cheese.
    (yes, this may be a stretch for blue, but just play along...)

    Broil on low until the mozzarella cheese is melted,
    about 3-5 minutes.
    Be sure to watch them so they don't burn.

    Best served warm, but we've had them cold, too.

     Mmm!  Happy 4th!

    Click here to see my Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas.

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    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    My Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas for the 4th of July

    I'm sharing my Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas for you.
    These are the ones that I use over and over.
    Quick, easy and festive!
    July 4th Popcorn Bar is always a crowd pleaser!
    Just give each guest their own personal popcorn box so they can refill when they want.  The best thing is no refrigeration is needed--especially appreciated on a hot summer day!  Assembly and setup can be done ahead of time. I love serving different flavors of popcorn in festive buckets with metal scoops.


    These Red, White & Blue Parfaits are so good!
    My family asks for them all summer long.
    I love that I can quickly make them ahead of time and pull them out of the refrigerator when they're needed. 
    Warning:  Walking into a room, carrying these on a tray will immediately result in oohs and ahhs!  Be sure to stick spoons in each one.

    The idea of having Red, White & Blue Chips is nothing new...however, these turned out to be so incredibly tasty, that we now do this every year for the 4th.  It doesn't get any easier than this!

    I can't even begin to tell you how much I love crafting and decorating with washi tape and ribbon.
    These Washi Tape Cup Markers add a bit of instant party to any celebration!
    No more smeared sharpie names printed on the cups.  No more cups thrown away after one drink.  Love!

    Whatever you do, don't forget about a patriotic photo shoot!
    July 4th Photo Booth is a family favorite.
    Flag on the wall, flag in the hand...add a great hat and even an Uncle Sam beard!  Perfect shot!

    How are you celebrating the 4th? 
    Come back and visit the blog this week for more quick and easy 4th of July ideas.

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