Monday, March 22, 2010

Mad Hatter Cake

So one of my good friends decided to throw a Mad Hatter Tea Party for her sister's birthday. Both sisters are friends of mine and so I was delighted to help out with the cake. I got a bunch of new cake decorating supplies around Christmas time but I've been so busy that I hadn't had a chance to use them.

For the Mad Hatter Tea Party we figured it would be suitable to build a 'Mad Hatter' cake.

Mad Hatter Cakes are also known as "Topsy Turvey" cakes because of the fact that they look like they're about to fall over all the time.
Of course the trick for the baker and decorator is to make sure that the cake will defy gravity and stay intact, like the leaning tower of Pisa.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In Celebration of PI Day

So I haven't updated in nearly 3 months! I've been extremely busy with school this semester, I can't wait to go back to work in the summer. I have had a few chances to do some baking though and I'll try to be updating with those soon.

So, today is PI Day and in honour of the occasion I made a cake, of course. I was planning on making a Pie but then I was craving some carrot cake and so I decided to try my hand at that instead.

Carrot Cake

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 9x13 pan. Mix eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix in grated carrots. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto cooling rack. Cool completely before topping with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg cream cheese
4 cups (ish) icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Soften butter and cream cheese. Cream together, then cream in icing sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth.