Friday, February 23, 2007

Baking for Family and Donkey

Deva's 21st birthday was on Tuesday, and in honor of it, I recreated an oldie but goodie, the hamburger cake of her 6th birthday celebration:

I used Nigella Lawson's Coca Cola cake recipe, and the vegan frosting from the Fauxstess Cupcakes in Vegan with A Vengance. The original took two cake mixes and three tubs of frosting. Since this one was for only Deva and her friends, instead of a whole kindergarten class, I shrank it down a bit. The hamburger is unfrosted cake and oreo cookie bits, the tomatoes and pickles are frosted lemon sourcream cookies. From all reports, it was delicious!

We are also baking for Donkey, and this week I am transitioning from February hearts to March butterflies. Izzy decorated a few butterflies in the realistic method. Didn't he do a great job?

And here are some very cheery hearts. It is actually sunny here today, but the forecast is for more rain, so these will definitely brighten someone's day!

And a closeup of the retro aqua cookie with moon and stars sprinkles.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Nine Patch

Aisha made moist and tasty Banana Bread muffins, using the recipe from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer ( page 281, the recipe is for bread, we muffinized it by putting the batter into muffin cups and baking for only 18-22 minutes).

The Family that Cooks Together, Reads Together

For the last two weeks, Kraft and Kroger have had this great promotion where you get $7 off if you buy 8 select items. We ended up getting cheese in shred and slice to last for two weeks, and cream cheese to make cheesecake, and all for $3.50 thanks to the wonder of the coupon. So Marty helped Izzy to make a cheesecake:

I wasn't able to get a picture of that (it went too fast, chocolate marble cheesecake made with Watkins Danish Pastry extract was just too tempting for the guys), but I did get a picture of the project Izzy and I worked on. I bring you The Cake:

Yeah, it's from a mix and a can, but it sure did taste good. I put on the coffee kisses and Izzy did the rest of the decoration. Nothing like a little sprinkle sugar to brighten a day.

And now Izzy dreams of his next creation, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: