Sunday, July 1, 2012

S'more Cones

S'more Cones mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, fresh bananas, fresh strawberries in a waffle cone. Wrap in foil and throw on the bbq on low for 10 min. Yum!
 My husband added coconut and toasted almonds to his. Double Yum!







Monday, October 10, 2011

I was MIA...but now I am back...

A few of the things I made in the last year!

Red Velvet Cake for Jake's 16th Birthday
Panda Cupcakes for Jake's Birthday

Go Cougars!


Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Cookies on a stick for AHS Cheer


Mast 2010 Open House Bake Sale
Mast 2010 Open House Bake Sale

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Momona Pie

I was given a challenge by my favorite co-worker about 24 hours before he needed a homemade pie. He didn't want an everyday pie, as he was attending a Pie Party. He has lived in Hawaii for several years and brought up Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie. We looked few several and couldn't find one that fit within our time restraint and seemed delicious. After much searching, we took a few recipes and combined them to make our very own Momona Pie.  The crust is a macadamia nut short bread crust and the filling is infused with coconut milk to bring the tasty tropical delight through out the pie. It is not overwhelming, I typically do not eat coconut, and I loved this!


Ingredients Pie:
2 cups of mashed Okinawa (purple) sweet potatoes
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature (not melted!)
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of honey
2 room-temperature eggs
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of vanilla
1/4 tsp of salt

First, peel the potato and cut it into chunks about the size of a small egg. Boil the chunks until they turn soft, then drain and mash them until they're smooth.  If you don't have a mixing machine (and I don't) you can smush the potato chunks through a mesh strainer with the back of a spoon. It's a workout for the arms, but it gets the job done. However you do this, at the end you should have two cups of potato.
Preheat the oven to 325. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. If the butter is at room temperature, it'll easily be soft enough to mix up. Add the honey, mix it up, then add the eggs and mix some more. When that's smooth whip in the potatoes, Again, mix until smoothish. Finally, add the vanilla, salt, milk, and cream, and mix yet some more, until it's pretty smooth.

Ingredients for Crust
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1/8 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Add chopped macadamia nuts and mix well.  Press lightly into a 13" x 9" baking pan.  Bake at 350°F for 12-17 minutes, until lightly browned.  Set aside.
Topping 1/2 cup non-sweet toasted shred­ded coconut.
However you've made your pie crust, put it into your pie dish. Pour the mix gently in, then bake the pie for 45 minutes. Let the pie cool to room temperature.
Serve with whipped cream, or some other cream topping if you want to get fancy...and you do. Whipped cream really brings this all together.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Welcome Baby - Puppies

I made this for my favorite Barista Synthia's, sisters baby shower that was yesterday.

The puppy pattern is also the theme of the babies room.

Cake is all natural Vanilla Bean, filling is English Vanilla Butter Cream with Chocolate Butter Cream  in between the 4 layers. Out side frosting is English Vanilla Butter Cream. Dark brown cut outs are chocolate fondant and the blues are black raspberry flavored fondant.

Cupcakes are all natural Vanilla Bean, filling is English Vanilla Butter Cream topped with Chocolate Butter Cream.Dark brown cut outs are chocolate fondant and the blues are black raspberry flavored fondant.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Day to all you Mothers

This was my second attempt at a Red Velvet cake...this time sans the food coloring. I did add about 2 tablespoons of beet powered for color but that seemed to only add a pink tint. Luckily, this cake was not for a customer, but for family. I explained to my family that I am seeking a Red Velvet recipe without food coloring, since so many people object to red dye #40. This recipe tastes the best I have ever tasted... but did not come out red in the least. My family was just as pleased NOT to have the food coloring, so it was all good.
 The buttercream rose was left over from another cake, so since I was a little short of time and creativity, I plunged into my drawer of flowers I have made previously... and put together this cake. It was a huge hit...and by far, my favorite tasting from cake to frosting!

Monday, April 12, 2010

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Bobby Flay's Red Velvet Cake



I made this cake last week for a dear cousin of mine.
I used Bobby Flay's recipe from FoodNetwork.com.
The only change I made, was I did not use red food coloring, instead I used beet powder. The cake did not taste like beets what so ever. This frosting is more difficult than a basic buttercream but is well worth it.