Tuesday, October 30, 2012

At the Bakery...

Here's the last Halloween bakery post this year!  I had so much fun making all things pumpkins, spiders, and even Frankenstein!  It's hard to believe November will be here in 2 short days. Here's a few of my creations from this week.


Pumpkin cake...

Pumpkin cupcakes...

and even a Spider cake!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

At the Bakery...

Lots of fun Halloween goodies have been brewing in the bakery this week! With Halloween only 7 days away, everyone is in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of the things I've made this week...

Fun Halloween cupcakes...with creepy crawly spiders!

Halloween cookies of all kinds...

400 Halloween-themed cupcakes for the University of Michigan...

Fall inspired cake...with leaves

And last but not least...let's not forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Witch Cake

Halloween is only TEN days away!  I've been making lots of festive baked goods at the bakery, including this cake. Our whole family will be dressing up this year. I won't give away any secrets but our costumes will coordinate with one another. I can't wait! Halloween is such a fun time of year. Here's hoping for a nice, dry, and semi-warm Halloween night to take the kids trick-or-treating!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rectangular Kit Kat Cake

Here's a different twist on the Kit Kat and M&M cake. This type of cake has taken over blog-land but you'll mostly see it in round cakes.  It also makes quite an impressive rectangular cake.

I made this quarter sheet cake for my really good friend at work. Ever since I started working at the bakery {last winter} it was always her and I in the kitchen together. We are the only 2 daytime bakers/cake decorators. We hit it off immediately and work extremely well together. My strengths are her weaknesses and vice versa. We often have the same idea/thought in our heads and jive well together.  We shared plenty of great laughs every day and working with her made me look forward to going to work the next day.

Saturday was T's last day at the bakery. I am going to miss her so much but I'm excited about the new adventure she is about to begin. I wish her all the best and had to send her off with my very favorite cake - Kit Kat and M&M's.

This cake took 15 packages of Kit Kats and about half of a super size bag of M&M's (the large bags you find at Costco or Sam's Club).  Underneath all the candy is a chocolate cake iced with fudge icing. I presented the cake to T and then we cut it and shared it with all the customers at the bakery.  I've made lots of Kit Kat and M&M cakes but this is the first time I've ever EATEN one. WOW!!! It was so good but SO SWEET! A little slice of this cake goes a long way. Be prepared to wash it down with a big glass of milk! :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

White Chili

Last week we enjoyed a fun family vacation in Florida. Four nights at Disney and a couple nights at St. Pete to enjoy the beach. The weather was a bit rainy but we were still able to get plenty of sun and welcomed the 80/90 degree temps.  We returned home this week to 40 degree weather and brrrr did it feel cold! Perfect time to make some chili.  This is my favorite white chili recipe that some friends made for us several years ago. I hope you'll like it as much as I do.

White Chili
Source: S. Morris

4 - 6 Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed
1 medium onion, diced
2 T. garlic, minced
2 - 3 T. olive oil
2 cans White Navy Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Cannelli Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Hominy, rinsed and drained
2 cans Chicken Broth
2 - 5 JalapeƱos (depending on how hot you want it), remove seeds and dice
2 T. Flour mixed in a little bit of water

Cube and cook chicken then set aside. Brown garlic, onion, and jalapeƱos in olive oil.  Add beans, hominy, and chicken broth. Add chicken. Heat over medium-high heat then add flour/water to the soup to thicken. Serve with cilantro, sour cream, and/or shredded cheese.