Archive for October, 2008

Citizen Cake & Tartine Bakery

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Two of the places I knew I would have to visit during my trip to San Francisco were Citizen Cake and Tartine Bakery.  I have both of their cookbooks and have devoured them both page by page.  I was so happy I got the chance to dine at them and as you can see from the photos I enjoyed every moment of it.  So sit back and relax and drool over my lovely foodie photos from Citizen Cake!

Normally I don’t really like most of the breadsticks that restaurants put out at the beginning of the meal, but Citizen Cake changed my mind…these were delicious!

This was AMAZING!!!  Sadly I didn’t get any good photos of the mushroom risotto I had for dinner, but let me tell you…it was one of the best tasting dinners I have had in a while.

Of course I had to get my favorite dinner…A MOJITO!

This dessert was so yummy too!  It was their version of a deconstructed Red Velvet Cake.  

Now onto Tartine…basically the best place for breakfast & dessert at the same time!

Now for a bite of pure heaven order one of those…their Pain Au Chocolate.

Their savory food is just as scrumptious!

And of course we had to buy those two little treats to eat back at the hotel!

Well, I have one more treat in store for you….I also stopped by a local gourmet grocery store since I heard that their homemade ice cream is to die for.   So here it is, the most delicious ice cream I have ever put my lips to from Bi-Rite Creamery!!!

It was soooo good!

I just wish I could’ve tried all of their flavors.

Just so you make sure you get the name…Malted Vanilla with Peanut Brittle and Milk Chocolate!  You have to try it!




San Francisco – Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Well, like I said in the last post my trip to Florida got cancelled so we packed up the car and drove six hours to San Francisco.  We had an absolutely amazing time and packed so many fun places into 3 days and of course all of the places were food related!!!  This post is going to be all about my trip to the Ferry Farmer’s Market.  I have been waiting years to go and it completely lived up to all of my expectations. So here are some photos of the many, many places we had the pleasure of eating at….

One of the first stops along the way was to Miette Patisserie!  They actually have two different locations and we got a chance to eat at one and at least peer into the other one at night.  Everything we ate there was amazingly delicious and absolutely gorgeous.  

Here is a photo of the confiserie at night.

The next stop in the day was to Recchiuti Confections and Scharffen Berger Chocolate…both extremely yummy!

Next on the list was something a little savory, so we stopped by Acme Bread and The Cowgirl Creamery. Then we went outside and enjoyed the day!

Tim even enjoyed an oyster…something I just couldn’t bring myself to do!

Before leaving we also stopped by Ciao Bella Gelato…one of my favorite gelato places! 

From the photos you can see that we had a day full of fun and lots of food!  Get ready for some more photos!



Recent Wedding & Birthday Cakes

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Thanks again for all of your kind comments!  I absolutely loved reading them and they truly brighten my day! I have been doing a couple cakes here and there and wanted to wait and post them all at the same time.  So hopefully you enjoy the photos and possibly even get some ideas for cakes you want to make at home.  The first cake is a wedding cake I did this past weekend.  The couple wanted a Tiffany Blue Square Cake with an Asian feel.  They wanted small twisting branches and white dogwood flowers.  I was quite happy with how this cake turned out and thankfully it had no glitches along the way and was quite fun to make.  

The branches were made out of modeling chocolate and the dogwood flowers were handmade with a mixture of gumpaste and fondant.  I glued the flowers onto the cake with white coating chocolate that sets up quickly and piped brown royal icing in the middle of the flowers for the center.

This next cake was one that I made a while back for a two year olds birthday party.  The theme was Mickey Mouse Club House.  Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the final completed cake and I have never received a photo from the family, but I thought that I might as well post some photos of parts of the cake.  This cake was quite a challenge and very technical to make.  It was basically a full sheet cake that had different parts of Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse on it.  Overall it turned out good, but was a headache to make.

This last cake was one that I made for my mother-in-law.  She was throwing a party for a friend’s birthday and needed a cake, so she said I could experiment with one.  I tried a new recipe of a chocolate cake with chocolate salted caramel ganache and salted caramel sauce…it was quite tasty, but hard to work with.  For this cake though I wanted to play around with using printed edible frosting sheets, so I scanned in one of my favorite scrapbooking papers and then printed it out on the frosting sheets.  I then wrapped them around the cake and piped a green royal icing border.  Then I added the plain white fondant top cake and added a sugar flower to it.  It was quite a tricky cake, but I learned a lot and now want to experiment even more with this technique.

Hope you enjoyed the photos…thanks so much for taking a look!

Halloween Cupcakes: Ghosts & Witches Hats

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

So sorry for the long delay in posts!  Life has been crazy with lots of ups and downs.  Sadly my class in Florida with Colette Peters got cancelled 5 days before I was suppose to fly out…don’t ask me how something like that can happen!  So since we had already planned on a vacation we decided to at least go to San Francisco for a couple days.  We ended up having a great time and I have LOTS of photos to come. Before I show all the travel pictures I wanted to share with you my last tutorial for Halloween cupcakes.  So onto the cupcakes!

To make these little ghosts you just need a little white fondant.  Roll the fondant out and cut it with a circle cookie cutter (the size depends on what size you want your ghosts).  Then place the fondant on top of two stacked cotton balls.  Let the fondant dry for about 30 minutes and then check to see if it has hardened.

Then use an edible marker to draw on the black eyes.  Place the little ghost on top of your cupcake and you’re done!

Now to make a different kind of ghost for your cupcake…you need to form the fondant into a ghost like shape.  Then use a balling tool or something with a rounded end and push it into the fondant to make the two eyes and mouth.  Next gently pull out the sides to make the ghost’s hands/arms.  Lastly use a toothpick to make indents on the sides of the ghost to give it some definition.

Now just place your ghost on your cupcake and you have one haunted dessert!

If you don’t want a ghost on your cupcake you can change it up a little and make a witches hat.  To make the hat you need to roll out some black fondant and use a witches hat cookie cutter to cut out the shape.

Then roll out your choice of colored fondant and cut them into strips to add some color to the hat.  Adhere the strips with a dab of water.  Next brush the whole figure with luster dust to give it a shimmer.  Finally pipe on a couple dots of either royal icing or ganache and attach silver dragees.  

Hope you guys are having fun making cupcakes!

Bloody Finger & Monster Cupcakes

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Thanks to everyone for your nice comments on my last post on Halloween cupcakes.  I still have more Halloween cupcakes for you and this time they are more on the creepy side.  The first creepy cupcake is a bloody finger I made out of modeling chocolate.  I basically just free-formed the modeling chocolate to look like a finger and then added some accents to make it look more realistic.  Here are some photos of the process.

First shape the modeling chocolate into a finger form and make an indent for the nail bed.

Then use a toothpick to make ridges on the finger to make it look more realistic and to give it some shape. Also take a little piece of modeling chocolate and form a finger nail.   Before you add the finger nail put some red food coloring on the nail bed so you can see blood around the edges.

Then adhere the nail.  Next add some blood marks around the finger.

You can also add some luster or petal dust around the finger to make it look a little dirty and give it some definition.

The next cupcake I made was a monster cupcake.  It is definitely a free form monster and you can change around the look anyway you like.

First you need to form some green fondant into random size creepy legs.  Then let them dry so that they hold shape.  You can again dust them with luster dust so that they have a little shimmer to them.

Then roll out some yellow fondant and cut out a circle for the monster’s eye.  Once it has dried a little you can use an edible marker to make the black accent on the eye.

Then just stick the dried legs randomly into the cupcake so they won’t fall out and place the eye in the center. 

Hope you try them out!

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