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Pink and Purple Birthday Cake

OK, a cake artist – I am NOT.  But I do love to bake and make special things for my family.  My food usually tastes pretty good, so when the birthdays roll around, I try to make something for them homemade.  I let my kids choose what color and flavors of cake they’d like for their birthday, and try to accomodate that as best I can.  So here goes.  For this year’s birthday, the girl wants pink and purple cake with hearts on top.  With fruit in the middle.  and Whipped Cream.  I can do that.

I recently purchased a new set of food coloring gels – the nice professional grade stuff that makes awesome colors.  (I’m giving the Ameriprise colors a shot).  So far, they’ve created great colors with a tiny amount of gel.

The Cake

Store-bought cake mixes are ok with me.  Why mess with a tried and true recipe?  I used a Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix for this one (white).  I mixed it to the box directions, and then divided the batter into two equals parts.  Pink.  Purple.

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I set them to cool on wire racks (and I frosted them the next night).

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Layer 1 is the pink cake – I made whipped cream frosting (recipe follows).  Pink and Purple frosting, of course.  I frosted with 2/3 of the pink frosting and then put the raspberries on top.

Layer 2 is the purple cake – I added a bit more frosting on top of the raspberries, and then laid the purple down.

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I filled in the holes with along the sides with more frosting.  I filled up the frosting decorator, and then used the remaining frosting to make a layer all over. After that, I put two heart-shaped cookies cutters on top, and the filled them in with purple sprinkles.  I used my Pampered Chef frosting thingy for the top.  That thing is fun to use!

 

 

 

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It turned out ok – my kids will love it, it will taste great.  I’m not a cake artist by any means, but the colors are right!  I feel like I should put up a photo of what I think it looks like in head, but hey – I made it and it’s something that I can do to make my kid happy on her birthday.  Who doesn’t love a nice cake with whipped cream frosting?

 

Frosting recipe follows – this is a ‘stable’ whipped cream frosting, which means it will hold up for a few days without melting all over the place (yuck).

 

Whipped Cream Frosting (I made two batches of this to cover the whole cake, one pink and one, you guessed it, purple).

1 C. heave cream
1/8 tsp. creme of tartar
2 TB Confectioner’s Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
a couple drops of the food coloring of your choice

Directions
Pour heavy cream into a stand mixer and use the wire wisk attachment.  I start the mixer on medium, and slowly add the cream of tartar, sugar and vanilla.  Once it begins to thicken, add the food color if you choose to use it.

Whip until stiff peaks form, and then stop and frost away.

UPDATE:  Here is a photo of the cake after we cut it, is that FUN or what?  It tasted divine.

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Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots…..

irish car bomb shotsI’m going to make these tonight.  yeehaw. I’ll let ya know how they are.  I’m going to pack them in the small cups with lids you put ketchup in to share at a party.
Ingredients
2 cups Guiness beer, divided use
2.5 to 3 packages unflavored gelatin (depending on how firm you want your shot to be)
2 teaspoons brown sugar or muscovado
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup Jameson
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
Instructions
Put 1 cup of Guiness, sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and sprinkle with 2 packets of gelatin and allow to soak in for a minute. Heat and stir until everything is dissolved.

Remove from heat and add the remaining cup of cold Guiness. Pour into a pan or molds and allow to set for about 30 minutes.

Place Jameson in a saucepan and sprinkle with one packet of gelatin. Allow to soak in for a minute. Heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved.

Stir in Bailey’s and allow mixture to cool. Pour on the slightly set Guiness mixture. Allow to set several hours or overnight.

03/06/13 Update on Sharon

Hi, Saw Sharon this afternoon. She is home from the hospital and is walking much better. Yes, we have the ole Sharon back. The med that was toxin was back in the normal range on Monday evening. This morning a physical therapist came by and took an evaluation of Sharon by getting her health history, her meds and she had Sharon do some tests, such as standing on one leg and closing her eyes… The PT will be back on Friday morning and will begin her therapy.
 
Today Sharon was trying out the software that will send emails via voice commands. She is bound and determined to get it working. She was able to get out of the house and run errands with Pete on this very chilly day with brisk winds, but I’m sure it is nothing compared to the weather up north!
 
Hope yall have a great rest of the week!  Vickie
 
 
 
 
 

03/04/13 Mon Morning Update

Last night talked to Pete and he said Sharon had a so so day. He thought she seemed more tired, but she said no she felt fine. They walked several times. She finally got a walker around two in the afternoon yesterday. The range on the med they are watching closely was 24 late yesterday, so another night on the 4th floor. But getting there! They will do blood work again today. No word on the insurance and what type of rehab will be approved. Sharon is struggling with the Oncologist on why she has to see him on Thurs. He told her Sat that she needed to keep the regular schedule appointment and she is like why, that will cost 118.00 out of pocket and they have run more scans at the hospital than they would have on Thurs??? 
 
Will let you know if anything new comes up. Have a blessed day.
 
 
 

Sat update on Sharon

I saw Sharon tonight and she looked good again. She said the Drs told her she was still going through detox, but that her numbers were getting back to the normal range. But said it may take as long as Mon to get the numbers they were looking for. Still no word on the Rehab. She said received several calls today from family today. She said to thank you so much for your prayers and calls today. It means so much Sorry my Fri night update was late posting… I used my wrong email address to send the update, but luckily you found the hospital number. Have a great Sunday.