Category Archives: Cake and Cookie Decorating Ideas

Impending DOOM – I mean, birthday cake.

So, while standing in line waiting to see the nifty Star Wars exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, my son and I see a photo of Yoda (Yoda, you will always be Grover in my heart!) doing some sort of fancy Jedi leap.  My son turns to me and says, “Hey, I know what kind of birthday cake I want this year!”  (Gulp!)  Noticing the slight glazing of the eyes and my incoherent muttering about fondant he must of taken pity on me, because he changed his mind from Yoda to the Millennium Falcon.  Bless you, my son.  Of course, he is almost 13.  It could have been a ploy to get me to panic so that a Millennium Falcon cake would seem like, well, a piece of cake in comparison.  


Here are some cakes I found on the internet:  

   eHow, which tag-line says “How to do just about everything” has instructions on How to make a Millennium Falcon Cake…  So I guess their tag-line is true!  But not quite what I was looking for.


   Gizmodo has one made by Charm City Cakes that my son will NOT be getting, because, face it, I am the one making it.  But check it out!  It is amazing!  Just don’t let my son see it, ‘kay?


    Nor will he receive this cake featured on cause, ya know, I just don’t have the frosting power of the force and never went to Jedi cake decorating school.


This cake featured on the Great White Snark is more my speed (though not that big or I will be as big as the Millennium Falcon when done – mmmmm, frosting…).  If you have little geeky types running around your house, you have to check out this blog of geekdom snarkiness.  They have a Geeky Curiosity of the Week featuring some fabulous (or not so) geek-themed (supper hero, si-fi, etc.) birthday, baby shower, anniversary and wedding cakes.  Yes, wedding, as in, “Wow, you know what would really set the tone for our marriage?  A Jabba the Hutt cake.”  Yeah!  Nothing says “I love you” quite like Jabba…  















                                                                Look!  Our Christmas card photo is all set!




















The Ultimate Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Layer Cake

The Ultimate Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Layer Cake

I admit it, I am a cookbook and cooking magazine junkie, but I can stop any time I want to.

One of my favorites is Cook’s Illustrated.  The photos, the sketches, the tasty food.  And I completely get the obsessionmind-set that would cause someone to make 40 chickens until they found the perfect Lemon Chicken recipe.  But in my quest to not pick up more magazines (I could go to the library and check it out there, after all), I try to hold off until the “Best Recipes” edition of the year.  Then, that puppy is MINE!!

Okay, okay, just like my hubby you are probably saying, “What about the gluten?  What about the dairy?”  First, I would so rather alter a recipe for my starting point that someone worked really hard to make as perfection.  The spice balance is all there and, frankly, not everything in the would has gluten or dairy, so no worries.  The Ultimate Lemon Layer Cake (on the cover)  is a case in point.  With the lemon curd (Yum!) I simply substituted the butter for Earth Balance and the icing was already GFCF, though I did change the corn syrup to agave (corn syrup is not my favorite ingredient).  Reading what they were trying to accomplish with this recipe, I used a more spongy-type of gluten free cake recipe and altered that to get the lemon flavor throughout.  Super!  (You could use a gluten free cake mix as you starting point, add lemon zest to the batter, bake and follow the rest of the recipe if you wanted to cut out some of the steps.)  The lemon curd and icing are both keepers.  I like that the icing isn’t quite as stiff and over-sweet like seven minute frosting often is.  The lemon curd, I can’t even tell you how yummy it is!  I made this cake for my sister’s birthday.

If you don’t want to use a gluten free mix and would like the gluten free cake part of the recipe, the one I use is the vanilla or lemon gluten and dairy free cake in the my upcoming cake e-book.  You can find it on the “Classes & E-books” page the spring of 2010.

The Ultimate Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Layer Cake

Saturday, March 22, 2008

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Monday, March 24, 2008 – 08:59 PM
That cake looks amazing!

The trials of a teapot cake…

Today we celebrated my big girl’s birthday at home.  The big one-Oh!  Yep, she’s ten years old and growing up to be quite the lovely young lady with such a loving heart…

For her birthday she wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting shaped like a teapot.  Above is the photo of what I created for her.  (Angela’s note:  at least there will be when I can get my hubby to sort out the wire insanity by the computer so I can download the photo!  Isn’t the turtle shaped a little like a teapot?  Maybe not…)  If you look very closely, you will see some of the trouble I had.  I was feeling a bit lazy and didn’t want to make a batch of cutout dough for the handle and spout.  I had some experimental coconut shortbread dough in the fridge already made up, so I used that.  It turned out to be much to fragile of a cookie to make into pieces that large.  Notice the clear plastic knife I have holding up the spout.  The silly thing kept falling off.  At least I got a photo of it and my daughter saw it before it fell off too many times.  We finally just ate the spout and were done with it!  The cake was still tasty without the spout.

Note to self:  next time just make the right dough for the cookie pieces!!  Ugh!

It’s my birthday…

…and all I am going to post is a photo boast-fest of the cutie-pie GFCF cookies I made for our troop’s Bridging Ceremony.  Photos of the cutie-pie troop included!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007 – 10:41 PM
Angela…now really…you are just TOO AMAZING!  Mix some business sense with your talent and you’ll be as rich as Martha Stewart….seriously!  Next time you plan on making some totally cool cookies, call me!  I’d love to sit and just watch you..and attempt  a few of my own…really!
Monday, June 11, 2007 – 07:50 AM
Those are spectacular Ang…..great job!!

I’ll join in the cooking baking sessions too…..if anything, just to nibble on those beauties! I love your GFCF cookies!

Monday, June 11, 2007 – 05:05 PM
You guys are too sweet!  But all I got is cupcake sense… ;o)

Peanut Butter Polka Dot Cake

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Building the doll cake of your sweetie’s dreams…

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