Pretty cookies

Sugar-cookie-wedding cakes. Nice and simple, but pretty with tinted merengue icing. These were for a surprise bridal shower last fall.
They were sweet ūüôā
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Flop!

The baby shower cake I was planning to make this past weekend flopped! So, here’s the story… all of last week I was trying to decide whether to make cupcakes or a cake. While I had some ideas for the cupcakes, I couldn’t find the supplies I needed (wanted), plus I¬†had found the¬†photo and instructions for making a very cute baby shower cake that I had saved from a Canadian Living magazine (also on-line:¬†Baby Carriage Cake)¬†It was a¬†white buttermilk cake¬†cut into the shape of a baby carriage¬†(little¬†baby peeping out) covered with blue and green frosting and sporting¬†Joe Louis wheels. I’ve made the cake itself before and it’s delicious, but it was my first time using tinted¬†frosting and I wanted to get the colours just perfect.

So, the morning of the baby shower, I started by¬†getting the cake into the oven¬†and while it was baking¬†I prepared the buttercream¬†frosting – white, blue (using Wilton’s Royal Blue), green (using Wilton’s Moss Green) and chocolate.¬†I¬†carefully dabbed the gel colouring into the icing a little at a time,¬†then mixed¬†it, checked¬†the colour, and then repeated this process several times¬†until I reached the desired colour. I loved the colours! The cake took a long time to bake and¬†once it was out I had to wait for it to cool down completely. Time was ticking.

Finally, I decided it was time to shape the cake and start decorating. I put the cake onto a cutting board and made the first cut…. OH NO! The middle of cake looked too moist. I tasted a piece that I had cut out and the middle part had a raw batter taste – the cake wasn’t fully baked ūüė¶¬† FLOP!

I had to rush to the grocery store and hope that they had a cake appropriate for a baby shower. I found a white cake with a blue and purple border. It had clowns and balloons as cake toppers, which I replaced with some cute rubber ducky candles. The store-bought cake was yummy. Phew!

So, back at home, I still had this non-fully baked cake¬†and icing to deal with. The cake itself still tasted good, especially if you like cake batter (hubby, loved it!). I decided to finish cutting the cake into the shape of the¬†carriage, add the licorice and¬†Joe Louis wheels and outline it in white icing. I didn’t bother with the blue and green icing, which I’ve frozen for another day. What a sweet looking cake it would have been. Here’s the picture…

Smokey Chocolate Cupcakes

A couple of weekends ago we went camping at McGregor Provincial Park, near Port Elgin. What a nice site Рit was fairly private and well maintained. It had two picnic tables and a fire pit.  Great set-up!

Here are a few of the many photos I took of the blue-green shorelines of Lake Huron and some of its inhabitants.

After a day of exploring the campgrounds, relaxing at the beach and at our campsite, it was time to prepare for supper, get the campfire started and to do some experimenting.

The experiment: To bake chocolate cupcakes over the campfire. So, did it work? See the following photos:

Ingredients

Add milk, shake, pour

Keep pouring

Foil-tent oven, bake

And... we have cupcakes

Peel foil to eat

TA DA! Smokey Chocolate Cupcakes!

This was a fun experiment. The cupcakes were moist and tasted okay until I tried one the next day; the smokey flavour from the campfire was strong a bit off-putting. It was probably more prominent the next day as we weren’t eating them around the smokey campfire.

Hello world!

Welcome to ‚ÄúDiane‚Äôs Orange Post‚ÄĚ!

I‚Äôm finally here ‚Äď my first blog. This is my way of participating after a time of searching, reading and enjoying many blogs of various topics. So, “Hello world! Let’s connect, share, inspire, explore and experience together new ideas and thoughts!”

So for my first post ‚Äď here I am happy with my first ever strawberry shortcake. The recipe was from Canadian Living (my favourite source for recipes). It was yummy too!