Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cakes, pies, and the not so good experiences while making them

So as I promised, today's post will just be a few pictures of cakes and pies I've done recently. To be completely honest, I'm not very good at making cakes....yet. I have difficulties with leveling and frosting. I make messes, a lot of them. I guess that means I still need more practice with this specific skill. Also, I despise making pies. I'm not even crazy about eating them. But at the beginning of fall, I figured I should try to make a pie. My very first one. It was a caramel apple pie. Pictured directly below.

Now sure, it looks pretty. And it tasted good. But I had an awful time with the caramel. I made my own, and I guess it wasn't thick enough. Because when it was done baking, the pie was watery. I kid you not, the apples floated around like inner tubes in a swimming pool. I had to spoon as much of it out as I could. So, not a good experience for a first time pie baker. The next pie I made was a chocolate cream pie. Turned out alright, except I wasn't thrilled with the taste of the crust. I definitely need to find a good crust recipe. I'm on the lookout! Here's a picture of it:
The first cake I made was a rose cake inspired by Amanda at I Am Baker. It was a white cake with a lemon buttercream. It was delicious!

The next cake was for my little sister's 5th birthday. It was a yellow cake, with an oreo whipped cream filling, and buttercream on the outside. Sprinkled with oreo crumbs.

Now, the next cake I am going to show you has a story behind it. This was back in October, and my dad's birthday was coming up. He was turning 40. So I decided I wanted to take a whack at making his famous red velvet cake for his birthday celebration. When they were done, I pulled them out of the oven and set them on cooling racks to cool. I then proceeded to go sit in my living room to watch tv while I waited. Not even a minute later, I heard a loud racket in the kitchen. I ran to see what it was. Come to find out, it was my dog, Max, eating the cake (Just to inform you, Max is a 115 pound chocolate lab. He gets into almost anything if you leave it sitting on the counter. You'd think I would have remembered this, but I didn't). He's so adorable, so I'm not mad for long when he does this. Here are some pictures of him:

So anyways, thank goodness he had only taken a small bite out of one side. So I just cut the cake directly in half. Eventually I came up with a clever idea to still use the cake, and turn it into something better than I had originally planned. It worked out great!

Well thanks for reading, everyone! I'll post some pictures of cupcakes I've done within the past year soon. Then I have a few new things to share....but you'll just have to wait for that (;


  1. Way to turn a tragedy into something awesome! I love the cake, and Max IS adorable!

  2. I am going to give you a pie making lesson - you will be excellent at it I promise. I loved hearing about Max again because he is cute and you really hit it out of the ballpark with that cake. Can you imagine if Nellie was his size?

  3. Your pies and cake look great! I love how you rebounded great after the lab did his taste test! He was just checking it out first :) I have a Sweet Party on my blog every Wednesday, I would love if you stopped by and shared your sweets :)

  4. You are a very talented baker and obviously by the look on your pups face it tastes good too!

    Welcome to the blogging community,

  5. You are so talented, but then again look at your MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am excited to see your adventures! ~ Way to go.