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Easy Soccer Ball cake

This soccer ball cake is easy to make.  To create the soccer ball shape I used a approximately 8" Stainless steel bowl, and an 8" round cake pan. You may use glass bowl but you have to reduce cooking time.    This is how I assembled my soccer cake. The naked cake... As you can see there are 3 layers to this cake.  The bottom layer is 8" round cake.  The top layers are just one bowl shaped cake that I split into two sections.   I stack the layers first to see how they fit together.  I noticed that the middle layer overhangs a bit on the 8" round cake.  I trimmed off the excess cake using a sharp carving knife.   Each layer is filled with chocolate buttercream. Chocolate crumb coat...  This part can be omitted since we are applying the buttercream with an icing tip.  I crumb coated chocolate for added flavor because having just the white vanilla icing is too boring.   Do not worr

Frozen Themed Cake

The weather was a shock to the system that week.  One minute it was a perfect fall day plus 10 weather then the following day it was winter.  It sounded like a scene from the Frozen movie except summer became winter. Beautiful fall day I hope it last... Added sugar art to represent Elsa's castle.   I used homemade lollipop recipe to make Elsa's castle. To make this  homemade lollipop you will need sugar, water, cream of tartar, and flavoring.  Snappy living.com has an awesome homemade lollipop here .   Once the sugar mixture is at 290 degrees F pour it into a cookie sheet.  Let the sugar mixture set for 30 minutes.  Use a butter knife. Break it into long pointy shards. Make slits on top of the cake, and insert the sugar shards. Elsa and Ana Fondant figurines. Olaf fondant figurine Hand painted Ana's dress pattern using light green gel food colouring.  Added matte white  gel food colo

Peppermint Challenge - Peppermint Essential Oil Vs. Peppermint Extract

Today I experimented with peppermint essential oil and peppermint extract.  I want to know which one of the two type flavourings results in a more flavourful, scrumptious peppermint brownie.   In the video my friend Stephanie and I split a regular brownie recipe in half.  We flavoured one half with peppermint essential oil and the other with peppermint extract.  In order to have an unbiased opinion we conducted a blind taste test in which our test subject (our kiddos) were given 2 types of brownies.  They have no idea the type of peppermint flavouring added to the brownies.  We asked them to have a sip of water in between brownies.  After the taste test we asked them which brownies they like better and why. If you are curious about the recipe here it is.  The resulting recipe yields one 8" by 8" brownies.   Peppermint Brownies 1 cup Chipits semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cups butter 1 cup sugar 1/2  cups plus 1/8 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 egg