Thursday, March 24, 2011

Minion Birthday Cake

My sweet boy 2 had a birthday today! He requested a minion from the Despicable Me movie (my favorite) for his birthday cake. This is what I came up with. (The sticks poking out the side are sparkler birthday candles...) It was quick, easy and a huge hit!

Happy Birthday Alex!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creamed Eggs on Toast

This is a favorite of my children. I've made it for so long but never had a recipe so I got one figured out and here we go. This is a quick and homey meal anytime of the day.

Creamed Eggs on Toast

6 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper, if desired
salt and pepper to taste
Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes and then remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.

Over medium heat melt butter in saucepan. Add flour until it forms into a ball. Slowly add the milk and stir until the sauce comes to a low boil.
(Sauce will be creamy like gravy)

Stir the white pepper, salt, black pepper, and chopped eggs into the sauce; stir until the eggs are heated.

Serve over buttered toast.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Buttercream Frosting

I have said this before and I will say it again.. I don't make wedding cakes. I really don't make many cakes at all any more.. ESPECIALLY wedding cakes. But you know sisters.. Being the youngest I just can't say no. So my oldest sister was married last month and she looked fabulous, her new husband is fabulous and the wedding was fabulous. The cake... well, not my best effort but it tasted fabulous. Red Velvet and Vanilla cake with Buttercream frosting. Yummy! Congratulations Sis!

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup real butter (room temperature)
2 cups shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp clear vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp butter flavor
2 pound package powdered sugar(sifted)
3/4 cup half and half

Beat butter and shortening for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 1/2 of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add extracts, salt, and 1/2 of cream and beat for for 3 minutes. Add remaining powdered sugar and cream. Beat for an additional 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add additional sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add more cream 1 tablespoons at a time. Mix additional 5-8 minutes for good consistency.

I always mix to taste. If its too waxy add more powdered sugar and cream. If it is too sugary add more butter and shortening. It is all a matter of personal taste and spreading consistency from here.