This past fall, my friend’s parents were celebrating their 35th
wedding anniversary. She wanted
Limoncello Cake (made with homemade limoncello!) with Blueberry frosting –
which worked out perfectly, because her parents’ wedding colors were blue and
Because the cake had to be made several days before the
event, I ended up swapping out the blueberry cream cheese frosting with
blueberry buttercream frosting.
To do so, I added the blueberry sauce to Basic Buttercream –
be warned, the buttercream will need to beat for much longer than a typical
buttercream, because the juice from the berries wants to weep and make a mess
of everything. I recommend mixing the
frosting, then setting it aside for 15 minutes and restirring to take care of
any problem areas.
I also used Royal Icing roses instead of fresh, also because
the cake was picked up 2 ½ days before the event.
I’m not planning to attend the premier (no baby sitter + I
hate lines + midnight is late) but I’m definitely planning to see the movie
In the meantime, here’s a Star Wars cake! This is a marble cake (recipe below) covered
in Chocolate MM Fondant. I used white food
coloring mixed with vodka to paint a star burst. It took 4-5 layers using 3 different paint
brushes (starting with a large brush, ending with a small one) to achieve the
final look I was going for.
Then, I found a still shot of the epic Luke Skywalker vs
Darth Vader lightsaber battle from The Empire Strikes Back and printed it
out. From there, I used it as a stencil
to cut Luke & Vader out of more chocolate MM fondant. Lastly, I made a colored light saber for each
and added a glow around them. And of
course the epic Star Wars quote!
My boys love to take cookies to school during the
holidays. This year, however, there is a
child in Spud’s class with an egg and nut allergy. Not wanting to leave someone out of the fun,
I went searching for a sugar cookie that everyone could enjoy!
In this recipe, a little sour cream is added in place of the
eggs. I found the dough to be quite
stiff. In fact, it almost looked like it
wouldn’t come together! Thankfully, the
dough will come together with a bit of patience.
The cookies cut out beautifully and spread very little,
leaving a very consistent shape (which is always nice when decorating!)
Because Royal Icing uses merengue powder (which has powdered
egg whites), I called on my mom for her favorite (and oh so delicious) sugar
cookie frosting recipe!
This frosting is perfect for decorating with children (you
can probably tell that Spud decorated most of these and I love them!) Though it’s made with cream cheese, it will
dry hard overnight. The sugar stabilizes
the cheese, so you can leave them out.
We’ve been eating these cookies for years, and no one has ever gotten
sick. Though, if you’re really worried,
go ahead and store these in the refrigerator.