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HapBEE Birthday

Just a quick little post here. Starting to get back into custom cakes and whipped this sweet treat up. I used my regular white cake recipe but substituted the white sugar with honey and added lemon zest and extract to the buttercream. It made for a harmonious blend of flavour.

These cute little bumble bees are just rolled fondant, black pearls and florists wire.

The honeycomb wrap is melted chocolate spread onto bubble wrap! I had to do it twice because I let it harden too much and couldn’t wrap it around the cake! And the second time I did it, my measuring was way off and I made it too short. A few buttercream roses covered up my mistake with no one the wiser! ….until now of course.

 

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Kitty Queen Cake

When it comes to birthdays I always prefer a home-made cake to a bought one. Doesn’t it just make you feel that much more special when someone you love took the time to make you a special treat on your big day? One of my grandma’s, for every one of her grandchildren’s birthdays, makes and angel food cake with a brown sugar caramel frosting. Super yummy. And I always remember those opposed to when I would get a cake from the grocery store. I am the official cake maker for our family events. For every birthday I get to test my skill, try new things and make a fabulous cake. So to be honest, I haven’t made a cake for anyone outside of my family, which means, I’m not getting the practice that I should. But if I keep cake around, I eat it all myself…in one night.

This one in particular, again doesn’t have pictures of the process really because I was being watched the whole time by my granny and that makes me pretty uncomfortable. This is for my niece’s 8th birthday. They live out on a farm and she loves her little kitties.

This is a 2-tiered, 4-layered cake vanilla cake with a cookie dough filling, I’ll share the recipe below. The great thing, and also the worst, about the cookie dough filling is that it is super easy to make, especially when you had a long day and just need a little bowl of cookie dough to make everything right with the world.

The “Kitty Queen” is made out of Wilton rolled white fondant. I saw a picture of these little fondant cats and I was trying to recreate it as they looked adorable with their little round bodies, but I really didn’t care for it after I had done it. So I popped the head off and made a new body using the same technique as the Shaggy Dog Fondant Topper tutorial.

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This shows that taking a day to think about it and changing something you thought you were finished already isn’t always such a bad thing.

I made a giant flower for the middle and then what seemed like a million little flowers. I just rolled the fondant and used my smallest Wilton flower cutter and punched out a bunch in different colors. Then I took small, white sugar balls and placed on in the middle of each flower. They were then dispersed over the entire cake.

I like to make the cakes the day or two before, wrap and freeze them and then that is one last thing to worry about the night before the cake is due.

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 Ingredients:
for the cake:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
for the filling:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Directions:
for the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Grease and flour your cake pans.

In a large mixer bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, soda, powder & salt until combined.

Add in the eggs, milk, oil & vanilla and mix well, on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Pour evenly into the two pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in the pans for 5-10 minutes and then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely before filling and frosting.

for the filling:
In a mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth.  Mix in the milk and vanilla until smooth.  Mix in the flour until just well combined and then stir in the chocolate chips. See? Super easy and safe to eat.

for the frosting:
I just used a simple buttercream frosting, I don’t actually use a recipe for this I just throw butter, sugar, milk and vanilla together until it tastes delicious.

 

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Fondant Cake Toppers – Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Fondant cake toppers are a great and easy way to dress up a cake, and let’s face it, absolutely adorable. It looks like winter has officially begun here in the Great White North and it has gotten me in the Christmas spirit. So last night I was looking through Pinterest and was getting some cake ideas and I found a Charlie Brown Christmas themed cake and I loved it. I thought I would put my own spin on in it and I went with an Old English Sheep dog instead. I’ll add tutorials for the other pieces that will be made for a cake and then we will see how it looks all together so stay with me here.

List of Materials
– Wilton rolled fondant

– Bakers twine
– Peony petal dust
– Brush
– Black edible marker
– Wilton modeling tools
– Black pearl sprinkle
– Wire
– Netflix

I wanted this topper to be a bit bigger than what I would usually make as it is to be more cartoon-ish. For the head I used a piece of fondant about the size of my palm and rolled it into a ball. Then used a modeling tool to poke out the mouth and a ball tool to round out the cheeks. Then made the nose with a small ball of fondant and I took a paring knife to make the line down the middle. Brush a little water and insert a black pearl for the nose. With a little bit of food coloring I just painted the inside of the mouth so that it would be dark and add a little depth and added a kissable tongue. Then just to give our pooch some color, brush some petal dust on the cheeks.

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Now for the shag. All I did was roll little pieces of fondant into baby snake-like shapes in different sizes and thicknesses. Brush a little water to the tips and attach to the head. Start lower down and work your way up to the top layers. With a pointy modeling tool just gently push the in the tip of the little pieces into the head, just to keep it secure.

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For the body I made it about the height of my fist, straight in the front and slightly angled the back. I rolled out a thin piece of grey fondant, same color as used for the ears, and made a patch. I inserted a thick flower wire for support and to attach the head.

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His legs are made from a cylinder shape about the size of my index finger. I added some petal dust to the bottom of his back paws and with the edible marker made little lines to show nails.

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I made his chest just with a rolled out v-shape and it looked good in the front, but the sides and back, it didn’t work at all. So I decided to put shag over top of it. I used the same method as for the top of the head and added in a bit of the grey color too.

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I was going to leave it just like that and then I looked out the window and it was snowing and knew that he had to be tangled up in lights. I cut a piece of bakers twine and squeezed on little balls of different colored fondant. Once it is secured onto the twine, just gently squeeze the tips to shape it like a triangle to look more light-like. And that’s all there is to it.

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I am still designing the cake. A smooth fondant covered round cake with either a snowy doghouse or a ‘Charlie Brown’ tree and Christmas light swags? Any suggestions?

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What is Hudson & Blake

My name is Jessica, I live in a small town in Saskatchewan Canada, with my dog with hopes of two or three more. I post pages on here about handmade things that I create. I also keep a blog of what I’m up to and links to good things from all over.

I’ve been told that Libra’s don’t have hobbies, they just like to try all different things, I have found this to be true. I love trying new things and when I discover that I’m not half bad at it, I think I can make a business out of it. The problem is I lose interest in one thing quickly and have to move on to another. My granny is also famous for believing that I can do anything I put my mind to. We will be in the city shopping or perusing Pinterest and Etsy together and she would say “You could do that.” So I would go off and do it, then go overboard and get everything I could possibly need to set up shop. Here is a rundown of what I have started and not continued on with.

When I first moved to Saskatchewan I started a photography business. It started out as JRae Photography and eventually became Jessica Rae Photography. It actually did quite well and was well rounded with different types of photography, weddings, newborns, pets, portraits, family, etc. And I really did love it, but I didn’t like having to do it. So I eventually just stopped advertising and stopped taking on jobs. I still get requests for it and sometimes I agree.

Winters in Saskatchewan are very long, dark and cold. And since I’m not one for winter activities I generally like to learn something new (learning piano has been on the winter to do list for years) or start a new hobby. I knew a girl who decorated cakes and would post them all over Facebook. Sure they were nice enough, but for the price she was selling them for and the amount of orders she was getting, I was sure I could do better. So I did. I started Nested Bakery. I spent my evenings making fondant figures and intricate flowers and practicing icing techniques. Then I moved on to decorating sugar cookies. All I did was pin ideas on cookie decorating and watching tutorials.  I made them for everyone for Christmas and then the orders started coming in for specific designs and for birthdays and special occasions. I lacked the self confidence in being able to do it so I turned them down.

I pulled out my grandma’s old Jenome sewing machine that she gave me. I got obsessed with buying fabric and started making burp cloths, baby blankets, car seat covers, aprons, stuffed animals and everything baby related because I had a slight touch of baby fever. Thus emerged Jay’s Boutiques. I made labels and sewed them into everything I produced…then I hated the name.

In between all that I got into knitting and crocheting. I made wool hats and mittens for anyone who asked for them. It consumed my evening making two toques every night. They would take about an hour and a half if I didn’t get a hand cramp. I went to make one last night and I was so bored of it I couldn’t even get one row done.

The latest and greatest is handmade soaps, lip balms and body scrubs. I enjoy making these the most. I have finally found a great affordable supplier so I can keep the stock up. My boyfriend is a cheap farmer (I mean that in the most loving way possible)  and his mind revolves around ways to make money. He is the one who keeps me going with this and has my products being sold in a local salon and encourages me to reach out to other businesses. Although I hear a lot about cost margins and profitability and that’s not really my style. I pretty much used to give it all away.

I started all these different things and would start a blog specifically for them and twitter accounts and Facebook pages and I just couldn’t keep up. I don’t like to focus on just one thing at a time. So I present to you Hudson and Blake. The story behind the name will be revealed eventually.

I am just approaching my 24th birthday and I have lead an interesting life so far and I would really like to share it with you. I have travelled, loved, lost, and created. I have gone through some serious illness and have found the love of my life. We are going to get close you and I, so I hope you enjoy.