rose cake party with chinet

Do you have that one chore that you simply detest? For me, it’s washing the dishes. I would rather iron every single one of my husband’s shirts with military precision than do dishes. Rose Cake Party Especially baking dishes. I bake all the time, and after the preparation and assembly and decoration, the last thing I want to do is dive into a sink of batter bowls, dried frosting tips, and sticky crumbly side plates. Rose Cake PartySo at my most recent get together I decided to change things up a bit.  I embraced easy. Sitting alongside my beautiful crystal cake stands covered in rosette cakes I placed Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. I used their new side plates, silverware and cups.

I also used a dinner plate for an extra special purpose, but I will show you that in just a second.  (Can you find it in the picture at the top?)   Chinet New Cut Crystal   It all fit together quite beautifully.  The sunny day, the shabby chic cakes, the glass cake stands, and the side plates, utensils, and cups created a lovely and magical setting.

I gave Olivia a cup to play with and she would not let it go! OliviaShe was the belle of the ball with her ruffles and chubby cheeks, sipping out of her crystal glass.

It’s basically the baby version of Cinderella. ;) Green Rosette Cake on Chinet New Cut Crystal And what do you think of my new cake stand?  I wanted the cakes to be at different heights on my table, so I used traditional cake stands for the pink and yellow rosette cakes and a Chinet® Cut Crystal® plate for the green rosette cake.

At first glance you cannot tell that it is plastic!  Chinet® Cut Crystal®This party was such fun, not only because of the delicious cake and drinks, but because of the ease of clean up.  I almost did not want to throw the plates and silverware away.  It is beautiful, easy to use, durable and cheap!!  Which is something every party planner wants to hear.

I have such faith in the new Chinet® Cut Crystal® line that I brought it to my last book signing!

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Here is a tutorial on How To Make a Rose Cake.

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Christmas Surprise Inside Cake

I had no intention of sharing this cake.

Christmas Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

Everything that could go wrong, did.

The multi-colored roses are oddly resembling a pile of mush.  The touch of green leaves is a more of a massive green undergrowth and has a life of its own.

Surprise Inside Cake!

And the inside… well.  Lets just say that was not my best work.

Its completely tilted over.

Christmas JOY Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

Why on earth would it do that?  Maybe because I used the wrong cookie cutters when preparing my cake and they were too tall for the pan so I had to improvise and create a “wall” around the cake with parchment so when I poured the extra batter over the letters it wouldn’t spill out the sides which didn’t really work and the batter did spill out on all sides resembling a square mushroom that took 70 minutes to bake and ITS CROOKED.

CROOKED!

This cake that I spent many hours dreaming about and baking and decorating was a total failure.

Christmas Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

But then I shared this picture on Instagram with the caption, “Guess what I am up to.”  and the adorable @achewycookie said,

“Spreading some JOY!”

And I was humbled.  Because most people don’t care about the dumb details like I obsessively do.

They just feel loved and appreciated when someone makes them a cake.  As they should.

So here it is.  The cake that should have been something else but isn’t so it is what it is.

Merry Christmas. :)

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

It occurred to me that there are three things I have not done.

1. Updated the Best Chocolate Cake recipe.

2. Shared the perfect Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

3. Made a Chocolate Rose Cake.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Well, I will remedy those three issues all in one post!

I have made no less than 56, 743 rose cakes in the last 2 years and NOT ONE has been all chocolate!

What to the what?  Insanity.

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake and Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream

This best ever chocolate cake recipe was originally published on my blog in 2010 and is from The Barefoot Contessa who adapted it from Hershey’s.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (I use decaf)

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  4. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  5. (I prepared my cakes in two 8in round cake pans then divided each layer after they had cooled to create four layers)
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The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Best Chocolate Buttercream #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream

The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) at room temp.
  • 7½ cups powdered sugar (or one 2lb bag)
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. ***THIS RECIPE IS FOR A CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM ROSE CAKE. You may need to halve this recipe if you are not making buttercream roses!***
  2. Place room temperature butter and vanilla into a stand mixer and beat at medium-high for about three minutes. You want it to appear lighter and fluffier.
  3. While butter is in mixer add powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt to a bowl and mix with a whisk. (sift)
  4. With mixer off, add in one cup of the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture. Turn mixer on to low and then slowly add in remaining powdered sugar mixture, one cup at a time.
  5. With mixer still on low, add in milk. Turn mixer to medium high and blend for at least two minutes.
  6. Frosting will appear very light, but it will darken as it sets.
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Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life.

 

The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream #rosecake

 This is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I have ever had the pleasure of eating.  Its moist and fudgey but still has a light cake crumb.  Its got a depth of flavor (which I would attribute to the coffee) and a distinct rich deep chocolate essence.

If you are planing on making a chocolate rose cake as well, here are some posts to help you along.

Original Rose Cake – Photograph Tutorial

Rose Cake Tutorial on Youtube

The Perfect Birthday Rose Cake

Royal Wedding Rose Cake

Gender Reveal Rose Cake

Neapolitan Rose Cake (one of my favorite cakes of all time!)

The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream #rosecake

Next time you want the Perfect Chocolate Cake, you simply must make this one.

You won’t be sorry!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe!

Once you get your chocolate fix be sure to try the Perfect White Cake!

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake

This “cake” was a fusion of two things I love.  My original Rose Cake design and Pumpkin Pie.  Let me be more specific… pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake from iambaker.net #cake #pumpkinpie

 

I have to tell you, the Buttercream Rosette Cake is near and dear to my heart.  Its by far the most popular cake I have ever done.  Imagine my surprise seeing it in world famous bakeries or on a Pillsbury commercial or even in a book by the woman who made the Royal Wedding Cake!

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake from iambaker.net #cake #pumpkinpie

I just love how simple it is and how transitional it is.  It can be for man, woman or child.  It can be pink or brown or white.  It can be one tier or twelve.  It can be anything, just as long as you can imagine!

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake from iambaker.net #cake #pumpkinpie

In all seriousness, I want you to know that I share all my cakes with the intention that you would be inspired.  I hope that you will make them.

I would hope that you would present them to your loved ones and say, “I did that.”   I want you to know what its like to create beautiful and delicious things and to have people in awe of your talent!

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake from iambaker.net #cake #pumpkinpie #rosecake

This cake is no exception.  Its not a cake… its a pie!  A Pumpkin Pie covered in whipped cream Rosettes.

And super easy to do.

I got a 30 oz can of Pumpkin Pie Mix. (follow the directions on the can for baking) and a pre-made pie crust.  I spread the pie crust into a 6in round springform pan.  Then prepared the pumpkin pie mix according to directions, then poured it into the uncooked pie crust.  Baked according to directions.  Let it cool and place in the fridge for one day. (For no reason other than I am insanely busy and couldn’t get to it in the same day)

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake!  The perfect way to jazz up pumpkin pie!

When ready to make the Rose Cake:

Fill up a piping bag with a 1M or 2D tip and then the whipped cream. (I used Cool Whip)  Pipe out roses following my written tutorial for buttercream rosettes or watch my video tutorial on How to Make a Buttercream Rose Cake in Less Than Four Minutes!.

I sprinkled cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon) over the top, then chilled until ready to serve.

I have to tell you, this is the PERFECT way to dress up a pumpkin pie!

You can buy a store bought pie, remove it from the pan, then fill in around the bottom with whipped cream.  Then get to piping!  Pipe roses all over!  You now have a beautiful, easy, delicious and unique way to serve pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Pie Rose Cake!  A great way to jazz up pumpkin pie!

I just hope that you all enjoy an equal whipped cream to pie ratio like I do.

And I hope that you are inspired to jazz up your pumpkin pie this year, and I just know you will be the hit of your Thanksgiving celebration!

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And today I have a special treat for you.  I am giving readers a chance to win your very own custom iambaker T-shirt!

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The fabulous folks at whooptee.com and I are partnering to give you (in my opinion) one of the cutest shirts around… an iambaker T-shirt!

Working with whooptee.com has been awesome.  Using their design tool allowed me to design my own customer T-shirt!

I based the design off of my love of athletic T’s.

Original Rose Cake by iambaker.net

I also added my blog logo, which is my Original Rose Cake (the above is the Gender Reveal Rose Cake).  Logo was designed by Debi from barefaith.com.  (She designed my website as well)

Here is how the entire shirt will look:

Custom iambaker.net T-shirt

You will also have the option of a pale blue shirt!

Custome designed T-shirt for iambaker.net

The back will look the same as the white shirt above.  Also, the pink cake logo is actually more pale (a soft pink) in real life, not a hot pink as it appears above.

I just love how these turned out!  I have actually ordered one in black for my husband.  I think the design is neutral enough for a guy to feel comfortable in it!  At least, I hope.  I know there are some very manly men in the iambaker community!  With the custom t shirts design tool its very easy to go in and change the product or design.  Love that!

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Today is the Day!

We are scheduled to have our fifth child this morning via C-Section!  Five kids.  Who would have thought?

We are nervous and excited for this newest addition to finally make his/her way into our lives!

Gender Reveal Rose Cake

For this pregnancy we chose to not find out the sex of the baby, and its been really fun!!  Thank you to all those who commented and encouraged us to stick with it and not give in… I am so glad we did!

Baby Blue Rose Cake

 

I am hoping for another boy…

Pink Rose Cake

 

 

My sweet Audrey wants a little sister desperately!

 

In reality we all would be thrilled with either. :)

In honor of the sweet blessing we are about to meet I wanted to share some of the joy and excitement with you.

I am going to start my day with a super awesome gift and I think YOU SHOULD TOO!!

I would love for one of you to win the amazing new phone!

Verizon Phone

Its actually part smartphone.  Part tablet.

But all totally awesome.  These beautiful Verizon phones retail for $599.00!

How can you win one?  Simply tell me:

What do you think we are having… a boy or a girl?

If you would like you can follow along on my Facebook page, I will try to update with pictures and confirmation! :)

Contest runs from May 31st-June 3rd.  You can “vote” once a day, every day!

See official rules here.

Wish me luck! :)

UPDATED:

Olivia

On Friday we welcomed Olivia into our hearts!

She was 8lbs 5 oz

She is healthy and happy and much loved!

(Contest is still open through this evening- just make sure you guess ‘girl’) :)

WINNER ANNOUNCED!

I picked a winner using random.org.  They selected a number between 1 and 611.  Comment #52 was the lucky winner!

Theresa, please email me within 48 hours to claim your awesome new phone!

 

Rose Covered Checkerboard Cake

I had no intentions of making a Rose Cake.  I was actually planning on doing a tutorial for this cake, but something happened.

I was so inspired by the whimsical beauty of the MacKenzie-Childs products, I just couldnt help myself!  Since I knew the interior was a checkboard design, I thought the soft Rosette’s would be the perfect compliment.

 Original Rose Cake on Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Check Cake Stand

In addition the the cake interior, the Rose’s seemed a perfect compliment to the beautiful cake stand the cake was sitting on.  I fell in love with the Parchment Check collection from MacKenzie-Childs and I hope you do too.  Cause guess what?

I am giving away a $1000 gift card for their products! (Enter to Win below)

Original Rose Covered Cake with Checkerboard Interior!

They of course have many, many more designs and products that you can choose from.  Like stunning furniture and kitchen and bathroom accessories and even garden furniture and accessories!

To  pipe the rose’s I followed my Original Rose Cake Tutorial.

 

Rose Covered Checkerboard Cake!

For the interior I slightly modified my Vertical Layer Cake Tutorial.  I made the layers white and a pale yellow, trying to replicate the same design that is on the cake stand and accessories.

Then, instead of placing the same color layers directly on top of each other, I just switched out the layers to make a checkerboard pattern.  SO easy!  Of course, you can always buy the checkerboard pan too. ;)

Checkerboard Cake covered in Rosette's!

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Some Things (Silver Rose Cake)

I hope you will forgive me interrupting your regularly scheduled program, I just need to take care of some business.

First off, the sweet little Silver Bell’s inspired Rose Cake above was seen in an ad in the latest issue of Sweet Paul Magazine!  I am a huge, huge fan of those great guys and hope you will be too.  In addition to the digital version, you can even find a copy of their magazine at Anthropology (and many other stores!)

In other not so fun new, my email was hacked into.

It has been nothing short of a huge problem, as the hackers took over my account and I no longer have access to any of it.  I had used that account since 1999 and also used my email as file storage.  (I dont recommend doing that, its not the best way to store important info!  Dont be like me.)  Contact files, business accounts, personal files, personal emails.  I had stored and filed away every important email I have gotten in the past years, and they are now gone. (Even an email I got from Martha Stewart years ago that I had saved because, hello, it was from Martha Stewart!  Well, maybe it was from her people, but you know.  Practically same thing.)

My email provider was AOL and they basically told me I was out of luck and refused to help regain access to my information.  They were unprofessional, unhelpful, and downright rude.  In addition to all that the hacker also sent out numerous emails “from me” asking for money.

My apologies if you were one of the un-lucky recipients of that.

I will be getting you new and improved email information shortly!  In the mean time you can reach me at manda2177@gmail.com.

Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving, and I look forward to sharing the Holiday season with you.  Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year!

*If you want to make a cake like this, here is a good tutorial as well as this video tutorial.

Patriotic Rose Cake {Video Tutorial}

Did you know that the Rose is the National Flower?

Did you know I just made that up so that a Patriotic Rose Cake would seem more natural?

A very smart reader, Lisa, shared this (thanks Lisa!) :

“The rose was designated the official flower and floral emblem of the United States of America in 1986″

People have been asking for over a year now for a video tutorial for the Rose Cake.  After posting the Neapolitan Rose Cake a week ago and getting a few more requests, I finally did it!

While I will probably still refer folks to my original tutorial, this little video shows you a couple fun things:

1. How to make it with different colors. (So this will apply to the Neapolitan Cake as well as any Ombre effect you might desire)

2. Just how quick and easy it is.

This video is mostly in real time.  You really truly can frost a cake like this in less than 10 minutes.  And if you are making all one color it is even quicker.

As you can tell, I made this cake in honor of patriotism… Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day, an Inauguration, basically any occasion that red white and blue is appropriate!

 

How I prepare to frost a Rose Cake:

I get all my frosting’s ready and place in plastic disposable pastry bags.

I then prepare a bag with a 1M tip in it for every color I am using. Here I used three colors, so I had three bags ready.  You can go through a lot of frosting making those roses, and its good to have an extra bag ready to switch out.

Also, I really didn’t do a crumb coat. I have done it with and without a crumb coat and find they both work. The reason I can get away with not doing a crumb coat is because I tend to squish my roses together to avoid any dead space.

When making the bottom layer of blue roses around the cake, I tried to stop applying pressure at the top my my rose, where the next layer would be covering.  Then simply go right over that edge on your next row.  Overlapping is a very good thing with this cake!

 

As you can see in the video, I went fast and didn’t worry about perfection with each individual rosette.

If you didnt like how one of your roses looked, simply wipe it off the cake and re-pipe it.  Easy peasy! :)

There is no editing (other than exposure/color) done to the pictures I have posted.  (The pictures were actually taken with my phone.) Its the same cake in the pictures and video.

The ending cake is still pretty good, even though you saw many errors throughout the video.  That is just a testimony to how forgiving the Rose Technique is!

A few have asked, so here is a link to the gel food coloring I use to achieve such deep colors!  I use a lot so typically buy the largest size they offer. (link is to a smaller size)

Ateco Tulip Red (Sugarbelle has a whole post on this!)

Ateco Royal Blue

 

 

A big special thanks to Kirk from Interactive Business Solutions for filming and editing this tutorial.  You (and your beautiful family) are the best!

Neapolitan Rose Cake

UPDATED: Video Tutorial HERE

I am obsessed with Neapolitan lately.  And if you are friends with me on Instagram you already know this.


I shared this picture yesterday.  As well as another picture of the pre-frosted cakes the day before.

And I even made another Neapolitan Rose cake last week that was for the amazing staff of volunteers and teachers at my kids’ AWANA program.

But I digress.

I love Neapolitan.  I adore the ease and look of  my Rose Cake technique.

When I first did the Rose Cake back in Feb. of 2011, I had no idea it would take off like it did.  Its now being taught in Wilton course’s and being sold in bakeries across the world.

To say I am humbled by it all is putting it mildly!

So to be able to do something new (and delicious!)  with the sweet buttercream roses is so exciting.

For me, this was a match made in heaven.

Not only is the buttercream Neapolitan, but the cake flavors are as well.  I made a chocolate cake, a strawberry cake, and a white cake in 8in pans.  I only used one 8in layer of each flavor for this cake, so I popped the extra layers into the freezer.

I am going to whip up another one of these easy cakes to bring to a Mothers Day celebration this weekend!

I used a basic buttercream for the white and strawberry layers, but added 1 scant teaspoon of strawberry extract to the pink buttercream. (which I tinted with AmeriColor Soft Pink, quite possible my favorite ever brand)

I have been trying to use as many different frosting’s as possible with the rosette technique to determine if they will hold up.  I found this specific buttercream to be very durable as well as obnoxiously sweet.

Which is awesome.

Back to Basics Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 two pound bag powder sugar (about 7-8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon good quality vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Put room temperature butter, vanilla, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.
  2. If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk. I found that this is the perfect consistency for me to pipe roses using the 1M or 2D tip.
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I made a batch up chocolate buttercream as well! (had to halve this recipe)

 

You really cant go wrong with a rose covered Neapolitan cake for mom!

Or you.  Just make it for you.  Its totally worth it.