Help Fund Our Adoption, Please!

My husband and I are adopting a baby (or 2) from the US and it's a very costly process, so if you or anyone you know if willing to help, we would greatly appreciate it!
Any amount helps. Thank you!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

I recently received a box of King Arthur Flour's Deliciously Simple Chocolate Cake Mix in the mail.
Using it, I made some wonderful chocolate, chocolate chip cupcakes topped off with ganache icing, leaf shaped sprinkles, and green sanding sugar. They were DELICIOUS and so easy.

One of the things I loved about this cake mix is that it didn't leave any dry mix clumps when I was mixing it, and that it did not require the use of a mixer, only a whisk or wooden spoon.

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I enjoyed this product and others by King Arthur, so most likely other bakers will too!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

On Vacation


I will be on vacation this week celebrating my one year wedding anniversary in Punta Cana, DR (a bit early, I know), so I won't be blogging again until after Easter.

So please expect a delay in response to your comments/questions/emails.


Melinda Joy

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mom's Birthday Cake

My Mom's Birthday Cake:

** Fudgy, chocolate, 2-layer cake with chocolate chips, with mint buttercream frosting between the layers, topped with chocolate ganache frosting, and buttercream flowers & vines**

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From the start of icing to the finished product:

- chocolate ganache (semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream)...very easy to make and pour over the cake for a smooth shiny finish

-Using a round tip, i piped these vines on with light green buttercream icing

- Using a leaf tip, I added the leaves to the vines (if you use a coupler, you can change back and forth from the round tip to the leaf tip and use the same icing bag)

- The night before I covered cardboard with wax paper and made these pink flowers using the flower tip and pink butter cream icing, then left them covered overnight to harden

- A attached the premade flowers with a dot of buttercream icing, and that's's done!

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