Posts Tagged ‘icing’

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Filling a Pastry Bag

March 18, 2014

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Somehow, every time I pull out the pastry bag, I am soon up to my elbows in icing. When I saw this genius tip, I knew I had to try it. Place the pasty bag, with the piping tips affixed, into a tall drinking glass. Fold a few inches of the bag over the edge of the glass, and place the icing, or whatever you are piping, into the bag, using the edge of the glass to scrape the excess off spatula. Once it is filled, remove the bag from the glass, gather up the sides, and pipe away!

Why didn’t I think of that?

photo: glasshouse images

Monkey Business

October 14, 2013

It was a very special little boy’s first birthday, and of course cupcakes were in order. He loves monkeys, so I set out to find a way to make monkey cakes. Pinterest was rife with ideas, and these little monkeys were easy to execute and almost as cute as the recipient!

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To make the monkey faces:

Prepare cupcakes and ice them with light brown icing. I used unsweetened cocoa powder to color mine. Slightly imperfect icing gives the illusion of fur.

(and it was 10:30 on a Friday night!)

Place a vanilla wafer cookie in the center of the cupcake, and draw a mouth and 2 nostrils on it with icing.  There are colored icing tubes available at most supermarkets and specialty cake shops, which makes this quick and easy. Mix up the expressions for fun!

Using a serrated knife, gently cut a vanilla wafer in half, using a sawing motion. This prevents them from breaking.

Press the cookie halves into the sides of the cupcakes, to form ears.

Add candy eyes, and enjoy!

By the way, a few pandas wandered in to join the fun.

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Happy Birthday to our favorite little monkey, Landon!

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Brrrger Joint

May 30, 2012

Fast food chain Carl’s Jr. is testing an ice cream concoction resembling a hamburger.
Dubbed the “ice cream brrrger,” the dessert sells for $1.99 at select locations in the Orange County, California area.

The “brrrger” consists of 2 sugar cookies as the bun, chocolate ice cream as the meat, and drizzles of colored icing in red, yellow and green, to depict mustard, ketchup and we assume lettuce.

While the item looks pretty unappetizing, and is rumored to look even less so in person, I can think of way more disgusting things to eat than a poorly designed ice-cream sandwich.

Carl’s Jr. says it will analyze the test data and decide if it will roll it out to the balance of the chain in the future.


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