Monday, June 10, 2013

Rainbow zebra cake

I promised I would show you how I made the zebra cake for Boo's birthday.  Finally, I am able to take a few minutes to get it up.

I found a picture of a zebra striped cake on Pinterest but it did not take me to instructions (make sure when you pin you have the proper source) so I did a search for how to make one and came up with several sites so you shouldn't have any trouble finding anything.

I knew I was going to make cupcakes so I only needed a six inch cake to use for candles.  I chose to use the Wilton zebra cupcake liners that would retain color while baking.

I made up two cake mixes (chocolate and french vanilla) to use.  I departed here from one of the recipes I found online that suggested you add a bit to the chocolate cake mix, but I went on the fly.  I shouldn't have.  If you find one of the sites that says to add something to the chocolate, it will help thin it out a bit (I'm guessing).

I just alternated a quarter cup of batter from each flavor until my pan was full enough to bake.

The instructions said to bake according to package directions so I made sure I got two mixes that had the same bake times.  Now, I'm not sure if my oven is having issues or if I did something wrong, but my cake took almost an hour to bake.  That is way too long for a six inch cake to need and I didn't have a lot of time to start over so I just went with it.  I had plenty of cupcakes so the cake wasn't really as much of an issue.

I iced the six inch cake white and used parchment sheets cut straight across to draw a rainbow on top.

This is the first shot of me actually putting decoration on the cake.  The hubs asked if he could do anything to help so I told him to grab the camera.

I also iced the cupcakes white and used candy to stand up for the rainbow on them.  Just to remind you, this is how they looked.

If you use this candy on cupcakes, put it on right before the party.  The strips will slowly flatten down, they are not very stiff.

Here is the cake.

Notice how the rainbow was off centered a bit?  I didn't even let it bother me this time.  I just keep telling myself about all the money I saved making this myself.

And here is how it looked cut.

What cakes have you made lately?

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

A forced reprieve

Not long after my last post I was working on my follow up to the zebra cake when my laptop no longer wanted to cooperate with what I wanted to do.  I realized that at eight years old, it was on its last legs and I started looking for a new one.  I found what I thought was the perfect computer, transferred all my data, and promptly had it crash on me causing everything to be lost (luckily I had not deleted anything off the old computer).  I contacted the manufacturer who suggested I send it back to where I bought it since they believed it to be defective.  They merely wiped the hard drive and sent it back to me in a nearly unusable state.  The manufacturer would not take it back at that point because it had been wiped.  I went through the very slow process of trying to restore this laptop to a usable condition.  That took almost three months.  Now I am migrating my stuff to the new laptop once again.  I am going more slowly and concentrating on whether I really need some of my really old files anymore, kind of cleaning out the junk as I go.  I even got rid of over half my fonts and I am a font hoarder.

I have not forgotten you out there, really.  I am going to try to get back to regular posting soon.  I have a semi busy summer (as most everyone does).  My mom has decided to remodel her kitchen, most of the work done without taking any pictures before (the nerve!).  I plan to take pictures of the before and after while I am painting it for her.  I am also the parent volunteer for a science camp this year as well as having my girls take swimming lessons (way overdue).  Vacation Bible School just ended so that is out of the way.  Things won't slow down when school starts back in August, either.  I will be even more involved than I was last year not to mention splitting time between two schools.

Thankfully, the blog saved the progress I had already made on the post under construction, so I will get it up as soon as I have my photo editing software up and running.  It might take me a few more days.  Until then, tell me what you are doing this summer.

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