Monday, June 29, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here's what you need:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
Start by combining the flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. Then in a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract. Gradually add in the flour and salt mixture. Beat at low speed until well blended. Form the dough into two discs and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Then you simply roll out the dough and use your cookie cutters to make fun shapes. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees until the edges are very lightly browned. Cool on wire racks and then decorate!
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
For cool pool party favors, get some brightly colored beach buckets and shovels and fill them with things like inflatable beach balls, flip flops, fun sunglasses, water guns, pinwheels, swim goggles, bubbles and gummy fish (or goldfish crackers for a healthier alternative).
When it comes to the cake, probably one of the easiest solutions is to make a large round cake and decorate it like a beach ball using different colored stripes of either frosting or fondant. Or you could make a tall square cake and cut out the top like a castle's battlements. Cover the cake in frosting and then sprinkle with brown sugar to look like sand. Stick a flag in the top and you now have a really cool sand castle cake. Remember to have the water balloons ready for your kids' pool party!
Friday, June 12, 2009
- Make sure you knead the fondant well before trying to roll it out so that it's workable
- Sprinkle your surface with a little cornstarch to help prevent sticking
- Use a wide non-stick rolling pin
- I like to use a rolling mat like the one pictured above because it's marked with sizes so you know how wide you've rolled your fondant (there's nothing worse than rolling your fondant out and placing it on your frosted cake only to find it's not big enough to cover the cake)
- Roll your fondant to be about 1/8 to 1/6 inch thick
- If your fondant tears, use a little bit of shortening on your fingers to repair it (don't use water as it dissolves the sugar in the fondant and will only make it sticky)
- You can attached fondant decorations to a fondant covered cake using water or royal icing
- When not using your fondant, keep it wrapped in plastic wrap as it dries out quickly
- You can store wrapped fondant at room temperature for 1-2 months (do not refrigerate or freeze it and it gets way too hard to work with)
- Here's a great chart showing how much fondant you need to cover different size cakes
Hope these tips are helpful - wishing you lots of fondant fun!
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
PurpleTrail provides a great selection of online invitations as well as some cool party ideas. PC Magazine named them one of the Top 100 undiscovered sites of the year.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
If you're looking for a really personal touch while planning your kid's birthday party, then consider these great personalized party invitations that feature your child's very own name along with all the pertinent party details. You can find an invitation to match any theme and at just $0.99 they are not only loads of fun but also very affordable. Another big plus to these personalized party invitations - you don't have to hand write the same party details over and over again!
Monday, June 1, 2009
- You can make a plain sheet or round cake and then cut out some circles (or ovals) from colored fondant. Attach them to the cake and then draw or pipe on the balloon strings.
- Make several round cakes and decorate them in different colors. Place them together on one large cake board and make some balloon strings from thinly rolled fondant. This idea would work well if you're having a large party.