Carousel cake

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on September 25th, 2012 by Natacha – 1 Comment

This cake was crafted for a party at Jane’s carousel in DUMBO. The theme was horses, boy’s favorite color was blue…It was definitely the largest cake I have ever made, 12 inch/two layers. It was a vanilla yellow cake filled with my Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream frosting. The horses were made out of plastic and white but were painted with tinted royal icing…The cowboy was made out of gum paste and the cake covered in fondant. I was very worried not to be able to assemble it on site as the top was super heavy.

Fondant Carousel Birthday Cake

 

Happy Birthday Jack !

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on August 13th, 2012 by Natacha – 2 Comments

I tried to make a new filling using some goodies my mom brought back from France. This cake was a chocolate cake filled with “praliné” filling….and it was delicious !

My friend made the comment “oh we have pralines, here too”, but they are completely different, american pralines refer to confections made with nuts and simple syrup. Praliné is a mixture of ground nuts and chocolate, this is what i used to flavor the “light” buttercream in this cake.

I must admit I definitely giggled a lot while making this cake…

 

 

Pepper from Mega jump cake.

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies, Life on July 6th, 2012 by Natacha – 1 Comment

I thought my level of pop culture was pretty good…until I got a request for a new cake…”Pepper” from Megajump…

Pepper

I had never heard about that game before, but like my son would say “mommy ask your friend google if you don’t know”…Here are the cake photos, it was a two layer chocolate cake filled with classic vanilla buttercream frosting. I used fondant and edible glitter since it was for a very special girl !

 

I got a very sweet email from June’s mom :

“Thank you! The cake is jaw-droppingly beautiful! The word “love” may not be sufficient to describe how June feels about her cake – we all just stood there gazing at it until it had to go in the fridge. ”

This definitely made my day ! I love making cakes that make people happy !

 

That week I also got to make subway cupcakes for some preschoolers. Each kid had the first letter of his name in fondant with subway style lettering/color. Those cupcakes were made out of buttermilk chocolate cake topped with Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream.

Beyblade battle arena cake

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on June 24th, 2012 by Natacha – 1 Comment

 

I got a very special request for a cake this week for 2 kids who were having a birthday celebration. I asked the parents for a photo of the kids favorite Beyblades and decided to built a battle arena for them.

 

 

I modified an existing logo for the cake (added the kids names) and had it printed on a frosting sheet with edible ink. The cake was a two layer vanilla cake filled with Swiss meringue chocolate frosting.

I had a lot of trouble with my airbrush so i painted the metallic paint onto gumpaste blade cutouts. Moisture in the air was through the roof, my first set of beyblades did not make it so i had to make them again and prayed for them to dry on time.

 

Beyblade battle arena birthday cake

This cake is 100% edible !

If you live near New York City and would like a Beyblade cake, email me at natacha@frenchyfood.com

 

A cupcake for the grown ups !

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies, Recipes on June 17th, 2012 by Natacha – Comments Off on A cupcake for the grown ups !

Today we made our favorite cupcakes to bring to a party. I really like them because they “feel” healthier -not a butter based frosting- than the cupcakes i’m used to make.

Strawberry Balsamic Reduction ( for 24 cupcakes) :

  • 1Lbs. Organic Strawberries – chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar

Put all the ingredients on a pot on low heat, cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, on low heat (about 7 minutes). Let cool, and your cupcake filling is ready !

Mascarpone frosting (for 24 cupcakes) :

  • 16 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 1Lbs.  confectioner’s sugar
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Beat the mascarpone and juice and gradually add the sugar. Depending on your taste you may want to adjust the sugar amount.

Core you favorite vanilla cupcake, fill with strawberry compote and add frosting.

 

Happy Father’s day ! Life is sweet, remember to eat dessert first ! (hopefully my kids won’t read this)

Cinnamon roll cupcakes

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies, Recipes on June 14th, 2012 by Natacha – 1 Comment

I made this recipe and we all totally loved it ! Those cupcakes totally taste like a cinnamon roll !

Ingredients :

  • 1/3 cup organic butter
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose organic flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup  organic brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  Preheat oven to 350 F.

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  In another bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy.  Add sugar and beat until combined.  Add egg and vanilla.  Add flour in three portions, alternating with milk (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour).

Add 1 tbsp batter to the paper liners.  Add 1 tsp cinnamon mixture to the cups.  Add remaining batter to the muffin cups (about 2 tbsp each).  Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cinnamon mixture.

Bake cupcakes for 20-22 minutes  (or until a toothpick comes out with just crumbs clinging).  Let cool on a wire rack for ten minutes then remove from the baking pan.  Allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.

For the frosting, I used a basic cream cheese frosting (butter,cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla).

This is a very easy recipe that can be done quickly. I made a batch and now my kitchen smells like a cinnabon store 🙂

Sprinkled with cinnamon for decoration...

My son wanted to try frost his own cupcake, i turned my back 5 seconds and this is what he did :

“But mommy those are frosting claws” – what do you answer to that ?

Happy Thursday, the weekend is almost here !

 

 

Baby shower Cupcakes

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies, Life on June 10th, 2012 by Natacha – 4 Comments

It was my first time making cupcakes for a baby shower. The client’s request were “peas in a pod and 2 shades of green”.

The flavors she selected were red velvet with traditional cream cheese frosting and and “all chocolate” cupcake. I made my Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream frosting which still remains my all-time favorite. It tastes so light and fluffy despite the high content of butter.

 

 

Yarr….Pirate Birthday Cake !

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on May 21st, 2012 by Natacha – 2 Comments

I made this cake for my son’s BFF birthday. The theme was “pirates”  and the cake had to feed about 40 people so I came up with this design (see pics below). The bottom cake was a three layer yellow cake filled with Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream and the top was a two layer cake. From making this cake i learnt that covering a three layer cake doesn’t give a clean result like covering a two layer one, so I still have to improve on this.

My son Max was my little helper and made the fondant beads…

Can’t wait for my next cake challenge !

Pirate Birthday cake

 

Yarr...

 

"yummy"

Easter Cake !

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on April 8th, 2012 by Natacha – 2 Comments

Here’s an Easter inspired cake, a three tier, chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse and decorated in fondant. I actually really enjoyed making this fun and easy design.

The Easyer bunny is "busy"

I guess it would be a great decoration for a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting…

View from the top

 

Here’s my “go to” chocolate cake recipe – very easy and very moist :

Ingredients :

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups Hershey’s cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350* Fahrenheit.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Combine dry ingredients into large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water.  (Batter will be thin.)  Pour into pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.  Cool completely.

The filling consisted of whipped cream with melted chocolate.

HAPPY EASTOVER ! 🙂

Easter is around the corner !!

Posted in Cakes/Cupcakes/cookies on April 2nd, 2012 by Natacha – 3 Comments

I have only made sugar cookie a few times but I am really starting to enjoy decorating them and figuring out all the tricks.

Happy Easter !

Also one of my friends made me realize i had never posted the recipe for my almost famous sugar cookies, so here it is :

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups unbleached organic flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated organic sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp of either almond extract or natural vanilla extract

1) Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt

2) Mix sugar and butter until fluffy, add egg and extract. Stir in flour in 3 additions and your dough is ready !

3)roll out between sheets of parchment paper (so no need of extra flour which would make the cookies dry) and chill the dough. Cut out cookies and then let chill on baking sheets for at least  15 minutes before baking at 350 degrees (180 Celsius) for about 12 minutes.