Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cool Whip Frosting

Light, Fluffy and oh so very Yummy!!!  If you were wanting to make my Rainbow Cake and were wondering what kind of icing I used on it here is the recipe.  I get tons of rave reviews whenever I make it so you know you are going to love it.

Cool Whip Frosting Recipe
1 c. Milk
1 (3.3 oz) Instant White Chocolate Pudding Mix (or use whatever flavor you prefer)
1 (8 oz) Cool Whip

Mix the Milk & pudding until combined.  Fold in the Cool Whip.  Frost your cake or cupcakes.  Refrigerate the cake after you have frosted it.

Rainbow Cake

A Rainbow cake a good option if you want an awesome cake but don't have any cake decorating skills or just want to make a fun cake.  From the outside it looks like a plain cake but once you cut into it everyone will be surprised how great it looks.  You can make it in cupcake liners or in cake pans.  You can put several colors in the same pan or do separate layers.  The great thing about this cake is you can customize it however you want and it will still turn out great.

White Cake Mix
Food Coloring
Disposable Plastic Cups
Plastic Spoons
Cake Pan
Wax Paper

It doesn't matter if you want to make a cake or cupcakes they both start the same way.  Mix your cake mix according to the directions on the box.  To make for easy cleanup divide the cake mix equally into the plastic cups that you can just throw away later.  Unless you like cleaning lots & lots of dishes then you can use whatever bowls you want.  Decide what colors you want to make your cake.  You could do the full rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) or you could just pick colors that match the theme of your party.  Again for easy cleanup use your plastic spoons to stir the food coloring in each cup until you get the desired color making sure not to leave any streaks of white or food coloring.  Now here is where the directions change according to what you are going to do.

Cake with separate colored layers
You will need to grease your cake pan with Crisco.  For easy removal of the cake from the pan put the pan on a sheet of wax paper draw the shape of your pan on the wax paper and cut it out.  Put the wax paper in the pan over where you greased it, then grease again over the top of the wax paper.  Pour your cake mix into the pan and bake.  If you are making thin layers make sure to lower the cooking time so you don't burn it.  Once it is done invert on cooling rack.  Repeat baking layers until all are done.  Once all layers are cool put one layer on a cake platter put icing on top that layer and repeat for all layers then cover the whole cake in icing.  You are done.

Cake with several colors in one pan
Take your pan and prepare the same as in the option above.  Pour some of one color in the center of the pan (if making 2 layers do half of each color in one pan then put the other half in the 2nd pan), pour your next color in the center of your first color, repeat for all colors.  Bake.  Invert onto cooling rack.  Put one layer on a cake platter put icing over it and repeat for 2nd layer then cover the whole cake in icing.  And you have made yet another great cake.

Rainbow Cupcakes
Use the aluminum cupcake liners if you want the rainbow colors to be a secret.  Pour one spoon full in each of the cupcake liners.  Repeat pouring one spoonful on top of first color until you use all your colors or fill liner 3/4 full of cake mix.  Bake according to the cake box.  Use icing to cover the cupcakes.


Oh, and if you are wondering what kind of frosting I use on these here is the recipe.

For this cake I made it match the colors of the 4 monkeys on the plates

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What's a party without a CHEESE BALL!!!

Ahhhh cheese ball...the perfect party food.  It can be served at any party and it is loved by women and men alike.  In the photo below I've made it into individual size balls which makes them super cute.

Party Cheese Ball
8oz pkg cream cheese
4oz cheddar, shredded
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped green pepper
1 1/2 tsp grated onion
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash salt
finely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)

Combine softened cream cheese, cheddar, pepper, onion, sauce & seasonings.  Mix well.  Chill.  Shape into a ball (or several small individual balls) and roll into chopped nuts.  Serve with crackers.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Easy Candy Melt Transfers

Candy melt transfers makes decorating cakes and cupcakes fast & easy.  If you can melt chocolate and have a steady hand these are easy to make and can even be made ahead of time.

Step 1:  Buy supplies:
-Candy Melts come in all different colors just find the ones you want
-Disposable Decorating Bags sure you could use a Ziploc bag if you wanted but I like these better because they are thicker and easier to handle
-A Design you could get it from a coloring book or print it off the Internet
-Wax paper
-Flat surface that can be moved around (I like to use a cutting board)

Step 2:  Tape your design on the cutting board then tape a piece of wax paper over the design.

Step 3:  Fill the Decorating Bags with the candy melts then microwave your first color according to the directions on the candy melts.  Only microwave one color at a time.  Your first color will usually be the color you are outlining with.  In this case I will microwave the chocolate color first and the white one after I have finished all the chocolate designs.  Make sure all the candy is melted so there is no lumps otherwise it may clog up the end when you are squeezing it out.
Step 4:  Barely clip the end off the bag.  When doing the outline it's important to have a very small opening so you can get a good outline on your design.  Then start tracing your design. When you are done it should look like this.  You can put it in the fridge at this point if you are in a hurry.  You want the outline to be hard before you go on to the next step.

Step 5: Melt the next color you are going to use.  For this design I am just doing black and white so I will melt the white next making sure all the candy is melted before you start.  You can cut the tip a little bigger than last time but not much you still don't want it too big.  Then just flood the color over where you want it to be.  In this example I wanted it all white so I just flooded over all parts inside each outline.  If you go a little out of the outline don't worry.  Just wait for it to dry and snap it or cut it off.  After you do the next color it should look like the ones on the left.  Then after you let it cool off and get hard (put it in the fridge again if in a hurry) you will be able to flip them over and it will look like the ones on the right.

Step 6:  On party day cover your cake or cupcakes with icing then add your candy melt transfers to the top for a great custom made design.  Here are a few examples that I've done using this technique.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Projector Power

Ever want to make custom signs, games or decorations based on your theme but thought your artistic ability was that of someone only able to make stick men?  Well do I have the answer for opaque projector.  With an opaque projector it is as easy as tracing with no artistic skill required!!!  A projector can help you can make that pin the tail on the ____ game, signs, one of those life size pictures with the heads cutout or even a mural.  This one from is the one that I have.  I recommend getting it or one like it from one of the craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels and using one of their 40-50% off coupons otherwise their price isn't really worth it.

Here is a Pooh sign I made to put outside the door at a Winnie the Pooh party.  I used the projector on some yellow poster board tracing the lines with markers, colored in the shirt then cut him out. 

This is an Eeyore for the same Winnie the Pooh party that I made into a pin the tail on game.  I traced Eeyore onto blue poster board with marker then added some hi lights with white chalk.  I cut it out and glued it onto a white piece of poster board and made extra tails to play the game with. 

Here is a couple murals I made using the projector.  You might need a little bit of painting experience to tackle this project unless you just want to use a paint pen to do the outlines.  Which I'm sure would also turn out looking great.

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