A Girl's friend, Nicole, is my first contributing guest chef. She is the master of baking and decorating birthday cakes, not to mention a FEROSH mother, wife, sister and best friend! I hope I can bake and decorate a cake like her one day. She lives in Kentucky, and when we see each other, we eat good food (sushi is our favorite!) and she usually gives me a baking lesson with her two sons, Mason and Cooper. It's more of a baking dance party to Justin Bieber.Here are some pictures of her birthday cakes for her two beautiful sons.
Some of these cakes, The Spiderman, took her 7hrs from start to finish. Most cakes take about 4 hours. Nicole makes homemade icing and she shared her recipe and technique with me.
Nicole's Homemade Icing
3 cups of butter cream icing (x3 for a whole cake and leftover icing for cupcakes)
1/2 cup of shortening
1/2 cup of butter, softened
4 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon CLEAR vanilla extract
Add icing, shortening and butter in a mixer. Mix until blended, begin slowing adding 1 cup of sugar at a time while mixing. You can store icing up to 2 weeks in fridge.
Divide out the icing for each color you need and use Americolor coloring
Nicole's Cake Supplies
-Shape pan for cake and always follow cake instructions
-Disposable Piping bags and tips
Nicole's Icing tips:
-Refrigerate icing before use.
-Once you ice the cake, the colors of the icing will brighten after a couple hours
- The color red is very hard to achieve because you need a lot of food coloring to get a true red. Always use no-taste red, otherwise it will taste bitter.
-Usually you don't need a lot of black because it's used for outlining.
A Girl & Her Food