Sunday, May 31, 2009

A sure sign of spring...

Rhubarb. Need I say more. One fond memory of childhood when mom made the rhubarb pie. I love this pie. I ventured off the cakes for the day to have a pie. Well, actually two pies. I made one for my friends at work! Most of them, being from Florida or elsewhere around the world, have never heard of rhubarb or tasted it. I told them that no matter how hard they look for it in their home countries of the Philippines of Haiti, they won't find it there. I'm pretty sure that even Floridians won't have it unless they scored it in Publix and took it home to look up on the net as to what to do with it! So, I found some in the infamous Publix, brought it home and made the pies. They smelled so good baking and tasted even better.... I had one piece and will savour it for some time to come. One pie goes to work with me tomorrow to see how people who live outside the northeast like it.... At least I was able to find it down here! It was blazing hot in here today so what with the south Florida summer here and the 400 degree oven, one almost needed another shower after that baking project! Next time the AC down to 68 for baking day! I hope everyone will venture out to make their own pie and memory...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

We've had many days of rain and gray here in South Florida... I did manage to whip up a cake for an impromptu potluck at work last week. It was a Haitian cake, the recipe given to me by a work friend who told me this is how her mother made it... so, with all ingredients at hand, made the cake which was dense, heavy and delicious. Covered in thick vanilla buttercream frosting... generous amounts of it inside and out. It was a small 8 inch cake and, thinking that would be more than enough for each person to have a small slice, in to work it went. Praised by many who know a Haitian cake, it went fast some of it before lunch was even ready. I did not get a photograph but trust me, it was pretty and simple to look at and delicious to eat. I will try making another and getting the photo up. In the meantime, I am looking forward to the new Martha cupcake book coming out soon and, went online to look at a site, Bakerella. And from there went to two really good sites.. I have some orders coming up and need to get in my practice of decorating things and making those dang flowers... love to see them on the cakes tho so will do some. and make some fondant and do some flowers that way as well.... so, summer is coming to Florida, that means rainy weather and possible hurricanes.. have to think about getting some of those yearly supplies and plenty of water ready.... maybe get a cake made should that one hurricane come, we want to have our cake and eat it too!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

today was make some birthday cakes day... two of them. one chocolate and one lemon.. two birthdays this week... nice time of the year to celebrate... It's a late one and I will publis at least one photo here and then be off to bed...this is the lemon one!