Monday, April 15, 2013

April Showers

April showers bring wedding flowers!  This past weekend was my dear sister-in-law's wedding shower.  And what better way to celebrate than with cake! (and a lovely party).  This cake is an 8" carrot with cream cheese frosting adorned with fresh spring flowers.

You know, like many other bakers and decorators out there, cream cheese frosting has been a bit of a thorn in my foot.  I love its taste, but it often turns out too creamy to actually hold piping.  So over the years I've had good luck and bad, but I think I finially figured out how to get it right almost every time.  Rather than adding the cream cheese during the butter phase of traditional buttercream, I go ahead and make a normal batch of vanilla (maybe a tad stiffer than normal), then I add diced room temp cream cheese at the end.. not too much, but enough to give it a twang of yumminess. I've done this a few times, and what I get is a nice, spreadable frosting that holds piping just great! Yay!  Try it, it works!

Oh, and I made some wedding cake cookie favors for our guests.  Good old sugar cookies with marshmallow fondant and royal icing. Enjoy!

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