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Old 04-28-2013, 02:47 PM   #391
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You must be getting in all your yeasty licks before the weather turns too hot to bake. Reverse hibernation.
Sounds like a viable explanation, PF, but I make all our bread products so I mess around in yeast no matter the temperature of the weather.

It's rather therapeutic for me and certainly provides instant gratification as I see the dough rise and the product becomes what was intended.

Thankfully, I seem to always have "intended" and no unplanned "oops" surprises. Guess that's because I've been at it so many years. I've memorized many of my bread recipes and could probably do them in my sleep.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:06 PM   #392
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I am so looking forward to slowing down at some point and just cooking/baking. I find my extra time is taken up with keeping current with my specialty in nursing and the day-to-day household things. And doing silly things like training for the 10k next month...crazy!
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #393
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Here's the birthday cake that I made for my partner's birthday party today.

It started with 2 recipes of Hershey's perfectly chocolate cake, baked separately in 9x13 pans. I split each cake into 2 thin layers to make a 4 layer cake. I made Swiss meringue buttercream (from Woodland bakery blog, formerly crumb boss).

Here is how the layering went, layer of cake, with a thin layer of buttercream sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate.


After all the layers done, I popped it in the freezer to firm up, then trimmed the sides to even them up.


I crumb coated with buttercream, so that the chocolate ganache would have something to hang on to, this part didn't need to be pretty.


Then I trimmed the cake board to just the size of the cake to get it ready for the ganache glaze

Then poured a whole bunch of chocolate ganache over the top. One of these days I'm going to make even more glaze, so I can do one big pour for a smoother finish.


Then decorated it with some more buttercream, I was going to do blue flowers, but I had no blue color, I'm not really sure how that could possibly happen... Still don't own a leaf tip, I have multiples of everything else
I also pressed some "chocolate jimmies" on the sides.

Now all that's left is eating it!
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:15 PM   #394
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OMG. Staring and drooling.....

A fine job, Bakechef! Rob will love it!

Happy Birthday Rob!!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #395
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Beautiful cake BC!
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #396
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Wow, that cake looks amazing BC, love the shine on that ganache

Happy Birthday to Rob
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #397
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My partner informed me this morning that the get together that we are going to is pot luck...

Here is what I came up with at the last minute.

Red velvet truffle cupcakes

Made a divot in the cupcakes



Filled with dark chocolate ganache (the truffle part of the cupcake)


Then frosted with a cream cheese frosting that was mixed with some Swiss meringue buttercream that was left over from the cake I made sunday (stored in freezer). Melted some of the ganache and drizzled over the top.


I'm not using my fancy camera for these, mainly because my phone uploads the pictures instantly to my google account and makes it really easy to post here!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:37 PM   #398
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Ooooohhh, how pretty! They look wonderful!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:37 PM   #399
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Wow! Those look good enough to eat, BC!!!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #400
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Who gets to eat all of those divots?

Very nice!
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