Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

November's flavor of the month:


With a graham cracker crust, chocolate-chip filled batter and marshmallow buttercream, these taste just like the campfire treat.

But they're just here for November, so order quick!

A fun surprise from Marmie--Aprons and a hat with As You Wish Bakery on it!

I was so excited!! So much fun...

Reata'z has now begun selling my cookies as well! This week I made peanut butter, but they were a little too soft, so I think they'll stick with the chocolate chip for now :)

But if you like a soft, peanut butter cookie, these are delicious!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October showers bring gum flowers...

It's another rainy fall day! The tree right outside my window has bright yellow leaves--
they're breathtaking!


There's something tragically beautiful about fall...

Today I made gumpaste flowers.
People often ask what's in Gumpaste flowers... Honestly, despite making batches of it, I didn't really know.  Glucose, Gum-tex, and powdered sugar... but what does that mean?

Checked the ingredients (correction: ingredient) on glucose and it's just corn syrup! Say what?!

Gum-Tex's ingredient is Karaya Gum. According to an ever-so-reliable source (Wikipedia), Karaya Gum is made from trees of the genus Sterculia. Hm... interesting.

But dyed, rolled...



...and dried, they make beautiful decoration for cakes and cupcakes! And kids just LOVE eating them!


Also made some rolls in the bread-maker today... So simple and yet so delicious!


1 c. scalded milk
4 Tb. butter
1 egg
3 1/2 c. flour
4 Tb. sugar
1 ts. salt
2 scant ts. yeast

Put first 5 ingredients in bread machine in order given. Pour salt around the outside edges of the ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in yeast. Set for the mix and first rise cycle, then knead on a floured board and form into approx. 15 rolls. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Flavor of the Month--Pumpkin!

I've decided to begin flavors of the month! This month is pumpkin.

Well it's nearly fall! And the llamas are LOVING this cool weather.

And I'm trying to stay healthy! Most recent discovery: grapefruit is phenomenal!! I once thought it was the worst thing in the world. And now that my taste buds have died matured, I think they're great! Plus, a TON of Vitamin C.

Made some cute purse cupcakes for a girl's fourth birthday. Happy birthday!

Also made a platter... Two dozen cookies and two dozen cake balls go perfect together!

Happy trails!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Twilight, Fairy Princesses, and Darth Vader...

Wow! Has it really been almost a week since I last posted? It's been another busy one...
The As You Wish website is now officially!

And exciting news! BOXES!! Big white 24-cupcake holders, brown 12-cupcake boxes, and 6-cupcake boxes with windows! And each kind has an insert that keeps the cupcakes separated! No more falling cupcakes! I never thought I would get so excited about boxes... haha!

I had an order this week for a family celebrating birthdays for 4 family members... So I made fairy princess cupcakes, Darth Vader cupcakes, and Spidey cupcakes. I think the Spidey ones turned out the best, but I had a fun time trying to figure out how to make Darth.

I started with a clover and molded it into his helmet.

I used Twizzlers to make the light sabers...

Piped some details...

"Kooo berrr..... Luke, I am your father..."

The other specialty order I had this week were for a Twilight birthday party. I've never read the books, but I hear they're a real page-turner!

A couple nights ago two of my friends from Japan came over and made their first cupcakes! It was so much fun...

And their cupcakes turned out beautifully!


I also made 66 cupcakes for a local school's carnival.

This is my table right now, full of orders ready to be picked up or delivered.

Wishing you a sweet weekend!

"Our hearts ache, but we always have joy." 2 Corinthians 6:10

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P.S. I just got back from the school delivery and there was a box in the mail with this ADORABLE mug from a wonderful friend! Thus, yet another cup of coffee today, but hey -- who's counting? :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Giraffes, Buglarian, and Sushi

Possibly two of my favorite cakes ever today! This one says Happy Birthday Dessy in Bulgarian. How cool is that?! Sigh... I love my job.

And this is Mr. Giraffe for Elijah's first birthday.

So here's how I made Mr. Giraffe: 2- 13X9" pans, one square, one half-circle, and three mini-cupcakes.

The circle, square, and two cupcakes made the head.

 Here's the head after carving... yummy scraps!

Then I layered and carved the 13X 9"s to make the body. Frosted in yellow/orange buttercream and decorated with fondant, and tada!

Today my brother R and sister-in-law M came over for lunch.

Sushi!!! Yum!!


Other than that, it was a cloudy day that lent to sleepiness and puppy naps.

Sweet old Sumo sleeps quite a bit during the day, but one look at him greeting the sunshine in the morning and I'm so thankful he's here.

Little Sophie is a pill who likes to jump in people's cars... (Be warned: if you come, shut your doors unless you don't mind this furry visitor!)