Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW Happy Cakes Blog!

Hi Everyone!  I know it has been a very long time since I have updated this blog... So, many things have been going on, both with my family life and my business this has just been one of the things that slipped to the back burner! 

One of the things I have been working on is streamlining my online presence.  I have my social media to manage, a business website, YouTube and a blog... I find it difficult to go to all of those places to update everything...

So... I've decided to integrate my blog into my website, instead of having to manage another account all the time.  I will keep this blog up because so many people have stopped by to admire my photos or read my recipes, etc, I don't want to mess with anyone's bookmarks... But, if you are looking for my latest posts and updates, please head over to my the location of my NEW Happy Cakes blog: www.happycakesbyrenee.com/blog and bookmark it so you don't miss updates!  I've got lots of photos, videos and recipes to catch up on!!

I apologize, in advance, for any confusion this may cause, but hopefully it will be a smooth transition!

See you over there!

Happy Caking :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Irish Soda Bread Recipe!

Today, I have a great Irish Soda Bread recipe to share with you!  St. Patrick's Day is next week, and at my house we look forward all year to the boiled dinner, so we're excited!  This recipe is a great bread to go with your St. Patrick's Day meal!





 Check out the delicious recipe below!
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Ingredients:
4 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Raisins
2 Tsp Caraway Seeds (optional)
Zest of 1 Orange (optional)
1 Egg (slightly beaten)
1 3/4 Cup Buttermilk

Enjoy!

Happy Caking :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DIY Simple & Elegant Wedding Cake

This weeks tutorial is a simple and elegant cake project!  Perfect for the DIY bride, or anyone looking for a beautiful cake that is easy to pull off.  The effect looks a lot like stenciling, but using Wilton Sugar Sheets, you just trace, peal and stick!   You don't have to worry about smudging your icing, handling a stencil while your try to stencil your design, or marring the surface your your perfectly smooth cake!

For my tutorial I used white sugar sheets on a light lavender buttercream... and I have included the link to the custom template I made in the YouTube description box!  But, of course you can use this technique for virtually any design... it might become a bit more tedious with a very intricate stencil/template though.

I also think this would be so beautiful if you painted the sugar sheets with luster dust, or applied gold/silver leaf before cutting out the pattern.... I may just have to do that myself!

Check out my video below, and head on over to YouTube to find the complete list of products used, links to buy them and, of course, the link to download my template!
This project is part of a DIY Wedding Collaboration with some of my fellow dessert YouTubers.  All of the projects are fantastic, so be sure to check out the entire playlist!!

Happy Caking :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ruffled Petal Cake Tutorial!

I am excited to share my latest video tutorial today!  This "Ruffled Petal Cake" I made over the summer was one of my favorite cakes... and I've received quite a few inquiries for a tutorial...
Finally, I have the video to share with you... Take a look below to see how I made this different and elegant cake!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy Caking :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Hot" Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Fudge Icing (Recipes!!)

Today I have a recipe to add a little spice to your Valentine's Day!  These "hot" chocolate cupcakes pack a little heat with a mixture of chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne!  I know it sounds strange... but these cupcakes taste deliciously exotic.  
I paired these spicy chocolate cupcakes with the most delicious and cream chocolate fudge icing... ever... seriously!  This icing is truly decadent and intensely chocolatey.  So, so yummy...  Even if you don't care for spicy-chocolate, you must, at least, try this fudge icing!

Check out the video below:
Cupcake Ingredients:
-1 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
-3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
-1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
-1 Tbsp Cinnamon
-2 Tbsp Chili Powder
-1/4 to 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it!)
-1 tsp Salt
-1 Cup Half & Half (room temp)
-3/4 Cup Strong Coffee
-1 tsp Vanilla Extract
-1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (softened)
-2 Cups Granulated Sugar
-4 Eggs (room temp)

Fudge Icing Ingredients:
-2 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (softened)
-1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
-3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
-a pinch of salt
-3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
-2 tsp Vanilla
-1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips (go ahead and use semi-sweet or dark chocolate if you like!)

*These recipes make enough to bake and ice 24 cupcakes.

I hope you will try this recipe (at least this fudge icing, seriously!), and enjoy!

Happy Caking :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Closed Peony Center Tutorial!

Several weeks ago, I posted my Open Peony Tutorial...  I've received such great feedback on it, so if you haven't seen it, check it out!
Well, this week, I want to share a follow-up to that tutorial... how to make a closed center! 
  I typically use the closed centers when I want to make a smaller peony for a cake...  I would add a calyx to the base and use this as the peony bud, as well.
 Check out the video below to see how to make the closed center :)
Hope you enjoy and will trying making this beautiful flower!

Happy Caking :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Donate with Causora!


Hi Everyone!

Today, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Causora, a new sponsor of my blog.  I know they are not really related to baking, and typically only work with companies that are.  However, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this great cause and opportunity! 

A little about Causora from their website:

YOU GIVE = YOU GET

Support your favorite cause and get rewarded for it.
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Our mission is to help causes raise more funds by rewarding donations with the support of our network of socially conscious merchants.

We’re a team of entrepreneurs, engineers, strategists, and general do-gooders who are hoping to change the face of philanthropy. We love what we do and hope you are equally impressed with Causora.

Causora has created a new ecosystem that links donors, charities, and businesses.
For every $20 you donate you will receive a $20 gift certificate as a reward! 

http://curealz.org/about

I've decided to feature the Cure Alzheimer's Fund as my charity of choice.  Just a couple of months ago, in November, my grandmother passed away after her struggle with the disease.  It was heartbreaking to watch her go through it.  She was always so proud of her large family and stood as our proud matriarch.  So when she could no longer host the family parties, slowly lost her independence, and started to forget who her own children were it was painful for all of us, including her.  I am hoping that by supporting the Cure Alzheimer's Fund on my blog I can help raise even a little, to fund research to fight the disease.  You can read about the Cure Alzheimer's Fund here.

If you are inclined to donate, you will find the donation widget in the right hand column.  Any little bit will be appreciated!

Happy Caking :)



  

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post.  Causora reached out to me and asked me to feature their widget and write a post about them.  I am being compensated for this post and will earn a small commission.  However, all opinions are my own.