Paw Patrol cake

Someone wanted a Paw Patrol birthday cake. I made this one using a buttercream transfer technique for the lookout tower, and hooray for figurines!

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I made cupcakes for her class with paw prints on them. I think they turned out pretty cute!

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And with the leftover cake batter, I made a quick-n-dirty Paw Patrol cake.

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The birthday girl helped with placing the pups on the cake, and they ran around a bit as they decided where they were going to sit, so you can see their paw prints all over the frosting.

Parchment paper for bread-making

I spent years with bread sticking to my bread pans. I would poke down the sides with knives to turn out the loaves, and ruin the pans (they were cheap) with knife marks. Finally I realized I could line the pans with parchment paper!

(The bread isn’t that dark – bad exposure.) At first I’d spend awhile folding the parchment paper to exactly the right size. Then I finally realized that I could just smash the paper in to the pan using the other pan, and it worked just fine! It wasn’t as pretty as the neatly folded paper, but the bread turned out fine.

This bread is the Amish White Bread from allrecipes.com, but I used 5c all-purpose flour and 1c whole wheat bread flour instead of 6c bread flour. It’s the perfect size for my kitchen-aid, so I don’t have to knead it by hand!

Bee cupcakes

For  friend’s baby shower, the theme was bees! What fun.

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The bees are chocolate-covered peanuts with yellow-colored white chocolate stripes and white chocolate wings.

For the cupcakes I made lemon cupcakes with lemon filling and lemon buttercream frosting, and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling and ganache icing too. A little rich? Heh heh heh.