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Happy Birthday Kristen Bell!
Anyone with a kid has seen Frozen, and we all know the song. Turns out, Kristen Bell is a vegan, and as well all know that thanks to Kid Two, all of our baking is vegan. In celebration of her birthday, we have introduced a new cupcake – Lemon Blueberry. Head over to Free and Friendly Foods (our online bake shop) for more info on this newest addition.
Captain America “Cake”
Kid Three had a birthday! He’s really had a thing for super heroes lately, so I wanted to do something really special. I decided to surprise him by making a Captain America cake. As with all things gluten free, dairy free, egg free, problems came our way. I had a grand vision in my head. I would start with our giant circle pan, and make lots of smaller cakes too. I’d then stack them and carve them to make it look like a realistic shield. Enter problem one. We couldn’t release the cake from the pan, even though we used parchment and non-stick spray. As you can see in exhibit a, it was total crumbles. So why the problems? Well, of course I couldn’t make it as simple as purchasing a white cake box mix because as you know (or don’t), they all contain corn. Since I needed to be able to be in the kitchen without passing out, I decided to try to create our own white cake. I started with a pound cake recipe I found online, and got to modifying. I figured pound cake would be the best thing to use since I wanted the shield to be dense and easy to carve. Needless to say, I won’t be passing on my failed recipe.
Come on in problem number two! It wasn’t even cake!!! It turned out to be more cookie than pound cake. It had a slightly crunchy outside layer, and a weird crumbly inside layer. It was just weird. There’s no other way to explain it.
Interestingly, there was a lot of positive feedback, but that may have been from the design. Although it wasn’t my best piping, I’m going to give myself a bit of a pass. I literally had to leave it in the pan to decorate because we all know what would happen if I tried to release it 🙁 Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy: