Archive for the ‘ Cooking & Baking ’ Category

Meh, Who Needs Updates?

While our project is perfectly on schedule… our blogging isn’t. Oh well, here’s what all 2 of you who actually read our blog have been waiting for; the rest of the January pictures.

Day 25
Day 25: Hired Help
Gossy is scared. This green monster has been stalking us for so long. Gossamer decided to get some guard dogs… just in case.

Day 26
Day 26: Sea Turtle Sundae
What’s the best treatment for a stressful day? Ice Cream!! We got the Sea Turtle Sundae and Joe’s Crab Shack. Goooood stuff!

Day 27
Day 27: Sweet
Gossy has in his hands a copy of Edible Austin that was released last year. In it has a picture of a cupcake we designed. We have been searching high and low for it and we finally found it!!

Day 28
Day 28: New BFF
Gossy’s Guard dog is soooo cute!!

Day 29
Day 29: He's back...
The green monster returns… Gossamer was just talking with his friend Tally when I snapped this picture. By the time I got up, the creature was gone. What does it want?!

Day 30
Day 30: Tea Time
Nothing better to calm the nerves than boiling hot tea.

Day 31
Day 31: Books. Books. Books.
We got a butt load of new books… WE ARE SO GIDDY!!

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Peach Cobbler

We love food. Just not any food; we love dessert. The one thing we love more than dessert, is baking it ourselves. The only thing we had on our mind was Peach Cobbler. We have made this a million times before, but wanted to try a new recipe. A Paula Deen recipe to be exact.

Day 147: Doesn't That Smell Good?

We loved the way the peaches came out! We had to add an extra cup of sugar to the peaches since they were not all that sweet. The result was fantastic.

Peaches!

The crust wasn’t our favorite, but still pretty damn good. Even when we do a horrible job baking, it is almost always still freakin’ delicious. We’re that good.

Peach Cobbler

When it was all finished, we added some vanilla ice cream and pigged out!

It was yummy. 🙂

Links:
Paula Deen’s Peach Cobbler Recipe

Gossamer 365: Days 64-68

And our project continues:

Day 64: Mix, Mix, Mix
Day 64: Mix, Mix, Mix!
We continued working on the cake! It was difficult and Gossy often wanted to throw the spatula at me, but we accomplished our task.

Day 65: So Freakin’ Tired
Day 65: So freakin' tired
We finished baking! Gossy and I desperately needed some rest.

Day 66: Some of the Cakes
Day 66: More Cakes...
Gossy in front of some of the cakes. This is not even all of them. We had cakes stored in several places across Austin. (YAY for understanding friends and family!)

Day 67: OMG! FREE ROOT BEER FLOATS
Day 67: Free Root Beer Floats!
What’s better than a root beer float? A free root beer float!!! Yay for random Sonic Freebie promotions!

Day 68: Time To Get Ready
Day 68: Cakes
We got all the cakes and took them to our parents’ house. The next day we would be traveling to El Paso for the wedding.

Lesson Learned

Day 64: Mix, Mix, Mix!

Mixing it up, yo

Ralph and Carla's Wedding

Advice: Never do a free wedding cake for 400 people. If you have to work on that cake in two different cities, have no idea if you actually have a kitchen to work in, no idea how you are going to decorate it, no idea how you are going to transport it, no idea how to keep it cool, and limited access to the stores that could possible help then just say no. Oh yea, DON’T DO IT FOR FREE.

Gossy and I worked non-stop for a couple of weeks on a wedding cake project for a family friend. It’s been a week since the wedding and we are still trying to recover from the stress.

About 80% of the cake (that’s including frosting) was made in a small home kitchen with the help of a small Kitchen Aid Mixer. It was a four-tiered* chocolate and strawberry cake with basic buttercream frosting** with two extra sheet pans*** just in case. The top of each tier (of each cake) had a border of red swirls. Well, there were light red. The red I had was really horrible so I got a very different color than what I needed. To finish it off, roses were randomly placed over the cake.

For those who have no idea, making wedding cakes is a very stressful business. Even without the craziness that we went through, they are difficult, and require a lot of energy. We can’t even describe how insane we were for those weeks… Let’s just say a few murders were almost committed because of this cake.

Despite all the stress and the crazy, psycho baker who was unleashed against the world, the cake came out fine and extremely delicious! Gossy and I didn’t eat any though. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to eat the object that we’ve worked so hard on. Luckily, we heard non-stop compliments and praise for the cake!! In the end, that what really matters: our ego!

Baker Glossary
* four-tiered: This means there were four layers of cake. The top layer and second from the bottom were strawberry. The bottom layer and second from the top were chocolate.
** basic buttercream: Butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Simple but yummy.
*** sheet pans: Basic square sheet cakes. We decided just to slap them with frosting. They didn’t need to be decorated since they were not on display and only meant for eating.