Pete here, well I hope you all had a great time over the holidays and are all rested up now because we have lots going on here at The Cake Cottage for you over the next few months. First just to let you know, Susan left yesterday for a two week trip to Florida to teach a ton of classes so naturally she will not be in the shop till January 25th.
We have a whole bunch of new classes for you on our schedule. Everything from kids classes to cupcakes classes to fondant classes to topsy turvey classes even a leap year class ( remember though that this one only comes around every 4 years so don’t miss out…..lol) so check out the schedule and see what catches your eye and will make your family and friends awe at your talent…..lol.
Ok, I have spoken to some of you about entering your cakes into shows to make you a better cake decorator. Let’s face it, when you put a cake out there to be judged then you will really bring your “A Game” to make it the best you can and believe me, this really makes you focus and concentrate on your cake and it will really help to make you a better cake decorator. It is also lots of fun to see what other cake decorators of all levels are doing these days all in one location. It is always better to see the cakes in person than just seeing pictures on the web.
So, on Saturday and Sunday March 10th and 11th , the San Diego Cake Club will be holding it’s 29th annual Cake Competition and Artistic Display, at the La Jolla Village Square Mall, called CONFECTIONS FOR A CAUSE. It is the largest show of its kind in California. This is a great show and how Susan herself really got launched into the sugar art world. There will be around 150 cakes on display, hourly FREE demonstrations, prizes, decorate a cupcake corner and most proceeds will benefit the San Diego Ronald McDonald House , so really, everyone wins. You can find more info at www.sandiegocakeclub.com I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you put in a cake just to see what happens, heck you never know who will see it ( many times cake magazines also show up at this show , so who knows, you might even end up in a magazine ). But even if you don’t put in a cake you should at least go and see the cakes and the demos and get to mingle with lots of other sugar artists…….it is really fun!
For those of you not in our area keep a look out at Susan’s out of area class schedule to see if she will be teaching near you. I know that she is travelling a lot this year so we will be updating her schedule often.
Don’t forget to join us on Facebook, since that is where we will be putting most of our specials and sale announcements this year…..it is really the best way to keep up with what we are doing , new products that we get in, first look at new class projects and you can interact with us and let us know what you like and what you don’t ……hope fully it is more of what you like…..lol……you can find us at http://www.facebook.com/thecakecottage
So, go have a look at the new classes coming up, find one or two that you can’t live without….lol….and give us a call here at the shop and we will get you all signed up and ready to go !
Almost forgot…..The Cake Cottage will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Saturday as usual…..Pete
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and remind all you chefs out there to try to take it easy and don’t get too crazy with your cooking this year……don’t forget, this is supposed to be fun…lol.
Anyway we still have just a few spots left for our Demo Day this Sat. 26th. Seating is limited so call us ASAP if you want to go and have some fun. We have some great holiday classes coming up to really get you in the holiday spirit so check out the class schedule, pick a class and get ready to invite in the holidays. Again, all of us here at The Cake Cottage wish you all a great Thanksgiving and happy eats…..Pete
P.S. If you really want a hit on your dessert table this Thanksgiving, then pick up some of our Fresh, Jumbo, Gourmet Cupcakes decorated for the holiday. Always a crowd pleaser.
To all our veterans and active military we here at The Cake Cottage would like to say thanks. It is people like you that make it possible for folks like us to be able to have the freedom to do what we do. So in honor of Veterans Day, this Friday and Saturday all Veterans and active military will get 10% off on their purchases just for showing your military ID. That’s 10% off of supplies, classes, cupcakes, tools, cake boards, air brushes, icings, fillings, you name it….10% off…….and that’s 10% off the entire order…..but you will have to show us your military ID and it is this Friday Nov. 11 and Sat. Nov 12th, so stop on by and save.
Also, don’t forget about our Free Demo Day on Sat. Nov 26th, Susan will be back from England with lots of new ideas, there will be Free Cupcakes, Popcorn, Free Gift, Raffle, just an all around fun day. We still have a few seats left in the afternoon session so give us a call and sign up to make sure you get a spot as seating is very limited.
Just in case you missed it in our last newsletter, here are a few more baking tips from our own Rose Everet. She also included a couple of reciepes just for fun.
Room Temperature Ingredients
By Rose Everett
Why should you bake using ingredients at room temperature one might ask? First we need to define what room temperature is. Room temperature is generally 68º F, unless otherwise stated.
It is important that eggs, butter, and milk be at room temperature when mixing with dry ingredients. If you combine baking ingredients at varying temperature you may encounter these problems.
By looking at the roles butter, eggs, and milk play in our batters helps us prevent these problems.
Butter at room temperature will break down and create air bubbles allowing aeration to take place. Cold butter does not beat well therefore aeration does not take place.
***Remember you want your butter cold when you are making pie crust, this causes a flaky crust.
Eggs at room temperature whip up to a greater volume and act as a binder between wet/dry ingredients. Cold eggs could re-harden the fat (butter) making the batter appear curdled or lumpy, possibly affecting the texture of your baked goods.
Milk/Water at room temperature moistens the dry ingredients without the need to over beat the batter, therefore avoiding gluten (when flour and liquid are over-mixed tasting like glue, having a gluey texture). Cold milk or water will coagulate and clump in the batter which will require extra beating to mix ingredients to a smooth batter.
Unfortunately, the urge to bake may be unplanned and come on suddenly and you may not want to wait an hour for our butter, eggs, and milk to reach room temperature. What can you do? Here are some helpful hints.
Butter – You want to make sure you don’t melt it. So you don’t want to microwave it. I find it helpful to turn the empty microwave on for a minute while I cut my butter into small cubes, and then put the cut up butter in the warm microwave; this provides a warm environment without adding heat. You may need to repeat the process every few minutes until butter has softened.
Egg – You can place eggs in a bowl of warm water (not hot) for 5-10 minutes prior to cracking. (Remember that if you need to separate egg whites from the yolks it is easier to do it while they are cold. Then place your separated egg parts in a smaller bowl in warm water.)
Milk – Milk and water are the easiest to bring to room temperature, just warm them in the microwave to take the chill off.
By starting with room temperature ingredients you will end up with a lighter, tender, and fluffy pastry. Hope you found this helpful. Here are a couple of recipes using room temperature ingredients. Happy Baking! Remember you can prepare your cookie dough early and freeze it, until you need it.
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
2 large eggs room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
In a large bowl whisk together you dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder). Set a side.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one egg at a time, beating well after each egg is added. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients a small amount at a time, and beat until you have a smooth dough. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm (about one hour).
Preheat oven to 385º F and place racks in center of the oven. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
Shape the cookie dough into 1 inch round balls. Mix the coating sugar and cinnamon. Roll your balls of dough into the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared cookie sheets, spacing about two inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass and gently flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown and firm around the outer edges (center will still be a little soft). Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
Cookies can be kept in an air tight container for about 10-14 days at room temperature.
Makes 4 to 5 dozen
You may freeze baked cookies or the cookie dough.
For a longer storage you should freeze baked cookies in airtight freezer containers, freezer bags, or aluminum foil. Don’t use cardboard containers because they can pick up freezer odors. They can be frozen up to twelve months.
Before serving the cookies make sure you thaw them in their original freezer wrappings (so that condensation forms on the wrapping, not on the cookie). Crisp cookies may soften when thawed after freezing; to re-crisp, put them in a 300°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
Freezing unbaked cookie dough:
Most cookie dough freezes extremely well and can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that the dough will absorb any odd odors present in your freezer if they are not properly wrapped and sealed. To prevent this as well as freezer burn, wrap the dough securely twice.
Remember to write the type of cookie dough and the date it was frozen on the outside of the package. When you are ready to bake simply let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. This will take several hours, so plan ahead.
The cookie dough’s that freeze the best are shortbreads, chocolate chip, peanut butter, refrigerator, sugar, and brownies, just to name a few.
Refrigerator slice-and-bake cookies form the dough into a log and freeze. This way when you are ready to bake, all you need to do is just slice off as many cookies as you need.
Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars
1 cup soften (room temperature) butter or margarine
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups (12 ounce package) chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups (14oz can) regular sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare 13 x9 baking pan.
Beat butter or margarine in large bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar, and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 2 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of greased (or parchment lined) 13×9 pan, reserving remaining mixture.
Put in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Warm 1 1/2 cups morsels and sweetened condensed milk in small, heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla and spread over hot crust. Stir in walnuts and remaining morsels (1/2 cup) into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling.
Finish baking for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Susan and Rose just whipped up some Halloween Cupcakes for you all…………http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150348468537266.346198.337652627265&type=3…but best to call in advance to make sure we have them for you…….
Just got the word from Susan……On Monday ( Halloween) we will open EARLY…at 10:00am and will close EARLY at 4:00pm…….so we can get home to give the kids all the Halloween candy, and perhaps a few adult beverages for us as well…….lol……Pete
Hey guys, just wanted to let you all know that the Pumpkin and Cinnamon streusel Cupcakes are back in the shop for the fall, and they are delish……….Pete
Just wanted to point out to you all that we have 2 amazing instructors coming to teach at The Cake Cottage in the next two months. First up we have Charity George. Now she can show you how to make your cakes taste just fantastic and for those of you who would like to learn about gluten free baking then does she have a class for you. Here is some info on her and her classes:
Charity Pykles-George is a Pastry Chef and Cake Artist in San Diego, CA. She specializes in chocolate and sugar art particularly with regards to wedding, specialty and extreme cakes. She has also specialized in baking and cooking for those with food allergies and sensitivities. Charity owns d’Zrt Cake Studio in La Mesa, CA.
Charity is a native of Southern California and was raised in San Diego. She wrecked 2 Easy Bake Ovens as a child so her mother decided to teach her to cook on the “big oven”. By age 12 she had “tapped out” her mother and grandmother’s cooking knowledge so she resorted to reading cookbooks (which you can still find her doing if she gets 2 seconds of spare time). During her senior year of High School she went to work for a local cake shop where she cut, filled, iced, delivered and occasionally got to decorate cakes.
She attended Brigham Young University for her freshman year of college, and then attended Le Cordon Bleu in London & Paris and Le Ritz Esscoffier in Paris but did not finish her degree there. After returning to the States she gained experience in the “corporate world” in graphic design, marketing, advertising, radio, film & TV.
Charity continued throughout her career to teach baking, pastry and culinary skills in the private sector and created cakes for friends and family. She created “cooking clubs” in each city she lived in, most of which are still holding meetings monthly. After a 15 year “culinary school hiatus”, during which she married, had 3 children, divorced and moved back to San Diego, Charity went back to school to finish her Culinary degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
For the last 6 years she has worked exclusively with cakes and has been a contestant on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off twice in season 2; winning the taste competition, and was most recently featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and the Niecy Nash Wedding Bash. She has been a judge at numerous cake shows/contests and teaches sugar arts across the country.
So check out her classes on our schedule and learn something new.
Next up we have Peggy Tucker. She will be teaching Isomalt like you have been asking for. Here is a little info on her:
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