The 4th also happens to be my Step-Father's birthday, and last year, after my first cake decorating class I made him this:
I was very proud of it!
Well this year, I decided to do something different. Rather than decorate the outside with the flag.....
I decided to make the INSIDE a flag!
I have seen this in a couple of blogs, but most recently, I found it on Glorious Treats. Glory is an amazing baker/decorator,and she also give really helpful tutorials, so I was feeling pretty good going into making this.
Like Glory, I decided on a simple outside, since the goodness is on the inside.
|A lot of cake...|
|So here it is all built. I covered it in a thin coat of canned frosting |
to help keep it moist and to hold it all together.
I frosted it with Whipped Cream icing.
Here it is cut... so cool I think!
It got rave reviews. The cake was from a box (Mrs. Crocker spent all that time putting her mix in those boxes, why should I ignore her effort), but I did make the icing. I used a stabilized recipe, so that it didn't melt in the humidity. It worked pretty well.
In other news, I bought an ice cream maker. Well yesterday, I went to a local Farm and got some fresh picked strawberries... like so fresh they were picked a couple hours before I bought them... I swear they were still warm from the sun!
Rather than try anything Too fancy for my first time, I just used the recipe that came with it.
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream:
Recipe from the Cuisinart Recipe Book
1 and 1/2 Cups Strawberries
3/4 Cup Whole Milk
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 and 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
First, wash and cut the strawberries in half. Next, use a Food Processor to roughly puree them. I left some chunks, but it was also pretty juicy. Set aside.
In a bowl, combined the Milk, Sugar, and Salt, either by hand with a whisk or with a hand mixer on low. Mix until the sugar is dissolved. Add the Cream and Vanilla, mix. Finally add the Strawberries, along with all the juice. Stir to combined. It'll be a bit frothy. Cover, and refrigerate 1-2 hours at least, the longer the better. Can be done the night before. I left mine for about 3 hours.
The I just followed the directions of my mixer.
Here's the concoction just poured in:
And here it is just before it's done:
I have to say, I may never buy ice cream at the store again. This was so cream, and so fresh tasting, I couldn't believe it came from my kitchen. The Hubby was so impressed! I love when that happens!
Happy Fourth of July, everyone. I hope you got to get out and enjoy!