Cake Utopia

All Occasion and Custom Cakes in Kalamazoo Michigan by Nicole Kalmbach

Christmas 2010 December 27, 2010

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This was a fabulous Christmas, in so many ways.  Steve, Spice (the dog) and I had a great time seeing family and friends over the last few days in Frankenmuth and Byron.  We arrived home early this afternoon, and I can’t wait to start baking, as Cake Utopia and myself found ourselves the recipients of some very generous gifts!  Steve gave me THE biggest mixer that Kitchenaid makes for Christmas and I am really itching to use it!

This baby has 14 cups of flour power, which, according to the label, means that it can handle 8.25 loaves of bread, 13 dozen cookies, and 8 pounds of mashed potatoes.  It really is gigantic.  ANYONE:  please order a big cake so I can give it a true test!!! 🙂

Prior to this bad boy, I owned a 5 quart Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer.  Just so that you can see the difference, I did a little comparison of the mixer attachments:

The new attachments are in the back.  I am excited to see the difference!

In support of my ambitions as well as Cake Utopia, my mother-in-law had these blocks custom-made.  She also gave me a fabulous cupcake stand that I’m sure will come in very handy.

Prior to the holiday, I also spent quite a bit of time baking (round #2 of cookie day!) and making candy.  The cookies and candy that we ate for dessert for Christmas dinner were all baked by me.  Click on the link below to see more pictures and details about our dessert feast!

I sincerely hope that all of you had a great Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.  I will be making a birthday cake, as well as some sort of sweet confection (that I have not yet quite figured out) for New Year’s Eve.  Posts will be forthcoming!

 

 

Cookie Day 2010 December 12, 2010

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Many families, friends, etc. have a holiday cookie day near Christmas each year.  Our cookie day started circa 2003.  It began as just family and has now grown into family and friends.

This year, I asked each person attending to bring their cookie in dough form with the goal to bake the cookies here.  The cookies in the picture above are probably less than half of what we ended up baking.  I wish I would have counted them!  We had SO many cookies, in the following flavors:

  • Anise (the green christmas trees)
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Inidan Cookies
  • Syrup Cookies (Traditional Cajun)
  • Gingerbread (Mom’s special)
  • White Sugar Cookies
  • Cocoa Kiss Cookies
  • Spritz
  • White Chocolate Cranberry
  • Chocolate Chip with Walnuts

I had intended to make raspberry and apricot thumb prints, as well as date balls.  Since I was hosting the party, I never got a chance to make them!  I’ll probably work on those next weekend along with some Christmas candy (fudge, peanut butter balls, etc.)

As a special request from my mom, I made these super cute Germans.  They will fit in perfectly in Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”!

Many thanks to all my family and friends for coming out yesterday!!  I’m glad the snow held off until today!  A special thank you to Anna (in the white and tan sweater on the right side) for documenting our day in photos!

We had to include Spice (our dog) in our group photo.  He did a great job of keeping the floor clean!

If you click on the link below, you can see a few more pictures of our very sweet day!

 

Christmas Cupcakes

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Christmas Cupcakes Version 1.0: Red Velvet

Last week, I made two sets of cupcakes.  I started with red velvet with cream cheese or vanilla bean frosting.  Then, I got creative.  My second batch was chocolate with the following options:  peanut butter filled with ganache on top and a peanut butter star, peppermint vanilla bean filled with ganache frosting adorned by crushed candy cane, or peppermint vanilla bean filled with a peppermint vanilla bean twist on top adorned with crushed candy cane.  I enjoyed playing around with the different fillings and flavorings.  Sometimes you end up with winners and sometimes you don’t.  According to anyone who tried these, they were winners!  Click on the pictures above and below to see more.

What’s next?  Yesterday was Cookie Day 2010.  I will have pictures up as soon as I get them from a friend.  I was so busy running around that I didn’t get any pictures until the cookies were all gone!  I also have an order for cupcakes this week and the professional wedding pictures are in.  I’ll be putting those up as soon as I get to it.

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Christmas Cupcakes Version 2.0: Peppermint Twist

 

A Soldiers Christmas

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This is a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  This was made for a Christmas party for a friend of my husbands who is in the service.  He flew a helicopter in Afghanistan, hence the fondant helicopter on top.  In an effort to not go overboard on the Christmasness of the cake, I opted for red and blue fondant pine trees to round out the patriotic feel of the cake.  Click the picture above to see more cake details.