Posts Tagged ‘cake’

Make a Chocolate Graveyard Cake

graveyard cake1My daughter and I decided to create a graveyard cake the week before Halloween. We are chocolate lovers but you can make this cake with any cake mix.

We used an organic chocolate mix from Whole Foods. I whipped the frosting together but you can use any frosting as long as it’s darker. Give the kiddos the task to crush the chocolate cookies (oreos work well). Another good job for them is breaking pretzel sticks in half to make the pathway. Adora loved sticking the Ghost Peeps on lollipop sticks too. The tombstones are made from milano cookies that we just decorated. Frost the cake, sprinkle the cookie crumbs on and the green sprinkles where you want grass. We put extra cookie crumbs on the path to make it look more like a dirt road.  graveyard cake

Recipes: Easy Chili and Candy Corn Cake

FFD chilli helperWhen I called on my friends on Facebook for an easy chili recipe I could do in the crockpot I got 95 amazing answers! One of them came from my mother-in-law. She sent a SUPER easy recipe where everything is in twos. I tried it and happy to report there wasn’t a bowl left!  I also took it upon myself to try to make a Mummified Candy Corn Cake. Below is how it turned out along with the recipe which has a few steps but was easy to follow. Why the cooking and baking?  It was part of our Family FFD chili parentsFun Day we were planning!  It included making our own campfire, smores mix , games and wrapping up with a classic- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Easy Chili Everything Is In Twos Recipe:
2 lbs ground beef
2 medium onions (chopped)
2 cans tomato soup

2 cans kidney beans (undrained)
2 tablespoons chili powder
Brown meat and onions. Combine all ingredients. Either cook for 30 min on top of stove or put in crock pot for several hours. I did 4 hours on high.

Mummifed Candy Corn Cake (it’s not actually candy corn flavored)
3 1/4 cups cake flourFFD Cake
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 large egg whites
2 1/2 teaspoons yellow gel food coloring (such as Betty Crocker)
1/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring
2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting
1/4 10-oz. bag large marshmallowsFFD cake2

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment; mist again with cooking spray.
2. Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk and vanilla in a measuring cup. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl.
3. Reduce speed to low and alternate adding flour and milk mixtures to butter (begin and end with flour), until just combined. In a clean medium bowl with clean beaters, beFFD Fire1at egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg whites into batter in 3 additions.
4. Create layers: Divide batter in 3 medium bowls (2 cups each). Add 1 1/2 tsp. yellow coloring to 1 bowl; stir. Add red coloring and 1 tsp. yellow coloring to second bowl; stir. Leave third bowl white. Spread batter into pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.
5. Level tops of cake layers with a serrated knife, if necessary. Dab small amount of frosting in center of cake stand FFD Smoresand top with orange layer. Spread 1 cup frosting on top; add yellow layer and align sides. Spread 1 cup frosting over yellow layer, then top with white layer and align. Spread remaining frosting around sides, then over top. Smooth with a knife or spatula.
6. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows on high for 30 seconds. I found I didn’t need the whole bag.. but it’s up to you! Stir until smooth and just warm to the touch. Pull off a piece about the size of 1 marshmallow and stretch between thumb and forefinger of both hands until thin. Drape strand over and around cake. Repeat until you reach desired “mummy” effect. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before  serving.
7. Toppers: I used cake pop sticks and pre cut paper bats to make the topper!FFD Masks

Make Your Own Campfire & Smores Mix:
Twist brown paper or paper bags to make the logs (3-4)
Put flashlight in middle and cover with red and orange tissue paper. Then throw Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows and baby chocolate chips in a baggie and you’ve got your Smores! Don’t forget your Charlie Brown!

Keep kids occupied with fun crafts and games. Got this tic tac toe at Michael’s and found these fun make your own masks at Target.FFD TicTacToe

Great St. Pat’s

I think St. Patty’s is the best day to have a birthday. Everyone is always in such a fun and festive mood. It started with big chocolate cake and cookies for breakfast thanks to the my awesome morning friends at News4.  You can see the boys got into the St Pat’s spirit too.

Then after work it was all about a long nap and then spending the day with my family.We did a little shopping and then got together for dinner and laughs. Hope everyone had a great holiday… I can’t wait until next year when I can really celebrate with some brew like the rest of you!

Some shoe shopping

Nephew Knox came out to celebrate

Everyone had a jolly old time!

 

 

 

 

Samoa Cookie as a cake?

We celebrated my father’s 60th birthday with the things he’s grown to love the most: family and Korean food! He also is a big fan of cookies… and like most Americans will never turn down a good Girl Scout treat. My sister Tricia is an excellent cook and baker and is always up for trying new recipes. After she saw this Samoa cookie inspired cake.. she thought the big birthday was a perfect day to give it a try. In the end my dad approved and even had a nice hibiscus shirt to match the theme! Happy Birthday DAD!

with birthday papa and cousin Caelyn

I'm the best grandbaby

The big Samoa

The big samoa by Tricia

The best gift— um homemade deodorant by Tricia. ew

 

 

Mom who makes Noms

Nikki's white cake with chocolate chip cookie dough filling for baby's 6 month old birthday

I love seeing women start their own businesses. I have the utmost admiration for moms, especially new ones who venture into this world. Meet my neighbor and girlfriend Nikki Hill. She just had a baby like an hour ago and also around the same time decided to start Noms by Nikki. What’s a nom you ask? According to Nik it’s an onomatopoeic adjective based on the sound emitted when something is “oh so tasty.” I can attest her noms live up to it’s definition.

MORE: Noms by Nikki Facebook Page

See exhibit A & B below- the chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream icing she made me. It was gone in 1.5 days.

You can see from her creations she can do just about anything: cake pops, chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, you name it.

The Sweet Crab Cake

Brownie pops

Baby Shower Ruffle Cake

 

My Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake aka Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Happy Anniversary Kirk & Mike

Big congrats to Kirk McEwen and Mike O’Meara the funny co-hosts of the Kirk &  Mike Show on 105.9 The Edge. I love being part of this show daily and can honestly say they always help put me in a good mood early in the morning even when I’m fighting it.

PHOTOS: K&M Anniversary Party

The dynamic duo had a little party to celebrate 1 year of being on air together in hometown Herndon at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern. I brought the whole clan out to celebrate. I think the highlight was the guys got to meet CHIN!  Congrats K&M.. here’s to many more years of cracking us up during DC’s most terrible morning drive.

The party gets out shout out on WUSA

 

Restaurant owner Jimmy presents the CAKE

K&M’s biggest lil fan Adora stopped by early for some dinner

Half Birthday: Adora turns 6 months!

She’s got two teeth and still no knees… my little Adora turns 6 months today. We celebrated her half-birthday (isn’t that the trend these days?) at Red Velvet. Click here for more pictures…

Having her first taste of frosting!

WUSA9's Kristin Fisher Marries

Congrats are in order for WUSA9’s Kristin Fisher. Our former morning show reporter (she’s moved to the day shift …sniff ) married her true love Walker over the weekend. The gorgeous ceremony was held at The Church of the Holy City in DC… and a rockin’ reception with an extraordinary view followed at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Highlights included a jaw-dropping beautiful bridal gown, a sweetly executed toast by the bride’s sister Kara and out-of-this world party favors: moon pies and freeze-dried ice cream. Hey what do you expect from a bride who is the daughter of two NASA astronauts. It was great to catch up with some 9NEWS colleagues too.. Jessica Doyle, Andrea Roane and Larry Lewis. I think it’s fair to say from all of us.. best and bright wishes to the newlyweds!

Royal Wedding Exclusive: The cake will be baked by…

We are 43 days away from the Royal Wedding and more sweet details are starting to surface. Today I got the scoop on who’s making Prince William and Kate’s wedding cake. I’m told the cake will be baked by one of the Armed Forces, most likely the Royal Navy. This is expected to be formally announced later this week. All of this according to our own Royals insider Hilary Fordwich… who’s dear friend is the former head of household at Buckingham Palace and who was also a planner of Prince Andrew and Fergie’s big day.

MORE: Royal Wedding recreated in DC

Fordwich who will join me on the 9NEWS Morning Show weekly leading up to the wedding says the Royal Navy has a fantastic catering corps at Chatham in Kent and they also baked the cake for Princess Diana and the Duchess of York. An insider tidbit: with the Armed Services they normally have one spare cake in case of emergency!

You may have read about other cakes that will be made for the wedding… Fordwich informs me that the Royal Couple is inundated with offers of food and particularly cakes. Recently a Welsh Hotel near Chester was in the news as the ones making ‘the cake’ but theirs like many others will be accepted and donated to ch

 

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Royal Wedding Recreated in DC

See for yourself. In honor of your Royal Highness and his marriage to princess-in-waiting Catherine Middleton… The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC is offering couples the Royal Wedding Experience. I scoped out the regal package that includes everything from the bride having their couture gown custom made to turning the ballroom into Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. OMG got a sneak peak at what’s in store. Luxury vendors who will help create a fairytale wedding inspired by Real-Royals include music by Entertainment Exchange, true English arrangements and decor by Capital Events & Decor, vintage jewels by Tiny Jewel Box, gowns by Carine’s Bridal Atelier, royal wedding wardrobe by SAKS Chevy Chase, cake by the Ritz’s Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione and you’re very own “Royal Watcher” the fabulous Susan Nixon who will offer guidance on traditional British customs.

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