Favorite Things: Color Part 2

 

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Large cakes and color are becoming a new theme! Last month I found the Wilton Performance Color System for baking and made a pumpkin cake for Halloween that was fun to make!

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Now Thanksgiving has provided an opportunity to use the color chart again! Once again I went back to my old recipes and found a Turkey Cake recipe that I had made years ago. This cake, like the Pumpkin Cake, was the actual size of a roasted turkey.

I remembered that the last time I made it, I was disappointed with the final color of the turkey. It looked raw. Now that I had my color chart, I was hoping it would look more realistic this time. The recipe is from a back issue of Family Fun, which was my favorite magazine when my children were young.

You bake 2 vanilla cakes in round bowls. They take longer than when they are baked in 9 inch round pans.

Then bake 1 spice cake in a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Similarly it takes longer in the loaf pan than a round pan. I kept checking for doneness but I think they took about 40 minutes. The round bowls were closer to an hour. I just kept checking with a cake tester.

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Once the cakes were finished I let them cool on a rack for 10 minutes and then popped them out to finish cooling.

This cake takes a lot of frosting. I used close to 4 cans of store bought buttercream frosting.

Before assembling the pieces I put the cake in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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Basically you make a very large Whoopee Pie!

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This is an important step- secure the “Whoopee Pie” with a dollop of frosting on the platter.

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Trimming the legs out of the spice cake is tricky. Just keep trimming until it looks like a leg! Frosting hides a lot.

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I used coffee stirrers (wooden ones) to attach the legs to the body (it is no longer a very large Whoopee Pie!)

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It’s starting to look like a turkey. I also think it looks like a Harry Potter Snitch or Captain America’s mask.

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Now to the color- I used “Sand” for the base layer of frosting.

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Mixing 4 cans of frosting required my large mixer.

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Once I frosted the cake with the base “Sand” color I added more brown and black to the remaining frosting until it turns a few shades darker. I added the darker color to the parts of the “turkey” that would darken as it cooks.

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Adding the oranges and paper caps added a touch of authenticity!

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It was fun to carve it like a turkey!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Favorite Things: My Own Mini Masterpiece

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A couple of years ago there was a Facebook challenge to post your favorite masterpiece- or maybe we were given a name of an artist and had to choose a painting of theirs for everyone to enjoy. Whatever it was, I liked the idea. I liked seeing artists and their famous works that I never knew of. I also liked seeing what my friends chose.

That was when I decided that one of my favorite paintings was the portrait of Juan de Pareja by Velazquez.  The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. He looks proud and beautiful (and I also really like his collar.)

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So I posted it!

Recently, I found a blank canvas that I had bought to do something with and decided to use  it to make a mini masterpiece for my desk. This is how I did it:

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The canvas was 4X4 so I had to crop the image as a square.

Then I printed it out with borders on 4×6 photo paper.

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I cut the extra white space using my rotary trimmer so that the edges were crisp.

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I used dots to adhere it. (I have used Mod Podge in the past, but I am thinking I may be able to use the canvas for another picture since the dots are removable.)

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I bought a small easel from Michaels and there it is!

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