Favorite Things: Color and Eggs

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Judging by the number of articles I have collected over the years offering suggestions on how to dye eggs for Easter this is something I have wanted to do for a long time and just never did it- so in keeping with my attempt to celebrate the day, I finally dyed eggs- before Easter!

As I noted before, when I have an idea often it requires the assistance of a family member to see it through with me. This time my daughter was my “helper” but actually is the one who kept track of how to do each type.

Sounds complicated – we were just dyeing eggs, right? How difficult does this have to be?

I mentioned I have been accumulating articles about egg dyeing over years. Who knew there were so many options?

We chose to dye 8 eggs. We could have dyed 12 but you never know when you may want to bake something so kept 4 available for that!

This is what we decided to do with the 8 eggs:

  1. Use natural dyes: turmeric, coffee, beets, and purple cabbage
  2. Use an unnatural dye: Grape kool-aid
  3. Use good old fashioned food dye with a twist (see photos below!)
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Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble! 

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Purple cabbage being strained 

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Isn’t the color of turmeric beautiful?! 

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Pouring the cabbage water! Getting excited to see how the eggs turn out!

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Our initial plan was to use beets but didn’t have any so substituted canned cranberry.

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Grape Kool-aid smells like summer to me!

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Tried a Country Living Magazine suggestion to make ombre eggs with green food coloring.

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Here is the darkest green of the 3

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An uneven take of the cranberry juice makes for an interesting effect! I will be sure to have beets on hand next year! 

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Perfection!

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Our finished eggs! Next year we will try decorating and coloring.

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Happy Easter!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

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The first thing that came to mind when I looked at this week’s photo challenge on the daily post- Dense– was chocolate. I associated the word dense with a recipe I saved years ago.  Now I had a great reason to actually make it! The cake was baked in ramekins so the math formula seemed appropriate! Dense, moist and, yes, perfect as headlined on the recipe!

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: Color

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When I go to Home Depot or Lowes I usually come home with paint chip colors. I can’t help myself. Now they have cards with color combination suggestions, which has made the problem even worse. I want to do something with them, but I’m just not sure what yet.

So when I came across the Wilton Performance Color System with its color formula chart I bought it. I wasn’t sure when I was going to bake something that required such fine tuning of colors, but if and when I did, I was going to be prepared!

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Halloween provided that opportunity.

I found my old recipe for a pumpkin cake (actual size) that I was able to use my formula chart to calibrate orange- dare I say Pumpkin Orange!

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You start with 2 Bundt cakes

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Weight: 7.43 pounds (plate weight 1 pound)

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Smile needs work…

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Hope you had a fun Halloween! 

I can’t wait to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Cake.