Thursday, March 29, 2012

Carrot Creamhorns

Today I bring a super cute and super easy Easter treat. Please forgive the ipad photo...

To make this you need:

1. Puff pastry, crescent roll dough or rough puff pastry dough. The picture uses crescent roll dough.
2. 1 egg + 2 TB milk whisked with a good amount of orange gel food color (about 1/2 t)
3. Filling of your choice - these are filled with a basic chocolate mousse.
4. Green bunny peeps.
5. Cream horn molds (available online or at well stocked cooking stores)

To assemble.

1. Cut your dough into 1/4 inch strips (more or less, don't need to be exact). Start at the bottom and wrap your dough around the cream horn mold. Pull as you wrap so it is fairly thin. If using puff pastry you will want to roll it thin to start with as it is less stretchy.
2. Brush generously with orange colored egg wash.
3. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes until just starting to brown.
4. Cool slightly and remove from cream horn molds. Cool completely on racks
5. Fill with your favorite filling (see recipe below).
6. Cut the head off of green bunny peeps and cut in half lengthwise (so they are half as thick). You can skip the second step if you want, but i liked the thinner peep and the fact it allowed me to use less of them.
7. Stick in filling and voila.

I got about 12 creamhorns per crescent roll package. The package says it makes 8 rolls.

For the filling I used an easy chocolate mousse. For this you should fill right  before serving.

12 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 plus 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
vanilla extract

Place chocolate chips in heat proof bowl. Heat 1/2 cup of cream until scalding. Pour over chocolate chips and stir until melted and well combined. If need be you can warm a bit in the microwave in 15 second spurts or over a double boiler to help it along. Set aside. Whip remaining cream. Mix in about a half cup of whipped cream, then fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Use immediately.

You can also fill with strawberries and cream, mango mousse, carrot cheesecake filling, ice cream. Use your imagination.  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Birthday cake Season: Superheroes and Lego

Isaiah never does anything small. His excitement is contagious and he thinks everything is wonderful. It is wonderful to have a child that runs to his own beat and everyone respects him for it. He wanted not only superheroes on his cake, but the villians too. But which to decide...and what about Legos?

Here is his creation...bottom tier...Superman/Lex Luthor. This is chocolate with vanilla buttercream filling. Middle tier, vanilla cake with milk chocolate mousse filling. Top tier, Two Face Lego head made of - of course swirl cake covered in fondant, and dusted with cocoa on one side.  I didn't get a picture, but he put on a repelling Lego Wonderwoman and a bunch of other Lego Superheros. Absolutely adorable.

For those that care....

I used my usual go to Chocolate Cake (based off of black magic cake) for the chocolate layer. The vanilla cake was based off of King Arthur's gluten free vanilla cake, with the brown rice blend rather than their proprietary blend. It was very very dry - but good once soaked in simple syrup.

I used Fondarific fondant, which tastes very good IMO - better than Satin Ice and certainly better than Duff. However, it is very soft and hard to work with when covering a large cake. Satin Ice remains my personal favorite. I didn't cover the second layer in fondant, but just frosted it, for those less excited about it. For what it is worth though the kids loved loved loved the Fondarific fondant and  kept picking it off the cake.