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Cake Bites 
Mar. 14, 2012 12:50 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2013 5:18 pm
The first thing I should say is … although this blog is about my daughter and I working together to make delicious treats, I have absolutely no skill or experience in this.  Pretty ironic, I know.  Okay, ludicrous sounds about right.  I can say that we really enjoy making these things together, and we certainly enjoy the treats.  Plus, we are using this as an all around learning experience.

That being said, I must admit that our first project for this blog was a bit of a blunder.  We were trying to make a birthday cake for our friend, Suzanne.  (Happy Birthday, Suzanne!)  It was a pretty ambitious project – a yellow cake with fondant flowers.  (Suzanne prefers yellow cake.)  It was ambitious because I have never worked with fondant in my life.  Well, before we could even get to the fondant, I goofed up the cake (see below for how).

Last minute, we switched gears and made these little cake bites instead.  They are little yellow cakes filled with a touch of cranberry port jam and topped with candy melts.  We are giving these to her tomorrow with birthday wishes and a promise that we will get the “real” cake over to her soon.

Did We Use Anything Special or Different for these Sweets?

  • Emily G’s Jam of Love – Cranberry Port
  • Wilton’s Round Decorating Tip #230 to fill in the jam
  • Wilton’s Candy Melts – Light Cocoa and Vanilla (in Spring Colors)

What Did We Learn from this Project?

  • Don’t use whole eggs when the recipe calls for egg whites!  They made the cake much denser, so we couldn’t use it for the fondant flowers anymore.  The cake just didn’t rise high enough for the flower design.
  • Since we didn’t originally plan for these to be cake bites, we didn’t add pudding or use milk, which would have made the cake bites easier to dip in the candy melts.  They were too dense for the original cake design but not dense enough for dipping the bites.
  • Wrapping the bites individually in treat bags and curling the ribbon took a lot longer than we imagined.  We agreed that they turned out cute.  I’m not sure how good they look in this blog, however, which brings me to our last learning …
  • My camera skills are just as bad as my yellow cake baking skills.  I think I will try to learn more about taking better pictures too …

Until next time …

“M” from MD Sweets

Cake Bites from MD Sweets
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Mar. 14, 2012 7:09 pm
Wow "M," Those are super-cute! I'm sure that your friend will be thankful for all the work you guys did for her :) My one-time fondant experience was not good, because I refrigerated it, so it hardened. Then, I also liked the way it tasted on its own, so I ate my fair share. So now, it's banned from our house.
Mar. 14, 2012 9:55 pm
Cute MD. What is really funny, I have a Canon Camera and my Samsung phone takes better pictures. Sometimes I have to edit them in IPhoto. Anyway, try using your Phone camera, you will be surprised how well the photos turn out.
Mar. 15, 2012 4:57 am
So nice to see a mother-daughter baking team. My 3 DD always baked with me and the youngest graduated from Culinary School with a Baking & Pastry Degree last May. Of course, she know nows everything but sometimes I surprise her with a tid bit I know that she doesn't - LOL! Enjoy the time you spend together.
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