Today we bring you another edition of PINNED. This is our on going series where we
try out photo tutorials on Pinterest.
This time we are going to do two different types of Christmas trees. You
can do these trees in fondant like we did, gum paste, or even polymer clay.
With Christmas looming Jenn has lots of Shriner events to
attend, and this one required her to whip up a quick dessert. She chose to make up an old-fashioned
gingerbread cake. She found the
recipe in her old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
We were so lucky to attend an Isomalt class offered by SimiCakes. They came to Jacksonville,
and taught us how to make flowers out of Isomalt. Which is cool for us, because we don’t usually get classes
this advanced in our area.
Today is all about our obsession with Chai. Our drink of the day is Vanilla Chai
tea, and we are spinning Chocolate Chai Spice Cupcakes. We have been following The Cupcake Project for a while now and have fallen in love with the cupcakes
she made on her first post, Chocolate Chai Spice cupcakes. We put our on spin on it, as we do here
at Cake Spinners, and added an Amaretto Chai Marshmallow icing to give it a
little more Oomph, and used a darker chocolate.
stated in the Pumpkin Spice Meringue post, Jenn also made Peanut
Blossom cookies for the craft fair that just passed, and they sold out the first day. She made 3
trays that contained 35 cookies on each. This recipe has been in
Jenn's family tradition for more than 30 years. It also is a
tradition for other families too, as the recipe comes from the back
of the Hershey kisses bag.
is all about preparing sweets to sell at a craft fair that benefits
the Morocco Shriners this weekend. Since it is fall season, and
so close to Thanksgiving, Jenn has decided to make Pumpkin Spiced
Meringues and Peanut Blossoms, which will be in the next post. These
little puffs of air and sweetness have that flavor that you would
associate with the flavors of Thanksgiving. She used her favorite
swiss meringue recipe and to give them some flavor, she let 3 whole
cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon steep in the egg whites and sugar
mixture while it came up to 145* F.
A Gem in Orlando In
Jacksonville, there are no stores dedicated to cake decorating.
There was once a cake supply store but that closed down a couple of
years ago. Sure, you have the typical crafts stores, like Michaels
and Jo-Anns even stores like Walmart or Target, that sell a limited
supply of cake decorating items. You also have online stores that
are amazing in providing decorators with a superb amount of tools,
resources and mediums for the art of cake. I love to look online for
the items when I can't find them in my usual local crafting stores.
But my true nature wants to see the items in person before I
I don’t know if it is just living in the south or what but,
by golly there is a lot of Red Velvet lovers out there. My son has become victim of thee Red
Velvet frenzy, and has adopted the flavor as his favorite. Today we celebrate his birthday by
having a few of his friends over to paar tay. So I have been busy whipping up my most requested cake of
course the Red Velvet.
Well, It is inevitable for most chefs and creators of
perfect baked goods… There is a time when we have to step out of ourselves, and use other sources. Yes I am guilty as charged. I am a big fat cupcake cheater… Today is my
youngest birthday, I usually make cupcakes for his class, but today is
different. As we like to say here
at Cake Spinners life happened… I
was swamped with homework this week and yesterday between class, and everything
else the cupcakes fell through the cracks… When hubby tucked in the little guy he said, “ I hope mommy
can still make the cupcakes…” Guilt… Guilt… Guilt…
This tea is a black tea and contains caffeine. It has chocolate flavoring added to it which makes it yummy. The smell of this tea hints at the sweetness that will soon explode on your tastebuds. Melanie thinks this would be a great dessert tea.While Jenn would prefer this one for breakfast with a little cream.
We hope you are enjoying our Tea Time, and if you would like to see anything let us know...
Twinings has a whole line of Herbal Revive Tea, I just so
happened to have the Cherry and Madagascan Cinnamon in my pantry. We loved this tea, so yummy and
sweet. The tea is naturally sweet
with the cherry flavor; you don’t need any added sweetener. We did choose to add a tad of
honey to ours which made the cinnamon flavor pop. These teas are readily available. I couldn’t find it in my Walmart this morning, but you can
order off the internet with no problems.
Check it out we would love to hear what you think...
This time when brewing The Citrus Breeze tea we added dried
cranberries to the water before heating it.We both drank ours unsweetened.This is our favorite from The Spice and Tea Exchanges spring
This tea is still on their website for purchase.It is a Limited Edition flavor, and we
highly recommend this one.The
citrus flavors come through so well and it has a natural sweetness that dances
on the tongue. It worked very well with the cranberries and would be great in the mild fall days to come. Order it before it
goes away.We are.
****UPDATE The Summertime Limited edition teas are sold out!!! We will be waiting anxiously for next June for them to be back!******
We truly enjoy bringing you our picks for Drink of the Day, if you have anything you would like us to try please comment below.
We added some fresh pineapple to our A’lotta Colada tea from
The Spice and Tea Exchanges spring collection, and we both sweetened it with a
little bit of honey.
Unfortunately the pineapple flavor didn’t come through at
all even with the addition of the fresh pineapple. We would just consider this
to be a coconut tea.We do take
the title to mean “a lot of coconut” instead of taking on a true pina colada
flavor profile.Jenn liked this
tea and would recommend it, however Mel is not a coconut fan, therefore she is
going to pass on this one.
We loved this tea from The Spice and Tea Exchanges spring
collection.Melanie added their
Blueberry Sugar to her Berry Lemon Drop tea as well. Jenn doesn’t love blueberries, so she just
This tea is chocked full of berry yumminess. It would be
great on a nice hot summer day.Melanie loved the Blueberry Sugar and thought it made an awesome flavor
combination with this tea.We
highly recommend both products.
Decorate a Cake Series Summer 2013 Billows Hey Spin-Sters!
Today we are billowing!!!
It is our second video in our summer cake decorating series.
We hope you like this video and are enjoying the series. There are two more videos coming, we decided
to bring you some flowers. Here is the Pin we will be doing. It is a very
detailed and lengthy tutorial. Jenn
seemed to pick this one up very quickly.
This technique is easy to do in various colors and will be very easy to
bling out. Enjoy it.
Decorate a Cake Series Summer 2013 Hey Spin-Sters!
Its ruffle time!!!
Here is our first video in our summer cake decorating
series. Enjoy the video and stay tuned for more. Remember we will have a completely decorated
tier when the series wraps up later in August.
We tried to show you what it would be like to try to work out the
Pinterest tutorial live in two different ways.
We each do things different, so therefore we found we were interpreting the
tutorials different. So we felt it would
be better to troubleshoot on video instead of practicing to show you a perfect
version. Here is the Pin we will be
Spin-Sters, This week we wanted to show you where we live. We decided to take you on a road trip
to St Augustine, Florida. We live
in Jacksonville, but we needed to run some errands to pick up some more
tea. Here is a glimpse of our day
Today we technically have 2 drinks of the day, because
Melanie didn’t buy enough of her new favorite drink, Bolthouse Farms Vanilla
Chai Tea, to share with the rest of the class.The Vanilla Chai Tea soy beverage has a delicious blend of
flavors, from cinnamon to cardamom, from ginger to cloves.It was surprisingly light due to the
soy milk in it.(Melanie very
rarely likes anything with soy milk in it.She’s picky.)The Vanilla Chai tea that we had after, was Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Tea.
honey to her tea, while Melanie added honey and creamer to hers.Both were served over ice, because
let’s face it, Florida is too hot and humid in the summer time, for hot
tea.And we are Southern
ladies.And Southern ladies always
drink iced tea in the summer.
The Cake Spinners are tea
freaks.Our Drink of the Day is
this Carrot Cupcake tea from The Spice
and Tea Exchange.This is a
limited edition Spring Fling flavor we believe from the 2012 collection.We thoroughly enjoyed this tea. This
tea is very creamy with a delicate cinnamon flavor, and a delicious vanilla
We are planning a field trip soon
to acquire some more teas to sample for you.So stick with us.Please comment and subscribe.
Welcome to our first pin.Fathers Day Cookies we realize Fathers
Day has passed, but what can we say life happens…Melanie has tried and experimented with a pin about making
edible glitter which is posted in the video below.I (Jenn) am coloring the royal icing in camouflage colors
found on The Adventures of Sweet
made a huge batch of sugar cookies around Easter.I planned out the shapes I might be using throughout the
year and baked them all up.I made
bunnies for Easter of course, stars for The Fourth of July, and airplanes for
Fathers Day.I stored them in an
airtight plastic container in the freezer.I used the Signature Sugar Cookie Dough, and Royal Icing
recipes in, Cookie Swap written by Julia
M. Usher.You can find her at http://www.juliausher.com/.I also froze my royal icing from
Easter.I felt I had to add some
water to thin it out a little as it wasn’t following the ten second rule.My icing was a little thin as I started
to pipe.I also realized I should
have outlined first.
kept going with my camo colors.I
did black, moss green, and khaki, and pea green.Just adding splotches waiting for them to set up and adding
more until the space was filled.
is the green sugar (aka glitter) Melanie made in the video.We wanted to accent the wings of the
plane with it.
sugar just melted into the royal icing and didn’t really do anything to enhance
the cookie. So I used my stand by favorite sanding sugar in black to outline
The cookies came out cute, of
course they aren’t as beautiful as Sweet Sugarbelle. With this being our first
post we realize we have a lot to learn.So we hope you stick with us and subscribe, and learn from us as we do
from you and all of the Pins out there on Pinterest…As Melanie would say SPIIINNN!!!