Archive for February, 2010

Chocolate Vermicelli Sprinkles (Chocolate Jimmies)

My favorite type of sprinkles for decorating Devil’s Food Cupcakes!  These sprinkles are either called Vermicelli sprinkles or chocolate jimmies and they make cupcake decorating fast and easy!  Delectable to look at and adds texture and flavor (White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate).  (Do I sound like an ad for these sprinkles?)

In the picture, I used White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.  Not all Chocolate Vermicelli Sprinkles are created equal though so I personally get the ones made from real chocolate.

The white chocolate ones can be colored by putting the sprinkles and powdered food color in a self-closing plastic and shaking it.  This was introduced by Billy Reece when he appeared in the Martha Stewart Show in May 2006.

February 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

Thomas The Tank Engine 3D Cake

Thomas was a tank engine who lived at a Big Station. He had six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome.  He was a fussy little engine, always pulling coaches about. […] He was a cheeky little engine, too. — from the story “Thomas & Gordon”.

Thomas the Tank Engine was a specific request of our friend’s son who was turning 3 last January.  As a famous children’s character, I wanted to make a Thomas cake with a difference and thought of making a 3D cake.  My biggest worry was making a cake that the kids at the party would not recognize.  Can you imagine slaving over a cake for hours and when you get to the party the kids ask “Who is That?”.  Just the thought of it gives me shivers…

Thankfully, one of my friends gave me the link to a “Tank Engine Cake Tutorial” and lent me her son’s Thomas the Tank Engine toy.  The tutorial was my reference in making the cake, although I had to make a few modifications either to make a closer copy of the toy I had or adhere to my personal preference or style of decorating.

The kids at the party had a blast and thankfully the kids recognized the cake as Thomas as soon as I entered the party venue (right before they started poking the cake with their tiny little fingers!!).

February 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment


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