Monday, September 26, 2011

Suitcase Birthday Cake for me!!

1st in TOP 9 of Foodbuzz, on the 28th of September 2011.

On the 25th of September I celebrated my birthday.

In this post I was thinking to write a ton of things about my feelings and thoughts, but when I sat down to create the post I decided that I just wanted to show my cake.

This is the first cake I ever made for me. I am so happy I created something just for me. MY BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!!

A suitcase! Does this say anything to you???????
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Below you will be able to find the decorating process.
Among other ingredients, I used cocoa powder and icing sugar to make the brown fondant.











It was not hard to make, and I really enjoyed it.  From now on, I decided that each year a special cake will be created from me, for myself with lots of love!!! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

How to make Edible Magician's Playing Cards

On the 21st of October my nephew, Nicholas, will celebrate his 7th Birthday.  He asked for a Magician's Birthday Cake.  He brought me some photos of birthday cakes that he liked, and he asked me to choose one of those. As, you can imagine this is my next big challenge.
Here you can see the Magician's Playing Cards attempt :-).  I think they look fine. If I had a card cutter it would make this job a lot easier, so if you have one please use it.
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Magician Fondant Playing Cards

You will need:
- White Fondant
- Icing Sugar (for dusting the surface)
- Edible printed rice paper
- A pair of scissors
- Gelatin for cake decoration
- Small Wilton fondant brush
- Edible black and white pens
- A ruler
- A small rolling pin
- A phyllo cutter
- Small letter/number cutters (optional)

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Cut the rice paper

Roll your fondant into ½ cm thick. With the help of the ruler measure the sides (8.50cm x 5.50cm), and then cut them accordingly. You can use a cookie cutter, if you have one.


Use the gelatin (gel) to glue the rice paper onto the fondant. Remember not to use much gel. You will have a better result if you brush some gel on top of the rice paper, after you place them on the cards. Remember not to use a lot.





 On the top left side of your cards paint the number or the letter of your choice.




Allow them to dry. You can use Tylos powder to help your fondant dry easily, but you have to work fast!
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chocolate Walnut Tarts

This is one of my favorite desserts.  I like chocolate and walnuts very much, so the combination of these two ingredients forms the ideal sweet  treat for me...!
Below you will be able to find the step by step instructions on how to make these tarts, and at the bottom of this post you can find the recipe.
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The dough has to be hard enough in order for you to be able to grate it.
With the help of a spoon, divide the grated base into your silicone cupcakes pan.
Press the dough into the bottom of the cupcakes pan to form a unified base.

 Mix well the sugar, the cocoa powder and the egg.
 In a sauce pan heat the milk and dissolve in it the butter.  Do not boil.
 Pour the milk mixture into the cocoa mixture and mix well; add the vanilla essence.
 Place the chopped walnuts on top of the base.
 Pour the cocoa mixture into the cupcake pan.
 In a preheated oven, bake for 25’ to 30’ minutes at 180ºC.
Allow to cool in a wire rack.
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Chocolate Walnut Tarts
Makes 12 small tarts

Base Ingredients
30gr powder sugar
70gr cold unsalted butter
80gr flour
20gr almond flour
1/3 of a beaten medium egg

Filling Ingredients
90gr of semi skimmed milk
120gr caster sugar
1 medium egg
20gr of cocoa powder
30gr unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (or extract)
90gr chopped walnuts

Base Preparation Method
1) In a food processor mix all ingredients for a few seconds. Without over mixing the dough wrap it up with clean film and refrigerate it for at least one hour. The dough has to be hard enough in order for you to be able to grate it.
2) After grating the dough, with the help of a spoon, divide it into your silicone cupcakes pan. (see photo)
3) Press the dough into the bottom of the cupcake pan to form a unified base.

Filling Preparation Method
1) Mix well the sugar, the cocoa powder and the egg.
2) In a sauce pan heat the milk and dissolve in it the butter. Do not boil.
3) Pour the milk mixture into the cocoa mixture and mix well; add the vanilla essence.
4) Place the chopped walnuts on top of the base and then pour the cocoa mixture into the cupcake pan.
5) In a preheated oven, bake for 25’ to 30’ minutes at 180ºC.
6) Allow to cool in a wire rack.

You can serve them with vanilla ice cream or fresh cream. Enjoy…!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

HELP Cancer Patients - (and a Giveaway)


Not Called Team CAN For Nothin'

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Team Continuum is honored to be an official Charity Partner of the New York Road Runners. With several hundred entries we are among the largest independent teams in the world-class 2010 ING NYC Marathon. Athletes who did not get in via the lottery or did not register at all can secure their entry by joining the team and registering online at www.teamcontinuum.net. Benefits include coaching, race day gear, and a private pre-race pasta party.

For more information visit our website www.teamcontinuum.net or call 917-595-4168.



Cancer is a disease that can strike each one of us; Young or old, man or woman. I am sure that we all know people who have been infected by cancer disease.
Unfortunately, in the recent years, I have lost relatives and friends because of cancer.
Fortunately though, day by day, the medical world is increasingly close in developing medicines and methods in curing the disease.
However, there are too many people suffering daily. This is the reason of this post.


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- Paying their bills for immediate, non-medical expenses such as rent and utilities,
- Supporting programs at healthcare facilities
- Helping Team Continuum athletes raise funds as they participate in major endurance events

Team Continuum is giving away one T-Shirt. The winner will be announced at the 30th of September 2011 after a random draw. (Random.org will be used).

In order to participate in this give away please do the following:
- Leave a comment on this post stating your thoughts about cancer.
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