Monday, February 21, 2011

Valentine's Day Desserts

So for Valentine's Day I decided to do something I had yet to do. I offered a couple specials to get the word out about Cake Pops.. I also had these really cute 4" heart shaped cheesecake pans that I've had for a while and had yet to do anything with. The specials I offered were a 4" Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake for $7.50 and a dozen Valentine's Day themed Cake Pops for $15.00. They were both a hit and I had a lot of fun making them. I also made some Red Velvet Cupcakes for my best customer Tim.

And my favorite Valentine Cake Pop

Princess Cake

I was recently asked to make a princess cake for a very cute little girl's 1st birthday! Along with the cake I offered to make some cute cake pops to use as party favors for her friends... Enjoy!
Princess Cake Pops :-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Baking Night w/ Grandma

So I was soooo excited to start up baking night with my grandma again! It had been way to long! And now that Heather is back in town she gets to join us! This week we decided to make Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake. I don't have the recipe (left it at grandma's house) so I'll have to post that later. Enjoy a couple pictures though... the final product!
And because I'm not a fan of cheesecake Cookies N Cream ice cream for me :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What I do while you are sleeping....

About two years ago my life was going through a bunch of changes and I decided I needed to make some major improvements. I was no longer happy with my job and knew I needed something different out of my life. I woke up one morning and as my mother and I were headed off to work I looked at her and said, "Mom I want to become a baker." I went back to school fulltime and worked my butt off. I am happy to say that as of 2 months ago I am now a certified baker at Panera Bread in Santa Maria. It's hard work but every night I get to do what I love the most BAKE! I go to work at 10pm and I leave at 6:30am. At first it was really hard to get used to. I was also still working at Michaels for the first 2 months after becoming a baker. I soon realized that wasn't the life for me. I left Michaels to devote all of my time to living my dream of being a baker. I have included some pictures of the products I bake every night... enjoy!
Pictured here are our: French Criossant, Apple Pastry, Chocolate Pastry, Bear Claw, Cobblestone, Cinnamon Roll, Pastry Ring, Cheese Pastry, Carrot Walnut Muffin, Pumpkin Muffin, Cranberry Orange Muffin, Apple Crunch Muffin, and Blueberry Muffin.
M&M Sugar Cookie, Chocolate Chipper, Oatmeal Raisen, Shortbread Cookie, and Orange Scone.
Our souffles: Spinach and Artichoke, Ham & Swiss, Four Cheese and Spinach and Bacon.
Our Bread Wall: XL Sourdough, Sourdough Loaf, Asiago Loaf, Asiago Demi, Sourdough Bowl, Sourdough Roll, Asiago Foccocia, Sea Salt Foccocia, Sesame Loaf, Country Loaf, Rye Loaf, Whole Grain Loaf, Honey Wheat Loaf, White Whole Grain Loaf, Cinnamon Raisen Bread, Ciabatta, Tomato Baisel, Three Cheese Miche, Sesame Miche, French Miche, Country Miche, Rye Miche, Whole Grain Miche.
Our Bagel Wall: Trail Mix Bagel, Jalapeno Cheddar, Asiago, Cinnamon Crunch, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, French Toast, Cinnamon Swirl & Raisen, Whole Grain, Sesame, Everything, and Plain.
Strawberry & Cream Scone, Blueberry Scone, Cinnamon Crunch Scone, Chocolate Chip Muffie, Pumpkin Muffie, Cherry Pastry, Toffee Nut Cookie.
Challah Bread, Three Seed Demi, Three Cheese Demi, Valentine's Heart Cookie, Mint Crinkle Cookie, and Cornbread Muffie.
Everyone makes fun of me for these cookies! I can't stand sloppy frosted cookies! :-)