Mermaid Cake

Makes 6 Layer 6” Cake - For your mermaid birthday party!

Mermaid Cake

Ingredients-Cake
2 sticks (226 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic sugar
2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
4 organic large eggs
1 cup organic milk
340 g. all natural cake flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking powder

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Ingredients-Base Frosting
3 sticks (340 g.) organic butter, softened
680 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T. + 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
2 tsp. water
½ tsp. ColorKitchen Foods Blue Dye

Ingredients-Wave Frosting
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
226 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. ColorKitchen Foods Blue Dye
2 tsp. water

Ingredients-Mermaid Frosting
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
226 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T. water
ColorKitchen Foods Blue Dye
ColorKitchen Foods Green Dye
ColorKitchen Foods Pink Dye

Ingredients-Sand
4 organic graham crackers

Tools:
6 – 6” cake pans
parchment paper
piping bags
decorating tips #864, 199, 21, 32, 15, 56, 4
cake spinner
cake round (optional)
cake spatula
bench scraper

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

Add the eggs and mix on low until combined, scraping sides of bowl if necessary.

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In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder and sea salt and whisk together.

Add the milk and cake flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix on low until you have a smooth cake batter.

Separate the cake batter into 3 different bowls, each should weigh about 450 g. each.

In the first bowl, add 2 tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Blue Dye. In the second bowl, add 1 tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Blue Dye. And, leave the last bowl without color. This will create an ombre cake once it is baked.

Next, line the six 6” cake pans with parchment paper.

Pour batter evenly into each cake pan about 227 g each, all colors should be poured into 2 cake pans, so you’ll have 2 cake layers of each color.

Bake for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Once the cakes have cooled, start the frosting for the base layer. This the light blue frosting that the entire cake is frosted with. In your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, blue dye and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Place the darkest cake lay on a cake spinner or stand. Place a generous amount of frosting and spread evenly. Top with the second cake layer that is the same color.

Repeat this process with the next shade of blue and then the white.

Crumb coat the cake, and then frost it so it is smooth. You don’t have to worry about getting the bottom part of the cake super smooth because you are going to cover it up with the waves anyways.

Now it’s time to make the waves frosting. In the bowl of you stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, blue dye and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #864. Pipe a wave motion, it should feel like you’re drawing a sideways “S”.  

Next, it’s time to make the Mermaid frosting. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Once the Mermaid frosting is made, separate it into 3 bowls. They should weigh 113 g. each. In the first bowl, add ½ tsp. green dye and stir to combine completely. In the second bowl, add ½ tsp. blue dye and ½ tsp. pink dye and stir to combine completely. In the last bowl, add ½ tsp. blue dye and ½ tsp green dye, and stir to combine completely. You will end up with green, purple and teal.

Put the Mermaid frosting in piping bags with decorating tips. I used #56 for the teal, #4 for the purple and #15 for the green. Then I switched them out a couple times for #262 and #24. You can use any tips you like, I just found that the smaller ones that resembled star tips worked the best for filling in the scales.

Draw Mermaid fins around the cake. I got 4 Mermaid fins total, but you can do more or less. I piped scales on all the fins and then just filled in randomly with colors. This is your opportunity to have fun and do freestyle!

Once the Mermaid fins are complete, switch out the tips for #199, #21 and #32 and pipe dollops on the top all the way around the cake for the boarder.

If you want to add sand to the top, add the graham crackers to a food processor and grind until you have a sand like texture. Sprinkle the sand all on the top of the cake.

Eat cake!

Baker’s Note: To make this cake gluten free, just substitute the all natural cake flour for an organic gluten free flour mix. Also, make sure to either omit the sand or use gluten free graham crackers.

 

Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

 

 

 

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake

Makes: 9” Cookie Cake

Ingredients-Cookie Cake
½ stick (57 g.) organic butter, softened
57 g. organic sugar
35 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
½ tsp. organic vanilla extract
¼ tsp. organic cinnamon
1 organic large eggs
148 g. organic flour
¼ tsp. sea salt
¾ tsp. baking powder
57 g. ColorKitchen Foods Rainbow Sprinkles

Ingredients-Frosting & Decorating
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 T. organic milk
1 T. water
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
ColorKitchen Foods Pink, Blue & Yellow Food Dyes
2 g. organic Dutch cocoa
All natural SunDrops, yellow ones only
Ateco decorating tips #96, 24, 56

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.

Add the egg and mix on low until combined, scrape sides of bowl and mix more if needed.

In a separate bowl add the flour, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine.

Add the flour into the mixing bowl and mix on low until combined.

Add the sprinkles and mix to combine completely.

Place a parchment paper round in the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan. Form the cookie dough into the pan so it’s even.

Bake for 16-17 minutes.
Once the cookie cake has cooled, start the frosting.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

Separate the frosting equally into eight different bowls, each should have about 57 g. frosting.

One bowl, you’ll leave white for the boarder of the cake. Put this in a piping bag with decorating tip #96.

In one of the bowls, add the cocoa and stir to combine completely. If you want a darker brown for the pot, you can always add more cocoa. Put this in a piping bag with decorating tip #56.

In the other six bowls, you’ll color them pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. You can go as bright (like I did) or light (if you want a pastel look) as you want. You will have to just sprinkle food dye into the bowls, you use such a small amount that it doesn’t register on a scale, so I don’t have measurements for the colors.

For pink, use the pink food dye. For orange, use equal parts of pink and yellow. For yellow, use the yellow food dye. For green, use equal parts blue and yellow. For blue, use the blue food dye. And for purple, use equal parts pink and blue.

Once all the frosting is colored, start with the white and do the boarder of the cake first.

Then, make the pot of gold wherever you want to put it on the cake. Add the yellow sun drops in the top and use the remaining brown frosting to put little drops of frosting on the backs of the sun drops so they stick to the cake. I put some gold pieces trickling out of the pot too.

Using decorating tip #24, add the pink frosting to decorating bag first and make the pink part of the rainbow from the white boarder to the pot.

Repeat with orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Eat this rainbow cookie cake! - Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Baker’s Note: To make this gluten free, just substitute the organic flour for 155 g. organic gluten free flour blend.

 

Valentine’s Day Cake

Valentine's Cake

Ingredients-Cake
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
170 g. organic sugar
½ tsp. organic ground vanilla bean
2 organic large eggs
½ cup organic milk
43 g. organic Dutch cocoa
127 g. all natural cake flour (or organic gluten free flour blend)
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder

Ingredients-Inside Frosting
1 stick (113 g.) organic butter, softened
227 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. all natural cherry flavor
1 tsp. ColorKitchen Foods Pink Food Dye

Ingredients-Outside Frosting
1 ½ sticks (170 g.) organic butter, softened
340 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T. water
tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Food Dye (in 8 oz. of frosting)
ColorKitchen Foods Heart Sprinkles

Ingredients-Hard Candied Hearts
57 g. corn syrup
227 g. sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Food Dye
2 tsp. organic cherry flavor

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar and vanilla bean. Mix until combined.

Add the eggs and mix just slightly.

Add the cake flour (or gluten free flour if you’re making this gluten free), cocoa, salt and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together.

Add the milk and flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix on low until combined. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again until combined into a smooth cake batter.

Valentine's Cake

Line three 6” cake pans with parchment paper and measure batter evenly into each pan, about 213 g. each.

Bake for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling, make the candy hearts.

Grease a silicone mat and heart cookie cutters, set aside.

In a medium pot add the sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat with a candy thermometer until 300 degrees.

Remove from heat and immediately add the Pink Food Dye and stir vigorously to combine so it does not clump.

Then add the cherry flavor, stir to combine.

Pour candy into the heart shaped cookie cutters.

Allow candy to cool.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, start the inside frosting first. Add the butter, powdered sugar, cherry flavor and pink food dye. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed up mixer to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl and mix again to make sure all color is mixed completely.

On a cake stand or cake spinner, place the first cake layer. Add a generous amount of frosting and top with the second cake layer. Repeat this process with the other two cake layers.

Crumb coat the outside of the cake. Allow to set or cool in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

In a clean bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.

Remove 170 g. frosting and add tsp. Pink Food Dye, stir to combine completely. Set aside.

With the white frosting, frost the outside of the cake smooth. Chill for about 10 minutes in the fridge or freezer.

Using the light pink frosting, place small amounts of frosting in globs on the lower half of the cake. With a cake scraper, scrape off the frosting leaving a smooth pink finish. Repeat until you get the amount of pink desired.

Put the remaining pink frosting in a piping bag with decorating tip #199. Pipe a shell boarder on the bottom of the cake.

Using the pink frosting in the piping bag, pipe frosting on the backs of however many hearts you’d like to place on the cake. Place them on the cake.

Using ColorKitchen’s Heart Sprinkles, sprinkle them on the top of the cake as you like.

Eat cake!- Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Cake: Hand Painted with Fall Leaves

watercolor frosting pumpkin cake

Makes one 9” cake

Ingredients-Cake
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup pure canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted cake flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup buttermilk, room temperature

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter, or lightly spray with a non-stick vegetable spray, two - 8 inch (20 cm) cake pans. Then line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated (the batter will look curdled).

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the batter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Evenly divide the batter between your two pans. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake just comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert and remove the cakes from their pans. Cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients-Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces full fat cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 cups confectioners' (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted

Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and beat until smooth. Add the maple syrup and confectioners' sugar and beat until light and creamy and of spreading consistency. Add more sugar or maple syrup if needed.

Ingredients-Royal Icing
1 egg white
1 lb powdered sugar
½ teaspoon lemon juice
ColorKitchen food coloring

Using a stand mixer, combine the egg white and lemon juice. Add some of the sifted powdered sugar and start the mixer on low. Keep adding sugar until the icing is a white, smooth, runny consistency. If it gets too thick add a tiny bit of water. If it gets too runny add a little sugar. We left our royal icing white to create a blank canvas on the cake but if you would like to have a colored background go ahead and color the royal icing by mixing a little ColorKitchen food colored powders with a little glycerin or water to make a smooth paste. Then add a little colored paste to the royal icing. Once icing is done keep it covered tightly with plastic so it won't dry out.

watercolor frosting technique

Assemble: Place one of the cake layers on your serving plate. Frost with a layer of icing. Place the second cake on top of the first layer and frost the top and sides of the cake. Make the top as absolutely flat as you can. Using a piping bag, pipe a border around the top edge of the cake. Refrigerate cake till completely cold. Once the cake is cold pour a thin layer of the royal icing over the entire top of the cake. Let it sit at room temp until the royal icing is dry to the touch. This could take a few hours. Once the royal icing is dry, it is ready to be painted. Mix an assortment of ColorKitchen colors in little bowls with a tiny bit of water. Mix until smooth and runny. We used yellow, red, green and a mix of all three to make a darker brownish green color. Using clean paintbrushes begin painting your cake in any way you like!

The cake can be chilled for a day, but overnight and the royal icing will begin to soften in the condensation. It won't ruin your cake but it will change the look slightly. Take your cake out of the fridge to warm up a bit before serving. 

- Recipe by chef Rose Archer

Mustache Cookies-Colored Icing

Make dad some extra special cookies this Father's Day using our simple icing recipe colored by nature.

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Makes: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients
3 cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp milk (add more milk as desired)
1-2 (per color) ColorKitchen food color packets

Directions
Mix ingredients together until smooth
Take ¼ cup mixed icing and place in small bowl
Add 1-2 packets of color
Blend until all the color has dissolved
Drizzle on cookies, or use icing bottle

Mixed icing will last for several weeks refrigerated.

Best Naturally Colored Rainbow Cake

Naturally Colored Rainbow Cake

Use ColorKitchen colors from nature to make a rainbow layered cake.

Best Natural Rainbow Cake Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups white sugar
1 cups butter
4 eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour five 6 inch cake pans (¾" thick). Each pan holds a generous ½ cups batter. Wilton offers a complete set of 5. 

2. Cream together the sugar and butter in a medium sized bowl. Next, beat in the eggs, and then stir in the vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Next add milk and stir until smooth.

3. For yellow, in a small bowl, mix 2 yellow packets with just a couple drops of water. Stir until dissolved. Add color to a generous ½ cups of batter and blend. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

For orange, in a small bowl, mix 2 yellow packets with 1 beet red packet with just a couple drops of water. Stir until dissolved. Add color to a generous ½ cups of batter and blend. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

For pink, in a small bowl, mix 2 beet red packets with just a couple drops of water. Stir until dissolved. Add color to a generous ½ cups of batter and blend. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

For green, in a small bowl, mix 2 yellow packets and a 1 blue packet with just a couple drops of water. Stir until dissolved. Add color to a generous ½ cups of batter and blend. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

For blue, in a small bowl, mix 2 blue packets with just a couple drops of water. Stir until dissolved. Add color to a generous ½ cups of batter and blend. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Use a toothpick to see if batter is baked in the middle. 

5. When cakes are done, let cool completely before frosting.

Refreshing Blue Lemonade

Makes: 10 glasses of lemonade

Ingredients
½ gallon natural or organic lemonade
½ ColorKitchen Blue Color Packet
1 lemon
1 tray ice cubes

Directions
Mix blue color in a small dish with a couple drops of water until completely dissolved
Fill ½ gallon pitcher with lemonade
Add thinly sliced lemon
Pour in liquid blue coloring and mix with spoon
Pour into jugs with ice cubes

Enjoy!

 

Mini Cheescakes Swirls

Enjoy a scrumptious mini dessert (or two) this Mother's Day.

Yields: 1-1/2 dozen

What You Need

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp butter, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
cup cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 ColorKitchen color packet
Fresh raspberries or fondant for decoration

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, pour melted butter into graham cracker crumbs and mix. Take a small spoonful of mix and put into the bottom of 18 paper-lined mini muffin cups. Press crust gently with fingers.

In another small bowl, take warm (room temp) cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth. Add egg and mix on low speed for just a minute. Take a spoonful and pour on top of crusts so that the cups are 3/4 full.

In a separate, small bowl mix color from packet with a couple drops of water and let dissolve. Take a couple drops of color liquid and drip in the center of the cheesecake. Swirl color around cheese center with a spoon or toothpick.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until centers are set. Cool before removing from pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Top cheesecakes with raspberries or fondant and serve.