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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine Heart Shortbread Cookies and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY


Today is my parents Wedding Anniversary too! I hope they live long together happily......

Happy Valentines Day! :)

Running out of time for making something special on Valentine's Day? Here is a very simple recipe for heart shaped shortbread cookies.
 I came home in the evening and thought I had some free time and was wondering if I can make some cookies for Anush, but wanted to keep it simple and easy, but a heart shaped. These shortbread cookies came out so good and it was so soft and the colored sugar really brought the shape pop out and looked very pretty.

These are the easiest cookies that I have ever made.....I hope you all like it too!

1 cup Butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups All purpose Flour
2 tbsp or more Colored Sugar (I used pink and orange as I didn't have red)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer cream up butter, sugar and vanilla extract until the sugar is well blended.

3. Now add the flour and mix gently, it will be better if you mix with hand.
4. The dough may seem to be crumbly but, keep kneading, so that you get a soft dough.
5. Now place a cling wrap, and place the dough and shape it to a 2 diameter roll.

6. Now flatten it on one side a bit, then tilt it to other side and flatten it again a bit, so that you get a "V" shape.
7. Now remove the dough and keep it aside.
8. On the same cling wrap spread out the color sugar and then place the dough over the top of the sugar and roll the dough.

9. Now cover the dough gently with the cling wrap and press a little bit so that all the sugar sticks to the dough.
10. Now take a knife and cut the dough into slices each of 1/2" or the thickness you want.

11. Now take each slice of dough and press with a knife in the middle of the third side.
Note: Third side is the side other than the "V".
12. Now try to get the shape of the heart, else the easiest way is to roll out the dough and if you have a heart shaped cookie cutter then cut it and then roll each cookie in the sugar.

13. Now place these cookies 1/4" to 1/2" apart in a cookie sheet and bake it for about 8-12 mins.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

HERMOINE CAKE - Harry Potter Character CAKE

I know everyone who sees this cake name would/may be wondering like I did when I heard about the name from one of my very good friend, her name is Rini. She asked me to help her make this cake for her daughter on her birthday. When she said the name, I said I don't know who she is. Then she explained to me that it was the girl in the Harry Potter movie. I kept thinking as to how would I get a girl's picture on the cake and when I googled for some pictures I could not get any and those I got this looked kinda hard for me.

Then I decided to cheat a little bit :) as there was no much time for me to plan and buy things accordingly. So I got his cute cake picture which I thought of recreating.

So I told her to order a simple white butter cream frosted round cake and buy fondant for me and a color printout of the picture. it goes.....
I got all already colored fondants, but did a little mix up to get the right colors. Actually i could not capture the right colors of the fondant after I was done. So I thought of mentioning it is a purple dress with pinkish purple shades.

First I got the cake, then I layered the top with white fondant. Then I made the body, dress, flowers and all the leaf shaped dress and hair with little black and brown and brushed with silver glitter to get the shine over the dress.

The best and easy part of the cake was making the face of the girl. I cut only the face from the printout, applied some butter cream icing at the back and stuck it over the fondant. :) Is that not very simple? I didn't have much time to paint myself for the face as I didn't have much time and didn't want to take risk of spoiling the cake. So found a very simple and easy way to do it.

The other best part is that my friend also liked it. After she went home, her daughter called me and said she liked the cake very much. So this is the kind of happiness that gives you when someone really appreciates your work. :)
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