Red Velvet Cheesecake, YUM!! This has got to be my new favorite!! Not only does EVERYONE LOVE the combined together, it's QUICK and EASY!!
I use box cake mix- bake as directed on the box. BUT, I add 1/2 a package of Jello instant pudding, cheesecake flavor, it helps keep the cake moist and also makes it a little heavier.
I cut make round in half with my cake leveler (gosh I love this thing!)
I take the top half off so I can start layering my frosting and cake...
Here's my TOP SECRET weapon. I found this by accident right next to the Philadelphia Cream Cheese- GASP - "Ready to Eat" ?!?!??!!
So I separate it into 3 sections for my 3 layers. (I also put this into the freezer for 30 minutes prior to use so it would be firm enough to keep a thick layer and thin enough to spread)
No need to worry about crumbs in the layers. Just keep it about 1/4 inch from the edge or it'll gush out the sides! I'm bad about creating a frosting wall FIRST (you pipe frosting at the edge of the cake to prevent the icing from gushing over the edge) I was short on time and lazy...I'm a bad example, I know...
Here's my layers and what the cake looks like before the crumb coating.
I didn't document my crumb coat or my frosting technique, sorry.
But here's the finished product!! I used chocolate fondant to make strips approximately 1 inch in width. I also used white fondant to make fun circles. I hand cut the letters out of fondant too, but there's GOT TO BE an easier solution. I have to find alphabet cutters!! What a quick and fun project!!
Who would have knew how many uses there were for GLAD Press'n Seal?? I've never actually purchased or used this before, but decided to copy a neighbor and use it as a temporary privacy window covering. We ordered shutters and lucky for us, our order lands over two major holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) which gets our installation date in early January. We've got windows EVERYWHERE in our new house and our next door neighbor can see into our living room window, as can the neighbors from the street... Our shutter company, unfortunately, didn't give us those temporary accordion shades, but some plastic that purely acts as a privacy covering- it prevents people from seeing through however doesn't do much with regards to blocking the sun from shining in. They only provided them for the bathrooms and master bedrooms [boo]. So much for the other 16 windows in the house... In comes Press'n Seal! It's sticky on one side and it easily sticks to the w
We've always wanted to have a small house party, but felt overwhelmed with just 5 people in the living room. In comes MY back yard project because I was tired of dust blowing into the house and staring at that ugly cinder block wall...not to mention that project that the previous owners started and never finished (see lower right hand corner of photo below). Eric took ownership of wanting to decorate and 'spruce up' our living room, making it feel really homey and welcoming. So MY project was the yard and my vision to make it less drab. Our yard is teeny-tiny and fits right in with our 3 bedroom, 1200 sq. ft. house. Our friend had a landscaper do their back yard and he came highly recommended, so we went with them without question. I wanted pavers, artificial grass and two trees/plants. The landscaper recommended plants that crawl on the wall in effort to sooth my Issue with the cinder blocks... I wasn't satisfied... So I hunted and surfed the web for
It all started when I was surfing through Hero Cake Pop's blog and stumbled upon a post that had to do with a Wilton Cake Pop Contest ... *GASP* Having Wilton judges LOOK at MY blog, would be an honor in itself?!? !! [deep breaths] ...then family graced us with their presence for the holidays and I didn't have TIME to think, plan, or prepare for my pops!! p.s. we had a FAB time with the FAM!! So I finally sat down and sketched out my thoughts with my inspiration being an ocean theme. Wondering if my idea and odd shapes would even work, I thought I'd give it my all and see what comes of it! It all starts with smooshed cake and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. See the step-by-step instructions here. Squeeze as hard as you can to make sure the smooshed cake is one whole piece, this way, it won't crack or break. I've seen various instructions and I insert the stick in the cake ball, then freeze it, and works for me every time! Prepping takes the longest, so p