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Posted: 08 September 2009 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Blog and Forum…I bought the new book at Barnes and Noble last Saturday!  If you’ve read some of my postings in the past, you will know I’m obsessed with finding the perfect yellow cup cake recipe…so I started there.  I frosted them with some Chocolate butter cream that I had in the freezer (Thanks Rose, for that great tip from the Cake bible).  I usually pipe on the buttercream, but I didn’t have that much, and I didn’t want to loose any to the Piping tip or the inside of the bag.  The butter cream isn’t shiny…because my nephews insist on eating cupcakes cold from the fridge, with the buttercream hard as a rock!  (Kids!)

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Posted: 08 September 2009 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Next I made the red velvet cake…Yum.  I made a posting with more info about the cake and the book in general on the Blog.  I baked the cake in 2 - 7” pans rather that one 9” pan…layering the cakes make them feel a little more festive to me (I have no idea why…but that is how my twisted little head works).

Again…Yum!

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Posted: 08 September 2009 11:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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yum!!  Boy that red velvet cake sure looks bright!! great job!!  (btw, i wish i had one of your cupcakes right about now)

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Posted: 08 September 2009 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Great job Bill - love the photos! (and your cake plate)
Did you finally break down and get a digital camera?

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Posted: 08 September 2009 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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i bet it was all delicious.  i plan on making the cupcakes this weekend.  so why does the recipe yield 16 cupcakes?  isn’t a regular cupcake pan for 12?  i plan to make 1 1/2 times the recipe to make 24 cupcakes. 
i hope that works.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 12:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Wonderful cakes, Bill- your cupcakes look like they turned out perfectly!  So nice to start seeing things from the new book, after all this time and anticipation.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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The recipe makes 16 cupcakes because it calls for 2 eggs.  I beat up the 2 eggs and then decreased all the ingredients to make 12 cupcakes (I made 3/4 of the batter and weighed the amount of egg).  I made 12 cupcakes.  The cake plate was a gift to my sister from our Mom’s significant other (can you call your mom’s 73 year old other half her Boyfriend?  sounds silly to me). The plate had been in his family for a long time.  I love it.  Actually it looks like the same plate that rose displays one of the cakes on in her new book.  I have not broken down and gotten a digital camera…my sister took the picture.

Oh…and when I was on my way home from the book store I passed an antique store that had some items on a table on the sidewalk out front…and I bought a beautiful little cake stand…8” across, just perfect for a 7” cake (I love my 7” pans, work well for 1/2 recipe of 9” cakes…and no leftovers to make you fat when you have a small dinner party).  The plate is ceramic and has little perforations around the edge that an antique lace ribbon is laced through. It is beautiful.  I told the lady that I baked little cakes all the time and that the plate was perfect. She said she was happy it was going to a good home and would be used LOL…like giving away puppies.  Best $20 I ever spent.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The cupcakes and cake look wonderful Bill. I’m so glad your annoying cupcake problem has been fixed. It would have driven me insane. I agree whole heartedly with you about layering cakes, so I must be twisted too.  LOL

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Posted: 08 September 2009 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Wow how exciting to see the first recipes made from the book! Bill, you did a great job wink  - looks like that Red Velvet cake baked up beautifully tall and smooth.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 05:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Bill, i am so glad you found some light on the new book for cupcakes, and thanks for opening this forum.  The red velvet is also on my to-do-list, it is such new concept for cake bible people like us.  The book is also spotted at my local B&N.  Official publication date is not until September 26th, I believe, so I am just as puzzled as everyone is regarding timing!  But the word is out, the world is out, let just bake.

My flesh and ink copy coming from Wiley hasn’t arrived yet, but I did rush and bought one copy at Amazon for Luca.  Everyone told me that I should NOT have done this, was temptation since Amazon released the books a bit too early than officially published!  I spent my weekend in great company of the book.  There are very many new recipes and techniques one could have asked for.

I spent my weekend with the Golden Dream in Heaven, and THAT is all i will spill beans for until i have a chance to do the writeout that will post as my grand finale for the blog in October.

p.s. I am sending Rose a lot of gingseng and noni, so she embarks a very intensive publicity year (after official publication date or course).  She needs to sell herself for the book, and we know it will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted: 09 September 2009 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks to everyone for their responses…and enjoy the book!  I know I am.

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Posted: 09 September 2009 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I am the kind of person that needs to see the book before I order online.  I have ordered a book or two online without previewing it, and been disappointed.  Of course, I should have known this would NOT be the case with a book authored by Rose.  LOL.  I did get myself to a Borders today and spent a good amount of time thumbing through it and admiring all the wonderful-make-you-drool pictures. I ordered it from Amazon.com as soon as I came home; the confirmation says it will ship on the 14th.

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Posted: 10 September 2009 02:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Bill, the cupcakes and the red velvet cake look really good!!

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