Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One Sweet Afternoon

A few weeks ago Chloe earned her cake decorating badge with her American Heritage Girls troop. This badge had Chloe's name written all over it as soon as we got our handbook in the mail last summer. She love love loves baking.

We went to the Sweet House Bake Shop in Mars and learned how to bake a yummy cake from scratch. Here's Chloe adding flour.

 Next we learned about icing and the proper way to frost a cake.

 Here's a tip I picked up for my fellow novice bakers: when frosting a cake, the pros do what they call a "crumb layer" first, and then pop the frosted cake in the freezer for a short amount of time. The crumb layer of frosting gets hard in the freezer, and then you can put another two layers of frosting over that to get a perfectly smooth frosted cake.

The girls weren't too worried about the crumb layer as they put their newly acquired skills to work. They frosted (and ate, of course) their cupcakes and then set to work together on a cake. Here is the finished product:

Our  sweet AHG tenderhearts. I love these little girls!

"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Psalm 119:103

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