Gettin’ Chilly in Here!

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Every time I post, I say “I can’t believe it’s been so long…”, “Finally back with a new post..”, yada yada, blah-blah-blah.

Here’s the truth: Life has been CRAZY!!

Wedding planning and cake decorating have taken all of my free time.

Side note:  Anyone out there planned a wedding before? Holy cow, there are so many things to consider! And everything has to be done a million years in advance. Even then, people say “oh wow! It’s coming up fast!”…to which my thought is “for reals? It feels like ages from now!”  But it’s been so incredibly fun to think about the upcoming day in March, and, best of all, marrying my best friend.

So I don’t have a recipe to share, but I do have a series of new cakes to share with you!

And, of course, the most recent cake orders have been of the Frozen movie variety. Because, well, it’s an awesome movie and one of the best that Disney has created in a long time.

This cake gave me the opportunity to do some carving, so I’m showing the step-by-step process. Carving, frosting, and then air brush/final look. Fun!

In the beginning, there was lots of cake:IMG_2839

Then, the knife came out, Pandora came on, and the carving began: (I’d like to thank Pitbull and Paramore for the carving dance party)IMG_2840

Frosting for a base coat:IMG_2841

Then went crazy with airbrush, decorations, and fondant pieces!FrozenCastleCake

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I can’t reveal all of my secrets because this IS a business after all.

 

This was such a fun cake!!

Many more fun ones to come.

….and hopefully a shorter time frame between posts…. 🙂

 

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Minecraft Mania

One of my favorite things about cake decorating is that each and every cake means a new challenge of some sort.

And I like challenges.  Well, sort of. This week I’ve also challenged myself to something new:  no desserts.

Funny thing is that when I told my coworkers (fellow dietitians), the result was confused looks and questions of “why??”  Most of us LOVE dessert, though partake responsibly. As a matter of fact, I tend to keep chocolate at my desk in case of bad days.  Consider it more of a medicine.  I figure it’s better than insanity.

But after all of these cake orders, I’d OD’ed on cake and frosting.  My body wanted to work out and eat fewer sweets. Note:  my mind did NOT love this idea. But I figured I would challenge myself. Just a few days of dessert-free living. Can’t be that hard, right? W-R-O-N-G!

Three days later (and one bad day yesterday), and I’m proud to have proved to myself that I can do it!! And now that I’ve proved it to myself, I have 2 more days and I’ll be having chocolate something-or-other. You know, to celebrate my not eating chocolate. Makes total sense…promise.

 

Another challenge I conquered not too long ago:  a Minecraft cake.

Apparently Minecraft is kind of a big deal.  Childless like me and have no idea what it is? Fear not. According to the super simplified description on their website, it’s a pixelated world in which players break and place blocks. Obviously there is more to it than that. But it’s pretty cute! And what a great challenge to make this cake. Not your typical birthday cake, which I love, and it brought a huge smile to the birthday boy’s face, which I also love. Here is the final product. Ignore the bad lighting. These were taken very late at night, so the “natural light” was not so good.

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On to more adventures!!

March Madness

Remember that time I said I was going to post more often?

Yeah….sorry about that.  Business. Got. CRAZY!!!

Little Bit Sweet went from one cake every month or so to 3 orders per week for a little while.  Yay! But *whew* finally catching my breath.

For those that don’t know,  I am a full time dietitian and part time business owner and blogger.  Yes, it’s strange that I talk about eating sweets in moderation whilst selling them on the side.  But everything in moderation, people!!

Anyway, I’ll space out the latest cake creations, but here is a cake that was done for my niece’s 5th birthday party.

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Funny story: The night before the  party, I sent a picture of the cake (unfinished) to my sister.  Briley, birthday girl, saw it and loved it.  When she first sees it at the party the next day, sweet Briley says “Is that the cake??”

I, of course, am thinking she’s thrilled and I’ve helped grant her little 5 year old wish of a Minnie cake.

Wrong.

I said “Yep! It’s your cake!”  Briley says, “It’s teeny!”

…..gotta love the honesty of a 5 year old. (For the record, it was not teeny. It was just enough and she ended up loving it.)

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Back soon with more pictures!!

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Birthday Wishes

Short post today to show y’all the latest cake from Little Bit Sweet. This one was for a sweet friend of mine on her birthday. It’s an honor to bring joy to people on their specials days.

Funny story: She didn’t have any candles, and one MUST have a birthday candle. After all, how else could you make a birthday wish?? So she lit a match and we all (quickly) sang happy birthday. Perfect.

Here’s to Melanie. May your matchstick birthday wish come true!!

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Bubble Guppies Birthday

Did you have a favorite cartoon when you were a kid?  I know I did.  And I didn’t just have one favorite, I had many.

 

Now, I get to relive my childhood through my nieces, but they’re quickly exiting the cartoon watching stage. I’m out of the loop on what the cool cartoons are these days.  So when a customer asked for a Bubble Guppies cake, I had to do a little research.  These little cartoon mermaids are super cute!  And I’m glad I had the opportunity to make Bubble Guppies cake for a 2 year old’s birthday party.

             

 

Next post:  Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe!  See you soon.

Lightened Up: Texas Sheet Cake

Everything is bigger in Texas. This cake is no exception. Big cake and big flavor.

The original recipe for Texas Sheet Cake calls for 3 total sticks of butter, 2 cups of sugar, and full fat milk and sour cream. Yikes!! But it’s sooooo delicious!!!!

Look at all of the fudgy goodness….

When my mom asked me to make one for her birthday (happy birthday, Mom!!), I saw an opportunity to make it a little lighter than the original version. With a few changes, we lost some of the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.

Just the way I like it!

This cake is rich, fudgy, and mouth watering. Forget that dry chocolate cake you’ve had before! After all, if it’s going to be named after such a great state, you know it’s going to be delicious. We don’t settle for anything less down here.

Lighter Texas Sheet Cake

Original recipe from About.com

Makes 24 servings

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp nonfat milk
  • 1 lb box powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep 13X9 cake pan by greasing and flouring.

Combine butter, applesauce, cocoa, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Heat until butter melts, stirring often. Remove from heat.

Add sugar, Truvia, flour, baking soda, and salt to saucepan and stir well.

Temper (warm up) the eggs by adding a small amount of mixture to egg whites, stirring constantly. Add egg white mixture back into main saucepan, stirring well.

Add vanilla and yogurt. Stir well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.

Frosting: Combine butter, milk, and cocoa in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Add powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Add hot butter mixture to sugar and beat with electric mixer 1-2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl a few times.

Mmmm….chocolate.

Add vanilla and beat to combine. Pour icing over hot cake.

How do the nutrition facts compare to the original, full fat recipe?

Original recipe: 308 Calories, 14.5g Fat, 8.1g Saturated fat, 48.8mg Cholesterol, 75.8mg Sodium, 45.3g Carbohydrates, 24.1g Sugar, 2.7g Protein

Lighter recipe: 240 Calories, 8.5g Fat, 4.9g Saturated fat, 20.6mg Cholesterol, 81.1mg Sodium, 40.7g Carbohydrates, 29.5g Sugar, 3.2g Protein

Per serving, you save: 68 Calories, 6g Fat, 3.2g Saturated fat, 4.6g Carbohydrates 🙂

Now, can you decrease the fat and calories even more by replacing more butter with applesauce and replacing even more sugar with the Truvia blend? Probably, but I haven’t tried it.

This was as much experimenting that I could do without changing the cake too much. As my mom put it “You can experiment all you want to, just not on my birthday cake.” Yes ma’am!