Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you in the hunt for the PERFECT chocolate cookie recipe? Well I have it! No longer will you have flat cookies that are hard as a rock. This recipe produces the perfect plump cookie that maintains its shape and is delicious when dipped in milk.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 4 ½ dozen
2/3 Cup Butter Flavored Shortening
2/3 Cup Butter, softened
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 TBS Vanilla
3 ½ Cups Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.

Next cream together the shortening, butter, white sugar, brown sugar until smooth.

Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Stir in the vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

Then stir into the creamed mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Use a measuring tablespoon to round dough balls. Don’t roll just make rounded. Place onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until centers are set and very lightly browned. Don’t over bake.

Cook 2-3 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Recent Cakes

The past month has been extremely busy with multiple craft shows, many cake orders and other craft orders. Plus the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays. Here are pictures of the cakes that I have made in the past month.

Kendall State Bank asked me to make cupcakes for their own cake decorator Kristina's 40th Birthday. I made chocolate and French vanilla cupcakes and topped with a vanilla/cream cheese swirl frosting.

Little Miss Lillian Brown turned just turned one. The smash cake was decorated to match the owl theme of her party. Then each French Vanilla cupcake was topped with pink cream cheese frosting or white vanilla butter cream frosting swirls.

Dozens of different flavored cupcakes were prepared and sold at the Rossville Craft Show.

I was asked to make asked to make four dozen cupcakes for a customer. One dozen was for them to keep and three dozen was going to a bake sale benefit for a man who is recovering from a car accident.

It's Hayden's Birthday and this year the little man wanted an airplane cake that he could take to his birthday party at the airport. The airplane was created out of rice cereal and fondant. The fluffy clouds are made of frosting.

Can you believe it? Kaycin is already 1 year old. A friend from high school asked me to make this girlie cake and coordinating smash cake for her daughter's 1st Birthday.

I love referrals and that is how I was asked to complete this anniversary cake. Wishing you many more years of happiness and marriage.

This year my Grandma's (or as we call her Nanny) Birthday fell on the same day as Thanksgiving. A chocolate birthday cake is what every family needs to eat after a big Thanksgiving meal. My niece helped with the decorations and informed me that "everyone likes sprinkles".

Friday, November 12, 2010

Moms Are the Best!

What would a girl do without her mom? I would have been completely stressed and up all night if it weren't for my mom. She already had the day off work and kindly volunteered to help me for the day (The Fall Bazaar that is). She told me I was the boss and she would do whatever work I needed her to. We spent the morning in the kitchen making about 10 batches of cupcakes and 4 batches of frosting. Then we left the kitchen and headed to the craft room. She helped in every way with the exception of running the sewing machine because that is where my focus was. Her help will lead to a successful day tomorrow. Thank You Mom! You are the Best!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Time Management

I had an absolutely crazy week. I played/worked multiple volleyball games throughout the week plus I had three cakes to make. Time management was very important this week. How did I do managing my time? Horrible. I ended up working through the night to get the monstrous 80th Birthday cakes completed. I finished it in time to deliver and the client loved it.

14th Birthday volleyball cake

Baby Shower Cake

80th Birthday Party Cakes

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Congratulations on Your Nightmare!

This was a cake for a different kind of baby shower. This customer was having a Halloween themed baby shower and wanted a Nightmare Before Christmas themed cake. I made a 14 inch chocolate sheet cake with buttercream frosting.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Busy Life

Six months ago on any given week night you could find me doing homework in effort to complete my MBA or relaxing on the couch watching some TV. Well times have changed I now have my master’s degree and am putting my education to use in the craft room and on the volleyball court. You are probably wondering what crafts and volleyball have to do with a master’s degree and the answer is NOTHING! I just enjoy making things and getting a little exercise.

My schedule has been completely crazy for the last month or so. I have been playing volleyball three nights a week in different recreation leagues, scorekeeping Washburn University volleyball 1-2 nights per week, fulfilling cake orders, plus leisure activities like KU football games, NASCAR at Kansas Speedway, going to a comedy club, PBR this weekend and crafting in any spare time.

I have many new ideas and projects that are in the works and I am excited to start posting pictures. I guess I should add blogging to my schedule too, so it gets done.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Polka Dots & Zebra Print

Today I got to make a birthday cake for a 12 year old. She knew exactly what she wanted for her cake and here it is. A two tiered red velvet and vanilla cake covered in marshmallow fondant. Happy Birthday Reagan!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Bazaar

Makenzie's Creations will have a craft booth at the Valley Falls Fall Bazaar Saturday, November 13 9am-3pm. Come visit my booth. Fresh cupcakes will be available for $1. I will also have a variety of items for sale that will make perfect Christmas gifts! Continue to visit this blog to see items that will be for sale.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Grasshopper Falls Day

This past weekend I had a booth at Grasshopper Falls Day in Valley Falls. My main focus was selling cupcakes for $1. Customers got to choose the cupcake they wanted and the frosting and I made their cupcakes on the spot. Cake flavors ranged from Snickerdoodle to Lemon to No Bake Cookie. Frosting options were your basic chocolate and cream cheese to the more unique cookies and cream and raspberry cream.
I also promoted the t-shirt blankets that I make by displaying some samples of my work. Tutus, bean bags and purses were also for sale. There are a few other local events coming up this fall and I look forward to participating in them too.