Thursday, March 8, 2012

(H)ap(p)y 2nd B'day Apy Cooking! Celebrating with Doll Cake



I always loved writing. Two years back I took a step forward and brought together my two favourite hobbies - experimenting in the kitchen and writing, which gave birth to my blog - Apy Cooking. Till then, I was a happy cook, usually satisfied with my experiments (more with the process than the result).

And then I became thirsty. I wanted to do more. There was this urge to emulate various food bloggers. I wanted to make bread, cakes, decorate them, I wanted to fuse food of different cultures. I started getting hunger pangs for bigger challenges. I wanted to make 3D cakes, I included non veg dishes in my cooking, I made fondant at home.  Results mattered more than the process and Apy Cooking became a passion than a mere food blog.

And then it was time to leave, to bid adieu to my kitchen in sunny Sunnyvale. Bags were being packed, boxes were getting wrapped, and in the middle of all this, my heart was longing to make something very special for my dear food blog. A doll cake. Seriously?? Just a week left to pack up and relocate to India and I wanted to make a doll cake?? Yes, I did. So I unwrapped the homemade marshmallow fondant, whipped up two small microwave chocolate cakes, drenched them with yummilicous Nutella, spread rolled fondant, dressed up the doll and took pictures like my tail was on fire. I was amazed at how fast I could actually make something and take pictures, much to the surprise of my husband who always claimed I spent more time taking pictures of the food than in actually cooking it. I was so tired at the end of it that all I wanted to do was plunge into the hazelnut frosted cake and take a big, fulfilling bite.


So here's how I made the doll cake. I looked up on the internet, ofcourse, for some ideas. I bought a small doll from Michael's (you can get a bigger doll for a bigger cake). I then made half recipe of microwave chocolate cake and poured the batter into two microwave-safe bowls, one larger than the other. I microwaved the cakes [ smaller bowl - 2 minutes, larger bowl - 3 1/2 minutes ], allowed to cool completely and inverted them. I then frosted with Nutella and placed the smaller cake on the larger one and frosted all over.


I then took a small portion of marshmallow fondant (you can use store-bought fondant), dusted powdered sugar (u can use crisco) on the mat (fondant sticks easily to countertops, add more crisco if not using a mat, or stick parchment paper on the countertop), coloured the fondant and rolled it. I then covered the cake with the coloured fondant and removed the extra bits.


It was time to dress the doll. I do wish I had more time to make the dress a lot prettier. But the large carboard boxes were calling for attention, so I wrapped the poor doll in average "clothes" (thank God dolls don't speak), placed some beads made of fondant and piped buttercream stars on the dress. I did want to avoid using buttercream and wanted to make it all fondant. But just to be safe, I had a small jar of store-bought buttercream icing (thank you, Wilton). I'm glad I had it because Nutella, being brown in colour peeps through the clothes when you try to join two fondant bits. I got away with the beads on her waist, but for the neckline and the little rose on her shoulder (ahem, I'm not exactly a fashion designer), I used buttercream for binding.


I was so happy and thrilled at the end to see the little doll in her pretty dress. Reminded me of the time I had seen a barbie doll cake for a cousin's 5th b'day party. Though not as beautifully decked up as the Barbie doll cake, my little doll stood proud as we celebrated.


 Happy B'day Apy Cooking!! Not sure when the next post will be since we arrived only yesterday and have a lot of settling down to do, but until then dear readers, Happy Cooking!!

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17 comments:

  1. Congratulations Apy, two year mark shows not just an awesome bunch of recipes but also your passion, dedication and perseverance which I admire as much as your yummy dishes. I'm a big fan of yours and will continue to be. Will try the doll cake for my dolls soon. Cheers to your bloggiversary and here's to many more.

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  2. totally loved the way it looks... soo proud of you

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  3. Doll cake looks so cute and attractive. Wonderfully prepared.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. Congrats n wish u many more...
    lovely n cute cake..looks good

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  5. DOll cake looks so cute and delicious.

    Cuisine Delights
    My First Event - "COLOURFUL HOLI".

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  6. Congrats on ur blog's 2nd birthday!!!! Doll Cake looks cute!!!

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  7. wow..cake looks so cute...Congrats dear


    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  8. awesome awesome awesome
    I think she s perfect.....I loved the pink dress. Did you ever feel like eating her?
    Hey, while you make such yum cakes, how long does it take to finish them?
    Well, while making the above, did 2 or 3 spoons of nutella make way into ur tummy?

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    1. Oh yeah, a lot of nutella did!! It takes a few hours, but depends on whether I make everything frm scratch or use store-bought ingredients. The marshmallow for example was prepared long back and I used store-bought icing, so this cake took much less time that it wud if I had made everything on the same day. Thanks for your compliments :).

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  9. Looks so beautifully done. Congrats.. Happy to follow you. Do join me if you like my blog...
    My Culinary Trial Room

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  10. Happy 2nd blog anniversary Appu. Love your doll, and what a great pictorial :)

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  11. A little late to wish you but happy 2nd birthday to your blog!! I've found myself coming to your blog so much for inspiration to bake and cook these past two years; the time definitely flew by.

    This line definitely brought back memories :)
    "Reminded me of the time I had seen a barbie doll cake for a cousin's 5th b'day party" :D

    For the record, your doll cake is just as gorgeous and I wish the 5th bday one had had nutella frosting...DELICIOUS! :)

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    1. Thanks, Seema. Maybe your next b'day here :)

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  12. Happy 2nd blog anniversary Apy.. Loved the doll cake. The color combination is very good. Chanced upon your site.. Nice space.. Happy to follow you.! Enjoy settling down..

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  13. Can you make it two days in advance before the occasion? If so do we have to refrigerate it?

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    1. You can make it in advance and refrigerate it.

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