The Baking Bug

Leave me home alone long enough and I will just start baking anything and everything.

Ok, wait. That sounds bad. I’m not saying I start putting random things in the oven. I’m saying I start making an overabundance of random food.

This time, it even extended beyond baked goods to cold foods as I made way too much “salsa” (sans peppers which I didn’t know were already moldy).

All together I have made a loaf of banana bread (in July), two loaves of honey wheat bread, about a gallon of salsa (may be slightly exaggerated, but only slightly), and 48 zucchini muffins in the month of August. And there’s still a week to go.

Pups Save A Cake, The Remix

Last year I made a Paw Patrol cake for a certain little nugget’s third birthday, using frozen buttercream transfers to make the pups. This year, we did it again, but I decided to do it a little differently.

This time I made royal icing transfers. I also added a non-ghosty Marshall (“I want the ghost, too!”) and Ryder. At first I tried to make letters, but i kept smashing them with my hand as I was writing so i gave up and decided just to write it on the cake the right way around.

We used this strawberry cake recipe. Since the birthday boy loves to bake, he got to help make it. And, since his school was out that week, he also got to help shop for the ingredients. Which wasn’t all that exciting except we went to the grocery store with a Starbucks inside and got our drinks first.

He was very happy with the final outcome, and so were his friends at his impromptu birthday at the park playdate they were having anyway. Then again, you can’t go wrong with sugar on a birthday.

You Can Do Anything With The Internet

Lately we have been watching a lot of YouTube videos involving surprise eggs, PlayDoh, and food. We inevitably ended up on videos of people making those Japanese candy kits, which prompted a, “I wanna try that!” from the little one. So yesterday I went to the mall in search of some.

I started at the Tokyo Lifestyle store, where I tried to find the kit that looked the easiest to do, considering I was making it with a three-year-old, and none of us can read Japanese. I decided on the pudding, and also the chocolate and Oreo Pocky (the bottom row). Then I decided to try the Lolli and Pops store downstairs, since they have a pretty good international selection. I was also on the lookout for some cinnamon jelly beans and potentially some surprise eggs. They didn’t have only the cinnamon jelly beans and only had the Kinder Joys, not the plain chocolate eggs. But they did have gummies, another different flavor of Pocky, and my Pandas (which were also at the other store, but I was trying to be good). And, of course, I got taken in by the caramels hanging near the register.

Anyway, enough about the way too much candy I ended up buying. On to our adventures trying to make this kit. As you can see, the whole box is written in Japanese. My first thought was to re-download the Google translate app and just take pictures of each step. That turned out to be less than helpful. It translated well, but as often happens with straight translation, it wasn’t very understandable. After looking all over for pre-translated instructions, I finally just found this video on YouTube.

It took a lot of pausing and rewinding, but we managed to pull it together. It didn’t look quite like the picture, but it tasted really good. And isn’t that what making candy is all about?