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  1. Birthday cakes for myself and a friend. Abstract buttercream for me (one white, one chocolate raspberry) and a mini sorting hat for my friend. Coconut cake with coconut buttercream.
  2. Decorated Valentine cookies. Raspberry and chocolate doughs. Airbrushed with stencils.
  3. RWood

    Corn Pone

    Even though I'm from Georgia, I only remember my grandfather ever saying "there's a pone of cornbread in the kitchen." We always just called it cornbread, and it was usually made with White Lily cornmeal mix. The way we like it is to bake it in a large 12" cast iron skillet so it's very thin. The skillet is heated until hot, with the fat melted in it, then that was poured in the batter right before it went in the oven. So, the batter would sizzle and help form the crispy crust we all like. Don't ever mention putting sugar in cornbread to my mother, she has a fit ๐Ÿ˜‹. Living in California, all you find is puffy, sweet corncake. And frying spoonfuls in a skillet was just fried cornbread, made with regular batter. My aunt was visiting from Georgia, and she made it a couple of times, I had forgotten how much I liked it.
  4. Today was my mom's cousin's husband's ๐Ÿ™ƒ birthday. He is 85. He's gone through some health issues lately, but is doing OK. I wanted to make a cake for him that represented some of the things in his life. So, while I had more things I could have done, I only had time for two things on the cake. He is retired from the Air Force, and has black belts in several martial arts. He was in the interment camps as a child, worked as an interpreter for the embassy, trained gymnasts for the Olympics, taught flying, sailing and got a PhD in kinesiology and taught body conditioning and judo until he retired. So, he's been through and done a lot. And of course he told me no, the knot on the Gi was not right ๐Ÿ˜‹, as I knew. Thanks Jimmy ๐Ÿ˜Š.
  5. Thanks! I can't really draw either, but seem to be ok other ways. I had delusions of grandeur and wanted to do a full carved helmet, but lack of time and bring exhausted canned that idea ๐Ÿ˜‹
  6. This was a very fast stormtrooper cake. My friend asked me to make it for her nephew last minute. I went to Vegas this past week and she asked for it for today. So, the night before I left, I baked and froze the layers and ganache and said here's hoping I can. Got back Thursday night, got it mostly done Friday morning then drove to Sacramento to see Metallica. Got up, finished the lettering, and she left this morning headed home to Santa Cruz for his sleepover party. Whew! And a shot with the birthday boy!
  7. A friend asked me to make her in-laws an anniversary cake for today. I said sure, but don't think I'll do that again when I was the one cooking for Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Ugh, too much. Carrot cake with buttercream flowers, it weighs a freakin' ton.
  8. Thanks! I don't make this type thing much, and I'm still working on getting more dimension in my faces. But, these came out better than last time.
  9. Some cookies I made for Kitty911's bake sale this weekend. They've helped us a lot with TNR on many ferals. And, with vet visits for our outdoor residents.
  10. Thanks, I think they are too, I love the cutters.
  11. Got a few Halloween cookies done. Fighting with air bubbles in the icing ๐Ÿ˜ก.
  12. Gold and rose gold Macarons for a friendโ€™s daughters wedding today. Filled with vanilla bean buttercream.
  13. RWood

    ISO Peanut Butter Pie recipe

    The peanut butter pie I grew up with in North Georgia was a little different, but itโ€™s still my favorite. Thereโ€™s a restaurant in Chatsworth GA called Ednaโ€™s where itโ€™s very popular. its just a baked pie crust, spread peanut butter on the crust, then filled with vanilla custard. They top it with meringue (I donโ€™t like meringue, so I scrape it off) and sprinkle it with a mixture of peanut butter mixed with powdered sugar until it is crumbly. Then torch the meringue. I made it years ago, and subbed whipped cream for meringue.
  14. I make my own if I want one. I use it as a experiment for something Iโ€™ve wanted to try or test out. Plus, I make everyone elseโ€™s as well. Since I do it for a living, Iโ€™m kinda doomed ๐Ÿ˜‹.
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