Red, White & Blue Cakes!

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Red, White & Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries

With the Forth of July coming up, it’s a great time to make some red, white and blue treats. One of my favorite cakes to make for the holiday is the classic JELL-O Cake. It’s super easy to make and you can decorate it with fresh fruit in a patriotic pattern.

All you have to do is make a white cake in a 9”x13” cake pan. Go the easy route and just make it from a box mix. The box cake mixes these days are delicious and moist, but if you are a stickler for the real thing, use your favorite white cake recipe. The key to the JELL-O Cake is to poke holes in the cake while it is still warm. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or fork for this. After you poke the holes in the cake, make up a small box of red or blue JELL-O gelatin, according to the package directions, I used Food Club Raspberry gelatin. While the gelatin is still in liquid form, pour slowly and evenly over the cake until all the gelatin is absorbed. Place the cake in the fridge to let the gelatin set.

While you are waiting for the gelatin to set, get your fruit ready. Wash the blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that you will use on the top of your cake.

Red, White and Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries. - Delicious and Easy! www.cobornsblog.comAfter your cake is completely cooled, and the gelatin is set up, take it out of the fridge, and frost the top with an 8 oz. tub of thawed Food Club whipped topping, and arrange your fruit in a pattern of your choice. You can use the blueberries for the blue corner of a flag and the strawberries and raspberries in rows for the stripes on the flag. However, I decided to do a diagonal stripe pattern so that each piece had a variety of fruits on top. Once you are done you have a beautiful, patriotic cake before serving that will look just as wonderful when you cut into it and reveal the colors inside.

Everyone is going to devour this dessert, but on the off chance that you do have a piece or two left over, it needs to be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Keep watch on the cake when serving outside on a hot day, the cool whip does tend to melt quickly.

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Red, White and Blue Layed Cupcakes. Simple and Festive! www.cobornsblog.comAnother great idea that is perfect for a Forth of July get together is Red, White and Blue Layer Cupcakes. They are easy to make and easy to serve. You can make them festive by preparing a box of white cake mix and dividing it into three equal portions. Leave one portion white, and use food coloring to tint one portion red and the other blue. Put your cupcake liners in the pan, and using an ice cream scoop or spoon, fill each cup with some of each of the three colors. Bake and directed, and when the cupcakes are cooled, frost with white icing and sprinkle with Over the Top’s red and blue sprinkles from Coborn’s.

I hope that you have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and are able to enjoy some sweet treats!

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
St. Cloud, MN – Cooper Ave.

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Graduation Cake Trends and Ideas.

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Guess what? Graduation season is just around the corner! Now is the time to start thinking of what you want to serve at your Graduate’s big celebration.

This year the big trend is cupcakes. You can easily make your own or you can order them from your favorite Coborn’s bakery. If you decide to make your own, to relieve a bit of the last minute stress, you can bake them up way in advance and freeze them. Just take the easy way and use a box mix. The flavor options are endless and the box mixes these days are really good. Bake them as far as a month in advance, and freeze them, unfrosted and really well covered. Then the day before, pull them out and decorate them however you want.

Here are a couple of cute ideas that you can easily make at home.

Reese’s Grad Cap Cupcakes

The grad cap is made with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup and a square of Hersey’s chocolate. Just glue them together with a dab of frosting.

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Diploma Cupcakes

The scroll cupcake is super easy; roll up a small piece of paper and tie it with a small piece of ribbon in your school colors. You can ice the cupcake with a fancy swirl, or you can just spread the icing on with a small knife.

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As far as graduation cakes go, the sky’s the limit! You can also make your cake ahead of time, but sometimes the cakes that you see on the Internet are a lot harder to make than they look! These cakes are best left to a pro, so just stop by your Coborn’s bakery and consult with a professional cake decorator. Make sure to plan ahead and order well in advance.

Another great idea for grad parties that is super simple is bars. Again, you can make them yourself  ahead of time and freeze them until the day before your party, or you can order them special. Or, you know that many of your friends are going to ask how they can help you get ready for the big shindig, and people always want to know what they can bring. Don’t be afraid to ask a couple of friends to bring a pan of bars. You can reciprocate when they have their grad party.

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manger, St. Cloud, MN Cooper Ave.

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Wedding Cake Trends

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If you are planning your upcoming wedding, one of the most fun parts of the planning is getting to pick out your wedding cake. This year there are lots of fun trends in wedding cakes. Before you call your bakery to set up an appointment, take some time to Google wedding cakes, but set aside a good chunk of time, because there are thousands of pictures out there. This will give you a great idea of what is hot this year in cakes.

Filled Cakes

As far as cake flavors go, the must do this year is a filled cake. Why settle for plain old white cake, when there are so many delicious flavor combinations to choose from. Ask your bakery what they have available, but don’t be afraid to ask for something different, like caramel latte filling or chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries. Filled cakes do cost a tad more, but the extra cost will be worth it when your guests are ohhhing and ahhhing over your wedding cake. They will still be talking about it the next day!

Ombre

The hottest trend this year for decorating your wedding cake is the “ombre” cake. This is where the frosting color starts out light at the top, and gradually gets darker towards the bottom. This is a great way to save a bit of money on your wedding cake, as it is easily done with the buttercream icing, so you don’t have to pay more for a cake with rolled fondant icing. If cost is no object, go all out with a fondant cake in the ombre style, it looks awesome. This style can be done in any color scheme to match your wedding colors.

Black & White

Another hot trend this year is the black on white. This is a striking combination that will catch everyone’s eye. It coordinates well with any other accent colors that you are using. Ask your bakery about doing black fondant accents on white buttercream to save on the cost of your cake.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes continue to be popular for weddings. This trend started a few years back and keeps on going strong. Cupcakes are so simple to serve and you can usually save the cake cutting fee. A fun idea is to order a variety of flavors to give your guests a choice. When you are ready to order your cake call ahead to your bakery and ask to have some samples made up. It really is best to try the cakes before you order, so you can get an idea of flavor combinations. One last thought, don’t hesitate to bring any pictures or even ideas that you have in your head, your cake decorator can usually do whatever you have in mind.

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
Coborn’s St. Cloud, MN – Cooper, Ave.

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DIY – Bunny Cake

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Every year for Easter, when my son and daughter were still living at home, I would have them help me make this super easy Easter Bunny cake. It is the cutest cake that anyone can make; you really do not need any cake decorating expertise. And your kids will love helping you make it.

All you need is two 8” round cake layers, in any flavor that you like. You will need about a pound of cake icing (2 cups), about 1and ½ cups of sweetened flaked coconut, and some assorted candies, I used string licorice for the whiskers and gum drops for the eyes, nose and dots on his bow tie, but you could use any candy that you want.

First, tint a small handful of the coconut pink for the inside of the bunny’s ears, and another small handful blue (or any other color you like) for the bow tie. To tint the coconut, simply put it in a container that has a cover, put in a drop of food coloring and cover and shake the heck out of it. If it’s not as bright as you would like, put in another drop or two of food coloring and shake again.

Next, take one of your cake layers and cut two oval shapes, as pictured. These will be the bunny ears and the remaining portion will be his bow tie. Place cake as shown on a cake board. You can make one out of a piece of cardboard that is 19”x14” and cover with aluminum foil.

Then, frost your bunny. Don’t worry a bit about any crumbs that show or how smooth your icing is. Any little imperfections will be covered up by the coconut fur. After you ice your bunny, take small handfuls of the white coconut and press it all over the sides of the bunny face and ears. Again, it does not have to be perfect, that is what makes your bunny cake unique! Then, press some pink coconut in the middle of the ears and some blue coconut on the bow tie. Finally, make your bunny features out of the gum drops and string licorice.

If you don’t care for coconut, no worries, you can easily make this cute bunny exactly the same, just use tinted frosting. Instead of the coconut fur, just ice him and use your spatula to rough up the frosting to look like fur.

Hope you have as much fun making this bunny cake as I have had with my kids over the years.

 

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
Coborn’s St. Cloud, MN – Cooper, Ave.

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DIY – Fun and Easy Valentine Cakes!

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For Valentine’s Day, I love to make my kiddos and husband a personal, but delicious treat. Anyone can make this dessert at home, and it can be done as simple or as labor intensive as you want to make it.

All you need to make a super yummy Valentine cake is first of all, cake. Just bake up a box cake, in a 9×13 pan, Or, if you want to get really fancy, bake one from scratch. After the cake is cool, throw it in the freezer for a few minutes, to firm it up. It will cut much more neatly if it is more firm. After your cake is firm, take a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and cut your cake into cute heart shapes. Place the hearts cakes on a cake cooling rack that is on top of a cookie sheet(to catch the drips).

Now, take a food storage container and put a bag of chocolate chips in it. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable shortening to the chips to add a nice sheen and to help the chocolate set nice. Microwave the chocolate chips for just 20-30 seconds at a time, and stir at intervals, until the chips are nice and liquid.

Pour the melted chocolate onto the cakes, on the cooling racks, letting the chocolate run over the sides, to completely cover the little cakes. Let the cakes set, at room temp, until the chocolate is set.

Now, you can decorate the baby cakes however you want, to make them special for each person.

I like to put each person’s name, or decorate with conversation hearts, or you can melt some almond bark(chocolate or white), let it set up, and then use a vegetable peeler to make beautiful chocolate curls to place on top.

I hope this helps to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter!

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
Coborn’s St. Cloud, MN – Cooper, Ave.

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