By the way, the dessert I'm going to do is the little rectangle cakes with zigzag white icing with a rose on top that you can see in the back of the Wilton Course 1 book. Basically, we are planning to bake huge sheet cakes (using industrial sized pans in the school cafeteria) and cut them into the proper sizes, then I will decorate them. I want them mostly done the day before and then I'll have some more time the day of the fundraiser, which is at 6pm. Does this sound like an easy enough project, or does anyone have any other simple ideas? This is basically the only thing I found that seemed simple and fast (except for that pesky little rose!) I just want them to be cute. They need to be small individual sized desserts that we can have plated up for the "dinner fundraiser" so people can just pick it up buffett style. Oh, and it's Valentine's Day themed. Any input would be great! Thanks!
I do like ditto's idea of using rosebuds also. They would be very dainty and pretty.
And thanks for the ideas, everyone!
You sure can!!!!! I use the Hershey Mini chips for the center bases of these. Now DO NOT confuse the mini chips with the regular chocolate chips. They are not the same. The MINI chips are slightly bigger than the regular chocolate chips. I do 2 rows of petals for these and they come out really cute.
"Perhaps you could freeze the roses."
You could, but you have to keep in mind once these come out of the freezer they thaw very FAST! You have about a 2 minute time frame to get them where you want them PLUS they are gonna be more fragile. You really have to have a gentle hand if you go this route.
If time was an issue then I would make these up like 3 days in advance (but then I can whip these little buggers out pretty fast) and use an air-dried buttercream.
Years ago I made 250 chrysanthemums for a church dinner. I don't recall how many batches of icing I made, but I tinted each batch a shade of yellow, gold, orange, and copper. I made them all on a flower nail with a square of wax paper. I flash froze them and then layered in tupperware. I baked and decorated a 16" centerpiece cake and 6 sheet cakes. I iced and scored the sheet cakes and put a frozen flower on each square. By serving time, the flowers were thawed and everyone thought that I was a very busy person making everything that day. I smiled!
I like to think that now I am older and wiser. (well, older anyhow.) This is what I would do now. Have you thought of baking cupcakes using valentine cupcake liners? I would bake and freeze cupcakes now. I would use my bismark tube and add some butter cream filling to the cupcakes before I froze them. I would either make red summer coating hearts or purchase red gummy or jelly hearts to decorate the cupcakes. I would swirl the icing on the cupcake using one of my decorating tips and place the red heart in the center of the cupcake. I might also use red or pink jimmies in addition to the red heart. I might also make pink hearts, too.
I would have a separate decorated dessert table with plates of cupcakes using glass cake plates. I also have a set of 3 stacking glass cake plates that I use for stacking cupcakes that I decorate with the wire red foil hearts (25 foot) that you buy at $ store.
"air dried buttercream"? I searched for this in the forum but nothing came up. Could you please explain what would need to be added, or removed, from your BC to achieve this. I have my first cake order ever and this would perhaps be the way to go for the decorations. Your BC was requested as all my test cakes had this. Of course you have been told many times before, it is really liked by the "vultures", they even scrape off the cake boards for every last bit.
Thanks very much!
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