Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Alaina's 12-year-old brother saw this and exclaimed, "Miss Valerie, you're a beast!" I think that was supposed to be a compliment, but where do they get these expressions? :-P
Red fondant and black buttercream were left over from the CREC 10th anniversary cake. Petals are made with Lindy Smith elegant heart cutters. Yellow lemon buttercream was to match the lemon-flavor cake. Filled with buttercream and raspberry preserves.
I'm little by little getting better at doing the buttercream, but I'm mystified as to how to get the corners tidy. Suggestions are welcome!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 2:04 PM
I remember several years ago a friend telling me that she was brushing her daughter's hair (she had three or four boys and then this one little princess) and saying how beautiful she was. The little girl, who was four or five at the time, turned around and held her mother's face between her hands and said in the sweetest, most earnest voice:
"And you are as beyootiful as a pink pig with flowers in her hair, and jewelry..."
I told my friend maybe her little girl had Miss Piggy in mind, who was rather pretty in her way. :-p
And the cake is loverly.
On May 3, 2008 8:37 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... I think it might work better as a compliment for another boy -- a comment about ferocity or prowess of some masculine sort. But for cake decorating, it is rather incongruous! But I do love that boy. He actually called me "Aunt Valerie" once a few weeks ago and I about cried. They're moving to Italy, and I'm gonna miss 'em somethin' fierce. :-/
On May 3, 2008 9:01 PMAngiewrote... My mother, who has amazing cake decorating skills, uses a spatula-type knife (like this), dips it in a glass of warm water, then smooths the icing with it (top and sides of cake). It makes for nice clean edges.
On May 3, 2008 9:04 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Yep, that's what I use. And Christine taught me the warm water trick. But getting the top to meet the edges in anything like an attractive fashion quite eludes me!
On May 4, 2008 9:10 PMBillwrote... Buttercream (at least the Wilton recipe) dries after about an hour or so to the point where you can try this trick, that Mom RIP taught me...use a paper towel or napkin to lightly pat the wrinkles and potholes out of the icing surface. You want the icing to be dry to the point wherre it doesn't stick to the paper.
An interesting byproduct of this is a subtle pattern impressed into the surface of the cake (from the pattern on the papertowel). I usually make 1/4 and 1/2 sheets, so it's a little easier to do this on the flat surface of a sheet as opposed to the round corners of a layer cake.
Have you ever seen that show? It is one of our favorites. My cakes never look that good but they are super tasty. I'm sick and tired of making yellow cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting but that is my families favorite. I like when I make a bundt rainbow cake with buttercream frosting.
Hey how do I contact you. I was doing a search on Myanmar this morning and I was greatly bothered by a search result. I was hoping to find an update on your friends recent visit. Email me. I have an idea.