Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lucky, Lucky Girl...

Christmas has come and gone for the l'il elves of Poppy Mallow but before it passed it left for us some pretty wonderful blessings. Not one, but two KitchenAid stand mixers! My very supportive families have given me the item on the very tippy-top of my big girl wish list and I now am the proud owner of two gloriously red 90th anniversary editions - complete with sparkely glass bowls and enough mixing power to cement a basement.

Here's the first one under the tree, looking dashing. The second would arrive while we were away for holidays.

And here she is on her maiden voyage making swiss meringue for a lemon buttercream. The meringue was cooled and fluffy before I could get my butter cubed.
And here is the result of an afternoon spent with my shiny new work-horses - it makes me happy to think I will likely have these pretty friends for as long as I can hold a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Little Violet Tarte - Lemon Buttercream frosting on Vanilla Cream Cake with with Lemon Curd filling

Prairie Girl - Peanut-Butterscotch icing on Vanilla Cream Cake. I've been playing around with the toppings on this one and here I have a peanutbutter jelly bean and a strawberry jam jellybean. I don't know if I'll stick with it or not. The icing is my own creation inspired by one of my favourite treats as a kid and I think it might be one of my best flavours, if I can be so bold - the recipe is a fiercely guarded secret.

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