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Release the Piecaken!

Some of you may have seen this picture I posted on Facebook last week:

Who knew it would cause such a fuss!  You guys flipped over it!

A friend sent me this picture (I did not make this or take the photo), and I thought it was too crazy not to be shared.  Amazing the strong reactions on both sides that this over-the-top dessert stirred up!  This, my friends, is PIECAKEN.  The sugary version of turducken.  Pie baked into a cake.  Amazing to some.  Horrifying to others.  But regardless of your position of it, piecaken did create quite the stir.

I received 7 emails from people wanting me to make this for them.  One request in particular really got my attention.  It was from a soldier in Afghanistan asking if I could make one and send it to him and his troop because the food they eat there is far from  yummy.  After much research, I learned that this would not make the trip.  But how do I ignore such a request from the soldiers who were dedicating their lives to protecting my freedom to make such a dessert?  And on Memorial Day, nonetheless.  So what’s a baker to do?

Make them in cookie form, of course!  Along with more pie and cake!

Can you see it?

And because my friend Melissa at The Baked Equation is so awesome, she jumped in and baked with me.  She made the most AWESOME Mexican Chocolate Cookies (with cayenne pepper in them!), as well as chocolate chip, butterscotch and margarita lime!  (I know, right?!)

Here they are, all packed up and ready for their trip around the world.  (And we ended up with so many it took 2 boxes to get them there!  Thanks again, Melissa!)

So while I was bummed that I couldn’t ship them an actual piecaken, I hope Jerry and the 66 soldiers in his troop enjoy a more shippable version.

Oh, and I will so be making my own version of the real thing.  But my girls have decided I need to use a chocolate pie, and maybe an oreo cookie pie instead.  No fruit in our sugar coma fest!

Want to make one, too?  Here is the recipe (posted by For The Love Of Food).  I didn’t create it.  I’m not exactly certain who did.  If you know for certain, post a comment so I can give proper credit, because this genius deserves the recognition due!

This is the “quick” version.  You can make any or all of this from scratch.

PIECAKEN

  • Two 9″ round cake pans that are 3 inches deep
  • 2 cake box mixes and the ingredients the box calls for (your choice of flavors)
  • 2 pre-cooked 6-inch pies (your choice of flavors)
  • Buttercream icing (double batch or 2 tubs of store bought)

Take one box cake and make the batter according to instructions.  Pour half the batter in a 9” round cake pan. On top of that, put the first pie. Pour the rest of the cake batter on top of that and bake it according to the box instructions.

Take the next box cake mix and make the batter according to instructions on the back of the box. Pour half the batter in a 9” cake pan. On top of that, put your second pie. Pour the rest of the cake batter on top of that and bake it according to the box instructions.

Once both cakes are done, wait until they cool and then assemble and decorate cake as normal.

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So there you have it.

Whether you find piecaken incredible or disturbing, I hope your week is sweet!

Game Night!

I was invited by Nicole at Sugar & Stitches to take part in a Game Night cookie fest with a wonderful and talented group of ladies.  I was so excited just to be included with such an great group of cookiers!

When trying to decide which board game to do, I asked my 7-year-old daughter.  She, of course, immediately said Candyland.  Sure, I thought.  That would be fun.  Lots of colors.  I can use sparkles! It will be great!  So I sent my selection off to Nicole and all was well.

Until, of course, I actually took the game board out to look at it when it was time to do the cookies.  LESSON LEARNED: Don’t take cookie advice from a 7-year-old.

But at the end of the day, they were (hair-pulling-out) fun, and I once again got to use sparkles!  And lots of them.  So how can that be bad, right?

Lolly!  Juggling gumdrops.  Don’t we all wish we could?

Princess Lolly.  I have a crown just like this.  I just wear mine on special occasions.

Queen Frostine.  I think I’ve been called that a time or two in my life.

This is Mr. Mint.  He suffered a tragic Royal icing transfer removal incident.  It required extensive surgery.

And you gotta have the little gingerbread game piece guys.  These shorts would never meet dress code at out school.  Just sayin’.

Here are all of the players in our Game Night.  Check out these AWESOME cookies!!

  1. LIFE and Jenga by Nicole, Sugar & Stitches
  2. Skip-Bo by Cassie, Creations by Cassie
  3. Candyland by Tara, The Shaky Baker
  4. Card Games by Cristin, Cristin’s Cookies
  5. Magic: The Gathering by Jennifer, Not Your Momma’s Cookie
  6. Mouse Trap by Sherrene, The Sugar Tree
  7. Trivial Pursuit by Heather, Twins Plus One Goodies

Thank you again Nicole for including me in the fun! (Sorry I was so late =)

I hope you enjoyed our cookie party.  May the rest of your week be sweet!

PS.  Please forgive the stellar photography.  Long story.  =)

May the Fourth be with you

Hi.  My name is Tara.  And I’m a Star Wars fanatic.


I have been a fan since I was a kid.  I could play the Empire Theme on piano and clarinet by the time I was 9.  (Not both instruments at the same time, of course).

As a twisted fate by the universe, I married a Star TREK fan.  (I know.  I know.) I try not to hold that against him.  The worst Star Wars movie (and we all know that’s Episode I.  Sorry, George) is 10x times better than the BEST Star Trek movie (is that an oxymoron?).  Just stating fact.

So I love this day to honor the real #1 Sci Fi space series.  Admit it, you must.

So HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!

May the Fourth be with you!

 

The next “big thing”

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

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And the winners are……….

If you are one of the winners, please email me at tara@theshakybaker.com with your mailing address so I can get these mailed out to you!

I will keep checking my stores for more.  If I find more, I’ll share those, too.  =)

Thank you to everyone who left a comment!  Hope your weekend is sweet!

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So, did you know that these are the new rage in cookie decorating?

Thanks to Callye at Sweet SugarBelle they are.

These babies make the best icing bag holders.  The BEST.  And for $1, you can’t beat the price.  (Sorry, Wilton).

Problem is, they seem to be selling out everywhere before bakers can buy them.  But lucky for you guys, I live in a small town where people here don’t know the wonders of the $1 popcycle maker.  So I went down today and cleaned out the shelf.  Bought every one they had.  The cashier thought I’d lost my mind.  If only she knew how right she was.

Now, I need to share them with you.  Want one?

I am going to send 2 packs to four (4) different people.  INTERNATIONAL INCLUDED!!  If you want them, just leave a comment ON THIS POST.  I will randomly select four people to win.  Simple as that.

But ya gotta act fast. I’m going to mail them out this Friday, so I’m only leaving it open until Thursday, May 3rd (yes, tomorrow!) until 9pm CST.  Then I will draw 4 winners and drop them in the mail.  I have to act fast, because you really need these.  Your cookies could depend on it.

Make sure you leave contact information so I can get in touch with you if you win!

Good luck!  And I hope the rest of your week is sweet!

I would eat them in a box.

I have always been a huge Dr. Seuss fan.  Especially now that I am a mom of 3 kids.  I have had such joy over the years watching my kids learn to read his books.  And what fun we’ve had with the tongue twisters!

So in honor of his birthday, for my 6yo’s class at school, I made green eggs and ham.

The kind that I would eat.  Chocolate, covered in icing.

Yes, Sam.  I do like them.

I hope you have a Seussy day!

 

It’s all about the children.

I love children.  I have three of them.  I work at the nursery at church on Sunday.  I have taught Sunday school for 5th grade.  I am co-room mom for both of my girls’ classes at school.  I just love kids.

That being said, this week’s project has given me a whole new perspective on them.  I could have 30 of these kids!

And by “have” I mean enjoy them with coffee.  And I don’t mean let them sit and have coffee with me.  I mean have them WITH my coffee.  Literally. (and this picture quickly comes to mind….)

See how happy he looks?  I love making children happy.

This week, I was asked to make cookies for a silent auction fundraiser for my kids’ school.  The item for the 1st grade (my youngest’s age) is a cookie jar with their thumb prints and names on it.  How fun, right?  And a cookie jar needs cookies, so that’s where I come in.

We came up with the idea to do a cookie representation for each kid in the 1st grade.  So I went by their school pictures and made a cookie look like each of them.  It was a blast putting their little personalities on a cookie!

If only all class pictures were this easy to take.

Look at how well behaved they are!

This is one of my daughter’s BFF’s.  Love her little curls!

Say “CHEESE!”

My daughter is the one with the blue hair bow, in the second-to-the-last row.  I put her towards the back because she is the second shortest in the entire grade, so she is always in the front row.  This is the only way that she gets to stand in the back.  (Yep, my Mother of the Year application has already been filed.)

As is expected with children, this was not the quickest project I’ve ever done.  Lots of colors (12, to be exact) and lots of small details.  (Not everyone parts their hair on the same side, ya know). But I think it was one of my all-time favorite cookie experiences.

My daughter is a little disappointed that she isn’t going to get to eat “her” cookie.  She asked if I would please win the auction so that she could.  “Yes, sweetheart.  I’ll pay lots of money to buy the cookies that I made for free so that you can eat one of them.”

As if.

If you ever need a fun idea for a school cookie project, I highly recommend this one.  Everyone is getting a kick out of seeing their kid as a cookie and trying to figure out who everyone is.  And it will give the teachers an opportunity to see what their class actually looks like quietly standing still.

And that, my friends, is a gift.

Hope the rest of your week is sweet!