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“You know you’re getting old when the
candles cost more than the cake.”

-Bob Hope

“I want to be the girl with the most cake.”
–Courtney Love

Vote: A formal expression of preference for a candidate for office or for a proposed resolution of an issue. The right to participate as a voter; suffrage.

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This quilt was handmade by Elizabeth of “oh fransson” and can be found here.  Vote, it is what started history last year!

America, Red, White, and Blue is my theme for this challenge!

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This month America changed.  In honor of our 44th President, and all of Americans, who made History happen on January 20th 2009, I made flags, American Flags.  My 4 old voted during this past year’s election at school.  Weekly readers are used in class to teach the children about current events, science, art and history.  On November 4th it highlighted both nominees and allowed the children to vote.  Obama won the election in her class at 2:15pm with a 13 to 7 vote.  The class got to watch his Inauguration and were sent home with another weekly reader highlighting Obama’s family and his new job.  She was so pumped up about the whole thing, as were we.  We decided to have a celebration after dinner that night.  I made American Flag Tuiles and served them with some mocha buttercream, and whipped cream with sugar crystals.  They were fantastic.  We loved the way they tasted, almost like a sugar cookie mixed with a fresh waffle cone, but better!

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Traditionally, tuiles are thin, crisp almond cookies that are gently molded over a rolling pin or arched form while they are still warm. Once set, their shape resembles the curved French roofing tiles for which they’re named. The Dutch angle: traditionally this batter was used to bake flat round cookies on 31st December, representing the year unfolding. On New Year’s Day however, the same batter was used.  But this day they were presented to well-wishers shaped as cigars and filled with whipped cream, symbolizing the New Year that’s about to roll on. And of course the batter is sometimes called tulip-paste….

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Baking Soda and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf.  They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.  Thank you for allowing us the freedom to make almost anything amazing.  I had so much fun with this challenge!  I have also made these lovely hearts  topped with Mocha Buttercream roses, served on a bed of sugar crystals.  I learned a few tricks from a fellow DB’er here and here, on making Tuiles.  Thank you Zoe of  Zoe Bakes.

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“A compromise is the art of
dividing a cake in such a way
that everyone believes that
he has got the biggest piece.”
– Paul Gauguin

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The first 30 cup cakes were made into a semi newly invented “pull away” cake.  They are chocolate chiffon cup cakes with my all new Golden Vanilla Buttercream icing.  Let me tell you, it is much more difficult to ice “somethings” tha move, than a real cake.  However, the finished product did look very nice and the birthday boy was especially happy.  John turned 4 in November, remember the Saturn 5, John 4 cake?   Well John was supper sick by the time I finished his cake and his party had to be post-poned.  This is his second cake for his official party.  We let him pick, and boy does he love supper hero’s!    Happy (2nd) 4th birthday John!

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“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” Alfred Hitchcock

My husband and I just made 72 chocolate chiffon cup cakes from scratch in under 72 minutes. The kitchen is clean, all dishes put away, and the only sign we made anything tonight is the crumbs left on our mouth. Stay tuned for what I did with all of them. We only ate two!

My nephew has been obsessed with tractors since he could walk.  He lives in a farming community and spends a great deal of time playing with and riding on them.  Of course John Deere are his all-time favorite tractors.  His Mom found these cute invitations and decided a tractor cake would be a must.

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We discussed the cake for a month almost, trying to decide if the whole cake would be the tractor or just a scene for a tractor on top.  “Do we buy a small tractor to put on top like you get on a grocery store cake?” Amanda asked.  Not at Bonobo Cakes, no mama.  I will make the whole thing from scratch, and I did.

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I started with a yellow cake and filled it with vanilla buttercream.  I carved out the 3 corners, one for the lettuce field, one for the part the tractor had already mowed and bailed, and the last for what the tractor was currently mowing.  A crumb coat was then applied and the cake hung out in the fridge while I made this  wonderful new mocha buttercream recipe I found at  Zoe Bakes from Carol Bloom’s The Essential Baker.  This was the second time I had made i and I was delighted with the way it turned out.  It is rich and creamy with a somewhat mild chocolate espresso taste, a very light texture, and almost a fresh whipped cream bite.  It is truly a 5 star recipe!

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The hay rolls, as they make here in South Georgia, contrary to the traditional bails, were made from a few things.  I first made Rice Crispy treats and pressed them about 1″ thick in a pan.  I then used a round metal fondant cutter to cut out the rolls.  Next, I coated them with gold fondant and used a knife to score the outside to look like hay.  As a final touch, I brushed on a little cocoa powder to give it a 3 dimensional look.

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The lettuce patch was hand made from Marzipan.  I colored it a dirty green and rolled out thin long strips like fettuccine noodles.  I let them dry for a minute before rolling them up like a ribbon rose, so the edges would crack and look like individual lettuce leafs.  These were also dusted with cocoa powder.  I put a few Oreos in the food processor to make the soil in the lettuce field.

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The tractor itself took a few days to make, with the drying process before assembly.  I am quiet pleased with how well it turned out.

Here you see the cake fully assembled and about to be eaten by the birthday boy himself.

Happy 2nd Birthday Gavin, Aunt Cheryl Loves you!

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Hello reader, this Blog is a real time biography for Bonobo Cakes. BC will become an official bakery sooner than later. For now however, we are closed. With the addition of a 3rd child, life is to important to stop and spend 24 hours strait on a cake. Although we love cake, it will be a while before we get back into baking on a large scale. Enjoy the stories and photos, but please ask prior to using any of our original information on another site. Thank you and Enjoy the blog as it was!