Wizard of Oz cake
My name is Amanda Owen - cake artist of Simply Sweet Cakery. My passion is creating unique pieces of art to make your special occasion as sweet as it can possibly be!
I am from St. Louis, Missouri, where I live with my husband, Drew, and our two little furry babies, Scotch and Whiskey. And I can assure you that all three of them get just as excited for cake as I do!
My mother was a wedding cake designer and ever since I was a little girl, I was mommy's little helper. That love for cake decorating was passed on to me and I am now following in my mother's footsteps.
I am a legal receptionist by day...cake decorator by night! My weekends are filled with sifting, blending, baking and of course, taste testing. I hope you enjoy following me on my cake adventures as I create simply sweet and unique pieces of art.
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I have been working in the City of Clayton for three years now. And one of my favorite places to go for happy hour has always been Miso on Meramec. The girls at the office and I were so bummed when we heard that it was closing. Needless to say, we went for one last hoorah before it shut its doors a couple of weeks ago.
One of the most special parts about Miso was its long time bartender, Marc…Miso Marc. A few months ago, Marc was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. It turns out that one of Marc’s good friends, Gregg, just so happens to be our real estate agent. When Gregg asked me if I would like to participate in an event to help raise money for Marc and his family, I was more than happy to oblige. So, this past Sunday, over 200 people got together, in honor of Marc, and boy were they generous. I had people giving me $20 for one cupcake. I was blown away. You could really feel the love from all of Marc’s friends and family.
With a heavy heart, I am sad to say that Marc passed away yesterday afternoon. But how great it was for him to see the love and support from so many of his friends and family before his passing. As much as he wanted to attend the event, his body just wouldn’t let him. But he knew and was there in spirit.
Okay, I have to let the cat out of the bag.
I suck at making chocolate chip cookies. I have never understood why…and I’ll even admit that I have blamed my chocolate chip cookie failures on bad recipes. And maybe, just maybe, that is the case. But…I doubt it. I think it has just been me.
Over the past couple of years, I have pinned a few self proclaimed “BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE EVER” recipes on Pinterest. And honestly, I only pinned them because everyone else on Pinterest was. But, in the back of my mind, I thought “Yeah right…best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever my bum.” But, seriously, they really are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I was blown away!
I know that this is a cake blog, however, this recipe is just TOO good not to share. So, here you go!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yeilds 2 dozen cookies
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 330 degrees
Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, then vanilla. Slowly mix in the baking soda, flour and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased pans. Bake for 8 minutes and not a minute more! If you bake these cookies for exactly eight minutes, they will be crispy on the edges and perfectly soft in the middle. You may think that they need to be baked for a minute longer, and to each his own, but they will be perfect.
Holy holiday cookie overload.
There has been a new addition to Simply Sweet Cakery and I couldn’t be ANY more excited!
For the past 4 years, I have been doing all of my mixing with a hand mixer. And not even a fancy one at that. It was a cheap-o hand mixer that hubby and I had registered for at our wedding.
I knew it was going to happen eventually. And, knowing my luck, I figured it would happen the worst time possible. Well, it did. The ole hand mixer pooped out on me this weekend, about a minute into whipping up some royal icing for ten dozen sugar cookies that needed to be finished on Saturday night. As I’m freaking out, shaking, hitting and cursing the damned mixer to start working again, hubby just laughs and says, “Come on, let’s go get you a new one.”
Turns out, he’s been looking at KitchenAids for a while…stinker. Not only did he get me one, but he got me the best one. It’s a serious machine and I baked all weekend because I was just so excited!
Thanks honey!!! :-)