I have to write this…

Who have you influenced….unaware?

There are many versions, but this is my favorite:
King James Bible
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Hebrews 13:2
Thank you, Instructor Tanya, for giving of your time to teach the class, Baby Cakes, at Viking Memphis.
How could you have know the indirect influence you would have on a young person’s life.  Or, the extended benefit to our military, and one in particular stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
I speek of My Co-worker A, and her fiance R.
A is slightly unsure of her baking skills, yet, out of her love for R, she is baking and sending care packages regularly to R, who is at this time serving his/our country.
to slightly backtrack –  -
We mixed and baked Mini Mason Jar Strawberry Cakes during the Viking Baby Cakes class.  As is the norm for dessert Viking classes, the box of goodies I carried home was overflowing.  I took the box to work the next morning and shared with the ladies in the office.  From the box, A chose one of the mason jar mini cakes.

A few days later, A accomplished this – -

confetti mason jar cakes
A’s fiance R’s birthday:
we are forever thankful for those who serve…
Remember, this is a young lady who does not bake; but, Instructor Tanya, with your indirect influence, she has baked, packaged, and mailed mason jar mini cakes to Afghanistan.  
I feel like we should all take a moment and recite the Pledge of Alligience….through misty eyes….

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

(photos courtesy of My Coworker A)

Viking Baby Cakes Class

Thanks to My Friend J (of Mrs. Ermel’s blog) for the gift of a Viking class.  We mixed and poured and baked…and ate.  What a great night!

We began with fondant glazed, sugar flower topped petit fours.

cut the cake into little 1″ squares or ovals…or hearts (instructor Tanya’s demo)

cute little cutters:

making the fondant:

pouring the fondant:

topping Pound Cake Petit Fours with sugar flowers

they are so cute, even if they are not completely coated
mixing strawberry jello and strawberry puree to make…

 …baby strawberry cakes in 4 oz jars

 cleaning the rims

 ready to bake Mini Mason Jar Strawberry Cakes

 class discussion

endless possibilities – but we filled the cups with lemon goodness and baked them in a pan of simmering water

 we needed lemon zest

and lemon juice

ready to bake Little Lemon Pudding Cakes
baked and cooling (I topped mine with lemon curd; these received rave reviews at work the next day)
pan smearing the bouchon mold

 bouchon (brownie) batter

baked and …

 …cooling on a wire rack

Some toast with wine glasses.  We bakers toast with strawberry cake topped with cream cheese icing!
petit fours are even prettier in the fancy fluted cups

 my great team (pardon weird facial expressions…the camera captures everything!)

Somehow, instructor Macrae is not in any of the photos (check out her blog here.)
Thanks, Viking Cooking School staff, for another fun filled, informative night in the kitchen.
iPhone photos