What’s Frosting Fortnight without edible frosting & cake? Over the next two weeks you’ll see a short series of recipes paired with home sewn garments. If you get the urge to do some baking while dancing around in your self sewn frosting, don’t be surprised! First up is the talented seamstress Jennifer.
It is very difficult for a beautiful work of frosting to do its job if the foundational cake is faulty, […] if you go for frosting make sure your cake is the very best quality it can be!
Tell us a bit about your sewing & what we should expect to see when we read your blog. My blog, One Stitch At A Time, is an artist’s journey back to the joy of creation that comes from sewing something you love.
What’s your stance, frosting, cake, or both? I’m with Goldilocks, the cake has to be just right, with just the right type and amount of frosting!
What’s your stance, frosting, cake, or both? I pretty much sew frosting items exclusively. If I have to make a cake item it needs to be exceptional cake!
What’s your favorite piece of frosting that you’ve ever sewn? My favorite piece of frosting has been the modern styled version of an Edwardian corset I made this summer.
What’s your favorite piece of cake that you’ve ever sewn? My favorite piece of cake is a bias cut slip that I made from a 1940s pattern.
Give us the history behind this recipe & corset. Crazy Cake came into popularity during the Great Depression because of the simple and easy ingredients. My black lace under bust corset came about much the same way. I drafted the pattern from scratch and used materials that I had on hand. You can create wonderful things from simple ingredients!
Goldilocks was on to something with her persnickety tastes. Every girl needs a special touch of frosting in her life. I have been working in the alterations and custom sewing world (heavy on bridal work) and I see daily the transformation that takes place when a girl or woman suddenly realize that they look beautiful when you add just the right touch of “frosting”. That being said, it is very difficult for a beautiful work of frosting to do its job if the foundational cake is faulty. I am referring to true foundation garments here. The bras, tummy suckers, slips, and hosiery that set the stage for showing off the beautiful frosting. So I say if you go for frosting make sure your cake is the very best quality it can be!
Chocolate Crazy Cake
Pre heat oven to 350
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup coco
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Once combined add liquid ingredients and mix until smooth.
2 cups water
3/4 cup oil
2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
Pour into a well greased 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes. (I think the cupcakes took 12-15 minutes to bake and made 22-24 regular sized cupcakes).
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1 – 8 oz cream cheese, room temp.
6 TBSP butter, room temp.
2 tsp. vanilla
Mix together until smooth and creamy ( I use an electric hand mixer). Slowly add in your sugar.
1 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar (depends how sweet you like your frosting)
I like to beat the frosting until there is no trace of sugar crystals left. This is easier to achieve if you use the lower amounts of sugar, but it all comes down to personal preference!