If you look up the word rustic in the dictionary, it means simple or unsophisticated, and that what these snowflakes are. I saw the Applesauce Cake recipe on Cakewhiz's blog, and new that I wanted to make it. I also had snowflake molds, that I could use , because of all of our snow. I didn't think however that the cake turns out a brownish color, not white like snowflakes, ergo rustic snowflakes.
This applesauce cake is very moist and flavorful with applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla. I made a few modifications, as I usually do. I substituted unsweetened apple sauce for the sweetened applesauce, and I used soy milk for the whole milk, and it turned out fine. First you combine the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients to the dry, beat until well combined. You can also add nuts, if you want. and pour in your pans or molds. Bake for 40-45 min at 350 degrees, depending on the size of the pan. Now go over to Abeer's blog and check out her recipe. She's a very good cake decorator and her mini cakes look so much better than my snowflakes:)
Now, I am so excited, because I finally got a new camera. I got a Panasonic DWC-FS6, which is working out very well for me, so far. I didn't get a D-SLR for two reasons: 1) I couldn't afford one, and 2) I wasn't really ready for one. I have very little photographic experience, so I need to "grow" into the D-SLR. First, I have to learn how to use and my operate my new camera. I am also going to get the gronies lights from IKEA, and the Satco bulbs as recommended by Marc at No Recipe. I get very little direct sunlight in my house because, it's surrounded by woods. Chef Dennis has also given me in put, Thanks Chef! My pictures are a work in progress, and I I have a lot to learn about photography and food styling. One tip that Stef gave me, was that she buys scrap booking paper for the backgrounds.. I used a paper napkin for the background above for the snowflake. I also see a photography class in my future. any other suggestions from any of you would be greatly appreciated!