Lizzie’s Bakery – What’s next?

Hi Hi Hi! Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything and I’ve been thinking about this post for a while.. I started Lizzie’s Bakery about 3 months ago after being laid off from my job.  2 years ago if you asked me what I would be with my life right now – I did not think I would be baking cakes for people!

Most of my cake clients were based in Utah & when Steven & I moved to Carlsbad, CA (temporarily) we knew no one when we came here besides family.  So most of my cakes that you see on my Instagram are for family members! Luckily, I had a chance to fly back to Utah to make a wedding cake for my very good friend Nolan & his wife Tina! Since I was in Utah for 3 whole days, I took a bunch of cake orders – I made 8 cakes throughout the weekend! Most of my luggage was filled with cake supplies and ingredients & I borrowed friends’ clothes while I was there hahaha

Being in California has helped me take the time to practice my cake skills & perfect my recipes.  I made my first tiered wedding cake in Escondido & I made the cake SO tall. I made way too much cake but it gave me that “lighthouse” beach themed look I was going for.

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So funny story with the decorations on this cake above – The bride & groom wanted a beach themed wedding & sent me some photos they found on Pinterest on what they were thinking of for their big day. I ordered these “sugar” starfish on Amazon & Oriental Trading and came to find out that the “sugar” starfish were REAL starfish & they were not edible at all & that they are a type of starfish!! hahaha even Amazon thought they were edible because it paired these items with other cake decorating items.  One of the groomsmen ate the mini sugar starfish and said “uhh.. I don’t think these are edible..” & luckily we didn’t spread them on all of the cupcakes!! So we used it just for decoration & no one ate any starfish.. thank goodness hahaha

I also had the chance to do a collaboration with my friend Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick while she was in LA! She was doing a photoshoot by the beach & wanted a cake! It was fun catching up with her & meeting her husband! See her blog post here!

Photos by: @roseeposey

So what’s the most stressful thing about cakes?

It’s not the baking or the frosting… IT’S THE FREAKIN TRANSPORTATION of these cakes to the desired location. It is the most stressful time of my life… holding on the bottom of these cakes for dear life. You do not want to see me when I’m in a car, in the passenger seat… Only my husband and my best friend Jaime has witness this & it’s not pretty at all. hahaha

Sorry if I’m jumping all over the place with this blog post – I just have so much on my mind about these cakes!! My favorite part about baking is frosting the cake. It’s so therapeutic & relaxing. I also love it when a cake bakes perfectly – AKA when it doesn’t deflate. Living in Utah, we have the struggles of high altitude which makes the cake deflate – but in California the cakes always come out perfect!! I’ve baked a lot at my sister-in-law’s home in San Marcos & it’s super fun because she has 3 kids who are super curious at what I’m doing.  My nephew Ethan wants to be a “builder/worker man” when he grows up and I tell him that I love making cakes because you can build them however you want! My niece Lexi who’s 3 years old loves watching me mix up the cake batter. I hope one day I can teach a cake class!

Okay, so what’s next with this whole cake thing? Well – Steven has been interviewing for jobs & I’m not 100% where we’ll end up living after we go on our study abroad to Oxford, UK.  I know a lot of people have been contacting me about making their wedding cake in August & I will have to get back to you to figure out where we’ll be in August! My car is still chillin’ in Utah with all of our stuff in our apartment – so no matter what I still have to pick it up and while I’m there might as well make some cakes!! Once Steven gets a job offer from who knows where, I can start looking for a job & not gonna lie.. I want to work in a bakery and learn more cake skills!!

When I started making cakes – my mom was worried that I wasn’t doing my hardest to find a job where I can utilize my college degree. But, in reality – I am using my degree and what I learned at BYU / BYU’s Advertising program to advertise my cakes! Most of my business has been on Instagram & Facebook! I’m trying to decide if I want to make a website or just add it on to my blog with a pricing page & gallery of my cakes? Cake is literally on my mind all the time. I watch so many cake videos on YouTube and Instagram & I want to start learning how to work with fondant & make one of those cool marble cakes! So stay tuned for more cakes!! & lots of UK bakeries that I’ll be visiting! & if you know anyone who needs a cake – send them my way!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Almond cake

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Sweet Potato cake with caramelized ginger, marshmallow frosting on the inside & brown sugar buttercream on the outside

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My first Momofuku Milk Bar cake for my half birthday!!

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Dulce De Leche Cake

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Lucky Charm Cake for St. Patty’s Day & Steven’s birthday!

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Chocolate Easter Cake

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Red Velvet with eggless chocolate chip cookie dough

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Messy Funfetti Cake for Easter

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White Chocolate speckled cake

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Gluten, dairy & sugar free cake with raspberry jam in the middle & frosted with cashews!

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Crepe cake with biscoff & raspberry puree

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White cake with strawberries for my bff Andrea’s bridal shower!

 

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6inch chocolate naked cake for a bridal shower

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Pink velvet cake for my niece’s baptism in Virginia

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Momofuku Milk bar funfetti cake!

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Chocolate chip butterscotch milkbar cake!

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8 inch graduation cake! Funny story: I can’t believe I forgot the “R” in congrats. I posted this photo on Instagram 3 days after I made the cake and didn’t even notice it until a friend texted it to me!! I showed this pic to my family the day I made it and no one noticed!! sooo funny & luckily the friend I made it for didn’t care!

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Graduation cake for steven & our cousin camille! I ordered these edible photos from cakes.com & isn’t the one below so fun?!

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Chocolate naked cake

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Chocolate cake that literally weighed 10 pounds

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Delivered my first cake to salt lake city and driving so slow because nervous!!

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Loved making these baby blessing cakes! Chocolate cake & Vanilla cake with strawberries!

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Very messy naked vanilla cake with strawberries from the Carlsbad Strawberry fields for my mother-in-law’s birthday!

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Vanilla/chocolate naked cake and gluten-free vanilla cake for the top tier! My BFF kari made all of the cookies & I made some french macarons!

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Banana cake with chocolate ganache & banana cream filling with coconut frosting on the outside

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8inches of brownie layer & peanut butter eggless cookie dough and chocolate ganache drip

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Milk Bar Birthday Cake

If you’ve ever been to Milk Bar in NYC/Brooklyn, then you know what I’m talking about. They are known for their AMAZING cookies, cakes, pies and just sooo many yummy treats and don’t forget about their cereal milk.

I remember pinning this recipe a LONG time ago but reading the recipe kind of scared me. You need a lot of different ingredients you normally don’t use and I had to buy some stuff on Amazon. Some things that might not sound familiar –

CLEAR Vanilla Extract – This will give you that yummy boxed flavor taste (which is a childhood favorite, am i right?!) You’ll need this ingredient in all 4 of the things you need to make.

Glucose/Glycerin – I searched glucose on amazon and it gave me glycerin from Wilton brand. It basically gives your frosting that perfect white color like the frosting that comes right out of the tub.

Citric Acid – This goes in your frosting (just a pinch) and you can just use a tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Acetate sheets – All of the blogs that I read said you can buy these at any specialty craft or kitchen store. uhhh yeah right! I searched far & wide in utah valley to find these but literally NO ONE had these and all of the employees had NO IDEA what they were! & I didn’t want to spend the $35 on amazon, so I went to Target and bought plastic dividers ($1.79) – cut the folder tab and taped two dividers together. The acetate sheets help you assemble the cake making that perfect 6 inch cake!

So this recipe contains:

  • Birthday Cake
  • Birthday Crumbs
  • Birthday Cake Frosting
  • Milk Soak

I had to buy some equipment off Amazon to make this cake – 6 inch springform pan & 6 inch cake ring. The 6 inch cake ring is key to making perfect circles for your cake.

To make this cake, you really need a kitchen aid and you need patience. You are mixing a lot of fat, oils and sugar together – so all of the ingredients are basically fighting to stay apart. The strength of the kitchen aid helps mix it all together but make sure you pay attention to the minutes you are mixing everything.

I got the full recipe here. It may seem daunting but I made this cake TWICE and both times it took me about total 1 1/2 hours. I made it for my half birthday and one for my good friend Jenn Blosil’s birthday! If you are having any troubles with this cake here is a quick video that I watched for reference to help me get through it!

I also created a new Instagram just for my cakes! Follow me at @lizzies_bakery on Instagram! I’ve been thinking a lot about making cakes and actually selling them to people. I’m definitely going to start out small but if you or you know anyone who needs a cake for a wedding, bridal/baby shower, birthday, etc – let me know!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Chinese Hot Pots

Don’t know what hot pots are – here’s the definition I found on via Urban Dictionary:

“Can be considered an East-Asian variety of stew. Usually consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table, and several meats, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafoods sitting around it. Food is both cooked and served at the table. Meat is thinly sliced and takes about 15 to 30 seconds to cook. The cooked food is usually eaten some kind of dipping sauce.”

On Thursday, Steven and I went over to our friends Sam & Emily Rosen’s new home for homemade Chinese hot pots! We met Sam & Emily in our ward here at Wyview, but they recently moved out & bought a home in Orem!

Before we got to their home, I made a quick stop to the Asian Market on 500 W by Center St. close to the freeway.  I always drive by that market but I’ve never been in it before! I went in & it just reminded me of home so much.  Growing up, I would always go grocery shopping at Chinatown in Vegas with my mom every week. We would go into soooo many Asian markets for different kind of Asian foods and vegetables. I wish my mom taught me how to cook but my mom always thought it would just be faster if she made it on her own real quick instead of having to teach me (I know.. sad.. hahaha) but, the lady at the Asian market here in Provo told me the same thing! Her mom never taught her how to cook because it’s just easier not to!

So while I was at the Asian market, I wanted to make a type of dipping sauce my mom would always make when she did homemade hot pots in our home.  It was like a peanut butter kind of dipping sauce.  I actually FaceTimed her the whole time and she would show me on the phone what to buy and which ingredients were the right ones. It was actually pretty awesome. I felt this bonding connection that we’ve never shared before.  We both love cooking so it’s crazy that I was just starting to learn how to cook my mom’s Chinese food at the age of 23!! Anyways… I bought Bok Choy, Fish Cod balls, Fish tofu, and thin slices of beef for hot pots at the Rosen’s!

We got to Emily & Sam’s new home in Orem and it’s the cutest place. It’s crazy how much more room they have now instead of Wyview (where we live.) It was fun doing hot pots with them because it was a little mix of USA and Chinese foods. So I brought what was listed above, there was also sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, meatballs, pork, and rice noodles! It was a fun mix! Hot pots are known for socializing – a lot of articles say: “Don’t eat hot pots with people you don’t like.” It’s because you have to socialize while the food is cooking! SMART huh?

It was a fun night with the Rosen’s and we hope to do it again soon! Enjoy the photos!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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