Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's Going ON at CHIC?

It's been quite hectic around here...we have changed from a 1 year program to a 15 month program, 4 days a week. This week is especially busy...we had a Dinner Tuesday night to benefit the scholarship program, a Governing Board meeting Wednesday, a Pumpkin Carving Contest the same day, with games, tasting contests, free popcorn and caramel apples. Thursday we had a Bake Sale to benefit the Knowledge Bowl Team and Thursday night, a reception for the release of Entre Amis, the CHIC magazine. In addition, we've had a few job fairs in the atrium, all in a week's time.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ronald McDonald House Charities' Plane Pull

The Ronald McDonald House will hold its Southwest Plane Pull Fundraiser today Saturday at the Midway Airport. CEC has a team of twenty that will try to pull the Southwest plane the fastest. Each person on the team was supposed to raise $200 for RMHC's mission of improving the health, well-being and education of all children. We were asked to create a cake to commemorate the event. My former student Lulu Castellanos, and current students Cesar,Veronica Gonzalez, cuisine student Manny came on a non school day to help. Thank you so much.

Circus Cake: tips on creating

I try as much as possible to do some cakes every year just to keep up with my skills. This cake was made for my cousin's daughter's first birthday. I used marshmallow fondant to cover the layers. The hard part was choosing the color combinations. I did not want it to be too bright and loud, but at the same time interesting to a little girl. I also always to remind myself to roll the fondant thick, to make enough fondant so I don't skimp. Color the fondant when making it so that it is easier to incorporate te food color, , and try to color as much as you need in one time, because sometimes, you cannot replicate the color. Some people use shortening on the table or plactic mat, but I prefer cornstarch, but you just have to be careful you do not use too much