Saturday, December 24, 2011

Not in my nature...

Christmas was suppose to be simple and easy this year.  I told my sister that I was going to have the kids help and just do chocolate covered pretzels.  She knew better, I wouldn't be able to resist... simple and easy is just not in my nature.  So I made these beautiful chocolate pretzel rods which 1 out of 4 of my children helped  (I'm too much of a perfectionist and worry about messes they would make).  I also had help with my friend, Lauren, she was awesome.

I even brought out my Cricut Cake machine and used the Doodle Charm cartridge to make cute Santa, Rudolph, and Tree fondant cut outs.

Oh but I couldn't just stop here.  I decided to made homemade Hot chocolate mixes using Nestle rich chocolate mix, creamer, instant milk powder, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.  I wrapped individual servings in small cellophane bags, added a small bag of mini marshmallows, and a candy cane (sorry no picture).


I had to make these cute gingerbread houses that I found on pinterest...

Anyways, I can't take all the credit so go to this link to get instructions and patterns for this cute little house.

Simple and easy ;-)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nome Pioneer Christmas

I work for Norton Sound Health Corporation who was putting on a competition for departments to build a gingerbreadish structure as a department team.  We came up of with an early 1900's Nome, Alaska pioneer theme.  There were 6 departments in total that entered.  We by far won the competition.

From left to right here are some pictures of the structures:
The Dog house and dog named Nugget was created by Stephanie Fahey using gingerbread, pretzels, royal icing, and fondant.

The main house is made with gingerbread, pretzel sticks, chocolate rocks fondant, royal icing, and life cereal.  Rocks and pretzels arranged by Stephanie Fahey and myself (Kim), Roof tiles by Rhonda Schneider using Life cereal.  Gingerbread design and pattern was created and baked by Kim.

This is what you see when looking into the door of the main house.
A family on Christmas morning.

 Did you notice details? Bunny slippers.  Milk and cookies on a table made by Yorise Olson.  Family made by Kim, presents by Yorise, Christmas picture by Rhonda.  Candles by Kim.

 Bear rug made by Yorise using fruit leather and fondant; mistletoe by Kim; stockings by Stephanie; sofa chairs by Yorise; fire place by Kim and Yorise; and scriptures by Kim.

Not shown is a Christmas tree made by Kim with fondant and non-pariels. Various presents made by Yorise using food safe markers, fondant, and fruit leather for bows.

The next structure is the Food Cache made by Gerri Ongtowasruk and Karen Teesateskie.

Dog sled by Yorise Olson

Wyatt Earp Cabin made by Sean and Kim Knudsen using Pretzel rods and pretzel sticks for roof.

 Cabin entrance with gold pan with gold dust.  Used black fondant and edible gold luster dust.

 Looking through door entrance a framed painting of the Kiglauik mountains and a two drawer dresser with candle.

 Looking though right side window: Wyatt Earp's bed with quilted top.  A basket full of gold nuggets (chocolate gold rocks). Right window looks out to neighbor's house. Decor created by Kim. I want to live here :-)

Last but not least; Made by Trisha Walters an Outhouse where Wyatt is spending too much time in :-)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baby Butt Cake

I made this for my friend Lindsay's baby shower.  It's a carrot cake covered with cream cheese frosting and the butt is make with cake baked in a bowl.  Feet are made using store bought rice krispie treats covered in fondant.


Sean's 39th Birthday Cake

With the help of my new Cricut cake machine, that my husband bought me, I made him a cake. Not no ordinary cake... a cake pie.  Two layers: first layer marionberry pie baked in chocolate cake, second layer apple pie baked in spice cake and covered with cream cheese frosting.  Since his birthday was also on our church's Christmas party (a date he picked out)... the cake was a huge hit.

I forgot to mention that the Cricut cake machine was purchased on sale through original price is 399.99 and it was purchased for 75.99 not bad.  Shipping was $25.00 though.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Twins Dinosaur Cake

"ROAR", my about to be 3 year old son, Reese, said after repeatedly requesting a dinosaur cake when I found a similar cake online I thought to myself... I could totally make that.  So here's the Dinosaurs Cake for my twins Aiden and Reese 3rd Birthday.

They love the cake so much that a few days later the were Dragons/Dinosaurs for Halloween

Okay, so I exaggerated a little.  Aiden didn't want to be a dragon...

He wanted to be Freddy Krueger instead.  But their cute little faces couldn't scare anyone.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Red Velvet Cookies

Beautiful Red Velvet cookies that are easy to make and delicious too.

1 package of Duncan Heinz red velvet cake mix

1 large egg

1/4 cup of oil

1/4 cup of water

1 cup of white chocolate chips

1/2  cup chopped macadamia nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water.  Beat until well blended.  Stir in remaining ingredient(s).

Drop by tablespoon full about 2 inches apart on to parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 11-13 minutes or until done.

makes about 3 dozen cookies. 

Recipe by Kim Knudsen

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tinkerbell Cake

Tinkerbell cake that I made for my daughter's 6th birthday.  Made with buttercream frosting and gumpaste.  I got the the idea from

 Happy little girl!

Fairy cupcakes

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Mini 4th of July cupcakes...
absolute cuteness.

 Mini 4th of July cupcakes made with white cake mix divided into thirds and dyed red and blue with food coloring.  Frosted with butter cream and topped off with American flags and silver dragees.


The Cheeseburger Cake

I made this cake for my son's 14th birthday BBQ.  It was a huge hit with all his friends.  One of them initially thought it was a real giant cheese burger and not a cake.
It's a three layered cake and the middle (burger patty) layer is a brownie.  Fondant was used to make the cheese, tomato, lettuce, and pickles, buttercream was used to frost the cake and sliced almonds as sesame seeds.  The french fries was a last minute thing... I had my husband run to the store and buy pound cake that I just cut up and put red icing on top as ketchup.

Here's the cake without the fries so you can see the bottom layer.

and here is his itemized bill.  Numbers had to do with his birth date, age, and birth weight. 

This was as easy and fun cake to make and enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sweet Sixteen

This is the cake I made for my high school best friend's daughter, Esther.  I was told she likes the color green and likes to wear make up and paint her nails.  This is what I came up with...

Yellow cake with my Tundraberry Jam mixed with buttercream frosting.  Covered all with fondant.  Handle is made using gum paste and an aluminum bar for support.  All make up items also made from fondant.

Close up of eye shadow, brush, nail polish, lip stick, and blush.

Another close up.

The back of the purse.

Close up of my tag.

Happy customer.