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I’ve often said on my blog, how I love to bake and create new treats in my kitchen, however I am NOT a professional cake decorator by any means. Though I may not have the talent many of my friends do when handed a pastry bag filled with buttercream, it does not stop me from trying my hardest anyways! In the end, does it matter if it’s perfect? No, as long as it tastes great, and was made with love.
Baking is something I truly enjoy doing, and I use it as a way to show my love and appreciation to my friends and family. That is why I invite my kids in to help me as often as possible. So I can teach them how to express themselves through a creative outlet like baking.
When Chef’n sent me their new Cakewalk, I knew right away that it would be a fun item to use when the kids are in my kitchen working with me.
The Cakewalk, includes 15 different sized and shaped tips, a coupler, two pastry bags, an organizing tray and a rotating cake stand. With it, you can create beautiful cakes and cupcakes on your own! The tips come neatly organized inside of a fun rotating cake stand that is both handy to use while decorating, but it also cuts down on the clutter in my baking drawer where I have dozens of old tips floating around. This way, all of my tips are in one compact spot that I can easily store away until I make my next Chef’n Cakewalk Creation. If you already own a lot of tips and don’t want to part with them, you are in luck because the coupler will fit those as well as the tips that come with the Cakewalk. The tips and tray are both dishwasher safe, the roatinging stand can easily be washed by hand, so cleaning up after a day filled with sticky frosting is no hassle.
The rotating stand, makes decorating so much quicker and smoother, the kids also had a blast turning it while I piped and crumb coated the cake.
Recently, one rainy afternoon I had two kids home who were too sick for school, yet not quite sick enough where they could not have a little fun at home. So we baked a cake, and of course used our Chef’n Cakewalk to help us decorate. My oldest son (pictured below with my daughter) thinks he is a professional cake decorator. In fact the thinks he is the master of all things these days. When I gave them a little tutorial on how to use the Cakewalk, and then let my daughter have at it, he looks up at me like, “Ma, seriously? This is SO easy!”
And you know what? It is! The Cakewalk makes cake decorating that much simpler for both professional bakers and beginners.
As always, I was blown away by my kid’s talent. Together we made the cakes from scratch. I crumb coated it, and then they piped the frosting. THEN I hand my son my big clunky DSLR, because he thought he could take better photos than me. So, I put the camera on auto (he’s only 7 after all…) and I let him have at it. He took the above photo of the frosting…. and then he took all of these! Seriously, my kid can decorate cakes and is a professional photog.
I love my Chef’n Cakewalk so much that I am also giving one away on behalf of Chef’n here today! PLUS my recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Spice Cake. Be sure to snag that recipe AND enter in the giveaway!
Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Cake
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider
For the frosting:
- 1 cup of Nutella (or any other chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-4 cups confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
- Fold in pumpkin puree, eggs,vanilla, oil and apple cider.
- Divide cake batter into 2, greased and floured 8 inch cake pans. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool completely.
- Meanwhile prepare frosting. In the bowl of your electric mixer using the whip attachment. Whip Nutella and butter together until combined.
- On medium/ low speed add in vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream.
- Slowly add in 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar at a time, continuously whipping the mixture. Stop whipping and adding sugar when you have a light fluffy frosting.
- Using your Cakewalk, decorate cakes as desired.
For more info on the Chef'n Cakewalk or to purchase your own from Sur La Table, click here.
To enter in the Chef'n Cakewalk giveaway, follow the directions on the widget below!
(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation from Chef’n to write this post, however as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.)