Jan 27, 2013

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #19 & a Genius Cake Icing Secret!


I was CRAZY BUSY this week; my big sister got married yesterday and her groom had asked me to make their cake. He wanted a chocolate cake with raspberry mousse and chocolate frosting, but she neg'd the chocolate frosting. He did get the chocolate cake and raspberry mousse filling though.

 I'm going to blog more about the cake soon(ish), but want to share one tip that I found on Pinterest this week that makes ordinary buttercream frosting look a lot like fondant. It could not be any easier!
After icing has dried slightly, use a Viva paper towel, (with no funny waffling, texture or designs) and simply use your hand or an offset spatula to smooth the icing. Worked like a CHARM!

Congratulations to my sister and her new husband!
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This Week's Featured Blogs
 Featured bloggers, you're welcome to grab the Clever Chicks Featured button! With 276 fabulous links last week, I have included three extra features this week!

I love eggcellent caviar and need to find myself a good source of fresh, fertile fish to try this Home Cured Caviar recipe by Being at Home by Nature.
I've got a thing for homemade soaps and these look and sound delightful!
Nature's Home Spa, All Natural, Homemade Moisturizing Soap
is a recipe my kids will get a kick out of making with me!
Here's one you're going to want to bookmark or Pin for sure! Old World Garden Farms, How to Build the Ultimate Tomato Cage for Under $2.00
Here's a great blogging tip from Diana Rambles, Turn OFF Captcha! (can I get an "AMEN?!")

About Featured Blogs
My favorite posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!

The Chicken Chick
Clever Chicks Blog Hop #19
You’re invited to LINK UP!
Despite the title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
GRAB MY BLOG HOP BUTTON!
The Chicken Chick
How to Link-up
Share your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, 
stories about your families, chickens, farm animals or other pets! 
** No linky parties, giveaways or items for sale please. **

Please use the direct link to your blog post, not to your blog’s home page; 
we want to be able to find your clever post!

If you have trouble linking up, please email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you- Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com




72 comments :

  1. Christine Yoon-Taylor1/27/13, 7:38 PM

    Excited to finally join in your linky! Thanks so much for hosting! :)
    Christine aka happyvballgirl from MyEpicureanAdventures :)

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  2. Ron Gravitt1/27/13, 7:38 PM

    Thanks for hosting again this week.  I linked up my Homemade Reeses.  I put up some pics of our chickens on my FB blog page today (http://www.facebook.com/countrifiedhicks) and thought of you as I did it.  ;-)

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  3. Nancy Roberts1/27/13, 7:43 PM

    Thanks for hosting again...looks like a lot of great posts to read again! :)

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  4. Jenna LaFevor1/27/13, 7:45 PM

    Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a great week!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  5. Christine Yoon-Taylor1/27/13, 7:51 PM

    Oh yeah, and I'm your newst GFC follower! :)

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  6. Marci Vaughn1/27/13, 7:53 PM

    Thank you for this fun party!  -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  7. Jennifer Obyrne1/27/13, 8:12 PM

    Thank you Kathy for Hosting!  I love all the ideas.  
    Our neighbor has an adorable chicken house and Scott and I have thought it would be so fun to have one too!  Maybe this summer???

    Stop by anytime...
    Jen @ http://throughmycreativemind.blogspot.com

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  8. denyse loar1/27/13, 8:12 PM

    Hi Kathy! Thanks for hosting. Your sisters cake is too cute, I just love simple like that. I am sure that frosting tasted better then fondant. 

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  9. Your cake is absolutely gorgeous! Love your idea to make it look like fondant. Too late now but I was thinking white chocolate icing to satisfy both bride and groom. I'm linking up a pet post this week. I know you will love Professor Chooz! By the way, love that you send out the email reminder to link up! Have a great week :)

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  10. Thanks for hosting! Have a terrific week :)

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  11. Bonnie Brewer1/27/13, 8:26 PM

     Thanks for hosting. 
    I'm hosting my very first link party and you're welcome to join in and
    link up at http://thepinjunkie.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-link-party.html

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  12. Thank you for hosting! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  13. disqus_xjS6NLpomy1/27/13, 8:51 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting - what a gorgeous cake!
    Have yourself a great week!
    XXX

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  14. Congratulations to your sister and her new husband! Pretty. Great features! Thanks for hosting!
    Karen

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  15. DianaRambles1/27/13, 9:05 PM

    Kathy,

    The cake is absolutely beautiful! If a Viva paper towel is all you need to make a cake pretty, then I'll buy a case load! LOL! Seriously, you are talented and I cannot wait to see more details about it. Congrats to your sister.

    Thanks so much for featuring my Turn Off Captcha post. We need that evil thing to disappear. I will grab the button for both my sidebar and the actual post.

    Thanks again!

    Diana

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  16. TheChickenChick1/27/13, 9:34 PM

    I'll be there, Bonnie! Thank you for letting me know about it!

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  17. thank you so much for the party Kathy! beautiful cake :)

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  18. Cathy Trochelman1/27/13, 10:16 PM

    What a beautiful cake you made!! Thanks for hosting :)

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  19. thanks so much!  http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/2013/01/buttermilk-cinnamon-chip-scones.html

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  20. Thanks for hosting!  I will definitely be trying that paper towel trick! 

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  21. Debi Bolocofsky1/27/13, 10:28 PM

    Kathy,
    Thanks so much for hosting.

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  22. I'm already a FB follower of Rural Revolution, and I told her you sent me. :)

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  23. 69brushstrokes1/27/13, 11:12 PM

    Thanks for hosting the party, Kathy!

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  24. Lynn Huntley1/27/13, 11:45 PM

    Hi Kathy~ Thanks for hosting another wonderful party!! Your cake is beautiful~ Congrats to your sister and her new husband! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  25. What an absolutely beautiful cake!  Congratulations to your sister and brother in law!  Thanks for hosting!  :-)

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  26. winnie rottem1/28/13, 2:29 AM

    Kathy the cake is GORGEOUS !!

    Please post about it sooooooooooooooooooon, I honestly can't wait
    Congratulations to your sister and all your famitly :)
    Thank you for the party and have a great week

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  27. Evelyn @ My Turn (for us)1/28/13, 7:06 AM

    Thank you so much for hosting:)  I love coming over and joining all the other "Clever Chicks" !!

    Have a super great day!

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  28. TheChickenChick1/28/13, 8:06 AM

    Thank you, Winnie!

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  29. TheChickenChick1/28/13, 8:06 AM

    Thank you Lisa!

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  30. Gorgeous cake! I love the tip for making the frosting look like fondant :)

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  31. Thanks for hosting!  :-)

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  32. WillCookForSmiles1/28/13, 10:54 AM

    Congratulations to your sister, the cake is beautiful!
    Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

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  33. Crystelle Boutique1/28/13, 12:33 PM

    Thank you much for this fabulous party!
    Hugs x
    Crystelle

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  34. Alexis Peloquin1/28/13, 3:00 PM

    OMGosh that cake looks so beautiful!  You are such a sweetie to make it for them and heck he got the inside he wanted :).

    I was wondering if that really worked when I saw it on Pinterest.  Thanks for letting us know it does.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  35. farmfreshpattie1/28/13, 3:55 PM

    Chocolate cake with Rasberry filling...Oh, sounds to die for!!! And it looked so fantastic, are you sure you're not a professional??  Congratulations to them..Send more pictures. Love them.  And yes, I did mention your name at Rural Revolution while entering the Hog Wash Soap giveaway!  Cute Site.  Take care and keep us all updated.

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  36. The soap give-away is a great idea!  Impressed by your cake-making skills...I keep saying I'm going to try something like that but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I am going to try that pretzel recipe this weekend...it doesn't look as challenging as fancy cake decorating!

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  37. That was a BEAUTIFUL cake for a GORGEOUS couple!! It would be great to win this giveaway as it is ending on MY BIRTHDAY.!!  <3

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  38. Cassidy Bradshaw1/28/13, 4:06 PM

    Thanks for hosting and congrats on your sister getting married and the cake.
    cass-eats.blogspot.com

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  39. That is a BEAUTIFUL cake for a GORGEOUS couple!  It would be great to win this giveaway because it ends on MY BIRTHDAY!!!  <3

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  40. I like Rural Revolution on FB and am astounded at that cake!  I could never make something so pretty!  Please enter me in on the giveaway

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  41. That cake is lovely. Very classy! I really want to try those pretzel bites too, I love soft pretzels. 

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  42. dixiendottie1/28/13, 7:50 PM

    Your cake is beautiful!  Great job!  Thanks so much for the link up!  Have a great week! :)
     http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  43. Julie Baswell1/28/13, 8:57 PM

    I'm happy for your sister.  That cake is simply elegant.  Thanks for hosting the hop.

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  44. TheChickenChick1/28/13, 9:04 PM

    LOL! I'm sure, Pat. :) Thank you.

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  45. Bonny Yokeley1/28/13, 10:22 PM

    Thanks for inviting me to your linky party. I've grabbed your button and will be back next week!

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  46. went to rural rev, liked and that you sent me. got some good lookin yummys on here today:)  congrats to your sister and her new hubby. hope they are everlasting...

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  47. Liked Rural Revolution on fb... Oursafehaven.
    Gingeroo616@aol.com

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  48. Anna Keppel1/29/13, 8:51 AM

    You are absolutely right Kathy, the frosting on your sisters wedding cake looks like fondant. How cool is that!  Thanks for trying it out and posting it so we all could see how it really works.  Great tip.
    Anna

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  49. Thanks for the tip!  I love the cake.  It is similar to my own, which had three tiers of Cornelli Lace and a live lily topper.

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  50. Jen the CraftinCowgirl1/29/13, 9:03 AM

    I LOVE their soaps!!!  Great blog hop!

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  51. Fun link-up. The soap looks awesome...I liked them on Facebook.

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  52. Lori @ Our Heritage of Health1/29/13, 10:03 AM

    Thanks for hosting, Kathy! That cake looked beautiful!

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  53. Sharon Lee Bense1/29/13, 11:17 AM

    Love your Blog! Where ever do you find the time!

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  54. Thanks for the great tip re: buttercream icing!  Cannot wait to try that one!  Great Linky too - lots of terrific ideas!

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  55. Gail Williams1/30/13, 12:56 PM

    I fear I have no recipes but would consider myself lucky to win some of that soap.

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  56. Leslie Germain1/30/13, 2:13 PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following.  Stopped by to link up and follow back.  www.thememorynest.blogspot.com  Thanks for the invite.

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  57. check out RR on FB ... liked them too. thanks, for stopping by my blog. going to look around a bit. have a great day. big big hugs.  ( :

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  58. Audrey Price1/30/13, 7:49 PM

    Hi Kathy, thanks for the invite to your blog and hop.  I'm your newest reader and follower and I linked up to your party :) Have a great evening.

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  59. Thank you so much for hosting and for the invite. Peggy~PJH Designs

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  60. Hi, Kathy

    Thank you for hosting this lovely party. 

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  61. Thank you for aiming me here. I really love the idea of the soaps. Yes I told Rural Revolution you recommended them. I think I am going to like that page.

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  62. Joëlle QUELENN1/31/13, 2:24 AM

    So pleased to be your newest follower(LE CHEMIN DU BONHEUR) and to join your so nice link party, with my French blog. I'm just leaving PARIS to VENICE for 12 days of carnival !
    xoxo
    Joëlle

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  63. jinne kiler1/31/13, 8:21 AM

    Beautiful Cake!!! and I would love to try out that soap!

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  64. Awesome cake! I would totally be grateful to try the soap!

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  65. Thank you for hosting! I also appreciate the invitation to link to your web hop! I posted a link on my blog back to yours so that my readers can find you. Thanks again for reading my blog and making me feel welcome on yours!
     

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  66. Joyce Wheeler1/31/13, 2:00 PM

    Thanks for visiting and following "It's Your Life", and the invite to join this great blog hop!! I'm now following back, a lot of great stuff here, thanks for hosting.

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  67. TheChickenChick1/31/13, 10:11 PM

    Lucky you! Have a safe trip and a wonderful time!

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  69. Patty Antle2/2/13, 9:37 PM

    Nice to meet you Kathy. Thanks for visiting me and inviting me to join in on your linky party. Lots of people to visit - very impressive!

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  70. Great page, look forward to maybe winning the egg scale. Catch you on FB!!!

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