Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Cupcakes

What a crazy weekend it has been around here!  Some weekends it feels like all we do is run from one sporting event to another.  Kudos to those of you out there with more than two kids.  My two boys are enough to keep me busy. 

Despite the hectic weekend, I did manage to make some cupcakes.  They are very simple, but so springy!  And for the record, I think I'm in love with these colors.

There's not much of a tutorial here since they are so simple, but here's the run down.  Pipe a swirl of Tiffany blue buttercream with Wilton tip 2D.  Make some fondant flowers and let them dry.  Add fondant flowers in white and amethyst purple. 

There ya have it, short and sweet.  Enjoy these beautiful spring days!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rowdies Soccer Cookies - Combining Two Cookie Cutters

 The Mission:  Reward cookies for the Rowdies soccer team.

I didn't want to make just plain ol' soccer balls.  I've done that before.  My solution was to combine an "R" for Rowdies and a soccer ball.
Start by cutting out 3" rounds and "Rs".

Monday, April 23, 2012

If You Give a Boy Some Batter

If you give a boy some batter, he'll want some frosting to go with it......................

My youngest son has been begging me for the longest time to post some of his cake creations.  He loves to have a go with the piping bag.

Here we have some Easter cookies.

Daddy's birthday cake.

Fire breathing dragon cupcake.

At the risk of giving my little guy a big would make his day if you left him a comment.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pink Zebra Print Purse Cake

As I promised in my last post, this is a super-duper, girly cake.  I loved making it!  Together with the zebra print cupcakes, it made a bold birthday cake display. 
This purse was built basically the same as the turquoise and leather cake that I made recently.  If you want to see the carving stage, check out that post here.  The only difference is that this cake is made with two, 8" rounds instead of three, 9" rounds.  After the cake was frosted and smoothed with pink buttercream, I piped the stripes on the cake.  A little later I smoothed the stripes as well.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pink Zebra Print Cupcakes

These pink zebra print cupcakes are so easy I can't really call this a tutorial.  Let's just file it under "idea".  I made these for a little girl's birthday bash.  Want to see how easy they are?

Pipe a flat swirl of pink frosting on each cupcake with the largest round piping tip you have.  I think mine is a #7.

Friday, April 13, 2012

How to Make a Free Standing Sign with Chocolate

Do you ever make cakes that just don't have a proper place to write "Happy Birthday"?  It happens to me all the time, especially when I make a carved, 3-D design.  This white chocolate sign is a fabulous solution!  It's very versatile in shape, color, and of course, message.  Sure I could have made a sign out of card stock, but I'm into making everything edible.  It's more fun that way.

First let's talk about color.  This example is made with white chocolate, but you could use regular milk or dark chocolate.  It would also work with colored candy melts and those things come in so many colors.  Melt your chocolate of choice either in the microwave or in a double broiler, whichever method you are comfortable with.  Pour a puddle of the chocolate onto some parchment paper.  Tap, jiggle, shake the parchment until the chocolate is smooth and evenly dispersed.   Don't spread it too thin or your sign will be fragile.  Mine was approximately 1/8" thick.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Time For a Makeover

Do you ever look in the mirror and get the urge to make a change?  Maybe there are too many gray hairs showing (not that I would know anything about this issue), or you just need a new style (ehem...).  Whatever the reason, something has got to change.  Sometimes birthdays bring on this urge.  None of us are getting any younger, ya know.

Well, this blog just recently passed a blog-iversary and I decided it's time for a change.  Just like we ladies love to hear compliments on our new hair style, I would love to hear what you think about the new design.  And before you think that this is a shameless plea for compliments....I would also like to hear from you if there is any difficulty with the new design.  My hope is to not only give things a fresh new look, but to also make this blog more useful to you the readers.  If you find a bug, please let me know, and I'll fix it ASAP.  Or if there is a specific topic that you are dieing for me to cover, I'd love to hear from you.

I think that now would also be a good time to tell y'all how much I appreciate you.  I don't tell you nearly as often as I feel it.  I read each and every comment that you leave here, on Facebook, and in email.  You keep me going. 



Thursday, April 5, 2012

Malted Mousse Mini-tarts -A Spring Dessert If I've Ever Seen One!

Spring is definitely in the air!  Take a deep breath and take it all in.

Yesterday I decided that I had to make these for my lady's Bible study.  I've been holding on to this recipe for about 4 years now.  I'm so glad that I finally made it!

It all starts with the crust.  The ingredients are put into a food processor....

Monday, April 2, 2012

Little Lamb Easter Cookies

Whew!  I just barely squeezed these in before Easter!  I wanted to make something a little different this year for Easter.  I think I'm bunnied out!  I made these little lamb cookies for my Sunday School class.  What a sweet little, flower munching, flock!  (The cookies, not my Sunday School class.  Although, my class is very sweet, I don't think they munch many flowers.)

I started off by making a bunch of legs, two for each sheep.  Roll  the brown fondant out in a skinny snake and cut the desired length for each leg.