Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Cupcake Tower

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful season.  I have a cake to share with you today that is perfect for your upcoming Christmas get together. It won't take you all day to decorate and won't tie you down with cutting at the party.

Enter the cupcake tower.
This design has the small feature cake decorated with Christmas balls.  The cupcakes are simply frosted with a swirl of frosting and circle sprinkles that echo the shape of the Christmas balls.
Shall we get decorating?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pumpkin Cupcakes

If you are looking for a fall cupcake design that says cute without taking up an entire afternoon to complete....look no further.  I made these cupcakes for a fall party in my son's classroom.  I just love little pumpkins!

This design only takes two colors of frosting and some colored sugar as a bonus.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mole Day Cupcakes

Happy Mole Day everyone! 
In honor of this nerdy holiday(and I say this with the utmost of love and affection, some of my best friends are chemistry nerds) I gathered in my kitchen with some dedicated chemistry students to create a cupcake periodic table.  In case, like me,  you haven't looked at a periodic table recently, that's 118 cupcakes!  We made quite a mess, but it was lots of fun.
To add to the fun, the students will be selling them for a penny per proton.  I guess that means that the hydrogen and helium will go first.  Unless you want to live on the wild side and buy an arsenic cupcake.

Hope you find a fun way to celebrate Mole Day!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cream Cheese Buttercream(and my first cake in my new kitchen!)

Fall is in the air and it makes me feel like baking.  Thankfully, I finally have a kitchen to bake in!  Along with our move this summer came remodeling.  My kitchen was our first priority, but boy did it take a long time.  We're DIYers so I have been busily building our new kitchen with my husband, instead of making cakes or blogging. 

Here's my very first cake made in my new kitchen!

I made this cake for a little get together at our new house.  It's chocolate\chocolate on the bottom tier and pumpkin\cream cheese on the top(pumpkin) tier.  Last time I made pumpkin cakes I had a little trouble with the frosting and promised to work on the recipe and let you know if it got better.  I'm happy to say that this frosting crusted nicely and was even paintable!  All the recipe needed was more powdered sugar.  It's amazing how much powdered sugar can be absorbed by cream cheese.  Here's the recipe:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Craftsy Class Giveaway!

Hey there everyone!

Boy do I have a great opportunity to share with you today!  What if I told you that you could learn techniques from some of the top cake decorators in the biz?  Would you be interested?  Better yet, what if I told you that you wouldn't even have to leave the comfort of your own home? ......all for FREE!  Sound too good to be true?  Nope, let me tell you about it.

Craftsy is this cool online community that has craft instruction for all kinds of crafts, including cake decorating.  They are giving away a Free class to five lucky members in a random drawing.  Their class instructors include talented folks like Marina Sousa, Elisa Strauss, Jessica Harris, Mike McCarey, and many more!

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Here's the skinny on entering:

Even if you don't wish to enter(but really, why not?) you should check out their site.  It has some great inspiration for cake decorating and many other crafts.

Good luck to you all!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ice Cream Cake

 Whew, what a month this has been!  We are officially relocated to South Carolina.  Now we just need to get settled in to our house.  Before we left Massachusetts, I made this ice cream cake for my son.  At the time I was in the process of shutting down my kitchen for moving so the last thing I wanted to do was bake.  However, I couldn't overlook the little guy's birthday.  With the hot weather of summer, this cake was absolutely perfect.  It was a nice cold treat and SO easy to make.

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you how to make this cake.  You're gonna say that I'm cheating, and you'd be right.  But sometimes circumstances dictate that you take the easy road.  This was one of those times.  Since the cake was made of ice cream it seamed only fitting to make it into an iceberg.  And what's and iceberg without penguins?  I let the birthday boy and his friend make the penguin decorations therefore accomplishing an activity and birthday cake in one.  I'm such a cheater!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Special Summer Treat!

With an expected high in the 90's today, I think it is safe to say that summer is officially here.  In light of this I have a special treat for you.  What is better than cute, adorable, summer cookies?.....FREE, cute, adorable, summer cookies, of course.  When you don't want to heat up your house with the oven, or you just don't have the time to decorate cookies, Gourmet Cookie Bouquets has you covered.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Hobbit Hole Cake

As promised, here is the tutorial on the Hobbit Hole Cake.  I made this to be the feature cake along with the Lord of the Rings cupcakes.

I started with a six inch round cake and one side of the sports ball cake.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lord of the Rings Cupcakes

During my time here in Massachusetts I have had the privilege of baking for a wonderful group of college students and professors.  I have made cakes for them at Christmas parties, graduation parties, and beginning of the year parties....any reason we could come up with to make a cake.  In fact, the majority of cakes that you have seen on my blog during the past 3 years have been made for this group of folks.  They have always given me the freedom to create any kind of cake I'd like.  In return, they have lavished me with praise and always made me feel appreciated for my talents.  If any of you are reading this, you have made cake making so much fun!

With the end of the school year I made what is probably my last cake for this group.  I decided to go with a Lord of the Rings theme since there are quite a few fans in the group.  One of them even speaks a bit of elvish...elvin...whichever.  Anyway,  the end result was a tower of Lord of the Rings cupcakes with a Hobbit hole feature cake.

Today I'll show you the cupcake toppers.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Catching Up

Ok, I feel really rusty here.  I haven't posted in over a month!  Yikes!  There have been a few of you lovelies that have actually noticed.  For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  This post is all about catching up.  I feel like we have been apart for ages.  A word of warning: This post is not about making cake exactly, but I included some shots of a cake that you haven't seen yet just because it makes me feel better.

I call this the Pink Pirate cake.  The scull design was all cut out by hand.

Since I last posted so many things have happened.  I'm struggling to know where to start.   I think a list will make it easier.
1. I found out that my family will be moving, yet again, this summer.  This time we are headed to
    the beautiful state of South Carolina. 
2. We put our house on the market.  Must stage the house and begin packing up and be ready to leave
    the house at a moments notice for showings.
3. I prepare to close my business since my licensed kitchen will, unfortunately, be sold with the
    house.  I wish I could figure out a way to move the entire kitchen with me, but it just doesn't work
    that way.
4. We made a trip down to South Carolina to look for a house.  This was a very stressful experience,
    but I think we found a good one.
5. Good news-  The house sold!
6. Bad news- the job here isn't over.  That means that we are going to have to move twice.  We'll be
    living in a rental until my hubby's job here is over.  Then we move at the originally planned time
    frame to South Carolina.
7. Keep school going for the kids, house cleaning, and cooking dinner through it all.

Needless to say, I haven't had much time for caking or blogging.  So, in a nutshell, I miss you and hope be be back to blogging real soon.


P.S.  Do any of you live in South Carolina?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hockey Jersey Cake

I had never met a hockey player until I moved to New England.  There just isn't much hockey going on in Texas.  This cake was made for a young hockey player in third grade.  His mom sent me a picture of his jersey to copy.
Lets get started.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Art Class - What is it?

The other day I had some spare cake and some leftover frosting, which happens in this house more often than I care to admit.  And since we never let spare cake go to waste(that's considered a crime in these parts) I decided to make a little art project for my kids.  What's better than an art project that you can eat, I'd like to know!

Here is the spare cake in question.  It was a rectangular shape and frosted with an off-white/ivory frosting.  My two boys were each given one long side and one short side to decorate, essentially dividing it diagonally.  They had frosting in brown, light brown, and black to decorate with.  So, what is it?  I was amazed with how quickly each of them decided on their answer!  And because I'm their mother I will also brag on how creative their solutions were!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fiddler on the Roof

A few days ago my husband sat down to check email on our computer only to find that our 7+ year old computer had quietly slipped away earlier in the day. It lasted longer than I ever thought it would. While we search for a replacement I have learned how to do all kinds of things on my phone, including posting on the blog.

I made this cake for a local high school drama production of, you guessed it, Fiddler on the Roof.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Textured Hearts Valentine's Cupcakes

My boys are forever springing events on me.  You know,  those parties that you find out about just a few days before they happen.  This year I hope they don't catch me off guard.  If you fall into the same trouble I usually do and need to create some Valentine magic in no time, give these a try.  I made them last year on short notice.  It worked out great!  Make the hearts up the day before so they have time to dry.

This is the stamp that I used to emboss the fondant.  Any fondant embossing stamp would work.  After rolling out the fondant, dust it liberally with corn starch.  Press the stamp into the fondant.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blue Ruffle Flower Cake

Here's a simple design that is good for almost any occasion.  It starts with a piped ribbon and features a simple ruffle flower.
My laser level sure came in handy while piping.  The dots seemed like a good idea before I started.  I was just about cross-eyed by the time I finished.