To celebrate a our friend’s baby’s first birthday, I made these cowboy themed chocolate cupcakes with a Pringle chip hat and gumdrop and Twizzler band. Happy First Birthday, Odin! <3
I was able to host my (almost) annual cookie decorating party again this year, and what a year it was! Always love seeing everyone’s creativity in creations. Here are a few snapshots from the day including the aftermath of cookies, sprinkles and frosting, as well as my first charcuterie board! <3
BOO! I saw this idea in a magazine and wanted to give it a try! White fudge covered pretzels, candy melts, various sprinkles and a pair of tweezers – voila! Aliens, mummies, ghosts – whatever you see, they were a fun treat to share at a party and at work!
On the cookie sheet, prepped and ready to go!
Little spooky creatures created!
I don’t take commissioned baking orders very often as they can be challenging to schedule with busy-as-usual-life and a full time day job, but every now and then I jump at the chance to make something special for someone 😉 This was a fun high school graduation cake for one of my co-worker’s daughters, and I am happy with how it turned out.
EVENING 1: Research recipes, select final recipe and shop for ingredients
The request was for a chocolate vanilla marble cake, and I’d never made one before, but felt happy with this recipe I found online. Granted, I wasn’t able to make the party, so was not able to taste it and critique the texture, moistness etc. but I hope the guests were pleased.
EVENING 2: Bake the cake layers and cover completely to chill overnight in the refrigerator to be firm enough to frost
Instructions: Vanilla > Chocolate > Vanilla > Marble with knife 🙂
EVENING 3: Trim and level the cake layers and prepare to stack, crumb coat, frost and decorate!
I didn’t realize the marble effect would be so visible after trimming the cakes in preparation for stacking them – so beautiful!
After mulling over the direction the decoration would take, and having gone through several iterations in my head, I landed on a simple ombre-like effect from red (as red as I could get this frosting! Also–one of the high school colors) to white, a medley of sprinkles (of course!), and some fun starburst-flower-like piping! I’ve seen many cakes use a similar piping technique, and it always seems a bit whimsical and loose and still each one unique.
First round of decoration finished and chilling in the refrigerator… I considered stopping at this point, but decided that a high school graduation cake should have more pizzaz! I also knew what the custom cake topper looked like and decided that it should have a more hefty supporting role below 🙂
Final product! <3
And the custom cake topper that would be united with its cake at the party!
I can’t take the credit for baking this jumbo cupcake, but I did have the time to purchase and decorate it to the garden theme for our farewell party. It was fun making the custom paper flower/vegetable/cloud toppers, grinding up Oreo cookies for ‘dirt’, and found a good use for some of the Miette sugar flowers I’ve been hoarding 😉
The only rose in/on these cupcakes is the shape of the carrot peel topper – no actual rose flavoring 🙂 I recently saw this technique on a blog and decided they were far too cute not to try myself. Got myself some rainbow carrots with tops and went to work!
There’s only so much you can do photographing your baked goods with your camera phone when you have a little more time in the evening inside, under artificial lighting…
But I did snap this tupperware shot in the morning (better lighting!) of some of the cupcakes that went to work with me 🙂 Loving the variety of cupcake and carrot rose topper sizes. 🥕🏵
A Mummy Halloween to you! I’ve made these little guys before, but made double batches again this year both for a neighbor’s party as well as a work potluck – Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese mummy frosting and sugar eyeballs 🙂
I actually initially made two batches of the same recipe I’ve used multiple times before and was not happy at all with them! I’m not sure if I did something different, or it was the difference of our convection oven… so found a new recipe and I was much happier with how they came out.
From plastic container….
… to full on fall layout! I love the oranges and greens in this image, along with the warm walnut stained display box that my Dad made for our wedding cupcakes 🙂