2014 Winter + Olympics

It’s snowing outside…Β and inside… πŸ˜‰

powdered sugar-snow

Last night I walked to a local venue to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on the big screen. Today, I felt inspired to bake these…

this is what people watching Russian television saw...

this is essentially what people watching Russian television saw…

and this is what everyone else in the stadium and on other networks saw!

and this is what everyone else in the stadium and on other networks saw!

Strolling around the neighborhood earlier in the day (pre-opening ceremonies), there were a lot of people out playing and sledding in the snow…

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And it reminded me of this very cool article I came across last month… can’t you just see this as a cookies ‘n cream ice cream cake or something with little figurines?? πŸ™‚ I love it. I always see food in things. For example–this foot print that reminded me of an imprint cookie cutter…

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and these which make me think of piped frosting…

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and this which looks kind of like a frosted cake…

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But what an interesting way to look at food at a different level! I need to go find myself some little figurines…

 

Octobery + Halloween

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What is more Octobery than pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?!

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And my nod to the Halloween holiday, just around the corner… mummy pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting wrap and candy googely eyes πŸ™‚ These are inspired by a picture I saw in Target!

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Peeking out

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Such characters!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thirty-ONEderful!

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These adorable mini birthday cupcakes were so fun to make, and perfectly bite-sized. I wrapped my old Architecture 101 wooden drafting board in sprinkle wrapping paper, and it made the perfect backdrop for the Thirty-ONEderful cupcakes! (Yes, there are 31 of them).

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waiting to be lit

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yellow cake minis with chocolate frosting

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chocolate minis with chocolate frosting

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My mixer makes a flower shape in powdered sugar πŸ™‚

Happy 4th Birthday, Bridgetown Design!

My friends hired me to bake cupcakes for their company birthday party!Β I had fun with these vintage malt milkshake-inspired cupcakes; they were my first filled cupcakes, and I got to try out myΒ cupcake corer! πŸ™‚ Still working on the piping techniques!

Happy 4th,Β Bridgetown Design!

 

CUPCAKE FLAVOR 1:

Vanilla cupcakes with real strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting. Garnished with a strawberry and red and white paper straw. {I’m hearing Contestant voices on Cupcake Wars presenting their cupcake flavors to the judges….haha!}

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Ready to go in the oven

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cooling

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strawberry filled!

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Done!

Here are some fun progress shots I barely had enough time to stop and take! I think they tell the story well….

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CUPCAKE FLAVOR 2:

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate pudding filling and chocolate frosting. Garnished with a Maraschino cherry and teal and white paper straw.

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still cooling in the pan

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I had fun with these ‘section shots’ πŸ™‚ It’s the make up of a cupcake!

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SLICED!

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Happy Birthday, Lindsey!

I have more fun with my letter sugar cookie cutters than just about anything else I think! I wanted to make something personalized and special for Lindsey’s birthday, so I made these cupcakes with chocolate-dipped letter/candle toppers πŸ™‚

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Birthday Box of cupcakes

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Friends!

Baby Shower Cupcakes

A friend and I planned our friend Suzie’s baby shower together… we had fun planning the custom ‘Welcome’ board, and some themed refreshments and games. I originally saw these baby face cupcakes at another baby shower the month before and am still searching for those original images since I stole the inspiration! πŸ™‚ We also decorated with more balloons and had a framed message board for guests to write notes to welcome Baby Han.

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Table display

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Custom ‘Welcome’ Board

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Baby face cupcakes with bonnets!

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Refreshments

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Mystery baby food guessing game…

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Baby food taste test

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Some game prizes (baby food guessing game, pregnant tummy yarn diameter guess, animal baby name match with adult animal name)

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Popcorn snacks

Birthday Cupcakes

Using delicious Funfetti cake mix and frosting, I created these cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party! I made the cupcake flags by cutting out an elongated diamond shape (in this case, from cute Origami paper), and wrapping it in half around a toothpick. Then I glued the two pieces together and used a craft punch to make the star cutout and curled the paper with my thumb, and then Voila! Custom, colorful, fun cupcake flags for the occasion πŸ™‚

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