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I am an Authorized Wilton Cake Decorating Instructor teaching classes at my local Ben Franklin Crafts store. I am a stay-at-home mother of two adorable daughters and enjoy decorating cakes as a hobby. I absolutely love what I do!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gobble Gobble

Erin requested some pumpkin cupcakes for her lovely mother's birthday celebration.  Her birthday falls right around Thanksgiving most years, so she usually gets a delicious fall-themed treat for her special day.  This year, Erin switched it up and ordered pumpkin cupcakes, instead of the usual carrot cake.   I was excited to explore this new arena and couldn't wait to secure a new recipe.

And boy, did I find an AWESOME one.  Here's the link for the delicious Pumpkin Cake and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.  I filled the cupcakes with brown sugar whipped cream (2 cups whipping cream + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1 1/2 tsp vanilla - beat until stiff peaks).  DELISH!




I handed over the cupcakes and then Erin added the decor.  I laughed out loud!  There's something about those eyes that I find so comical!


I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  And the happiest of birthdays to you, Sheila!
 Gobble, Gobble!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teresa's Birthday Treat

My sister-in-law was celebrating her birthday and I thought I'd whip up a nice treat for her.  I seem to recall that chocolate cake was among her favorites, and her mother used to make a really wonderful peanut butter frosting; a recipe she shared with me.  

Because it would just be my sister-in-law and my brother celebrating her birthday that night, I made two six-inch cakes and filled them with chocolate frosting and peanut butter frosting and the covered the whole cake with more chocolate frosting.  I made some vanilla buttercream as well and added some ruffles and a cute flower on the top of the cake in one of Teresa's favorite colors.  




Here's the cake in the color-matched kitchen (I think I did pretty well!!!).  



And here's the inside of the cake.  Delish!


There was some extra batter leftover from her cake, so I made some cupcakes as well.  My nephew is not a fan of frosting, so he got some plain chocolate cupcakes to help his mom celebrate.  And here were some extra cupcakes that I decorated with all of the extra frostings and fillings.




YUMMMMY!!!  

I hope you had a great birthday, Teresa!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Isaac's R2D2 Cake

Isaac was having a Star Wars themed birthday party and wanted an R2D2 cake.  I'd done one of these before for my husband and knew I could do it again if I set my mind to it.  No Jedi mind tricks for me.  This WAS the droid I was looking for.

The cake itself is a chocolate cake with Oreo buttercream filling.  It's frosted with buttercream in the form of about 1 zillion stars.  These cakes tend to take so much time, but they really look great when they're done.



Because I had to cut so much away from the cake to make the R2D2 shape, I had a lot of cake scraps left which I then made into some "spacey" cake pops.  Black sugar with a few white sprinkles reminded me of outer space.  I hope that translated well!  



Happy Birthday to you, Isaac!  I'm so honored to have been a part of it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Cookies!

I have to be honest with you.  Cut-out cookies are my least favorite cookies to make.  They take so much time, they take so much work, and they make such a big mess.  But you know what?  My kids and my husband LOVE them and it gives the girls the opportunity to "help" me in the kitchen.  That bonding time is what makes all of the work and mess totally worth it.  

This was Maren's first cut-out cookie experience.  She loved eating the toppings more than decorating, but who cares?  She made some brilliant cookies!




Josie has developed into quite the artist!  She took her time and made some delightful designs.  



 

I went through and added the green leaves when they were done.  


I've blogged about these cookies before, but if you'd like the recipe, click here.  The blog post also has a link for the most wonderful frosting.  Happy Halloween!!!!

Pumpkins for Amy

Sofia walked over to my house with her dad and placed an order with the Cake Mama for her mom's [Amy's] birthday.  Shh!  This was going to be a surprise!  Sofia wanted a dozen cake pops, but they had to look like pumpkins.  AND!  She wanted "medium-sized" pumpkins for the top of the cake she was going to make for her mom.  I had to clarify what size "medium" was and Sofia held up her hands made a circle, "yay" big.  Got it.  

Sofia said the her mom's favorite cake was a funfetti cake, so that's what I made the cake pops out of.  I rolled them in orange chocolate, covered them in orange sprinkles and used a little green Tic Tac for the stem.




Here are the cake pops and the medium sized pumpkins for the top of Amy's cake.  I made these pumpkins out of Rice Krispie treats and rolled them orange chocolate.  They, too, got the Tic Tac stem. 


Happiest of birthdays to you, Amy!  I hope you were surprised!  

Aaliyah's Design

Aaliyah was so excited to show me the cake that she wanted me to make for her birthday.  She sketched out her design on this paper and was very specific about how she wanted her cake to look.  Isn't she so talented?




She loves to play basketball and volleyball, her favorite colors are orange and purple and she absolutely loves moustaches.   (You read that right.)  It's kind of "her thing."  LOL!

Aaliyah wanted a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting on the inside.  And not just any chocolate frosting, she wanted mini-chocolate chips to be mixed IN with the frosting (indicated in her picture above - all of the dots...).  Here's a picture of that creamy frosting with chocolate chips.  


The end result can be seen here.  Orange and purple are very present, so is the basketball, volleyball and moustache.  She added balloons and so did I.


It was a fun cake to deliver.  I love seeing the look on their faces.  And this was even more special because it was HER design.  

Happy Birthday, Aaliyah!  

Sports-Themed Baby Shower

Jackie requested cupcakes for a sports-themed baby shower she was hosting.  She said that the nursery for this soon-to-arrive little baby boy was to be decorated with different sports balls and I thought that they would be really cute on top of a mound of blue frosting.  


I made the baseballs, basketballs and footballs out of gum paste and used royal icing and edible food marker to make them look just right.  


Jackie requested a batch of chocolate and a batch of vanilla cupcakes, filled with buttercream for the special event.  I hope that they had a wonderful time and congrats to the mom-to-be!!!