Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Cupcakes

Well you know how it is this time of year, you've got parties, and pot lucks, teachers and neighbors treats to give out. So I needed something to cover all of those. So I whipped up these cute little cupcake toppers. 75 of them to be exact. 

 I wanted to have plenty of variety, and keep them all red, white, and green. I think they turned out super cute and fun.
 These cupcakes were all moist chocolate cupcakes, with vanilla buttercream, and of course topped with a mmf topper.

Hope all your holidays were wonderful!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Winter trees and snowmen cake

I love this cake, for a few different reasons but mostly because it was so so good. I have finally perfected my red velvet recipe, and a fellow "caker" / family member gave me a recipe for white chocolate cream cheese frosting. The frosting was so good, you could eat it without any cake at all, by the spoonful, and believe me, I was tempted.
 Also, sometimes I get sick of fondant, so it was nice to have a cake just covered in frosting.
 The trees in the back are made of chocolate. and the green trees are straight fondant. I wanted to show three different techniques of making trees. (There are many more, but I didn't want to have too many, so I went with three.) Also the snowman in this pic looks like he's lost an eye, or that it's glowing, it must just be my camera. Ok, tree number one.
 Tree number two.
 And tree number three. Personally, I like tree number three the most. But it was definitely more of a pain.

In the end, I thought this was a fun cake, and super yummy, I have already made this recipe of frosting a couple more times, yummmm. Happy winter everybody!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Abby Caddaby Cake

For those of you who do not have little girls, this is Abby Caddaby. She is one of the newer Sesame Street characters.
 My girls happen to love her, as well as this little girl Maylee, who was turning two. Her mom told me to do whatever I wanted, as long as it had Abby Caddaby.

 I was "Twinkle thinking" that having her sitting up would be cuter than her flat face on the cake, so that is what I did. The Abby character is made out of marshmallow fondant. Then I decided to make it cute and girlie, to go with her. And what is more girlie than some cute and colorful flowers? I really like the way it turned out, I think it was super girlie and cute.

The cake was white cake with vanilla almond cream cheese frosting, covered in MMF. (One of my favs for sure.) 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

These cupcakes were sooooo yummy. I was experimenting with some different things. I took these to a family trip. My family always gets the experiments, because I can't experiment on client cakes. But this experiment turned out so  great it is now being put on my list.
The cake is a super moist, super yummy lemon cake, and I think I'll keep that recipe to myself :) But I did want to share with you the frosting.

                                                            Fresh Raspberry Buttercream

1Stick of Butter
1/2 c. crisco (all vegetable)
2-3 tblsp milk
1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
pinch of salt
1/2-3/4c. fresh raspberries
4c. pwd sugar

Cream your softened butter with your crisco. Then add your milk, lemon, and salt. Then add your fresh (washed and dried raspberries) mix these very well. Then add your sugar, and wa'la!

Tip : I used the Wilton 1M tip to frost these. It is so simple and quick but makes it much more pretty then smushing on with a knife. Give it a try, I promise they will be a huge hit!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Over The Hill Cake

I have to say that I am not a huge fan of black over the hill cakes, that act like you are dying because you are turning 40. And hope I never get one. So when my client came to me needing an over the hill cake, I suggested we do something cute instead.

 She agreed, and that's what we went with. I decided that if I was turning 40 this is the kind of cake I would rather have. I wanted to show her sitting on top of the hill, looking happy and proud to be 40.
 I wanted it to be the opposite of black, with lots of happy and colorful flowers. I love the way these flowers turned out. Mostly I just love that it is colorful.

 I was a little worried about the little figure, in that I have never seen Shauna, and have no idea what she looks like. And I was told she has strawberry hair, a little tricky. (It's definitely easier to do blonde, or red, but in between? hmmm tricky.) Well they seemed to love it so hopefully it wasn't too far off. Although how realistic can you get when it's fondant anyway?
 Well I have to say I feel like this was a much more cheerful and fun over the hill cake than I have seen. I hope she enjoyed it.