Engagement Cookies

My friend got engaged and I want to make her a little gift basket.  So I put a few things together and knew I wanted to make her some special cookies.  The little stick people are my favorite.  I use these little sugar pearls for the engagement ring.

This was my first real experience with writing on cookies with royal icing. I also got this tool and I can’t believe I did cookies without this magic little tool. I also love Americolor color Soft Gel Paste it is what I use for cookies and cakes, the colors are so great and vibrant! Engagement Cookies.jpg

What are you favorite royal icing tools?

Baseball Stadium Cake

Yet another baseball cake!! What can I say my nephew really loves baseball.  This year I went for a stadium.

I wish I had gotten pictures of how I stacked the cakes but unfortunately I did not.  I used the grass tip for all the buttercream and fondant for the decorations.  The “stands” are rice krispie treats and fondant.  I used royal icing for my “glue” to get the sprinkles to stick.  I think I turned out pretty good although I would spend a little more time perfecting the stadium next time.

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Starwars Cake

For my stepkids 11th and 13th birthday we did a Starwars theme this year.  I made the cake…this was the biggest, heaviest cake I’ve made yet.  

This was my first time making fondant myself and it was easy and tasted great!  Although I did not make the black fondant. Black fondant is a pain to tent. 

For the Yoda head I used half a ball cake and used fondant over it. On the Chewy part I used a grass tip to make his fur (this tip is amazing for a lot of things). R2-D2 was pretty easy. 

My stepkids loved it and I loved it!  I’ll be posting their party soon!  It was a really fun party to plan!

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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I have made A LOT of cupcakes.  This is by far one of my favorites!  Everyone loved them and I am so excited to make them for Thanksgiving (so is my husband:))

I got the recipe from Life, Love & Sugar.  The only modification I made was that I used store bought caramel and melted it down with a little milk, I was in a bit of a time crunch and did’t have time to mess with making it from scratch, yes I know it’s not that hard 🙂  I just chose to do this because I was in hurry!

You all should make these!!  SOO delicious!

 

 

Birthday Cake for Papa

I had a small family birthday party for my Papa.  I started searching for what kinds of cake to make.  I knew he wanted chocolate with buttercream frosting, but I was stumped on how to decorate the cake!!  I decided to go for a plain look, I am actually pretty happy with how it turned out.  I used the “spoon technique” to get the texture on the cake.  I got some paper straws and thread and make the topper myself.

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I also decided to do a few sugar cookies with royal icing! YUM!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

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At our small group I was tasked with bringing dessert!  I knew I wanted to do something fall themed, so I took to Pinterest and found this AMAZING recipe from Cooking Classy! I decorated mine a tad differently.  I am so upset I didn’t get pictures of how I did my own pumpkin candies.  I’ll do my best to explain here.

I got white melting chocolate and added in orange till I got the color I wanted.  I then used a star tip to make the ridges of the pumpkin.  I made a MESS the first few times, found our you need it to be pretty cooled off, in order for it to hold the ridges!  I added the brown stem with the same technique.

If you want pumpkin cupcakes, I definitely recommend this recipe.  I had many people say they don’t like cake but they LOVED these!

Baseball Cake #3

Here is my last cake.  Click here to see #1 and #2.  This was a last minute cake that I decided to make the night before.

This was by far the most simple cake out of the three. I love how it turned out!

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I used the ball cake pan again to make half a ball. I got store bought frosting (I normally don’t).  I have seen this technique done before but was a little worried how it was going to work on a rounded surface.  (Note: I always freeze my cakes before frosting).

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Warm your frosting up in the microwave.  I did 30 second increments till it was runny but not hot. Then I started to pour moving in circular motions.  You will use the whole can of frosting.  I did two coats.  After 15 minutes I scooped up the leftovers on the mat and microwaved it and poured again.  I was so impressed with how well this worked.

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For the cupcakes I used the same microwaved frosting to dip the cupcakes in.  This worked really well to give a smooth surface to put the red laces on.  I had some leftover green frosting from my previous cakes that I used to put “grass” around the big ball.  I love how this one turned out.