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September 25, 2016

Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Over the summer, my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary!  And they were in town to see the kids play their summer sports, so I wanted to make them something a little special to celebrate!

September 19, 2016

S'mores Campfire Cake

I saw this idea for a campfire cake a while ago and I knew I had to make it happen!

My boys had a Cub Scout potluck and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make the cake!

September 11, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

The leaves aren’t changing yet, but the kids are back in school, pumpkin spice latte is back in the coffee shops and fall is in the air!

Speaking of pumpkin spice, why not make some cupcakes?  I’ve made a few variations of pumpkin cake in the past.  The from-scratch version is here, the easy-peasy version here, and the chocolate version is here!

September 10, 2016

Baseball Stadium Cake

Spud’s 6th birthday was last month and he had a baseball themed party (see Amy’s Cooking Adventures for all the details!) complete with a baseball stadium cake!

For the cake, I baked up a chocolate cake in 8-inch square pans and coated it with buttercream.  After leveling the cake, I had these perfect slanted bits leftover that I placed on top to use as stands!  I covered the stands in fondant (pretty much the only fondant on the cake, since Spud asked for "no roll out frosting") and then cut pieces out so I would have a place to sprinkle nonpareils to represent the crowd!  

August 20, 2016

Skydiving Cake

I made this skydiving cake for a good friend’s birthday!

My favorite part was actually making the simple sky background!  For that, I frosted the cake (orange cake by the way) blue and smoothed it.  Then I added blobs of white and smoothed again to create the wispy clouds.

August 12, 2016

Green Bay Packers Cheesehead Cake

I come from a long line of Green Bay Packers fans, so I was totally excited when I was asked to make a Packers themed birthday cake!

I thought about making a simple cake with the Green Bay logo, but it didn’t seem like enough, so I decided to make a football field.

But this is the Packers, why not go the extra mile and make a wedge shaped cheesehead cake with a field and logo on top?  Now we’re talkin’!

July 30, 2016

Cupcake Cross

I made this pull apart cupcake cake for a baby shower.

Cupcake cakes are an interesting conundrum.

The sound great in theory: perfectly portioned cake in the shape you like!

But after that it goes awry.

All the cupcakes are pushed together into the desired shape, but there are big gaps between the cupcakes (case in point: Arrow of Light Cupcakes).

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