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February 13, 2016

Amore & Love Bird Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Do you celebrate?  I’m in it for the cookies and the candy, personally.  

We don’t exchange gifts at all, but it is fun to make a nice meal and pull out the China.  Here’s a peek at this year’s sugar cookies!

February 1, 2016

Blueberry & Yellow Rose Cake

This past fall, my friend’s parents were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.  She wanted Limoncello Cake (made with homemade limoncello!) with Blueberry frosting – which worked out perfectly, because her parents’ wedding colors were blue and yellow!

Because the cake had to be made several days before the event, I ended up swapping out the blueberry cream cheese frosting with blueberry buttercream frosting. 

To do so, I added the blueberry sauce to Basic Buttercream – be warned, the buttercream will need to beat for much longer than a typical buttercream, because the juice from the berries wants to weep and make a mess of everything.  I recommend mixing the frosting, then setting it aside for 15 minutes and restirring to take care of any problem areas.

I also used Royal Icing roses instead of fresh, also because the cake was picked up 2 ½ days before the event.

January 11, 2016

I Love to the Moon & Back Cupcakes

These sweet little cupcakes & smash cake were for a 1st birthday party.  The Birthday Girl’s mom had always said, “I love you to the moon & back” and that became the party theme!

December 17, 2015

Light Saber Battle Cake + Recipe for Marble Cake


I’m not planning to attend the premier (no baby sitter + I hate lines + midnight is late) but I’m definitely planning to see the movie sometime soon!

In the meantime, here’s a Star Wars cake!  This is a marble cake (recipe below) covered in Chocolate MM Fondant.  I used white food coloring mixed with vodka to paint a star burst.  It took 4-5 layers using 3 different paint brushes (starting with a large brush, ending with a small one) to achieve the final look I was going for.

Then, I found a still shot of the epic Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader lightsaber battle from The Empire Strikes Back and printed it out.  From there, I used it as a stencil to cut Luke & Vader out of more chocolate MM fondant.  Lastly, I made a colored light saber for each and added a glow around them.  And of course the epic Star Wars quote!

December 15, 2015

Eggless Sugar Cookies

My boys love to take cookies to school during the holidays.  This year, however, there is a child in Spud’s class with an egg and nut allergy.  Not wanting to leave someone out of the fun, I went searching for a sugar cookie that everyone could enjoy!

In this recipe, a little sour cream is added in place of the eggs.  I found the dough to be quite stiff.  In fact, it almost looked like it wouldn’t come together!  Thankfully, the dough will come together with a bit of patience.

The cookies cut out beautifully and spread very little, leaving a very consistent shape (which is always nice when decorating!)

Because Royal Icing uses merengue powder (which has powdered egg whites), I called on my mom for her favorite (and oh so delicious) sugar cookie frosting recipe! 

This frosting is perfect for decorating with children (you can probably tell that Spud decorated most of these and I love them!)  Though it’s made with cream cheese, it will dry hard overnight.  The sugar stabilizes the cheese, so you can leave them out.  We’ve been eating these cookies for years, and no one has ever gotten sick.  Though, if you’re really worried, go ahead and store these in the refrigerator.

So the big question: how did they taste?!?

December 8, 2015

Chewbacca Cupcakes

Let’s talk more Star Wars!!

With the new Star Wars movie coming out, the demand for Star Wars cakes is higher than ever!  For this Star Wars fan, it’s a dream come true!

Though R2D2 has always been my favorite, I do love Chewbacca, too (especially after reading William Shakespeare Star Wars!)

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