December 22, 2016

Ugly Sweater Cookies & Santas

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas??

Here’s a peek at this year’s Christmas Sugar Cookies (Gingerbreads are coming soon!)

First up, Ugly Sweater Cookies!

Then some fun little Santas.

And a few randoms!

Merry Christmas!

December 10, 2016

Hipster Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Men

 Hipster Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Men are a new Christmas classic!

I was working on my gingerbread men this year, when I realized that I never shared last year’s creations! 

What a shame, because may I present the Hipster Ugly Sweater Men!

These little guys have it all, nerdy glasses, mustaches, man buns, and of course the ugly sweaters!  These guys were so fun to make!  I love making them nerdier each year!

In addition to those, I also made some Mickey themed cookies that were also a huge hit!

Let the holiday baking begin!

November 12, 2016

Roses and Damask Cake

This stunning cake was for a princess themed birthday party.  The only request was that the cake big and pink and frilly.

I took the opportunity to practice my buttercream roses AND to try stenciling on a cake for the first time!

I bought a stencil online.  I had some royal icing leftover from my Thanksgiving and Dia de los Muetros cookies, so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, covered my cakes in fondant, stenciled and this is the result!

November 2, 2016

Thanksgiving Cookies 2016

I got a jump on my Thanksgiving cookies this year!  I only wanted a few Halloween cookies, so I decided to cut out my Thanksgiving cookies at the same time.

Then I had my royal icing made, so I thought, what the heck, let’s decorate them too!

November 1, 2016

Sugar Skull Cookies for Dia de los Muetros

Today, Catholics celebrate All Saints Day and tomorrow All Souls Day.

In Mexico, however, the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muetros is celebrated.  It’s a two day event honoring those who have died.  The lives of those gone before are celebrated with altars, gifts, and sugar skulls.

On the first day, El Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) is celebrated.  It is believed that the souls of children who have died return home for one day to spend with their families.

October 30, 2016

Spooky Halloween Graveyard Cake

 Happy Halloween!

I made this spooky graveyard cake for a Halloween themed birthday party yesterday!

I took my vanilla cake, and made it into a raspberry poke cake! 

It was actually super nerve wracking!  I removed the cakes from the pans, cooled them and placed them on a silpat lined baking sheet.  Then I poked them with a fork, poured the jell-o over and refrigerated.  And you guys – those were some very very wet cakes!

October 22, 2016

Dallas Cowboys Jersey Cake

Last month, one of my friends asked me to make a Dallas Cowboys Jersey Cake.  Featuring Romo’s jersey – with lots of Band-Aids since he keeps getting injured.

I’m not sure how the recipient of the cake felt about it, but we sure thought it was funny!

October 20, 2016

Almost Take Off Cake

Last year I submitted this cake to a contest, but never got around to sharing it here!  It's still one of my favorites!

I've been wanting to make gelatin balloons for quite some time now, but never really had a reason. Then came threadcakes and the perfect cake design, Almost Take Off and I knew it was time!

I loved the hand painted, watercolor look to the design, so I wanted pull in the painted aspect while at the same time adding some dimension and whimsy and that's where the gelatin balloons came in!

I made the little balloons a couple days before the cake to give them ample drying time. They took about an hour to make - the most time-consuming part was blowing up water balloons (which were then dipped to make hallow, edible balloons).

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).

July 29, 2016

Filigree Graduation Cake

Today’s cake was a graduation cake from *hangs head in shame* over a year ago!  Thankfully, I’m not that far behind posting all my cakes, but this one somehow got lost in the shuffle.

This cake was for a friend who wanted school colors (red, black & white), without the ubiquitous blobby frosting flowers (why are those always on grocery store graduation cakes?), but she still wanted it to be elegant.

I decided to keep the design simple with a fondant grad hat and piped filigree!

July 17, 2016

Favorite Cakes: Redone

Sometimes I get the opportunity to remake some of my favorite cakes.

Usually it happens when a friend seeing ones of my cakes and wants one just like it!

Here are a few I’ve gotten to remake recently!


Minnie Mouse

And Mickey!

June 30, 2016

Mario Kart Cupcakes

I’ve wanted to make Mario cake/cupcakes for ages.  But I’ve never had a reason to.

So I was super excited when I finally got an order for Mario Kart Cupcakes!!

The mom of the birthday boy ordered the characters.

So I made a board to look like the beach level and made all of the Mario Kart boosters out of fondant as cupcake toppers.

I absolutely love them!!!  Here’s the whole set!

June 22, 2016

Brush Embroidery Poppy Cookies

I had some extra cookies and frosting leftover after making my Simple Cross Cookies.  It was also very close to my Grandma’s 89th birthday, I knew I wanted to make her something special that she could share with her friends.

I was a bit limited by the colors I had available, but once I started thinking, I realized that it was the perfect time to experiment with brush embroidery with royal icing.  For brush embroidery, some medium thickness icing is piped onto the cookie.  Immediately, a damp paintbrush is used to pull the icing away from the lines, leaving a delicate brushed look.

Once I started, I quickly realized that the colors lent themselves to poppies!  I love the contrast of the brushed poppies on the black and white backgrounds!

Oh, and Grandma loved them, so that makes me even happier!

June 21, 2016

Simple Cross Cookies

For the last day of school, I was asked to make 200 sugar cookies for the end of the year celebration/retirement party for the school’s principal!

June 20, 2016

Cub Scout Crossing Over Ceremony Cake

This cake was for my son’s Cub Scout Crossing Over Ceremony. 

That’s when, after a full year of hard work, they “cross over” to the next rank.  It’s an awesome ceremony and the kids are so proud!

This year, I was asked to make a cake representing each of the cub scout ranks, Tiger Scout, Wolf Scout, Bear Scout, and Weebelo (Dude was crossing from Wolf to Bear).

June 13, 2016

Chocolate & Peonies

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of making a beautiful wedding cake for a couple!

The bride asked for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, decorated with fresh flowers.

June 6, 2016

Arrow of Light Cupcakes

These cupcakes were for a Cub Scout’s Arrow of Light Ceremony.  The Arrow of Light is one of the highest badges a scout can earn before becoming a Boy Scout. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, so when one of the older boys in our pack achieved his Arrow of Light, the pack got together to celebrate!

Instead of making a cake, we decided to make cupcakes (because they’re so much easier to serve to a crowd!)  I simply frosted the cupcakes in the colors of the patch and then piped the Arrow of Light symbol over the top!

June 5, 2016

Firefly Blueprint Cake

One of our good friends got a job across the country, so we threw her a going away party.  And of course, a party in my house obviously means cake.

Since she is both a pilot and an engineer, I decided I wanted to paint airplane blueprints onto a cake.  I told Hubs my idea and he took it a step further.  Our friend also loves the now defunct TV show, Firefly.  So he thought that instead of an airplane, we needed to draw blueprints of the spaceship, Serenity onto the cake instead!

May 31, 2016

Watermelon Cupcakes

I first spied watermelon cupcakes on Pinterest ages ago (like years, seriously), but never had the opportunity to make them.  

Fast forward to today.  It’s the end of the school year and Dude’s class is having an end of the year celebration – with cupcakes!  We needed a lot (for kids and parents) and I knew I finally, finally had the chance to make these super cute cupcakes!

April 19, 2016

Winnie the Pooh Cake

This sweet little cake was made for a Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower!

It was so fun to make this cake in incorporate all the tiny details.

I checked out a copy of Winnie the Pooh from the library (though I really must get my own copy) and selected a scene from one of my favorite stories.  Then I painted it onto MM Fondant and let it dry.  I also make some little fondant bumblebees with almond wings.

The cake was covered in buttercream and then topped with chocolate ganache.

April 16, 2016

Obi-Wan Cake

The new Star Wars movie came out on DVD last week!!!  Yay!!

I bought a copy, but haven’t had a chance to rewatch it (we saw the movie in theaters) because Hubs was out of town and I wanted company!

So instead, let’s celebrate with cake!

April 6, 2016

April Showers Cookies

Happy April!

We’re experiencing a cold snap right now, but I’m dreaming of those April showers (and May flowers, of course!)

April 2, 2016

Easter Cookies

Well, Easter has come & gone and I never got around to sharing this year’s Easter cookies…or last year’s – DOH!

So here are last year’s cookies.  Last year was all about the pastels.  I went for 3D eggs with sweet little birds…that I meticulously cut out of dough and baked (yup, next time just make them out of frosting – it was a huge hassle!)

March 8, 2016

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

These fun little cupcakes were made for an Ice Cream Sundae party for Cub Scouts!

They were so fun to make!

I started off with my favorite chocolate & vanilla cupcake recipes and topped them with vanilla butter cream.

March 6, 2016

Rainbow Shamrock Cookies

Today I’m sharing some easy peasy St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

My boys took these to school to share with their classmates and they helped make them!

To make these, add green gel food coloring to your favorite sugar cookie recipe (here’s my go to and the eggless version).  Roll, cut with a shamrock cutter, cook according to recipe instructions & cool.

March 2, 2016

Golf Ball Cupcakes

In the past 6 months, I’ve had 2 requests for golf ball cupcakes!

The first was for a combined 60th birthday & 35th wedding anniversary party.

The same party that featured the stunning Limoncello Cake with Blueberry Buttercream and the Music Note Cupcakes!  I kept the colors simple to complement both the music cupcakes and the cake!

February 29, 2016

Music Note Cupcakes

These Music Note Cupcakes are perfect for any musician!

I frosted with cupcakes simply, and topped them with monochromatic sugar pearls and royal icing music notes!

Simple and stunning!

February 19, 2016

UND Hockey Cake

Hockey is kind of a big deal in my town.

With everyone excited about college hockey, it’s no surprise that I often get cake orders with a hockey theme!

To date, I’ve made two ice rink cakes, cookies, and a Harry Potter-Hockey mash up (that one was fun!)

With another hockey cake request (but larger this time), I had the opportunity to switch things up a bit.  Adding a school logo, hockey puck & stick!

The cake was a huge hit!

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