September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Gracie

Sometimes the best Cupcake is the simplest cupcake..
vanilla & chocolate cupcakes
topped with sweet Milk Chocolate Buttercream
and pretty jimmies

Simple & Scrumptious!

September 23, 2011

French Macaroons

So I decided to give French Macaroons another try.  My first attempt (here) was somewhat of a fail because I ended up with only 4 "sandwich" cookies.  Most of them broke when I took them off the wax paper.   This time it went much better but I still only ended up with a dozen presentable macaroons & I doubled the batch.  I bought Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour instead of trying to make my own (too much work with a mini food processor & sifting thru a wire strainer to get the big pieces out).    I made these for a birthday at my office - who is on a dairy free, gluten free diet.   They came out much better than my 1st attempt and I'm hoping the next try goes better than my 1st 2 attempts. 

I used Martha Stewart's recipe this time & it was almost identical to the 1st one that I used.

Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour

Confectioner's sugar & almond flour after mixing in the food processer

Sifting the sugar/almond mixture

Love the measuring spoons DH bought me for Christmas

Egg whites, cream of tartar, superfine sugar

Piped macaroon

September 18, 2011

DH Frosts cupcakes for my Birthday

DH told my mom that he would bring cupcakes to my birthday lunch.   I did the baking & made the frosting for him.  He did a great job piping for the very first time.    

Thanks Juls for making my 40th that much more special!

and one of my co-workers made me my favorite triple chocolate cake that is one of her specialities
 and Grams & Gramps brought me cupcakes to my office

September 14, 2011

God Bless Brayden

Marble cake with vanilla buttercream
I used a 11 x 9 cake pan then layered with frosting. 
Then I cut away the corners to
make a cross cake. 
Wilton sells a pan which would make
it that much easier but this worked pretty well
Fondant & royal icing decorations

Fondant pearls with blue petal dust

September 12, 2011

Andrea's 40th

Andrea & Steph

27 years ago in junior high I met my oldest & dearest friend... Many of those years, we celebrated our birthday's together with a lunch and shopping because we are both September babies.  
Whether we are ready or not, we are both hitting the
B-I-G 40! 
Even though we don't see each other as often as we would like, she is always in my heart.  When her husband called me about her party he referred to me as "Betty Crocker" (Thanks for the compliment Raul), I went to work designing these for Andrea .. I wanted to make them as special as she is to her family & friends.

40 cupcakes for her 40th Birthday

Happy Birthday to my oldest & dearest friend,  Andrea!
Wishing you many more!
Love S.

September 10, 2011

Happy 18th Miranda!

Miranda has had an eventful summer... and has shown everyone how much more amazing she really is...and they have so much to be thankful for.  I still remember reading Norma (Miranda's post) in June, asking for prayers for her daughter who had just broke her neck in several places playing powderpuff football game at her high school during her last week of her senior year.   A week later, Miranda graduated with her class & a "halo".   Fast foward to August 27th & that "halo" came off!  She is amazing & deserved to celebrate...
her graduation, "halo" freedom & her 18th Birthday!

When I asked what she wanted for her cupcakes her reply was "Think Rainbow"..
and so I did.. in flowers, custom confetti & circles.

Rose cutter makes my favorite 5 petal flower

custom confetti tutorial here

Happy 18th Miranda!

September 8, 2011

Cupcake Liners - The perfect white!

Foil liner on the left, regular liner on the right

If you are anything like me, sometimes you want a solid white liner so you can't see the cupcake through it.  I have been searching for "the perfect white liner" for over 2 years now & I finally found it! White Foil Liners from Beryl's

September 6, 2011

50th Anniversary Party

Wishing Mr. & Mrs. Sanchez a
Happy 50th Anniversary!

Cupcake stand tutorial here

My first time using Duff's graffiti spray and I loved it!
I used it on the fondant S, the pearls & the flower centers
It goes on evenly & dries very quickly. I will definitely use it again

September 1, 2011

Sweet Baptism for Liliana

Sandy & I took cake classes at Michael's together a few years ago.  She needed help with her niece's baptism so I offered to help.  We went with pink & white decorations... Piping royal icing on fondant speeds things along, custom confetti made with fondant & little pink flowers.

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