November 30, 2011

Birthday Cookies a Special Friend

This set of cookies are on the way to someone I've known for the past 25+ years. We went through school together and have been friends again on Facebook and probably before that on Myspace (sorry - I can't remember pre-facebook days).

She is faithful, never misses any of my posts & always lifts my spirits with her words.
My hope is that the cookies brighten her day & make her birthday that much more special.

I can't give you her name...but soon she will find these in her mailbox
and then I will come back and *edit* this post to wish her a
Very Happy Birthday NORMA!
She got her cookies & was so suprised!
Love that something small can make someone so happy!  

Thank you for always being there!

Bright & festive colors for her birthday celebration

After reading this post by Sweet SugarBelle
I now can say all my cookies are equally thick! The dowels work perfect!

November 23, 2011

Fishing Cookies

At my Gramps 90th Birthday party a few months ago there was some major cookie stealing going on at the
tables.  I think my dad ended up with more than a few.
I made some fishing cookies for his Birthday, packed them
tight in lots and lots of  bubble wrap then crossed my fingers that they would make it
500 miles north..
they arrived safely! Thank you USPS! 
I'm still trying to remember what cutter I used for the fish net.  I know it was something like a baseball cap or something but can't remember where I bought it and what exactly it was for.  Worked great as a net.

Fishing pole

Wilton Tshirt cutter
Believe it or not..the fish are the same cutter. I bought 2 and bent one so they would have a different shape. Worked perfectly!

Poppy - Wishing you a VERY Happy Birthday & Many more to come!

November 22, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Picture from a Pumpkin Spice cake I made last year

Pumpkin Spice Cake (adapted from Woman's Day Magazine)

I changed this cake a little bit. I used bundt pan instead of round & I used 16 oz of pumpkin instead of 1 cup. Results..super moist cake!

Serves: 16

Recipe Ingredients
  • 1 box (18.25 oz) spice cake mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Frosting
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream
  • 2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Recipe Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Coat a bundt cake baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Beat cake mix, pumpkin purée, eggs and water in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Bake 35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert, remove pan and cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make Frosting: Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. add in Milk & confectioners'. Stir until thickened. Cool 5 minutes then drizzle on cake.

November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day! 
I'm thankful for everything in my life.
How about you? What are you thankful for?

fondant pumpkin

royal & fondant turkey's

Edible glitter compliments of my sweet aunt & uncle in Bend, OR
A few weeks ago a package was in my mailbox from them. I opened it as I walked down my driveway
not expecting anything I had no idea what they could be sending me.....  I let out the biggest giggle when I saw a multi-compartment sprinkler full of edible glitters.   Super sweet that they thought of me when they saw it.

November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Glitch!!

Happy Birthday Glitch!

Here is his last years Birthday cupcake

Chocolate cake layered with raspberry puree & frosted with whip cream

November 14, 2011

It's a Doggie Party for Casey's 1st Birthday

I put two 12" cakes together. I cut off about 1/2" off each one so they would fit together
The dogs were based off stickers that were used for the party.   The dogs were challenging at first, thankful for this YOUTUBE video that saved the day! 

Part 1 - How to make a fondant dog

Part 2 - How to make a fondant dog

Dog bone cookies for all the kids made with my

My favorite dog out of the bunch..isn't he cute?
The grass was done with Wilton Tip 233
I now own three tip 233's after a panic Friday night when I could not find mine & I had just used it.  Yesterday I went and bought 2 more so I have back up's in my arsenol.

Mrs. Grossman's stickers
that inspired this cake

Happy 1st Birthday Casey! 
After a full night of rain I was so glad the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful SoCal party day!

November 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Rik

Last year I made this for Rik's Birthday ... this year he wanted a German Chocolate Cake.  I made a small 6" cake for him.   German Chocolate cakes are hard to decorate so I kept it simple with a chocolate swirl using Wilton tip 1M.

German Chocolate Frosting
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup white sugr
3 egg yolks, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut

1. In a medium saucepan combine cream, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thick. 
2. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut.  Spread on cake while warm.

Megan & Zac are HITCHED!

I haven't seen the cake & cupcakes set up for the wedding yet, but here's a sneak peek.  I should have some better pictures after the wedding.   What a great date to get married 11.11.11.    Megan could not find a baker to use her recipes (see below) so I told her I'd be happy to do them for her, her way.   I can't wait to see the cake with her wedding toppers! 

Congratulations Megan & Zac!!
Wedding cake waiting for M & Z toppers

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet cake made with Fage Greek Yogurt
-1 box mix, Red Velvet
-1 cup of Fage Greek yogurt, plain
-1 cup water
*Mix together and put in pan

Triple Chocolate Cupcake
- 1 box mix, triple chocolate
-1 cup Fage Greek yogurt, plain
-1 cup water
*Mix together and put in pan

Lemon Cupcakes
- 1 box mix, lemon
-1 cup Fage Greek yogurt, plain
-1 cup water
*Mix together and put in pan

Prosecco Cupcakes
- 1 box mix, white
-1 1/4 cup Prosecco
-1 egg
-1/3 cup oil
*Mix together and put in pan

Cupcakes topped with fuschia & jade hearts
William Sonoma pearlized sugar crystals
Fondant pearls (tutorial here)

November 6, 2011

Fondant Pinwheel Tutorial

Yesterday we went up north to our friends house for a barbeque.  She is a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, check out her work on her blog Stampin' Lab.   Her request was for Red, White & Blue cupcakes even though Independence Day was 4 months ago.    I love seeing pinwheels out of patterned paper so I thought I'd try making pinwheels out of fondant.   It was much easier than I thought & they came out great.

Fondant Pinwheel with royal icing center
you can use fondant for the center if you don't have any royal icing made

You will need:
Gumpaste Glue or vodka (I use vodka)
Square cutter
Rolling pin with pink spacers
paint brush

Roll Fondant #1
Cut a sqare with the square cutter
Repeat with Fondant #2
Place both squares together
Gently roll the 2 together in one direction

Cut the new multi color piece of fondant with the square cutter

Using your knife cut each corner leaving about 1/2" in the middle uncut (see below)
4 corners cut

Place some glue in the middle

Gently fold corner one into the middle & press with the end of your paintbrush to secure
apply glue to the center
Fold next corner in

Continue until all 4 corners are folded in

Place a drop of Royal icing or a ball of fondant in the center
Dry for 24 hours before putting on cupcakes or cake
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