Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkeys

I am really starting to enjoy making decorated sugar cookies.  There are so many possibilities for techniques and designs!  These were especially fun because they were for our Thanksgiving celebration.  Originally, I planned to put each person's name on the turkeys as place cards, but decided not to risk it and that simple was best.  They were a huge hit, and now it's time to start thinking about Christmas cookies!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wedding Celebration

A couple requested that I make them a wedding cake for just the two of them.  They were getting married in a private ceremony, and wanted to celebrate that day (and what better way than with cake?) and also save some for later.  They have had my cupcakes before, and loved the blueberry lemon ones.  So, for their cake, I just expanded on those flavors.  The cake was lemon with lemon cream cheese and blueberry jam in the center (one layer).  The cake was iced in buttercream, with buttercream flowers, chocolate monogram and carrot cake bites for the pumpkins on top.  I enjoyed making this for them and going outside of my comfort zone.  Cheers!

Birthday Cake Donuts

I had the opportunity to do something very fun and very different for an 8th birthday party.  The party was a pool party, and the birthday girl wanted glazed donuts, but have them look like life preservers and innertubes.  To say this was a challenge is putting it mildly!  However, I think they turned out ok; at least, the birthday girl and her guests enjoyed them, and that's the most important thing!  By the way, how awesome is it that she wanted donuts instead of cake?!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Cake Pops

Although I've been doing cake bites for some time now, cake pops, especially decorated cake pops, are on a whole different level for me.  This past week, I had the opportunity to make 150 Halloween themed cake pops.  One was for a party, and the other for an Elementary School class party.  These were so much fun to do!  I hope the customers were as happy as I am.

For the larger Halloween Party, there were a grouping of four different characters: Candy Corn; a ghost; a Witch; and Frankenstein. Each was a different flavor: Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting; Pound Cake with a Cool Whip/Cream Cheese/Cheesecake icing; Chocolate Cake with Mint icing and Andes mints; and Apple Cider Cake with Apple Cider Frosting.

For the school party, the Frankenstein pops were Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, and the test tubes were Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting.  Kid-Friendly flavors, but so much fun!  These test tubes were fun to "experiment" with (ha).  I really had no idea how to go about developing them, but I think they turned out well!  Notice the "liquid" on the bottom, how it swirls, and how the test tubes are "bubbling over".  Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First Birthday Party for Z

This birthday party was so  much fun! The colors were hot pink, white and black with polka dots, and brought to us by the letter "Z" and the number "1".  I'm thrilled with how the sugar cookies turned out!

Now, to be clear, I DID NOT MAKE THE CAKE.  The only thing I did were the black and pink monogrammed dots.  I did make the letters "Z" "O" and "E" out of chocolate (and made to stand up in the cake), but her mom and aunt covered them with a sugar transfer.  Props to them, because the cake was beautiful and delicious!!  I'm honored that they wanted me to be a part of it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sugar cookie fun

In one week, I had two different events: a first birthday party for a baby boy and a wedding/rehearsal dinner.  I had a blast decorating these cookies!  As I learn more about sugar cookie decorating, I am becoming more confident.  I enjoy trying new things, and I got to try some new products!  Personalized cookies really help make your event extra special.

Monograms are always a good choice,  in any style or color.  This black/white combination was clean and simple.

Bride and groom cookies for the happy couple!

A couple of different styles for the wedding dresses.

The first initial of the birthday boy.

1st Birthday party for my baby!

I cannot believe that my little girl is ONE!  For her first birthday party, the theme was--what else?--cupcakes! 

Cupcake tower we made for the party with the smash cake.

My baby's smash cake!  Vanilla cake/buttercream.  I had SO much fun decorating this!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

50th Anniversary

The ever-popular cake bites made the perfect dessert for the 50th wedding anniversary of a wonderful couple.  They were having an open house, and the bride wanted these cake bites to complement their wedding colors and to have something available throughout the party (they were getting a cake from the same baker that made their wedding cake; how neat!).  These were chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and carrot cake with cream cheese icing, all drizzled with colored chocolate.  The couple loved them, and I'm so thrilled I was able to be a part of their special celebration!

Special box for the customers (see above picture).  This way, I know that they are able to get some treats, and I can show my appreciation.

Placards to show the flavors, give allergy information, etc.  Plus, something pretty is never a bad thing!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This is going to require milk.

Now this is a Birthday cake!  Chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips throughout, peanut butter frosting between the layers and piled on the cake, drizzled with chocolate and cake crumbs.  This cake means business.  It also shows that your desserts don't have to be super fancy to be showstopping!  This cake is very simple, but the simplicity speaks volumes.  Don't you just want to dig in?!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Small afternoon party

A small gathering with friends, snacks, and cupcakes; what could be better?  This simple setup shows that even on a small scales, treats can be stunning.  Contact me for your next get together, afternoon tea, Mary Kay party, church luncheon, or business meeting!

Hummingbird cupcakes: Vanilla cake with coconut, pineapple, toasted pecans and cream cheese frosting.  Mixed fruit, cheese/crackers, cookies!

Wedded Bliss

What a fun way to celebrate love than with dessert?  The lovely couple were having a dessert/coffee/wine reception, and the bride wanted some cookies and cake bites to compliment their cake.  The cookies are vanilla-almond sugar cookies with royal icing and chocolate monograms.  The cake bites are chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (green icing) and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (yellow icing).  Can you say heavenly?! 

Labels so the guests know what they're biting into!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Celebrating Spring...with Chocolate!

I love cake bites.  They're fun, they're simple (and beautiful and delicious!) and they make such pretty presentations.  They can be changed up to fit any theme, any event, any party, any season.  These particular little beauties are all chocolate, but, as with most of my desserts, they can be changed up and as creative as you'd like!  I love trying different flavor combinations.  Previous yummies have been chocolate raspberry brownie bites, red cake balls, oreo cookie truffles, carrot cake truffles, lemon, strawberry cake dipped in chocolate...what is your favorite cake flavor?  What would you like to try in cake ball form?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine treats

When you want to show someone in your life how special they are, why not do so with some yummy treats?
Peanut butter and strawberry jam thumbprints

Sugar cookies with white chocolate chips and crushed honey roasted peanuts; a request from my husband.  Surprisingly good, and an example of a personalized treat!

Sugar cookies!

Who doesn't love sugar cookies?