A friend asked me to make this pink rose cake and these teabag cookies for a shabby chic themed baby shower she was throwing for her sister.
Once I gave her the cookies she was going to put string through the hole with a tag attached to it to finish them.
My mom went to the shower and snapped a few pictures of the cookies (below) after my friend had added the strings and tags to them. The tags had the baby's name and the due date written on them.
Below is a picture of the table with the cake and cookies on it (along with pretty decorations and other yummy goodies) that my mom took at the shower.
Amanda, from i am baker, created these rose cakes and makes them so beautifully. She has lots of great variations, not to mention tons of other great things to check out on her site. One of the best things is that she has a step by step tutorial AND a video tutorial for this technique, which is great to be able to actually see it being done. This technique is easy but it has beautiful and elegant results!
I made this pirate ship cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean for my daughter, Cara, for her 14th birthday.
More pictures and details to come... :)
[Right now I'm just trying to get everything on the blog, then I'll go back and fill in details; you can read a little longer explanation here if you want. BUT if you have any questions in the meantime, in general or about this cake, please feel free to email me by clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page and using the email address found there, and I will try to get back with you as soon as possible. Or you can always ask questions or leave a comment about this cake by clicking the comments link at the end of this post. :)]
I made this golf themed cake for my brother-in-law, Josh, for his birthday.
And, SURPRISE, the cake was PLAID inside! :)
For this cake I used a new recipe that is so good! I had heard about it a long time ago, but had never tried it. It is a white almond sour cream cake. Here is a link to the recipe that I used, and here is a link to the same person's recipe, just written a little differently. I highly recommend trying this recipe out.
So, this is how I made the inside of the cake plaid. After mixing my cake batter I separated it about in half and then took out a small portion from one of the bowls. (Sorry, I don't have exact measurements that I used.) In the bowl with the majority of the batter I added blue food coloring to make a light blue shade. In the bowl with the small portion of batter I added blue food coloring to make a darker shade of blue. I left the last bowl of batter white. When pouring the batter into the pans I used my checkerboard cake pan set. In two of the pans I poured the white batter in the center circle and the outer rings. Then in the same pans I poured the light blue batter in the middle rings. In the third pan I poured the light blue batter in the center circle and the outer ring, and then poured the dark blue batter in the middle ring of that pan. This is how the batter looked in the pans ready to go into the oven.
After baking I flipped the cakes out of their pans after 15 minutes and let them finish cooling completely. Then I leveled the tops of the cakes.
When stacking the cakes I put one of the white cakes on the bottom, the all blue cake next for the middle layer, and the other white cake went on top. I used orange buttercream icing in between each cake layer. (My brother-in-law is a Broncos fan, so I figured I'd incorporate those colors into his golf cake. :) ) Later when you cut into the cake you have plaid inside! :)
I put a 1-1/2 inch strip of white fondant around the bottom of the cake. Then I used a grass tip to cover the rest of the cake with green buttercream icing. I made a diamond template that was 1 inch in diameter and about 1-1/2 inches tall. I rolled out blue and orange fondant and cut out enough diamonds to go around the cake. I attached the diamonds to the white strip at the bottom of the cake, and then drew on the dotted black diamonds with a black food coloring marker. I made mini golf balls and placed them around the top edge of the cake.
The golf tees are lollipop sticks covered in fondant and shaped to look like a tee. Originally I was going to make cake balls for the golf balls on top of the tees, but my golf ball candy mold was still packed from moving, and I didn't have time to find it. So, I just made them out of fondant and painted the letters on with black food coloring. I may have used my black food coloring marker for the letters, I don't remember now which it was. :) I stuck the golf tees into the cake and attached the golf balls to the tops of the tees.
I really liked the look of this cake, and I was excited about the plaid inside! :) And everyone loved the new recipe that I used for the cake. It was delicious. :)
Afterwards I used the cake scraps that were leftover from leveling the cakes to make some cake balls.
Since it was my son, Caleb's, last year at the elementary school I made these cupcakes as a thank you for the staff and teachers that had been part of his elementary years.
For these cupcakes I started out baking chocolate cupcakes and letting them cool completely. I wanted the cupcakes to have a nice round dome shape to them, so I was happy that they cooperated and turned out that way. :)
I made all my red and blue fondant flowers and let them dry. I decided to dip the tops of these cupcakes in chocolate instead of icing them. I wanted that smooth shiny look to them (and I could try out my new white food coloring again :) ). So, I needed everything that I was going to top them with to be ready.
I used chocolate almond bark as my cupcake topping. I melted the almond bark according to the package directions in a small bowl that was deep enough to dip the cupcake tops without touching the bottom. I dipped the cupcake tops in the chocolate and then placed my flowers and pearl sprinkles before the chocolate hardened. Once they were all dipped and hardened I used white gel food coloring to paint 'Thanks!' on the cupcakes.
I was really pleased with how these cupcakes turned out. I thought they looked pretty classy. :)
This is a cupcake that I made for my daughter, Carissa, to give to her GT teacher. I ran out of little red flowers.
This is what the cupcakes looked like without writing on them.
The cupcakes below are the extra ones that I decorated for my family to enjoy.