Monthly Archives: August 2017

Primary Color Pinwheel Cake (and Cupcakes!)

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Back in June, our friend’s little boy, Harry, turned two.  I made Harry’s first birthday cake, which doesn’t seem like it was a full year ago!  This year, there was no specific theme.  I was given the below picture of the shirt from Target that he would wear and the order for a cake and cupcakes.

Birthday Boy

I decided to make a cake using the primary colors.  Since there was no theme, I needed a design to put the colors in.  I decided a pinwheel design would be simple, clean, and cute. As for the cupcakes, I went with simple white on white with a cupcake topper.  For the cupcake toppers, I used the “Ka-pow” bubble design as the background and filled them with “2’s”, “H’s”, and “Harry’s”.  Since I already had the royal icing out and colored, I made some royal icing letters and attached them to sticks to put his name on the top of the cake.  I love how the cake turned out.  Sometimes a simple and clean design is the most appealing.  I didn’t take any pictures along the way, but here are some of the final product!

Such a cute cake for a cute little boy.

-Clara

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Graduation Cupcakes

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Its August, but I am still posting back from JUNE!  I am not sure why I am obsessed with being timely about some things and procrastinate on others, but here we go.  Like every year, it has been a very busy summer, so that is my current excuse!

Back to JUNE…..a friend and former co-worker of mine wanted me to whip up some cupcakes for her son’s graduation party.  This is one of those times when you realize time is whizzing by and reminds you of how old you are getting.  Her son is forever stuck in my head as an elementary school boy, obsessed with Harry Potter, and doesn’t want to talk to “girls”.  Obviously, now, he is more than a foot taller than me and off to college, but in my head, he is still 8 years old.

She wanted chocolate cupcakes with buttercream and a cupcake topper in his high school’s logo/colors.  With graduation parties being open house style, she was going to need a lot of cupcakes.  That means a LOT of cupcake toppers.  I make each of these by hand with the help of a template, so they can be very time consuming.

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Royal Icing toppers in the making

I started by making the school shields.  These reminded me of making my Paw Patrol cookies!  I let the shields dry over night so that the red and blue could fully set before adding the white.  This reduces the chance of messing up the sharp lines and helps with color bleeding that usually happens with red.

That same evening I started the shields, I made the R logo that would go on top of the shield.  There was no way I was going to be able to freehand the R on 70 shields and have them look the same.  I printed a template of the R on a separate paper and let them dry over night as well.

The next day, I was able to fill in the white part of the shield and then peel off an R and attach it to the red part of the shield with a little white royal icing.  The shields were now complete.

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High School Logo Cupcake Toppers

The day before delivery, I baked my cupcakes to endure they were cool.  The morning of delivery, I whipped up a batch of buttercream and topped each cupcake with icing and a cupcake topper.  I was able to make some matching sprinkles with the left over icing and tossed in a few extra cupcakes that just had sprinkles on them in case 70 cupcakes was not enough!

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Graduation Cupcakes

I was happy with the turnout and I hear they were a hit.

Until next time,

Clara

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Daddy’s Rainbow Birthday Cake

Soooooo….long time no chat?  Yeah, I know.  It has been two months since I have blogged. This is how my life goes sometimes…in spurts!  But it is for a good reason.  I have been super busy since summer hit.  The family farm has been in full swing and while it is amazing, it is a lot of work.  More on that in a later post.  Today, I am backing up to where I left off in May.   In our house, May is my hubby’s birthday (and Indy 500 Race month).  This year, it fell the week after we got back from a Disney Vacation ($$$$) and he had an uber busy week at work.  We didn’t even get to see him on his birthday.  This actually worked out okay as the kids and I spent the evening making his birthday cake.

I let the kids drive on what they wanted to make for the kids.  I made the cakes and icing of course, but they picked out the colors, mixed the colors and told me how to help them decorate it.

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Weighing various items to make sure the scale worked (so I was told).  Eventually some buttercream was made.

After getting out all the colors, they chose nearly all of them.  Then realized they looked like a rainbow and Daddy needed a rainbow cake!  Not by hubby’s style, but it was kids choice and I knew he would eat any design they came up with. I put 6 dollops of icing in 6 bowls with a color and let the kids mix them up.

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The kids icing colors for Daddy’s cake.

Once we had our icing, I asked what they wanted the cake to look like.  All I got was rainbow.  After giving them 5-6 ideas of what rainbows could look like, they decided a rainbow that wrapped around the cake and in the middle.  So I applied the icing as instructed (even though I thought the red should be on top).

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Base layer of rainbow cake.

After the base layer of icing was on, the rest was up to the kids.  They decorated, fought, disagreed, whined a little, laughed, and decorated some more.  My oldest was becoming disappointed that the younger was not following his design and complaining that it was not pretty anymore.  Regardless, we got through it and in the end, the kids were happy.

The next night, Daddy was home and we got to have our little celebration and eat cake! Daddy didn’t mind at all that it was rainbow colors and said it tasted wonderful.  Now, my oldest wants to be a baker….which I would LOVE.

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Eating Daddy’s Birthday Cake

Until next time,

Clara