Category Archives: Holiday Cakes

Vegetable Garden Themed Play-date

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Earlier this year, my Cousin Betsy started a blog with one of her besties about parenting, organization, and entertaining while wrangling children called Mel & Betsy.  They have 3 children each and are seriously out numbered.  I would say they have figured out a thing or two about keeping those kiddos entertained and engaged.  Back in February, Betsy asked me if I would help with their Easter themed blog post.  She wanted to have a Peter Rabbit/Mr. McGregor themed Easter play-date for the kids to feature on the blog.  My contribution was some vegetable cookies and a small cake….and my rambunctious boys of course.

I was really excited to do this order because how often do you get to make something as ordinary as vegetables into something cute and delicious!  I started with the cookies and made carrots, radishes, and lettuce.  The carrot cutter was a Wilton cutter that came in a three pack for Easter. The lettuce cutter was a flower cutter that I modified a little bit for the lettuce.  The radish cutter was a little harder to find, but I found it on here on Etsy.  Below you can see the progression of each.  I was able to mostly finish them in one night with the exception of the lettuce.  I let the base layer dry over night before piling on the heavy lettuce top.

garden cookie tutorial

Vegetable Sugar Cookies

Most of the royal icing was applied using a tip-less bag.   You can buy a bunch of them on Amazon for cheap.  So far, I have liked these ones the best from the Amazon selection. The carrot and radish tops were done with a leaf tip.  You can get the crinkles in the leaves by shaking the tip back and forth as you move.  The lettuce tips were done with a rose tip in a circular zigzag pattern.  When they were all done and dry, I couldn’t believe how adorable they were!

Veggie Cookies

Vegetable Sugar Cookies

Sticking with the garden theme, I thought a cake with some little veggie rows would be cute.  The cake was only a 6″ cake so the design on top couldn’t be too large.  Like buttercream flowers, I used flower nail to make tiny veggies out of buttercream on parchment paper and stuck them in the freezer to harden.  While the veggies were in the freezer, I iced my cake with buttercream.  Using some leftover chocolate ganache that I had from my french macarons, I covered the top of the cake and added a drip to the side to make it a little more fun.  This gave the top a black background so that when I filled the top of the cake with crushed Oreos for dirt, white buttercream did not peak through the Oreos. I used dollops of white buttercream as a “fence” to hold in the Oreo “dirt”.

Garden Cake 1

Garden Drip Cake with Oreo dirt

Once I was done prepping the dirt, my buttercream veggies were nice and frozen.  I carefully peeled them off their parchment and added them to the Oreo dirt.  The cake really turned out better than I had planned.  I love this one.


Garden Party Drip Cake with Oreo Dirt

Once I got to Betsy’s house for the play-date, everything came together so wonderfully.   Of course, she had a perfect little table to put all the goodies on that made the cake and cookies stand out even more.

Go check out their garden theme blog post for more pictures here.  It was a cute party and the kids really had a good time.


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Poinsettia Christmas Cake

My last December catch-up post!!  Goodbye 2016.  I ended the year on a little Christmas cake for my family get-together on Christmas evening.  What is even better than this cake is the productive day I had on December 23rd when I made this cake.  My work was closed for the Christmas Eve holiday since it fell on a weekend.  However, my husband still had to work and the kids’ school was open until 3pm.  Give a momma a free day and a deadline of 3pm and watch stuff get done! Outside of the usual things that need done the days before Christmas (wrapping presents, grocery shopping, making dishes to take all over creation, etc), I got some quality time in the kitchen.  I had been needing a day that I could focus and stock the freezer with some fresh pasta and this was the day. While I was waiting on cake to cool, I was able to make some homemade spaghetti and butternut squash ravioli in addition to my cake.  It was a productive day and I which I had more of them.


Homemade pasta and cake

Back to cake!  Once my cakes had cooled, I popped them in the freezer for a bit.  Freezing your cake helps keep the cake moist and it is easier to build with when it has a little stiffness.  Now, you would think since I make the same buttercream ALL THE TIME that it would turn out the same each time….WRONG.  Sometimes it is a little thicker than I want and sometimes too thin.  Sometimes I simply didn’t whip it enough or the butter was a tad too cold or warm, or wrongly measured the milk.  This was one of those days.  Let me also say, that this is a really easy fix when you have some patience.  Too bad I lack patience. Instead of putting the buttercream back in the mixer and adjusting, I went with it.  Then when I am mad that the buttercream didn’t turn out the best once on the cake, I beat myself up about my lack of patience. Vicious cycle!  Anyway, I digress. I coated the cake in white buttercream and then added little poinsettia flowers on top using a leaf tip. I finished it with a pearl boarder matching one of the flowers.


Poinsettia Cake for Christmas

Even with the messy buttercream, it was a cute cake.  And since my family loves me and thinks I am wonder woman (mainly my sister), they didn’t notice!  Love is blind.