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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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Trolls Birthday Party

I know I said a trolls post was coming soon in my last post (weeks ago), but I had a vacation last week.  Anyone that travels with small children know that packing for said vacation takes an additional week and recovering from the same vacation takes yet another week.  So here we are.  At the end of April, a friend of mine was having a  joint birthday for her daughters.  The youngest is a trolls fanatic and that dictated the theme.

The order was for two dozen trolls cookies and a small cake for the girls to blow out candles.   Starting with the cookies, I picked out two of the main characters, Princess Poppy and Branch, and ordered come cutters off of Etsy that can be found here.

Doing characters are really hard.  Have I mentioned I need a projector?  I think so.  I think characters prove to be difficult because there is already an expectation of what the character looks like as opposed to a general animal or item that can take on different interpretations.  But when my kids recognized the characters, I relaxed a bit!

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Princess Poppy and Branch Troll Cookies

Once I had my cookies made, I worked on the cake.  I went with a fun, very pink drip cake with some royal icing picks.  It was trolls theme without having the characters slapped on the cake.

 

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Troll Buttercream Cake with Royal Icing Picks

This was a 6″ cake with a chocolate ganache drip and topped with buttercream dollops and homemade royal icing sprinkles.  The pinks coordinated with the Princess Poppy cookies and the blue hearts were added to help pick up the blue in her headband and the blue/gray of Branch.  I think it all tied together nicely.  From what I hear, the birthday girls loved it and that is all that matters!

I have taken a small break in May due to vacation, but graduation season is right round the corner! More soon!

Clara

Tea for one hundred

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Last weekend, my mother-in-law helped host a ladies tea at her church to raise funds. With seating for 100, different members “host” a table and decorate it to their liking with a common theme around tea.  It is a good reason pull our the fine china and to show off your vintage tea pot from grandma. Here is a picture she posted of one of the tables.

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Lady’s Tea Table

I was unable to go due to my sons baseball pictures and first baseball game (which got rained out) but I did offer a helping hand.  She asked if my mom and I could make tea cup and tea pot cookies as the dessert for the event.  She wanted them individually wrapped so they could be set at each place setting.  My mom is the one who has the cutters for this and had been practicing designs, so I really played a backseat roll in this one.  She baked all the cookies, packaged them, and delivered them.  I just showed up to decorate with her which is the best part.

We mostly stuck to her designs except for one.  I like to operate without much of a plan and changed one of them….luckily mom was in agreement and to decorating we went!  I worked on the polka dot design while she worked on the roses and flower inset cookies. We spent about 4 hours decorating and got nearly all of them finished.  I think she had to put some finishing touches on some the next day due to drying time.

Each one was placed in a bag and topped with a floral spring paper.  It was a cute addition to the ladies tea this year and from what I hear, they were a hit!

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I am almost caught up through April, one more to go! Be on the lookout for a Trolls party.

Clara

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Woodland Critter Cookies

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About a month ago, my cousin Betsy featured my veggie cookies and garden theme cake on her blog MelandBetsy. As a result, I had a couple of her friends reach out to me for some cookie orders.  One of those was for these woodland critter cookies for a birthday play date at a local park.  The great thing about these being Betsy’s friends is that she goes to the parties and takes pictures for me!!!  Thanks Betsy!

The request was just for woodland theme cookies, and any critters or trees, acorns, and the like were fair game.  In an effort to not go and buy a number of cutters, I used a standard cutter and put different critters on each.  I found some ideas on Pinterest and went to work.  Now let me tell you…..these cookies ended up being way more challenging that anticipated.  Free handing critters on cookies, even while looking at a picture, is HARD.  I probably redid the raccoon three times before I finally went for it.  Each time I do a new cookie, I am validating my case for a projector.

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Anyway, once I had finally got my critters on the cookies, I decided to accent a few with white icing.  I felt like they needed something more but I didn’t want to over do it.  I think the end result was just what I was looking for.  The cookies were a hit at the party, and thanks to my cousin, I have some cute photos to show for it!

Clara

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All the Wild things….

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Did I mention that April has been crazy?  I think I did.  Work has been nuts, kids have had so many activities, and we have had a lot of other family stuff to get done this month.  Now that it is May 1st, I can get caught up more on my April baking adventures… 200 cookies, 30 cupcakes and 6 cakes later.

A couple weeks ago, I had two parties with one common theme…..WILD!  One was a “Where the Wild Things Are” party, and the other was “Young, Wild, and Three.”   While they were both WILD, they could not have been more different.  One was fit for a prince with gold crowns and black and white arrows while the other was girly-girl with pink and teal feathers and arrows.  Both were very cute.

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Where the Wild Things Are Cookies

Where the Wild Things Are was a cookie order with a small smash cake for a one year old boy.  The request was for crowns and arrows in a gold, black and white theme.  I have started using Americolors because of their production in a peanut free facility, so I had some playing around to do with the gold color since I had used Wilton colors before. I bought this starter Americolor set from Amazon, and so far, I have been able to make every color I have needed.  It seems expensive, but the colors come in 4.5oz bottles that will last awhile.  The gold that I was looking for was more of a yellow gold since it comes from a story book as opposed to a true gold.  I ended up using 10 drops of yellow and 2 drops orange with a touch of red.  It was the exact color I was looking for for the crowns.

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Where the Wild Things Are Crown Cookies

The arrows were requested to be black and white.  After starting on them, they started to not tie into the theme and looked a little skeleton like.  So I added touches of gold to some of them to help tie everything together.  I got the cookie cutters for both of these off of Amazon here and here.

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Where the Wild Things Are Arrow Cookies

After the cookies were complete, I worked on the little smash cake.  The customer just wanted a little simple smash cake for the birthday boy.  I used some of my extra icing to make a little crown topper.  I iced the cake in my standard buttercream and used some chocolate ganache to make a drip to tie in the black color.  It turned out so cute!

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Where the Wild Things Are Smash Cake

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Where the Wild Things Are Party

Young, Wild, and Three

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Young, Wild, and Three Party

The second party was the Young, Wild, and Three party for high-school friends of mine.   They wanted cupcakes and a cake for the birthday girl.  They sent me the invitation and some of the decor with the colors and a few ideas, but told me to just run with it.  I find that for kids birthdays, simple white cupcakes and buttercream works best from a mess perspective.  With that kind of blank canvas, it allows me to make cute little cupcake toppers that will stand out!  I started my royal icing cupcake topper a couple days ahead of time.  I made some templates that I could put under wax paper and taped them to cookie sheets to that I can easily move them around my kitchen.  Even with my expanded island, I feel like I am always looking for more space.

The night before the party, I baked up all the cupcakes and topped them.  The cake I decided to make pink so that the birthday girl could have something a little more colorful to blow her candles out.  Like the Where the Wild Things Are party, I used my extra royal icing to make a little tent as a topper for the cake.  Everything turned out really cute and this may be one of my favorite color combos to date.   I dropped everything off the night before the party and forgot to take pictures (GRRR), but they sent me some when the party was all set up the next day (YAY).

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More fun cookies and cakes are coming, so keep a look out!

Clara

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

Clara

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