Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mint Oreo Cupcakes

I just had the urge to try new things, so this is the first thing that I've really tried to create on my own.  Homemade cake and frosting. YUM. I brought these to work and everyone devoured them. 

And there were so many! This batch made like 36.  And they're so delicate looking.. I loved these.

My First Cupcake Gig: Graduation!

I got my call for my very first paid event.  It was magical.  I had to make 75 cupcakes for a graduation party for my boyfriend's cousin and it was sooooo much fun.  I decided to go with three different kinds so that I made 25 of each kind.  Worked a lot easier except for the fact that most batches go by the dozens... oh well.  Tons of extras to eat right?  So I went with...

Respectively, Red Velvet with a Cream Cheese Frosting.  Surprise, surprise, it was boxed.  I added chocolate sprinkles around the rim for some more color, and topped it off with a fondant diploma.  In the middle is again, boxed funfetti with store bought vanilla frosting.  Yeah not too hard... but those caps were! I adapted off this fellow blogspotter and genius.  Incredible.  Lastly is my FAVORITE cupcake of all time that I found on my personal favorite food blogging site, Annie's Eats, linked to the right of my page.  MAGNIFICENT. :)  Here's a better picture of all three that I made:

It was an awesome experience that definitely opened doors for future "gigs". :)

Happy Easter!

I went baking CRAZY Easter weekend this year.  As you can see...

Funfetti cupcakes with store bought fondant.  Cut out cookies with Royal Icing, again adapted from Annie's Eats.  The bunnies were the hardest to do particularly because of the shape of the cutter.  I didn't find my other bunny cookie cutter that was just of the face until after I baked these.  Womp.. womp..  Moving on,to the right are brownies decorated with vanilla frosting, molded using Wilton silicon baking ware.  Genius, I tell you.

Batman. Need I say more?

So my boyfriend is insanely obsessed with Batman.  I can't really talk much about it because I'm sure he'll see this and will deny everything.  Last summer I bought him Batman cufflinks... yes.. cufflinks.  He'll find any excuse to wear them.  It's adorable, really. :)  So for his 21st birthday this past year, along with several other gifts, I baked him cupcakes with.... well, I'll let the picture speak for itself.

I had to cut those babies out with a pearing knife, because believe it or not... I don't have a batman cookie cutter.  Tedious.. but well worth it.  And because I used a startip to apply the icing and covered the cupcakes so they stayed moist, they formed around the icing like so:

Christmas with Fondant

I've never really worked with fondant up until this past Christmas when I decided that I wanted to take on this new (well new to me at least) way of decorating.  It was stupendous.

I just used store bought funfetti cake mix and Wilton's boxed white fondant.  Easy as pie :)

A few months later, for a friend's birthday I tried different colors.  I actually didn't have purple gel coloring at the time so I used a TON of blue and little bit of red coloring.

I tried this a few weeks later using homemade marshmallow fondant adapted from a recipe off of Bake at 350, liked to the right.

I Love Random Baking Days

My boyfriend and one of my best friends came over one day and we just baked up a storm.  Karla pictured with our delectable peanut butter Hershey Kiss cookies, Oreo truffles with chocolate drizzle, and peach cobbler cupcakes. :) Just sooooo tasty.

It's actually pretty funny because now that I bake a lot more, I don't eat too many sweets.  These goodies were more for them to eat.. the baking was for me. :)

Peanut Butter Cookies

Yum.  That's all I can say.  Absolutely yum.

Butterfinger Cupcakes

Adapted from Annie's Eats (link on the right).

Pumpkin Cut Out Cookies

Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats (link on the right).

Thanksgiving Cut Out Cookies

Adapted from Annie's Eats (link on the right).

My Very First Experience with Cut Out Cookies and Royal Icing.

This was interesting without a doubt.  It was my first try with cutout cookies and decorating with royal icing.  Now, I didn't know or have meringue powder, so I tried with cream of tartar.... I still don't know the difference sometimes, I'll be honest.

They get better, I swear.