Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pink Polka Dot Bikini

I love planning events and parties... I love it so much, I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Recreational Event Planning! After this weekend, I think I have met my match...Shelby's mom, Heather is a NATURAL! For her daughter's 4th birthday, she planned a super-fun polka dot pool party. There were chicken fingers and french fries, adorable polka dot serving dishes, and even colorful paper plates attached to the pool's cabana to look like polka dots! Heather is amazing with details, so I wanted to make sure the cake was no exception.

For Shelby's cake, I made a two-tier Chocolate Cake with Fudge Filling and Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Filling. The entire cake was frosted with White Chocolate Buttercream and decorated with colorful fondant dots.

For Shelby's party favors, I made these adorable polka-dot Bikini Sugar Cookies. They are decorated with royal icing and packaged in cellophane gift bags tied with wire ribbon. Shelby wore a pink polka dot swimsuit of her own... so CUTE!

Finally, here is a picture of Mandi and I with the cookies. Remember Mandi's birthday cake? I just love this girl (and her family too!). Heather, thanks for trusting me with such a fun birthday cake... oh yeah, and tell Eric I mentioned him on the Blog as promised!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My Friend The Marshmallow

Dear Marshmallow Frosting,
Thank you for being the most amazing thing in the world. You can turn any bad day into a great day. I hope to see you again soon.

hahaha! Seriously, this frosting is my FAVORITE. It tastes perfect with chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and just about any cupcake you put below it. For Kierstyn's 2nd Birthday party, her mommy asked me to make Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes topped with Fudge Frosting and Marshmallow Frosting. I finally got to use those green polka-dot cupcake papers... look how cute!

For her cake, I made a mini Vanilla Butter Cake with Pink Lemonade Frosting & Filling. I added a monogram "K" at the top for her name. I hope the birthday girl loved it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Be there, or be square.

I adore square-shaped cakes. They look so modern and fresh. A few months ago, my mom and I stopped in a HomeGoods store during my quest to find a square cake platter, and there it was, sitting on the clearance shelf surrounded by broken picture frames and dust-covered vases. This ceramic beauty was in perfect condition and I couldn't wait to use it. Best of all, it cost less than 10 items from the $1 menu at McDonalds!

Remember the Handy Manny cake I made for Brock? Well, it was his big sister's turn to get a special cake of her own this past weekend. I made a four-layer Vanilla Butter Cake with White Chocolate frosting for Bethany's 9th birthday. I topped the cake with tropical yellow flowers made out of fondant.

Bethany came with her dad to pick up the cake... and I am so happy she did because I was able to see the excitement on her face when she first saw it! Priceless!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I Have A Package For You

I love that line from Legally Blonde when the UPS man brings a package into the nail salon and says, "I have a package for you," and Elle repeats exactly what he just said... CLASSIC. Well, I didn't get to see the UPS man, but he did leave a package on my doorstep today. I ordered these fabulous cupcake papers for some upcoming parties and showers.

Lime green polka-dot cupcake papers... yeah, that just happened.

Stay tuned to see pictures of the yummy cupcakes that I am going to make with these little jewels. Happy Friday!

Monday, June 8, 2009

She's got jalapeno hands!

It's not very often that you meet a friend with whom you share so many common passions and goals. I met Jenny while I was in college and we have been getting closer ever since. She loves baking, cooking and watching the food network just as much as I do... if you can believe that. In fact, I think it would be great to own our own cake shop together some day!

Jenny is so much fun and has the rare ability to go-with-the-flow. For her big 25th Birthday Bash, I wanted to make her a unique cake that tasted delicious too. Since Jenny is a cake connoisseur, I figured I couldnt go wrong with a giant S'more-flavored cake! That is why I made this stacked cake with a layer of moist chocolate cake, a layer of graham cracker cake and topped it all off with marshmallow frosting.

In keeping with our tradition that started back in 2006, Jenny and I took this picture doing what we do best... eating CAKE! We have marked every special occasion (friends weddings, baby showers, football games, and even trips to Savannah) by taking a picture with cake (or whatever food we can get our hands on). Jenny, I hope you had the BEST birthday ever... aside from digging out the jalapeno seeds with your hands... thanks for being AMAZING!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Vanilla Ice-Ice-Baby

I never imagined that finding a great vanilla cupcake recipe would actually be difficult. A few weeks ago, I set out on a recipe testing journey (that's sounds pretty exciting, doesnt it?) to find the yummiest vanilla cupcake possible. This wasn't the winner, but it was a really close stop on the road to vanilla perfection. I used Billy's Vanilla Cupcake recipe (you can find it on Google) and topped it with buttercream frosting.

The cupcakes were light and airy,and had a nice texture. I did find that the next day, the cupcakes were already losing that moist texture... not good for my late Friday night baking sessions for Saturday parties! I guess I will have to keep tasting new cupcakes for now :)

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