Seester’s Birthday Cupcakes – May 2014

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So today is my older sister’s birthday and I cannot express how lucky I am to have a sister like her in my life! She’s someone who really loves to experience life, and makes friends wherever she goes! Every time we get together it’s like no time has passed, and we pick off where we leave off, it’s always fun to hangout, whether it’s going out and doing things, or just hanging out at home with my little fur niece! I made these cupcakes for her, because I am the BEST SISTER EVER ūüėÄ haha, but seriously it’s because I kinda like her.

The cupcakes are homemade from the cupcake, to the icing. I did not make the cupcake liners, unfortunately I’m not at that level yet ūüėČ They care red velvet cupcakes (my fav) with vanilla icing. Dyed black, and half white to give it a little definition. I then used an edible silver spray to top them off with a little extra shine. They turned out delicious and super cute, not to mention my seester loved them, which is the most important part!¬†

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I had a fun time making these sweet cupcakes, and I can only hope my sister has a wonderful birthday today! I love you seester, and I can’t wait to make you more sugary sweets until we’re old and I forget how to make them, so I’ll make mud pies instead!¬†

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Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

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50th anniversary cake

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This past week, I was commissioned to bake a 50th anniversary cake, and cookies, for a couple celebrating the golden years! They requested a strawberry cake, and white frosting. I baked two sheet cakes, and carved a “5” and “0” out of them, this was my first carved cake, and it turned out pretty well! I covered them both in satin ice fondant, and used butter-cream to make flowers, which this was also my first attempt to make flowers, I was very pleased with how those turned out as well. For the cookies, I used a sugar cookie recipe, and decorated them in frosting, and edible heart glitter.¬†

This was my first commissioned cake order since we moved closer to the city. I am very thankful for the opportunity and I can only hope the couple was pleased whenever they saw it! 50 years of love is always such a beautiful thing to be able to celebrate, and I was so very lucky to be able to help them celebrate that. 

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Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography

 

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey Cake

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I made this cake mainly for my brother, and his family coming to visit. I used a recipe, originally for cupcakes and doubled the recipe to come out with a good amount of cake. I used, whiskey buttercream frosting to dirty ice the cake, and to fill in between the cake layers. I’m still pretty new with covering cakes in fondant so I did end up with a few cracks. I used RKT for the bottle neck, and let me just say this was the first bottle neck I’ve made, so it turned out a little funny. The I tried what’s called a buttercream transfer to get the label of the bottle onto the cake. I was a little nervous with the technique, so there were a few air bubbles, but now I know I can apply a little more pressure without fear. It’s all a learning experience. I am very happy with how yet another first attempt turned out, and I can’t wait to apply the techniques I learned to other cakes, and eventually, another go at this one!

 

Photo By: Patrick Burke Photography

 

Recipe found here: http://www.creative-culinary.com/jack-daniels-honey-whiskey-cupcakes-with-a-bourbon-drizzle/

A present for my mother’s birthday! – 2013

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My mother’s birthday is technically on Monday, but because of me living out of town, and work (you know, life stuff) we decided to celebrate it this weekend. So for her (early) birthday I decided to bake her a “present” it’s a vanilla cake with decorator’s butter-cream, and satin ice fondant. This was my first time covering a cake completely in fondant, so it was an interesting trial. The ribbon was probably the hardest part for me, I had some issues with cracking, but it wasn’t to where it was falling apart. I used a pizza cutter to cut out the tag, and used a gourmet food writer for the dots, and “Happy Birthday” overall I’m happy with how it came out, and my mom loved it! So that made all worth while (: ¬†

 

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography 

Turkey Cake for Thanksgiving – 2013

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So for Thanksgiving this year I decided to bake and decorate a turkey cake for a family get together! Inspired by Buddy Valastro’s turkey cake, I thought I would give it a try. I’m not going to lie, it did not start off too well, I ran into some obstacles, but despite those, I worked around them and gave it my best shot. I am pretty pleased with how the cake turned out considering this was my first turkey cake. This was a homemade, from scratch, red velvet cake with chocolate fudge icing as a filling. I used decorator’s buttercream to dirty ice it as well as for the “feathers” and the neck/head of the turkey. I started the process at around 8:30-9pm after I got off of work, and I had finished it by 2:30-3am. That includes, creating the mix, baking time, cooling time, and decorating time. The family loved it, and the kids got a kick out of it, one of the little girls even called dibs on the ¬†entire neck/head! Needless to say she was on a pretty good sugar buzz after that.¬†

Remember that even though today was a day for giving thanks, you should always take some time out in the “average” day to do the same. Hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and ate until your heart’s content!

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography 

Carrot Cake-Thanksgiving Potluck 2013

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So this week at work, we had an awesome potluck. Everyone brought in their side dish, or dessert of choice, my choice was to make an awesome carrot cake. The cake has two layers, and is covered in cream cheese frosting. Sprinkled in brown sugar, decorated with crushed walnuts, and fondant carrots to top it off! I used the same recipe I used for my Thanksgiving cupcakes, and my co-workers loved it, I’m very happy with how it turned out!

 

For anyone interested in the recipe I got it out of Buddy Valastro’s “Baking with the cake boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets”¬†http://www.amazon.com/Baking-Cake-Boss-Recipes-Decorating/dp/143918352X

 

Photo Cred: Patrick Burke Photography