Monday, September 22, 2014

Owl Cake for Baby Ame

My husband's sister, husband, and kids have been in town for a wedding. It also happens to be their daughter, baby Ame's 1st birthday coming up so the family had a little get together to visit and celebrate. I made a bunch of cupcakes for everyone else but Ame got her own cake. It is a 6 inch round covered with my special guava frosting and a simple fondant owl. At the end of the evening we bust out the cake. Very smart so we wouldn't have to fight off all the other little kids.
 She was happy to be able to grab her food all by herself.
When the cameras came out she kept giving us this look like "why are you taking pictures?" She is a very serious and aggressive little girl when it comes to food. Haha! When she isn't wanting food or eating she is the sweetest little happy snuggler so it was quite entertaining to see her get crazy when it it is meal times. However, she likes to share her food as long as she feels she is getting her own quickly enough.
Lucky for big brother because she was willing to share her cake frosting with him. They were in love with that frosting!
In fact they loved the frosting so much that they licked the cake clean and didn't even bother with the cake. Loved getting to spend some time with these two cuties!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Simple Guava Frosting

This frosting goes amazing with strawberry cupcakes or just out of the bowl. It is super simple too. If you make a cake I like to use this frosting along with my cream cheese frosting. So lick smacking good.
The great thing is that it is super simple to make. This recipe with frost 24 cupcakes or fill and frost a 6 inch two tiered cake.

1/2 can of frozen strawberry guava concentrate (from the frozen juice section)
1-2 Tbs of cornstarch
 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
32 oz Whipping Cream

1) In a small saucepan melt down juice concentrate over medium high heat.
2) Stir in cornstarch with a wire wisk. Continue to stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 
3) Mix together instant pudding mix and whipping cream in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes. Let it sit for a little while and it should thicken up a bit more. You want it thick enough to pipe like a frosting. (Beware of over-mixing. have you ever made butter from whipping cream? That's what happens if you over mix)
4) Once guava concentrate mixture has completely cooled to room temperature (or cooler if you stuck in in the refrigerator to speed up the process) mix it into the pudding whipped cream mixture until it is completely incorporated.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ruffel Birthday Cake

Attempted to make a ruffle cake for a friend of ours. I actually really like the colors.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Caillou Cupcakes

 Last month I was asked to make some Caillou cupcakes for a little man's birthday. Now I have to admit that I strongly dislike the cartoon itself because Caillou just whines way too much and I don't think I'd like my future children or any child I took care of to actually watch the show and learn that kind of behavior. However, in fondant form I fell in love with the characters!
Look how cute they are! Believe it or not Caillou himself was the hardest for me to recreate. Why? Because he has no hair! I do think that these fondant cupcake people toppers are turning into my specialty. 
Since they were going to a birthday party I couldn't let them go empty handed. Daddy brought a gift!

 Rexy dressed for the ocassion. I think he is my favorite!
 Mommy brought some cake.
 Teddy brought a gift.
 Gilbert also dressed up in a birthday Gilbert is a very close second for my favorite behind Rexy.
 And it wouldn't be a party without some of Caillou's friends!

I am loving making these fondant figurines...I wonder who the next subjects will be!

My 1st Smash cake

I made my first smash cake for a 1st birthday photo shoot! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Why are dots so cute?

Friday, June 13, 2014

D.O.T.S. cupcake display

 Our stake's annual Young Women's recognition dinner was last month. I was once again asked to make a cupcake display for this special event where we recognized the young ladies who completed their personal progress this year and those girls who are moving on to Relief Society.
I got a little stressed out about this one but I'm so happy with the end result!
 This year's theme was D.O.T.S. It stood for Depend On The Savior. They asked for lots and lots of dots. The expectations were super high after last year's "Stand ye in Holy Places" theme and display. I was stressed out because how do you make dots cute? To stall my lack of ideas I made a backdrop to start by punching out a bunch of dots and stringing them together. How cute is the backdrop? I really loved how it turned out and felt more at ease knowing that even if I couldn't think of a cute way to decorate the actual cupcakes the display itself would look cute.
 Next I took some containers I had and attached some cake rounds, ribbon, and the letters. I knew I wanted some differing heights and sizes of rounds to put the cupcakes on. I covered the rounds with some cute colors that would add a bit of character to the display as well. In other words I continued to work on the display itself in hopes that some kind of idea for how to decorate the cupcakes would come to me.
 There was a budget for the event and since fondant could get a little pricey I didn't want to do anything where each cupcake had a fondant topping. Plus 180 fondant toppers right smack in the middle of all the birthdays and birthday celebrations and graduations wasn't very exciting sounding to me. So after searching the internet and Pinterest I decided I'd try to make some royal icing dots.
 I watched numerous videos on YouTube for research and said a prayer or two that the decorations would dry. I'd attempted royal icing decorations before but I'd always had problems with them not drying well enough. In Hawaii, when you have no ac in your home like me, the humidity makes any decoration making difficult. The making isn't actually the difficult part, in case you're interested here are the real difficulties:
-allowing the decorations to fully dry
-if they do fully dry how to store them so that the don't re-soften
(when the decorations aren't fully dried they melt fairly quickly once placed on the cupcakes and we end up with some not so cute melting decorations)
 Any guesses on how I get around these problems? 
-I store my decorations in a parchment paper lined t-shirt gift boxes
-I keep the boxes in my oven with the light on (make sure the oven is off)
-although fondant pieces can be made and stored for a few months, I try to make my pieces only a week or two in advance whenever possible because rainy weather will undo previous drying anyways. Plus I don't want my oven to be unusable as an OVEN because it's always storing cupcake decorations.
-Making decorations that can stay on a lollipop stick also does wonders because then they don't have to actually touch the frosting!
 So these are my tricks for fondant and gum paste decorations that I have picked up over the past two years. I'd never applied these tricks on royal icing decorations. Guess what? I piped my decorations on parchment paper instead of wax paper, then stored them in the oven in t-shirt boxes and they dried fully, stayed dry and I was able to peel them off on the day of and put them on my cupcakes! 
Add 4 little praying and scripture reading fondant ladies on a lollipop sticks and done!
Sione said the lesson he got from looking at the display was that if you read your scriptures and say your prayers you will be surrounded by cupcakes. How silly is this guy! I love him! And the girls loved (and leaders) loved the cupcakes so I'd say it was a success.
Check out all the other cute details the stake leaders included that night!
 These were for the girls who were receiving their honor bee.

 Needless to say it was a wonderful night!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Treats for my Sister's Wedding Reception

 When my sister got married and I was in charge of the desserts. It was heavenly and so fun!
 These French Macarons have become such a hit, they were the first to go.
 I'll post the recipe soon I promise!

 Believe it or not these black cupcake tower stands were made with foam poster boards, an exacto knife and some hot glue. They really added a huge effect even though they were so cheap to make. And I could throw them away after so I didn't have to worry about storing them.
 Strawberries, marshmallows and a chocolate fountain were a major hit and took the least amount of work!
 Used both old and new techniques for some fondant flowers. Not sure which is my favorite because I love them all!

I also made a grooms cake (in an hour!) for my Bronco loving brother-in-law. It was a confidence booster since it was my first one and somehow came together. I guess I am getting pretty good at this decorating thing.

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