Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Scones with my Mama

These bring back childhood memories.
We called them scones but they are basically just donuts.

My Mom would make these sometimes...and they were always eaten so fast that if you weren't there when they were made, you were out of luck until next time.

They are super easy.

Get some of these:

Let them rise.

Make yourself a sugar and cinnamon blend...or even just sugar if you'd like.

Fry up those bad boys.

Then roll the around in the sugar and cinnamon.

Until they look super awesome like this:

Devour them as they are or get yourself some of this cinnamon butter and have an amazing time!


My dear friend Charlotte is having a baby girl next month and I was so excited to bake her something sweet for her shower.

I did the cupcakes for her son's shower way back when...and my skills have definitley improved since then.

Charlotte requested chocolate cupcakes with strawberries.

She wanted purple and lilac colors with a little bit of pink so I frosted the cupcakes with a pink and purple swirled rose.

Then I made a bunch of these with chocolate and sprinkles to sit on top of the pretty roses.

I also offered to make Cake Pop favors.

Here are the final products...all pretty and on display at the shower:

Stay tuned for something similar for ANOTHER baby girl next month!
I love babies!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Dear Martha Stewart,

You're recipes are going to make me fat.

You'd think that would stop me from using them for no reason other than to have a dessert to eat after dinner...but, no.

This recipe has been on my baking to-do list ever since I bought the Martha Stewart's Cupcake 2 years ago.

Oreos, check.

Cheesecake filling and more Oreos, check.

30 filled cupcakes liners ready to bake, check.

Finished product!

So freakin' delicious...

UNO Themed 1st Birthday Cupcakes!

How cute is that theme? If it wasn't a friend of mine who thought of it, I'd steal it.

A friend from High School asked if I could make some cupcakes for her daughter's first birthday party and the theme was the UNO card game.

She asked for the Rainbow Cupcakes seen here and here since the four UNO colors make for a great rainbow cupcake...RED, YELLOW, GREEN and BLUE.

I incorporated the BLACK from the card game by using black cupcake liners.

I made one big batch of Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream and split it up four ways to get each color.

I made three different toppers...1 Cards, Wild Cards and UNO Cards.
All the toppers were made with homemade Marshmallow Fondant except the Black.

This was my inspiration picture that I had to look at a million my cupcake oven mitten? Target.

I was pretty pleased with the finished product.

After a night in the refrigerator, there was a bit of sweating from the Black fondant which gave it a slight shiny look which I wasn't thrilled about.

Here are the cupcakes on display at the party:

Happy Birthday Morgan!

What the Customer wants, the Customer gets!

This Customer wanted a special cake for a co-worker who was leaving after more than 15 years of working as a Vet-Tech at a Shelter.

When she said I probably didn't want to make a cake of a dog on the operating table because it was too weird....I thought "Are you kidding me? That's exactly why I want to do it!"

So I did.

My kitchen was literally a Doggy Crime Scene for a day!

The tools and colors were made to match what is actually used at the Shelter.

And there you have it...a dog laying on the operating table ready to get fixed!

Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache filling and Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream with Marshmallow Fondant Accents