lemon blueberry cake

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This summer I’ve been in love with the blueberry and lemon flavor combination. We had friends coming over, I was running behind… you know the scenario.

I had planned to make a semi-homemade cake using a Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix, but totally ran out of time. So instead, I baked the cake (exchanged oil for apple sauce, healthier but not as fluffy), warmed the Duncan Hines lemon frosting into a drizzle and topped with fresh blueberries. Everyone thought it was amazing. Just the right hint of lemon for a dessert on the run!

Lesson: Not everything delish has to be from scratch. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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By the way, not a paid post, just loving the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake mix!

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free fondant cake decorating class

free cake decorating class

Good morning everyone! I’m so excited to share a new online cake decorating class going on over at Craftsy!

And the best part… it’s FREE! {woo hoo!}

Basic fondant techniques, taught by Elisa Strauss, is for beginner cake decorators and teaches the fundamentals of fondant. She’ll teach us the process of rolling out fondant and covering round and square cakes (I could use a lesson in square!). You follow along and cut out and attach buttons, flowers and bows all with easy fondant applique methods. You’ll also learn to color and flavor fondant!

Here’s the complete lesson plan for fondant tips and tricks… and remember  it’s FREE!

cake class lesson plan

Enter this FREE cake decorating class now! You can attend anytime and anywhere. I know I can’t wait to get started! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

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father’s day {gone fishing cupcakes}

Fathers Day Cupcakes

Father’s Day is this weekend and my hubby and the boys love nothing better than going fishing together. Worms and stinky fish… boys! {smirk} So I whipped up some “Gone Fishing” cupcakes to help us celebrate this Father’s Day!

By the way, a few days ago I shared my Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes and how the boys listed out what they thought of when they thought of their dad. Well, behind mowing the grass {grin} was fishing!

So here’s what you’ll need to make these Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakes:

  • Wilton Candy Melts in blue and lime green (for chocolate transfer fish), available at craft stores
  • Cupcake baked in a white wrapper
  • Icing tinted with gel food coloring (green for grass and some blue for the water)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Wax paper
  • Lollipop sticks, 4″
  • White fabric covered stem wire
  • Optional: #233 Wilton “grass” icing tip and connector (available at craft store)
  • Optional: Blue pattern cupcake liners

Easy how to steps for making your own Father’s Day gone fishing cupcakes:

  1. Blue (water/waves) icing – tint icing blue. Using a spatula or butter knife, ice the entire cupcake blue pulling the icing on one side upwards with a swiping motion to look like waves.
  2. Green (grass) icing – tint icing green. Pipe grass with a #233 Wilton icing tip. Just snip a corner of a resealable plastic bag, add an icing connector and icing tip. Fill with green icing and pipe tall grass on half of the cupcake as shown
  3. Make chocolate transfer fish – place 8-10 blue candy melt wafers in a resealable bag and microwave in 8 second intervals until melted (likely three times). Snip corner of bag and pipe simple fish shape on wax paper. Allow to set for 10 minutes or until solid. Place 4-6 green candy melts in a resealable bag and melt. Snip small hole in one corner and pipe scallops on each fish. Allow to set 10 minutes or until solid.
  4. Make fishing poles – Cut four inch pieces of stem wire, wrap one end around a lollipop stick and slightly curve the “line” with your finger so that the fish will set on edge of the water/cupcake.
  5. Attach fish to pole – place a small dollop of blue chocolate on the back of the fish and attach the line. Allow to dry.
  6. Insert pole into cupcake – insert the lollipop stick in the grass, at the edge of the water. Place the fish at the edge of the water to give it extra stability.

Styling tip:

  • Cupcake liners – bake in white cupcake liners and then top with your pretty/colorful liners so that they look fresh and crisp.
  • Serving tray – cut strips of various hues of blue and criss-cross to line tray for the appearance of water.

gone fishing cupcakes

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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monsters university {mike cupcakes}

Monsters University

Have you seen the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University?! Well my sons have. And my youngest even changed his birthday party theme to a Monsters University movie viewing… After I had already bought favors for his super hero birthday party… Well, like any good mommy I took them back and we started over. Thank goodness we hadn’t gone too far down the party planning path yet. {grin}

So as we pull the party together I’ve started to craft and bake of course.

These fun little Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes will likely make an appearance on the big day.

Monsters University

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes. (I also recommend the chocolate be Wilton Candy Melts available at your local craft store, plus you’ll need wax paper, glass bowl and resealable plastic bags.)

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Chocolate transfer legs and arms. Draw a quick outline, stick version is fine, of bent arms and legs. (Check Mike out here for inspiration.) I suggest bent so that the arms can be connected at the top and bottom. Melt green chocolates in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals, snip the end, and pipe onto wax paper. Never done chocolate transfer before? Check out my how to video for another project.
  2. Coat Mike’s body (aka plain donut hole) in chocolate. Melt green chocolates in glass bowl, spoon over donut holes, insert lollipop stick and allow to dry (standing is best if you have a cookie cooling tray you can use).
  3. Chocolate transfer eye. Melt white chocolate in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals. Make a round dot for the white of his eye. While still wet add a large blue confetti candy.
  4. Make Mike. Insert the lollipop with Mike’s body into an iced cupcake. Attach arms at mid and top of Mike with a dot of green chocolate. Attach legs at bottom of Mike with green chocolate. Bottom of legs will set in wet cupcake icing. Add Mike’s eye with another dot of green chocolate.
  5. Add horns and mouth. With white chocolate, pipe on squiggly mouth and horns.

Monsters University

If you weren’t excited about Mike and Sully heading off to Monsters University before, I hope you are now! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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father’s day {lawn mower cupcakes}

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’ve whipped up a fun cupcake idea. Lawn mowers!

When I asked my boys about their dad and what they thought of when they thought of him, I got a ton of loving sweet words! Unfortunately there were only a few I could imagine as a cupcake. {grin}

One of my favorite was his lawn mower. You have to understand. My hubby LOVES his grass. Where I find crafting, baking, gardening…etc. therapeutic, for their father, it’s his lawn. He’s constantly working around the yard. We only have an acre, but it is amazing that he can always find something to do. Trimming trees, edging the sidewalk, mowing the grass, pulling weeds out of the flower beds, working in our little vegetable garden (tucked next to the deck in the backyard). Something. Always.

Fathers Day

So here’s what you’ll need to make these Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  • Mini Hershey’s candy bars for mower
  • M&Ms for engines (variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Chocolate sixlets for wheels (again, variety if you want them to be colorful)
  • Wilton Candy Melts (for chocolate transfer handles), available at craft or baking store
  • Cupcake
  • Icing (tinted green for grass)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: #233 Wilton “grass” icing tip and connector (available at craft store)
  • Optional: Green or green pattern cupcake liners

Easy how to steps for making your own Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakes:

  1. Icing – tint green and ice top of cupcake (will be base and look like mown grass).
  2. Make handles – place six candy melt wafers in a resealable bag and microwave in 8 second intervals until melted (likely three times). Snip corner of bag and pipe handle on wax paper (be careful to make sure your handles will fit on the mini candy bar). Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  3. Add wheels – place four sixlets on grass/icing
  4. Attach mower – pipe a dollop of candy melt (same bag that you used to pipe handles) on the top of the four sixlets, add mini candy bar and hold for five seconds.
  5. Add engine – pipe a dollop of candy melt on the center of the candy bar and top with an M&M
  6. Attach handles – pipe a dot of candy melt on the edge of the candy bar and attach the chocolate transfer handles (holding for five seconds until they set)
  7. Optional tall grass – I made my cupcakes look only partially mown {grin} by piping taller grass with a #233 Wilton icing tip. Just snip a corner of a resealable plastic bag, add an icing connector and icing tip. Fill with green icing and pipe tall grass on half of the cupcake as shown

Styling tip:

  • Cupcake liners - bake in white cupcake liners and then top with your pretty/colorful liners so that they look fresh and crisp.

Lawn Mower Cupcake

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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cotton candy {treats}

Cotton Candy

My boys always beg for cotton candy and honestly it’s one of those treats that I try to avoid because the bags are too big and the sugar rush is even bigger!

So in the baking isle I spied the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations icing. All the cotton candy taste… in small portions… so I decided to give them a whirl!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

To make them a bit more fun than regular cupcakes AND to give the boys the illusion of a cotton candy paper cone {grin}, I baked them in sugar cones with chocolate chips in the batter. Admittedly I’m not much on tons of icing, but the cake in the sugar cones, with a little icing, was super yummy! My oldest loved them just as they are. My youngest, like me, wanted more of just the cake in the cone.

Here’s what you’ll need to make chocolate chip batter cupcakes with cotton candy frosting:

  • Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake Mix (+ ingredients)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations with Cotton Candy flavor packet
  • Sugar cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Deep baking dish
  • Dairy-Free Option: replace butter in batter with 5 tsp Smart Balance Light and Enjoy Life chocolate chips

And the simple instructions:

  1. Prep batter as box directs (substituting the options above if you want dairy free)
  2. Cover baking dish in aluminum foil, cut “X” every 2.5 inches
  3. Insert cones upright
  4. Spoon one tsp of batter in cone, add five to six mini chocolate chips, repeat until 3/4″ from top of cone
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Mix icing as directed, spoon into resealable bag, cut an “X” in one corner of the bag and pipe icing on in circular motion.

Cotton Candy

A little fun treat to kick off the summer. Also perfect for a circus themed birthday party. By the way, the stands are actually icie cone stands from Target. I use them all the time in the summer!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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lemonade cupcakes

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Love cupcakes? Love lemon? You’ll love these easy lemonade cupcakes!

With summer just around the corner, lemon is my go to dessert flavor. And these light and creamy lemon cupcakes dressed up to look like a sip of sunshine are a fun and creative way to celebrate!

What you’ll need:

  • Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  • Duncan Hines Creamy Lemon Supreme Icing
  • Fresh lemon juice (to flavor… I like to squeeze in a whole medium size lemon)
  • White cupcake liners
  • White and yellow paper straws (cut in 1/3)
  • Optional: replace oil with apple sauce

Instructions:

  • Prepare batter and bake cupcakes as instructed at 350.
  • Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon icing into a resealable plastic bag, snip an “X” into one corner and pipe the icing in a swirling motion.
  • To garnish, set iced cupcake into a second (slightly stretched out) paper liner and insert a paper straw

Do your kiddos like to have a lemonade stand in the summer? My boys always try it at least once when all the neighbors are out on a busy Saturday afternoon. Well, these cupcakes will surely be the star of the stand!

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rice krispies cake + free printables

rice krispies cake

My kiddos love Rice Krispies Treats… okay… I love Rice Krispies Treats too… and I really wanted to try my hand at a Rice Krispies Cake.

So with Memorial Day celebrations and Fourth of July parties and picnics just around the corner, I decided to make a patriotic red white and blue themed Rice Krispies Cake plus FREE printables for my latest contributing post at Red Barn Blog.

Hop on over for all the details and the freebies!

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princess cupcakes {video tutorial}

Have a little princess in your life? Planning a princess birthday party?

In my latest video craft tutorial with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, as their Creativity Made Simple Craft Influencer for the month of May, I share how to make simple princess cupcakes with just a few supplies from the scrapbook section.

My favorite finds, which you’ll see in the video, were the crown embellishments from Martha Stewart Crafts and the chevron papers from a new DCWV birthday party pack.

For more easy and creative craft video tutorials visit my You Tube channel. And I’d love for you to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. I have tons of new tutorials planned!

And if you’d like to learn more about JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store’s Creativity Made Simple campaign, which is all about finding the time do what you love when life gets busy, hop over to my feature on the Creativity Made Simple site. Yep, that’s my face on the homepage. {giddy}

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10 delicious brownie recipes

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Hi everyone, it;s Bridget!

I’m a sucker for a great brownie recipe! Actually, I’m a sucker for anything chocolate, but brownies are my ultimate weakness! {smirk}

From simply sweet to richly decadent, I collected my favorite brownie recipes to share:

Does anyone else have a chocolate craving now?! {wink}

Of course, I wanted to share the Brownie Bite Kisses that Kim made for a sweet Mother’s Day treat. How do you stop with just one of these lovelies?  And for those sweet lovers who aren’t so sweet on chocolate {gasp}, I added the Orange Brownies from Laughing Spatula to round out our mix.

For more cookie, brownie, cake and party ideas, join Kim on Pinterest!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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