creative spider cakes

I just had to share these desserts; they really left me spinning! {wink} 

fun-spider-cakes

This first set is from Not Martha. I love the simplicity and the creativity. Not too scary, but oh so much fun. You can find more pictures including details about how to make these for yourself on her blog.

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The classic web cupcake and black and white spider cake from Country Living are perfect for an elegant evening and will likely grace one of many dessert stations at my annual Halloween party. 

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And last but not least, Fancy Flours offers the perfect way to dress up your cake plate with paper spider webs. Lovely!

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pull-a-part owl cupcakes

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I was browsing through my many Halloween decorating books for inspiration staging my own Halloween party this year and I ran across this great pull-a-part owl cupcake from Matthew Mead’s 2008 Halloween Tricks and Treats book.

So many of us are into owls right now and not just for Halloween. I myself have three invitations in my shoppe sporting this nightly creature. As is, this guy would be perfect for my campout invitation and with a few color changes and maybe a nicer demeanor he could be perfect for my owl fun birthday party or owl couple baby shower.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 4 cans icing
  • 2 chocolate glazed jimmy-topped donuts
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • Orange, red and brown gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (freezer weight) with couplers
  • #199 fine cut tip
  • #2 and #5 round tips
  • Offset spatula

And here’s how you pull it together {wink}:

  1. Arrange cupcakes on large round platter (shown at 16″ diameter)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup icing into a small bowl and tint with 23 drops of orange food coloring and 10 drops of red food coloring, mixing until blended for the beak. Spoon 1/4 cup frosting into a second bowl and tint with brown food coloring for accents. Take out 2 large dollops of icing and then tint the remaining 3 cups with 30 drops of orange food coloring, 9 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fit a resealable bag witha  #199 tip. Fill the bag with the orange icing. Cover the top of the assembled cupcakes with “feather” peaks as shown. For each peak, hold the bag straight up with the tip against the cake; squeeze the bag, keeping the tip in the icing until the peak forms; stop the pressure and reposition the tip for the next peak. Work from the center out, rotating the plate; refill the bag as needed.
  4. Place the donut tops on the frosted cake for eyes. Remember those two large dollops of icing you kept out, now pipe them into the center of the donuts for the whites of his eyes and top them with a jelly bean. For the beak, use a spoon to place 3 dollops of frosting on the cake: start with a largish dollop near the eyes, then add 2 dollops below it, each smaller than the previous. Run the spatula under hot water until heated, dry thoroughly and use to contour the beak as shown.
  5. Fit another resealable bag with the #5 tip and fill it with brown icing. Hold the bag at a n angle and pipe the brown outline onto the cake as shown. Change the tip to a #2 and pipe on the squiggle details.

Enjoy and make sure and check out Matthew’s 2009 Halloween book. You can see a preview at MatthewMeadStyle.com.

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oink & moo treats

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I ran across these little oinkers at the grocery store. They were on the cover of a Taste of Home kid-friendly recipies book.  You can read more about how to make these little cuties on the Taste of Home website.

And the other images are from a Stay-At-Home mommy blogger named Deanna. She did a wonderful job of making cow cupcakes, they look similar to the pig design, and fun barn favors in honor of her third child turning 3. You can read more and see more pics on her blog Just Deanna.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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farm animal cakes

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I’m really excited about the new farm birthday party theme that we’ve got in the works. I’m hoping to launch it on Monday, September 21, if the sun holds out for a nice photo shoot this weekend. {wink}

In honor of our farm animal friends, I went in search of some fun cakes and I have to say Kara of Kara’s Party Ideas had some of the cutest!

For the pig she used pink frosting, pink malt balls, pink snowballs, pink necco’s, junior mints, & M&M‘s. And Kara says the pig “did have a tail (string licorice tied in a not) but some little one got to it before this pic was taken :)…”

For the sheep she used chocolate and vanilla frosting, marshmallows, coco puffs, junior mints (for the eyes), a malt ball (for the nose) and string licorice for the mouth.

For the for the cow she used chocolate flavored skittles (who knew they come in cream & browns!), red gummy fruit slices for the ears, malt balls and string licorice. 

Oh, and the other picture some of the super cute favors she gave to her little guests. She has lots more pictures so make sure and stop over at the Kara’s Party Ideas blog to see the rest of her barnyard bash. Great job Kara!

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simply pink party

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Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy had a beautiful pink party for her little girl this summer. One of my personal favorites is the idea of adding height to your decor with non-helium balloons hung from the ceiling on clear fishing line. She combined hers with paper lanterns and embellished her chandelier with fun pink beads.

And not only was the decor pink, so was the food. Check out this fun treat table!

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And wouldn’t you know it, her fun ideas go perfectly with our simply pink invitation and decor {wink}. 

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Even if you’re not planning a pink birthday party or baby shower, make sure and take a trip over to the Pleated Poppy and read her post. It’s refreshingly honest on how sometimes all of our party planning can go awry and drive us crazy to eventually turn out fine in the end because we are determined to give our little ones, family and girlfriends all we have to make their special day the best we can. Good job Lindsey!

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shark cupcakes!

shark-cupcakes

My oldest wanted our deep blue sea birthday invitation and decor for his fifth birthday, but with one special addition… sharks! {wink} With that in mind, I made these super fun shark, life preserver, harbor marker and cork cupcakes from the Hello! Cupcake book (with a few modifications). He loved them!

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electric guitar cake template

Guitar Party Cake

My rock star birthday party theme continues to be very popular so I went in search of a electric guitar birthday cake template to share with all of you. This lime green creation is a Betty Crocker cake! They not only have a cake template, but a how-to video! Woo Hoo!

You can find my rock star birthday party supplies in shoppe.

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

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customer: swashbucklin inspiration

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I was Googling {it’s now a verb!} around and came across a very fun picture of a pirate birthday party. I clicked to see more and realized it was our table decor, pirate ship, gable favor boxes (can’t take credit for the fun stickers) and polka dot & stripe black candles.  It’s rare that we get to see what magic moms put together when they buy our supplies and I have to admit I giggled a little. I still love love love that moms like our designs and decor enough to want it for their little ones. Anyway, I digress! Here is the beautiful pirate birthday party for two twin boys from the erinandaaron.com blog.

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She crafted this wonderful door hanger to greet her guests and this beautiful birthday party banner. {Great work mom!}

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As I mentioned, the party was for twins so they not only had this beautiful cake for guests, but they made it very special and had individual cakes for the boys. {There are our candles!}

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And what’s a party without games. Love the walk the plank! And check out the treasure hunt. If you like what you see here you need to visit erinandaaron.com to read all the wonderful details and resources.

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butterfly cakes

We girls love our butterflies and done correctly they can be both whimsy, like our “butterflies” custom invitation and decor, and elegant, like our “blossoms” custom invitation and decor. In honor of both styles, I went in search of the perfect cakes.

butterfly-custom-invitations

I really love these first two. Both are super simple and come with step-by-step instructions. Yep, you got it. The first one from BrightIdeas.com is M&Ms! All I can say is yum! The second, from BettyCrocker.com, is very smart. I love the use of the candy stick for the body and the jelly bean embellishments.

easy-diy-butterfly-cakes

The first thing that comes to mind for this second group from NickyGrant.com is… stunning. I really like the simplicity of these. You’ll need a steady hand with fondant, but the butterflies could easily be pulled off with a food safe version of floral wire and cloth butterflies from the craft store. Just beautiful and perfect with our “blossoms” invitation for a baby shower, bridal shower, or big girl birthday {wink}.

elegant-fondant-butterfly-cakes 

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ready, set, go! cakes

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to the development of new birthday party themes and in doing so I browse the web for inspiration. I’m not saying that we’re going to develop a theme for you race fans out there… just yet anyway… but I thought you would still enjoy a little sweet inspiration. Here are my favorite race car cakes and cupcakes.

I love that this one from LynnInTokyo because it cuts out significant fondant work by using toys. (I just suggest washing them well before setting them on your cake. Brand new doesn’t mean clean!)

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This one from Treasures and Tiaras uses such wonderful colors. The red, black and white combo cupcakes make a great centerpiece.

red-race-car-cupcakes

And last, but not least, I really liked that this one from Ratutek used cupcakes to make a track. Although the cars are fondant, the grass is easily accomplished with the right icing tip and the track is just black and white icing.

race-track-cupcakes

Happy baking!

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