must have wheels

As a mom of two boys, I’m constantly drawn to any party ideas or food ideas that revolve around the things they love… critters, sports and oh yes… wheels. With that in mind, here are a few boy inspired cakes.

The first three are from Parenting.com and the second set are from FamilyFun.com. You can get all the details and templates by following the links. Happy baking!

Choo Choo Train Cake

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Bulldozer Cake

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Dump Truck Cake

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Fire Engine Cake and Race Track Cake

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blue & brown bride inspiration

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I was browsing around and found the most beautiful and smart bridal shower cake/cupcake idea from Cocoa & Fig. It goes beautifully with our bridal shower invitation and decor, but the thing I love most about this idea is that with a few modifications a novice could pull it off.

Fondant is really not as scary as you might think; give it a whirl! You can buy pre-made fondant at any craft store with a baking section and it tints easily with gel food coloring. As for the shapes, the simple ones are done using a cookie cutter. {wink} But if you’re just too terrified, replace the top tier with flowers and make your bride silhouette and other designs out of craft paper, embellishments and ribbon.

Be inspired, be creative and have fun with your next celebration!

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musical note cupcakes

musical-note-cupcakesThese smart musical note cupcakes are from Kraft Foods.com and are a perfect addition to any Rock Star birthday party. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 2-1/4 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (or cream cheese cake icing)
  • 48 Mini OREO Bite Size Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • 2 squares  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted (or Wilton’s candy chocolate from the craft store)

And here are the simple steps:
  1. Prepare your cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 15 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  2. Frost cupcakes with COOL WHIP or cream cheese icing. Top each with 2 cookies for the music notes.
  3. Pour melted chocolate into resealable plastic bag. Snip the corner of your bag and pipe the musical note stems and decorate your serving plate. (NOTE: If you use the COOL WHIP you’ll need to keep the cupcakes refrigerated.)

Happy baking!

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under the sea tablescape

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Whether your thinking about having a splash bash in the backyard or taking a trip to the aquarium, this birthday party theme idea is creative, colorful and lots of fun.

It’s really easy to pull off this table. We offer the plates, napkins, cups, placemats, tablecloths and of course the custom invitations (below), but sorry, we don’t have goldfish. {wink}

As for the crafts and accessories:

  • Cake plate - use a die cut machine to cut out waves (or draw one and then make a template) from a heavy bright blue cardstock that can be found at any craft or scrapbooking store. Then with a drop or two of hot glue, affix it to your cake plates and you’re ready to go.
  • Placecard – we found these pre-painted wooden fish at the craft store as well and just wrote each child’s name on the top fin with a Sharpie.
  • Table aquarium – we visited the pet store and found a fish that could easily live in a vase with a few drops of DeChlor (removes chlorine). We then simply embellished the square vase with our wave die cuts.  
  • Fish placemat – our placemats are rectangle so we made a fish template and trimmed out our shape. It’s easy and fast, but makes a real impact to the table.

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We hope you have a splash!

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independence day sweets

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Okay, say what you will… BUT I swear I was planning to make the exact cookies tomorrow and of course post them here for you. Oh well, I’ll still make them, but now you’re getting them a day early from Martha. Here are the how tos.

And since Independence Day is upon us, I thought I would repost my flag cupcakes. I really enjoyed making these! Here’s the original post with how tos.

Happy 4th everyone!

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hosting a hoe down

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My youngest is turning three and he wanted a wild west cowboy bash. So as you can imagine, I gave him one. {wink} Those who read me often know that he has severe food allergies so I needed to make a cake and treats that were dairy and nut free. (He was released from the egg allergy thank goodness; cake is not cake without eggs!)

Candidly I was really unsure what I was going to do until a few days before the party. I decided on a chocolate and vanilla cupcake tier with a 4×4″ cake (for my little guy) on top. Not only does the tier give the table height, but it also made a clear separation between his cake and the guest cakes… especially since I tried my hand at chocolate transfer. {loved it!}

So for his cake, I could use dairy-free chocolate transfer (trust me you can’t tell the difference in taste), but I’ve only been able to find it in regular chocolate, no white chocolate or other colors, and I didn’t think that was very interesting so I opted for a rice crispy  (which he loves) sherrif badge. No worries, I made more as favors for his little buddies.

However, I did use chocolate transfer for my guest cupcakes. This was actually my first attempt and I was amazed at how easy it is. Here are a few tips:

  1. Print out your design. If small enough put multiple designs on a single sheet.
  2. Tape your template to a cutting board (so that you can turn the image if you need to).
  3. Cover the image with wax paper.
  4. Use melting chocolate (available at all craft and baking supply stores). I used Wilton red, yellow and dark chocolate.
  5. Use a freezer weight resealable bag, heating your chocolate in 8-10 second intervals and massaging it with your hands between heating. (Make sure and insert your connector before melting your chocolate.)
  6. Pipe your design backwards, meaning pipe the design you want to show on top first and then layer the rest of the design on top of it. Here’s a pictorial from the Love-Sweet-Love blog.
  7. Allow the chocolate to cool, peel it off, flip it over and apply. Tah-dah!

As for the cake plate decoration, this part was a lot of fun because I got to use my glue gun! You guys know I love it! {giggle} Anyway, I embellished Martha Stewart’s square tier cake plates (8″, 10″ and 12″) with a 2″ bandana ribbon and twine. I applied the glue to the ribbon and then applied the ribbon to the cake plate. Doing it this way allows it to cool slightly before applying to the plate. As for the twine, I put it on second leaving a two inch overhang at one corner. Once the glue set, it is almost instant, I separated the twine ends and frayed them slightly.

I’ll post more ideas, including how to make the sheriff rice crispy treat, from our bash later this week. So stay tuned and happy baking!

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owl inspired

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I came across these fun felt owls and cute owl cupcakes this morning and wanted to share. Unforatunately I don’t have step-by-step instructions on these… yet. {wink}

The fat little owl craft is from lerylin2, a reader on Martha Stewart.com. Her homemade hoots won a recent contest. She does tell us that she used styrofoam and felt. The pattern looks fairly easy from the image. I think I’ll try it out.

The cupcakes are from Gathering Manna {a recipe blog}, where she not only shows the cupcakes but her table for a owl themed baby shower. You must check it out.

Both of these go beautifully with our owl baby shower couple theme. {wink}

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flower pot cupcakes

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Tis the season for garden parties and I thought these two flower pot cupcake ideas were so super cute.

The first is from Georgia McDonald on flickr. I love the simplicity of them; simple, but very lovely. Just cupcakes with white icing, a fun sucker and gummy leaves with a little cookie or chocolate sprinkle.

The second set will take you a little more time. You’ll need to bake the sugar cookies (and make sure that the lollipop sticks hold in place well; make sure and chill your dough!). Plus, you’ll need to ice them, but I think well worth the effort for the outcome. Nice work Montreal Confections!

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campout cupcake

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I designed these fun camp cupcakes a few weeks ago for my beautiful little boys and of course they go perfectly with our “campout” birthday party theme too!

My boys love tents, roasting marshmallows and fishing, so I needed to incorporate each element. If you’ve not noticed yet, there is also a little sleeping bag in the tent {giggle}. I couldn’t resist piping one since my boys love to use theirs on their beds sometimes! Oh, and by the way, these are the cupcakes I entered in the parenting.com cake and cupcake contest that I mentioned last week.

Here’s what you’ll need to decorate your white cupcakes (use egg whites only to preserve the color of your cupcake wrappers):

  • Hershey bars (2 3/4 pieces per tent)
  • Mini goldfish crackers
  • Fiber one cereal (campfire logs)
  • Cream cheese icing
  • Blue, green and red gel food coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • #46 tip (flat side for sleeping bag)
  • #107 tip (campfire flame)
  • #233 tip (grass)
  • white bakers wire (could use floral wire with non-edible items)

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Using the grass tip, ice your cupcakes. (TIP: You’ll want to add all of your decorations before the icing sets too much so that the grass will act as adhesive to keep the items in place.)
  2. Build your tents next. Take two full blocks of chocolate and trim the third, the base, to 2/3 its normal size. On the base pipe your sleeping bag, a short strip for the pillow and a long strip for the bag.
  3. Melt a block or two of chocolate in the microwave to use as adhesive for assembling your tent. Apply the chocolate with a toothpick and hold your tent in place for a few seconds to allow it to set. Place it on your cupcake.
  4. Using Fiber One cereal as your campfire logs {I know… but they look just like little sticks!}, set them up in a pyramid shape and then pipe a dollop of icing on top for the flame.
  5. Finally we create our fishing pole with a toothpick, I used colored ones, a mini goldfish and bakers wire. Simply wrap the wire around your fish and wind it around your toothpick pole. I placed it so that it is over the edge and then embellished the cupcake with a paper wave design as if they were on an island.

I hope you enjoy my little creation, my boys really did! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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wild west inspired sweets

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So I’m planning a wild west hoe down for a very excited little boy turning three in a few weeks {can’t believe my little one is almost three years old!} and I came across these while looking for cake inspiration.

The first is from Edibly Divine. I love the use of the handkerchief and denim. The second is from Sugar Diva Cakes and my favorite part is the cow hide {I won’t even attempt the cowboy hat}. And the third is from The Mixing Bowl. These are obviously the easiest to pull off since I have cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) for the longhorn cattle and the boot. I like the idea of a normal yummy frosting and then a fondant die cut that can easily be removed if the guest doesn’t care for it.

If you want to see the invite and table decor (complete with tin wares and denim placemats) we’ll be using, check out our wild west birthday theme.

UPDATE: The Sugar Diva shared more detail on how to make her beautiful cake. Here’s what she had to say:

“The hat cake is a 5″ round, 3″ high. I carved off the sides a little to make it look more oval, then I carved the middle top “V” and rounded the sides off a little too. The brim is a 9″ gumpaste/fondant mix circle that I had dry on top of a real hat brim (upside down). I covered the hat with plastic wrap so that the fondant wouldn’t fall through and let it dry there. I actually took the idea from here, but I made my own twist to it because I think that one is taller and flatter at the top than I wanted. I textured it before it dried with a new textured foam mat, like the one you’d use to put babies to play on, the ones with the letters. The other cakes are 8″ (Cow print) and 10″ (Corral).”

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