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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easy Easter Bunny PEEP cake

Easy Easter Bunny Cake

Easter bunny cakes don’t get any easier than this! Here’s all you need to make your Easter Bunny Peep Cake:

  • Ice a simple two layer cake, this one is chocolate with buttercream icing,
  • Place on a lipped cake plate with sixlets or some other small candy to hide the base of the cake,
  • Pipe a 1/4″ line of icing around the rim of the cake, and
  • Attach the bunny PEEPs in rows of four all the way around.

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easy Easter carrot cake & cupcakes

Easter carrot cake

If you’re hosting an Easter celebration this year, I’ve got an easy carrot cake and carrot cake cupcake idea for you!

I’m over at Red Barn this morning sharing all the details: cake + decorating and styling tips. Hop {grin} on over for all the details and tons more pictures! And if you want some fabulous carrot cake recipes, here are six of my favorites!

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

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love you to the moon cake

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. I know! 16 years! Eeeekkk! Let’s just pretend I got married at age 10 so I can be 26… {smirk}

So for the occasion, and in the spirit of all my super easy DIY cakes lately (nautical baby shower cake, robot birthday cake, Easter bunny cake, patriotic red, white and blue cake), I made a “love you to the moon” cake. I meant for there to be a moon… but I ran out of time. You moms know the drill! {grin}

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flat iced two layer cake (preferably from your favorite bakery so you don’t have to bake)
  • Pink heart marshmallows
  • Needle
  • Cross-stitch thread
  • Pink sixlets (to hide your cake edges); I picked mine up at Party City

Just thread your needle, lightly dampen the sting, and thread the marshmallows. Be gentle or they’ll break/split. Once threaded, just place small dots of icing on the cake sides, make sure your marshmallow string is evenly spaced apart, and attach. It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Friday and Hoppy Easter!

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DIY robot birthday cake

When I posted my son’s 7th robot birthday party I shared my tale of woe… my cake fell off the table as the guests were arriving. I was too upset back then to remake the cake so I could share the idea with all of you. Well I’ve finally gotten over it… sort of. {wink}

At any rate, tah-dah! Here it is. The second cake I ever decorated with party printables (my youngest son’s pirate cake was the first and yes, I still need to post it!).

With printables everywhere, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so it makes me pretty giddy to share how super easy it is. Did you see my DIY nautical party cake? Love that one. And my DIY Easter bunny cake? The Easter printables are FREE!

So here’s how you make this one! Start with a flat iced two-layer cake. This one came from Kroger and only ran me $15 with buttercream icing. Yep. No baking required unless you just want to. {grin}

I cut off the edge of the cardboard bottom with a straight edge and then filled in my cake plate with bright red sixlets.

You’ll need my printable robot cake kit (available in the shoppe Wednesday), which includes the rounds (robot faces and personalized gears with your child’s name or initial) and a set of three large gears, plus lollipop sticks and hot glue.

Punch out the rounds with a 2.5″ punch (found at any craft store or online at Amazon.com).

Cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the round to flat end of your stick. Repeat.

Insert the rounds in the side of the cake, at equal distances.

Next, make the gear topper.

Cut out the gears.

For a 3-D effect, use foam adhesive dots to separate the gears before attaching them to the lollipop stick.

Insert the topper in the cake and you have a very easy and creative robot birthday cake for under $25! Stop in the shoppe to see the entire Robot Birthday Party Collection.

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

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Easter bunny cake + blog hop

Easter is just around the corner and we’ve designed some sweet little Easter bunny freebies just for you!  And we didn’t design just any bunny, it’s a 3-D bunny!  

These Easter bunnies are adorable on cupcakes, but I decided to use them to decorate a flat iced double layer chocolate cake (if you’re not a baker, just ask the bakery at your local grocery store to make one for you without the decorations; this one was only $14 at Kroger).

Here’s how you craft them:

Using a 2.5″ circular punch, cut out the bunny faces.

Cut out the bunny ears, leaving the bases attached so that all your ears are the same distance from each other.

If you want the 3-D look, attach them to the back of the faces with foam adhesive dots.

For the sides of the cake, cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the bunny. For the cake topper, or for a cupcake, attach the lollipop stick to the back of the bunny.

Super easy and I hope you think fabulously lovely! {smile}

Another tip, if you purchase your cake at the bakery, it may have a cardboard edge. Just trim it off with an exacto knife (on a wooden cutting board) and then cover the edges with candies. I used light pink sixlets.

Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and enjoy!

Oh, but that isn’t all! I rounded up some of my talented blogging friends and they’ve also created some Easter fun to share with you this morning. “HOP” over to:

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

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DIY nautical party cake

I’m so excited this morning to share the first of many easy birthday party cakes decorated with printables designs! I created my first one for my youngest son’s pirate party this past summer (coming in a post soon) and have been thinking up ideas ever since. And just this past week I finally stopped long enough to grab my camera and photograph a few.

This cake is perfect for a nautical inspired baby shower or birthday party and a cake printable party set (as you see here and with the option to have personalized) is available in the shoppe along with the rest of my Little Sailor printable party collection, including invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, cupcake wrappers, dessert tags, banners and more, later today! 

Not a great baker?! No matter. Just visit your local bake shop or grocery store and order up a two layer flat iced buttercream or whipped frosting cake. I picked this one up at Kroger for $14. 

Here’s how you get started. The set comes with both anchor and whale rounds (I suggest using a 2 1/2″ circle punch, available at any craft store) and a sheet of red and white stripe paper.

You’ll also want white lollipop sticks (cut in half), a thin dowel (available in packs of 20 at your craft store for $2), a glue stick and your hot glue gun.

Plus, you’ll want some type of candy filler or edger to hide the base of the cake. I used bright red sixlets. And this cake plate, is the medium square cake plate from the Martha Stewart line at Macy’s.

And here’s how you assemble your printable cake designs.

Port holes for cake sides:

  1. Punch out the whale and anchor rounds
  2. Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of one lollipop stick and attach the whale round to the end, like a flat umbrella, repeat six times

Sailboat mast:

  1. Cut out a mast from the pattern sheet (cut out a rectangle with a straight edge paper trimmer and then using scissors, cut a  slight curve in at the sides)
  2. Cut out a flag (long rectangle, 3/4″ x 5″)
  3. Place glue (glue stick works best) on the back side of your flag and fold it around the top of the dowel starting with the stick at the center of the paper. Sure up your edges the best you can and then trim off any small pieces of white and trim out a triangle on the tip.
  4. Place one dot of hot glue on the dowel where you want the bottom of your mast. Insert the center portion of the paper, holding it straight up, not flat. Allow it to dry for 8-10 seconds. Repeat at the top allowing the paper to bow out as if the wind is blowing.
  5. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the mast and apply a anchor round.

It’s one of the easiest cakes I ever decorated, especially since I didn’t have to bake or ice! Hop over the shoppe to see my entire Little Sailor printable party collection, including the cake printable set later today! Want to see a few more of my easy to decorate birthday cakes? Visit my post for an art birthday party and dessert table and bugs & butterfly birthday cake with many more to come!

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

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easy crashing witch cake


A few years ago I made crashing witch cupcakes (just her legs and icing for her skirt) and this year I took it one step farther and made a crashing witch cake!

I used a Keebler sugar cone cut in half for the hat and skirt. The hat has a Keebler Grasshopper cookie as the base and then the bottom of the cone makes up the skirt. Just melt a bit of purple chocolate (available this time of year at craft stores and baking supply stores) and paint it on the hat with a kitchen basting brush, then add a few sprinkles before it dries. For the skirt, roll the edges in chocolate and add a few sprinkles.

For her hair, I cut open a green rainbow Twizzler and spread it out under the hat.

Her legs are orange candy sticks and her boots are Starburst. I just heated two squares for eight seconds each and molded them into the shape of high healed boots. Then I drew on the laces with a food marker. 

By the way, the cake is just a flat iced buttercream cake from Kroger ($5.99 per layer) and the border is alternating orange and black sixlet candies. Super easy and no baking required! {wink}

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art party dessert table

For the third post in our new art birthday party series (#1 art party Crayola crayon craft, #2 create an art gallery) I styled an easy art party dessert table using two sizes of clear paint cans for serving dishes, mini easels (spray painted white for displaying the dessert tags) and bold damask blue fabric; all three items from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), a beautiful square cake plate from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s and several of our new printables and a blue moire tablecloth from our art party collection.

And although the table was full of yummy desserts, my very favorite are these palette cookies  from our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage (available with the rest of the collection in the shoppe).

Because they’re butter cookies, not sugar cookies, they’re soft and literaly melt in your mouth (STC also created placecard cookies for the table so stop back in to see those lovelies or hop on into the shoppe if you just can’t wait)!  And the cake (flat iced with buttercream frosting), before it was embellished, cost me $5.99 per layer from the Kroger bakery.

Other treats included fun paint brush cake pops {thank you again Terri for testing and executing my idea so very perfectly!} and chocolate covered Oreos from Terri’s Treasures,

homemade cupcakes (I used Duncan Hines cake mix and Pillsbury icing since my youngest has severe dairy allergies and both are dairy free!),

marshmallow paint cans (I literally painted each marshmallow with a small amount of Karo syrup, just enough for them to be sticky, rolled them in colorful nonpareils and allowed them to dry overnight on wax paper. Be careful not to use too much Karo or your colors will run.),

bright gumballs (and the mini chocolates around the edge of the cake) from our friends at That’s So Sweet,

and just one more picture of the gumballs because the girls were just too cute! Plus, the applique/monogrammed birthday shirt to the left is available with the art party collection in the shoppe. All the other girls were wearing clothes from Sew Jewell on Etsy.

 

rainbow Twizzlers, apples and oranges. I do like to have a few healthy choices! Oh, and there was one more goody that made the debut at our art party dessert table, more to come on that one in a few weeks with a fun announcement! {wink}

For more art party details, visit my art birthday party collection in the shoppe and my creative Crayola crayon craft idea, how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art, art party photo ops and art party placesettings with edible placecards. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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