monster cupcakes in a minute

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Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

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

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

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We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

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

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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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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.

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

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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}

As always, I hope your inspired!

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