Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Baby Shower Cupcakes

I made these fifty baby shower cupcakes for our neighbor Liz who was throwing a baby shower in Ohio! The theme kept with the blues and silvers of winter rather than pink as the Mom to be is not a fan of pink. Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. Very fun to make.

There were 20 covered in white sugar crystals, 10 with homemade white chocolate snowflakes, 10 with baby blankets that say "baby" on them, and ten with baby "stuff" (Pacifiers, footprints, and bottles).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

So I guess it is now tradition for me to try and squeeze too much into my visits home. I just can't help it. For some reason home+Mom+Mom's-fabulous-kitchen-and-everything-in-it=baking! for me. I'll plan months in advance of a trip home what I want to cook for dinner or bake for dessert. I store up my recipes and copy pages out of cookbooks and come armed and prepared to camp out in the kitchen. Part of this trip home was squeezing in sugar cookies. I wanted to try just simple and pretty snowflakes with Mom's new snowflake cutters (so cute!).

We were doing well with the dough all made and waiting for us in the refrigerator, but time snuck up on us and after decorating the tree Saturday night there was just no energy left over to start on the cookies. We were baking/icing/decorating all these cookies up until the minutes Brandon and I had to pack up and walk out the door. Sammy managed to be hired and fired all at once as Mom and my bakery's apprentice (but he did do such a nice job on his cookies!). And Brandon got to show off his white piping skills with a very, er.. original spider man snowflake- nice job hun! (Spider man snowflake not pictured hehe).

Martha Stewart Magazine will be the death of me.

If anyone reading this has come across this magazine and thought to themselves, "Hm, this would be a fantastic recipe to try"- please, I beg you, flip the page. Brandon and my Mom can attest to the fact that this recipe was not only quite difficult but single handedly allowed us to dirty every bowl and spatula in my Mom's kitchen (which is saying something considering my Mom has so many bowls and spatula's we don't know what to do with them all). Maybe it was the fact that my pregnant and irritable self didn't have enough patience while making them, maybe it was the fact that we were rushing out to dinner that night, or maybe it was the fact that there was my beautiful christmas tree waiting to be decorated... whatever the case, these *individual* {cough-cough-GIANT) Martha desserts were more trouble than they're worth. Mom's original chocolate mousse recipe still reigns supreme althought we liked the cake recipe and the mousse had its strong points. We all decided that just ONE of those rounds is enough dessert for 4 people (unless your name is Jacquie and you happen to be pregnant with one very hungry baby girl!). And on a side note I have to mention that little Sammy loved the mousse because it lacked the strong coffee that Mom's mousse (originally my Aunt Sharon's recipe) calls for.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ana's Candy Buffet

Here are some shots of Ana's Candy Buffet. The girls loved it and I thought it came out looking very cute! (Then again I'm a candy lover so how could you not just love a table full of it?!). But special thanks to my wonderful husband ;) who transported and set up the ENTIRE thing with Mr. B since I had to take my Praxis II exam. He did such a nice job didn't he?!

Cake Pops for Ana

These were part of a dessert/candy bar I did for Ana's 8th brithday party. Pictures of that should be up soon! These little cupcake pops were a hit- vanilla cake and vanilla frosting on the inside, chocolate candy coating on the outside.

Cupcakes in the City!

Here's a shot of one out of a set of 50 cupcakes for Brandon's co-worker's birthday at BNY Mellon. Very cute.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nicole and Mason's Wedding

First of all I have to say what a pleasure it was to work with Nicole. She had contacted me about doing her wedding almost a year ago and I am so glad everything ultimately worked out so well! I loved making these cupcakes, the little medallions with her heart and cross bone motif were just so cute to make. There were 150+ cupcakes, devil's food chocolate chip with madagascar vanilla bean frosting, and an 8" top cake to either save for their anniversary or to cut for photos. The only tough part was making that cupcake stand! But eight tall tiers later I was really happy with the end result. Hope you had a wonderful day Nicole!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kelly's Baby Shower Cupcakes

These are a little bit late! But thought I'd get them up here since I had some time... Devils food chocolate chip cake and dark chocolate frosting (Kelly's fav!). Her very talented Mom, Sue, made the oh-so-cute diaper cakes as center pieces.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sammy's 9th Birdthday Cake

Sam got a baby corn snake for his birthday (whom he absolutely LOVES) so I thought I'd give him a snake cake this year. The snake actually turned out looking pretty much like Sam's snake (who I think is still nameless?). Anyway, even though the outside was cool, it was the inside that really came out awesome. I made tye dye cake batter for a fun surprise when Sammy and his sleepover party friends cut into it. I'll try and post a pic of the inside of the baked cake later.

Mom's FANTASTIC Red Velvet Cupcakes

These are hands down some of the most awesome cupcakes I have ever had. I have a weird thing about getting cupcakes to bake with that perfect dome on top (crazy as it sounds, some bakers actually try to get this NOT to happen...) but these come out perfect every time! They are moist and so delicious. We topped them later with a thin coating of cream cheese icing- but they were all eaten up before I could snap a picture!

A Cake For My Uncle

It happened to work out that I was home the same weekend as my Uncle Ward's birthday. My Aunt asked me to make him a cake and pretty much left it up to me as to what it would be about. He loves music and traveling so I went with that. The border of the cake turned out so cute as a piano keyboard, and then the map on top with little red pins stuck in is supposed to represent all the places he's been. I thought it came out very well!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cupcakes for Haley's Yellow Team

Brandon's sister Haley was doing a cheer camp for little girls and wanted to bring in cupcakes for her yellow team. They certainly were very yellow :)

Mountain Dew Cake

I made this for my hopelessly-addicted-to-Mountain-Dew-boyfriend haha. It wasn't anything too crazy but the recipe used 20 oz. of Mt. Dew. It tasted like a sweet lemon/lime cake. The icing glaze is also Mt. Dew and powdered sugar. He liked it and so did I, but like I said, it was nothing too crazy.

S'mores Bars

Who doesn't love graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows? These were incredible (esp. hot and gooey right out of the oven). Got the recipe from the Favorite Desserts issue of Paula Dean's magazine. Really easy recipe that's so delicious!

Berry Cupcakes From Martha's Book

These were SO delicious. The cake was light, fresh and sweet and the frosting was just a perfect amount. Not the fluffy, tall clouds of icing I was imagining, but they were a huge hit. Brandon's Dad is a fan of berry cake so I made this for Father's day.

Ryan's Cubs Baseball Cake

This is probably by far one of my favorite cakes I have ever done. It was really fun to make all the details and all the baseballs and pretty easy to put it all together. The 10" cake sits perfectly on that cake board so that a row of cute matching cupcakes fits as an outer ring right along side the cake. The cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream and the cupcakes are vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.

Pirate Ship Birthday Cake

My first ship cake was a success! I loved making the treasure chest: it's rice krispie treats covered in fondant. The cake is vanilla with vanilla buttercream.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Peek Inside the Diehl Schwabb Wedding Cake

This cake was absolutely delicious! The bottom and top tiers were dark chocolate cake (the batter was literally black) with chocolate mousse filling. The bottom tier also had fresh strawberry filling. The middle tier was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberry filling. So good!

Diehl-Schwabb Wedding Cake

Handmade Roses for the Wedding Cake

Coconut Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream Frosting

I couldn't get enough of these. They were incredible! And that's saying something coming from the chocoholic queen of the planet. They were perfect during the hot few days we had here in Pittsburgh a little while ago. Very appropriate for summer.

Mother's Day Cake for Kim

Made Brandon's Mom a two tier Mother's Day Cake. Best fondant job I've ever done.

Peanut Butter Planet Cupcakes (for Nick)

I'm trying to create a series of cupcakes that go with memebers of my family/friends. For Nick,the peanut butter cup king, I went with a vanilla cupcake with a mini reese's in the middle, dipped in chocolate ganache, with peanut butter buttercream and half a reese's on top.

Business Cards for *You Take the Cake!*

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Last ones I promise!

More Details of Haley's Cupcakes

Haley's Sweet 16

For Brandon's little sis, Haley's, 16th Birthday party, her Mom and I decided to make over a hundred cupcakes. Kim baked all the cupcakes (thank god!), chocolate, funfetti, and vanilla, then she made the buttercream, courtesy of her Dudt Family's famous buttercream recipe (that I have to say is fantastic!). Then I made all the fondant decorations to top them with; lots of flowers, her name in chocolate fondant, and then some with sprinkles. They turned out so cute so I am going to post quite a few of the pictures so they do the whole thing justice!

Food For Thought...

Always approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. -Dalai Lama