Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Cupcakes

I made these for Hailey’s Halloween party today. For the stems on the pumpkins, I used a Tootsie Roll, then I just piped on the leaves. The bats were made from a candy mold.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spooky Birthday Cake

Kennady was invited to a Halloween themed birthday party that a friend of mine was having for her little boy and I offered to do the cake. I didn't even start baking until 8:00 last night so I didn't have much time as I was tired and the party was this morning. I cheated and used Brach's pumpkin candies intead of making my own, but I did pipe some leaves and vines on and around them to make them more realistic. I am happy with the way it turned out and Drew liked it so that's all that matters.

Kennady's Halloween Costume

After spending too much time and money last year making Hailey's witch and Payton's Tinkerbell costumes, I decided to keep it simple this year. Luckily the costumes I made last year still fit them, so they have no choice but to be the same thing again. Kennady decided she wanted to be a witch like her big sister. I bought some cheap, black fabric on sale at JoAnn's and made a pillowcase dress. The best part about it is that the fabric doesn't fray so I didn't even bother finishing off the edges. I also found the silly witch headband on sale at JoAnn's for a couple of dollars. I think the most expensive thing I got were the tights.

If you have never made a pillowcase dress before, they are really simple. There are great, detailed tutorials all over craft blogs if you just google it. Basically, I just took 2 rectangles of fabric and folded over the top edge on each rectangle a little more than an each. I sewed about an inch down from the fold on each rectangle to make a casing. Then, placing the right sides  of each rectangle together, I started sewing about 6 inches down from the top on each side. After that, I just fed the ribbon through the casings and her costume was ready to go. So EASY!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Smores in a jar

I found this idea online and just had to make some for my girls’ teachers. They are super cute and easy to make. I also figured that with all the sweets we eat this time of year, these would be great because they can be saved and made a little later when all the other sweets have run out.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spider Web Cake and Cupcakes

The cake is decorated in all buttercream, except for the big spider on the top. I made him from fondant. I used candy corn to make the border. It adds to the festivity and is so easy. The cupcakes have plastic spiders. I will probably make the same cupcakes for Hailey’s Halloween party on Thursday.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Wreath

I've been so busy making cakes lately, I haven't had much time for anything else. I've had this idea in my head for a while now and finally got around to finishing it. It was super simple. I just bought a styrofoam wreath form and spray painted it black. Then I bought the letters from the craft store and painted them orange. Then I mod podged some Halloween scrapbook paper on them and sealed it with a clear coat of spray paint. I hot glued the letters on and tied the hanging ribbon where I wanted it to be. Then I tied small ribbons around a whole bunch of Tootsie Pops and inserted them randomly into the styrofoam. I had to cut the sticks shorter on a bunch of them so they didn't poke through the back. After I got them where I wanted them, I went back and hot glued them in so my kids don't walk off with them everytime we leave the house they stay put.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

My First Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

I did my very first ever wedding cake accompanied by 150 cupcakes today. Luckily, the bride wanted a very simple cake covered in fondant and trimmed with ribbon. The cupcakes are a variety of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla cake and icing. I colored the strawberry to match the plum color in her wedding and colored the chocolate black. I was pretty nervous, but there were no disasters and I am very pleased with the way it all turned out.

Princess Cake

A simple princess cake for a good friend's little girl who is turning 4.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bridal Shower Cake

The cake is vanilla with strawberry buttercream that I colored dark purple to match the brides colors (plum, black, and ivory). The purple is a shade or two darker than I was trying for. I know that colors deepen as the icing sits and I quit adding color when it looked a shade or two lighter than I wanted, but it deepened more than I expected. Another lesson learned!