Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ruffled cake with gum paste flower

I love making cakes and goodies for co-workers birthdays . . . and try to make something I know they will like.   Becky is not only a co-worker, but one of the three people I know who checks this blog regularly, so I really wanted to make her something special!

Her favorite color is blue and her favorite store is Anthropologie, so I wanted to make something that incorporated some fashion style.   When I saw this cake on, I thought I'd give it a try!   This was my first experience with gum paste, and it was a lot of fun.  I have a lot to learn, but I was pretty happy with how this flower turned out.

While we celebrated in the office on Friday, today is Becky's actual birthday.  So if you're reading this, Happy Birthday, Becky!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cupcake and Birthday Cake Cookies

An old friend asked me to make cookies for a group birthday celebration - five family members were celebrating October birthdays.  I made cupcake cookies for everyone, and personalized birthday cake cookies for the birthday people.

Thanks for the donation, Sabrina!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Birthday cupcakes with mini cupcake toppers

I have been wanting to try these fun cupcakes for a while now - I was just waiting for the right occasion.   Today is my friend Kayla's birthday - she is a co-worker who likes to bake just as much as I do!  She has her own little baking blog - check it out here.

These cupcakes were so easy and turned out adorable.    The cupcakes are Martha's One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (my favorite), the icing is a vanilla buttercream, and the toppers are Reeses miniatures with icing!!

Here they are, all ready to bring in to work to share . . .

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Soccer ball cake

Noah has a soccer tournament this weekend . . . at least 3 games (hopefully 4!) in a two-day span.   Saturday's games were far apart, so his coach decided to have a team picnic in between.    Always happy for an excuse to try out a new cake, I volunteered to bring dessert!

I was pretty happy with how this cake turned out, although I definitely need some more practice on my grass tip.    The boys on the team sure liked it!   We had a lot left after the picnic (there were lots of treats to choose from  . . . ) so I brought the leftovers to the second game.   They ate every bite :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pink Ribbon cookies

In case you hadn't noticed the profusion of pink ribbons appearing everywhere the past few days, October is breast cancer awareness month!     I am a big supporter of Susan G Komen for the Cure - all profits from my baking go directly to support my participation in the 3 Day for the Cure walk - so pink ribbons are near and dear to me.  

Tonight I am joining a group of lovely women getting pink hair extensions to show our support.     It should be a lovely time - wine, cheese, and these cookies!   

*Not the greatest cookie presentation picture . . . I forgot to take one at home so I took it with my camera phone, in the car, at a stoplight on the way to work this morning.