Monday, January 31, 2011

Tag, you're it

What a way to start off the morning...this is possibly one of the best finds in a long time.

So you've seen the cake bunting, most recently, I've been dreaming up ways to dress up my cupcakes a bit for special occasions. I was thinking about having cute flags with words like "yay", "hooray", "happy birthday", etc. How about a visual explain what I'm talking about?

via Weddingbee Pro

Those would be pretty easy to make. But maybe I want something just a little bit more elaborate, something bigger with more space for words. Enter Bakerella with premade templates:

via Bakerella

I could easily design them on my own, but let's be real here, I've been lazy or I've been preoccupied with wedding crafts. At least now I have a quick go-to when I'm in a bind.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A taste of Christmas: gingerbread and eggnog

I think the only thing missing from the title is candy canes. No candy canes were used in this next baking expedition. Also no gingerbread men were hurt (devoured).
My friend Sara was planning a celebratory night to ring in her birthday this year, unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the festivities. But I did the next best thing, I worked in cahoots with her husband to surprised her with a cake at the restaurant! Awhile back I had put at an A.P.B. on Facebook asking followers what cupcake flavor I should do for an upcoming bake sale. Sara suggested gingerbread.

What she got was a gingerbread cake frosted with eggnog frosting. The frosting recipe said it was gingerbread, but it tasted like eggnog. No complaints from anyone that tasted it. It was a HUGE hit. The best part, it was made out from pudding. I kid you not, pudding mix, cream cheese, and whipped cream.

Happy Birthday Sara!

close-up shot of bunting made from paper, bakers twine, and chopsticks.

I also made a TON of mini cupcakes for Jake's Mom's holiday party. 

Mini gingerbread cupcakes. Square shape comes from using bite-sized square brownie tray.

Guinness Stout Cupcakes

Many moons ago, a friend asked when I was going to do some adult inspired baking, aka one full of booze. Here it is! Guiness stout cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting. The recipe isn't original, it was sent to me via another friend and can be found at The Mess Pot.

Personal photo

Since it was Christmas, I tried to dress them up a bit with chocolate in the shape of penguins.

No shocker here, I didn't follow the recipe to a "t". I 86'd the whiskey ganache, mostly because I was just plain lazy, and I futz with the frosting. I doubled the butter and used 2-3 cups of powdered sugar. I don't know what I was thinking because everyone knows that I hate American buttercream. Cupcake was very most and tasty. Frosting was suprising fluffy, but it was still too sweet for my tastebuds. Next time I'll try frosting it with Bailey's whipped cream instead.

One learning from yet another friend who actually tested out the recipe prior, that I completely forgot about is to add a touch of esspresso to kick up the chocolate flavor.  

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sugar cookies

How cute is this idea? I know I would absolutely LOVE, adore, and inhale these if I received them as a treat of some sort.

I don't really need yet another project to add to my growing list of wedding to-do's, but maybe I can use this idea for a future party or baking gig now that I have a rolling pin! Yeup, Jake's parents or was it Santa, got me a rolling pin for Christmas. And not just any rolling pin, a heavy duty one.

All images are by Mary Swenson. Instructions can by found on Project Wedding.