Sunday, October 24, 2010

Baking more than cupcakes...

So, I have a small reason why I haven't blogged in awhile...

I've been baking my own little cupcake.  That's right...Matt and I are expecting our first child in April!  We're very excited and cannot wait to meet him or her.  I'm sorry I've been so neglectful of the blog, but any type of baking or cooking has been a little difficult with all of this morning sickness, which they should call all day sickness!  I've been feeling much better lately and am looking forward to baking lots of new things in the kitchen. 
Needless to say, I've been coveting this shirt for awhile now!

Pink themed baby shower

Pink, pink and more pink...

A few weeks ago, my cousin, Karen, aka my best customer, asked me to make a small cake for a "Sprinkle" she and her friends were throwing for their friend, Deb.  The only theme I was told was "pink" since this will be her first girl after a few boys.  I've been wanting to try a quilting technique I have seen, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  Since these ladies are classy people, I didn't want to "baby" the cake up too much with storks and bears and such.  I just wanted it to be pretty in pink.  I made a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and topped it with pink fondant and candy pearls. 

 I told my cousin to tell people not to look to close.  Its like a Monet, from far away, it looks pretty, but up close its a big old mess.  (Bonus points if you get the movie reference).

I love the quilting technique and hope to perfect it in the near future.

I had some leftover ribon and a cake box.  I always think it makes it extra special when it arrives in a nice package!

And the mommy-to-be.  I've never met you, Deb, but I'm sure your little girl will be precious!  Congratulations!

Happy 30th Birthday, Jennifer!

I love the 80's!

One of my bestest friends, Jennifer, turned 30 in August, and her sisters and friends decided to throw her a totally awesome 80's suprise birthday party.  Not only was I excited to celebrate Jen, my mind was spinning with ideas for the desserts!  I thought about this party for months and couldn't wait to get started. 

This is the first time I've used fondant in such large quantities.  I decided to try out Duff's line at Michael's and used a lot of his products.  I have to admit, I loved most of them.  Well, except the white fondant.  Awful.  When I opend the package, the fondant was liquid!  I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but I was definitely disappointed.  I will stick with my homemade recipe for now.  However, the black fondant was fantastic.   Also, I used some of his cake tatoos.  They were fun to use and worked well for the tie dye cake. 

First, we have Michael Jackson gloves and neon RayBan sunglass sugar cookies.

Next, we have a Rubix Cube chocolate cake!

Miss Pacman chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

Simon vanilla cake.

The total package. 

The cake for Jen to blow out her candles.  Neon tie dye cake!

The inside of the much fun to make.

And finally, the fabulous Repetto sisters, all decked out in their 80's gear (Jennifer is on the right).  Jen was completely surprised, despite my bad acting trying to get her there.  And her sisters picked her the perfect outfit for her to change into once she arrived.  Happy (belated) birthday, Jennifer!  We love you!

Happy 30th Birthday, Matt!

Very belated at this point, but...

better late than never, right?  I've had some technical difficulties, but it hasn't stopped me from baking...only blogging.  Sorry for the two month delay since my last post! 

Anyway, my fantastic husband, Matt, turned 30 in August, and we celebrated him by enjoying his 30 favorite things.  Included in that list is friends and family.  We had our loved ones over to commemorate the awesomeness that is Matthew.  Also on the list was vanilla cate and argyle, so I combined the two and tried to make an argyle cake.  Its not my best work, but pretty cute.  I want to attempt it again in the future, but perhaps a little better...

I can't remember if I've showed you my cute cake stand before...I think its summery and fun!

My brother, Jimmy, and sister-in-law, Abby, took the theme of Matt's favorite things to heart when they bought his birthday gift.  If you've ever seen Parks and Recreation, you will understand.  They made him a Ron Swanson gift package including Omaha Steaks, Scotch, Cigars and a photograph of Ron Swanson himself.  I don't think Matt could have received a more perfect gift!

Happy Birthday, Matthew!  I love you and I hope you enjoyed your week!