Anthropologie is having their semi annual sale. Just some things I picked up:
I like the idea of having mismatched mugs for coffee and tea, I always buy one or two at this sale. Above: Do Sul Mug, $5.95! Culinary Herb Pot, $9.95!
One of my excuses for taking such a long break from blogging in April is the crazy amount of birthday's I had. How many Aries are there out there, really. This is one cake I had so much fun with. Matthew, birthday boy, is on a serious health kick lately. The kind where you don't eat cake except for yours and maybe baby Jesus' birthday. This is the one chance I had to make him really good cake since it's the only cake he'll have all year (hm, so he says). Naturally you and I both know cake should be eaten anytime it's in front of your face. Considering all this, I thought it would be humourous to make him a broccoli cake.
I used the normal point tip #2 or #3 in fast circular motions to make the broccoli head shown in more detail below, #2B tip would probably work too.
Sculpting a cake is both fun but also terrifying to see it in the beginning steps - will it look right? Will it be proportioned?
The broccoli cake was a strange one, it started off looking like a mushroom from Super Mario Brothers.
Let them eat broccoli! (cake)
My good friend Kelly finished her yoga teacher training and I wanted to congratulate her. This cake right here is proof that I don't just work with fondant!
I wanted to do something pretty for the look of the buttercream and it came to me instantly, at this moment I grabbed a…
It's simple, turn the cake around a drag your fork at the edge. Helps if you have a turntable or lazy suzan.
For the flower I tried to create a lotus (key word: tried) out of gumpaste. It is an intricate flower. Probably would have worked better if I made it in white gumpaste and then painted it with food coloring. Couldn't decide on putting it on the top or side. What do you think looks better?
Have a good weekend.
It's been awhile since my last post! Did you miss me? I missed you. In all this time away I've baked a lot and designed a lot. This means I have a lot of material to post, and I'm excited to share them with you. Let's start with this baseball jersey cake for a 27th birthday...
I haven't exactly called it quits with my contest a day challenge, but I have to mention that it has been over 6 months of not winning anything. Maybe the big prize is on its way? Who knows, but I will try to keep this going by posting 7 contests every monday. We'll see. I am a positive one.
The Hunger Games movie came out this weekend, and I've never felt this excited about a movie in a long time. The books were fantastic and if you read them you will agree you cannot put them down. They didn't disappoint with the movie. Rare.
I had some fun this weekend making more tie dyed themed cupcakes and inspiration came to me to make cupcakes on fire.
Using Wilton tip #97, I filled half the side of a piping big with red icing, the other half with yellow icing.
And it piped out like this:
The original "on fire" cupcakes from this weekend:
I invited my cutsy little cousins over for a couple days of their march break. I had activities planned almost hour by hour (and apparently I still managed to miss a few hours). My favorite part was making tie dyed cupcakes. Every kid loves colour, and is excited by the thought of eating things that look like rainbows. I assume that's why they love sprinkles so much. Each of them choose the shade they wanted to dye the white gluten-free cake. Then they each got to spoon a bit of their batter into the cup. It's important not to mix the spoonfuls or you'll end up with an unpleasant shade of brown.
Turned out like this:
Then set up a sprinkle bar for them to decorate. The sprinkles you see below on the right are the most dangerous... I am still finding little balls everywhere.
Just don't say I didn't warn you.
And here is their little cupcake gallery:
It's been a crazy week. A lot of it had to do with march break. While baking up some colored cupcakes with my little cousins (more on that in an upcoming post) I threw in some all green cupcakes for St. Patty's day tomorrow. Last year I made this green dessert. Or if you prefer something with beer, this cake is a good one.
The cupcakes were a white gluten-free cake mixed with green food colouring. The sprinkles are yellow gold and the shamrock was made from gumpaste.
Happy St. Pat's!
It's been a pretty mild winter in Toronto. Next week we are expecting some early spring weather, and I can't wait to wear my blue joe fresh mac coat.
Had to throw that in there.
Today we have just witnessed a snowfall and I am taking it as an opportunity to post my white snow cupcake.
Click here for a tutorial on how to make the royal icing snowflake topper.