Monday, June 25, 2012

Red, White and Blue

With the 4th of July around the corner I'm gathering ideas for fun red, white and blue treats.  Of course Pinterest is my go to, and as usual, it hasn't disappointed.  I have found some really great treat ideas that range from easy to a little more difficult.

TomKat Studio's is always a great place to start for ideas and today she pinned these darling pinwheel cupcakes!  I just love them.  These have fondant pinwheels but you could also do paper ones if you don't want to do fondant.

Following the cupcake theme, I found this pin from Real Mom Kitchen.  I really like that these have fresh fruit on the top, with all this great summer fruit out there why not incorporate it into our desserts?

Bird on A Cake had this cute idea for mini star cakes for a patriotic treat.  This would be another fresh and light treat.  You could even do angel food cake to make it low fat, if you are into that kind of thing.

For my daughter's birthday this April I made chocolate covered popcorn for the first time.  It's an inexpensive way to fill up containers (which was the main reason I had made it) but I hadn't expected it to be so good!  It is the perfect combination of salty/sweet.  Bloom Designs posted this patriot popcorn bucket which would be perfect for the kids to munch on during fireworks! 

Hope these give you some good ideas for the 4th of July!  I'm going to start trying out some fun ideas so stay tuned for some of my creations!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day love

This Father's Day I took a 'sporty theme' towards the day and created some fun cakes just for those special men in our life. 

My friend Vanessa had approached me about making a Miami Dolphin's cake for her husband.  He's a huge fan so she she wanted to celebrate his special day with a cake that would be extra special to him.  It was a big hit I'm happy to report!

After we had designed her cake, I decided to make my husband one, but with a Fresno State (our alumni) theme.  He loved it as did several of our other friends who are Fresno State alumni!  I think this cake may be very popular come football season! 

A few people have asked me about the logo's - they are printed with non-toxic ink onto sugar paper and then I transferred them onto white fondant, cute them out and glued them on!  A local cake store in town prints them out.  It's a fun thing to have, the possibilities are endless!

Hope you all are baking up a storm out there - despite the heat!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Pink leopard print cuties

I thought these fun leopard print cookies would be a good follow up to yesterday's fun cake with zebra stripes.  Animal prints on desserts are very popular right now!  These cookies were for a baby shower and they fit in perfectly with the pink theme. 

This was the first time I had tried leopard print but it went pretty well!  The good thing about animal print is you don't have to stress about it being perfect.  Just like real animal print - all spots or stripes vary so each cookie can look different. 

Happy baking!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer fun

School is out and the season of summer fun is here! I have been getting a steady stream of orders for all those summer parties and events. This cake was for a 4 year old's birthday party that was taking place poolside.

Of course with the heat rising I have to adjust my baking schedule - meaning it must take place early morning for best results. Last weekend I had frosting that was melting as I tried to frost cupcakes in a warm house. Since I live in the Central Valley, I anticipate a long summer full of early mornings. Hope you all are enjoying something fun this summer! :)


Monday, June 4, 2012

Tory Burch

Designer cake are all the rage right now!  Although I can't quite afford this designer label...I can appreciate and enjoy Ms. Burch's well known emblem on a bright pink cake. 

Funny story, I'm so unfamiliar with the Tory Burch brand (always admiring from afar) that I actually put the emblem on upside down at first.  I was rushing a bit to finish the cake so I could make it to my son's school award assembly and I didn't even realize I had messed up until I texted a picture of the cake to my friend ordering it and she pointed out it was upside down.  What a 'blond' moment on my part!  Reminder me to slow down a bit and double check my work....but as my friend pointed out - maybe upside down logo's can be my thing?  Hmmmm, something to think about but for now I'll stick to the original.