Friday, September 25, 2015

Sweet Lavender Baptism Cake

I always love receiving orders that are a little variation on cakes I've done in the past! Lets me know people love my work, but also gives them a chance to personalize their cake and give it their own little touch!
I was very please with how beautiful and sweet this little baptism 8th birthday cake turned out, complete with a precious wafer flower!
I hope that her day was as beautiful as her cake!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ready to "Cake" Pop! Baby Boy Shower

I always love making items for baby showers! The pastel colors, the tiny bite sized treats... ok, maybe I just think all little baby sized treats are just so cute and fun. But who doesn't!? They're such sweet light colors and just so tiny like those sweet little baby feet!
I had so much fun making these salted caramel baby blue macarons! The smell alone makes me want to devour the whole bowl of frosting! I probably could! Luckily I halved the recipe intentionally to avoid such a temptation! It's especially fun when you can top them with edible silver glitter flakes! Just enough to give them a hint of sparkle to show off how special they really are!
Then there's the french vanilla cake pop... ah, the cake pop! I guess that' s really all you need to say, right?
The perfect baby shower combination of fun, tiny and delish!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School Eve Dinner

My little girl is finally starting Kindergarten. After 5.5 years of having her by my side as my little buddy, I no longer get to cuddle with her in the mornings and hang out in our pj's. She wasn't as disappointed as I was. She has been counting down almost all summer. So much, in fact, that by August 1st I made her a countdown calendar so she would stop asking how many days left!
She loved it right until the very last apple fell!
A fun tradition, I've always thought, to kick off the school year is the Back to School Eve Dinner. I've always loved the idea and so this year we had our first annual fest! She absolutely loved every minute of it, and I loved that just in time for it The Dating Diva's came out with a super cute back to school dinner printable kit. You can check it out and download the fun printables I used here.
Little J had fun helping write everyone's names on their tags...
and loved being the queen of dinner that night!
She got to pick the menu and dessert which was really fun for her to write out.
she decided even the baby needed his own set up!
She had so much fun filling out the back to school interview..
all was well for the queen, she could officially start Kindergarten in the morning!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Little Mermaid Party

I love the idea of a cute little mermaid under the sea birthday party for your little girl. Unfortunately, my little girl's birthday falls in January, so it's not likely we'll be setting up a pool or slip and slide in our backyard anytime soon for her birthday. While I toyed in the past with the idea of giving her an "un"birthday party just so I could do such a theme, I was thrilled when I found out my sister in law was throwing one for my little niece who is lucky enough to have an August birthday!
 Unfortunately shortly before the party she got sick. I had already started the batch of cookies, so we got to enjoy them twice! Theses are from the first batch!
 Then I got to make them again! I loved how cute a blond little mermaid looks on a cookie!
 And what fun colors for a summer party!

The birthday girl with her cookie!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fun With Cake!

I've been having fun trying new caking techniques this summer. Here are a few new fun things I've played with while learning from a few of the best, while also having fun in Vegas (although not so fun in August when the temp is 119 at 7pm)! But first things first- I must pay homage to the great Bobby Flay and his wonderful Burger Palace that always requires a stop before starting any Vegas trip! My favorite on the menu- the awesome Brunch Burger! Go There. Eat It. LOVE IT!
Mom's Classic Burger "crunchified"
On to cakes!! I always love seeing one of my favorites, Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren. She is amazing and always so fun to visit with and learn from! Of course, we had to make a pineapple pina colada cake!
 I loved when someone asked me at the pool, where to get the pineapple drinks!
I didn't make this cake, but fully intend to make a version of it soon! I was so impressed when I saw it and the creators were even more impressed that I actually recognized that the photos were the original posters for the Tiki Room at Disneyland when the park first opened. Ya, we do Disney well in this house! What a fun idea for a luau cake! I even love the wafer paper lei!
 It was so much fun meeting Martha Hebert and Becky Guidry of Sweet Southern Ladies Designer Cakes! I got to spend an afternoon with them and they were great to listen to and watch and even better to work with hands on!
Zane Beg of The Sweet Life is definitely a creative mastermind! I loved making this adorable mushroom cake with him! How fun is that!?! Would be so cute with a tinkerbell or woodland fairy theme, maybe even a smurf which was how he came up with the idea!

and yes- it was 119 degrees at almost 7pm while we were there! Absolutely face melting hot! Thankfully only part of one of my cakes melted on the 6 hour drive home!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Cowboy Birthday and BBQ

Who doesn't love a summer bbq? Even better is a summer bbq with a cowboy chuck wagon twist!! This party was soo much fun to put together! Especially since my dad's birthday is in July in the middle of two of the best summer holidays-Independence Day and our State Birthday! Fireworks, bbq and fun for all!
 My dad is the perfect mix of modern cowboy, and since I was a kid I've always had fond memories of our days in Jackson Hole and seeing the Bar J Wranglers Chuckwagon show. So, we did our own version for his birthday dinner!
 Everyone brought a dish, which I then dumped into a tin serving platter or these bandana patterned paper trays I'm crazy about. I absolutely loved the way everything looked on the table! I can't believe I haven't done this theme for a party before!
 I also loved these vintage looking soda's they sell now! So fun for a cowboy bbq! You can get them in yummy jelly belly flavors or more traditional flavors
 These are some of the worlds best chocolate chip cookies! I adapted them from cookies and cups, recipe included below.  Ok, so most cowboys wouldn't have fancy coconut in their cookies, but what do you do when you just got back from Hawaii and are having a cowboy dinner!
 I loved Jessica Harris' cowgirl themed cake soo much, I just had to make a cowboy version
 I had so much fun painting the cowhide and prints on this cake!
 Beautiful Spread! These tin serving platters were perfect for the look as well as super cheap and super awesome for the cleanup! Who doesn't love no dishes after a party!!!
 I thought all the bandanas would be a perfect compliment to the checkered patterns on the table and I was surprised when I found ones that matched the bunting I found for the d├ęcor!
 Bandanas- the perfect napkin and utensil holder! Who knew?! Probably the cowboys.
 Everyone brought their own meat and it was fun to see the varieties of food on their "cowboy plates"
 The bandanas were also perfect for the times when the sun was right in our faces! Multi purpose!
 July birthday cake calls for sparkler candles which are always a hit for parties! You can find Wilton's version at most craft supply stores or on the link above!
 and sparklers!
Happy Cowboy Birthday! I highly recommend throwing your own... today!!
Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
(slightly adapted from Cookies and Things)
  • 1 cup solid or slightly softened coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1.5 cup flaked sweetened coconut (can do less)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In mixer beat coconut oil and both sugars until mixed well. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Add in salt, baking soda and corn starch and mix until incorporated.
  4. With mixer on low mix in flour until dough forms.
  5. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips until mixed evenly.
  6. Using cookie scoop or spoon drop cookie dough by onto prepared baking sheet
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes until edges just turn golden brown.
  8. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool