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We *heart* Cupcakes!

Posted by Steph on Aug 26, 2013 in Cupcakes, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, My Cakes

These cupcakes were for my husband’s work in May.  Just some fun flavors and colors 🙂

Cupcakes!  - A Sweet Cake

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Cupcakes - A Sweet Cake

Flower Cupcakes - A Sweet Cake

Pretty Colors - A Sweet Cake

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Spring Flowers

Posted by Steph on Apr 27, 2013 in Birthday, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, My Cakes

We’ve been (im)patiently waiting for spring to appear here.  I’m ready for the cold weather to be done and the warm to stay.  I’m ready for spring flowers!!  So it was fun to work on a spring-y cake like this.  This is a 12″ round cake with lots of fondant/gumpaste flowers – and cupcakes too! 🙂

Spring Cake - A Sweet Cake

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Ballet Cupcakes

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Cupcakes, My Cakes

Think Spring!  Pastels and flowers… I made these cupcakes for the reception after my daughter’s ballet demonstration in April.  Pretty cupcakes for some pretty ballerinas!

 

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Monster High #2

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Birthday, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, Kid Themed, My Cakes

And onto Monster High cake number 2!  This cake was for her family party.  She found this one when searching for ideas online.  This cake is a 6″ and 8″ round tiered cake, iced in buttercream with fondant accents.  This is the same skull from her other monster high cake.

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Something Different – Yellow!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Birthday, My Cakes, Wedding & Bridal

It occurred to me as I was going through the photos of today’s cake that I really don’t do much in yellow for cakes.  I can’t remember the last time (ever?) that I’ve done an all yellow cake like this.  I’m not sure why since I love this color and its so happy to look at.

Today’s cake was inspired by a cake similar in style that I ran across in a trade magazine.   This cake [for September b-days at my husband’s work] is made up of 8″ and 10″ round cakes, iced in buttercream, and accented with fondant flowers.  Real simple.  It went together so fast and I love that when that happens.

So enjoy this lingering glimpse of sunny, yellow summer.  Fall is moving in on us here – we have a frost warning for tonight! (boooooo!) 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Stella!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2011 in Birthday, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, Kid Themed, My Cakes

This weekend we are celebrating the 1st birthday of my little cousin.  Hard to believe a year has gone by already!  She’s so precious and such a blessing to her parents and our whole family.

I created the cake for the big day based on the invitations and the party decor.  First up is the main cake.  This is a cupcake cake made to look like the tree from the invitation (the pic of the invitation is below).  The leftover cupcakes I iced and threw a flower on to go with them.  All of the flowers are a fondant/gumpaste blend.

Invitation:

And these were the cupcakes that were extra:

And finally, what’s a 1st birthday without a smash cake? 🙂  The party decor was Owl based.  Super cute design.  So I replicated one of the owls for the smash cake.  The cake is primarily buttercream (to make it baby friendly) with just a couple fondant accents.  I love this cake…this owl is just so cute to me.  A pic of the party napkin is below the cake pic.

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Pirate Luau Cupcakes

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Cupcakes, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, My Cakes

My sister and I have been hosting a Pirate-Luau themed summer party for 4 years now.  We just celebrated our 4th year last weekend.  It occurred to me as I prepped the treats for this year, that I hadn’t ever posted images from the past 2 yrs!  So this is a combined post of 3 years worth of cupcakes.

First I’ll start off with this year’s cupcakes.  I didn’t have a lot of time this year as we had 1 week to get ready for the party after my family was gone on a 2 week road trip.  So I didn’t do any fancy decorations this year…maybe next year 😉  I just went with some tasty flavors – I recreated some recent ones like the cappuccino cupcakes with coffee frosting, peanut cupcakes with peanut butter and chocolate icing, and then an old standby of pineapple cupcakes with coconut icing.

Last year I did chocolate cupcakes, a lime cupcake, and again the pineapple cupcake with coconut icing.  I made the decorations out of gumpaste:  flowers, a “coin” (painted with gold luster dust), and a pirate flag.  I know I’ll get questions about the pirate flag so the basics on it are as follows.  I found a rubber stamp with that image at a craft store.  I then took a black FOOD SAFE marker/pen and colored the stamp.  Then stamped it onto the cut out gumpaste white rectangle.  Obviously stamping onto soft gumpaste does require some care (don’t press too hard!), however since I wanted the “rippled” flag effect, I had to stamp before it dried.  You can stamp onto dried gumpaste as well.  To ripple the flag I just set it over a curved surface to harden and dry.

I also used that same skull stamp to stamp the  gold coins while they were still soft – though I did not use any ink – just the imprint of the stamp.

In 2009 I created the flower cupcakes as above, but I also made some plumeria (flowers of the lei), skulls & cross bones, treasure maps, and some pirate faces out of gumpaste.  The maps I let dry, then wrote on with food safe markers.  Same with the faces on the pirates.

And finally I wanted to share the photo of the cupcake stand my husband made for me.  This pic shows the palm leaves made of construction paper.  These worked fine…for one year.  The next year we re-cut them out of a green tarp.  These have held up wonderful now for 2 years and I’m sure they will be around for awhile.  He made the stand out of a plywood circle base, posts cut at an angle and covered in twine, and 2 more plywood circles on top.

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Baby Dedication Cupcakes

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Baby, Cupcakes, My Cakes, Religious

These cupcakes were made for the sweet & adorable daughter of my cousin.  We celebrated her dedication to God last weekend.  We are sure blessed to have her as well as her mom and dad in our family.   And of course, what is a celebration without cake?  So here are the cupcakes we all ate that day…pink icing with crosses and flowers in all shades of pink…

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1st Communion in purple – part 2

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in My Cakes, Religious

This is the other 1st Communion cake I made last week.  Also in purples with a cascade of  flowers.   Cakes are 6″ and 8″.   All items are edible.

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Spring Cupcakes

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Cupcakes, Holiday, My Cakes

Yesterday’s project:  April birthday cake for my husband’s work.  I had other plans initially but in the end I decided to go with cupcakes – 6 dozen of them!  I hadn’t done them in awhile and I had a new recipe for a cheesecake filling I wanted to try out.

On the menu this month…

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
The carrots are made with modeling chocolate.  Yum!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cheesecake Filling
The cheesecake filling is so easy.  You can check out the recipe for it here.  The “eggs” on top are the mini robin’s eggs (whoppers).  I love these cupcakes!

Lemon Cupcakes
Lemon cake, buttercream icing piped like a flower.  Spring!

And finally a group photo…

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