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Conversation Hearts

Conversation Hearts

Its February!  And of course, this means that Valentine’s and hearts are on the mind.  Dave’s work cake often falls right around Valentine’s day so I tend to make something “love” themed.  Last year was the ganache truffle heart cake (which got rave reviews!).  This year I decided to do some “candy” conversation hearts.

A Castle for a Princess

As I started in on this cake yesterday it suddenly occurred to me that I was creating a castle cake on the same day as the royal wedding!  Go figure 🙂   This cake was made for a little princess turning 5.  It was a replica of the castle on the invite (see below).  This cake started out as a 12×18 sheet cake that I cut to size.  Then it is fondant covered.  The flags are made with a fondant/gumpaste blend to help them stay waving. 🙂

Spring Cupcakes

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.

Cheesecake Filling

I *love* cheesecake.  So delicious…so I was excited to try this new filling idea after running across it in the Kraft Food & Family magazine.  Basically, you make up your cupcake batter and then make up the cheesecake batter.  Fill your cupcake liners halfway with batter.  Then put the filling in a piping bag and squirt 1-2 tsp of filling on top of the batter.  Then put the other half of the batter on top.  Easy!  Bake as normal.

St. Patricks Day

Since the meeting/party is this week I went with a St. Patty’s theme – much like I did 2 yrs ago. This time around I decided to use the fun of those rainbow cupcakes and make a rainbow cake!  I did it with a similar method that I used to make the rainbow cupcakes, but instead I spread it over 2 pans worth, and this time I actually spread out the batter vs. heaping it in the middle.  I’m pretty pleased with the results! (see inside pic below!)

Hello Kitty

A Hello Kitty with Emily

So here’s part 1 of the Hello Kitty birthday weekend!  Friday night my daughter had her friends over for a sleepover party.  I picked up this Hello Kitty Wilton pan and Emily and I decorated it together.  Actually, she did a good part of it.  I blobbed the icing on and she went to work smoothing it.  I showed her how to do the sides and then she went to town and did a fantastic job getting them really smooth.  I showed her the technique for the top and again she went at it.

Rainbow Cupcakes

Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

My oldest daughter turns 9 today.  And like most girls her age, she loves rainbows.  We went over a variety of possibilities for her cupcakes that she would take to school.  Her actual b-day party is Hello Kitty themed but she wanted something different to take to school.  She decided on this.