Mr. Potato Head Time Lapse

Good Morning!

Here is what I have been working on!  Full post and details coming soon.  (Along with other posts I’ve been working on).

Enjoy a time lapse video making these fun cookies!

A Woodland 1st Birthday

I have mentioned before that I love a good theme.  So I had lots of fun contributing to my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party.  The theme, Woodland!  At first I really had no clue what that was, ha.  But a quick search on pinterest revealed it was a popular one!  She knew what she wanted for the cookies and cupcake toppers, but I got to surprise her with my mini smash cake!

First off, I need to figure out lighting for taking pictures at night!  I can’t always take photos during the day, and now that we’ve entered winter dark cold and gloom that feels like it will never end, it can be so dark during the day!  I need to figure something out that doesn’t cost too much.  So please excuse the bad lighting!

First off the cookies! Soft, sophisticated winter woodland.  I free handed all of the cookies except for the deer where I used my kopykake projector.  While the icing was still wet, I dusted sugar over some of the white icing, most noticeable on the snow of the evergreen tree.

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Next are the fondant toppers for the mini cupcakes. I piped the arrows with royal icing. I’m going to look past the fact that they were placed on store bought cupcakes 😉

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Finally, the cake! I am still new to doing cakes, and I have a lot to learn, but I had lots of fun making this one!  First of all, how cute is it?!
Peach Mini SmashcakeI bought a 4 inch circular baking pan and I just love the size. I foresee many mini cakes in my future! Usually I like to cover cakes with marshmallow fondant, but as this was a smash cake, that would not work.  (Smash cakes need to result in an icing covered face!)  Wanting to try something new, I decided to do an ombré cake.  I quartered my icing recipe and divided into four parts. Using Americolor Terracotta I dyed the buttercream three different shades. Also, I added Americolor bright white to the remaining butter cream to make it a little less yellow and more white.  With my remaining fondant from the toppers, I made flowers. I just LOVE how it turned out.  And so did the birthday girl!

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And to finish this post, here are some pictures of the other goodies in case you are looking for more ideas for you own Woodland party!  I did not make any of these, but had fun eating them!! I may or may not have had 6 chocolate covered marshmallows…
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Pink and Gold Heart Cupcakes

In the midst of Christmas baking I got a request for some very special 60th birthday cupcakes! After baking biscotti, sugar cookies… more sugar cookies, it was a nice change in pace to focus on something new.

All I was told was pink, gold sparkles and hearts.  From that I created these yummy vanilla Cupcakes…

Pink and Gold Cupcakes
Aren’t they pretty?  I really do love a simple swirl on a cupcake!

These are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing.  Simple.  Classic.  Delicious! Originally I thought I would use fondant for my hearts.  But after learning the cupcakes needed to be picked up early morning, and not consumed till the evening… I decided against fondant in fear of drooping. (Fondant decorations left on cupcakes too long in a container will absorb the moisture from the icing.  The fondant becomes soft and sticky, losing its shape). So instead I decided to use melting wafers chocolate. I bought white chocolate and added a tiny amount of red powdered colouring to make pink.

Piping with chocolate is not a something I had done in a long time, and is still an art that needs perfecting!  But I was happy with how the hearts turned out.

My favourite part of the cupcakes has to be the gold flecks and shimmer!  Hard to capture in a photo, but these sparkled beautifully in person!  I used wilton’s gold heart shaped flecks, and using a food paint brushed, I lightly tapped gold lustre dust over the cupcake.  I loved the final result!

Pink and Gold Cupcakes
Pink and Gold Cupcakes
Even before adding the hearts these cupcakes looked georgeous!  A little bit of shimmer is an easy way to spice up a boring cupcake.
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