Saturday, January 30, 2016

Black, White, and Gold Baby Shower

This cake was for a baby shower with a cute theme around black, white, and gold. It's a pretty big cake... 10 inch round confetti cake on the bottom and 8 inch round vanilla raspberry cake on the top, both with FOUR layers each and Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting, of course! I love black and white things... and stripes... and GOLD! This was definitely fun for me to make!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ella's Makeup Cake

With five Monkey Boys and all things BOY around here, it's always nice to do something extra GIRLY!

 This makeup cake was so fun to design and make. However, delivering the cake and witnessing the excited face of a seven year old birthday girl, seeing her surprise makeup cake, made it even better! Her mom said she's really been into wanting to wear makeup lately, and a makeup cake would be perfect for her!

Also, this little Monkey Boy absolutely HAD to have his picture taken while I was taking pictures of the cake. But if I got out my camera to take pictures of just him... I'm sure he'd just run away! 
I love this little stinker and his cute face!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pumpkin Cookies

Hello to all of the visitors from the virtual cookie exchange blog hop!

My blog isn't much of a blog, just a place to post pictures of the cakes I make. Even though cakes are all over this site, my absolute favorite dessert is a cookie! Well, cookies... because who could eat just one?!

When my mom said she was going to host this blog hop, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! Too bad I don't get to taste all of the yummy creations everyone else has made without me actually doing some baking. I love to bake, but having five little monkey boys to take care of makes it a little more difficult to spend lots of time in the kitchen. {I have a sleeping baby on my chest as I type up this post...} I'm not complaining, though. I wouldn't trade baby snuggles or playing a game with my older boys for a lifetime supply of chocolate chip cookies!

Although chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, I didn't make them for this blog hop! I chose to make pumpkin cookies. Which made my husband happy, because these are his favorite!

And I know that fall and all-things-pumpkin season is technically over... BUT these cookies are good any time of the year. They are especially good the day after you make them and have kept them in an air tight container. They're even better after a few days (but having cookies sitting on the counter for more than two days doesn't happen very often in our house full of cookie monsters).

Also, there are no eggs in my recipe... I didn't forget them! I figured out that I could make my normal chocolate chip cookie recipe and replace the eggs with pumpkin puree and just add in some spices. I love that the texture is more like a cookie and not like a cookie shaped piece of cake like some other pumpkin cookie recipes. (I still like those cookies too!)

 I made both variations of the recipe: half the batch with chocolate chips, and the other half was left plain and sandwiched with frosting after baking.

Pumpkin Cookies

3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla.
Slowly add flour mixture, and stir until dough forms. 
Bake ping-pong sized dough balls for about 12-14 minutes. Leave on pan for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely on paper towels. 

- Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips with the flour mixture. OR
- Sandwich two cookies together with cream cheese buttercream frosting. 

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

8 oz. package cream cheese
3/4 cup butter, softened
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar (taste for preferred sweetness)

Beat together cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer, add in salt and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar a little at a time until desired sweetness. Mix on high for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get a chance to make these yummy cookies and the many others from this fun blog hop! Check them out!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sea Life Baby Shower Cake

The fondant sea animals I made are a little cheesy and cartoon-ish.... but I think they're cute and perfect for the sea life themed baby shower. 

The cake is vanilla raspberry with my normal cream cheese buttercream frosting, covered in marshmallow fondant. Normally, I'd make all the fondant for decorations as well, but this time I cheated! I used a box of Wilton fondant. It saved time of having to make the different colors for such a small amount of decorations.

I got a phone call of excitement after the cake was delivered about how much the cake was loved. It's always fun to hear when the cake is liked, and it makes the hours of work worth it!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Return Missionary Tie Cake

My family is a volleyball family. My husband played volleyball in high school and now he coaches it. We started playing together about 8 or 9 years ago, and I fell in love with the game too. Now our older boys play it as well and we look forward to the day when our whole family can play together. For now, we play with friends. Friends that we've known and played volleyball with for a long time. One of these friends has a son who recently returned from his mission in Puerto Rico where he served for two years for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We love their family, and when my friend asked me to make a cake for him... I was happy to make it!

The LDS missionary cake is the ever-so-popular vanilla raspberry, and the RM requested red velvet chocolate chip cupcakes after two years away from home. I used edible paper to make the tie on the cake, and tried hard to make it look like one of the ties that he was wearing on his mission. I think I matched it pretty well!

Not only did I get to make this cake and cupcakes, but we got to stay for the homecoming party and visit with many great friends who we hadn't seen in awhile. I love getting to make treats and celebrate too! And my boys were equally happy that they could eat the dessert they had to watch me make. Sometimes they just have to see the cakes be taken away to be enjoyed by other people...and beg me for scraps of fondant and to lick the bowl of frosting when I'm finished!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Drum Birthday Cake

When I was in high school, I think I was a pretty good student. Teachers liked me, I'm pretty sure they did anyway... At least one of my teachers must have liked me because she became friends with my on Facebook about 5 years ago.

She saw some of the cakes I had posted on there and asked me to make an R2D2 cake for her son's birthday. And then a Lego man cake for his birthday the next year.

Then the following couple of years she asked me to make a cake, but I was pregnant and not making cakes at the time. This year, she was happy that I could do a cake for her again! She ordered the chocolate-chocolate chip cake again, and her son wanted it to be a drum cake!

They loved it, and it was worth staying up until 2:00am to finish it! I'd rather stay up late than try to work on cakes when my kids are awake. 

I'm so glad that I have kept in touch with this wonderful teacher and friend! It's fun getting to catch up with her because of these cakes!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Rustic and Modern Black and White Wedding Cake

This was my first wedding cake I made without fondant. The bride wanted a more rustic, yet modern look to her cake. The family loved it, and it went well with the rest of the decorations and theme of their reception.

Because there wasn't fondant and the frosting needed to be as white as possible, my usual cream cheese buttercream wouldn't work... it's too much of a beige! I worked hard at making a white frosting, that still tasted yummy of course! Taste is the most important thing for me, decorating and the way it looks come in second place.

The bride also requested some flavors that aren't usually requested: coconut raspberry and chocolate peanut butter. I made a coconut cake, filled it with a lightly flavored coconut frosting and raspberry preserves for the top tier. The bottom tier was chocolate cake, filled with chocolate-peanut butter ganache and peanut butter cream cheese frosting. My family definitely enjoyed tasting those concoctions as I tried them out before the big day!

Also, I love taking pictures and feel that my photography skills are getting a little better as I practice... but I'm definitely not THAT good and the above photo was taken by their wedding photographer. I can only wish it were my own picture.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Owl Baby Shower Cake

This owl cake was chocolate chocolate chip with cream cheese buttercream frosting.
The owls were a hoot to make! {I know...}

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tiffany Blue Wedding Cakes

You know when feel like you're getting older?

Like when I'm asked to make the wedding cake(s) for a girl I used to babysit when she was four years old... Wait, what?!

Yeah, it hit me hard, but I was happy to make these extra fancy wedding cakes. Just one cake isn't enough sometimes! One cake was chocolate-chocolate chip, and the other was vanilla.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Orange, Blue, and Yellow Wedding Cake

Carrot, Red Velvet, and Chocolate-Chocolate Chip cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Having multiple cakes is pretty trendy for weddings right now!

Their back yard reception was completely dreamy with strung lights, hay bales, dutch oven cooking, and a bride in cowboy boots!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sweet 16 Cake with Feathers

Vanilla Raspberry cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This blog has been a place for me to just post pictures of the cakes I have made. I'm going to try to post a little bit about each cake as well now!

This sweet 16 cake was made for my friend's daughter. She's a super fun girl, and her mom said she wanted feathers on the cake! They're hard to see in the picture, but the black feathers were definitely fun and added the right touch to this cake! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Purple, Black, and Silver Birthday Cake

Marble cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Zebra Cake

Vanilla Raspberry cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Monday, December 12, 2011

Floral Birthday Cake

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello Kitty Cake 2

Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting