Sunday, March 13, 2011
I made Elmo first...out of cereal treats and buttercream frosting...I couldn't believe how well he turned out! It got me thinking--this is the first time I've made an actual character. In that moment, I FREAKED out, worried that the girls wouldn't recognize him and cry at the big red blob on their cake! At least Elmo is a puppet and not too difficult...they definitely figured out who he was.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Cupcakes have been popular lately so I wantred to incorporate cupcakes with a little cake, like a tower. I figured people would be more inclined to grab a cupcake, especially if I made minis and regular sized 'cakes. Here's what I came up with for the cupcake tower:
Monday, July 5, 2010
I cooked this meringue FOREVER. At a very luke warm temperature (180 deg) for 1.5 hours. It had to stay in the oven for another hour with the temp off to cool down. My patience was rewarded! It was a sweet, crystallized crispy bite into a smooth, light-as-air middle. The fresh whipped cream was perfect, as were the sweet-as-candy strawberries and blueberries. I made a raspberry sauce with raspberries, sugar and raspberry preserves.
Well, my family got a kick out of the funny name, and I got a kick out of exposing them to a very different dessert! Next up: meringue nests for individual desserts. I saw Ina Garten make them, 'nuff said.
Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Fast forward to last week. I got a cupcake cake order! A cupcake lover was graduating U of C business school and so, a giant cupcake was ordered.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
My BFF and I experimented with baby tutus last year for her twins' 6 month pictures. Without TOO much effort or time, they really turned out. We even made flower headbands to complete the look.
Well, fast-forward to April, 2010. Another good friend's baby was turning one and she asked if I'd roll up my sleeves and attempt the tutu project again. I think it came out even BETTER than the twins' garb (no offense, L&L).
I found a Juicy Couture Open Weave hat and added the bedazzled flower (on a pin w/a hair clip, so the flower can be removed and even worn without the hat!). I went online and purchased the tulle for next to nothing and put it together in under an hour. I'm not gonna lie, it took a little bit to figure everything out, but the labor wasn't bad at all! And since a baby probably doesn't care much for a tutu, I made a mini tutu on a white bunny to match!
Monday, August 10, 2009
So, I was asked to make mini cupcakes for a 70's party. Needless to say, I had to google what the heck was popular in the 70's. Here's what I found:
- Smiley Faces
- Rubics Cube
- Pet Rocks
- Platform Shoes
- Mood Rings
Uhh...what looks appetizing out of that list? Pet rock cupcake? I think not! So, I decided to make a plethora of minis: smileys, peace signs and disco. I made purple, avocado green, yellow, orange and pink colors...I figured I could take the colors of the 70's and make it fun.
Slapping a disco ball in the middle (thank you, Party City) made them more than festive for a house party in the suburbs. What a fun time!