Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cute Spider Cupcakes with Bows

I had so many plans for making Halloween sweets this year. My mind has been overflowing with ideas since late August, of all the wonderful treats I was going to create this year.

Now it's almost Halloween and the only things I have posted have been about Ghost Poop, Miniature Ghost High Hat Cupcakes and my failed version of getting a pumpkin image into the middle of a cupcake. So out of all the ideas I had planned and the 31 days of October I made three.

Three....1...2...3....that's it.

I forget that with two crazy children underfoot that finding the time to actually create some of the ideas that swim about my mind is at times next to impossible. Any spare time I have is often used up by doing house work and side work.

So in reality the fact that I even had a moment to make three is pretty awesome. And on top of that awesome three I made, I recently made a 4th, go me!

My two year old attends gymnastics class twice a week, since she does not have class on Halloween, they were celebrating it by having a  party this week.The parents were offered the chance to bring in sweets for their party, I opted to make something, since well, that's what I do.

I made miniature spider cupcakes, and for the girls, some of them had big over sized bows.

They were really simple and easy to make and took no time at all.

This is what you will need:

  • Miniature cupcakes
  • Black Licorice string
  • White candies for the eyes (I used sixlets)
  • Black food marker
  • Fondant 
  •  Butter Cream Frosting
  • Gel food coloring
Cut the licorice into strips and insert into the sides of the cupcake, they can be as long or as short as you prefer.  With your food marker draw in eyes onto the white candies and attach to the cupcake with a dab of butter cream. You could also pipe two eyes onto the cupcake and put chocolate chips into them if, you don't have candies. Use what you have on hand and what works for you.

I made the mouth by tinting a small amount of fondant yellow and rolling it into a thin strip which I then shaped into a smiling mouth. Once again you don't have to use fondant, you could use butter cream to pipe the mouth or what ever else you choose. 
I was going to make fangs and incorporate a lot of blood. But since they were for two and three year old children, I thought  it best to stick with  "cute" spider as opposed to scary bloodthirsty ones.
Note: It's never a good thing to scare other peoples children, unless of course specifically asked to do so by the parents :)
For the bow I simply tinted fondant with orange gel food coloring. I cut it into thin strips and folded it back onto itself to make a bow. To finish them I wrapped a smaller piece of fondant around the middle part.

From the Ohhhh's and Ahhhhh's that sounded when these cute little buggers were given to the kids, I'm figuring they were a hit!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post and please feel free to say Hello or just let me know you were here by leaving a comment below!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Little Girl Cake Topper

I had made a friend of mine some chocolate filled cookies about a week ago in celebration of her 4 year anniversary in our fellowship. I told her she had two options, she could share them with everyone...or hoard them all to herself. She choose to eat them all herself....smart girl!

She ended up loving the cookies and in turn asked if I would make a cake for her niece this past weekend in celebration of her third birthday. Her only requests were pink, blue, purple and the number three with Happy Birthday Madelyn. Basically she gave me an empty canvas to work on.....which I love!!! So this is what I came up with....

From the feedback  received from the Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Tower I did a few weeks back, I have learned that kids, as well as adults are very intrigued by fondant...simply because you can eat it and it tastes good. So I wanted to include that element with the cake.

It was a small cake, an 8 inch round, but because I wanted to include all the colors the birthday girl wanted, I decided to torte the layers and tint the vanilla flavored frosting I filled it with, blue, purple and pink. I don't have any pictures of the cut layers...sorry :(

This is a view of the fondant figure from the back.

I hate writing on cakes, I get all OCD and it just never seems even to me, so I try to avoid it when ever possible. Instead I used fondant letter cutters I had to make the Happy Birthday! From the messages I received after the party, it seems I made yet another hit of a cake!!

Happy Birthday Madelyn!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pokemon Pikachu Cupcakes

When I started doing research on Pokemon, I had no idea the amount of characters involved. There are A LOT, no joke. So when I was for ideas for these cupcakes, I figured Pikachu was the safest bet. 

He seems to be the most recognizable character. In my defense, my kids are still too young to be into Pokemon and even I know who Pikachu is, so that is the character I decided to go with.

He was pretty easy to make, a simple line drawing I tweaked a bit in order to fit into the topper size I needed. If you would like to make this yourself you can print the template I used from {HERE}. If this is your first time on this site you may want to review how I make these by reading this post or this post. They both pretty much cover all the bases on how I make these type of sugar toppers.

After printing out and covering your templates, you can outline and fill in the details of Pikachu using royal icing. Letting each color fully dry before adding the next color.

I typically let the finished topper dry for a full 24 hours before I lift them off the paper, this insures that it is completely dry.
This is a different topper :)

When I'm ready to put all my pieces together, I pipe a ring of frosting around the rim of the cupcake using a large decorating tip (#1M) and roll it in whatever type of sprinkles I am using. For this particular cupcake I used multi-colored confetti sprinkles, to give it a little extra pop of color.

Being really careful and very gentle, I place the topper on top of the frosted cupcake and give it a little turn as I push down, to help it adhere to the frosting. And viola...the finished cupcakes!!

I used both chocolate and vanilla frosting for these.

The birthday boy loved them and the parents gobbled up the leftovers, so all in all another great cupcake success!! If you have any questions or just want to  let me know you were here, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Happy Cupcaking!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkin Image in Cupcakes

I'm the first to admit that sometimes an "AwEsOmE" idea I may come up with, is nothing more than a bad idea that took on a life of it's own. The idea itself is one that thrives in Morgan land (that place deep in the gray folds of my mind that is filled with rainbows, butterflies and sweet little babies that actually sleep through the night)  but in the real world.....

Not so much.

So as much as I love to share my sweets and treats with you all, it's important for me to also share my not so sweet treats, this one was as I see it was an epic fail :) Now, first off, this is not an original idea, I have seen beautiful versions this done with hearts, polka dots, etc. all across the internet, and who knows maybe someone came up with a successful version of this one.....but it wasn't me, not this time.

But if you would like to take a shot in the dark and try it yourself, this is how I made these little suckers!
I took a regular box cake mix (Yellow) and divided the mixture.

In one bowl I added orange food gel coloring and in the other I added in cocoa and black gel food coloring. I used the cocoa so I wouldn't have to use a lot of the black food coloring, since it has a bitter taste in large amounts.

I filled two plastic bags with the colored cake mix...I do this because I find that it is just is easier to put into the molds and cupcake liners.

I filled this nifty little silicon pumpkin mold from Wilton with the batter and baked them up. I also filled them WAY too much, they should have been filled only 1/2 way. I just cut the top part off after they had baked and cooled to get them to look flattened.

With the remainder of my batter, I filled the cupcake liners a LITTLE bit, just enough to plop the pumpkins in.  When they were all in place I then filled in around them, covering them up. When they finished baking, you would have no idea of the little pumpkin hiding inside.

Cut them in half though and this is what you get!

Now like I mentioned earlier this is a great idea in Morgan Land (see above.) But in this reality there are a few problems......

  • Since the pumpkins are not three dimensional, you have to cut the cupcake exactly in half to actually see it.
  • In order to see it you also have to cut the cupcake correctly.
I think the two above are enough to make my point....fail on my part....something to work on :)

Hope you enjoyed my failure!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Cupcake Stand

This is by far the most fun I have ever had making and creating a cupcake tower. This Tangled inspired Rapunzel tower is all edible (minus the foam base) composed of Rice Krispie treats and tinted fondant!

For those of you that would like to make this yourself, which I KNOW you totally can,  here is an abridged version on how to make this. If you need any help or have questions, you can email me also.

 To make Rapunzel's tower I first made a batch of rice krispie treats and molded them into the shapes I would need. This is the naked tower, before all the fun began! I inserted a wooden dowel through the whole of the tower to help it stay stable,once it was placed on top of the cupcake stand!

These are all separate shapes I made using everyday kitchen stuff. The bottom portion was made using a cylindrical plastic holder I had. To cover each piece, I first crumb coated it in butter cream frosting, rolled out my white fondant and carefully covered each piece. Since it is supposed to have a grainy, stone look, I didn't smooth it out a great deal.

For the bottom part of the tower I wrapped, half of it in a gray fondant since this is where the stones would go, and I didn't want the white to peak through. To make the stones, I simply made two shades of gray fondant, rolled them into imperfect ball or varying sizes and squooshed each one flat. To attach I used a dab of corn syrup.

When this was finished I added on the middle part that Rapunzel's tower rests on. With brown tinted fondant I simply cut out strips and rolled them up and attached them to the tower. I did basically the same thing for the tower portion, except they were straight strips and the rolled ones around Rapunzel's window were just larger rolled fondant strips.

For the roof I rolled out a piece of blue fondant and wrapped it around a sugar cone to hold it's shape. Then with a purple and blue tinted fondant I cut haphazard tiles to build the roof tower.

I used mostly purple fondant, but threw in a blue tile every here and there to break it up a bit.

Since I have never made any type of fondant figures, I was terrified of making Rapunzel's face. I was going to chicken out and just have here hair be shown, but took a chance and was surprised that I did so well. To make her face, all I did was roll out a ball and pinch it on top, rolled a really, really small ball for her nose and attached two pieces of black fondant for her eyes. 

For her arms, I just rolled out a longer piece of fondant and shaped it to appear as though she was leaning on the ledge of her tower window. Her hair is simply, yellow fondant, rolled really thin and draped down the tower.

On the very bottom of the tower is a round piece of foam I covered in green fondant. I used it just to keep it all together. I placed a few rolled fondant rocks around the bottom of the tower and finished the whole thing off with a green gingham ribbon and purple fondant flowers.

Lastly, since this was a cupcake stand, I added in the cupcakes :) Chocolate and vanilla flavored with vanilla butter cream frosting, adorned with purple fondant flowers! 

This was the first of what I hope to be many inspired cupcake stands!!!

Hope you enjoyed this!!

If your interested in this Cupcake tower you may find order details {HERE}

Cupcake stands can be custom created to fit any occasion, special event, holiday or birthday. For more information please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Easy & Quick Chocolate Cookies

Some days I need a cookie fix quick....I mean really quick. Enter a super quick & easy chocolate cookie recipe, that is so simple you will doubt that it is really as good as I tell you...

This is what you will need:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (or whatever flavor you choose)
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • You can also add in chocolate chips if you like, but it's your choice.
    Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. It will be thick and gooey mess and you will most likely feel as though you have done something wrong.....you haven't. Get you cookie sheets ready and start scooping your mixture onto the sheets. I use a tsp. measurement for small cookies and a tbsp measurement for larger cookies.

    Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, they will look undone, but they aren't :) Let them sit and cool after baking, they will set up nicely if they have a chance to cool.  You can eat them as is OR you can make them spectacular with a bit of fabulous vanilla frosting.

    When I write fabulous I mean...lick the bowl clean, fabulous vanilla frosting.

     This is what you will need:

    1/2 Stick butter softened
    2 oz. Cream Cheese
    1  tbsp Vanilla extract
    2 Tbsp. Condensed Milk
    1 1/2 -2  Cups Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
    (You can double the recipe for more frosting)

    Cream together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Add in the condensed milk and slowly add in the Confectioners sugar until it is all creamy and delicious. Simple enough.

    Take a cookie and spread on the frosting; as thick or thin a layer as you like and sandwich another cookie on top. Since it's the Halloween season I added in a touch of orange food gel to the frosting and tossed a few orange sprinkles on them.

    Not too chewy, not too soft, but a texture somewhere in between that compliments the velvety, sweetness of the vanilla frosting.  If you feel like a bright burst of Halloween color....roll the edges in orange sprinkles.

     I personally love, love, LOVE sprinkles. I know there is not much to them taste wise, but I still like them!

    Let them set up in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before scarfing them down with a tall, cool glass of milk!

    Hope you enjoy these as much as my family and I did! If you have any questions or just want to say hello to let me know you were here, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

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    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    Make your Own Ghost Poop

    I first saw my first Ghost Poop treat bag a few years back. It cracked me up, because it's funny, but also because it is soooooooo simple to make!  I've been making my own printed version of these for Halloween ever since! It seriously takes no time at all to make and is a great little treat!

    This is what you will need:

    Mini Marshmallows

    Cellophane bags, for this specific template I used 4x6 Bags from Wilton.

    The template I made measures 4x3...it folds in half.

    I use a free graphics program from Serif to make these, but you could use any graphics program to design your own OR You can print a copy out {HERE}

    After you cut them out, fold them over, fill your cellophane bags with a handful of marshmallows and staple the top...and Viola!!!! You have official Ghost Poop!

     These are great as Halloween party favors or even small little gifts for the neighborhood kids! I make them for my kids and give them out to their playmates as well!

    I have also made an updated version which you can see below can be printed out from {{HERE}}

    I hope you enjoy these. If you have any questions or just want to say hello to let me know you were here, please feel free to leave a comment below!

    These can also be custom made by me for any occasion, for more information please contact me!

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