Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monster High Cupcake Wrappers {Free Printable}

Today, If everything goes as planned (And doesn't it always)  I have approximately 71 days left of this pregnancy. I'm more than a bit uncomfortable at this point and have been holed up in my air conditioned house doing my best to stay cool and comfortable counting down the days till' my little one arrives :)

I have been tinkering with this idea for a bit in my mind, but only recently was able to find the time to sit down and pull the idea out of my head ....

What do you think????? Because I think they came out fabulous!!!

I will always love these original Monster High Skullette Cupcake Toppers I created last summer....

But  have found that some people just aren't as "excited" to make them out of Royal Icing or simply just don't have the time to learn how to use that medium.  So since fair is fair, I figured I would make another option for those that don't feel so passionate about making edible decor. And it's also a new avenue of creativity I've been exploring since I've stopped baking.

Just so you know it took every ounce  of self control I possess in order NOT to make cupcakes just to display these wrappers. I completely and totally would have scarfed down one or five in a sitting...I have no will power so I depend on abstinence in relations to sweets!

I made a few different versions. This one is a plain white one..super easy and basic, if that's your style. Just picture a cupcake swirled high with some FantabulousVanilla Frosting  or any other flavor you wish and some scattered pink or blue sprinkles for emphasis with this little gem wrapped around it!

I also printed this plain version on vellum, which came out very nice, but may become problematic since the white portion of the skull does not print out. It is transparent, which may or may not work depending on the wrapper the cupcake is baked in.

I thought that since the plain one's seemed like so much fun...one's with colors would be even more fun.

The skull with the Monster High Argyle background came out superb...

But the simpler black looked wonderful as well! A little harder to see in the picture, but trust me it works!

Now for the more technical or not so technical stuff. I printed these on a card stock, but they can also be printed on plain old paper. Reason being that, since you will probably only use them once, you may want to save yourself a few pennies, because they will still look great!

 I attached them in the back with some hot glue, but tape or double sided tape would work out just as well!

If you would like to print these out for personal use please follow the links below!!!!

MH Argyle Pattern Cupcake Wrapper

MH Plain White Cupcake Wrapper

MH Black Cupcake Wrapper

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

WWE Raw 1000th epsiode!!!!

Tonight will premier the 1000th episode of RAW...and marks the begining of a three hour version of Monday night wrestling. That is a huge milestone so a big thumbs up to them for entertaining the likes of my hubs for so long.

I was a big wrestling fan when I was younger...I mean like who wasn't a fan of Hulkamania in the 80's???

I remember the big controversy between Mr. T and Hulk Hogan, when I believed that the drama infused show was real and my little heart went out to the Hulkster.

But then one of my fellow students felt the need to let me know it was all fake and my love affair with the world of wrestling ended there. I still to this day dislike that girl, (this is like thirty years later, I can hold a major resentment) but find comfort in the idea that she probably grew up to be that random person that ruins Christmas by telling kids "Santa isn't real dears"  sucking the fun out of life and hoping she got really fat and ugly and has no friends.


As this may be wonderful for wrestling fans (like my hubbs) it is less exciting for me.

But I know there are many out there that are super exciting for THREE hours of wrestling EVERY Monday Night (REALLY!!!!!) ....and this cake is for you!

I actually made this cake last Labor Day for my hub's cousins 21st birthday. But since then I've gotten a few questions on how I made it. At the point in time that I made this cake I didn't document my baking and decorating as well as I do now, but I can offer a basic breakdown.

If you have any questions, please just leave a comment below or contact me directly!

I started with a quarter sheet and half sheet cake and carved the belt shape. I made a basic outline using wax paper and just cut from that.

Half sheet for the middle quarter sheet on the ends (cut in half)
To get the "black" color of the belt I tinted chocolate butter cream with black gel food coloring. Black tends to leave a bitter aftertaste, so I went with the chocolate flavored frosting to over ride the bitterness. Crumb coat, let it crust up and then take your time and frost it smooth, smooth, smooth!

After you have it all frosted, I started on the plaque. It is made from yellow fondant which can be bought at most local craft stores. All I did with this was download an image, sketch it out to the size I needed and broke it down into a series of cut outs and shapes. You might be able to see from the picture below, that it is layered with shapes.

I traced through wax paper to make sure details were as spot on as possible, although I took some artistic licensing and altered what I needed to.  To get the gold and silver coloring I painted the fondant with gold and silver lust dust.

And then I started adding in the other details... Vanilla Butter Cream tinted yellow, red and grey. Yellow sanding sugar and pearl sprinkles for the jeweled effect of the CHAMP portion.

I outlined it with more gray butter cream adding in the pearlized sprinkles. And painted the name portion with black food coloring.

Because it was for a 21st birthday I added in that to the sides of the belt, instead of what is normally there.

This was one of my first major cakes, in that it included a lot of "firsts" so as gaudy as it may seem...It still holds a special place in my heart!

Congrats RAW for reaching the 1000th episode milestone.....and hoping you reach the 2000th!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leaved a comment below.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Best of Mighty Delighty

I can't even begin to explain how hot and pregnant I am right now :) But on a better note I have approximately 83 days till' I get to hold my lil' man in my arms.

I can't wait.

My nesting instinct has kicked in full force, to the point of where I'm exhausted and useless the following day. In the past few days I completely cleaned out and organized my kitchen and put the remaining pieces of the baking and decorating portion of Mighty Delighty in a series or storage bins.

It was a so bitter sweet.

I'm a firm believer that in order to receive new experiences into this life, you must physically make room for them in your life. All to often I have found myself so cluttered physically in the moment, unable to see anything in front of me.

There are so many plans, dreams and strong emotions tied into the baking/decorating business portion of Mighty Delighty, which I knew in my heart of hearts I had to let go of for a brief moment in time. In order to be able to focus fully and completely at the wonderful little miracle of a child that is due to enter into this world this October.

All the above coupled with a nasty case of pregnancy induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has certainly pushed me into putting my "other" aspirations to sleep for a bit. I have one final and last themed party to do this upcoming weekend, which is for my daughter's 2nd Birthday.

Being that I'm a bit tied up with my daughter's birthday, I thought that I would share the five top posts of this past year blogging. Hopefully some of my older posts will be something new for you to peek at!

The absolute #1 post has to be these..."How to Make Monster High Cupcakes" With over 30,000 views, it's is also my most favorite, because it was the very first time I ventured into the world of Royal Icing and the possibilities that surround it, in regards as using it a decorating medium.

#2 Not far behind is..."How to make Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops" these pushed me out of my comfort zone of "round" cake pops and forced me to think a little more in regards to the construction of these, since they are made as a lolly pops of sorts.

#3 Is a recipe for what I believe (and so do the many converts) to be the BEST Vanilla frosting EVERS .."Fantabulous Vanilla Frosting" I challenge anyone to make it and become a believer as well! It's a butter cream recipe with a few extra elements that kick it up quite a few rungs of the flavor ladder.

#4 -Is my Snow White Princess Party Cupcake and Cookies I made for My Daughters 3rd birthday. This also has other free themed printables made specifically for the party which you can view {HERE}.

#5 Was also one of my more fun projects and the start of a new addiction creating with Royal icing transfers. I made these Monster High Themed Cookies for my niece's 9th Birthday. And if you didn't already know, MH is HUGE with little girls right now!

There are so many more amazing and fun posts I did through out this past year. But I'll save them for another day, as there is quite a bit to look at here.

By the way...I miss decorating :(

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christening / Communion Cupcake Toppers

Hope you all are enjoying your Summer where ever you may be in the world. I'm on Long Island, in New York and so far the weather has been hot,hot, hot; which normally wouldn't be such a biggie, but since I'm pregnant.

I am all sorts of irritable...and not in a nice way.

Thank goodness for pools and the instant cool down they provide, now if only I could get through the next few months living in the pool..hhhhhmmmmmm, I wonder??????

Onto the post now......

These cupcakes were made to be used for a boy's communion, but they could be used for either a communion, a christening or any type or religious occasion. They are a quick easy way to kick up the fancy, schmancy factor on a cupcake and make your treats look like you slaved over them for hours.

Best part is they are super de duper easy to make and can be made into girly or neutral toppers depending on the color scheme you choose to use.

I would suggest making these a few days in advance to decorating your cupcakes, in order to give them sufficient time to dry and set. They are sugar (a preserver of sorts)  based, so they won't go bad left out sitting. You don't want to make these the day of your special event, because the fondant will be droopy and soft and won't stand up so proud.

To make these this is what you will need....

  • Uncolored  Fondant
  • Gel food coloring...depending on your color scheme
  • Pearl sprinkles
  • Small cross cutter or hand cut the crosses yourself (more work, but doable)
  • Round cutter (Shouldn't be larger than 3')
  • Small food safe paint brush
  • Corn syrup
I know I mentioned the first thing you need is fondant, but don't freak out if you have never used it before..it sounds intimidating, but really it's not.

Fondant can be bought at most craft stores. I use a Wilton brand. I don't have a recipe for it, because in all honesty the store bought version serves my purposes for decorating.  I have found that with a coupon (50% OFF) I typically get it for a very cheap price and I often have enough for several projects. You can also buy colored fondant if you don't want to be bothered coloring it yourself; it's often sold in color combo packs, so if that is something that works for you go for it.

Otherwise begin by choosing the color scheme that you will be going with and color your fondant accordingly. Basically add a little coloring and knead it through, until is has all become the color you want. cover in shortening, if you have it and store in a plastic bag...well sealed at that. Fondant dries out when exposed to air, so keep it well covered until you are ready to use it.

I first started by rolling out the fondant for my crosses. Don't roll it too thin, make it easy to be able to lift after it has been rolled. If you find that your fondant is getting all sorts of sticky add a little powdered sugar or cornstarch to your work surface.

Cut out your little crosses and put them aside. If they appear a bit ragged on the edges, just pat them with your finger to clean them up.

Next roll out the fondant for your circles, these I tended to roll out a bit thicker, just because they are the main part and I wanted them to be a bit hardier. Using your circle cutter, cut out your toppers. If you don't have a circle cutter, just use something around the house that can provide you with the size you need. A Small drinking glasses can work, they just may make a messier cut, so you will have to pat the edges clean.

After theses have all been cut out add your crosses to the center. I attached them by brushing the backs of the crosses with a little water and placing them on top of the toppers. Once you have done this you can begin to add the pearl sprinkles. I bought these at my local supermarket, so you can probably find them almost anywhere.

I followed the lines of the cross when I added the sprinkles and then placed sprinkles in between those points.

And then I added in more in between those points. I do this because it allows me to make them more evenly spaced in the circumference of the circle and I get all sorts of OCD, if they aren't evenly spaced.

I added these with the teensiest, tiniest dab of water. You can also use a very small touch of corn syrup if you really want to make them stick. After you add each one, gently press them down to make sure they are in place.

This is just another color version of the toppers. I colored the pearl sprinkles blue, by adding a drop of blue gel food coloring to the sprinkles. It gave them a pearly blue finish. If you color the sprinkles, make sure you use corn syrup to attach them to the toppers, because using water will make the colors run.

Let the toppers dry a full 24 hours or until they feel sturdy enough and then decorate your cupcakes.

I use a large decorators tip to frost my cupcakes, typically a 1M or a 2D (my favorite). You can add a few colored sprinkles around the edges for a bit more flair and gently place the topper on. Push down lightly to ensure it is attached. You can store these cupcakes with the toppers on them, in the refrigerator. As long as the toppers have fully dried  they should not give you any problems sitting in the fridge. 

And that is it! An easy, fast way to spruce up cupcakes to make any special occasion even more memorable!

Hope you enjoyed this! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Awareness Ribbon Cupcake Toppers

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July. It feels like the summer just began, but is already heading fast towards the halfway mark...which means my pregnancy is almost over as well.

YIKES!!!! So exciting and terrifying at the same time.

There are some days in which I'm not sure what I've gotten myself into...two toddlers and a new baby on the way. Then there are the other days (moments really), when I embrace how truly blessed I am to have the opportunity to raise not only two children, but a third this fall.

That realization typically only occurs after the two terrors of toddlers I chase around all morning are napping...and the house is quiet for a brief moment in time :)

These awareness ribbon cupcake toppers were made for a very special little girl named Emily who is diagnosed with MPS / San Filippo Syndrome. I had never heard of it until I found out through a friend of mine of a fundraiser her Mother was hosting to help raise money for research into this debilitating diagnoses.

 If you would like to know more about Emily you can find out about her through the FaceBook Page Emily's Dance also found {HERE} 

I donated a bunch of cupcakes and cake pops to the event they had a  few months back to do my part in helping to raise money and awareness, I wish there was more that I could have done, but it's what I was able to do.

These ribbon toppers can be customized to any type of awareness ribbon, by just changing a few elements such as color.

This is what you will need to make them....

  • Fondant
  • Gel food color...your choice with whatever awareness color applies
  • Something to cut the fondant with..a sharp knife or a pizza cutter works wonders here :)
If you have never worked with fondant before, it's really not that scary, not for something like this anyway. It can be purchased at most crafts stores and with a coupon it can be bought relatively cheap. It is also sometimes sold in color combo packs, so if that is easier than purchase that.

If you have uncolored fondant, start by coloring it. To do this add a little gel food coloring to the amount that you will need and knead it until the color is evenly distributed. If it gets really sticky add a bit of shortening to your hands or even powdered sugar.

When you are finished coat it in shortening if you have it and place it in a plastic bag. Fondant dries as it is exposed to air, so keep it well wrapped until you are ready to work with it.

Roll out your fondant to the thickness you wish, I made mine a bit thin because I wanted it to look like ribbon, just don't roll it so thin that it falls apart when handling it. To keep it from getting too sticky add a dusting of powdered sugar to your roller and work surface.

Using a cutter, a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the rolled fondant into strips. I used lengths of about 6 inches, that were about 3/4 of an inch thick.

You will fold over the right side diagonally to start building the ribbon.

Then fold the other side down. Before you place it down, brush the inside of the ribbon with a little water so it is secure where it meets in the middle

Make sure the ends of the ribbon extend past the middle part of the ribbon like so. Don't pull everything too tight, you want the top to have the 3 dimensional look of the loop of ribbon, so be a little loose with it.

Now with your cutter or knife, slice the edges of the ribbon vertically.

I added in some little flowers I had made using a small flower cutter to finish the ribbon off. Although I used a different color :)

These are what they looked like finished. I let mine dry for a full 24 hours before decorating the cupcakes with them.

To decorate the cupcakes, I used a large decorating tip 1M & 2D and added in a few sprinkles before placing these on top.

Just give them a gently push to ensure they attach to the frosting.

I hope you enjoyed this post, although it's not about the most cheerful thing in the world. I wish that one day we will never have to use awareness ribbons of any kind, because hopefully one day there will be a cure for all that ails us.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello, please feel free to leave a comment below!