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Hawaiian Cupcakes (Beach Theme Cupcakes)

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For my little niece’s fourth birthday party I made these cute little Hawaiian themed cupcakes to go with her Hawaiian themed birthday party.

Hawaiian CupcakesHawaiian CupcakesHawaiian Cupcakes 3The cupcakes were fudge chocolate with Swiss Meringue frosting. I used graham crackers for the sand, and the flowers and seashells were made using Wilton candy molds and fondant molds. The seashells were dusted with various pearl dust colors.

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Graduation Cake With Cap Topper (Photo Tutorial)

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My intention is for most of my posts to be helpful whether they are related to baking, fashion, or even photography. I am not the technical photographer in my house but I am the one behind the artsy, creative poses and composition ideas. So when I do share photography posts on here it’s because I’ve contributed to them in some way :). With that being said, I hope you find this tutorial helpful.

When I made my first graduation cake I recall there weren’t many tutorials out there for the cap topper (where the topper was not made out of cake) so now that I’ve made a few graduation cakes, I finally got around to taking pictures to document how I make mine. This cake was fun to make because I was given quite a bit of liberty with the design. The only requests were that it be Spring HS colors, have a quilted top tier,have a congratulations message and possibly a lion paw print for the school mascot. I ended up changing the design a bit from my initial vision but I think it was for the better. I love how the cake turned out.

Spring HS Graduation Cake DesignThe assembly of the cake:

IMG_0024Final cake:Fondant Tiered Spring HS Graduation CakeFor the cake topper I use a foam ball that’s been split in half and a thick piece of card stock. The foam ball is about 4.5″ in diameter and the card stock was cut into a 5.5″ square. Both pieces were covered in fondant.I made holes on the center of each piece prior to covering with fondant. These holes are what connects the two pieces.  By making the holes prior, I find it’s easier to find the center and remake the hole once covered with fondant because it will be softer in these spots. Once the fondant dries and hardens, I assemble with a lollipop stick and cover the center with tassel topped with the cap button. The video tutorial below the image is a great tutorial on how to cover the foam ball with fondant. I followed the same steps to cover the card stock.

Graduation Cap TutorialVideo tutorial for covering foam ball. This lady is amazing and I love her tutorials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BimxvdCvu5U

Boxing Cupcakes!

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These are some cute boxing themed cupcakes I made for the recent fight. The frosting was a delicious pineapple jello cream frosting! I used the star 1M, 2D, and 4B tips as well as the round 2A for the different designs.

Boxing Cupcakes Some of my more recent cake designs can be seen on my updated cake page here. I have added a ladybug cake, first communion cake and recent cheesecake.

Minecraft Inspired Cake

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I had the opportunity to make a Minecraft inspired cake. As I normally do with all cake requests, I got busy looking at photos and watching videos related to the theme. I came up with, what I thought was, a great cake design. I have two little people in my house who are Minecraft lovers so when I told them about my design and sought their input, I was quickly put in my place with a “Mom, that’s not how it works. Put that down and come PLAY the game”. LOL so I didn’t actually play the game but I did watch my kids and got a quick lesson on how the game works. I got some input from my kids and came up with this design:

Minecraft Inspired CakeI wanted to have a sparkling candle on top of the TNT for added effect but didn’t have one on hand. Other than that, I was very pleased with how it turned out and the kids loved it! All of the cake toppers were hand made out of fondant/gumpaste. I didn’t see many cakes with “Steve” in a position other than completely upright so I knew I wanted to make mine appear to be moving so that’s how I modeled him. I also wanted the “Creeper” to have a two-toned look similar to the photos I saw so I made him with a marbled effect. The grass was made with buttercream using the Wilton grass tip 233. The dirt was given the textured look by adding Oreos into the chocolate buttercream. The diamond tools and map were my son’s suggestion. The age was displayed on an Obsidian block. (Notice the diamond tools next to the block. These are the only mining tools for this block in the game). These are all the little details my kids helped me with. The name was displayed on signage similar to what I saw on the game.

Minecraft Inspired Cake ToppersThis was another very fun cake to make!

Michael Jackson Thriller Birthday Party and Cake

I recently had a request to make a Michael Jackson Thriller cake for my niece. I was given the liberty to make any cake I wanted as long as it was MJ-themed. I was excited to come up with something! I looked at several pictures of cakes and found one that I liked but I wanted to have MJ’s figure on top and wanted it to have the appearance that he was dancing so opted to hang the figure from cake wire versus sticking it on the cake. I love how it turned out!

Michael Jackson Thriller Cake

Here is another view (more from the top). The cake had the bling glove on top and was placed on a bling cake board.

MJ Thriller Fondant Cake

And some of the decorations for the party are below. I added bling to everything!

Michael Jackson Theme Party

This was another fun party to plan and make happen!!

Frozen-Inspired Birthday Cake and Cake Pops

I made this cute Frozen-inspired cake and cake pops this past weekend.

Frozen Olaf Fondant CakeFrozen Olaf Fondant Birthday CakeThe cake board covered with powdered sugar for a snow effect:

Frozen Cake BoardThe coordinating cake pops:

Frozen Cake PopsSo much fun to make and I was thrilled when the birthday girl saw me place the nose on the snowman and shrieked “Olaf! I like my birthday cake!”

Art-Themed Birthday Party

I had so much fun planning this art-themed birthday party!

Art Themed Birthday PartyI used my daughter’s artwork and art supplies as decorations. I frequented Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn for the items I needed. Every day on my lunch break I would go to a couple of craft stores and pick up a couple of supplies and/or decorations with those wonderful 40% off coupons. I found some great deals in clearance also. I found a 7-pk of canvases for $6.99. The party was for 16 children so I still needed two more 7-pks. Using a 25% coupon on a 40% sale, I was able to get two more packs for $20.98 so I ended up with 21 canvases for $27.97. The acrylic paint, oil pastels, card stock etc was all purchased with coupons.

Art Themed PartyThe fabric I used in the pails to simulate paint was purchased for a few dollars at JoAnn with a 25% coupon on a clearance sale. I saw the idea online but plastic table coverings were used. I liked the way it looked with soft fabric much better and it was only a couple of dollars more. I made the treat “bags” by hot-gluing a ribbon to a clear plastic cup and filling with crayons.

Art Themed Cake and Cake PopsI made the cake and cake pops/balls. The cake pops and balls were displayed in painters’ palettes.

Colorful 36 in BalloonsI purchased those massive 36″ balloons hoping to fill them with helium so I could tie them to chairs but the cost was so much I decided to just fill them with air. That ended up working out perfect because the kids had a blast playing with them!

It was such a fun party and I didn’t spend a fortune!

 

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