Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow Day!

This past Saturday, 12/19/09, we experienced what they are calling the blizzard of 2009 in the DC metro area! The snow started Friday night and didn't stop until late Saturday night. I heard that some areas got up to 22 inches! Anyway, it was a great excuse for me to bake some Christmas cookies and get into the holiday spirit! I started with a batch of roll out sugar cookies that I decorated with tinted royal icing and some colored sugars!

Toward the end of the batch, I decided to make a few high heel cookies just for fun!

Just for variety, I also made some Russian tea cakes (a personal favorite of mine!)

And then some, "crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside" Chocolate Chip Cookies (My bf Rod's favorite!)

I got some cute Holiday tins from Michael's craft store and packaged them up and topped them off with gift tags ;)

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Flower Cupcakes

I think the rosette cupcakes turned out cuter ;)

Here is a close up of the white flower.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Pops

Jack-o-lantern faces

Friday, October 23, 2009

Beach Cupcakes and Cars Cake

Beach Cupcakes
Lightning McQueen Cake

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mini Burger Cupcakes

I used white cake for the buns, brownies for the patty, colored icing for the ketchup and mustard, and green daisy sprinkles for the lettuce. I topped them off with a dash of sesame seeds on top and packed them in a box to take to her birthday dinner.

The restaurant was nice enough to stick a candle in one of the sliders and bring them out for dessert.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffanys

My cousin Jamie is getting married on 10.10.09 so I threw her a Tiffany's-themed bridal shower this past weekend. I had a blast trying to come up with ways to incorporate the theme in the games, food, and favors.

These are mini cupcakes made with white cake mix, vanilla icing (with teal coloring), and edible silver balls. I'm guessing that they were good since they disappeared rather quickly!

These are bite-size chocolate Tiffany's boxes. They turned out better than expected! My sister Rose and I spent an evening making them and froze them until the day of the party. My friend Aimee took a great picture of them at the actual bridal shower (see below).

Aren't they so cute?

Here is a nice pic of the favor table. On the left are homemade high heel sugar cookie favors (See below). In the middle, we put out some of the chocolates wrapped to go, along with these really cute diamond ring wine bottle stoppers that I picked up from beau-coup. On the right are cute little boxes that I ordered from the same Web site and put together with diamond ring key chains.

Here is a close up of the high heel sugar cookies. I used a basic sugar cookie recipe then we iced them with a vanilla almond frosting and sprinkled them with sugar pearls. The recipes are below:

Roll-out Sugar Cookies
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
Sugar Cookie Icing
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk (add more if the icing is too thick)
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Here is a close up of the diamond ring key chains in the favor boxes (both from beau-coup as well).

Me and the happy bride-to-be with her rehearsal bouquet. (Can you tell that most of her gifts were from Victoria's Secret?)

More to come...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blogging, take 1...

So after years of going through several cameras, laptops, and losing numerous pictures; I have decided to keep this blog as an attempt to organize a portfolio of some of my creations. I love to bake and have made it somewhat of a hobby. I've never taken any classes, but have learned from making cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets for family and friends throughout the years. As I find pictures on old hard drives and memory sticks, I will get them up. In the meantime, I will start with my most recent creations. Enjoy!