Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rock-a-Bye...

I made this cake for a special mom-to-be.
She and daddy have left the gender of the baby as a surprise...so exciting!
Her sister-in-law came up with the colour-scheme...and I think it's adorable!
 

 
~theresa~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cake Smash!

A sweet little guy is turning one...and what better way to celebrate than a cake smash?!
I was more than tickled to be a part of the celebration.

I made him a chocolate and buttercream cake embellished with balloons to match the one's in the photo shoot.

Check out this link for a peak at the excitement...although, if you look at little Corin's face...perhaps he wasn't too excited!!

L.o.v.e. it!

~theresa~

Monday, September 27, 2010

Balls. Balls. Balls!

Last week, a special little fellow turned two and I was lucky enough to be asked to make his cupcakes. 
What kind of cupcakes does a wee little ball-lovin' boy need...balls aplenty of course!
Beach balls. Baseballs. Pool balls. Footballs. Golf balls. Tennis Balls. Oh my!

And...a little something especially for mom and dad {because this Auntie knows how stressful birthday parties can be!}
Chocolate cupcakes topped with Swiss Meringue Buttercream, chocolate ganache and Skor bits. Yum!
There is nothing like creating something that makes someone feel special!
~Theresa~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sweet Niblets

I would say I'm a pretty passionate person...and I think those who know me well would agree. My friends would say I'm passionate about my family and making ordinary days extraordinary...and I would agree.

So, it seems fitting that when birthdays roll around...as they have a tendency to do...I fuel that passion for my family and the extraordinary with a birthday bash that memories are made of.

When my daughter (now 8 ~ I don't know who told her she was allowed to grow up so quickly:) celebrated her 6th birthday, the birthday bash was no exception.

The Theme: Penny Carnival
The Food: Hot Dogs & Potato Chips - Carnival Style
The Cake: Corn on the Cob...(cupcakes)

The How-to...

1. Have the birthday girl choose her flavour...chocolate cupcakes (made from scratch) it is!

2. Head to the grocery store to purchase popcorn flavoured Jelly Bellies...they are the perfect colour.

3. When you arrive, there may be none to be had...not at the grocery store...not at the candy store...nope, nada, nothin':(

4. While you're at the candy store, pick up some yellow Laffy Taffy...that way you won't feel like you're coming home empty-handed...and you can use it for the square of butter!

4. Implement Plan B...Here's where I ran into a problem; there was no plan B! Hmmm...what's a girl to do? Think outside the box...

5. Combine white jelly beans and yellow food colouring in a seal-able baggie...mix well. And presto...custom-coloured yellow jelly beans!

6. Choose three cupcakes that are similar size and height and line 'em up in a real-deal corn on the cob holder...found at the local Dollarama.

7. Ice each cupcake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing...yum!

8. Use your custom coloured :) jelly beans to create the rows of kernels.

9. Cut a square from the Laffy Taffy and soften the edges with your fingers...place on one end (or in the middle if you're so inclined) of your ear of corn.

10. Season with clear candy crystals (I used Wilton)...and tada...

Corn on the Cob in all its sugary goodness!

On a side note...
To make the carnival experience that much more authentic, I served the hot-dogs, potato chips and veggies in a red basket lined with parchment paper.

And...what mama can write about her child's birthday and not include a picture of the birthday girl herself?

Sweet Niblets!

I'm linking this post to the Cupcake Challenge over at Hoosier Homemade.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle

As the school year draws to a close, the Kindergartners at my school were treated to a graduation all their own. Their teacher...my colleague...asked me to make a cake to celebrate the occasion. One of their favourite books this year was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ~ the perfect inspiration for a bright and fun confection!

As always, the process began with an internal dialogue...how am I going to do this? Cupcakes? Maybe. Loaf pans? Hmmm...don't think so. Bundt pans? Yes, that's it, the texture in the pans would provide the perfect shape for mister caterpillar.

Once baking and cooling were complete, I cut each cake into thirds and arranged what I needed on the already-covered cake board. I chose paper that celebrated the bright colours from the book. He's beginning to take shape...
I kept the book close by to keep me on track!

Very carefully, I cut the caterpillar in half and added loads of Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing...then replaced the top.

I covered the rest of the caterpillar with the Buttercream, being careful to maintain the ridges ~ with a little note to self: Fondant mirrors whatever it lies on top of. This is one time when lumps and bumps would be okay!
He spent about an hour in the fridge as the Buttercream set. Tick...tock...tick...and I spent an hour in Blogland!

At this point...my pictures become scarce! To be honest, it was the middle of the night and my patience for documenting each step was waning...bare with me as I try to describe the process...

Using Wilton's Leaf Green paste and Duff's Electric Green I kneaded the fondant into the colour I was after. With the base colour just right, I added more dye and pulled the fondant slightly, to attain a marbled look. I did the same with the red. At this point I was reminded about just how much red dye is required to tint fondant!

I rolled out the green and placed it over the body and the red over the head.
He's looking more and more like he might just inch his way off my cake board!


I cut the eyes from green and yellow fondant using different sized cake decorating tips. I trimmed and pulled the fondant circles until I had the shape I wanted. I followed a similar process for the itty-bitty feet and the nose. For the antenna, I mixed green and red fondant and rolled it in to tubes, smaller at one end than the other. I painted over each with red paste to achieve a more vibrant look. I adhered the pieces with a droplet of water and...tada...
For the sun, I mixed yellow and orange fondant and used a cutter and scissors to cut the circle and the rays. I placed them on the board and rearranged until I was pleased with the outcome.

The children (and their teacher!) enjoyed the cake and I enjoyed the opportunity to create and document the process!

I'm linking up to...
Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow.
Just Something I Whipped Up Monday at The Girl Creative.
Craftastic Monday over at Sew Can Do.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Surf's Up!

My daughter played host to her friends at the local swimming pool for her 8th birthday party. Following two hours of splashing it up, we met for pizza and goodies galore. I made these cupcakes based on her request for a Surf's Up party - she asked for those flowers that grew on the tree near the house we stayed in in Hawaii (known to adults as hibiscus flowers!), surf boards and beach towels.

Surf's Up!

Goodies were sent home in these sweet little treats.

Chalk-full of sugary goodness - floss well children!

The kiddies enjoyed pop from The Pop Shoppe!

As a child, is there anything better than a birthday party with your friends?

Maybe sipping lime pop!
What a wonderful way to welcome summer!

I'm linking this post to Goody Bag Ideas and Birthday Parties link up over at The Girl Creative.

Theresa



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A little Birdie Told Me...

...that Elle was turning 8!

My daughter Elle, sister to Ava and Kieran is our middle child! She is both strong-willed and agreeable, helpful and tenacious! She recently turned eight and to celebrate, I made her this tweet little confection (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Anyone that knows my Elle knows she is anything but a girlie-girl! So making this cake for her was a little risky! Here's where her 'agreeable' side comes in - she loved it! I think it was the little birdie that sold her on the cake (because I know it wasn't the pink flowers!)


I'm linking this post to Show and Share over at Just a Girl!

Happy birthday sweet Elle!
MoM

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Something's Fishy!

This week I purchased the Wilton tools for working with fondant...mainly for creating flowers.
But, because I like to think outside the box the first thing I created with the tools was a fish. Yes...a fish!

I had been hired to create a gone fishin' cake which had the potential to morph into another "Never Again!" But that fishy had nothing on my new tools!

I started with a ball of fondant icing...looking at a picture of a fish, I worked the icing in to this beauty! I detailed the fins with the sea-shell tool and used a pointy tool (I'm certain that's the technical term!) to sketch the lines and scales.

I then mixed Wilton's Luster Dust with a little rum - the instructions call for vodka but we were all out! I resisted the temptation to mix myself a little something and decided instead to keep my whits about me and finish this project in my right mind! Then the painting began...I worked towards blending the colours and finished off with a little shimmer all over.
Unfortunately for this little guy - he's on the chopping block! I painted the fondant with brown paste food colouring. To get the wood-look, I blended the colours with a paintbrush. And tada...something's fishy!
Theresa

Never Again!

Truth be told, I sometimes get myself in over my head!

Take for example the cake I like to call "NEVER AGAIN"! When approached by a colleague to create a model of a building...from cake...I had to think on that one! I took a day to mull over the idea and decided that I couldn't pull it off, I didn't have the expertise for such an undertaking. Before I could say "in over my head" my colleague had convinced me that I could in fact create a building from cake. And there I was, in over my head.

I frantically baked cake after cake after cake after cake...there were wrapped cakes on my table, on my counters, on my coffee tables in the living room - piled 2 or three high in some spots! Then came the buttercream - somewhere in the vicinity of 7 Lbs. of butter, 42 egg whites and 1- and a half cups of sugar! I won't mention the small fortune spent on fondant icing...

With the gracious help of a friend of mine and upwards of 36 hours of creating I did in fact pull this one off! I present to you..."Never Again."

Will this be the last time I find myself in over my head? Probably not.
T.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life is short...Eat more cupcakes!

A tweet treat.

Forest friends.

Much tastier than a fortune cookie with all the fortune!

Pinkalicious!

How do you say thank-you to those people for whom words are not enough? Cupcakes!

Simply ooey-gooey goodness!

Far less painful and much tastier than the real deal!

Gentlemen...start your engines!

T.