Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!

I know I'm posting this a few days late, but here are the 4th of July cookies I made. These are my first try at royal icing cookies, so I'm pretty happy with them.

I've finally gotten back to the scrapbooking, and I'll hopefully be able to post some new layouts later this week.  I think I may also try to make some cards for my stash soon.  There's also a good chance I'll finally be taking the last 2 Wilton cake courses within the next few months... I'll post that work too.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy birthday Jen!

My cousin's fiance turned 40 today, and he asked me to make a cake with some of her favorite things.  He asked for daisies and a "big, fat, cartoonish bumblebee."  He also asked for chocolate and raspberry flavors.  I made my favorite chocolate cake recipe with chocolate buttercream, and a fresh raspberry sauce filling.  I was very happy with how it turned out and she loved it.  It really is amazing how many flaws decorations can cover.

Here are some cake pops I made to try them out with a more dense cake batter and rolling them in sprinkles and nonpariels.  I didn't want to waste the chocolate, so I also made some chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and a big giant milk chocolate non-pariel.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and dads-to-be out there!! My dad's favorite dessert is a banana split, so that was dessert... well, a cake that looked like one anyway.  When I got to my parents' friends' house, they asked how I got there with the ice cream on the cake, and they also thought the cherries and banana were real, so I guess I did a pretty good job.

This is the base iced in gray then painted with silver edible paint.  I used the small oval pan from the Wilton set.  I should have only made it one layer, but I ended up making it two.  I would have liked it more if it were a little shorter. 
These are the "ice cream scoops".  They were made with the mini ball pan; the batter was the same color as the ice cream, and iced in buttercream to look like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.
 Here is the cake before adding the banana and cherries.
 Here is a front view of the finished cake.
This is a side view of the cake.

Here is a close-up shot of the sundae.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Few More Cakes

Here are two more cakes I've made, as well as my first try at cake pops. I definitely need to use a thicker cake batter and thinner chocolate for the pops.

This cake is chocolate ganache, chocolate cake, a thin layer of buttercream, and a peanut butter filling.

This candle was made for my neighbor. His daughter and 3 grandchildren come to visit every June, so they celebrate birthdays of the 2 kids who were born in August. This was for their birthday celebration with their grandfather tonight.  Their favorite colors are bright orange and bright green.  The top and bottom tiers are vanilla and the middle is chocolate. They thought it was adorable!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's been FOREVER

Okay, so I know I haven't posted in a REALLY long time. I've been having some major health problems and am learning to live with some permanent changes. Here are some cakes I've made since my last post.  This was a Phillies cake I made just to practice an FBCT.

 My boyfriend decided he needed to try the icing...
 This was for Mother's Day.
 Memorial Day watermelon cake

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Goals

I'm not a big fan of New Year's "Resolutions", so I make New Year's "Goals" instead.  This year, I have some personal goals and crafting goals, which I will update on here.
** Making cards instead of buying them MOST of the time (I would love to say that I want to make EVERY card I need, but I'm trying to be realistic here by not setting goals that are very difficult)
** finish my Israel scrapbook
** make at least 1 new project each week and post it here within 2 days of finishing
** get my cake decorating business running
** complete at least 1 crafting volunteer opportunity every month

Now my personal goals:
** get back on Weight Watchers and get back to my goal weight
** work out at least 3 times a week
** get accepted and begin nursing school
** run a 5K

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas (a little late)! Happy Hanukkah! Happy New Year!! Here is the cake I made to take to Christmas dinner at my boyfriend's parents' house. I was not happy with it at all until it was finished.