This post is for you, Britt!
Okay, so how about some cupcakes? And maybe some cakes and other treats?
While I was perusing the pictures on my computer for this post, I came across this photo taken about a week after we got married. This picture is from some time towards the end of December 2006. I was making Christmas cookies. I guess my baking obsession has been going on for quite a while now.
(Oh to be so skinny again!)
Over the years I have made basic cupcakes from a box mix and tub icing where all I did was color the frosting. To more complex homemade ones. I love being able to say something is all homemade 'from scratch'. But, on the other hand, I also love paying attention to the decoration on the cake or cupcake and am definitely not opposed to using a box or a tub when time is of the essence.
How bout a quick recap of some cupcakes I've already posted?
These were from Paul's 30th birthday bash. (June 2010)
Funfetti cupcakes (from a box and a tub)
Popcorn cupcakes (yellow batter, whipped white icing-from a box and a tub)
Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (box and tub again)
The red velvet cupcakes & the key lime cupcakes were iced at the last minute because of the time crunch I was in. Hence the quick icing job. It's not always the prettiest but if you're ever in need of a fast way to ice cupcakes simply take a ziploc bag, fill it with icing, cut off a corner, and voila, a cheap & easy way to ice.
These key lime cupcakes were all homemade. The icing had lime zest in it and everyone loved them.
I'd share the recipe with you, but I have no idea where I got it from.
You also just saw these cupcakes from my sister's Wedding Shower. To ice these I used an icing bag, coupler and one of my cupcake icing tips. At this moment, I can't even tell you which size tip I used.
(box & tub)
These were the white boxed cupcakes with homemade strawberry icing. Simply to die for.
These were the homemade cookie dough cupcakes from the baby shower I just threw. The batter and the icing were both homemade. They were cored and filled with a cookie dough filling.
So sweet, but oh so delicious!
They alternate. Chocolate cupcakes, white frosting, dark chocolate spider webs.
White cupcakes, chocolate frosting and white chocolate spider webs.
Clearly working with melted chocolate is not my forte.
I also made spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (box & tub). I love spiced cupcakes. They are such a perfect fall flavor. I added the fondant pink and orange circles to match the cake.
Fun cupcakes for one year old Molly!
This was her beautiful birthday Halloween cake that Kristan ordered.
I was so happy with how well the cupcakes ended up matching the cake.
To celebrate the Super Bowl I made black and gold cupcakes.
Look closely and you can spot two different icing styles.
I'm not a fan of how the black sprinkle flakes I used clumped together in some areas,
but you live and you learn.
For years my grandmother has always made these yummy chocolate covered peanut butter eggs for Easter. She's getting older now and the detail and time it takes to make these has become too much for her.
I have unofficially taken the job on.
These were made for this past Easter.
I had a box of chocolate cake mix and a tub of white frosting leftover from something and wanted to get rid of it, so I decided to make some cupcakes. The flowers were made using leftover royal icing. In fact, an easy way to use up all of your royal icing is to make fun designs on wax paper. Let them dry, peel and then store. You never know when they'll come in handy.
Here, these flowers were the perfect finishing touch on some spring cupcakes.
One thing I'm hoping to learn more about is cake decorating. I haven't done too many cakes for the simple reason that I don't like cake. I'm not a fan of cupcakes either but I make them more frequently because they're easier to dole out to people. Since it's just my husband and I, a whole cake usually seems pointless.
However, this year the Steelers (my team) made it to the Super Bowl and one thought came to mind.
The Terrible Towel.
So I made it into a cake. Definitely a work of love, but a success if I do say so myself.
Then, this past spring I spotted this beautiful rose cake by Amanda at I am Baker and
knew I needed to give it a try.
So I did.
And this is what I came up with.
This is the first cake.
And this was the second.
I tinted the white layer pink since I made them right around Valentine's Day.
It's a good thing they turned out pretty because they were almost the death of me. The buttercream recipe I used had shortening in it and was impossible to work with. Like I said before, I don't like cake to begin with and all I tasted was the shortening in the icing. Other people loved it though, thank goodness.
The white layer was homemade from scratch and the chocolate layer was from a box.
The most recent cake I've made was a simple cake. It was a white cake mix (from a box), a chocolate cake mix (from a box) with whipped cream and strawberries. A neat twist on strawberry shortcake.
I made it for my sister's bridal brunch and it was a light treat for the morning hours.
Obviously I didn't worry about how neat the icing was. After all, it was just cool whip.
Now how bout some cookies?
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