These Christmas tree treats in girly colors with sparkle were made for my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. Cayman, a great friend of my daughter and my sister-in-law, Kelly, decorated these treats. This was one of the two projects that got cut from the book. Buttercream is used to pipe leaves on the tree cookies (tip #352)and the tree cake (tip #366). The trees on the cupcakes are made using the tree cutter from the Winter Cutie Cupcake Set. Disco dust is used to provide the most vibrant sparkle. Disco dust isn’t food approved, so technically, the ornaments and star on the tree and the trees on cupcakes should be removed before consuming.
I had a ton of fun writing this book. I was fortunate to have many of my friends and family willing to participate with their kids. I also had all four of my kids in the book. Even though my older boys were nearly 16, they agreed to be part of the book. Dan Brand was once again the photographer and did an amazing job photographing the kids and projects. He has quite a way with kids! Two of his own beautiful girls are in the book. The book contains a couple hundred photos, but Dan took thousands! I’ll post some of my favorites that didn’t make the book soon.
I am so excited to have created my first cake for Icing Smiles. Icing Smiles is an awesome nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. This cake was created for Liam, a sibling to a critically ill child. If you are a cake decorator, consider sharing your talent with Icing Smiles! The decorators who are creating cakes are incredibly talented. The site shares priceless pictures of some of the kids with their cakes.
I certainly can’t take credit for coming up with the concept of this cake. I was inspired by a cake created by scubabaker on Cakecentral.org Mine doesn’t hold a candle to hers, but I still was happy with how Jay came out. The cake was made with 3, 7″ single layers. The top layer was a round sphere. The cake is iced in yellow buttercream then covered in blue rolled fondant. The board is covered with green rolled fondant and small circles were cut using tip #10. The letters are hand molded to match the weapons that come with the Lego Ninjago toys
I’ve always loved cute animals, especially sweet little farm animals. When ever I am in the mood to create animals, I instantly seem to think that chubby pigs, cuddly lambs, and sweet little chicks are the way to go. The cakes, cookies and cupcakes above are some farm creations I have made in the past. Complete instructions for these projects can be found on Country Kitchen SweetArt’s website.
These valentines cupcakes are another sample from my book. The edible frosting sheets are a quick and pretty way to add a lot of detail and color to cupcakes. Simply ice the cupcake with buttercream and place the edible image (that was cut in a circle), on top of the iced cupcakes. The heart accents are cut from patchwork cutters. Small royal icing dots surround the hearts.
This collection of Valentine’s day treats are created using edible frosting sheets in red, pink and white as well as chocolate treats with “LOVE”. Rolled fondant flowers with the edible frosting sheets adorn the buttercream iced square cake. The heart shape cookies are simply iced and decorated with the edible frosting sheets. The caramel-filled candies are molded, and when released, decorated with piped chocolate white dots and a rolled fondant letter. The LOVE bark bar was painted red and pink first, then filled with chocolate and candy crunch. After the bark was released from the mold, white dots were piped around the edge.
Each family was given a goodie bag to take home. The bag consisted of more of the same treats that were on the dessert spread.
It’s a little morbid, but I turned my kids into Halloween characters using adobe photoshop and framed them in a gothic frame.