Tag Archive | cupcakes

Sparkly Christmas Trees

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.

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New Book Available- Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies with Kids

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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.

The book can be ordered from Country Kitchen SweetArt or pre-ordered from Amazon.

Sneak peek- Cupcake and Cookie Texture Sets

After many long months of waiting, I finally have the Cupcake and Cookie Texture tops almost ready to go! By next week I will have three of the six sets ready to sell. The following are the sets that will be available:

Geometric
Scroll
Whimsy Blooms
Floral
Christmas
Winter

Samples using the Geometric Cupcake and Cookie Texture Top Set:

Geometric Cupcake Tops. Elegant on their own!

1st birthday cookies with cupcake texture tops

Flower cupcake with Geometric Textures

Bunny Cupcakes with Cupcake Texture Tops

About the Texture Sets:
The texture sheets are made of a lightweight clear plastic. Either side of the mat can be used. One side will give a raised impression, while the other will give a recessed impression. Each set comes with three mats. Each mat has a design that is repeated four times. Below is a sample of the geometric set.

3 sheets- Each with a design repeated 4-x's (12 textures total)

Instructions using the cupcake texture sheets:
Bake and cool cupcake. Generously ice cupcake with your favorite cupcake icing. Lightly spray texture mat with a cooking spray. Wipe excess grease with a paper towel. Roll rolled fondant to approximately 1/16” thickness. Place the smooth, rolled side of the fondant face down on the texture mat. Place the rolling pin on one end of the fondant with the mat underneath. Firmly roll over the fondant, rolling to the opposite end. Do not double roll. Lift the mat and the fondant. Flip over the mat so the fondant is on the bottom and the mat is on top. Peel back the mat. Cut fondant using a circle cutter from Autumn Carpenter Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. Place textured fondant circle on top of the iced cupcake. If icing has crusted, brush a thin layer of piping gel onto the icing or slightly dampen icing with a small amount of water from a squeeze bottle to adhere the fondant circle.

Coordinating Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters:
The diameter of baked and iced cupcakes may vary according to recipe, amount of batter, and amount of icing used. Choose a cutter sized to completely cover the top of the iced cupcake. Use the texture sets in conjunction with my Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. The cutter set contains 3 stainless steel cutters, 2¾”, 3” & 3¼” for standard size cupcakes.

Barnyard Farm Birthday party theme

Down on the Farm Cake from my book, Complete Photo guide to Cake Decorating

Cupcakes with green piped buttercream grass with purchased adorable pre-made figurines.

Barnyard two-tier cake

Farm Animal Cookie Bouquets

Quick and Easy Cupcakes with Plastic Picks

Quick decorated cookies with edible frosting sheets

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.

Valentine Cupcakes

Valentine cupcakes with Edible Frosting Sheets

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.

Cut the frosting sheet in a circle large enough to cover the iced cupcake

LOVE Blossoms Valentine theme cakes, candies and cookies

Large crunchy chocolate bark bar with LOVE

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.

Bruce’s 40th Computer Theme Birthday

My husband is a software engineer and loves everything computer. I wanted to highlight his passion on his 40th birthday. I did a lot of research trying to come up with computer theme supplies and ideas, but couldn’t find much. I did find one particular blogger who gave some really cool ideas. Visit her blog here: http://computerparty.wordpress.com/. I had a difficult time figuring out how to decorate! I based all the decorations on 101000 and the colors black, white and silver. 101000 is binary code for “40”. My sister and I recently just went in together and bought a Cricut. While I don’t scrapbook, I loved making decorations for the party. I was very happy with my first project-the banner. I also cut “1’s and “0’s and scattered them on the food tables. I also cut larger numbers and attached them to the window. Other decorations that I used were CD’s hanging from black and silver ribbons.

Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Close up of Chocolate Truffles
Bruce’s “must have” cookies at every party- ritz crackers dipped in dark mint chocolate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Cream Cheese Icing

Appetizer Food Table

Spring Rolls

Bruschetta Kabobs
Sun dried tomato cheese torte and mini cheeseballs
Yummm…. Cheese……
Bruce’s 40th Birthday Photo collage
Bruce’s Birthday Banner