My intentions of this blog are to of course showcase my talents but also to encourage others to bake! I want to show people that you do not have to attend a culinary arts school (if you do, that is obviously great!) to be successful in the baking business. You do not need super expensive equipment or a large oven to get wonderful and professional looking results. I have been in this business for a few years and I have learned so much without taking one class! And I want to share with you what I have learned.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pink & Purple 1st Birthday Cupcakes

Check out these cute 1st birthday cupcakes that I made this weekend. The little girl had a "Cupcake" themed birthday party (how awesome!) and the colors were for the most part pink and purple.So my cupcakes obviously needed to match those colors. I am not really sure where my inspiration came from for these. I just wanted them to be really girly and represent her 1st birthday! Lots of pink and purple swirls and + flowers = Very Girly!


The Baking Essentials Part 1: Cupcake Liners!

Sorry for the wait. This post should have gone up days ago but for some reason it has taken me a while to get it together. But none the less, I am posting now :) I have decided to start off the series discussing cupcake liners (the little cup things that you bake cupcakes in...lol). This definitely a must purchase for baking a cupcake! I love cupcakes because they add some much variety and uniqueness to a cupcake without me even touching the cupcake, as far as designing goes.
So I'm going to start off really simple and discuss the basics. Cupcake liners, sometimes called baking cups, come in 3 different sizes; mini, regular and jumbo. Mini and regular sizes are the easiest to locate. They can be found at your local grocery store, craft stores (A.C. Moore & Michaels are my favs.), Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Party City and so on. The jumbo liners are not so easy to come by and if you do find them, they are usually only white, not as pretty as other cupcake liners.

Jumbo Size
Mini Size
Regular Size
 

As I stated above cupcake liners come in sooooo many colors and designs it's insane! What you don't find in stores you can easily find online. I have made purchases both ways using many different sites. My favorite in-store spot to shop for cupcake liners is Michaels and A.C. Moore sometimes too. The liners usually come anywhere between 35 and 50 baking cups in a pack, you might find a package of 75 or 100 if you're lucky! They usually run about $1.99 a package but you can often catch them on sale. I have attached a few pictures of the cupcake liner designs that I have in my cabinet at the moment, just to show the variety that I have. I absolutely love animal print so i had to make sure that I had those. I have a ton of polka dot colored liners in many different colors as you can see. I have liners for many different holidays, I see now that I am missing a few. The next time a holiday comes around I'll run to the store and grab some. I have a picture of some Tinkerbell & Hannah Montana liners at the bottom. There are tons of character liners but I usually do not buy them unless someone requests certain character cupcakes so I do not have a bunch of liners that I may not use. That's one important thing about buying cupcake liners. Purchase neutral colors and designs so you can use the liners until they run out. Do not purchase some off the wall design that you may only use once. You want to get your money's worth!


So there you have it, Part 1: Cupcake Liners! A pretty simple and common sense topic but I had to include it because it is an essential of baking! I hope that people do take something away from this.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Avenger's Cupcakes


I was soooooo beyond excited when I found out that the Avengers movie was coming out! And I was of course in the movie theater opening weekend checking it out. I loved it and was sooo excited that I decided to make some cupcakes in honor of the movie and here they are.
I hadn't had a chance to visit the craft store and get new materials (fondant) so I had to work with the colors that I had in my cabinet. I had some green, white, red, blue and yellow so I was able to make a cupcakes to represent the Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man (I'll do Thor, Natasha Romanoff and Hawkeye when I get more materials and post a pic later.
Well there is the Hulk's fist headed straight for your face...lol, Captain America's powerful shield and the charismatic Iron Man's mask. Again, I made these from fondant and used both circle fondant cutters (for the shield) and a sharp knife to carve Iron Man and the Hulk! Did you see the movie? What did you think about it? I am excited because I hear that there will be a sequel in 2014!

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

 These were made pretty early in my cupcake career way back in November of 2010! I wanted to take something to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma's and i decided that it would be cupcakes. I started out using just box cake, canned icing and the little tubes of icing and small jars of jimmies that you can purchase at your local
supermarket (which are
 not all that bad!).
 Everyone thought that the cupcakes were really cute (especially the one that looks like a tastycake)! These are extremely simple to make and most definitely do not call for any expensive equipment and do not require extensive time to create. My purpose of this blog is to show people how easy it is to create simple and unique cupcakes that you will be proud of making and that everyone will love!


 

Now those were Thanksgiving 2010 and here is what I did for Thanksgiving 2011! A year later and a lot more advanced!! Some fall/autumn inspired cupcakes and below that are my wonderful little turkeys (I of course am to slow and was unable to get a picture before some of them were eaten! For these I used vanilla icing (colored with food dye), fall colored crystal sprinkles and autumn leave sprinkles (purchased from A.C. Moore).


Spongebob & Friends Cupcakes

Check out my cute little Spongebob cupcakes. Here he is with his friends Gary, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabbs, and Plankton! All six characters are made with Wilton fondant, on top of vanilla cupcakes with whipped topping with colored crystals. I have made these cupcakes for 2 birthday parties, the other batch included Spongebob's house. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

Temple University Graduation Cake & Cupcakes

I graduated from Temple University on May 10, 2012 and figured; Hey I'm a baker why not make my own cake and cupcakes! So here is what I came up with!
 I made a round 8" cake with the Temple logo (I couldn't get a pic before my greedy little sis cut a slice). This is a cake covered in Duff Goldman fondant (this brand is a little pricy but has great taste) and vanilla icing.
And I custom made the Temple T cupcake picks, using my handy dandy computer printer, stick glue and toothpicks. The "Congrats Grad", Graduation hat picks and cupcake liners were purchased from party city. I also used black and red crystals on the cupcakes as well as red edible spray (which you see on the cupcake above). I really enjoyed making them!!

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