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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Monday, July 23, 2012

Computers, Superheros & PlayStation Cupcakes

So here is a picture of the group that the Superhero cupcakes belong to. The recipient of the cupcakes is a fan of computers, games and superheros. So I combined the three together and this is what I cam up with! All of the cupcakes are chocolate with chocolate icing. Below is a short description of the materials used to create these cupcakes.
Computer Cupcakes - I decided to make a laptop and to also make two I Phone app icons. They were all made out of fondant.
Superhero Cupcakes - These were also made from fondant. The Superman icon is made strictly of red, yellow and blue fondant. The Batman and Spiderman icons are made of both colored fondant and black icing.
PlayStation Cupcakes - These three cupcakes were also made of fondant. I decided to do cupcakes designed as the game controllers and the PlayStation logo.

Superhero Cupcakes

With the new Spiderman and Batman movies that just hit theaters and the new Superman movie coming early next year I was so excited to make these cupcakes. They were actually apart of a larger group of cupcakes (which I will post) but I wanted to show these separately. The customer gave me a few ideas on how to design the cupcakes, the person they were getting the cupcakes for is a fan of games, superheros and computers, so I just came up with some designs. These are double chocolate cupcakes with fondant and icing decorations on top. These cupcakes were a ton of fun to make and they turned out great!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beach/Luau Cupcakes

Aloha! It is summertime, the best time of the year! Everybody is visiting the beach and/or throwing pool parties with a Luau theme and how appropriate. So, I made some cupcakes to go along with that. These were actually for a little girl's 1st birthday. I made a total of 24 but only have 7 pictured here (the others were the same, some just have different colors). These were pretty simple to make, it just took me a little time to figure out what designs I would do. To make these cupcakes, here are some of the things that I did.

1. The sand is made of crunched graham cracker.  You can also use brown sugar to make sand but I must warn you that it will be very sweet.
2. I colored some icing blue for the 2 toned shoreline look on some of the cupcakes.
3. I used different color beach umbrellas, found at the dollar store.
4. The sea shell is actually a kiddie ring, I used 2 other types of shell rings, that I purchased at a cupcake shop.
5. Both the flip flops and palm trees are cupcakes picks purchased at a cupcake shop.
6. The lei is made of flower shaped jimmies that I actually purchased from the supermarket.
7. And I of course wrote the words "Aloha" on some of the cupcakes with icing and added some flowers.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Cupcakes!!!

So Independence Day has rolled around again and it's one of my favorite holidays! That's partly because my birthday follows 6 days after the holiday AND no city celebrates Independence Day like my city does, Philadelphia!!! So of course I made some cupcakes to celebrate and here they are!
 These cupcakes were super simple and fun to make (no fondant here...lol!!!) I used some left over buttercream that I had in the fridge and colored small cups of it red and blue, the rest was left white. I purchased those cute liners and the star sprinkles to go with them at Fante's kitchen. I just let my creative juices flow with these and they turned out great!
 I posted a picture of these cupcakes separately because I wanted to discuss the technique that I used to make these. It's called Lining and it's pretty cool! What I did was take a parchment bag and painted 4 long stripes, 2 red and 2 blue, inside of the bag. I then filled the bag with white icing and when squeezed out, the gel coloring lightly mixes with the icing for this effect. It's so cool and easy to do and gives a wonderful looking product. I am going to try other colors for other holidays and I know that it will turn out great!
  And I just thought that my firework and American flag were pretty damn cute too...lol :). Have a Happy 4th of July and make sure you eat all of the cupcakes you can!






Monday, July 2, 2012

Football Themed Graduation Cake

So I have another little cousin, yeah I have a few of them, who graduated from middle school last month and asked me to make him a cake. He did not have a specific design in mind so I had to come up with one on my own. Well, what does he like??? He loves football and playing Madden on the X-Box. So my first thought was to make a cake shaped like a game controller or a replica of an X-Box but I really didn't feel like doing all of that....lol. So I found out what his favorite football team is, The Jets, and came up with the idea of making a football field cake and adding a graduation cap to the cake.
This cake is a half sheet cake and it's one of those thin cakes, I really didn't feel like making a thick cake (don't worry, I would have done it for money...lol). I iced it in green buttercream and made the yard lines of white fondant. I made the Jets logo with green and white fondant and white buttercream icing. In the two touchdown areas I wrote "Congrats Keon" and "Class of 2012". I also had to mark the yard lines and found that cute little grad cap and diploma to add to the cake. My little sister thought it would be a cute idea to add field goals to the cake so I let her make some out of straws and add them to the cake...lol. We all liked it and enjoyed eating it too.

Basketball Cupcakes

Check these out! I have a little cousin who turned 11 in June and wanted to make him some special cupcakes. His mom told me that he is really into basketball and she named off a few teams. But in a matter of hours I forgot who the heck she said (I know much to nothing about sports by the way). So I said "Shoot, what can I make that's basketball related and awesome for a pre-teen?". And here was my solution.
 Pretty simple right? Yeah, and don't forget to mention awesome!! I made 9 cupcakes and put giant icing swirls on top, which I then dipped in black crystal icing. It really helped that I had some neon colored orange and white fondant in my cabinet so I took my circle cutters and cut out 9 large circles and 3 mini ones. Next I took the end of my thin brush handle and pressed holes in the orange circles to create that basketball effect. I used edible gel coloring to physically draw on the basketball lines, the "Air Jordan" figurines and the happy birthday writing. These took me about 15-20 minutes to decorate with less than 10 supplies and it turned out so cute and he loved them!
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