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Carter is 1

My little man turned 1 year old a couple weeks ago!

I didn’t go all out with the sweets cuz I had so many other things to get ready.

We had a pirate themed party.

Here are the cookies I made:

Pirate Cookies

I made funfetti cupcakes with bright blue buttercream frosting. Unfortunately no one remembered to take any pics.

And a personal little cake for my birthday boy. First time he’s had sugar and he LOVED it of course!

Carters Cake

I spent a ton of time making him a birthday board. I am a perfectionist and it was agonizing. Cookies are easier! Ha. But I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Birthday Board

Happy 1st Birthday to my little man!

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Pool Party Cookies

Jose turned 11 on the 4th of July! He had a pool party to celebrate, so there had to be matching cookies!

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

My brother came to town. I promised him treats while he was here, and this was first up.

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The cake is just plain-Jane vanilla. But the frosting is what’s special. It’s FULL of Oreos! I made my normal buttercream recipe, and added half a package of crushed Oreos. Why just half a package you’re wondering?

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…because the other half was a little busy… Being baked into the bottom of the cupcakes!

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I also made mini ones without the Oreo in the bottom. Because I only had 1 pack of Oreos, and half of them went into the frosting. Plus, mini cupcakes go further when sharing. Which my coworkers appreciate. :)

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These cupcakes were kind of a trial-run for a wedding this fall. One of the them was taken to the bride and she approved!

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Ladybug Cookies

These cookies were for my coworker’s best friend. She had a ladybug themed birthday party!

I used my balloon cutter for these. (I also have a mini ornament that would work for mini version!)

20140518-185741.jpg I outlined them in a thick black line, then dropped a dot in the center, and another in the center of the top half.

20140518-185748.jpg First I piped the head, then I piped the wings fanning away from it. Took me a few tries to get the angles right.

20140518-185800.jpg I always fill in my black first, because it tends to be much messier if I make a mistake!

20140518-190225.jpg Then I filled in the red, with a little less icing than normal…

20140518-190232.jpg …because I dropped big black dots right into it for my ladybug’s spots.

20140518-190238.jpg Finished them off with some curly antennae, and viola! Cute little ladybug cookies.

20140518-190248.jpg Mini ladybugs would be totally cute for a little girl’s birthday!

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[Fake] Gender Reveal Cake & Cupcakes

I got the amazing opportunity to make gender reveal treats for another friend!

There was a twist this time. The answer on whether they were having a boy or girl – was NOT inside the treats.

The mama-to-be’s mother planned the party and asked me to put yellow inside of the cake and cupcakes.

I used vanilla pudding dyed yellow for the filling.

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The outside of the cake was decorated with both blue and pink swirled together. I was inpired by this cake by Rosie of Sweetopolita.

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The top of the cake was the ultimate question – Boy or Girl?

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…and when the parents-to-be cut into the cake… they were pretty confused and irritated. (They did find out the sex of the baby another way right after that and it was pretty fun and cute. They are having a girl!)

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Each guest got a matching cupcake.

20140504-084939.jpg The swirls on the cupcakes were a little trickier, but I liked the way they turned out.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Made these cupcakes for my mommy for her birthday. I surprised her and brought them to her in the morning so she could take them to work with her to share with her coworkers!

I started with fresh farm-stand strawberries. Pureed them…

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…then used the pureed strawberries in place of water in a box white cake mix. I also added a good amount of red food color because the batter was actually purple-ish after adding the strawberries and I wanted them to be bright and vibrant.

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I wanted to dunk my face in that bowl. My whole kitchen smelled amazing!

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They baked up beautifully!

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I topped these cupcakes with Nestle Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting.

It’s a very yummy frosting, but I personally think it was a little too rich and took away from the special flavor of these cupcakes. Next time I will try something else that’s more subtle.

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My mommy and all her coworkers loved them!

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Lacy Easter Egg Cookies

Made these for a friend’s mom for a get-together.

Even though they are pretty detailed, they didn’t take a ton of time to do. Filling the eggs with a solid color and only using one color to pipe with saves a TON of time.

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Each cookie is totally unique. I just made up the designs as I went, there was no template that I followed. Doing this also makes it more fun!

20140417-082009.jpg Once I was done making the cookies for the party, I had a few leftover that I played with. I really like how these “swoop” designs turned out too. And SO easy.

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More Gender Reveal Cupcakes

I got the amazing opportunity to create some gender reveal cupcakes for one of my best friends. I made these not too long ago for another mama, and so I wanted to change it up a bit this time.

This time, I was NOT allowed to know ahead of time. So I had to make both pink and blue, mark them in separate containers, and the mama-to-be mixed the right one in while no one was looking.

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I made white frosting for the tops. Then I “painted” pink and blue food color gel in stripes inside the piping bag…

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Then carefully filled the bags with the white frosting.

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When I piped swirls on the cupcakes, these pretty pink and blue streaks came through.

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LOVE this technique, I will definitely be doing it again!

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P.S. It was a GIRL! We can’t seem to locate the picture of the mama-to-be with the pink inside. :(

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Spiderman Cookies

Syler is 3! (He used to be 2. Before that he was 1.)

He had a Spiderman birthday, complete with cookies!

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I used an Easter egg cutter, turned upside down. Outlined in black, then dotted the center for reference for my eyes. I just did them by hand, so each cookie is slightly different, but all of them look like Spidy!

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Filled them all in dark red…

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Then piped on the web design in black buttercream. I even made Syler a special “3” cookie.

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Syler’s sisters got their very own cookies for their ages too. I’ve made Layla cookies for her 3rd birthday and her 2nd birthday. This year I was having a baby and couldn’t make her 4th birthday cookies, or her sister Aurora’s 1st birthday cookies. I wanted to make it up to them a little bit!

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Pot O’ Gold at the End of the Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve made Rainbow Cupcakes before. (That post is almost 3 years old. If you want to see what a long way I’ve come in 3 years, peruse away. 😁 )

These rainbow cupcakes take it up a notch, because there’s something golden at the end of the rainbow….

Golden Oreos that is. 😜

These are simmmmmmmple.

Make up some cake. White makes prettier rainbows, but yellow will work too. (I used yellow. Just had to add more coloring to get the shades I wanted.)

Divide the batter into 6 bowls. Or however many different colors you want. If you hate one particular color you can leave it out. I won’t judge.

Color each bowl a different color of the rainbow.

Scrape the batter into individual baggies. Freezer bags work better cuz they’re a little thicker, but regular baggies will be okay if that’s all you have.

Place a golden Oreo in the base of each cupcake liner.

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Cut a small corner off of each baggy. Starting with purple (or whichever color you want last), squeeze a small amount on top of each Oreo. Try to make as thin and as even/flat of a layer as possible. It helps to shake the pan a little side-to-side to get it evened out (though you only want to do that for the bottom layer). Thin is the key here though – we have 6 colors/layers to go and we don’t want to overfill the liners.

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Go to blue, or whichever color you want next, and add another thin, flat layer, cover most of the purple if you can. Start by going around the outside then fill in (see picture of me doing green above). This ensures that the outside out the cupcake shows all the colors no matter what.

Repeat with all the colors.

The finished product should be about 2/3 the way full.

Now is the time to preheat the oven to 350*. Let the cupcakes sit out for 10 minutes before putting them in the oven. Seriously. It helps make the tops bake up more round and less nipple-like. You all know what I’m talking about.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.

I waited 10 minutes and mine still came out looking like nipples. *sigh*

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Top with white or green or whatever color frosting you want. White would be good if you’re going for ‘clouds.’ I did a pale green for St. Patty’s Day! Here is my Easy Buttercream Recipe that I used for mine.

(This is my favorite marshmallow frosting that would be good too, and more cloud like!)

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Pretty rainbow cupcake looking all innocent…. Then SURPRISE! Oreo. Bam.

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Not only do these look pretty, but that cookie on the bottom really gives them something special!

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I’m pretty obsessed with these if you can’t tell. Allllll the colorrrrssss!

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