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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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