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Pumpkin Smash Cake

Reese turns 1 right around Thanksgiving time, so her party was pumpkin themed!

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I got to make the smash cake!

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Poor Reese got burned on her candle while everyone was singing to her, so she was terrified of her cake from that point on.

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Mama had to cut it up to give her some, at which point all was again right with the world. 🙂

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Happy Birthday Reese!

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Oreo Wedding Cupcakes

I made cupcakes for a friend for her wedding. The theme of the wedding was “Til Death Do Us Part.” Quite perfect since it was the weekend before Halloween! All decor and attire was black and white. Very stunning! It was fun to get to make them and be there to enjoy their special day too!

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The cupcake liners I purchased from The Tomkat Studio Store and from Fancy Flours.

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I made white cupcakes with Golden Oreos in the bottoms and Golden Oreo frosting.

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The other half were chocolate cupcakes with regular Oreos in the bottoms and in the frosting.

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Me being a non-chocolate gal, I of course picked a Golden Oreo cupcake at the wedding. YUM.

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I used 8 packages of Oreos. I made my husband buy them for me because that’s pretty embarrassing. Oh, and I only use Double Stuft, cuz duh.

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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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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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[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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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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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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Fruity Pebble Cupcakes

These cupcakes are LOADED with fruity pebbles!

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I added 2 cups of crushed fruity pebbles to a box of white cake mix. (And by crushed I mean powder-ized.)

I spread a thin layer of my Easy Buttercream on top, then rolled the top in slightly crunched fruity pebbles.

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Pretty, rainbow-y, and perfect as a last-minute St. Patty’s Day treat!

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

 

Best. Cupcakes. Ever.

I have been wanting to make these for a while, I’m not sure why I didn’t sooner. Especially since my brother was begging me to make him Snickerdoodle anything.

We were going out to dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday and I was craving baking. Didn’t really matter what – I just needed to make something! I asked my girlfriend what she would like me to make her, and she chose cupcakes. Easy enough! I gave her a few flavor ideas I have had stored away, and she picked Snickerdoodle. Thank you to her. They turned out fabulous.

Don’t be afraid of the amount of ingredients or the steps. These are so good that they’re worth it.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes – makes about 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups cake flour (OR 1 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp flour and 2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch)

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cups milk

1/2 tsp white vinegar

2 eggs

3/4 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup oil

 

Directions:

1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

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2. Measure the vinegar into a glass, then pour the milk on top of it. Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3. Beat eggs for about 20 seconds, then slowly add the sugar. Add the vanilla, followed by the oil, and beat until fully combined.

4. Turn the mixer to the slowest speed, and slowly add the flour mixture and milk, alternating between the two. You don’t want it to get too thick or too runny in between.

5. Line a cupcake pan with liners and fill each about 1/2 way. Do not overfill!

6. Bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Touching the top of the cupcake, it should spring back when it’s fully baked.

7. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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(My girlfriend also used the opportunity of having all her family and friends together to announce the sex of their upcoming baby! I wrapped the cupcakes in pink and blue for the occasion.)

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My kitchen smelled amazing at this point. And they came out so perfectly golden brown!

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For the frosting I made my Easy Buttercream Recipe, and added 1/8 tsp of cinnamon. I piped easy swirls, then sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon sugar over each.

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So the last question is, is it a BOY?

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… or is it a GIRL?

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Here’s the Mama with her cupcake, letting us all know!

 

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