The best classes….

… are cupcake classes.

Meg and I found a groupon for a cupcake decorating class, and of course I couldn’t pass that up! Decorating is the fun part; baking can be tedious at times, especially when all you want to do is create something fun to look at, that just so happens to be edible too.

Anyways this is a short post as I lacked on the photo side. The best part about this class was that the cupcakes were already baked and all the decorating supplies were there, so we were given free reign to be creative.

I am posting Meg’s cupcakes too 🙂 Here they are!

Here are mine:

I liked doing four different types of decorations… The lady bug cupcake was my first time making “grass” using green buttercream and a “grass” piping tip. The Snoopy one (actually it’s Spike, his hardened brother who lives in Tumbleweed, AZ – I kid you not-) is all fondant… I found the inspiration from a cactus cookie cutter that was available. The pig was supposed to be Hello Kitty (they have similar face shapes, but decided pig was easier. The flower one is a combination of piping and fondant.

This is a short post, so I’m going to leave off at that!

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The only caterpillar I like

I can’t believe it’s March 2012. Where does time go? I had disappeared for a while, but am sneakily trying to weasel my way back on to your web browsers and readers somehow.

In January, Bri and I baked a cake for Grant, who was to turn 1! What else is cuter than the very hungry caterpillar to celebrate such a milestone?

Remember this guy? Such a classic 🙂

We did a combination of cupcakes and a round 6″ cake for the head. Flavor? Chocolate, of course, with buttercream frosting. Classic combination for a classic character. Like that alliteration? It’s late, pardon the ramblings.

You know the drill! Pouring batter…

Skip a few steps and here we have the head laid out and the body, made of cupcakes and green buttercream, piped on with a large star tip.

Here I learned that red food gel is very potent, and to be patient as it will definitely get “redder” over time. Mr. Caterpillar’s head became a very rich red as I impatiently kept adding more gel!

The eyes were starburst gummy chews (medallion shaped), with black pupils expertly hand painted on by Miss Bri and an edible paint marker.

Alas! Final product. The antlers were cut up chocolate bars, and the nose was a brown Reese’s pieces. Simple yet effective? On a bed of aluminum foil in a gift box for easy transport 🙂

Perhaps someday I will tackle the butterfly… oops hope I didn’t ruin the story for anyone!! Happy Birthday Grant!!!