Off to the beach!

One more cupcake post! Megan’s birthday was within the last two weeks. We were able to celebrate this week with some beach themed cupcakes! Since… well, she loves the beach!

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You’ll see an assortment of beach accessories- flip flops, beach towel, life saver, sun, pails! And of course, Ghiya’s signature dog with frisbee up at the top left corner. To complete the theme, we had funfetti type cake (I threw some sprinkles in the batter) and vanilla buttercream frosting tinted an ocean blue.

Happy Birthday Meg!

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Panda-monium…. and Bernard

Here’s a short post. I’m playing catch-up! But Bri’s birthday was at the end of September, and I wanted to give her some fun cupcakes.

My inspiration came from our Costco field trips together. She’s my #1 Costco buddy! And what’s the best part about Costco? The giant teddy bears. Of course!

Anyway- she gave me a giant (48″ tall, I’m not joking when I say giant) teddy bear for my birthday one year. Recently, we went back to Costco and I saw giant Pandas!!! So I joked that perhaps Bernard (my teddy bear’s name) would get a friend soon.

IMG_1850Which one of these does not belong?! For most of their faces, I just used giant chocolate chips- these cupcakes are chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting.

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Another closeup. 🙂 Happy Bear-day? Bri!

Bear Down!!!

I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one… I’ll try to explain the best I can.

Cake project: Bri asked me to help her make a birthday cake for her friend.

Design: A man kayaking on a river; a “menacing” bear at the river bank watching him.

This cake project was definitely an exercise in random idea generation :). Bri’s friend loves kayaking and he absolutely hates bears because of a little “run-in” he had with one on his adventures. She loves this story, so we went with this as the theme.

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Coincidentally, the U of A was also his alma mater. Bear Down!!!! (yes, I know their mascot isn’t a bear) Here is our lovely fondant kayak, man, paddle, and bear (he’s kind of dark and blends in with my counter).

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Hey there, Mr. Bear. Yeah, not quite menacing… kinda cute?

cake cropHere is the cake- a sandy brown shore with a blue river.

photo 5Here is the assembled cake. It’s a little simple- we looked at it and considered adding foliage, but then we ran out of time. haha!

Backstreet’s Back… Again!

Everybodyyyy…  (yeahhhh)… rock your bodyyyy… (yeahhhh)…..

Yep. It’s true…. I went to the Backstreet Boys concert this year. Not only that, but this was my second BSB concert in the last 3 years. However, this year’s concert was partially a birthday celebration event for my friend Ghiya. Not making excuses or anything, but what is more fun than a group of late 20-something ladies reliving the thrill of watching their teenage heart throbs belt out the “oldies but goodies”? Gosh. I can’t believe they are considered “oldies” now.

Nevertheless…. what could be more fitting than some Backstreet Boys themed cupcakes for the birthday girl? That’s what I thought. Nothing.

I don’t have many process pictures but here are a few of the toppers we came up with. I had lots of help from Meg and Matt.

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Ever since making the Bee cupcakes (see prior post)… I’ve come to love the versatility of fondant cupcake toppers! Cupcakes are so much easier to bake and transport, and usually at these types of events, we’ll go straight from work. So I can hide cupcakes in a box at my desk instead of awkwardly trying to stagger through a turnstile with a 3 tier cake.

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Here they are on top of chocolate cupcakes and in a box.

Anyways we have a standard “Happy Birthday” topper, a few with either a CD cover or a play on words with famous BSB song titles, a music topper, and… yes… who is that in the middle with a fierce yellow hat and a chiseled jawline? Purdue Pete.

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It may be a little out of theme but we had to include a shout-out to Ghiya’s alma mater. Besides, Matt “only does sports stuff” when he helps with cakes.

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Ghiya! Hopefully this one was Larger than life! 😉

What will it Bee?!

I’m back to blogging again after that almost half a year hiatus. I find that my baking projects tend to come to a halt during the summer! It’s too hot to turn on my oven! And all anyone ever wants is frozen yogurt. Yum. 🙂

Anyway- this was my first “reveal party” baking project. If you don’t know what a reveal party is, then you are in the same boat I was in prior to this project. Basically, my friend Aletheia is having a baby (Congrats!!) and she wanted to have a party to reveal the gender. So I was to make cupcakes with a colored filling (either pink or blue) that would hold the secret! And no one would know until dessert time. 🙂 Hence the theme: What will it Bee?

Here goes!

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Here I’ve made many little fondant bees with heart shaped wings.

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The fondant topper comes together here with a round yellow platform and the path of the bee flight!

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photo 4All boxed up and ready for transport. The bee cupcakes were white cake with lemon cream cheese filling and frosting. The plain cupcakes were lemon cake with the same filling and frosting.

bee cupcakesAll set out on a pretty cupcake stand.

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The coolest part about this is that even Aletheia didn’t know! She and her husband would find out at the same time as everyone else. I was the very first person to know! The perks of being a baker, right?

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I know you are dying to know…. It’s a girl!!!! Congrats Aletheia!!