The cutest storm you’ve ever seen

I helped out with a baby shower this weekend, and the theme was “shower them with love.” The theme was- you got it- clouds with a rainshower of tiny hearts. Pretty cute, huh?

Anyways, I was asked to make a 2 tier cake for 25 people and 30 sugar cookies as favors. It was a storm in my own kitchen as I baked away! Here we go:

I started with the cloud shaped sugar cookies. Here they are, outlined in white royal icing:

1Next up: flooding them! I enjoyed this part- I felt like I was coloring… in the lines, of course ๐Ÿ™‚


Filled and sprinkled with tiny sparkly hearts!ย 3

A plethora of unique clouds:4

All wrapped up and ready to go:6

Now it’s time for cake! Many tiny fondant hearts:7

A light purple background: (for the curious, the inside was chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream) ๐Ÿ˜‰


Lots of fluffy white clouds and raining hearts.ย IMG_0713

“Shower them with love!!”

Hoo’s arriving in April?

I’m excited to announce that our “special guest” arriving in April is my first niece! My sister is expecting, and I recently went home to visit and to host and attend her baby shower. I was really excited to bake something for her shower. At her request, we went with lemon cupcakes with a raspberry cream cheese filling, topped with lemon buttercream frosting and an owl fondant decoration. Her theme for the baby shower and my niece’s new bedroom will be- you guessed it- owls.

These are the lemon cupcakes. I love the pink and green wrappers. I procured a cool little tool for myself as well- a cupcake corer! It’s a simple little gadget, really. It’s no more than a ย long circular cookie cutter with a fun flower design at the top for the “gripper,” but it works surprisingly well. I got this size and a larger one (1 inch diameter) as a set at Wal-mart for 1.84.


See? In less than 5 minutes, I had cored 24 cupcakes. I ate the bowl of cupcake holes, but I guess you can replace them after you fill the cupcakes… if you are feeling generous and not hungry like me!

The cupcakes are filled with the raspberry cream cheese filling. I just piped it in with a good ol’ ziplock baggie:


I covered cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting:


Here’s where it got a little tricky AND labor intensive. I made homemade fondant with lemon meringue flavored marshmallows that I found at Wal-mart. (They are freakin’ delicious)…. and then colored the fondant with gel food coloring. The bonus was lemon flavored fondant!! Yum. The owls are a product of “creative” cookie cutter manipulation, led by my two faithful baking helpers, my parents. (Shout out and props to them for staying up until 2 AM making cupcakes with me, now THAT’s love). ๐Ÿ˜‰


Ah! The final product: a hoard of owls. Is it a hoard? … I just looked it up. I think it’s a “stare” of owls. I don’t know, that’s what the Audubon and BirdNote partnership say.


I’m not sure if you can see the filling, but it’s in there:


Here are a couple of “bonus” pictures from the shower.


The favors were baking related! It’s cookie mix. (I tried out the mix from an extra jar they had made. The cookies were delicious!)


And… just because I thought it was cute… Make a bib for the baby! haha.


Congrats Mel (& Pezz)! Thanks for making me an Aunt-to-be!