Circles Birthday Cake

I had the pleasure of making a cake for my little cousin who turned 13, it was a small family affair but I still wanted her to have a pretty nice cake.

I decided to do a two-tier circles cake, the top is vanilla and the bottom is chocolate. The best part is I got to use some of the tools in my Wilton decorating kit.

Here are a couple of pics.

Since her name starts with “M” I added a little M on one of the circles. I used water instead of buttercream to stick the circles on, I found it to be much easier and I don’t waste buttercream. I simple used a small brush to put some water on the back…easy peasy!

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I put a little dusk of silver on the M and a few of the other circles.

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She loved it and that’s all I could have asked for.

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A special thank you to my Sister Chrissy for helping to cut out and stick on all the circles!!!

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Wilton Caddy

I have the best sister EVERRRRRR…

I’ve really taken up the love for all things baking…it’s nice when you have someone who supports, even in the smallest ways.

I’ve wanted a Wilton Caddy for a few months now but I didn’t want to spend all that money on one, $250, to be exact…I just couldn’t do it.

Anyways, my sis who works at a store that sells these and had an eye out for me…well the day finally came, I got the phone call and I jumped at the chance.

I paid a whopping $67, YUP…not bad for an open box with all the items still in it.

This is what the caddy looks like, minus the food colouring.

I love it and can’t wait to use every last piece in it.

A big thank you to my sis…good looking out!

Coconut Cupcakes w/ Coconut Buttercream

I had some free time this weekend and decided to make some Coconut cupcakes, it’s on my bucket list and was excited to give them a try. My Sis was going away on vacay…we we thought why not just celebrate with cupcakes!

I used a regular white box cake for these, it was a lazy Sunday and didn’t really want to fuss around the kitchen too much. Instead of using regular milk that the box called for I used coconut milk instead, I also used coconut milk in the buttercream.

 

 

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I put a special little “Sunshine” in the middle as an added touch!

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Overall they came out pretty good, it wasn’t as “coconutty” as I would have liked so I’ll be tweaking this a bit next time.

 

I Want A KitchenAid Mixer

I’ve never had a stand mixer before, and over the last 8 months or so I’ve done so much baking that I think it’s time to get something a little bigger than my little hand mixer. My poor little hand mixer is starting to burn out, I can smell it when I have it going for too long, especially when I’m making cakes from scratch.

I have my eye on this beautiful piece of equipment.

KitchenAid® Artisan® Stand Mixer - Blue Willow

I’ve always wanted a KitchenAid but have never been able to afford one. I think the time has finally come though.

But before I buy one I’m doing some research on common issues that people have with these, I’ve been reading a lot of reviews online and for the most part people are pretty happy with them.

Do you have one? What has been your experience with them? Any feedback would be appreciated!

A Guinness fueled St. Paddy’s Day.

I cannot wait to make this!!!

sweet deas cupcakes

For St. Paddy’s day I wanted to make something special for dinner for my family that didn’t include Corned Beef or Cabbage, but was still “Irish” in nature. I found the perfect recipe for a Black & Tan Irish Macaroni and Cheese on the Cupcake Rehab Blog. Although Black & Tan’s are not traditionally Irish:

Black and Tan is a drink made from a blend of pale ale, usually Bass Pale Ale, and a dark beer such as a stout or porter, most often Guinness. Sometimes a pale lager is used instead of ale; this is usually called a half and half. Contrary to popular belief, however, Black and Tan as a mixture of two beers is not a drink commonly consumed in Ireland. Indeed, the drink has image problems in parts of Ireland and elsewhere due to the association with the Royal Irish…

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Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns

My cousin had a new baby girl recently and I wanted to make a baby blanket for her. I was looking around the net for some blanket patterns and stumbled upon a site called Crochet Concupiscence.

There patterns cater to both beginners and advanced crocheters, I’ll definitely be using one of these patterns, I’ll post the one I choose once I’m done.

In the meantime here’s a few of the blankets that I’m thinking of:

Stay tuned…