Halloween Sugar Cookies

My sis asked me to make a batch of sugar cookies for my nephew, he’s just a year old so they’ll be doing the  Trick or Treat thing in their “classroom”. They’re so cute at this age, I love seeing them out in their little costumes.

For the cookies I used the No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe, this recipe is hit and miss for me. There are times when the dough comes out perfect and there are times when it’s just too soft to work with. I think I allowed the butter and egg to beat a little too much this time around. I was multi-tasking and wasn’t paying attention. Lesson learned!

I did Ghosts and Pumpkins for the cookies and decorated them with Fondant, they tasted really good and looked equally as good.

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Halloween cookies3

 

 

Baker’s Wish List

There are so many neat gadgets and things out there for the budding baker, it can get quiet expensive if you’re not careful. I’ve put together a list of all the things that I would one day like to have, I’ll probably collect these over the course of a few years. I usually don’t buy anything unless it’s on sale or if I have a coupon of some sort, especially if I’m buying it from Michael’s.

Here’s my list, some of them I’ve already gotten…

Petal Pan Set
Hexagon Pan Set
Heart Pan Set
3-D Bear Pan
Cross Pan
Lady Bug Pan
Star Pan
#1 Cake Pan
Pillow Pan Set
Duff Brush Set
Duff fondant tool kit
Fondant impression mats
Duff brush set
Duff 12 piece cutter set
Spiderman pan
Fondant punch decorator
Fondant/gumpaste molds
Wilton Pattern Embosser
Flower drying rack
Luster dust in a wide variety of shades
Square pans set
Wilton Brush Set

I always look forward to those 50% off coupon days at Michael’s and utilize them as mush as I can afford to. I’ll be posting some reviews on some of these items as I get them as well.

Happy Baking!

1st Birthday Thomas Cake and Cupcakes

This weekend’s project was a Thomas the Tank Engine birthday cake and cupcakes, the bottom tier is a basic vanilla cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling and crumb coating. The top-tier is a marble cake with chocolate mousse filling YUM!

Cupcakes were chocolate and vanilla, also with SMB.

1st Birthday Thomas Cake

1st Birthday Thomas Cake

Railroad sign cupcakes

Railroad sign cupcakes

Train Tracks Cupcakes

Train Tracks Cupcakes

 

1st Birthday Sweet Table

This weekend we celebrated my nephew’s first birthday, I was tasked with making the sweet table. I have to say that it was pretty stressful at times, and it took a lot of work. But in the end it was so worth it! He was all over the place and even fell asleep at one point throughout the day. The highlight of the entire party was when it was time to sing Happy Birthday…he just lit up and starting smiling…I think that’s when he realized everyone was there for him.

The theme for his party was Thomas the Tank Engine, he loves trucks and trains and things like that so what could be better.

Here are a couple of pics…

Thomas #1 Cake

Thomas #1 Cake

I also added some marshmallow pops, the kids LOVED these and they were gone in mere minutes, these were covered in coloured sugar. I think it’s save to say they were a hit…and SO easy to make.

Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow Pops

Next up were the cupcakes, I decided to try something different with these. I’ve been wanted to try the cupcake in a cone for awhile and this was the perfect opportunity. Almost all the kids thought these were really ice cream, in the end they got a pleasant surprise.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Next up we had his smash cake, it was a basic vanilla cake covered in Swiss Meringue Buttercream, his face was priceless after he tasted it…so many little smiles! His topper was a pair of converse, he actually has these shoes!

Smash Cake

Smash Cake

Brownies are always a hit with kids, so I decided to make a batch and just sprinkle them with icing sugar to give it that extra touch.

Brownies w/ icing sugar

Brownies w/ icing sugar

And finally, I made a batch of sugar cookies and customized them just for him…there are no words to describe how quickly there cookies went. I used these for the sweet table and we also gave them out as party favours.

Custom Sugar Cookies

Custom Sugar Cookies

Custom Sugar cookies, party favours

Custom Sugar cookies, party favours

Custom sugar cookies, party favours

Custom sugar cookies, party favours

Just over the table, I strung pictures of the birthday boy, there was a picture for every month since he’s been born. Everyone loved the idea and complimented how great it looked.

Sweet Table

Sweet Table

It was a great experience, in all I baked around 5 dozen cookies and my sister helped to decorate them.

Here are a few pics of what was left…

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

Sweet Table remnants

It was hard to see two days of work done in about 10 minutes and even though I literally felt like crying, I was happy to do it.