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.

Halloween cookies1               Halloween cookies2

 

Halloween cookies3

 

 

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.

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

I’ve been baking for a little over a year now and I’m finally getting into the mix of things. One of the events that I found really exciting was Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show (I didn’t even know one existed!). I’m so excited to go, the show happens September 27-29, and will have guests such as Anna Olsen (one of my faves) and the Cupcake Girls!

Tickets are $15/day or you can get a three day pass for $30…I probably won’t be able to attend all three days so I’m not even going to bother wasting my money on a three day pass.

If you live in the Toronto area and is an lover of all things sweet, I think it would definitely be worth a day trip.

Here is the link to the event: http://canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com/

I’ll be posting a review on the show when I attend.

Cake, Cookies and Cupcakes

This weekend I had the pleasure of making a birthday cake for a very special lady. Since she’s like a mother to me, I decided to do a combo of treats for her big day.

IMG_3793

I made a two tier cake to start. The top tier was a Guiness Cake with Rum Cream Buttercream frosting…this cake was such a big hit, I’ll definitely be making this again!

IMG_3773

Guinness Cake

IMG_3779

Guinness Cake with Rum Cream Buttercream frosting

The bottom tier is a strawberry shortcake, I filled it with whip cream and strawberries, the crumb coat was done with vanilla buttercream.

IMG_3781 IMG_3783

The colour theme was red and yellow, I had the worst time getting red (I’ll do a post on that later), however, I’ve fallen in love with Wilton’s Golden Yellow. For  the top of the cake we did flower cut outs that adorned the top much like a little garden.

IMG_3765

The beginning of my battle with red fondant

I had to use three different “reds” and I still didn’t really get the shade I wanted.

Next up were the sugar cookies, these took three days to make from baking to the final touches of decorating. These cookies were AMAZING…I used the Peggy Porschen recipe (I’ll post the recipe in another post) and they were unbelievable. They held their shape and tasted great!

IMG_3759 IMG_3762

 

The royal icing I used was a recipe from Joyofbaking.com, it never fails!

IMG_3767 IMG_3768

 

To add a little something extra, I used cut out fondant letters to spell out “Happy Birthday” on the cookies. They turned out really nice.

IMG_3785

Then we finished off with the cupcakes, my sister Christina made vanilla cupcakes with lemon filling and lemon cream cheese frosting.

IMG_3789

 

Even though it took the whole weekend and a couple late nights to get these done, the birthday lady was pleased with the results and that’s all that matters!