Fondant Covered Pina Colada Cake

 

This was made for my sister’s birthday, we didn’t have a lot of people to feed so I went with a two-tier cake and just enough cupcakes to spell her name.

The cupcakes were Red Velvet with the same cream cheese SMB that I mentioned in the previous post. This cupcake was filled with White Chocolate Amaretto pudding.

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I hand painted the tips of the circles with gold luster dust and lemon extract, the same was done for the flower on the top tier.

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The bottom tier of the cake was made to look like the dress she was wearing. She loved the cake and matched the colours she was wearing for the big night.

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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.

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show Review

I attended the second day of Canada’s Baking and Sweets show yesterday, It was my first time at this event so I didn’t really know what to expect but I was really excited to see what it was all about.

The venue was nice, it was held at The Toronto Congress Centre, admission was $15.

There was so much to do and see, there were vendors from all over Canada and even the U.S., I was really happy about this because there were a couple of store such as McCall’s and Flour Confections that I’ve been wanting to check out but just haven’t had the chance. These pop up stores had great selection and for great prices too. I managed to get a few new toys that I’ll cover in another post.

The samples where there in abundance, anywhere from cupcakes to spinach pies, some where great and others were just not for me!

The competition cakes were CRAZY! One of the themes this year was Alice in Wonderland and I have to say that some of these bakes really went all out and presented some really good show stoppers. I’ll have to add a few pics later on.

The bonus of my day was meeting the Cupcake Girls, Lori and Heather were really nice and so approachable and were even taking pics at their booth.

Overall, it was a great day, I’ll definitely be going back next year!

Feel Good Friday Cupcake: Vanilla w/ Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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On my quest to find the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, I’ve decided to try the Vanilla cupcake recipe from Joy of Baking: 

Although I normally love the cake recipes from JoyofBaking, I have to admit this vanilla cupcake recipe wasn’t my favourite. I’ll be tweaking this a bit to get some more moisture to make it a more fluffy. The flavour of this cupcake is great, and that’s always a plus!

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I used the Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe from Martha Stewart, I substituted the white sugar for brown sugar.

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To pipe on the icing I used the Wilton’s 2D piping tip.

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Feel Good Friday Jelly Bean Cupcakes

I decided to make some cupcakes for my son’s basketball team, they were going away for the weekend for a tournament and I thought it would nice for the kids.

Since their colours are purple and black, I got black and purple jelly beans to go on top of the these vanilla cupcakes.

Here are a few pics!

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I used a cake box mix this time around, I added butter milk instead of regular milk, extra vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of sour cream and a little bit of instant vanilla pudding.

 

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They were so moist and tasty with the extra ingredients added!

 

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Decorated Cupcakes

I’m usually a fondant kind of girl…but, I’m slowly but surely really starting to fall for buttercream womp womp!

I spent some time decorating some cupcakes with my sister yesterday, I really had fun and was pleasantly surprised at how some of these came out. We worked with a bunch of piping tips and just let our imagination flow for the most part.

Here are a few pics…

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We used the basic Wilton Buttercream recipe for the icing.

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These were all vanilla cupcakes

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