Valentine’s Treats

The weekend before Valentine’s day, I baked some NFSC, and then decorated some of them on Monday.  I also made a few cake balls, and took some of the cookies and the cake balls to work on Tuesday.

I invited my family and a couple friends over for Sunday the 13th to sample some Valentine’s treats, so on Saturday I went to work making the cakes.  One was simple, just a 6″ candy barrel cake.

The other was a little more challenging.  I got the idea from Bakerella, and mine didn’t turn out nearly as nice as hers.  It was her Red Velvet Cake Ball Cake.  I think it’s going to taste good though.  I did red velvet cake, and I used Duff’s red fondant.  I’m not a fan of Duff’s stuff at Michael’s, but I had a coupon for 40% off, and I hate color mixing red fondant… it’s hard to get a good red!  I was surprised though, the Duff fondant tasted pretty good, way better than the Wilton fondant!  So I covered it with fondant, and made different shapes of cake balls for the chocolates in the box.  I used the leftover red velvet cake for some, and some left over devil’s food cake from the candy barrel cake for the others.  I also tried to make a lid, by just covering a piece of cardboard with fondant.  It did work, but the sides on the box weren’t high enough for the lid to make it look closed lol  so it was really just for looks.

I used some of the leftover red fondant to cover the rest of the cookies

Then I got out the rest of the ones I did earlier with the royal icing.

Everyone should be here in about 15 minutes.  I hope they enjoy the treats!


February 13, 2011. Cake, Cake Pops, Cookies, Holiday. 1 comment.

Cupcake Bites

I’ve been wanting to do something with cake decorating lately, but there’s no birthdays coming up, and I’m trying to eat healthy so I don’t need any cake around here!  I was invited to some friends house to watch a movie tonight, so I thought Aha!  I’ll make something little to take over there.  I can have some fun decorating and not have a whole cake sitting around here!  I’ve been wanting to try Bakerella’s Cupcake Bites.  I also have a bunch of cake scraps in the freezer, so I thought why not!

First I made the cake balls like normal.  I used some chocolate and some raspberry cake that I had leftover.  I didn’t have cream cheese frosting this time, so I used chocolate since it was all I had, and I think it turned out fine.  Here’s the cake balls…

I have this mold that looks like a Reese’s cup, so I used that for the bottoms of the cupcakes.  I just melted some dark chocolate candy wafers, put a little in each cup, and pushed the cake ball in.  Here you can see the cake balls in the cups…

Here they are outside the cups…

Then I dipped the tops into colored candy melts and added sprinkles and mini M&M’s.

Here’s the finished product…

I hope the gang tonight likes them!

January 15, 2011. Cake Pops. 1 comment.

Odds and Ends from 2010

It’s been a long time since I posted!  Here’s a few odds and ends from last year.  Then I’ll post about my little project from today!

I posted about some of my Halloween treats, but not the ones I took the Clint’s Halloween party.  This year I tried to make gross sweets instead of cute sweets.  Here’s what I came up with:

These were those pretzel rods put into skeleton finger molds with white almond bark….

Nasty looking finger cookies.  They tasted lots better than they looked…

And eyeball cake balls!

It was a creepy looking trio, but tasty!

For Christmas this year, I didn’t go all out on the cookies and candy like I usually do.  And I hardly took any pictures either.  Here’s what I have though:

This shows an assortment of what I made.  I had NFSC with Antonia74’s Royal Icing, Dark chocolate/mint chip cookies, Homemade Marshmallows, peanut butter balls, Oreo truffle balls, dipped peanut butter sandwich cookies, dipped Oreos… I think that’s it.

Here’s a closer view.  This is actually the plate of goodies I took to work the week before Christmas.

I also made a Christmas Candy Barrel cake, and it turned out so cute!  I posted it on cake central, and ended up being on the front page as one of the “Most Saved Cakes of the Day”.  I was really excited about that!  Here’s the cake…

My old work was having a potluck the week before Christmas, so I made some simple cupcakes to drop off there on my way to my new work!

I also made some raspberry cake balls for Christmas with some leftover cake I had…

I think that’s all I did at the end of the year.  I did make a friend some Dukes of Hazzard cupcakes for his birthday on Christmas, but I didn’t get any good pictures of them, just a couple on my phone.

Now…. on to the next project!

January 15, 2011. Cake, Cake Pops, Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

No tricks, all treats!

We decided to do our annual pumpkin carving at my house this year because I wanted to make a bunch of treats and I needed someone to share them with!  So Clint, Piper, the kids, Dad and Jennifer all came over for White Chili, Mummy dogs, and lots of Halloween goodies on Sunday!  So here’s what I came up with… A couple weeks ago I made a Candy Barrel cake for a BBQ at Sam and Jenny’s.  I had always wanted to make one and this was my first attempt:

It’s 2 layers of devil’s food, with a layer of peanut butter cookie between.  Filled with chocolate chocolate chip icing, then covered in chocolate icing.  Then you line the outside with Kit Kats broken into 2’s, and fill the top with Reese’s pieces!   Tie a ribbon around it and you’re done.  The easiest cake to make ever, and it looks so cute!  It’s VERY rich though.

So I wanted to make another Candy Barrel cake, because the kids didn’t get to taste that one, and I wanted Mom and Carl to get to try it too.  So I made the same thing, only tied off with a Halloween Ribbon this time.

And sitting on one of the cute new cake plates I got!  They were each tied with coordinating Halloween ribbon.  How fun!

I also made some giant cupcakes, because I got these cool cupcake wrappers from Sam and Jenny for my birthday a couple years ago and wanted to try them out!  They are real sturdy, you don’t have to put them in a cupcake pan, you just put the batter in and set them on a cookie sheet and they bake right up!  As soon as I saw these papers, I thought of Candy Corn, so I made cupcakes that were layered yellow, orange and white cake inside.  Then tried to do the same with the icing but it was pretty sloppy.  They were cute anyway and tasted good!

I also tried my hand at making some sugar cookies.  I tried the NFSC (No Fail Sugar Cookie) recipe for the first time last weekend and wasn’t happy with the results, so I tried again this weekend and they turned out much better.  This was only my second time trying to work with Royal Icing too.  It was a royal pain… But they turned out pretty cute… after 4 hours of icing them Friday night!!!

I used the leftover cake from trimming the Candy Barrel Cake to make some cake balls.  They were ugly but tasted great!

So here’s what the whole spread looked like together…

I had enough for the pumpkin carving party, sent leftovers home with everyone, took some to work for Heather, and took some to Dallas for Mom and Carl to try.

Happy Halloween everyone!

October 25, 2010. Cake, Cake Pops, Cookies, Cupcakes. 2 comments.

Sister’s Birthday 2010

While at Luke’s 1st birthday party, I asked Sis what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday.  She remembered Dylan’s Mario cake from a couple years back and wanted a Luigi cake like it.  I went through the same process of making a template and cutting out the cake, only this time I made the cake a little smaller.  I made Luigi out of 1 13×9 cake instead of 2 like Mario was.  I also made cake pops to go with it though, so there would be enough for everyone at the party.

Here’s Luigi.  The only major difference besides the shape was I used star fill-in to cover Luigi where with Mario I just tried to ice it even with a knife.

I didn’t have anywhere to write Happy Birthday, so I ended up writing it on the bottom of the cake!

The cake pops:

It made a cute display!

June 5, 2010. Birthday Cakes, Cake Pops. Leave a comment.

Cupcake pops… take 2!

I tried the cupcake pops again…

June 4, 2010. Cake Pops. Leave a comment.

Dad’s birthday 2010

Dad put the word out that he wanted carrot cake, so I wiped him up a carrot cake, but also made some cake pops which I had read about on Bakerella’s webpage.

The carrot cake

My first attempt at cupcake pops

June 4, 2010. Birthday Cakes, Cake Pops. Leave a comment.