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.

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.

4th of July!

I made some cupcakes for the 4th of July.  I found some cute cupcake papers with flags at Michael’s and some cute star decorations at Capt. Albert Goodthings.  I wanted to make white cupcakes so the designs on the papers would should up good, but I didn’t want them to be boring white… so I dyed some of the batter red and some blue and layered it in the middle of the cupcakes.

Then I just decorated them with Betty Crocker vanilla frosting, the star sprinkles, and the flags.  I took a dozen to work, and a dozen are going to my Dad’s BBQ.

A couple months ago I bought a “Big Top Cupcake Pan”, but I hadn’t used it yet.  So I baked a peanut butter cupcake and filled it with chocolate pudding.  Then iced it with buttercream and fondant stars.  It turned out pretty cute.  I can’t wait to taste it!

Happy 4th of July Everyone!!

July 4, 2010. Cake, Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Christmas 2009

Another round of baking and candy making.

Packed in tins and ready to go!

June 4, 2010. Candy, Cookies, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Christmas 2008

I went all out for Christmas this year.  It was cookie, candy, craziness around the house for a few days!

Here’s where I started… holy cow… that’s a lot of candy making/baking supplies!

I baked cookies… Sugar cookies

Gingerbread cookies

Chocolate cookies with mint M&M’s

chai cookies with white chips

I also made candy, candy and more candy… and dipped things!  Like Peanut butter balls, always a hit…

Dipped peanut butter sandwich/cookies

Dipped some mini sugar cookies and Nilla wafers

Dipped pretzels, pretzels and more pretzels

Made little Christmas mice!

Then packaged everything up to give away to family and friends

I even found some time to make a batch of cupcakes to take to work for our Christmas potluck

It was a lot of work, but so worth it to see your friends and family so happy when they get their tin!

June 4, 2010. Candy, Cookies, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Christmas 2007

I made brownies and cookies to take to work for the potluck.  They turned out good!

I also made another cookie/cake house.

It had some issues… like the roof didn’t fit quite right… but it still tasted good!  I’d like to re-visit this idea with the right kind of icing so that I could decorate it better, at some point.

April 25, 2010. Candy, Cookies, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Halloween Cookie/Cake House 2007

I got this crazy idea to make a Haunted Cookie House for Halloween.  And instead of leaving it empty inside, I filled it with cake!  I know, what was I thinking!  It was a bigger project than I imagined, and I ended up running out of time to make it as cool as I wanted to.

Here you can see the cake through the window!

April 11, 2010. Cookies, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Halloween cupcakes 2007, Take 2!

I hated the way the first cupcakes turned out, so I made MORE Halloween cupcakes.  These ones turned out much cuter, I think!

April 11, 2010. Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Halloween Cupcakes… Take 1

I had some leftover batter from a birthday cake I was making, so I made some red velvet cupcakes with custard filling and tried to frost them for Halloween… I say tried, because I didn’t make a buttercream type frosting that you can decorate with, I just made a simple glaze type frosting which was pretty runny, not so good for decorating.  I did get some ideas for Halloween Cupcakes… Take 2 though!

April 11, 2010. Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

Potluck at work


Tomorrow is the potluck at work. I made some Christmas cupcakes to take!
There are 12 different designs, using different kinds of decorations, M&M’s etc.

They turned out pretty cute!

Yum!

December 23, 2008. Cupcakes, Holiday. Leave a comment.

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