Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jazz's Baby Shower

Being that I know I'm not going to sleep anytime soon, I've yet again come across some pictures that I've yet again failed to upload (SMH)

My neighbor and her husband are expecting a little girl in the next couple of weeks.  Her name is Princess Sheilaya <3 and I can't wait to meet her.  This baby shower was a surprise and it was very hard for me not to mention anything to Jazz because I see her EVERYDAY! But nonetheless, I kept the secret and glad she was surprised when she arrived at the event.  Jazz had a favorite cupcake of mine that I knew I had to make strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.  I also did a chocolate chip cupcake with a baked chocolate chip cookie on top.  The last cupcake I did was a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream.  I topped the chocolate cupcake with chocolate baby booties in pink and white. Her mom was so happy and I'm glad that I could be apart of the celebration for baby Princess!

Cupcake Shoe

Ok, I lied!! I said I was going to bed but after uploading pictures I came across one of my cupcake creations that I had not posted!! I had a lot of fun making this...although it was very nerve wrecking.  For Valentine's Day my husband bought me the book "Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pies, Oh My!" I contained the very popular high heel cupcake that hit the internet.  So of course I had to try it...and I think I did a wonderful job! Ok, now I'm really going to sleep :-)

Autism Speaks Event

Hope everyone had a great week!! Can't believe tomorrow is my birthday...time flies when you get old (lol!)

A couple of weeks ago, while getting over the flu, I received a very sweet phone call from a gentleman that works in my office building.  He was thinking of having an event for autism awareness and wanted to have some type of "fundraiser" but without going broke doing it.  Now, this gentleman kindly explained to me that he was a very big fan of a famous cupcake bakery located in the Inland Empire and had not been back to their store since tasting one of my cupcakes!! YES MY MOUTH DROPPED OPEN TOO!! I have heard very generous compliments from both family and clients alike, but I have never been compared to an actual established bakery! Needless to say, I was more than happy to provide cupcakes for his event :-)

So while I was on my new favorite obsession ( I came across a very interesting pin with some cupcakes in a cup ( *cue light bulb over my head* and thought to myself, "why not do that for the Autism event?" Excitement consumed me...yes I get excited about stuff like this (lol!)

After baking 4 dozen cupcakes (red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla) it was time to place them inside of the plastic cups.  I didn't know if I wanted to frost them in the cup or frost them outside of the cup, then try putting them in there.  I opted for my 1st thought, frosting them inside of the cup, that way I don't risk messing up the frosting. And boy was I glad I chose to do that... *whew*

I had fun preparing these cupcakes for such a special event.  When you get a chance, please visit and read about how this disorder affects the lives of so many.  The reason he throws this event is because his daughter has autism.  An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.  It makes it just that more special.

Well, time to turn in and look forward to this wonderful event tomorrow!! Adios!

It was all for a good cause...would do it again in a  heartbeat <3

This is how I set them up for the event! 
Side shot of the set-up

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fondant is my friend!!!

I am in CAKE HEAVEN!! Thanks to a friend of mine, I have decided to venture off and start baking and designing cakes.  A couple of weeks ago I took a fondant class at my local cake supply store, and I loved it. I was always scared of fondant because I was the kid in school that didn't like to play with Play-Doh (LOL!) But anyway, after taking the class and feeling extremely comfortable using fondant and decorating the cake with it, I knew it was time to expand my horizons!!  Below is the finished product :)

For this to have been my 1st cake I think I did pretty darn well!! 

Last night the cake bug struck again!! I was sitting at work looking at potential birthday cake designs (yes, I am making my own birthday cake!) and I came across this BEAUTIFUL zebra print cake with a splash of pink in it...and I was in love. I figure, why buy something that I can make. One thing about me, I am a Taurus and when we have our mind set on something we don't stop until its done...hence this cake. I youtubed (is that a word) "ZEBRA PRINT CAKES" and found a helpful video that shows how to cut zebra stripes from the black fondant. I played around with the layout of the stripes and found that there really isn't a right or wrong way to put them on, so I just had fun with it. And of course I had to add the pink bow on top (also made of fondant)!!

My finished "Zebra Stripes & Pink" cake