Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rainbow Doodle Cake

I came across this rainbow doodle birthday cake on Sweetapolita, and just had to share it. The colors are fantastic and the design concept is brilliant. Made mostly with buttercream and covered in white fondant, the little artist's can then go to work! You can view the recipe and how to's here. And I tell my boys they can only draw on paper ;)...who knew!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{ Featured Party } Little Chef Party

This Little Chef's Pizza Party seen on On to Baby, has all the right ingredients...literally!! Designed and styled by the creative girls at Sugar Branch Events, this pizza birthday party is sure to impress. The kiddos in custom chef hats and aprons made homemade pizza's with the help of a real Italian chef! How cute is he?! While the pizza's were baking the kid's decorated their own pizza boxes. What a fun and creative party. You can check out more pictures here. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely looking forward to more pint sized parties from Sugar Branch Events!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fireworks Cupcakes

Loving these fireworks cupcakes from Wilton. They don't look to difficult and they are definitely bursting with color. This top recipe uses royal icing for the bursting fireworks, but I think you could use twizzler pull and peels cut to size, inserted into your cupcake. You can find red, white, and blue star sprinkles at just about any store this time of year. Fun stuff!!
{ Image } Wilton

Step 1
In advance: Make fireworks. Prepare Royal Icing recipe. Tint half Red-Red/Christmas Red combination and half blue. Cover pattern with parchment paper. Using royal icing, pipe Round Decorating Tip 5 fireworks; make 240 red and 240 blue fireworks arcs (20 for each cupcake; number includes extras to allow for breakage); let dry.
Step 2
Bake and cool cupcakes in your favorite Patriotic Themed Baking Cups.
Step 3
Prepare Buttercream Icing recipe. Using white buttercream icing, pipe Large Star Decorating Tip 1M swirls on tops of cupcakes.
Step 4
Insert fireworks arcs and attach icing decorations using white buttercream icing and Round Decorating Tip 5 dots.
Step 5
To assemble, place 10 in. plate and pillars on Cake Base. Place 6 in. plate and pillars on 10 in. plate. Place one pillar on 6 in. plate. Position 1 cupcake on top pillar, 4 cupcakes on 6 in. plate, 8 cupcakes on 10 in. plate and remainder on Cake Base.

{ Image } Wilton

Step 1
Bake cupcakes in Stars & Stripes or Patriotic Themed Standard Baking Cups and cool completely on Cooling Grid.
Step 2
Prepare Buttercream Icing recipe. Tint 1/3 of icing with Royal Blue Icing Color. Tint another 1/3 icing with Christmas Red Icing Color.
Step 3
For fireworks, pipe a ring of fringe around rim of cupcake with blue icing and Multi-Opening Decorating Tip 233. Using same tip, pipe a concentric circle with white icing. Finish by piping red icing fringe in the center and inserting a 4th of July Party Pick.

Fireworks Cupcaes

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Sunny 1st Birthday Party

There are those parties that when you come across them, you think this is one of my all time favorite parties. This is one of those parties! Photographer Wendy Updegraff shot these amazing photos of her niece Zoe's 1st birthday. Wendy's sister, Zoe's mom, was the genius party planner behind this sunny soiree. I tried to pick out my favorite element's. I can't. I love it all!! The ruffled tablecloth's, bowls of cheerios, doughnut kabobs, a time capsule, and the adorable high chair...this party is overflowing with inspiration. Enjoy the beautiful photos!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Frozen Reece's Peanut Butter Pie

I am trying to talk myself out of making this delicious frozen Reece's peanut butter pie from Bakers Royale, but I absolutely think you should try it!! C'mon peanut butter, oreos, and whip cream...YUM!!!

Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie
Makes one 9 inch pie or three 4 inch mini pies. Preparation: Lightly butter springform pan if it is not non-stick. If you do not have a springform pan line a cake pan with a piece of lightly buttered foil leaving a one inch over hang around the edges for easy pie removal or alternately use a traditional pie pan.

•24 oreo cookies, crushed
•4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
•2 ½ cups Cool Whip
•¾ cup creamy peanut butter
•½ cup confectioner sugar
•½ cup crushed Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Oreo Crust Instructions:

1.Place Oreos in a food processor or blender and pulse until cookies are finely crumbed. Alternatively, place Oreos in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Mix in the melted butter and then firmly press crumbs into pan to create a crust. Bake crust at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes.
Reese Peanut Butter Pie Filling Instructions:

1.Place peanut butter and confectioner sugar in a pan over low heat and stir until combined and peanut butter is melted. Set aside for five minutes to cool. Gently fold in peanut butter mixture into Cool Whip until combined. Gently fold in crushed Reese’s pieces into peanut butter Cool Whip mixture.
2.Pour mixture into Oreo crust and freeze for 3 hours. Garnish with caramel and chocolate drizzle (for added decadence rim with chopped Reese’s pieces).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

{ Featured Party } Gender Reveal Party

Gender revealing parties have become quite popular over the last year. It is such a fun and unique way to share the exciting news with family and friends. This darling yellow and orange gender reveal party is from Swoon. The parents to be are friends of the party planner and were looking for a different way to reveal the gender of their 3rd child. Not even the parents to be knew the gender. Only the person who baked the cupcakes knew . Sooo exciting!!! Enjoy the party and be sure to check out more pics and party details here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cupcake Push Pop

Looking for a treat to delight the little guests on the 4th of July? How about these trendy and oh so cute cupcake push pops. Cupcake push pops are all over right now and the upcoming holiday is the perfect opportunity for you to try them out!! Lindsay Ann from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe offers a step by step tutorial here on Celebrations. If you give them a try e mail me a picture, I would love to see them!

Image { Dollhouse Bake Shoppe }

Friday, June 17, 2011

Red, White, and Blue Wedding

Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, I thought I would share this red, white, and blue wedding from Eat, Drink, Marry. The vibrant colors and patterns add just the right amount of flair to this beach wedding. The aisle runner down the pier and colorful carnation pomanders are my favorite elements. I also liked the use of patterned linens on the reception tables, a nice change from traditional monochromatic tablecloths. Have a great weekend!!!

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