"if you wish to be glamorous, become a cake baker" -The Joy of Cooking

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My new KitchenAid Mixer....that I won!!!! :) :)

I always loved the baby pink colour of this stand mixer.  Just looking at it makes me smile.  I won this mixer from a contest I entered on the super fabulous blog www.sweetopia.net
You got to check out her site...it has amazing beautifully decorated cookies, recipes, decorating ideas,  and frequent chances to win amazing prizes like this beauty here.

It's so pretty :)
I still can't believe I won it.
It makes me so happy

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fondant Decorations

Here are some christmas fondant decorations I made today.  I kneaded in some gum paste so that they will dry a little harder than if I just used fondant.
These will be used for some christmas cupcakes i'm planning to make soon.  I think they will look really cute and festive.
All of the mini cutters I used here are from BulkBarn.  The Wilton Food Writer I found at Home Outfitters.

So cute :)

I really love how the gingerbread men look.  I used sugar pearls for the buttons and brushed on a little lustre dust to give them some sparkle

For the snowman I used a Wilton Food Writer to colour the hat black and dot on some coal buttons.

Now I'll let them dry until hard and pack them away to use later.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Can you guess what I baked today? :)

 Last christmas Marian from the fabulous site www.sweetopia.net made the most beautiful, whimsical, lovely gingerbread houses I had ever seen.  I just admired them and loved them but didn't actually get the courage to make one.  I just thought it would be too hard.

This year, as I was sitting in class, I couldn't keep my mind on anything else but baking one of those gingerbread houses.   This was gonna be the year and it had to be totally from scratch.  I just became obsessed and so I had to do it.  I went and bought all the ingredients and spent a small fortune on candy to decorate.  I baked and decorated all day.  I am so happy that I did.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and if you visit Marian's site, she has incredible tutorials and videos and recipes all about making them.  I also got the template from her site as well.  Thanks Marian!! You are such a baking queen!  Here are the results of today's labour (yes it took me all day).

Here is the template for the house that I printed from sweetopia.net

I made one batch of Wilton's recipe for grandma's gingerbread.  This made enough dough for two houses.  If you want this recipe go to wilton.com 

Ready for the oven

Letting my house pieces cool.  

Finally time for the best part: decorating!  I really love the little sugar christmas lights

Buying the candy was so fun...however in all my excitement and enthusiasm for the job I spent a small fortune on sugary house materials :S

Mixing up the royal icing.  Recipe also found on sweetopia.net

Walls UP! it was recommended to let the house at this stage dry overnight (about 12hrs) but I was too impatient and went ahead with putting on the roof, chimney and decorations.  However, next time I think I would wait and let the house dry before moving on to the next step

I hope that you find time to make one and if you don't already know what sweetopia.net is you must visit her site.  It sugar/baking/decorating bliss.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Girlie Birthday Cupcakes

Just finished these sweet cupcakes today for a little girl who is turning 5.  The request was to make them as girlie as possible.  Hope they are girlie enough for her.

I really love these cupcake liners.  They are from Michaels Craft Store

Vanilla bean cupcakes.  Cooling while I make the icing

I used a wilton 1M tip for the swirl. The icing is vanilla buttercream 

The butterflies are plastic rings that I found at McCalls Cake Supply store, I thought it would be fun for the girls to have them after they eat their cupcake.  I also used royal icing roses, sugar pearls, pink sprinkles, pink sugar and silver dragees for decoration.

I hope the birthday girl will love them.  I know I would be excited if someone brought me these for my birthday  :)