Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blue's Clues Cupcake Toppers

I make a lot of cake.
And sometimes I actually have a really good reason for it...
like my little guy's birthday.

He just happens to be the cutest boy on the planet,
and he is currently obsessed with Blue's Clues.

So, I made these Blue's Clues Cupcake Toppers for his birthday cupcakes.

Would you like to make some?
Print the template below. Tape your template to a cookie sheet and tape wax paper over it.

Source: Nick Jr.
 Melt some blue candy wafers on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
Spoon the melted candy into a decorator bag fitted with a small round tip (Wilton #5),
or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
Pipe the outline of each head, then fill it in.
Melt some pink candy melts and make the tongues.
(I forgot to do this until the end. Don't be like me!)

Place your cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the candy has hardened.
 Slowly and carefully peel the heads off the wax paper and turn them over.
Melt some more blue candy melts and add food coloring to make them a darker blue.
Pipe on Blue's nose and spots.
Melt a few white candy melts and pipe on Blue's eyes,
adding pupils with the darker blue color. 

Place each topper on a cupcake, and you are ready for a Blue's Clues party!
Helpful Hint: DO NOT serve these cupcakes outside during the summer.
I took mine outside in the Florida heat to take photos, and they got too warm...
then the ears fell off! Keep them cool, and you have nothing to worry about.

 See, I told you he was the cutest. :0)


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Apple Cider Spice Cake with Apple Butter Frosting

This yummy cake is full of spiced apple goodness...
And it's super easy too!

You start with a spice cake mix, and add apple cider and applesauce.
No oil or butter involved!

Then you top it with delicious apple butter frosting.
A perfect fall dessert!

Apple Cider Spice Cake with Apple Butter Frosting 
by Bird On A Cake
Apple Cider Spice Cake
  • 1 package spice cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 eggs
Apple Butter Frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup apple butter

Apple Cider Spice Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottoms of 3 eight inch round cake pans with wax paper, and spray the sides with cooking oil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 18-22 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Apple Butter Frosting
In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a few cups at a time and mix well. Add vanilla, cinnamon and apple butter; beat until fluffy.
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To make it even better, drizzle caramel topping over each slice before serving.


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Frankenstein's Monster Cake

Sometimes I get a little obsessive about accuracy.
 This cake is a good example for you...

Would you call this green guy Frankenstein?
Because he is actually Frankenstein's Monster.
Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist who created him.

Now that we have that perfectly accurate, let's get on to some cake decorating!

What You Will Need:
Cake frosted with green buttercream
Decorating bag filled with chocolate fudge frosting
Wilton tips #47 (basketweave) and #3 (small round)
2 white candy melts
2 brown M&M's
1 green peanut M&M
1 mini Twix bar

My favorite part of this cake is the hair!

I used a tub of pre-made frosting (gasp!) because the consistency is perfect for this.
(I added some black food coloring to make it darker.)
Using tip #47, start piping in the middle of the cake and move outward -
going over the edge and down the side a little. 
Make sure the serrated side of the tip is up.
Continue all the way around the cake, making the hair longer in back.
Attach the brown M&M's to the candy melts with a dab of frosting, then press on to the cake.
Attach your green peanut M&M to the cake right under the eyes.
Using tip #3, pipe on a squiggly mouth and a scar.
Cut the Twix bar in half, and press into the sides of the cake to make neck bolts.

 I prefer my Halloween cakes to be more cute than creepy. :0)


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