Monday, December 31, 2012

Your Favorite Cakes of 2012

Am I the only one that thinks time is speeding up?
Doesn't it feel like every year seems to go by just a little faster? 
My personal life has seen some big changes this year, with my return to working full-time
...after being a stay-at-home mom for thirteen years!
Yep, I'm still trying to find the right balance. But there is always time for cake!

Watching the growth of Bird On A Cake has definitely been one my favorite parts of 2012!
It has been amazing to share and connect with all of you wonderful cake lovers. :)
Let's take a look at your Top 3 Favorite Posts from the past year, shall we?
 #3 - Perfectly Packaged Rose Cupcakes
Elegant, simple cupcakes that make perfect gifts!

A delicious recipe + pretty decorating technique = awesomeness!

 The popularity of this cake just astounds's been viewed almost half a million times!!

Thank you SO much for all your support and sweet comments through the year!
You have made sharing my creations here an awesome experience, 
and I love bringing a little fun & sweetness into your life with my cakes.

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for lots more cakey goodness in 2013? I am!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Chocolate Gingerbread Men Cake

"Run, run as fast as you can;
You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
Do you remember what happens to the gingerbread man in that classic tale?

Yeah, that fox was pretty sly.
I would have gobbled up that boastful little gingerbread man too...YUM!!

I decided to put a tasty twist on classic gingerbread by making this
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake.
I loved the two flavors together...a fantastic combination!
I also made the cute gingerbread men around the cake out of chocolate.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
by Bird On A Cake
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese ( room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter ( room temperature)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of two 9 inch cake pans with wax paper; spray cooking oil on the sides of the pans. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. Mix in the oil and molasses. Add the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. In another bowl, mix the boiling water with the cocoa powder. Alternate adding the dry mixture and wet mixture to the batter until well combined. Pour your batter in the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Let the cream cheese and butter sit in mixing bowl until softened. Mix together. Add vanilla. Gradually mix in the confectioners' sugar. Spread frosting over cooled cake.
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 To make the gingerbread men, I used a silicon mold and melted chocolate.
First, I filled in the eyes, mouth and buttons with white chocolate.

Then, I filled in the whole cavity with chocolate.

 After these little guys set up, gently push on the other side of the mold until they pop out.
Then arrange them around your cake.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rainbow Petal Cake {Virtual Baby Shower!}

I had a lot of fun making this cake,
because it is for a very special occasion...
a Virtual Baby Shower for the fabulous Meaghan 
from The Decorated Cookie & Edible Crafts!

Meaghan just welcomed her darling baby girl, Violet, into the family.
I'm excited to be included in a group of creative bloggers that are celebrating
with lots of RAINBOW treats!

Meaghan is seriously awesome!
First of all, she is amazingly creative. 
She's all famous and stuff (have you seen her cookbook, Sugarlicious?)
and she has been so encouraging and sweet to me!

She was one of the first bloggers to feature one of my cakes,
and I was so thrilled that she liked something I made! Little old ME!

Don't you love rainbows? I sure do!
Have you seen my Rainbow Tie Dye Cake?

To create this Rainbow Petal Cake for Meaghan
I combined one of my favorite decorating techniques with pastel rainbow colors.
I could just stare at these pretty colors all day.

Here is my palette of buttercream frosting.
I filled plastic decorating bags, then snipped off the ends.

To learn how to make this petal design (it's easier than it looks!),
go check out my tutorial here!

I wanted to make the inside of the cake a girly pink,
so I whipped up my favorite Strawberry Cake recipe.

Congratulations, Meaghan!

Here are all the awesome bloggers participating in the virtual baby shower...
Go see all their fabulous rainbow goodies!

1.  Vanilla Bean BakerBaby's First Christmas
2.  Not Your Momma's Cookie - Rainbow Swaddled Baby Cookies
3.  Crazy for CrustRainbow Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
4.  Dollhouse Bake Shoppe - Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
5.  Creative FoodRainbow Pancakes
6.  Hoosier HomemadeRainbow Jar Cupcakes
7.  Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons - Rainbow Smores Pops
8.  Pink Little CakeBaby at the End of the Rainbow Cake
9.  Love From the OvenRainbow Cake Pop Cupcakes
10. Munchkin MunchiesRainbow Balloon Cookies
11. The Baked EquationRainbow Baby Shower Cookies
12. SweetologyMarshmallow Baby Pops
13. Sugar SwingsRainbow Madeleines
14. Pint Sized BakerRainbow Meringue Tarts
15. Bird on a Cake - Rainbow Petal Cake
16. Haniela'sRainbow Centerpiece
17. Miss Candiquik - Marshmallow Baby Bottles
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes

I saw this cute Christmas idea for Strawberry Santa Hats on Pinterest
and just knew that I had to put them on a cupcake.

Because EVERYTHING is better on a cupcake!

These cupcakes are super simple to make, so your kids would have fun helping.
I used my Strawberry Cake recipe, which is also super simple (and yummy!)

What You Need:
Batch of cupcakes
White frosting in a decorating bag with large round tip
Strawberries (rinsed with tops cut off)

You can find the red & white striped baking cups here.

Pipe a dollop of frosting on the top of a strawberry.

Turn the strawberry upside down and press on the center of your cupcake.
Pipe some large dots around the base of the strawberry.

Pipe a large dot on the tip of the strawberry.
(I also sprinkled some sugar on the frosting for texture.)

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Want some more Christmas cake & cupcake ideas? Check these out!
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