Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year's Eve Cake Banner

Here is a cute and simple way to make a New Year's Eve cake...
Add a 2012 banner!

This was super easy and really dressed up this cake!
Another bonus was that I actually used some of my scrapbooking supplies
that I have been neglecting for about a decade...

What You Need:
Number stickers
Card stock circles in two sizes: 1 7/8 in. and 2 in.
Hole punch (rectangle shape)
Grosgrain ribbon
Wooden skewer

  I attached my numbers to the smaller circles, which I then glued to the larger circles. I punched out 2 rectangle shapes at the top of each circle, and threaded my ribbon through. I cut my skewer in half, and tied the ribbon to the ends. To finish, I placed the skewers in the cake at an angle.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Wishes

Here is a Christmas wish from my family to yours.
We hope you have a beautiful Christmas,
filled with love, laughter and yummy treats! :0)

But most of all...
we hope your heart is filled with JOY
because of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is the best gift of all!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cupcake Carrier

I found this fabulous idea on Pinterest, and I just had to share it with you!
It is a cupcake carrier made out of a gift box...perfect for delivering my Christmas goodies.
I made a cupcake version of my Andes Mint Chocolate Cake.

First, get some boxes. I found a package of three small gift boxes for $1 at Dollar Tree!
On the top of your box, measure a 2 1/4 inch square for each cupcake and mark the corners with a pencil.
Use an Xacto knife to cut an X from corner to corner, and bend down each point. 
Decorate or write a message on your box.

Place your cupcakes in the carrier, and you are ready to deliver!
Hope you are having fun making lots of Christmas treats this week. :0)

 And speaking of Pinterest, don't you just love it?!
I added a button in the right column, so you can follow me there.
Go click on it!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Red Velvet Bundt Cake


Every time I hear that word I imagine the family dinner from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding",
when the future in-laws arrive with a Bundt cake.

 "What is it?"
"It's a Bundt."
 (Look of dawning realization)
 "It's a cake!"

Red Velvet Bundt Cake
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (OR 1 c. milk + 1 T. vinegar)
  • 1 oz. red food coloring

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a Bundt pan really well. Place one cupcake liner in a cupcake tin. (You will use the cupcake for a garnish.) In a medium bowl, mix eggs with a wire whisk. Add oil, vinegar, vanilla, buttermilk and food coloring. Whisk together and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix on medium high until combined. Fill cupcake liner half full with batter, then pour the rest of the batter into your Bundt pan. Bake the cupcake for 20-25 minutes, bake the cake for 50-55 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk*

Let cream cheese and butter sit in mixing bowl until softened. Mix together. Add sugar, vanilla and milk. Pour over cooled cake.
* I added milk to my favorite cream cheese frosting, to make the consistency pourable.

Crumble the cupcake and sprinkle over the top of your cake. Done!
This cake is really yummy...take it to your next Christmas party and impress everyone.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Snowman Cake

I live in the Sunshine State, where it never snows.
We don't get to have snowball fights or make snowmen on the front lawn around here.
I suppose we could go to the beach and make a snowman out of sand,
but that wouldn't be quite the same, would it?

However, I'm not completely ignorant about snow.
I have spent 7 winters living in Idaho and Utah - LOTS of snow there.
It is so beautiful, seeing the world covered with a blanket of white.
But given the choice, I would still rather live in Florida...
and make snowmen out of white chocolate.

Want to make a snowman cake?
First, melt some white chocolate chips or candy melts and put them in a piping bag.
You can add some red food coloring to make scarves & earmuffs, and melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips for the hats. These snowmen would be quite easy to make freehand, but I always prefer to have some kind of guide. So I printed out this cute guy in a couple sizes for my template.

When your snowmen have set up, flip them over.

 Chocolate covered sunflower seeds make great snowman noses! (I bought these on clearance after Valentine's Day, just knowing I would use them for something.) I picked out the ones that were small and round.

 Attach the noses with a dab of melted chocolate. Pipe on some eyes, mouths and buttons. I made each of my snowpeople a little different to give them some personality. :0)

See the cute little guy on the right? My daughter thought his earmuffs were headphones. He does look like he is enjoying some good tunes, doesn't he?

Next, make a fluffy buttercream snowdrift (Wilton tip #12) for your snowmen to stand in and arrange them around your cake. They would also make cute cupcake toppers. Enjoy!

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