Archive of ‘Desserts’ category

{Simple} Cake Decorating Ideas

Want to roll your sleeves up and get elbow-deep in icing? Okay, maybe you’re not that intense, but if you are looking for some simple cake decorating ideas, I think you’ll enjoy these photos.

On a side note, I know first hand what it’s like to be elbow-deep in icing. Many moons ago I spent  4 years as a cake decorator and we used to mix up our butter cream in a giant industry grade mixer and then fill up trash can-sized containers of this sweet stuff. Man, that was some messy (yet sweet) work. I think I sort of miss it.

Oh well, here are some cake decorating ideas that will require A LOT less icing!

 cake decorating ideas | layers

Spruce up the inside of your cake by making colorful layers that will be revealed once the cake is cut.

 

cake decorating ideas - ruffles

Learn how to decorate a stunning ruffled cake with this great video tutorial.

cake bunting

Do a basic white icing and then top the cake with a simple DIY bunting (you can use paper, ribbon or mini poms).

donut holes on cake

Better yet? Top the cake with cake balls or mini donut holes rolled in sprinkles (I love this look)!

I hope these ideas inspire you to whip up some icing! Speaking of icing, I’m on the hunt for a go-to  recipe. Do you have a favorite? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page — I’d love to try it!

Sources: Rainbow LayersRuffles, Bunting, Donut Topped.

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Reinventing the cupcake topper

I love when I stumble upon talented people, doing creative things that I hadn’t known about before. Recently, I was on the hunt for a creative way to dress up cupcakes that didn’t include a paper cupcake topper (nothing against them, I am just a bit bored with the look), when I discovered Edible Details and their fondant cupcake toppers – BINGO! I loved how  Brittany has taken the matching theme look of the paper cupcake topped yet created something unique, gorgeous, and EDIBLE! Take a look:

fondant cupcakes

See what I mean? They are darling! What a great way to present a cupcake, don’t you think?

toppers | fondant cupcakes

Wouldn’t this monkey be perfect for a monkey birthday party theme? The possibilities are endless – Brittany is like a magician with fondant!

fondant toppers

She also does adorable 3D fondant toppers and edible sugar flowers … OH MY  the flowers (more on those soon)!

fondant cupcakes

Be sure to check out all of Brittany’s designs over at Edible Details (like these cute Halloween toppers)! I can’t wait to share the custom toppers she created just for us, details soon!

 

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Mason jar recipes

The mason jar trend is nothing new, but it still seems to be going strong (and in my book still adorable!). From sweets to snacks, drinks to meals — I love all mason jar recipes. Here are a few I’ve spotted that I can’t wait to try. 

mason jar recipes

Neapolitan cake, rainbow cake (would be darling for birthday or St. Patrick’s Day), individual pies (the flags are a cute bonus!).

mason jar recipes

Here are some of my favorite and unique mason jar recipes that go beyond cakes and pies:

Smore pudding, ice cream (hello brilliant!), and chili topped with cornbread (this has to be my all-time favorite!).

Have you baked, cooked, or served with mason jars? What are your favorite mason jar recipes? Do tell!

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{Mini} Dipped Rice Crispy Treats

From mini cupcakes, to mini pies — there are many mini desserts popping up lately. This might be one of my new favorites … mini dipped rice crispy treat recipe!

rice crispy treat recipe

These mini treats are perfect for DIY dipping at a party for little hands. Lisa from With Style & Grace created and photographed these sweet treats that are featured on Celebrations at Home.

mini desserts

Rice crispy balls + chocolate + sprinkles = sounds like yummy fun to me! Be sure to drop by Celebrations at Home where Lisa shares her recipe and more photos!

{photos via With Style & Grace}

What mini desserts have you made or seen lately?

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Raspberry Cupcakes a la Vodka

This cupcake recipe is for adults only. Dark chocolate, raspberries and flavored vodka. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or your next (adult only) gathering. I promise, they are as good as they sound.

cupcakes

I prefer to make mini cupcakes because you can get all the flavors in one bite, they are smaller (which I like) and well, they are just plain cute. This is my Babycakes maker. I can whip our 8 mini cupcakes about every 6 minutes. I put in red paper liners.

mini cupcake maker

Next, I filled the liners 1/2 way full with my dark chocolate vodka cupcake batter (top secret recipe below).

Six minutes later, this delicious chocolaty creation emerged.

cupcake recipe

Then I whipped up my raspberry chocolate vodka flavored icing. Another top-secret recipe I’ll share with you below.

raspberry cupcakes

And then I created this work of art. A dark chocolate cupcake infused with chocolate vodka and iced with a raspberry chocolate vodka icing. Topped with a fresh raspberry.

cupcake recipe

Or fluffy pink heart shaped marshmallow. You pick.

Top Secret Cupcake recipe:

-Your favorite chocolate cake mix. Substitute part of the water for the chocolate vodka. I used a dark chocolate mix that called for 1 1/3 cup water — so I used 1 cup water and 1/3 cup chocolate vodka (I used Godiva).

Top Secret Icing Recipe:

-Your favorite jar of whipped icing. Add in a drop of red or pink food coloring and half a shot of raspberry chocolate vodka (I used Godiva). Whip it up.

What do you think, do you want one?

For more (alcohol-free) Valentine’s Day cupcake ideas, click here.

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Vodka Soaked Berries

Want to know how to make chocolate covered strawberries even better? Try soaking them in chocolate vodka overnight before you dip them!

how to make chocolate covered strawberries

First, rinse your strawberries. Then place them in a jar. Pour in chocolate vodka until they are submerged. Seal and refrigerate for 24 hours. *Note – you really need to let them soak. I ate one after only 6 hours and your could note yet taste the vodka.

chocolate covered strawberries recipe

After 24 hours (or so), remove the strawberries from the jar of vodka and pat dry. Then dip into your favorite melted chocolate (I chose white chocolate).

chocolate covered strawberries recipe

Then arrange your vodka-soaked dipped berries onto a cute cake stand or platter. Your loved ones will be oh-so-thankful!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

-Large Strawberries

-Chocolate infused vodka (such as Godiva)

-Chocolate for melting

*Rinse berries and soak in a jar of vodka for at least 24 hours. Remove berries from jar and pat dry. Dip berries into melted chocolate and let dry on wax paper. Plate and serve!

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