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{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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Ginger beer cocktail

I teased you with a photo of this ginger beer cocktail the other day when I shared about simple meals for two and I’m back to share this recipe as promised.

It’s a great drink for those who like beer but also enjoy a nice cocktail … the best of both worlds in one simple package — the Ginger Beer Cocktail:

ginger beer cocktail

In shaker combine:

1 parts vodka

2 parts ginger ginger beer (or your favorite ginger ale)

shake and strain into glass

garnish with a thin piece of fresh ginger

I used ginger ale (with Jasmine Tea) by Bruce Cost found at BevMo.

*This cocktail goes wonderfully with any Chinese or Asian dishes you are serving.

Cheers!

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Simple meals for two with PF Chang’s

Looking for a simple dinner or menu item for your next dinner party that taste delicious but only requires about 15 minutes of your time? No, I’m not talking about a run through the drive-thru — check out PF Chang’s new Home Menu for a hot-simmering-pan-full of deliciousness. Really (I tried them all!). Look at this bowl full of YUM (a.k.a Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles).

pf changs recipes

What I like about this new frozen line from PF Chang’s is that the flavor is not compromised one bit. Each bag is packed full of that PF Chang’s goodness you’d expect like you find  in all of their PF Changs recipes. They decided to bring their products right to your home in an effort to help you “ignite the night” and what isn’t to love about that? A simple way to put together a thoughtful (and tasty) meal … hello!

You can even have a bit of fun with dinner –

pf changs recipes | simple meals for two

I grabbed a couple  “take-out” boxes from Michael’s Craft Store (about $1.29 each) and tied a pair of chopsticks to each one. I filled then with PF Chang’s Garlic Shrimp with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite). Then the hubs and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV (rarity for us!). It really did feel like a special treat — hello igniting the night!

You can even get a little more into it and create a signature cocktail to pair with your “take-in” meal. I’ll find any reason to  create a cocktail! {Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe}

Don’t forget to join the #NoodleNight Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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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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Party Parfait Recipe

parfait recipe

Looking for something a little different to serve at your next party? This parfait recipe would be perfect for your next brunch, luncheon or even as dessert.

Stefanie from anna and blue paperie is stopping by today to share her recipe for delicious parfaits.

from Stefanie:

By serving the parfaits in fancy glasses such as martini glasses, they are sure to be a hit at any party! In addition, they would make the perfect breakfast on the go as well as a healthy snack that kiddos are sure to love.

(We agree!)

Ingredients | Parfait RecipeParfait Recipe:

32 oz low fat Vanilla Yogurt
12oz granola, I recommend blueberry crunch
Fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces), raspberries and blueberries

¼ cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon Maple syrup

1/8 of a cup of water

To make the berry sauce:

Add a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add orange juice and maple syrup and mix continuously. When the mixture begins to bubble, add your water to avoid the sauce from sticking to the pan. Once the mixture is of a sauce consistency, remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Add yogurt to 1/3 of your glass. Add a few fresh berries and top with the berry sauce and coat berries evenly. Add another layer of vanilla yogurt. Top with granola. Makes 4 – 6 servings

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