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Enter my Cupcake Giveaway!

14 Sep

give awayHello everyone, I am giving away FREE cupcakes! So if you live in the NYC/Northern NJ area I would happy to share my cupcakes with you. This is the the first time I am trying this out, before I do customer appreciation month in October.  Visit my site ConciergeConfections.com  and click on entry button at the top of page to enter!

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Summer 2013 Creations

8 Sep

As some of my followers know, in addition to baking, blogging and decorating, I am also a middle school teacher. So the summer months are quite lazy for me ( Don’t judge). Between Vacations, catching up on sleep and also the normal August ramp up for the school year, I sometimes don”t get to bake as much as I want. But here are some Yummy things i cooked up this summer!

Congrats to the Bride & Groom!

Cupcake TowerA wedding is an important occasion, so when I was asked months ago to make Tiffany Box styled cupcakes for Tiffany ( cute right), I was thrilled. My very first wedding. So as the day drew closer the anxiety built.  More and more, brides are turning to cupcakes for weddings as a more cost effective  option to cakes.  No worries about slicing and serving sizes one cupcake per person and the Bride gets the cake!

My client wanted a lot of cupcakes so my first task was to find a way to display them all! Hours of searching online led me to two options. Build my own stand using these instructions or purchase a stand. Now when it comes to building things I have no fear but, power tools, the Baked Scientist knows those are far way from my kitchen aid mixer and heavily used glue gun! So I purchased one from The Cup Cake Tree. These are nice and reusable as long as you do not put a lot of weight on them.

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The cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. The cupcakes were plain and red velvet. This frosting is to die for and by far the best cream cheese frosting I have ever made!

Tips from the Scientist: Baking a lot of cupcakes? I make the decorations 2 days before the event, bake the cupcakes and make all the frosting the day before the event and and have a frosting field day the day of so everything looks fresh!

Are you a Party Animal?

Well, personally I think we all have a lil party animal inside us! I made some cupcakes and chocolate covered items for this themed party. Treats tables are getting very popular as a way to accessorize cakes. Even though I didn’t make this cake those are my strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

Full Table PictureChocolate Covered Pretzels and Strawberries

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Tips from the Scientist: Anything can be a container. I like to keep an eye out at the dollar and craft stores for things on sale. These buckets were a dollar at Michaels and will some ribbon added they are so very cute! I have used plastic cups, glass jars, even colored plates to add some personalization to any table decor.

Welcome Baby Kai!

Dont you just love babies? One of my best friends asked me to make her shower cake. I love this cake and man did it taste good! The vanilla bean cake recipe was soooo good my friend froze pieces of it so that she could slowly savor its yumminess. ( Hey look I would have just ate it as fast as I could but thats her way)

The one thing that was against me with this cake was time. I had a very busy week and just didn’t get to put time into the details the way I wanted to.  I also made cupcakes and those cute button lollipops.

Welcome Baby Kai

Tip from the Scientist: SLEEP is required for intricate work, or at least for me. So time your confection creations accordingly! 

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April & May’s Creations

31 May

Both months were a little slow but defiantly not uneventful!

Tropical Bridal Shower Cake & Cupcake Bouquets

I especially enjoyed making this cake because this customer came to me via a referral. If you are one of my followers you will remember the movie themed number cake which lead to the Damask Cupcakes which let me to this customer. Her friend was getting married and I had the pleasure of working on her cake.  I enjoyed working with this customer because she was not really sure what she wanted. I really do enjoy researching ideas for my clients and ironing out what they really hope to get in their confection.  She sent me a picture of a cupcake bouquet that said… ” Can you make this?”  I didn’t even know what those were at the time. This is the photo…

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Cute right! But how the heck do you make it? … I will one day do a blog post on how to make these. To be honest they are not as easy as they seem, big challenge was how do I attach at almost a 90 degree angle so the cupcake OR frosting on the cupcake does not fall off!!! Stay tuned for that one!

For the cake she wanted hibiscus flowers in tropical themed colors,  with a wedding dress topper.   Surprisingly not much online on how to make a dress topper so one day soon I will post that as well! My ” One Day” blog list is getting a bit too long! I had never made a dress before, so this was a first as well. I first made the body for the dress and then draped the fondant over. I had to go back to Wilton’s gum paste flowers course notes for those flowers because it had been a while!  So here it is!

Tropical Bridal Shower Cake and Cupcake Bouquet Bridal Shower cake

Ahoy Matey’s Cap’in Mason’s Turnin’ 4!

Remember last month’s Stiletto cake, I made this cake for her son!  It was such a cute cake, along with the yummy cupcakes with Pirate ship sails! If anyone one wants the template for the sails I would be happy to share!

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March’s Creations

27 May

Continuing with my catch up posts by month here is what I worked on in March!

Have your Shoe and Eat it too!

Red and Black Stiletto Shoe CollageNot when I first started baking, my sweetie introduced me to one of his high school friends. She owns a event planning company. Thanks to her I have lots of cakes and treats to make!  So I get to make her Birthday cake. When she asked me it was right after I had ordered a Stiletto shoe kit from Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen. Now if you have never heard of Mayen you should know of her! She makes amazing cakes and supplies for cake decorating.  She has a great Etsy store, she is very helpful when you ask her questions and she lets you share pictures of her cakes on Wednesdays and Friday on her facebook page. Wait back to the cake.  So yes naturally I convinced her that I wanted to make her a shoe topper. She agreed! She loves strawberry and she loves coconut. So She got a strawberry cake with coconut buttercream filling… Oh and her own life size shoe, Size 7 to be exact!

Red and Black Stiletto Shoe

Blue and White Wedding Treats Table

If you read my last post I said these are becoming popular. I did these for a royal blue and white wedding.  Check out the photos. My friend who I made the shoe cake for she also does ballon arches so those are hers on the table.

Blue and White Wedding Treats Table

Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower Treats Table

…and one week later yep another one!

 

Winnie the Pooh Shower Treats table

February’s Creations

26 May

After what felt like an eternity orders began to come in and it got very busy very fast in the second month of the year.

Everyone Needs some Sparkle Zebra Print Gift Box Cake

This was a very fun cake to make. I feel like I have done enough zebra prints for it to be easy for me to do, but they wanted a gift box. Bows I do not normally do and to be honest this one was a pain, I had to be just right! It took a long time to put together because placement was important. I used the rhinestones and the balls to add a little more sparkle!Finished it off with some pearl spray.
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Mikey’s Camouflage Birthday Cake

Mikey's CakeMy little brother Mikey turned 13! he is a TEEN His favorite things to do are annoy his sisters, play soccer and he likes airsoft and paintball. The last two require some camouflage so I had to make him this camo cake. He wanted all his favorite things on it. Chocolate doughnuts, Oreos ( I crushed for dirt) and KitKats which I used for the M Mikey hates fondant so I spent quite a bit of time researching how to get this effect with butter cream. THE VIVA PAPER TOWEL METHOD is the trick. I think it came out pretty great for my first time.

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Pink Baby Shower Treats Table

These are starting to become some of my favorite things. Assorted variety of delicious treats in small quantities with candy and other yummy things on a table equals TREAT TABLE.  I plan on doing a post soon on Treat table 101 but until then the pictures will have to do.  The cupcakes were my favorite!

Strawberry Cupcakes with cream cheese frostingChocolate covered Strawberries

Choc. Cov.  Marshmallows

Chocolate covered pretzels

Getting Back on the Blogging Wagon!

26 May

Dear Followers and New Folks…

In my attempt to play catch on my blog I am posting what I have done since Dec 2012 to NOW by Month!

Why did I start blogging… to keep track of my creations and also keep track of my favorite recipes. Some how I have not done either, the worst part is when I find a great recipe online and because I didn’t book mark it, print it or blog it, its gone! SO I AM GETTING BACK ON THE BLOGGIN’ WAGON! I want to look back at this in 5 years and see all the great things I have done.

In the past 5 months I have learned lots of new things so old  followers and new you have much to look forward to…

 

Selene

These Snowmen Don’t Melt! – Holiday Themed Cupcakes and Cookies

22 Dec

Happy Holidays! Need to bring some yummy and cute cheer to your holiday? Make these easy confections and you will be the hit of any party!

Snowmen Cupcakes

The actually all look different like a little family!

I found these on a great website Confessions of cookbook Queen. I mean she has all sorts of things on there.

Make your favorite cupcakes and frost them. I put a little extra on the top of  mine so the the hat would have some support. To make the hat, cut the bottom quarter off of a large marshmallow, and attach the larger peice to an Oreo with Candy Melts. Once the marshmallow is attached securely, I dipped the whole thing in melted Candy Melts (I used black, but you could also just use chocolate or any other fun color), sprinkled with shiny sprinkles ( or any other fun snow like topping) and set on wax paper to harden. *You can get candy melts and the eyes in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart  ( not the baking aisle this one is near all the party stuff) or Michael’s, Joann’s or AC Moore.

I found the covering of the hats to take a while because the dipping left finger prints and smudges all over. I used the back of a knife or a smooth edged spatula to smooth the chocolate around the sides. Just looked lumpy if I dipped it. After they are dry place on top of frosted cupcake. Finish the cupcakes with the eyes and red nose. My nose was a red sour ball ( I only find them in Walgreens for some reason) I did not want to use the red hots because these cupcakes were for kids and I personally don’t like them. But you could also use fondant, skittles or cut pieces of starburst and roll them into a ball after warming for 10 seconds in microwave. There you go Snowman cupcakes!


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Christmas or Holiday Tree Cupcakes

These were easier than the snowman cupcakes !

Bake your Cupcakes,  color your frosting Green.Use a 2D tip perpendicular to the cupcake to frost. Let the frosting stack up upon itself as you slowly pull the frosting bag up and there you have it a tree! Top your tree with some holiday colored sprinkles I used red but you can use larger round balled sprinkles to look like ornaments. No Christmas tree is a tree without a star! I used yellow fondant to cut out stars and place them atop my trees. DONE!

Tip from the Scientist: If you are Jewish no worries use white  or blue frosting and a blue or silver star with silver sprinkles.

Holiday Tree Cupcakes

 

Snowflake Cookies

What winter holiday is complete without cookies! Make your favorite roll and cut cookiedough. I make them from scratch but the baking aisle has cookies in a bag that can be used for this complete with instructions on how to make the batter into roll and cut dough which is a bit harder than drop cookie dough. Roll out your dough out putting a good amount of flour on the surface so the dough does not stick. Get your favorite cookie cutters, I used snowflakes.  Cut out the shapes, bake and cool. I find putting the cookie dough in the fridge when I am not working with it helped the dough stay firm.

This is my first time putting designs on cookies. I normally just smooth on the frosting as best I can with a spatula and call it a day. However one must challenge themselves in the kitchen! I was inspired by one of the blogs I follow Carrie’s Creations . She is an amazing cookie baker and decorator ! So I got out my piping bag using a #3 tip and made some snowflakes. Here are just a few!

Christmas Cookies

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Happy 60th Birthday Cake!

11 Dec

Carved 60 numbesThis weekend I made a wonderful almond cake in the shape of a 60! It is so wonderful when you get a referral client. I made this cake for a person that attended, the Movie Cake party, the Tre Chic Party AND the Jungle Junction party. That just warms my heart that she though of me to make the cake for her fathers 60th Birthday! Feeling very blessed!

I recently came to the realization that I started doing this in April 2012. I started taking the wilton classes in January finished the 4th course in april and here I am 9 months later!!! Just amazing it almost seems unreal!

Anyways back to the cake! This recipe was to die for. I have always just added almond flavor to my vanilla cake recipe and voila Almond cake. I thought I would really try something different this time around. I found this great Almond Pound cake recipe from Paula Deen. If you are looking for an almond cake please try this recipe! On a side note my room mate and boyfriend ate all the cake scraps after carving with left over buttercream!

After baking I got to carving (see here for my post on how to do this). This time it was much easier that the Movie cake because I had a bit more experience (always bodes well) . That took about an hour to get all the pieces cut and frosted and assembled on the board. Then I covered in fondant and decorated it.

Covered 60 numbers

I used gold spray to give a air brushed affect across the top  and cut out some stars in black as accents. My client wanted little messages on the cake about her dad. I made those with fondant and painted the blue onto the ribbon for more of gloss effect and used edible markers for the other text.handpainted gold letters

For the message on the front my client loved the letters in the Jungle Junction cake so I melted down some chocolate and made the letters using one of the Plastic molds I like. I HAND PAINTED every one of them gold with edible luster dust. That took an hour because I had to make sure every spot was colored. Trust me I wished often why no one has invented golden and sparkly chocolate, or I just have not come across it yet.  I laid a thin strip of fondant down and placed the letters across the front of cake. Then I was finally done.

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Finished cake 1

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