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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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Jungle Junction

4 Dec

Jungle Junction Cake2

A Jungle Junction Birthday. Remember the Movie Night cake?  Well this same client has another little one and he just turned 3. His favorite show is Jungle Junction. I personally had never seen the show so I took the liberty of watching it  so I could get a feel for the characters. They  re so very  cute! Surprising this cake took a while. The eyes and the wheels although the smallest detail took the most time because they were so small. Everything is made from fondant and the piping and the letter of the name from chocolate.

This was a pina colada cake with a coconut pineapple filling. Delicious. Happy Birthday Christian!

Jungle Junction Cake 1


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High School 10 year Class of 2002 Reunion Cake

3 Dec

High School Reunion cake

Morristown High School Class of 2002 congrats on your 10 year reunion! This was a fun cake to make. I just wish that someone did not bump into the cake box as I entered the venue and bent the letters on the front back:(  Don’t you hate when that happens. The school had a pool and boasted success  in many sports and theatre. This picture does not show but the sides were maroon lockers and there were even hand made books for the classes favorite subjects.

The top tier was a spiced rum cake (recipe here) and the bottom vanilla and red velvet cake. Man was that spiced rum layer delicious.

Here is to another 10 years MHS!

Its a Girl! – Leopard Print Baby Shower Cake and Cupcakes!

2 Dec

Leopard Print baby shower

This was a fun and easy cake to make. I made the spots buy cutting out the brown and black colors and rolling the colors into the fondant. The cupcakes were an almond buttercream with fresh cherries and amarettto cake. The cake was the same also filled with cherry almond buttercream. Boy did I have fun making these!  Cheers, Amaretto sour anyone!

Gumpaste crown

The crown was a pain in the  butt. I could have purchased a crown but I wanted to try making the crown from gum paste. I used a large round bottle and drew out my stencil on paper. I taped it onto the bottle  and covered it with saran wrap. (see picture)  I went to building. It was fine putting it on the bottle but once it was hardened it was hard to remove and all the parts did not stick together. It was very fragile so  I had to repair it over and over and over.  Every time I fixed a spot another place broke.

I guess the only thing I would have done differently is add more spots and also ditch the print on the cupcakes. I hand piped them on and then smoothed over using the viva paper towel method. It did not however come out as nice as I wanted. I want to make my treats neat and it is a constant battle. Next time if I had something similar I would make the decorations out of marshmallow fondant. As always when you are a baker you learn form mistakes. These mistakes are opportunities to get better.

Tip from the scientist: I find it hard to make a true black fondant and if you do a 50/50 gum paste mixture to get hardened designs mixing in white gum paste lightens the black. So once my designs are hardened, I hand paint them with black die diluted in water. This way the designs look truly black and not grey or green.

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Sort of Alley’s Strawberry Pink Lemonade Cookies!

18 Apr

The pink cookies

Thank you Alley!  Her blog  At home with Alley  has great recipes and fun ways to spice up your kitchen. Her awesome Strawberry Pink Lemonade Cookie Recipe was no exception. So I CONFESS I did not actually make the exact recipe like I had planned, but with good reason. First I realized I forgot to buy strawberry cake mix! I then thought I had some cake mix that I could add strawberry coloring and wilton flavoring to, but  I didn’t even have that. ( sad face)

The Baked Scientist actually had to be a scientist. I actually am a scientist in real life so I should be able to handle a lil recipe hocus pocus. Right?  To pull this off, I ended up putting a homemade yellow cake and cookie recipe together! I feel super accomplished because they came out perfect.

I am not going to post the recipe for this just yet. There are a few tweaks I have to make. Don’t worry Alley I plan on making your recipe as well soon!  I am so very proud of myself for being so creative. The cookies themselves were a little too sweet; probably because I added sugar AND lemonade mix but the texture was chewy soft and DELICIOUS!

So here is my challenge to you all… be like a scientist in your kitchen… make your own creations you just might surprise yourself!

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