Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New and Improved Blog--Come Visit!

I'm sure you guessed by now since I haven't updated this blog in almost a year that I have a new and improved blog--I'd love for you to come take a look! Simply shoot over to my website and click the tab for my blog at the top of the homepage--I'll see you there!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Vanilla Blossom Cupcakes "How-To"

I made some petite vanilla cupcakes the other day. First I created a standard vanilla cupcake but then wanted a different look, so I used a blossom cutter to carve out the shape of a flower. I piped vanilla buttercream on top and used a large 2d tip to make a violet flower on top. I made some green leaves coming out of the sides of the flowers and put a dot of icing with a silver dragee on top of each one!

Here are the complete vanilla blossom cupcakes with buttercream 


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tie Dye Cupcakes with Tie Dye Frosting!

Had a request for tie-dye cupcakes recently. Therefore, I grabbed a bunch of bowls, spoons and food coloring and got busy! I added different colors to my plain vanilla cupcake batter (above). I  then layered the different colors in each cupcake liner and before putting them in the oven, I swirled the colors with a toothpick (see below).

Here's how the cupcakes looked before going in the above (above) and then how they looked once they were cooked and removed from the oven (below). I was pleased that the colors stayed pretty true and didn't have much fading!!

For a final effect of tie dye craziness, I tinted the buttercream frosting in shades of pink, purple and green and swirled them in my pastry bag to wrap up the theme!! On top, a tiny little candy heart completes the sweet deal!! They ended up being very well received and luckily didn't taste as zany as they looked--described as delish--yummo!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Sunday, October 25, 2009


Well, getting excited and ready for the fourth Iron Cupcake Challenge! Tonight's event, which I am hosting, is complete with talented bakers, four amazing judges, wonderful prizes, anticipated delish cupcakes and the chance to support a wonderful worthy charity!! This event is a dress-up event and I have secured a great costume--a vampire witch with faux eyelashes, black lipstick, long black wig and white ghoulish face paint! I can hardly contain my excitement--but not just for dressing up and feeling like a kid again. I am excited for the fun we always have at these challenges!! I will be bringing many cupcake related door prizes for folks; my official $300 sound system fit with high tech microphone and the awards/certificates for the new winners of the Iron Cupcake Challenge!! Tonight's charity is the Knight Park Playground Foundation and its goal is to provide a safe and fun playground for kids of all physical abilities and ages. One of the most exciting parts of tonight's challenge is that it's being hosted by Connie and Stink Fischer of Collingswoods infamous, The PopShop! The PopShop has been featured on the Food Network because of their unique and whimsical menu featuring over 30 kinds of grilled cheese, dozens of unusual pancakes, soda fountain drinks/desserts and more! BOBBY FLAY himself challenged Stink (owner) to a grilled cheese throwdown recently and I bet you don't need to tell you who won--STINK!! The food, atmosphere, and owners are unmatched-so please come join us for a wonderful night of delicious cupcakes (this month's secret ingredient is: PUMPKIN, of course!), great friendly competition, amazing food, Halloween dress-up ghoulish fun and wonderful prizes!!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cupcake Tower#3 COMPLETE!

Well, I completed my third cupcake tower over the weekend. It was my largest order ever of appro. 200 cupcakes. I ordered the cupcake tower about a week ahead and chose a fall color palette to decorate it. My plan was to make tons of sugar paste flowers and decorate it with those. Of course, plans are great but even the best laid plans don't always come to fruition! I very smartly planned ahead and purchased a dozen roses the day before the tower was due, in case I needed supplemental flowers or just to add to the decorations of the tower. I made three kinds of cupcakes: vanilla, chocolate and red velvet. Whew-was that a ton of cupcakes to make. By the time I finished icing them all my hands were quite sore. I tinted the frosting in three tones; a copper shade, a cream color shade and a rose red. I had used coordinating ribbon and faux flowers to try to give the tower a wonderful fall feel. When all was said and done, I def. am glad I had the extra real flowers-I didn't have nearly enough gumpaste roses/flowers and it worked out very well! In the end, the cupcake tower and the cupcakes all came together well and I thought it was a nice fall arrangement. I have received positive feedback from the client, so I think she was pleased also! Thank goodness I had those roses to bring it all home-disaster averted-for now at least!