This week, I created some super cute Halloween cupcake toppers, including ghosts, witch hats, and pumpkins. The toppers are made from fondant, and dusted with pearl dust. The ghosts are definitely my favorite :)
I woke up this morning all excited to make a special breakfast for Devin. I decided on Joy the Baker's chocolate chip pancakes - and they did not disappoint. The whole recipe makes enough to serve 4 hungry people; thankfully our neighbor's daughter still had a little bit of room after eating her own breakfast to help us a put a dent in the mound of pancakes I made. These pancakes are SO good - I highly encourage you to try them out!
Adapted from Joy the Baker:
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I used 3/4 cup, half semi sweet, half white chocolate chips)
Butter or cooking spray (for cooking)Step 1: In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk, butter and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Fold in chocolate chips and let batter set for a few minutes.
Step 2: Heat griddle or pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan or spray with cooking spray. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, if or when the drops start to dance its hot enough.
Step 3: Pour batter onto the griddle (I used 1/3 cup batter per pancake). Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. You can also gently lift up the pancake to make sure the bottom is not overcooking, if it is the pan may be too hot and you will need to adjust the heat. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Let cooked pancakes rest on a heat proof plate in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.
I made this cake a few weeks ago for a bridal shower. This Tiffany blue beach themed cake was decorated with pearl dusted gum paste shells and a fondant bead border. The bottom tier was yellow cake with chocolate ganache filling, and the top tier was chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling. Everyone at the bridal shower absolutely loved the cake, and the bride-t0-be said it was one of her favorite things of the day!
My gorgeous bouquet:
My gift to the new couple was something sweet - cake, of course! I'm really happy with how everything came out, and how everything held up on such a hot day (it was 90 degrees+, with at least 80% humidity). I made a 4 tier cake, and cupcake centerpieces for all of the tables. My sister wanted to incorporate her favorite flowers - gerbera daisies - into the design for both the cake and cupcakes.
The cake was white velvet cake with fresh cut strawberry filling, draped in fondant. My new brother in law is a Second Lieutenant in the Army, and was VERY excited to cut the cake with his saber (which is why you see a sword in the pics!)!
Cupcakes! White velvet cake with fresh strawberry buttercream filling and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. Daises made out of gumpaste, and dusted with petal dust.
Many thanks to everyone for making this day so amazing. And a BIG thank you to my boyfriend who delivered the cake, set up all of the stands, and orchestrated the set up of all of the cupcakes - without your help, none of this would have been possible! <3
View of a table:
Cupcake close up:
Stay tuned for my sister's wedding cake - I can't believe her wedding is just 2 weeks away!
View from the side:
Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache and raspberry fillings, covered with fondant (white - vanilla; brown - dark chocolate) and handpainted. Each birthday girl gets a fondant LV inspired cupcake topper. I was definitely sad to part with these!
LV cupcake toppers, front view:
LV cupcake toppers, rear view:
Round bag, detail:
Multicolored bag, detail:
Banana cake with caramelized banana and caramel chocolate ganache fillings, iced with vanilla buttercream and draped in fondant. Yum! The jersey and all accents were made of fondant.
Cupcakes, with vanilla buttercream, fondant butterflies and flowers.
The princess! Covered with fondant, and decorated with sugar pearls and fondant flowers:
View from the top:
Another top view:
Green, up close:
Golf bag, up close:
A few pictures ...
I also made a special treat for my co-workers :) Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling, iced with Italian meringue buttercream, with fondant flowers: