Busy Busy!

So my oldest daughter turned 9 last Sunday. Where has time gone? It seems like we just brought her home and now she is 9. I want my baby back. That means my littlest is about to be 3. For her birthday, she wanted to have a Dr Who / Minecraft theme. I was not about to attempt to deal with that many little squares on a cake. Not yet. Maybe one day I’ll feel adventurous. So I made a strictly Whovian cake. I made the Tardis. If you aren’t a fan of Dr Who (you really should be) but the Tardis is a blue police box. It looks like this…. Tardis Well, I covered the cake board and hand painted it… IMG_2664 Then made the cake (which was my first square, stacked cake and my first fondant covered square)…. IMG_2671 Then realized I forgot the windows and added candles and the birthday message….. IMG_2696   I went a little Minecraft on the decorations hanging from the ceiling…. IMG_2690 IMG_2685 IMG_2683 IMG_2677 IMG_2674 And I think she really enjoyed it when she came home from school…. IMG_2694 Oh yeah. The inside of the cake was pink and black…. IMG_2735 In addition to her birthday, I made some cupcakes for a Cakewalk at her school and a red velvet cake. 🙂

Birthdays Past

So we have underwent a few changes around here. As of July I am a full time stay at home mother. My biggest is now in the 3rd grade!! Wow. Where does time go??

My 3rd grader!

Hubby has transitioned back into work AND changed career completely. He went back to work in a carpet mill, which is the main employer around here. After not working for two years, he was kind of….softened. Manual labor was hard on his body. So when he was offered a position as a car salesman, he took it. Major change. We are still adjusting to the new career. I have to admit though, I love that he carries a briefcase and wears slacks everyday now.

I’ve done quite a bit of baking lately. I’ll break it up between a few posts so I don’t overload.

The biggest things I’ve done were birthday cakes. One for my littlest and one for me. And I must say, I’m pretty impressed with them.

In July, my littlest turned two! It seems like it was just a few months ago that the roller coaster that is her life started. And she has kept us on our toes ever since. For her birthday, I wanted to make a cake that she would love. I decided on a cake that I knew would tickle her pink. She loves all things mouse, as in Mickey and Minnie Mouse. So I made her a Minnie Cake. Minnie Mouse CakeShe looks happyWhite Chocolate Mud Cake with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Buttercream

The bottom tier was white chocolate mud cake with vanilla buttercream and lemon curd filling.

Chocolate Mud Cake with Cookies and Cream Buttercream

 

The top tier was chocolate mud cake with cookies and cream buttercream.

And I think she was tickled. She yelled “Mickey” every time she looked at it. She couldn’t say “Minnie” just yet. She can now though. She also got two stuffed Minnie dolls and a Minnie book for her birthday. I was happy that she was happy.

The next birthday cake I made was mine. Yes. I made my own cake. It makes me happy to bake, so it made me happy to make my cake. I went back and forth for a while about what I wanted my cake to be. I finally decided on a “Minion” cake. Yeah, as in Despicable Me Minion. I love Despicable Me and think the Minions are adorable. And so do my littles. So everyone would enjoy my cake. Minion Minion

He wasn’t perfect, but I was pleased with how he came out. This was my first venture into stacking small cakes and carving a shape and then covering it in fondant. It was definitely a learning experience! My littlest managed to sneak into the kitchen and grab one of his feet and chomp away before any noticed. I had to whip up another foot and the crisis was adverted. And he was yummy when we cut into him.

I’ll end this now before I make it too long. See ya next time!

 

The Big One!

WOW! It has been a busy, crazy, hectic few weeks. Littlest celebrated her first birthday and the first anniversary of her open heart surgery over an entire weekend. We had a cookout, went to the Tennessee Aquarium, and did a photo shoot with a homemade tutu and a homemade (of course) smash cake! So that’s where I have been lately. Yikes. I have been a busy bee.

Sunday we had three types of cupcakes to go along with our cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs. We had Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting (my first time making red velvet in my life), Orange Creamsicle, and Vanilla with Vanilla Bean Buttercream.

The trip to the aquarium was on Monday.

Littlest liked the fish. From a distance. She did not like being close to the tanks. She would pull away and squeal. And not with delight. Bless her. We got to see a baby penguin.

Littlest’s cake was vanilla cake, vanilla bean buttercream filling, and vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was decorated with hearts in celebration of the one year milestone. I never would have thought how emotional that day was for me.

She liked sticking her fingers in the cake. And her toes. And rubbing it on her face. And her body. But then she wanted it off her fingers and would flail her hands and sling frosting…everywhere.

One birthday down and one to go!!

My husband celebrated his 27th birthday Sunday. His favorite color, flavor, scent, and anything else is orange. So I decided to make him orange creamsicle cupcakes. I found the recipe from The Nesting Project blog. I didn’t know how a cupcake was going to capture the taste of a creamsicle, but I figured as long as they tasted like orange, they would be a success. This recipe has the right mix of orange and vanilla and cream cheese that it actually does taste like a creamsicle.

The only thing I did differently was add food coloring to the frosting to make it orange. I don’t have orange color so I had to mix it. I ended up making it a little more orange than I wanted, but it still worked.

Hubby doesn’t care what they look like anyway. He is only worried about the taste. I’m more interested in making sure they look pretty. I’m big in the concept of “People eat with their eyes first.”

I wish I hadn’t let the cream cheese get as soft as I did. The frosting should have been a little stiffer. I also could have chilled it a little before piping but I was getting restless and ready to sample.

And now that Hubby’s birthday is done and over with, we have to get ready for little Sophie’s First Birthday!! It’s in two weeks and counting. Today I made her birthday tutu. I bought a kit from Wal-Mart that came with the stretchy thing and pre-cut strips of tulle in pink and green. There weren’t enough to make it as poufy as I wanted and there were more green strips than pink strips so I had to buy another roll of tulle. I went with a neon pink. Instead of wearing the stretchy tube as a dress we are going to make it a skirt and I’m going to make a onesie with an applique “1” on it. I think. I might add a cupcake.