Thursday, April 18, 2013

High Hats!

These were fun! Although I had no confidence they were going to turn out at all. The concept isn't new, check out Martha Stewart or Bakerella's websites for detailed instructions or order this Cupcake book that Bakerella refers too. I varied a little so I'll give you my version.I used my regular cupcakes and buttercream frosting, but stuck to their suggestions of using semisweet mini's to melt adding in 3 Tbs of vegetable oil. I frosted mine more like a DQ swirl rather than the traditional High Hat look. Once I had the chocolate melted, I poured it into a solo cup (red to be exact, feel free to pause and sing the song....you know you want to!) and let it cool for more than 5 but less than 10 minutes. Then I got to dunkin'! Very wary, but to my surprise, they came out perfect! I had to melt about half a bag more of the chocolate chips and the second dipping session didn't get off to a great start. The frosting didn't fall off, even though they had been sitting room temp for a good 20 min. I think the chocolate was still too hot. It appeared lumpy and didn't drizzle off like the others did. So I waited a little longer, stirring it and within minutes tried again and it was fine. So be sure to not dip right away! And also, hold the cupcake upside down long enough to let as much chocolate drip off as possible. Otherwise you won't get the clean dipped look.







Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Penguins!

Ok, they turned out better than I expected! I have to say, next time I'll make an extra because I didn't want them to leave! Oh, and these were my first gluten/nut free order!









Wednesday, April 10, 2013

March of the Penguins...

These guys.....these guys are full of personality! And with no faces yet! At this point, they are a blank canvas. With just a different angle of the head, fins, and whatever I come up with for the faces they'll come 'to life'! Penguin tutorial to come! It involves spaghetti, can't go wrong right?



Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Happy Happy!

Well I wanted to get 6 Lalaloopsy dolls done before posting, but I just got too excited! Kaleigh and Addison are going bonkers over these! They of course want them for play, but it's hard parting with them! We'll see where they end up!









Sunday, April 7, 2013

LaLa....we'll see!

I thought today would be a no fondant kinda day, but when it hits ya...you just gotta start playing! Kids were in the pool, husband and dog were napping so, I started playing! I don't have a Lalaloopsy order on the books, but my girls are infatuated with them right now, so I thought....why not! This one may or may not be an actual loopsy, but it's the colors I had on hand. I'm sure my critics, (aka Kaleigh 9 and Addison 6), will let me know exactly what I did right or wrong!







Elmo....

Elmo is probably the most requested theme that I do. He's a classic! Funny story...I've made Sesame St inspired cupcakes at least 20 times. I don't always post pics, because hey, how many different ways can you make an Elmo! My 9 year old daughter Kaleigh was my 'helper' on this one afternoon I was making some Elmo's, so I thought, why not! I said here's some orange fondant, I need 12 noses, make them about the size of a tictac. This began the back and forth that Elmo's nose is more like a ball, it's much rounder, blah blah blah. My response was, I've made him so many times, it's tictac size! My sweet, loving, (likes to be right) 9 year old, gets her computer and googles Elmo. Low and behold....SHE WAS RIGHT! Yes I've made 843 Elmo's, but they've all been wrong! So, debuting in this set of Elmo's are Kaleigh's creation...Elmo and his correct schnoz!



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spongebob

I loved making these! Crazy to think that in the 4+ years I've been doing this, this was my first Spongebob request. I was a little worried that the Mom wanted me to work in sports, but I'm very pleased with the outcome. Sad to see them go though. They, (spongebob and plankton) made my fondant drying rack colorful and perky!



Minnie Mouse

Minnie, mixed with leopard and all wrapped in pink! What's not to love! Great start to my Saturday!





Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A new man in the house...

I'm in love with this set! Putting these on cupcakes on Saturday and sending them away will be heartbreaking!