Super Bowl Fun!

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Football cupcakes

This Sunday we had a few friends over to watch the Super Bowl and, of course, I took this as an opportunity to bake! First, I made vanilla cupcakes from a recipe I found at Everyday Occasions website. The cupcakes were quite delicious!! I also made the buttercream from the recipe on the same website, which was pretty tasty, but it was a bit too thin to make the grass on the cupcakes. I tried to make it a bit thicker by adding more powdered sugar, but it just didn’t work out! It all just ended up blobbing together in a melty kind of way, which still looked cute, but not quite the effect I was going for!

For the football on top, I used a chocolate buttercream recipe which can be found at Savory Sweet Life‘s website. Let me tell you, this frosting was DELICIOUS!!! It also came out a bit too thin and, when I added extra powdered sugar, it turned to a perfect consistency to pipe the footballs on the cupcakes.

These were fun to make and everyone seemed to enjoy them!

Football cupcake

Since we were having people over, I decided to also make a trifle which I found on Pinterest and linked to indulgy.com‘s website.

Cookie Trifle 2

To make the trifle:
1. Crush a whole package Oreos.
2. Cream together 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, mix 2 small boxes vanilla pudding and 3 cups COLD milk. Chill until set.
4. Fold 12 oz thawed Cool Whip with the set pudding.
5. Add the cream cheese mixture.
6. Layer in a trifle bowl, starting and ending with the Oreo’s.
7. Chill until ready to serve…then be ready to be addicted to this deliciousness!!

This trifle was definitely the hit dessert of the party!

Cookie Trifle

Baking love!
Heather

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Cake Decorating Week 4

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Week 4 Cake

This week was my final week in the first course of cake decorating and we were able to decorate one last cake. I made the vanilla cake recipe I found at Sweetapolita, but, unfortunately, mine didn’t turn out quite right because I did not have any whole milk on hand. I’ll be trying this recipe again when I do have whole milk! After the cake was baked, I cut it into two tiers and put pudding in the middle.

On to the cake decorating…

We started class by making ribbon roses, which actually turned out to be pretty easy to make. Mine were kind of melty though, because my frosting was to loose. When I make these again I’m going to make sure to have stiff frosting- the people who had used stiffer frosting had much better results!

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate my cake, but I decided to put all of my roses on (the instructor told me after-the-fact that I should put a clump of frosting down on the cake where the roses were going to go to give them more height and dimension). I wrote “Congratulations” on it only because it was one of the things we practiced…I didn’t really have anyone to give the cake to and since I wasn’t completely happy with how the actual cake tasted, I decided I wouldn’t be sharing this cake with others! Decorating the cake was still fun and I’m looking forward to starting the second course next week!

Week 4 Cake 2

Baking love,
Heather

Cake Decorating Week 2

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This week of cake decorating was exciting- we got to actually decorate a cake! After learning that the canned frosting was pretty hard to work with, I decided to make my own frosting this week. That was an excellent choice on my part- it was so much easier to work with, however, I’d like to try a different frosting recipe than the one suggested by the instructor. It tasted ok, but definitely not the best frosting I’ve ever had.

To begin the class, we cut our cake right in half, put pudding (or another filling) in the middle, then frosted the outside of the cake. I had made a vanilla cake from a box and brought dark chocolate pudding to fill it with.

We had to let the cakes sit so the frosting would dry, so during the time we were able to practice creating some different things with the rest of our frosting, such as leaves and rosettes.

After that, it was time to decorate our cakes! We had to smooth out the frosting, which we did using parchment paper. I wish I would have taken a bit more time to smooth mine out because there were quite a few imperfections. I chose to use an outline that was provided in the supplies for the class and create a cupcake on the top of my cake. I traced the outline of the shape onto parchment paper using sparkle gel, then transferred the sparkle gel to the top of my cake. Such an easy way to transfer the outline to the cake!

Cupcake Cake 1

I also added some dots to the side, along with a shell border.

Cupcake Cake 2

I was really surprised at how little time it took to decorate the cake. It was fun and I’m looking forward to decorating one of my favorite things next week- CUPCAKES!!!! Now to decide on the flavor…