Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DIYCupcake Decoration by Icing Design

I was on Icing Design's blog yesterday, and they had a great idea for decorations that can be made ahead of time. Oh the possibilities are endless here! To see their blog and directions go here .

{images courtesy of Icing Design}

And voila! Super cute little cupcakes that could be expanded on to fit any event you are having.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to make White Chocolate Cake Balls

So, if you follow my blog you have already seen the desert spread we set up for my Daughter's first birthday party. I had lollipops, cupcakes, oreo pops, caramel apples, and cake balls.

And here is an upclose picture of the jar filled with red velvet, cream cheese and white chocolate cake balls.

First, you need to bake your cake and let it cool completely. Once cool you need to mash it up until it looks very crumbly like below.

Then you want to mix room temperature cream cheese frosting in with the cake until it makes a mushy mess. When it is wet enough to form it, but dry enough to still be cake-ish. Then you will form the cake mix into small balls and place on wax paper.

I then put these formed balls into the freezer and let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. It helps the frosting set up, and then you can really roll the balls into nice round balls. **(This would be the point in which you insert your lollipop stick. If you do this part, dip the end of the stick into your melted white chocolate and then put into the cake ball. Then put back in the freezer for a few minutes. This helps your lollipop stick stay in place better when dipping in white chocolate)**

I then rolled the balls to make then into nicer circles, and then dipped them in melted white chocolate.

I always melt my chocolate chips in the microwave. I microwave on high for 30 second intervals. If your chocolate isn't runny enough add a little vegetable oil to it and stir, stir, stir! Make sure you get all of your chips mixed together. I then dip the bottom of the ball into the white chocolate, then place on a fork. I then pour the white chocolate over the top of the ball and tap the fork until the excess chocolate drops off. Then move the ball back to the wax paper and sprinkle with pretties!! I used hot pink sugar sprinkles (bought locally at Michael's).

Here is an up close picture of the cake balls before refrigerating. I made these fun-fetti cake balls for a very special friend's baby shower, and there was not one left!! That is always a good sign!

And here is your finished product right before displaying.

I would love to see your version of these cake balls. Please email them to me!!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

One of the Queen Grandma's friends came into town, so we decided to throw a little tea party. Theresa (Friend) used to make cookies when I was a child, so we asked Theresa if she would teach our kids how to bake cookies. She went step by step, and each kid got a turn to help make the cookies. Below are the pictures!

These are the Carriage kids...111Knights and one little fiesty Queen!

Mrs. R taught the middle Knight how to cut and measure butter for chocolate chip cookies.

Next it was the 1st Knight's turn...

Knight 1 was really into this mixing, measuring and baking thing!

Again, Knight 1 pouring sugar...

The Baby Knight helped too....who can tell that the 3rd Knight is only 9 DAYS older than the fiesty Queen?!

The little Queen was not so interested in mixing...she liked eating the cupcakes best!

The baby knight was the mixer boy.

Alice kept track of the time for us, and the Caterpillar relaxed alongside the biscotti, fresh fruit, and caramel dipped apples.

I made these toppers for the bags of chocolate chip cookies we would all take home. They say "Eat me. Hurry, oh my, it's getting late!" And a little tidbit: the mad hatter in the photo is the 1st Knight!!!
Here are the Ghiradelli chocolate brownies, raspberry butter cream and fresh strawberries. Each person at the party had a tag placed in a goody.

The cat was very curious...

My name is Leah, and my favorite of all favorites is chocolate dipped bananas! So I put my tag in the banana. There were white chocolate raspberry cupcakes in the back also....mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
So here is my tea party. The 1st Knight just said "Mom, I want one of those chocolate things. Where are they?" Oh my sweet boy....they were gone days ago!!!!

This party is available for purchase in our etsy shop. Please take a look!