Desserts/Pastries

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Okay. Allow me to let you in on a little known fact……….

My loved ones have the CUTEST kids. True story.

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

And they’re not just adorable. These kids are truly so bright, intelligent, and loving. C’mon now!

So when my dear friends J and C were celebrating their daughter Emma’s 1st birthday, I jumped at the chance to show my little Emma how much I love her!

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

For her Plaza Sésamo themed party, I made these bright sugar cookies with royal icing for one of her party favors.

For the cookie dough, I turned to Martha Stewart’s recipe for the Ideal Sugar Cookies and Annie Eat’s Royal Icing Recipe. Both are easy to follow with nice results and I was quite pleased with how the colors popped. And for those who need a little help with flooding cookies, check out Annie’s tutorial here It’s fantastic with step by step photos.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday Emma! Tia loves you! 🙂

Desserts/Pastries

“I’m a Big Boy” Cupcakes

Last month my friend Ashley put in a unique cupcake request to celebrate a momentous occasion in her eldest son’s life—Potty Training! In an effort to get him excited about this new phase in his life, she was throwing him a “Bye-Bye Diapers” celebration and wanted cuppies with some undies on them 🙂

I was intrigued and quickly accepted the challenge. Instead of worrying about cake flavors and frosting types (like I usually do when filling orders), I was consumed with how to best illustrate these whimsical cuppies and enlisted the help of the BF. Isaiah is quite artsy and always is able to create some beautiful work. And yes, I realize that I’m a lucky gal for dragging in the BF to not only decorate cupcakes but make BVDs!

For the cake, I settled on a simple Vanilla batter as I find that kids “J’s” age gravitate more to the classics–chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. Amy Sedaris’ Vanilla Cupcakes were just the trick to a quick and tasty Vanilla cuppie. As for the frosting, kids typically like frosting better than the cake–and usually the sweeter the better! My standard quick-vanilla-butter cream-frosting was in order.

And finally, the decorations—which turned out to be the most difficult decision. I knew I would be happier with the overall look if I used Fondant for it’s smooth, clean lines and it would be much easier to cut shapes out of it. However, if you’re anything like me, I really am not a fan of the taste or texture of eating fondant. And if I don’t like it, I can’t expect the kiddies to either. After much deliberation, I settled on a diplomatic compromise. For the “flavor”, half the cupcakes would have a big mound of butter cream frosting and be topped with a “BVD” fondant  decoration. For the “look”, the other half of the cupcakes would be covered in all fondant.

The process with the fondant was actually quite fun! One just needs a bit of cornstarch to ensure it doesn’t stick while rolling it out and you need to be sure to store the unused fondant in airtight containers to prevent it from drying out. Isaiah and I got a pretty nice assembly line pumping them out, too. I’d primarily roll out the fondant and cut the “BVD” shapes and he would pipe the red accents using colored royal icing. For these cuppies, I used Martha Stewart’s Royal Icing recipe as it uses meringue powder instead of egg whites. This is particular nice since some folks are wary of using/eating raw eggs.

We were quite happy with the end result of our “I’m a Big Boy Cupcakes”.  It had a great playfulness from the bright colors we chose and of course, because of the “BVDs”. The Big Guy also seemed to enjoy them as he took a big whomping bite directly from the top–frosting, fondant, and all!

Just goes to show–No decoration is too silly. And in fact, the more silly–the better!!!

Wishing you tons of Luck, “J”! You’re a BIG BOY, now! 🙂

Cupcakes packed and ready to go!


“J” Approved 🙂 Pic courtesy of his proud, Mama.