Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cat in the Hat cake + cupcakes!

Hello everyone!  Time for another cake post!  i promise i have some home related things coming up i've just been so busy!  This cake is cat in the hat themed, it was a fun cake and pretty easy...first step is always the same: bake and cool

red velvet anyone?

after the cakes were cool i decided to cover them separately, because there would've 
been to many creases toward the bottom on such a tall cylindrical cake
(plus i covered the seam with stripes so nobody will ever see that)

i cut strips of fondant and stacked them up the cake, i used black 
sugar paper for the black lines to cover the seams

the cupcakes were thing 1 and thing 2 themed...the first thing i did was find their little 
logos and printed them out on regular paper and spent way too much time cutting 
them out.  when i was done i hot glue-gunned (new verb!) the pieces to the front
of my red cupcake liners (that already had the baked cupcakes inside of them).


here's how they came out after i iced them...pretty cute huh? 

well i really wanted that crazy thing 1 and thing 2 hair to come across more so i decided to add 
some blue cotton candy to them.  you should do this as the absolute last step due to the fact
that the cotton candy will want to melt.  i sprinkled a little powdered sugar around the
edges to dry it up a little then i pressed the cotton candy around the edges of the icing

loved this job!  my mom always read me dr. seuss growing up and we share a birthday so i feel connected to the crazy seuss world :)

let me know what you think and as always remember to link back to your blogs so i can go by and say hi!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Brunchin' it

Every time we have family in from out of town we put together a big brunch.  I love trying new recipes each time, i make sure never to repeat my contributions.  This time i decided to do an "eggs in a basket" type thing as well as french toast kebabs.

I wanted to bake my eggs inside of  a "bread bowl"  but of course there were no round rolls to be found anywhere!! ugh just my luck...the only round rolls i could find were soft, they need to be crunchy so i had to get oval ones :(  as a result my eggs were too small for the oval hole *sigh*  but they tasted great so lets just pretend they look just as good.  Start by pre-heating the oven to 350

slice each roll at the top and remove some of the bread on the inside making room for the egg.  I decided to put a piece of ham down as a barrier

Crack an egg in each roll and add some heavy cream and your favorite herbs (i believe i used tarragon), i also added some grated Parmesan cheese on top 

pop them in the oven and bake until eggs are set and rolls are toasted (approximately 20 minutes)

the french toast kebabs are super easy, just make your favorite french toast recipe.  when the french toast is ready cut them up into cubes like so:

just add them to your skewers with some fruit (we used strawberries, bananas, and pineapples) and they're ready...ok i may have also drizzled some chocolate on there too...shhh!

PS as good as all that sounds, its NOTHING compared to the staple of all of our brunches: Brown sugar glazed bacon!  its amazing!!! and so easy!  basically cover bacon with brown sugar and bake that's all, i found the recipe from Bon Appetite a while ago and have been obsessed ever since!  Click the pic for the link

 Let me know what you think and remember to link back to your blogs :)

Other recipes made for brunch include:
Baked Garlic Cheese Grits
Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry
Peach Bellinis

Monday, October 24, 2011

Busy at work

Lately work has been CRAZY busy!  As a result I have no time to blog so I thought I'd show you a very short summary of some of the things we've been working on this past year


probably kind of boring for you guys since its mostly signage and industrial products but this is my day to day :)  We're actually exhibiting at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show this week.  Just finished wipping up some quick brochures tonight...nothing too fancy but it gets the point across:

I hope you're all doing well!!  I'll be back soon with a Dr Seuss themed cake/cupcakes as well as a lamp re-wiring post.

P.S.  go ahead and visit my company page on facebook and "like" it....pleeeeeeeeeease?? ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Candy cake!

Hey guys!  I'm so sorry that I've been neglecting bloggy as of late.  Things got CRAZY busy at work and in my personal life ever since getting engaged.  I've been going crazy trying to find a venue!  Hopefully next week i'll be sharing some good news about THE venue!  then i can start doing wedding posts too :)

In the mean time, here's a cake tutorial i worked on over the weekend.  Nine out of ten times, if you see a young girl themed cake its usually for my best little buddy Tiffany.  I've been making her birthday cakes since she was born :)  I re-arranged my trip to see THE venue in person just so i could be in town for her birthday.  

The party had one main theme: CANDY!  I was pretty excited about it bc i've been wanting to make this kit kat cake ever since i saw it....mainly because its so easy!!  it requires no skill at all, and seeing as most of my cakes are tedious, i'm all about less work when given the chance.  this post starts off the same way all of the cake posts do:  bake and ice the cake


 If you're doing 2 tiers like i am, you can add fondant if you'd like and stack them

 dont fondant the kit kat cake WAY easier that way (for my cake i needed 5.5 packs of king size kit kats).  Basically break them up and surround the edges with kit kats....super easy! 

once you've completed that step, you'll notice that the kit kats rise above the cake and make the perfect little "bowl."  fill it with m&ms or any candy you want

 i used pink purple and green candies and decided to add some decorative ribbon

ordinarily my cakes are pretty simple, never too busy.....BUT this was an opportunity to go over the top so i added some zebra stripes since tiffany has a funky little style going on, she's a little fashionista....and if that wanst enough, i also stuck lollipops in there.  i'm sure you can guess what the kids thought about this cake.....they went crazy for it :)  Here's how it turned out:

 i forgot to take pictures of the zebra process but basically just cut elongated shapes and add them vertically at different levels.  The kit kat cake is reaaaaaaaaaaally easy and super beginner level.  you guys should try it!  if you have kids they will go nuts :)

Let me know what you think and link back to your blog so i can go visit <3

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Guess what?!?!?!

I got ENGAGED over the weekend!!!!! i'm soooooooooooooooooo happy its ridiculous, i've been wanting to marry this man for so long and now i finally get too! i'm so lucky :D

i hope you guys had a great weekend too :)