Monday, January 13, 2014

My Go-To Sugar Cookie Recipe- Revisited

I previously posted this recipe, but wanted to revisit the topic of my all-time Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe! Over Christmas, I had a friend post a photo of the cookies he was baking and planned to decorate with his family. When I saw the photo you're about to see, I recommended Cookie Crazie's sugar cookie recipe!


Cookie Crazie was gracious enough to share her recipe with cookie bakers everywhere, and this recipe is so much more moist and tasty than any of the recipes I've found on the Internet, AND the edges of the cookie are more firm/sharp looking than my previously posted go-to recipe. Here is my friend's final result using the new recipe- what a difference a couple of ingredients makes!!


My Sugar Cookie recipe below was adapted from here: Cookie Crazie's blog. I use slightly less flour than she does, but other than that I use the same ingredient quantities that she uses.  I typically double this recipe and haven't had any problems with the dough consistency.

Ingredients:
1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla (or any other extract/emulsion flavor)
1/2 C sour cream
4 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
1) Cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, & sour cream.
2) Blend in dry ingredients.
3) Roll dough to desired thickness (I prefer to use a Dobord on the middle setting, cover with parchment paper, then roll out dough directly on the parchment paper that gets transferred to the baking sheet).
4) Cut into shapes.
5) Transfer parchment paper to cookie sheet OR place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
6) Bake for 18-20 minutes.
7) Transfer to a wire rack then cool the cookies.
8) Decorate with icing, sprinkles, or just enjoy them plain.

To make a chocolate sugar cookie:
Substitute 1/2 C cocoa for 1/2 C flour












Sunday, January 12, 2014

Can People Cupcake Display


My mom runs a non-profit organization called the Can People (http://thecanpeople.com).  This is an amazing organization that sends care packages to Marines (and other military troops as requested) who are serving overseas in Afghanistan.  The organization initially sent care packages over in large coffee cans, and the troops who received the packages dubbed them "The Can People" and the name stuck.  The Can People is a wonderful organization and they do a fundraiser every year to help support the cost of making and sending the care packages.  I was blessed to be asked to make cupcakes for the annual event.

If you are interested in donating (goods or money) to support this wonderful organization, please go to their website and take a look at the details, or feel free to leave a comment on this page and I will make sure your message reaches the right people. 



Acoustic Guitar Cake


This is one of my early cakes (made approximately 3 years ago), but I just found the photo in my archived cell phone photos (please forgive the image quality).  I made the body of the guitar out of cake, covered in multi-colored fondant.  The neck of the guitar was made of cake, and the guitar strings were real guitar strings. The accents were made out of fondant that had been left out to dry, then airbrushed silver.  

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

My cousin and his wife have twin girls, and I was excited to make the cupcakes for their birthday party.   The theme was Strawberry Shortcake, so I made bright pink and bright green colored cupcakes, with a fresh sliced strawberry on the top of each cake. 






Friday, January 10, 2014

TWINS- A Tale of Two Babies

 

I had the privilege of making a set of baby shower cakes- for TWINS!! One of my dearest friends in the world was blessed to have twins- a boy and a girl. The cakes are opposites- pink and blue, chocolate and vanilla.  They both have hand-piped clotheslines with royal icing baby clothes.  The toppers are hand-cut flags, with puffy-painted signs that say "BABY BOY" and "BABY GIRL."

These are the cakes and cupcakes that I made for this wonderful couple's baby shower.  Oh, and PS- I made their wedding cake too!




That Was a Very Hungry Caterpillar

This was a first birthday smash cake featuring a Very Hungry Caterpillar. This was a very special cake for me to decorate and I was excited to be able to make it.  I also made the cake for this precious little girl's mom and dad's wedding reception.  

Here are some photos of the birthday girl digging in to her cake!  She was so polite and such a lady when it came to her turn to "smash."






Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Art Party Cupcakes

My niece was turning two and she was having an "Art Party". My sister gave me artistic freedom on this project, so I decided to go with a very colorful and Jackson Pollock vibe. 

I laid a sheet down, put down some cooling racks, and covered them in brightly colored cupcakes that were topped with white buttercream frosting.  I thinned out matching brightly colored royal icing (I used AmeriColor gel food coloring) and dipped a silicone basting brush in each color, then just splattered the cupcakes with the icing.  

To make the cake topper "Smash" cake I used brightly colored "Sixlets" (candy coated chocolates).  The entire top was covered in Sixlets, and a number "2" was made on the side using the candies.


Once the party started to die down a bit, I made "to-go" cups for the cupcakes using plastic cups and a little bit of plastic wrap.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It has been a VERY long time

So much has happened over the past year and it seems to have been an eternity since I last posted (mostly because it has been more than a year!).  I had a car accident at the end of 2012 and have been through quite a bit to heal from my injuries which included a couple of surgeries and a LOT of physical therapy and chiropractic visits.  I completed a few projects in my down time, so I'll be posting updates that includes those projects in the near future.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Wedding Cake


This Fall-Themed Wedding Cake was made for my husband's best friend and his lovely bride.  They requested a White Vanilla Buttercream rustic-looking cake, with branches and edible leaves.  The cake was very simple and fun to make! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rustic Country Wedding Cake


I made this cake in a hotel room, in Las Vegas, NV!  A very dear friend of mine got married in Vegas, and she asked me to make her wedding cake.  Of course I said YES, but then the question of logistics came up- how would I transport a wedding cake to Las Vegas from Southern California (a 4 hour drive) in the middle of summer, and have the cake #1: Survive, and #2: Taste good.  A good friend of both of ours had a timeshare I was able to use, so I had a functional kitchenette, and a table to use for assembly and decoration.

The cake you see is the finished product, without the topper.  I'll have to ask the bride for a photo with the topper, and hopefully a photo with the beautiful couple cutting the cake.  Hopefully more photos to come!!