Thursday, October 28, 2010

Black, White and Hot Pink

Another wedding that I had in August was for my husband's cousin, Justin and his now wife, Mandy. They had a really cute color theme of black, white and hot pink. I made the small cake for them to cut and Mandy's aunts made wonderful homemade cookies for all the guests to pick and choose from. It was such a great idea!

An August Wedding

In August I made mini cupcakes and a small cutting cake for a wedding that took place at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol. It was a cute little winery tucked into the hills. Evonne and Chris had a beautiful wedding!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond!

I also had a job last month to do cupcakes for a little boy's birthday who loves Toy Story.


My Godson, Lucas, turned ONE in August and to celebrate he had a cute dinosaur themed party. Here are the cupcakes and cake that I made for his special day.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So little Time

As I feel like I have been pressed for time and I haven't updated my blog in awhile, I'm just going to throw up a few pictures of cupcakes from the past couple months which include Thomas the Train cupcakes, Princess themed Cupcakes, Pinwheel Cupcakes and Honeymoon themed Cupcakes for a bridal shower.

Monday, June 28, 2010

No Computer

I feel horrible because I have not posted anything on my blog in quite awhile. My computer all of a sudden went downhill to a point of no return and I am waiting on my new computer to arrive. So as soon as it is up and running I will be posting a bunch of my latest projects. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010


My friend, Jamie, had a fun bug themed park party for her son's birthday who was turning the big, ONE. I made these cupcakes and a little smash cake for the occasion.

Monday, May 3, 2010

All Aboard!

I think most little boys love trains! I made these train cakes traveling with cupcakes for a little boy's birthday party and it turned out to be a big hit!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More Cakes

Here are some cakes from this last weekend. I was definitely the busy baker, not only did I have these 3 cakes but I also did a train cake with cupcakes and bug themed cupcakes which I will post next. How I got it all done in 2 1/2 days is beyond me.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba

A couple weekends ago I did a character cake of Brobee from the kid's show Yo Gabba Gabba. The character is just so darn cute so it made working on the cake twice as fun!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Knitting Cake

Here is a cake that I did for a friend's Grandma who was turning 85. She is a knitter extraordinaire so the cake is knitting themed.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

March Wedding

I am a bit late in posting my latest Wedding cake. This cake was for my friend Kristine's wedding in Fresno, California. She is a long time friend from high school and also a fellow high school cross country and track teammate. Her wedding color theme was lilac and I did lace like piping to match her lace dress.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Donut Factory

One Sunday morning, I turned my kitchen into a donut making machine. I had never made donuts before and since my husband had been begging for them for months on end, I finally found some time to do it.

As you can see from my photos, it was a bit messy but lots of fun! I chose a recipe that seemed easy to do at home and one that I didn't need to wait for the dough to rise. The donuts are a little more cake like in texture, like the chocolate ones you buy with the frosting and sprinkles. For a first attempt at donuts, they turned out great especially with a coffee on the side.

This recipe comes from The Donut Book by Sally Levitt Steinberg

Buttermilk Donuts

2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tbs butter, melted
oil for frying

Beat eggs and yolk together, then gradually add sugar and buttermilk. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and stir into egg mixture; add nutmeg and melted butter

Heat oil to 360 degrees F in a pot

Roll or pat dough on a floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness

cut out dough with a donut cutter or hand form them into a donut shape (you can make donut holes too)

Drop donuts, a couple at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels and serve immediately

Decorate them however you want:
• roll in powered sugar
• make a glaze by adding powdered sugar and some milk together
• glaze and add sprinkles
• roll in cinnamon and sugar

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring is in the Air

A few weeks back I made cupcakes for a friend's afternoon get together. Although it wasn't quite Spring yet, it sure was starting to feel like it. Now it is officially Spring, so here's to all the wonderful things it brings (one of those being brightly colored cupcakes)!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Not Your Average Garbage

Recent birthday cakes that I worked on included a cake for my husband and a 60th birthday cake.

The 60th birthday cake was for a surprise party for my sister's boyfriend's dad's birthday. He runs one of the garbage companies in the East Bay so we decided that a garbage cake was the only way to go on this one.

For Steve's birthday, I made a fudge cake with vanilla Butterfinger buttercream on the inside and decked with various candies on the outside.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pink Caterpillar

Last weekend I had a job for a one year olds birthday party. Her mom wanted to do cupcakes that formed a caterpillar that would go with the cute caterpillar invitations that they sent out. This was a ton of fun to work on and it turned out super duper cute!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Just thought I'd share some of my recent cakes.

Birthdays and 1 Baptism

Monday, February 15, 2010

L • O • V • E

In honor of Valentine's Day but more importantly – Love.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Show your Dog some Homebaked Love

Baking for your dog can be a real treat and your dog will love you even more for it! My dog, Paddington L-O-V-E-D these! This is a great recipe that makes about 30-40 snacks so you won't have to run out to the store for awhile.

Party Hearty Mix-It-Up Mix

from Three Dog Bakery Cookbook

You will need some cookie cutters, any shape and size will do. You will also need a rolling pin or something to roll the dough out.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons skim milk
2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix together the oil, honey, vanilla, egg and milk in a bowl.
In a sepearte bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, and ginger.
Combine the dry ingredients with the wet mixture and stir thoroughly.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, roll out to a 1/4-inch thick and cut into shapes.
Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

These cookies lasted for a couple months.

Crumbs, NY

11 Wall Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Cupcakes tried: Elvis, grasshopper, squiggle and chocolate cupcake with peanut butter, white chocolate and chocolate mini chips

Overall Reaction: Let down of Titanic proportions!

The shop is well designed with a cute logo and definitely has a welcoming, clean atmosphere, I will give it that. It was hard not to have googly eyes while choosing the cupcakes because there were so many amazing looking and interesting flavor options to choose from, not too mention – they are bigger than your average cupcake!

Once again, I had my New York taste testers with me along with my hubby. So thank you Kris, Kim and Steve for your solid input!

Let's start off with the best one that we tried, the Elvis cupcake, which by the way does not say much. I'm looking online to make sure I have the flavors right and the cupcake we tried was made with different ingredients than what is described online. I guess some worker decided to improvise and switch out peanut butter mini chips for butterscotch ones. Basically the vanilla cake was yummy and the banana cream cheese frosting was great too but the butterscotch chips were so sweet that they overpowered the rest of the cupcake. The taste testers were divided on this one, half liked it and half didn't. I'm pretty sure it would have been better with the peanut butter mini chips instead.

The squiggle (hostess look alike) cupcake was a huge disappointment. The cupcake was bland and didn't taste like chocolate cake at all. The original hostess cupcake beats this one hands down!

I love anything mint so I was really looking forward to the grasshopper cupcake. The mint frosting tasted like mint ice cream which was fantastic but the cake, however moist it was, lacked that really great chocolate flavor. The mini chocolate chips around the edges was too much, they were hard and pretty much a mouth full, it would have been better with chocolate shavings or something like that instead.

The last cupcake we tried was the chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream topped with mini peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. This cupcake was a let down too, the icing was too sweet, the cake was a little dry and the chocolate cake was bland.

My words of advice: For a place that seems to pride themselves on that homemade baked goodness, their cupcakes definitely didn't deliver that taste wise. For $3.75-4.50 a pop, I was expecting a little more but then again it's a chain that keeps growing and the cupcakes are baked off site so eventually manufacturing is the name of the game and quality is left behind for quantity. We were all a bit bummed out and quickly lost our high even after all the sugar consumed.