Pink Pig Cookies

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I got a call for pig-shaped cookies awhile back and knew they’d be fun to make…I was right!

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Aren’t these cute?

(When I told my daughter they were for a BBQ party, she asked if that was why they had their eyes shut…they were dead. I told her they were sleeping ;0)

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NY Yankee Jersey Cake and Cookies

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I’ve made a birthday cake for this darling boy in my son’s class for the past few years.  The 13-yr-old is really amazing at baseball and basketball (to name only 2 of the sports at which he excels…he is really very talented) and a few years ago I did this Cavaliers basketball cake for his birthday. This past year he was really into the NY Yankees, so his mom ordered a personalised jersey cake and cookies.

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The cake is a half-sheet cookies and cream cake cut to look like a jersey with a pattern similar to this jersey cake.  I frosted it in vanilla buttercream and added stripes cut from blue homemade fondant. I used letter cutters to cut out the name and birthday wish; the number 3 and the NY Yankees logo were hand-cut from blue fondant.

The baseball cookies were iced with white Royal icing with red lacing piped on for detail.

Happy 13th birthday, Anthony….I really enjoyed making your birthday treats again this year!

Disney’s Frozen Elsa Doll Cake

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Doll cakes are making a comeback. Really.

I haven’t had a request for one in 4 years, but have made 3 in the past month… Crazy!  This most recent one was for a darling little girl who just turned 3.

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I remember my mom getting me a doll cake for my 5th (I think?) birthday. I’m pretty sure she didn’t make it and, when I laid eyes on it, I thought it was the most wonderful, glorious thing I’d ever seen  in my life (wish I had a picture).  It was covered in thick pink and purple icing and, up until that point, was the most treasured thing I’d ever received for a birthday (until I got my horse, Cactus, when I turned 10).

Because I raised such a fuss when it came time to cut (i.e., “destroy”) it, my dear mother only cut cake out of the back of the dress to preserve it as long as possible….I recall we kept it for waaayyyy too long (it got pretty stale so my mom eventually threw the uneaten cake away).

Of course this was all before the Disney princess craze, so it was just a regular old Barbie Doll, but I loved that Barbie forever…

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This was a 4-layer  vanilla cake (9″-8″-7″-6″ rounds) with blue vanilla-bean buttercream between the layers.  After carving, I iced on a thin crumb coat, inserted Elsa, and popped the entire cake into the fridge to firm up.

 

The blue rosettes (tinged with white) were piped on with a Wilton 1M tip and the ruffles around the bodice were piped with a 104 tip.  I added small snowflakes cut with my punch cutters and crystal sugar flakes to add the illusion of snow.

I also made a dozen chocolate cupcakes with blue rosettes and adorned each with a single fondant snowflake.

A fondant inscription was added to the cake board.

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So fun to make and brought back many happy memories of my own childhood.

 

Happy Birthday, Claire!  I so much enjoyed making your Elsa doll cake and cupcakes!

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Teacher Appreciation Cupcake Cake

It’s been awhile since I made this cupcake cake for my son’s 5th grade teacher…Things have been a blur since school let out over a month ago. But this one was special, so I thought I’d share it…

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To give a little background here, this class began their 5th grade year with a bit of a reputation. There are 15 strong-willed, rambunctious, inquisitive, competitive boys (mine being one of them) and only 7 girls in the class. Previous teachers had gotten worn down and exhausted by mid-year — they are definitely a handful (I want to be clear, we’ve loved each and everyone of their teachers).
Then came Mrs. Hammerton. She was tough but fun. Strict but silly. Demanding but compassionate. She expected a lot from every single one of her “Angels.” She got results and and inspired them everyday.

And they loved her for it.

On the day before school let out, we surprised her with this cake, ice cream, and an angel bracelet and poem. We wanted her to always remember her “Little Angels.” We also had enough donations from parents to get her a really nice gift card!

 

For ease of serving, it’s a cupcake cake made from 24 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, iced all together to look like a cake. I wanted it to look like a piece of lined paper with doodles and the simply drawn image of an angel. The angel is actually an icing transfer made by piping layers of icing onto waxed paper in the shape of an angel (the elements nearest you go down first, layering until it’s all filled in). After freezing for a few minutes, the waxed paper can be peeled away and the image carefully laid onto the cake.

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Congrats for making it through 5th grade, kids, and thanks so much to Mrs. Hammerton for being an inspiration and Guiding Angel to all of us!

We love you, Mrs. Hammerton!!

Magic of Michael Foundation Baseball-Themed Cookies

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I was so honored when a friend asked me to make baseball-themed cookies for the Magic of Michael Foundation event… 

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The foundation was formed in memory of Michael Hirschbeck, son of major league baseball umpire John and Denise Hirschbeck, who lost his battle with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) on April 8, 2014. The mission of the Magic of Michael Foundation is to inspire, empower and provide hope to families enduring the “curve balls” of life.  I made these cookies for their 2nd annual dinner and golf outing, a fundraiser for various causes important to the Hirschbeck family.

Thanks so much, Michelle, for asking me to be a part of this wonderful event!