I made this Pirate Treasure Chest for my son’s 4-yr birthday party. It was 4-layers made by halving two 9×13 cakes (chocolate and vanilla w/ chocolate chips). I propped up one side of the top layer with marshmallows and hid them with decadent chocolate frosting and candy. The straps and handles are made from yellow fondant painted with watered-down brown food coloring to make them look weathered. The fasteners were gold dragees. The kids loved the candy, the adults savored the cake…delish!
With an abundance of Oreo cookies in our house at the moment, I’ve been looking for a good cupcake recipe to use them up. I think I found one! I mixed up a batch of decadent double-chocolate cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in.
I managed to find a little more room inside for rich chocolate mousse and frosted them with vanilla-bean buttercream frosting mixed with crushed cookies. An extra cookie on top makes them my kids’ favorite so far. So much chocolate, so little time…Where’s the milk?!
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I got inspired to try this cake after watching a video on making fresh strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMBC). The cake is a moist sour cream almond cake with a filling of fresh strawberries. I took the same filling and folded it into the SMBC to make a creamy, light frosting with a hint of strawberry. If you’re not familiar with SMBC, it’s much lighter and less sweet than traditional buttercream. It gets structure from beating egg whites into a meringue, then mixing in the butter. Very tasty! Strawberries or raspberries are equally delicious in this cupcake and the filling can be a fresh fruit puree or made into a creamy mousse.
My kids are in the midst of a Minecraft craze (Minecraft is a game on the computer), so I created this cake for a Cub Scout fundraiser.
The cake is a 3-layer 8″ square cake (vanilla and chocolate) covered with chocolate buttercream and crushed Oreo cookies (to look like dirt). I put a layer of green fondant on top and piped green grass with a grass tip.
The figures are crafted from colored fondant (with the help of my kids) and the name plate is made from pearler beads. The cake was a HUGE hit with all of the elementary-aged boys and eventually sold for $120 at the event! If your kid hasn’t discover Minecraft yet, just you wait!
I made this cake for my daughter’s 4th birthday. She wanted a pink princess cake (of course), but we had the party at the pool and I didn’t want to worry about cutting/serving cake. Cupcakes were the perfect solution. The topper is a castle made from a 6″ square fondant-covered cake with turrets of frosted ice cream cones (the lower parts are fondant covered toilet paper tubes). She loved it and the ease of serving made me happy ;0)
The princess cupcakes were adorned with fondant stars and streamers. I threw in some green and blue so the boys wouldn’t feel left out.