Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Handmade Tuesdays: Guest Post

Kristen @ Ladybug Blessings is the host of Handmade Tuesdays. She recently came up with "The Handmade Pact", a great concept especially during this time of the year.

Kristen invited me to do a tutorial on her blog, and it was my pleasure to post how to make these fun kid aprons. Go check it out and link up a project while you're there. Thanks Kristen!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

Inspired by the famous Bakerella, I decided to try out some Christmas Tree Cake Pops for a party this afternoon. The kids loved them!

While a tad time consuming, they were relatively simple to make. The hardest part was probably transporting them to the party. I'd like to find a better method than a Styrofoam board the next time I make them.

I used vanilla cake, chocolate frosting, green candy melts and assorted candy for the decorations. While I thought the sprinkles would be more popular with the kids, the red balls seemed to win in terms of popularity.

Bakerella has published a book with all her recipes and methods which are also posted on her blog. My favorite tip is adding Crisco or paramount crystals to the candy melts. This makes the consistency smoother and liquid longer which is important if you are making a lot of them. Let me know if you try making them!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Hanukkah Cookie Bouquet

I promise this is the last cookie bouquet I'll post about for a while... but I had to share my first cookie bouquet order! Someone saw the Christmas Cookie Bouquet I posted about here and ordered a Hanukkah one.

Since we are not Jewish, I had to go out and buy some cookie cutters. I decided to go with a pretty simple set and just spice it up with different colors of royal icing.

The dreidel is my favorite out of all of them... so easy and elegant. The yellow is done using a #2 tip.

The star was very simple to make. Next time I'll use a #2 for the detailing as well, I found the line made by the squeeze bottle too thick.

The menorahs were going to be my favorites until I noticed, while taking these pictures,that they were each missing two candles. Back to the drawing board, or the oven I should say. I had to make another batch and decorate them with the appropriate number of candles.

So while not pictured here, I ended up remaking the menorahs so that they would have the correct number of candles.

The customers loved them and I am so pleased with my first completed order. Yay!

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