Whipped cream cheese icing recipe!

whipped cream cheese icing

whipped cream cheese icing

I have been searching for a nice cream cheese icing recipe for ages now. After many trial and era baking bouts, I’ve finally come across a great combo. This will ice a dozen cupcakes and can be doubled for 2 dozen.

INGREDIENTS:
4 ounces of reduced-fat cream
cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
DIRECTIONS:

1.Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract in mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the whisk attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth. While the mixture is still whipping, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Stop and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl a couple of times while you continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

Ice cakes and then enjoy!

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Squid party fun!

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Squid party time, EXCELLENT! So I had the pleasure of making marshmallow pops with a squid theme this week. They were tedious to assemble but so cute, how could I stay mad at them? I piped the chocolate from a squeeze bottle into a solid circle then had the arms sprout from there. I had to make them pretty thick since my 1st batch were a bit thin and they broke very quickly. I used the broken arms to top the party cupcakes for added squid magic!

 

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Bow Bash for Bellah!

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This party was so much fun! I was so excited to have the chance to make so many pretty and different things. Not that I don’t love the weekly Frozen themed cakes but this theme just had that extra something.

I made two large bow banners out of 1.5 and 1 inch satin ribbons. Tying bow after bow for hours upon hours was actually kind of relaxing. I did two layer cakes with hand painted gold fondant details. The gold luster dust is really amazing and that little tube goes a long way. One cake was vanilla with strawberry cream cheese filling the other chocolate with raspberry filling. The pink fondant bow on top of the mint cake really made it stand out. 

My Cricut got a lot of use for this party! The gold bow toppers and #1 cake topper were cut with the Cricut from gold glitter paper. I found it at Michael’s for about $3 a sheet. The pink cupcakes were a variety of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate chip with soft pink icing. I did some halal marshmallow Rice Krispie treats and dipped them in chocolate. I also made tiny chocolate bows to add that extra interest. I dusted them with gold luster and did some white chocolate details as well. 

This Momma had some cute ideas and wanted little cookie jars filled with sugar cookies for party favors. I baked about 300 mini sugar cookies to fill the little jars. They came out very cute! Overall this was tons of fun.  Working for a sweet and adorable family made it even more enjoyable. I loved doing all of this for sweet Bellah and I am so glad everyone has such a great time at the party! Happy 1’st Birthday Bellah!

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Puppy Cake!

 

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I love it when kids want a super fun animal cake! This little puppy was vanilla cake with strawberry cream filling and some Whopper candy detail. My client had left her last cake order on the roof of her car and drove away. I hope a sweet homeless person found it and enjoyed themselves somewhere on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This one made it to the party safe and sound, thank goodness!

 

Tutorial-Dum Dum lollipop centerpieces and communion ideas

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Communion time is upon us!! Tons of fun cross cakes and flowered goodies are going to be flying out of my kitchen any day now. I really like when I get Communion/Christening parties. There’s so many fun things to create since you really can incorporate anything into this ceremonious event. We were doing flowers for the tables and I thought let’s do a fun centerpiece for the kids table. Something they can engage in and enjoy. I decided to do a version of  those Dum Dum lolly topiaries I’d been seeing around the web. It was super fun and the kids loved it. Here is the easy Dum Dum  lollipop bouquet tutorial,  anyone can make it!

You Will Need-

Styrofoam ball

2lb bag of Dum Dum brand lollipops

Tin bucket (check the $1 bins at target)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Start in the top center with one Dum Dum pop,  then continue to make circles around the 1st pop. It’s seriously that easy. If you notice holes here and there it’s OK. Just pop an extra Dum Dum in to fill the space. Finish with some ribbon, bows, baubles, or whatever suits your vision. I added some balled up tissue paper inside and then glue gunned the crap out of it. I used glue around the top of the tin as well to secure the styrofoam ball inside.  It’s a super easy and fun project that everyone will enjoy. To complete the look for the event I also did some white cupcake favors with custom labels in cups and some petite floral centerpieces in Mason jars. I really hope the family enjoyed the day. I know I enjoyed creating it for them!

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Mason jar of daisies and alstro

Baptism table

Mason jar of daisies and alstro

Mason jar of daisies and alstro

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Spring has sprung, finally!

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For everyone celebrating the end of this terribly cold winter and seeking  more sunny days!

I made these happy cakes yesterday as a treat to take to my dentist office. I know, seems ironic taking sweets to the dentist. I had to show them my appreciation and baking is one of the only things I’m good at. I had a tooth in need of a root canal for over a year. Last week it was causing me so much pain I packed up the toddler and walked the streets to find relief. I happened upon the first open dental office and she told me it was $85 just to be seen and possibly $800-1000 for the root canal. I was prepared for that as I had been saving this last year just for said root canal. I actually started baking cupcakes for neighborhood kids birthday parties particularly to save for the procedure.  There was another office on the corner across the way so I headed there next. Luckily I was greeted my the nicest clerk. They said my son could sit and watch so I could be seen right then! The dentist basically told me what I already knew. He scolded me for waiting so long, in the nicest way possible. What does one do with no insurance, no full time job with benefits and a partner whose company won’t honor domestic partnerships between different sex couples?  I saw no other way then to scrape by with meds and a natural garlic remedy paste I made with salt. It totally works BTW but back to the point.

The dentist offered to do the root canal and put in the filling for free for me!  I was so overwhelmed I started crying in the chair. Nice people really do exist and he is one of them for sure.  I went back yesterday and the root canal  wouldn’t work unfortunately, won’t bored you with the details. I told him just to pull the sucker out VS the $1000+ dollars I don’t have for a specialist to work on it. He pulled it out, charged me $150 and told me to use the rest of the money I had saved to fix the other problems. I have a broken tooth that the filling fell out of as well, thanks to a frozen Heath bar frosty treat. I think I need to cut back on the sugar? How does one do that though when they are surrounded by cupcakes, candy and frosting all day? I guess I better attempt to find out, or start saving another $500 bucks for more dental work! All tips and advice are welcome!

 

 

Cherry almond cupcakes

Chocolate Almond Cherry Cupcakes!

Delicious little devils, with vanilla cherry icing. The vanilla icing recipe is super easy. I was searching for a recipe that did not use as much butter as all of my other ones. This one fit the bill perfectly and it was really yummy.

Easy Vanilla Icing

2 Tbs of unsalted butter (softened)

2 cups of powdered sugar

2 Tbs of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter with mixer until fluffy about 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, then milk and vanilla. Mix until well blended about 1 to 2 mins. Cut a maraschino cherry in half to top the cupcakes. I even spooned a little of the cherry juice on top. Just a few drops!

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Pretending it’s summer in Brooklyn.

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 Hey, it’s cold and I hate it.  I decided to lock myself inside and pretend it’s a lovely summers day. I might have even had a make believe picnic with my 2 year old. I’m not sure where his head was at but I was totally enjoying some invisible mint juleps. A little Imagination and a lot of watermelon cupcakes kind of saved the day.  What the heck are we going to do in February?