Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! {cute cupcake ideas}

{image via HWTM}

How cute are these little monster cupcakes from the book "What's New Cupcake" I love it, the first book is called "Hello Cupcake" equally as good, the only problem in recreating some of their cupcakes is finding the particular lollies that are used here in Australia.  These would be so good for little boys monster parties or birthday cupcakes for school!

{image via HWTM}

Another variation....string monsters! 

{image via google}

Here is the book, if your into baking you will love this book, so many great and different ideas!!
Read on for the instructions on how to make the fur ball and string monster cupcakes...


- 12 vanilla cupcakes baked in orange, green, and purple paper
- 12 mini vanilla cupcakes, paper liners removed
- 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
- Neon green, orange, and purple food coloring
- 24 mini lollipops (Dum Dums), unwrapped
- 24 peach or green apple gummy rings (O’s)
- 24 brown mini candy coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)
- 12 assorted color candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis).

1. Spoon 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a small ziplock bag. Divide the remaining vanilla frosting among three bowls and tint each a different color with the food coloring. Spoon each color of frosting into a separate ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal the bags..

 2. Insert a lollipop stick through a gummy ring, pushing it through the candy from the center to outer edge. Bring the gummy ring up around the lollipop, like a bonnet, to make the eyes. Continue with the remaining gummy rings and lollipops..

3. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frostings. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Starting at the edge of the standard cupcake and using the tinted frosting, pipe furn with a squeeze-release-pull action. Continue until the entire exposed cupcake assembly is covered. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and colored frosting..

 4. Insert 2 like-colored lollipop eyes into the top of each cupcake assembly. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each lollipop and add a brown candy for the pupil. Add a colored candy to the top of the frosting for the nose. Repeat with the remaining lollipop eyes and cupcakes..

Follow steps 1 and 2 above. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frosting. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Pipe the tinted frosting all over the cupcakes to make the string, making sure to cover cupcakes completely. Continue with step 4 above.

For more great ideas and party inspiration be sure to visit the Hostess with the mostess blog!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Whimsical Halloween Snack Bag Toppers!

I have made some little snack bag toppers for my daughter to give her friends for Halloween which is just around the corner.  If you would like some for yourself I am offering them to you as a FREE DIY printable file!

These are the snack bags I like to use but my toppers will fit any 15cm wide bag. For best results print out on bright white cardstock or matte photo paper, I used cardstock and set my printer for printing on matte photo paper.

Cut them out and fold in half, you could also use them as little table signs for your halloween party!  Fill your snack bags with creepy treats and staple on or tape down {with double stick tape} your bag toppers.

Download your FREE Whimsical Halloween Snack Bag Toppers right now! If you have any trouble downloading these just send me an email with 'snack bag toppers' in the subject line and I will return mail with the attachment for you...I hope you enjoy these!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dockside Wedding Cake {Mr & Mrs Whiting!}

After battling the unforgiving humidty for the entire process of this four tiered wedding cake and driving it two hours in the rain...I was quite pleased with the end result!  With over 500 tiny flowers and a hand cut monogram to match in with the rest of the beautiful reception details it looked quite at home in the room which was overlooking the Brisbane River! and blue skies for the big day:)

This cake was for my niece Sam whom I might add looked absolutely beautiful along with the bridesmaids who wore long deep purple dresses. The cake is all chocolate mud cake and is covered in ivory fondant, I had some edible sugar diamonds for the dark purple flowers but with the humidity they were just too soft to hold on so I had to leave them off!

The pearl borders are hand painted with super pearl lustre dust and the pearls inside the tiny flowers I piped with royal icing.

The smallest flowers started on the top tier and were all hand glittered.

You can just make out the edible glitter on the top of this photo, they were really sparkling in the sun and under the lights...I love that glitter (if your into cake decorating and want some it's called hologram)

Here is the back view and a little glimpse of the decorations!  If you would like to see a few more photos head on over to my facebook page.  My family & I had a fantastic time at this wedding & I was very happy to be a part of it with the making of the cake...
Congratulations Sam & Mark!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

{Mini} Black & White Gift Box Cakes

Here are two mini cakes I made that were inspired by  Sams Gift Box Cake. These turned out pretty cute and are a great size for a small gathering, tea party or cutting cake for cupcake towers.

A couple of little ribbon roses and bright green leaves to finish it off, the gift tag I printed out on cardstock and trimmed the board with polka dot ribbon,  I'm secretly hooked on polka dot ribbon at the moment I just finished a dinosaur paper party set with orange and green polka dot ribbons...I will post those next week for you.

The bows were hand painted with pearl lustre dust but I did this after I took these photos...not thinking!

I am working on a special wedding cake this week it has been a real battle with this wet weather we are enduring here at the moment, sticky fondant icing and me don't mix!  I have my finger's crossed for a dry wedding day for the Bride and Groom {and thier cake;)}

Saturday, October 9, 2010

{FREE} Printable Mini Gift Tags!

Here they are, yours to download and use on your next gift or project! {you will need Adobe Reader to open my file} This file is for personal use only.  Be sure to set your printer to landscape before you hit print, for best results print out on cardstock.  Some other uses would be to print out on A4 Sticker paper, or cut out and stick them on a lollypop stick, toothpick or paddle pop stick for cupcake toppers or party table signs!  I hope you like them, if you have trouble downloading this file just send me an email with 'free chic pink tags' in the subjuct line and I will return mail with the file attached.

 FREE Chic Pink Mini Gift Tags from Top That! Paperie


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pink Ribbon Boxed Cupcakes

Here are my pink ribbon cupcakes{October is Breast Cancer awareness month}, boxed up and ready to go.  The mini 'happy birthday' labels are part of my new 'Chic Pink' range for Top That! Paperie.

I will be making these mini labels into a DIY printable file which you will be able to download for FREE! and print off at home, so keep an eye out for my next post!

These are mini sized cupcakes and are the perfect fit for my smallest cupcake boxes!

Have a great day! and thanks for looking :)

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