"You don't have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a cupcake - although you might find that sharing a batch makes even an ordinary day seem that much more sweet."- Martha Stewart

Saturday, August 29, 2009

70th Birthday

I made these cupcakes for my Grandma's 70th Birthday! The theme was colorful flowers! It was perfect and so fun to make all of the flowers for the toppers.

I used the cupcake boxes to display all of the cupcakes so for the top tier I made a white cake and then did a basket weave design. I used crushed oreos for the dirt in the basket and then attached some of the cupcakes with the same colorful flowers with skewers.

Here are some views of it all put together!

There were about 9 different flavors to choose from so everyone should have been able to find something they likes :)

The flowers were all made out of fondant with royal icing centers and sprinkles.

Wedding Cupcakes

These are some cupcakes I did for a wedding open house. Very simple and oh so yummy!

Low Sugar/Low Carb Cake

I got my first order for a cake that a diabetic could eat. Actually, my dad who is also diabetic has suggested that I make a low carb cake but I have just not gotten around to it, until now! I definitely learned a lot! The end result turned out nice I think and they were quite happy with their cake! That is what matters, right!

I substituted whole wheat flour for regular white flour, egg beaters for whole eggs, and of course Splenda for the sugar. It definitely changes the consistency and the density of the cake! The recipe I came up with was a Butter Almond cake. It was quite yummy.

For the frosting I used my regular buttercream recipe and substituted the powdered sugar for splenda. The consistency of the frosting was much runnier but still managed to coat the cake and stay in place. I also found out that Splenda does not hold the color like powdered sugar. I used massive amounts of red and I still ended up with pink. Another thing I learned is to not breathe in directly over the open bag of splenda while scooping it because it gets inhaled quite easily!

I was thankful for the learning experience! I also tried out a low carb peanut butter frosting on the same cake and let my dad sample that! My dad was the brave soul who did all of the sampling on the trial runs! Thanks Dad!

Horse Birthday

I made these cupcakes for a little girl who loves horses and butterflies. She was having a hard time deciding whether to get little horses or little butterflies, so we decided to do horses with butterflies on the rump :) I used lots of bright colors for the horses and thought they turned out so cute. The actual horse is made out of fondant and then the detail is all out of royal icing. Happy 9th Birthday Jessica!

Batman Birthday

This is a batman cake I did for my son's 4th birthday. Both his 2nd and 3rd birthdays were of Thomas the Train so I was a bit unprepared when he announced he wanted Batman! I looked around and found a few ideas. I put them together and came up with my own Batman cake. He said it was perfect except it was supposed to be blue and black not yellow and black. Go figure!

It is chocolate cake with yellow buttercream icing. All of the black is fondant. I did the batman symbol and the circle freehand. The buildings I used various cookie cutters.

I used royal icing to pipe the symbol on the fondant for the cupcakes. There was no way I was going to hand cut 24 of those things! I learned lots and realized after I had them all done an easier way to do it that would have made them look better and take less time. Oh well, you live and learn!

On some of the cupcake toppers instead of putting the batman symbol I put the letters of my son's name and the number 4 since he was turning 4. He thought that was cool!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Retirement Cake

This is a cake I did for a police sergeant retiring from the force. I enjoyed doing this cake because I got to do a few different techniques that I haven't done much before. I learned a lot along the way but was still pleased with the end result. The most important thing was that the customers liked it! That's always a good thing :)

It is a marble cake with buttercream frosting and then covered in marshmallow fondant. I used gold shimmer dust across the entire cake. The letters and designs are out of fondant also.

This was my first attempt at braiding fondant. I must say it is much easier to braid hair :) However, it was enjoyable being able to braid and not have someone yelling that I am hurting them!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bridal Shower Paisley

This is the final picture of the cupcakes with the paisleys. I thought they turned out very cute and oh so yummy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Horses & Paisley

I have a couple of orders coming up that pretty much required the same materials, fondant and royal icing! And it just so happened they both used the same colors :) Lucky me! So I set out over the last couple of days creating some paisley cupcake toppers and some little horse cupcake toppers! I will post pics of the completed cupcakes when they are finished!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bunko Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my Bunko Group that I hosted this month! I made mint oreo cupcakes, black forest cupcakes, and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. The dice are made out of fondant!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Open House
Featuring: Cupcakes by Melissa (available for sampling and purchasing)
Vinyl Craft Lettering by Melissa & Jennifer
Gold Canyon Candles by Becky
Beauti Control by Vivian

Friday, September 11, 2009
5-8 pm
Feel free to come and go as you please and bring a guest!

Dixon Residence
(Reply to this post for directions)


I am hosting a Bunko party this week and decided that it wouldn't be a party without some dice on top of our refreshments! So I created these cute little things out of some fondant and edible marker :) I 'll post pics of the finished products after they are finished!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

USS Enterprise Birthday Cake

I had an order to do a Star Trek Birthday cake! I've never even watched Star Trek so I had to do quite a bit of research so I knew what I was trying to create! The Enterprise is made out of fondant and buttercream frosting. This was my first attempt at using the edible spray paint on the cake. I did learn that you don't get nearly as much coverage out of a can as it says you should :) If I ever did another Star Trek cake I would definitely do some things differently, you live and learn I guess!

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Flavors

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went on a cruise. If you have ever been on a cruise before you know the amount and style of food that they offer you. While perusing the different choices one particular evening and seeing an abundance of mangoes, my husband says to me, "Ooh, you should make a cupcake with mango frosting!" So, here is my creation! I am calling it Island Paradise! It is a lemon cupcake with mango frosting topped with shredded coconut.

I have a wedding coming up in October that has requested carrot cake with candied carrots as the garnish. Previous to today, I had yet to find a yummy carrot cake recipe and I had never attempted candied carrots. A friend was kind enough to share her carrot cake recipe with me and today I tried it! It is so moist and has the most wonderful flavor! As it was baking the aroma just yelled "Fall Weather"!!! It simply was heavenly!

As for the candied carrots, I found a recipe online and they weren't very difficult to make. I wish that they had turned out not quite so ooey and gooey but rather more flaky. I guess they weren't called flaky carrots though were they! The true taste test will come tomorrow when I deliver them to my husbands work for their sampling opinions! We shall see what the taste testers say!

This is a picture of the carrots drying after they had been caramelized.

This is a picture of the carrot cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting a garnish of candied carrots.

Baby Shower

These were really fun baby shower cupcakes because I got to try out a new technique. This is called fondant embossing. If you recall I blogged about this a month or so ago! These were really sweet. It is hard to see in the pictures but each fondant topper has a word embossed in it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another Lost Photo

I ran across a folder on my computer today with a couple of photos of a cake I did back in December. This was for a wedding. We did white buttercream with detail work on the sides with black ribbon. The accent was red cranberries on the top layer. It turned out very nice.

New Flavor!!!

Hello to all of my readers out there :) I have been wanting to try this new flavor out for awhile so I finally managed it this morning! My most favorite cookie in the world: MINT OREOS!!! So here you have it! A chocolate cupcake filled with a mint oreo treat then topped with mint oreo buttercream and a little chunk of the cookie to make it pretty :) This is definitely one to eat with a tall glass of milk!


About Me

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Craig and I met at "Ricks College" in 1994. We were married in San Diego in June of 1995 which means we will celebrate our 18th anniversary this year. Time flies when you're having fun. We lived in Idaho for about 2 years after we were married. Sari was born in Idaho. We moved to California shortly after she was born. We've lived here for about 16 years. Ashlie and Tyler joined our family in California. We have lots of fun just relaxing and hanging out. If you are interested in seeing some of my cake creations you can follow my blog at www.letsbakesomecake.blogspot.com or find me on Facebook, I'm "The Cake Lady"!