Happy Saturday everyone! I should be landing in Istanbul, Turkey right about now. Next stop – Greece! I’ll be gone for 9 days, but I have a string of posts set up for the week. For this first post, I’m happy to introduce you to our first ever guest blogger (who just so happens to be my sister), Alicia. Alicia blogs about her life as a stay-at-home mom, military wife (and air force veteran), and Christian. Alicia, you FRILL me!
Many of you may not know this, but baking and artistic presentation is definitely in my family’s bloodline. From my mother, who made enviably creative and delicious cakes when I was a child, to my sister, Aurelia who makes beautiful and delicious sweets of her own, to my older sister, Angela, who creates unique and artistic cake creations that most would never attempt!
I, myself, prefer cooking over baking, where I don’t have to use measurements and where I have fun coming up with my own recipes. However, as a mother to a toddler, the inevitable has happened. I must bake…for my toddler’s preschool class, for church, for her birthday, for the holidays.
So, this Sunday, our women’s group at church had a bake sale fundraiser. Wanting to bake cupcakes, but also wanting to do something creative, I came up with some requirements:
Here were some requirements that I had:
1. Must be gluten free. (Thank you Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix)
2. Must be milk free. (Thank you Earth Balance soy butter)
3. Must be delicious. (In my opinion, the chocolate gluten free cake mix not only tastes better, but has a better texture, more comparable to cupcakes made with wheat flour).
4. Must be lovely.
I found inspiration on Pinterest, and with ideas swirling in my brain, off to the supermarket I went. The first thing I saw when I walked into Super Target was beautiful, fresh strawberries! The idea formed instantly. Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry flavored icing, garnished with a strawberry.
Lovely, delicious, gluten free, milk free, but definitely not guilt free! They were a huge hit!
Another Saturday, another order for Cake Jubilee! For this order, my only stipulation was that they needed to be pink and green so I got to have fun with my own creativity! I found these cute, pink and green flower petal cupcake sleeves, and built my ideas around them. I baked strawberry cupcakes with almond-butter cream icing and white cupcakes with strawberry filling and almond-butter cream icing. I used sugar sprinkles and pearl sprinkles that matched the pink and green icings. Frilling!
Thursday happened to be national cupcake day. I had no idea initially, but how fitting that I ended up making 6 dozen different types of cupcakes for a small and intimate get-together.
A while back I had a dream that I opened a chic little shoppe that sold cupcakes and cocktails. It was totally girly, fabulous, and – you guessed it – FRILLING. While, I have no plans of actually doing anything like this in real life, I recently had fun with the concept!
Here’s what happened: I made an assortment cupcakes, had a few friends over, and they were able to taste test the six different kinds. Meanwhile, there were also a variety of fun cocktails to choose from. At the end of the night, each girl took home a personalized box full of her favorite cupcakes from the bunch.
White cupcakes with chocolate-cream cheese icing.
Spice cupcakes with spice molasses icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with mint chocolate chip icing.
White cupcakes with key lime-cream cheese icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing.
Spice cupcakes with chai latte icing.
Here are the girls at the end of the night with their favors.
Most of you can probably guess that I bake A LOT. But what you might not know is that I bake with a purpose. Today I got to make chocolate cupcakes for someone’s baby shower. I knew the theme was pink and orange Gerber daisies, so earlier this week, I spent the afternoon making some out of royal icing. I needed a few days for them to harden so that I could place them easily on the cupcakes.
Ooh, pretty! Gerber daisies are SO summer-timy aren’t they? I decided to add these cute picket fence liners around the cupcakes because along with the chocolate, I felt like I was looking at a cute lil’ garden.
Pretty please with a daisy on top?
Well, I was gonna make a lovely cake to celebrate my graduating, but then I realized, I didn’t feel like it! Instead, while still keeping it simple, I decided to frill things up with a funfetti box mix and some homemade cream cheese icing.
Check it out:
I’m getting my diploma today. What’s making your Saturday sweet?
Hello all! I don’t know about you, but I had SUCH a sweet Saturday. I got to do some of the things I love most: spend time with sweet, sweet friends, shop and lunch at Whole Foods, work out in the yard, and lounge around watching girly movies. What made your Saturday Sweet?
I wanted to share the latest of my baking escapades thanks to 500 Cupcakes: Cheesecake Bakes. These turned out delicious! Perfect for a spring time treat.
Next week is going to be extra sweet for me. I’m trying a new cupcake recipe AND making two cakes. Stay tuned!
Man, it’s hard to have a sweet Saturday when projects and deadlines loom about me. Luckily, cupcakes exist. Cupcakes are SWEET. Cupcakes are FRILLING.
Today I made Hummingbird Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing. Mmm, Mmm. I got the recipe from 500 Cupcakes, a bakebook Fran gave me years ago. I plan on trying lots of new recipes in the coming weeks.
The Hummingbird Cake is a delish concoction of orange zest, banana, pineapple, coconut, and carrot. Jealous yet? These turned out absolutely lovely. The cake tasted almost muffin-like (not too sweet), and the icing turned out thin, almost like a glaze.
What made your Saturday sweet?