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HapBEE Birthday

Just a quick little post here. Starting to get back into custom cakes and whipped this sweet treat up. I used my regular white cake recipe but substituted the white sugar with honey and added lemon zest and extract to the buttercream. It made for a harmonious blend of flavour.

These cute little bumble bees are just rolled fondant, black pearls and florists wire.

The honeycomb wrap is melted chocolate spread onto bubble wrap! I had to do it twice because I let it harden too much and couldn’t wrap it around the cake! And the second time I did it, my measuring was way off and I made it too short. A few buttercream roses covered up my mistake with no one the wiser! ….until now of course.

 

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Happy Pumpkin Fondant Topper

Happy Halloween everyone!

To be honest, Halloween is my least favourite holiday, I don’t like scary things. A lot of people go into so much work to make a really cool, super scary haunted house and I appreciate the work that goes into something like that, but you won’t catch me there. I am just such a jumpy person even for little things! I think a haunted house would give me a heart attack.

When I was little I always had to wear my winter coat over my princess dress because it always seems to snow on Halloween night. I lived out on a farm so my mom would drive me into town and we would go see all the grandparents for our traditional popcorn ball. My granny worked in a senior’s home and she would take me around to see all her clients and it really made their day. They would sit out together with big bowls of candy just waiting for little kids to come around. By the time we went to all of the lodges, we had more than enough and didn’t need to go door-to-door.

For all you little ghosts and goblins, stay safe when out collecting candy and stay warm!

And for all you little tricksters out there, please don’t do anything harmful to another person or animal.

I know I am a party pooper for Halloween, but I did make a little happy pumpkin fondant topper I will share with you, but only you.

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I wasn’t feeling the most creative, my plan was a little different, but it just wasn’t working the way that I wanted it to. This little pumpkin is super cute and only takes a few minutes to make, so it would be perfect to make a bunch and top off some Halloween cupcakes.

First off, roll out a small piece of green fondant into a long, thin, snake thing. Wrap that around a thin handled paint brush. If you do this first, it will be dry enough by the time you are finished everything else to give your little pumpkin a nice curly vine.

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Roll a piece of orange fondant into a ball and squish the top down a little to flatten the top. Then take a knife and carve in the little ridges. I took brown petal dust and filled in the little indents to give it a little bit of depth.

Take 2 black sugar pearls and place them below half way down for the eyes.

Carve in the little mouth with a knife or fondant tool. I dipped a paintbrush in straight black coloring and filled in the mouth.

For the stem, just roll a little piece of green fondant. Poke a hole in the top of the pumpkin and then you can push the stem part way down so it will stay in place.

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Then wrap the little curly part we made earlier around the stem.

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And there you have just a sweet little pumpkin that is Halloween ready.

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Puppy Fondant Cake Toppers

So, you have probably determined that I am the crazy dog lady, but I am ok with that. I am going to share with you the puppy fondant cake toppers that I made this weekend for really no reason at all, other than to play with stuff and make a mess.

I don’t have the fondant measuring mat so that everything is consistently the same size so it is a little bit more work to keep reshaping to get things even.

For the schnauzer ears, there is a little bit of florists wire in there to hold them up.

I apologize this isn’t really a tutorial, but the shaggy dog tutorial will give you the process.

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What a cute little puppy couple ❤

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Kitty Queen Cake

When it comes to birthdays I always prefer a home-made cake to a bought one. Doesn’t it just make you feel that much more special when someone you love took the time to make you a special treat on your big day? One of my grandma’s, for every one of her grandchildren’s birthdays, makes and angel food cake with a brown sugar caramel frosting. Super yummy. And I always remember those opposed to when I would get a cake from the grocery store. I am the official cake maker for our family events. For every birthday I get to test my skill, try new things and make a fabulous cake. So to be honest, I haven’t made a cake for anyone outside of my family, which means, I’m not getting the practice that I should. But if I keep cake around, I eat it all myself…in one night.

This one in particular, again doesn’t have pictures of the process really because I was being watched the whole time by my granny and that makes me pretty uncomfortable. This is for my niece’s 8th birthday. They live out on a farm and she loves her little kitties.

This is a 2-tiered, 4-layered cake vanilla cake with a cookie dough filling, I’ll share the recipe below. The great thing, and also the worst, about the cookie dough filling is that it is super easy to make, especially when you had a long day and just need a little bowl of cookie dough to make everything right with the world.

The “Kitty Queen” is made out of Wilton rolled white fondant. I saw a picture of these little fondant cats and I was trying to recreate it as they looked adorable with their little round bodies, but I really didn’t care for it after I had done it. So I popped the head off and made a new body using the same technique as the Shaggy Dog Fondant Topper tutorial.

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This shows that taking a day to think about it and changing something you thought you were finished already isn’t always such a bad thing.

I made a giant flower for the middle and then what seemed like a million little flowers. I just rolled the fondant and used my smallest Wilton flower cutter and punched out a bunch in different colors. Then I took small, white sugar balls and placed on in the middle of each flower. They were then dispersed over the entire cake.

I like to make the cakes the day or two before, wrap and freeze them and then that is one last thing to worry about the night before the cake is due.

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 Ingredients:
for the cake:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
for the filling:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Directions:
for the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Grease and flour your cake pans.

In a large mixer bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, soda, powder & salt until combined.

Add in the eggs, milk, oil & vanilla and mix well, on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Pour evenly into the two pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in the pans for 5-10 minutes and then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely before filling and frosting.

for the filling:
In a mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth.  Mix in the milk and vanilla until smooth.  Mix in the flour until just well combined and then stir in the chocolate chips. See? Super easy and safe to eat.

for the frosting:
I just used a simple buttercream frosting, I don’t actually use a recipe for this I just throw butter, sugar, milk and vanilla together until it tastes delicious.

 

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Poppy Flower Fondant Cake Topper

Hello friends! The weather outside is frightful, but in the kitchen it smells so delightful. I am working on making deep colored flowers to go on top of jumbo sized cupcakes for someone’s birthday. I am going to share with you an easy way to make a large poppy flower. Remember when doing fondant toppers to make them a few days in advance before putting them on your cake. They need time to dry so that they will hold their shape or they will look wilted. This tutorial will show you the process spread out over two days. Today is the third day and they are still drying in position and they will go on the cupcakes for tomorrow. So keep that in mind.

Materials Used
– Wilton rolled white fondant
– Cocoa powder
– Red, copper and blue coloring
– Heart shaped cutters, various sizes
– Small flower cutter
– Black pearl sugar balls
– Wilton ball modeling tool
– Water and brush

A great tip to get a dark color such as red without overloading with coloring, is to add cocoa powder to it first.

That’s what I did here. I mixed in about 2 tablespoons to this ball of fondant before adding the red and copper coloring. It worked like a charm. If you get too much coloring in there, the fondant is going to be sticky which will make it almost impossible to work with.

Now roll out the fondant quite thin and cut out the petals using heart shaped cutters. I cut out 3 large hearts and 4 small ones. Then take each heart and use the ball tool and roll over the edges back and forth, thinning them out and making them more flower-like.

 

To make the purple center, I used leftover red fondant and added some blue to make a dark purple. Roll it out thin and cut out 2 flowers. Use the same method as the red hearts and roll out the edges.

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I set the red petals along the inside of my jumbo cupcake pan to let them dry into a curved shape. The purple flowers were left to dry just gently pushed into their own cutter. I left them for almost a full 24 hours before assembling the petals together and they were still a little soft.

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To put them all together all that is needed is to brush a little water where you want the pieces to stick together. Gently layer each petal. For the smaller purple flowers, it is more difficult to get them set into each other properly without wrecking the tips. I get it in as best I can and then gently push the top flower in with the end of the paint brush and then secured it to the center of the red petals.

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I was going to leave it like that, but because of my ‘end of the paintbrush’ technique, I poked a very obvious hole in the center. Adding black sugar pearls finished off the flower and hid my little mishap.

I want to let the completed flower dry a little while longer, to keep its shape, I placed it the jumbo cupcake pan to act as a mould and let it dry again over night. All that is left to do is bake and assemble.

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When I started with the idea that I could do cake decorating I never considered the extra amount of time it takes to make the little fondant pieces and give them proper drying time. I have had stressful last moments because they weren’t completely dry yet and were literally falling apart.

The best piece of advice that I can give you is to plan ahead.

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Fondant Cake Toppers – Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Fondant cake toppers are a great and easy way to dress up a cake, and let’s face it, absolutely adorable. It looks like winter has officially begun here in the Great White North and it has gotten me in the Christmas spirit. So last night I was looking through Pinterest and was getting some cake ideas and I found a Charlie Brown Christmas themed cake and I loved it. I thought I would put my own spin on in it and I went with an Old English Sheep dog instead. I’ll add tutorials for the other pieces that will be made for a cake and then we will see how it looks all together so stay with me here.

List of Materials
– Wilton rolled fondant

– Bakers twine
– Peony petal dust
– Brush
– Black edible marker
– Wilton modeling tools
– Black pearl sprinkle
– Wire
– Netflix

I wanted this topper to be a bit bigger than what I would usually make as it is to be more cartoon-ish. For the head I used a piece of fondant about the size of my palm and rolled it into a ball. Then used a modeling tool to poke out the mouth and a ball tool to round out the cheeks. Then made the nose with a small ball of fondant and I took a paring knife to make the line down the middle. Brush a little water and insert a black pearl for the nose. With a little bit of food coloring I just painted the inside of the mouth so that it would be dark and add a little depth and added a kissable tongue. Then just to give our pooch some color, brush some petal dust on the cheeks.

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Now for the shag. All I did was roll little pieces of fondant into baby snake-like shapes in different sizes and thicknesses. Brush a little water to the tips and attach to the head. Start lower down and work your way up to the top layers. With a pointy modeling tool just gently push the in the tip of the little pieces into the head, just to keep it secure.

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For the body I made it about the height of my fist, straight in the front and slightly angled the back. I rolled out a thin piece of grey fondant, same color as used for the ears, and made a patch. I inserted a thick flower wire for support and to attach the head.

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His legs are made from a cylinder shape about the size of my index finger. I added some petal dust to the bottom of his back paws and with the edible marker made little lines to show nails.

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I made his chest just with a rolled out v-shape and it looked good in the front, but the sides and back, it didn’t work at all. So I decided to put shag over top of it. I used the same method as for the top of the head and added in a bit of the grey color too.

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I was going to leave it just like that and then I looked out the window and it was snowing and knew that he had to be tangled up in lights. I cut a piece of bakers twine and squeezed on little balls of different colored fondant. Once it is secured onto the twine, just gently squeeze the tips to shape it like a triangle to look more light-like. And that’s all there is to it.

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I am still designing the cake. A smooth fondant covered round cake with either a snowy doghouse or a ‘Charlie Brown’ tree and Christmas light swags? Any suggestions?