Category: Baking

Seventh Birthday Science Party

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We had a great weekend!  We had a lot of birthday excitement as today is Cupcake’s seventh birthday!!  We celebrated on Saturday with a party at a local hands-on museum.  This was our first adventure with having a birthday party somewhere other than our house and aside from a bunch of cookies getting broken on the way there it was a blast!

When the party guests arrived they each had a science name badge waiting for them.  I used the free printables from PBS for the party!  They were exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t have to do too much work!  (I did edit the name badges to remove the picture spot)

The photobooth props were a big hit!   The birthday girl really liked the glasses and mustaches.  Doesn’t she look adorable in her science dress?  I just love how this Sutton Dress (by Made for Mermaids) turned out!  I found this science fabric at Joann’s and it was perfect for our theme!!

Pumpkin also got a new dress for the occasion.  Luckily I had half a yard of fabric left over after making Cupcake’s dress!  She’s rocking the new Sommer Dress from Made for Mermaids.  

I had activity sheets and crayons for the kids to work on while we waited for everyone to arrive.  Once the gang was all there we headed out to explore the museum.  The checked out the python (it was feeding day!) and possum.  Moved on to the music room, then hit up the water table before heading to the Do Lab to get hands-on with science (such as “cleaning up and oil spill”).

And mixing colors of water to see how the colors change.

Then there was a lot of climbing and sliding before heading over to “make pizza” and see the animals in the zoo.  The two-toed sloth was awake and on the move!  And the otters were super active as it was getting close to feeding time.  The kids also got up close and pet a snake!  Then we headed back to the party room and washed hands in preparation for cake…..

….and cookies.

It was a great party!  Everyone had a great time!  Cupcake was so happy to have friends and family there to celebrate her big day!  And today we’ll celebrate with pancakes for breakfast and treats for her soccer team after school.

Happy 7th birthday, Cupcake!!!  We love you!!!

 

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Unicorn Birthday Party – Pumpkin is 4!!

Today my sweet, little Pumpkin turns 4 years old!  It’s hard to believe!  We celebrated over the weekend with a unicorn themed birthday party.  Pumpkin was in unicorn heaven!!

Unicorn birthday party dessert tableThe dessert table is always the star of the show.  We had a unicorn head on the wall (from Target, borrowed from Pumpkin’s bedroom), streamers, a simple cake with a glitter unicorn and stars cut from my Silhouette Cameo, pastel marshmallows, iced cookies and felt unicorn horns that I made for each of the kids.

Unicorn birthday party cakeI had grand plans for icing a unicorn on the cake, but wasn’t feeling too artistic the morning of the party, so I went down to the craft studio and cut out some glitter shapes and stuck them on lollipop sticks and plopped them into the cake.  And added a frosting border and added some silver sprinkles.  And called it a day on the cake.

Unicorn birthday party iced cookiesI think I had already used up all my artistic abilities on the cookies.  I made cut out cookies with sprinkles and iced them with royal icing.  And sprinkled some with sanding sugar to make them sparkle.  I was tickled pink with how the unicorns turned out.  Pumpkin was tickled pink that they had sprinkles.

Unicorn birthday party cookies

Unicorn birthday partyI kept the food simple.  Mini corn dogs, mac and cheese, fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers and chips.  All big hits with the adults and kids alike.

Unicorn birthday partyFor craft time the kids painted unicorn suncatchers. And surprisingly they didn’t make a huge mess.

Unicorn birthday party - Pin the horn on the unicornAnd they played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn.  I sketched out and colored the unicorn on a piece of poster board and cut the horns out of glitter cardstock. 

Unicorn birthday partyPumpkin laid out the ground rules for present opening.  They were all supposed to stay on their bottoms and behind the line.  That line kept inching up until she and I were trapped in the corner…………

Unicorn birthday partyShe joined in with the other kids in singing “Happy Birthday”.  And was so pleased with herself when she blew out all four candles in one breath.

Unicorn birthday party cake and ice creamWe had unicorn cake and unicorn ice cream.  Pumpkin and I had a lot of fun making these together the day before the party.

Unicorn birthday partyAnd the sweet birthday girl looked adorable in her Made for Mermaids Brooklyn/Riley mashup with glitter heat transfer vinyl unicorn and stars.

She told me she loved everything about her party and I couldn’t be happier.  I loved seeing her face light up with every detail and watch her have so much fun. 

The past 4 years have flown by.  She’s still as sassy as the day she was born.  And still as sweet.  She’s such a loving, snuggly, expressive, and funny girl.  Oh how I wish I could keep her little forever. 

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This decadent carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the perfect springtime dessert.  Moist, flavorful cake with a creamy, sweet frosting will have you licking the plate clean!

Happy day after Easter!!   Did you have a good one?  Ours was very low-key.  It was just the four of us, so the girls got up and checked out their Easter baskets, hunted for eggs and feasted on pumpkin pancakes.  Then the girls played with their new toys.  A LEGO set for Cupcake.  And My Little Pony set for Pumpkin.  We watched a movie together and we had ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Because the 4 of us don’t need a whole ham.  And for dessert we had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeMaybe you think I’m a day late with this recipe.  If so, I’m sorry.  Maybe you’re wondering why you didn’t have carrot cake yesterday.  In that case, you’re welcome.  Now you can make a carrot cake with this fantastic recipe.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeDespite containing a vegetable, this cake is in no way good for you.  But it tastes so good and that is what dessert is all about. 

We may not have had family in town to celebrate the holiday, but I have a family cookbook and that is where this recipe comes from.  My mother-in-law made it some time ago and I thought it was amazing.  I was very happy when she told me the recipe was in the family cookbook!  I love a good carrot cake!  Especially with cream cheese frosting.  That’s the only way to serve it!  Cute carrot decorations optional.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/2 C vegetable oil
  7. 2 C sugar
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 C carrots, finely grated
  10. 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  11. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  12. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
  14. 1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the oil and sugar and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well. All the carrots, mixing well.
  3. Divide batter evenly among two greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat until light. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. Add in nuts if using. If the frosting is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
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Peppermint Melt Cookies

Fall rolls around and people get all pumpkin crazy.  Now, I love the pumpkin things, too, but it’s when the pumpkin goes away the peppermint appears and that’s when I get crazy.  I’m peppermint crazy!  That’s why on a Sunday afternoon, despite having done a lot of prep work in the kitchen all day I decided to whip up a batch of Peppermint Melt Cookies.  Even if it required a second grocery store trip to pick up some candy canes and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookiesThese little Peppermint Melt Cookies are a sweet little treat.  They melt in your mouth, hence the name.  They are crumbly little bits of peppermint deliciousness.  These are the kind of cookies Santa would love to have!

Peppermint Melt Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
For the icing
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tbsp milk
  3. 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 2-3 drops red food coloring
  5. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Add the flour and cornstarch mixture to the creamed mixture while beating a little at a time. Once combined cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Buttercream Frosting

Having a good buttercream frosting recipe in your arsenal is a necessity!  Frosting makes your cake shine!  And a good frosting that can be used to frost and decorate is a bonus!  This buttercream frosting tastes delicious and it crusts well so you can use to to both frost and decorate. 

Buttercream frosting for icing and decorating #baking #cake #buttercream #frostingWhen I was pregnant with Cupcake I took the Wilton cake decorating class at my local Hobby Lobby.  We did not use the frosting recipe included in the class materials. The instructor gave us this recipe instead.  And I have used it ever since!  Like here, here, and here.

The recipe makes about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost a cake, but if you want to decorate, too, you’ll need to make a double batch.  That will leave you with enough, even if you take a few test tastes.

Buttercream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 tsp almond extract
  3. 2 tbsp water
  4. 1 lb pure cane confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  5. 1 tbsp Meringue powder
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, extract and water.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, scraping sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.
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This will give you a stiff frosting. To take it to medium frosting you’ll need to add 1 teaspoon of water per cup of icing. To go from medium to thin add another teaspoon of water per cup of icing.