Sunday, May 31, 2009

I Made Lemon Blossoms Y'all!

For any of you who don't know......I'M A HUGE PAULA DEEN FAN! Well, I was talking with my friend Sara the other day, and she said that she had a Paula recipe that she wanted to try. Of course I had to try it as well. These Lemon Blossoms are AMAZINGLY delicious, and easy to make. I decided to make some to take to a family party today. It turns out...I'm not the only one who thought they were AMAZINGLY delicious! Everybody loved them.

Here is the recipe, so that each of you can make and try these wonderful delicacies.


1 (18.25 oz. box) yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) instant lemon flavored pudding mix (I used the cook and serve because that's what I had on hand)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray miniature muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray (I like to use the cooking spray that has flour in it. I've never had a cake or muffin stick yet). In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and 3/4 cup oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter (I use the small Pampered Chef scoop) into each muffin tin, and bake for 12 minutes. Turn the cakes onto a cloth towel.

In a medium bowl, sift confectioners' sugar. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and water, stirring until smooth. Dip the cakes into the glaze while they are still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible. Place the cakes on a wire rack with wax paper underneath to catch the drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An Adorable Cupcake Pin Cushion....Up for grabs!

Isn't this the most adorable and yummy looking pin cushion you have ever seen?  I know it's not edible....but it's a CUPCAKE!  One of my good friends  started a blog called Whimsy by Victoria.

Victoria is really talented at decorating and making adorable handbags, aprons, pin cushions, and more.  She also gives a lot of home decorating tips on a budget.  Well, if you check out her blog she is giving away one of these cute pin cushions.  All you have to do is go to her blog and comment on her post to be entered.  She is also giving away this adorable bag.  It is her Whimsy Signature bag.  So, check out her blog, and if you like it become a follower.  She would be happy to see you there.

Her giveaway ends on June 3rd, so be sure to visit soon.  I hope you win!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Erin's Birthday Surprise!

Erin's really good friend threw her a surprise birthday party tonight. It was so much fun! The best part was that she didn't even have a clue that it was going to happen. She was really surprised.

Her friend organized the entire thing, and asked me if I would make the cake. She said she had a poem that she wanted me to make the cake around. So, you have to read the poem for this cake to make sense.

Erin was just 8 years old
She wanted to be 9.
Her friend held a birthday party so we'd know
Her birthday had arrived.

Her mother made a birthday cake
Decorated fine,
A park, a stream, a dog, a girl
All having a great time.

Then your mother put a number on
To show the birthday year.

Oh, no! In icing pink and sweet
It says you're 8, not 9!

So now you must be 8 again
Until next May, and so
Just go to sleep and do not eat
Because you must not grow.

When Erin's birthday comes again
In the year 2010
Should she turn 9 at last, or skip ahead,
Should she be 10 then?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cody's Soccer Ball Cake

I made this Soccer Ball Cake for a good friend of mine who was celebrating her son's birthday. The bottom is a white sheet cake with a raspberry filling. The green frosting was piped on to look like grass (It looked pretty cool). I made the fudge marble soccer ball using the Wilton 3D sports ball pan. I attached the ball to the sheet cake with a dowel so that it wouldn't roll away. This was ONE COOL CAKE! Be sure to click on the picture to see the details.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Rachel's Daisy Wedding Cake

Here is the cake that I've been working on this week. 3 Tiers of white cake with raspberry filling. I made the daisies out of fondant. This cake was a lot of fun to make!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

French Vanilla Cake With Raspberry Filling

Yesterday I got bored and decided to practice basket weaving on a cake. I still need a little more practice, but it was a lot of fun to make. The cake was delicious too! Click here to get instructions on how to basket weave your own cake.