Gender Reveal Cake

Thanks to Pinterest, we’re now all under tremendous pressure to make every life event that much more unique and notable.  One of these new “must haves” is the gender reveal for expecting parents.  I was asked to help out a girlfriend when it came time to share the sex of her baby to loved ones and of course I jumped right in.

Duncan Hines has made this very easy with their own line of “summer velvet cakes.”  I think they’ve been following Pinterest trends! I took the easy way out with this one, using a boxed cake.  I did use my favorite buttercream recipe, courtesy of my girl Martha Stewart!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) of  unsalted butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

In an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, begin to cream the butter.  Add in the vanilla while slowing mixing in the sugar.  Add milk bits at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Of course no Pinterest project is finished without a catchy phrase.  I chose to pipe “Waddle it Be” and finished it off with sugared duck icing decorations by Wilton. Once cut, the cake reveals with pink color, it’s a …. GIRL!

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake

It’s a …. GIRL!

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Engagement Gift Basket

Your friend just got engaged, what do you get the couple? What is a good engagement gift? There aren’t many do’s and dont’s for presents to the newly engaged. This is something I’ve come up with that’s a nice gesture, but nothing too overdone!

Working on these engagement baskets a few times, I have varied the ‘sweet treat’ inside. Most recently, I opted for bride groom cake pops.  Cake pops seem to be nipping at the heels of the popular 2013 cronut. In the past, I have also made bride groom chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels. What makes the treat ‘bride groom’? Half are dipped in white chocolate and pearlized sprinkles (bride) while the other half are dipped in milk or dark chocolate with some tuxedo like adornments.  These groom cake pops were jazzed up with mustache sugars from Target.

Engagement Cake Pops

Engagement Gift Basket

  • White basket and tissue paper
  • Engagement card
  • Bridal magazines
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman
  • Champagne, sparkling wine, wedding themed vodka
  • Bride groom themed sweets

Engagement Gift Basket

Pop Fizz Clink!Engagement Gift Basket

Spooktacular Halloween Owl

Halloween season is upon us! What are you dressing up as this year? I usually tend to create my costumes rather than buy. I guess that’s just how I am with A/MY/ Crafting abilities. Inspiration for this year came from Martha Stewart’s Halloween edition magazine. I personally think I blew her rendition out of the water. Create your own spooktacular owl mask with the below.

Halloween Owl Mask

Large plastic frame glasses (remove the lenses if you prefer)
Feathers
Stiffened felt
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Bling

I started by popping the lenses out of the frames I’d purchased at Claire’s. (The owl costume isn’t quite complete without feathered eyelashes–they don’t mix with the lenses.)  Try to proportion the beak to the frames.  Create the cut so that its semi-rounded on the top and triangular at the bottom.  The stiffened felt works nicely because you’re able to get a good crease by just folding the beak in half.  Once folded, place hot glue around the inner nose of the frames.  Place and center the beak until it’s firmly affixed in place.

Halloween Owl Mask

From there, begin places feathers along the top corner of the glasses with hot glue.  The more feathers, the more fierce the mask.  Like the beak, hot glue the feathers on the inside of frames. Finish things off with rhinestones (i.e. bling from the product list) for extra flare. Halloween Owl Mask

Halloween Owl Mask

Idea soured from: “Owl Glasses.” Martha Stewart. http://www.marthastewart.com/853514/owl-glasses. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.

Happy Halloween! From one spooktacular owl to another! Cheers!

Owl Halloween Costume