Friday, June 25, 2010

The March of the Penguins

There is a bake sale tomorrow--the proceeds going towards helping a girl in our community battling lymphoma. I wanted to make something for it that would be cute and special.

I wish that I could say this idea was an original of mine, but unfortunately I can't. I got the idea from one of my all-time favorite cake books--Hello, Cupcake! Seriously--if you only went out and bought one cupcake book ever, I would strongly suggest this one.

Because of copywrite laws, I probably can't explain to you how to make these. You'll just need to go out and pick up a copy of the book yourself, but here are a couple pictures showing my progress...
When I got to this point I started thinking of all kinds of things I could make with this basic shape--dip them in warmed white icing, add eyes, and voila--ghosts for Halloween. Or if you are big into badmitton (hey, there's got to be a few of you out there), dip it white, then dip the tip in a different color and you have a badmitton birdie. Let your imagination run wild.

Hmmm...what to call my goup of penguins. According to WikiAnswers: A group of penguins on land is a waddle. The nesting group is a rookery. A group of babies is a creche. A group on water is a raft. And a group of penguins in general is known as a Parcel. I learn something new everyday.
So there will be a dozen of these cute little guys at the bake sale. Please go and buy them and everything else you see. Spend LOTS of money. Skip the dieting for this weekend. Here is the information on the bake sale:
"Come join us at a bake sale to benefit the treatment of Krystol Simpson in
her fight back against Lyphoma.

"Saturday, June 26th from 9am to 4pm at 2304 Thayer Avenue, Henderson, NV

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hamburger Cake Balls

I had a bunch of leftover cake from my last project ("It's a Baby Girl"), so I decided to make some cake balls with it. I had seen a post recently on Bakerella that showed these cute little hamburger cake balls. Since Father's Day was a couple days away, I thought these would be perfect (my husband loves hamburgers).

They are pretty simple to do. It just requires dipping the cake balls in different colors of candy melts to get the hamburger, lettuce, tomato, and buns. I probably could have taken a little more time to make them a little nicer, but it was already 10pm the night before Father's Day when I finally started dipping, so I kind of rushed things. I also wish that I had some white nonpareils to sprinkle on top for the sesame seeds, but all I had was a bottle of multi-colored ones, and I really didn't want to hand pick out all the little white ones (some things just aren't worth it!). For detailed instructions and to see ones with the nonpareils on top, check out Bakerella's post here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a . . .

We got some exciting news today at the doctors for my ultrasound. I wanted to share it with all of you . . .

Due November 13th. Abby is excited to get a baby sister, and we are excited to have another little girl join our family.

Aren't these mini-cupcakes darling? I couldn't help myself today, and had to make something to celebrate. I got inspired by an idea I saw here, and changed it up a little.