In the last couple of days, something amazing happened. My Facebook page grew by over 250 fans. Guys, I am blown away. You have all made me a very happy baker.
And now I want to share the love! So I’m giving away one dozen decorated cookies to not one, but TWO lucky winners!
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Good luck everyone!
Posted by sweetlizbakes on February 3, 2014
I made a quick cake for my cousin’s birthday this past weekend. A chocolate berry cake – the perfect summer cake. Yummy.
I used my favorite recipe for a chocolate Guinness cake from Nigella Lawson, filled it and covered it in almond buttercream, and topped it with sweet, sweet berries.
If you’ve never tried a chocolate Guinness cake, do it now. It’s splendid. I can say with all honesty that I never want my chocolate without my Guinness – it’s that good.
Unfortunately, the cake ended up a bit on the drier side this time. Chalk it up to the balancing act of parenthood 🙂
Posted by sweetlizbakes on June 25, 2011
I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I cannot wait to get back to baking! These cupcakes were for a friend’s wedding. I completed the order several days after Baby J was born, although I had the cupcakes frozen, the sugar flowers created ahead of time, and the help of family – thankfully!
This was my first attempt at freezing cupcakes and I was pretty pleased with the results. To freeze the cupcakes, I placed them in the freezer until they were frozen and then stored them in large ziploc bags.
The cupcakes were red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla with vanilla buttercream. I made the flowers with royal icing.
I wasn’t thrilled with the cupcake liners available at the local craft stores so I decided to make my own black and red liners with cardstock and this DIY tutorial.
Along with the cupcakes, I made a small 6 inch cake for the bride and groom. Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, covered in fondant and decorated with buttercream and royal icing flowers.
Congratulations to the married couple!
Posted by sweetlizbakes on June 14, 2011
A friend of mine is having a little boy in June. This past weekend we had a little baby shower for her at BD’s Mongolian BBQ. Since her nursery is based around an ocean theme, I decided to make an ocean theme cake for the shower.
I found the inspiration from Little Cottage Cupcakes’s Octonauts cake, one of the cutest cakes I’ve seen so far! I marbled the fondant and covered the base. I made the sea life out of colored fondant and let them dry before applying them to the cake and the base.
The cake is vanilla filled with vanilla pudding, covered with vanilla buttercream and fondant.
The baby turtle was sculpted out of fondant and placed on top after a dowel was inserted in the cake.
I can’t wait to meet baby Jameson!
Posted by sweetlizbakes on April 4, 2011
What a way to wrap up the last class of the Wilton Method Course 2: Flowers and Cake Design. This cake – whew! – I definitely lost some mojo that day. The yellow and purple pansy combination just isn’t doing it for me. Perhaps it would have been better to have purple be the main color? I’m still not convinced I have the pansy method down either, they just seem too dry to me. On the way to class, the cake shifted and fell apart. Awesome. Once we were all finished struggling with the basketweave, my cake toppled over and part of it got wrecked (the part, conveniently, covered by a cascade of flowers). Fixing the wreck meant I didn’t have enough pansies left to cover the top of the cake and cover my rushed frosting job. So then I filled in the gaps with leaves. A mess I tell ya. But I’m really glad I got to learn the basketweave technique, which is really cute (when done properly). The upside is my husband’s coworkers said this was the moistest cake I’ve made so far. And it’s always nice to see an”after” photo like this:
Posted by sweetlizbakes on March 31, 2011
My friend’s little boy turned 2 this week. My how time flies!
He is enthralled with Yo Gabba Gabba and Elmo, so we chose a Yo Gabba Gabba theme for his cakes.
I made a vanilla two tiered cake for the adults and a chocolate smash cake for the birthday boy. Since I’ve never watched Yo Gabba Gabba, I looked at several google images for inspiration. I was originally going to make a two tiered cake with fondant Yo Gabba Gabba figurines, but the red one (I believe his name is Muno?) refused to stand up. I still have to work on my buttercream covering – it’s a bit bumpy.
I’m just glad that the birthday boy enjoyed his cake and thrilled that I got to see him dig in!
Posted by sweetlizbakes on March 22, 2011