Homemade Pretty Cakes!

It’s time for another edition of DIY Pretty Cakes!  There are such fabulous tutorials out there, and I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve found today!

From Polka Dot Bride, a DIY Rustic Ombre cake!  These are REALLY popular right now, and there’s an entire post telling you how to make a pretty cake!

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From I am Baker, a post chock-full of help – video tutorials, images, and links to MORE tutorials!  Check out this AMAZING Neapolitan Rose Cake!!

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From the Hungry Housewife, how to make an ombre cake… LOVE the look of this one!  Video and step-by-step can be found on her site!  This is way easier than you would think!

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And these are cupcakes, but they are so pretty, I had to share!  From Life Is Sweets, a tutorial for making Flower Bouquet Cupcakes:

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4th of July Cupcakes

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These super fun 4th of July Cupcakes come from Jennifer at NotYourMommasCookie blog.  These aren’t hard – just a bit time consuming.  Her are some tips that will help with this recipe:

  1. Note that this recipe makes 10-12 cupcakes.   If you want to make more just use 2 packages of cake mix.
  2. When filling the cupcake pans, it helps to have someone ‘hold’ the star while you gently add the rest of the batter to the liner.
  3. If you don’t have a pastry tip – no worries! Just cut end off the pastry bag and start frosting!

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Springtime Cookies and Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but once Valentine’s Day is over, I start dreaming about and planning for SPRING!  I also start feeling like trying something new and making fun projects with my kids.  It’s probably a “getting past winter” surge or something.  Anyway, I thought I’d start collecting some fun spring cookie recipes and tutorials for cookies(cupcakes too!). And of course, I’m sharing them with YOU!

From Martha Stewart, Spring Cupcakes with Sugared Flowers… oh yes!  Make sure you click through the links in the post to learn how to make sugar flowers (so easy!).


From my favorite cookie maker, Sweet Sugar Belle… check out these Sweet Little Lamb Cookies.  This is actually a guest post on her site from Marian of Sweetopia.  Both Sugar Belle and Sweetopia write the best tutorials, and they really make me believe I can do this!

 

Found these adorable Spring Flower Cupcake Cones on an OC blog… love the idea, and I can think of lots of variations for using the cones as flower pots! She gives step by step instructions and photos on how to make flower cupcakes.

Check out the super cute Spring Cookies from Pink Little Cake, using fondant instead of icing… I KNOW I can do these!

Aren’t you in the mood for SPRING now??

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And we have a couple more customer photos for you today from Tanya showing off zebra party bags and more!  Love her pink zebra top – she looks so fab!

More Peacock Inspiration!

We have talked about “peacock” as a wedding and party theme a few times… most recently, HERE.. and HERE.  It seemed like time for another Fab Peacock Post, and today we are going to talk about cakes, cupcakes and cookies… all peacock style!

First up, look at this beautiful peacock cupcake, from Cutest Food:

Fab peacock cookies (and a LOT of other fab inspiration too!) from Amy Atlas; you’ll definitely want to click through to see all the pics and ideas!  Her use of color in food and decor is simply fantastic.

A SUPER incredible tutorial on making peacock cookies, from Flour Box Bakery:  A must see!

A simple but elegant peacock cake design, from Little Red Birds Blog:

 

And one more fun peacock cupcake, from The Cupcake Blog:

Have you decorated with the peacock theme for an event?  We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

Fab Cupcakes, Stands and More!

We’re talking about CUPCAKES today!  Cupcakes stands, cupcake bling, cupcake boxes… all cupcake love right here!

Starting off with some cupcake bling, check out these amazing cupcakes from Do It Yourself Weddings.  Easy to do yourself with cupcake wrappers and rhinestones bought at your local craft store (I also purchase self-stick rhinestones from Amazon quite frequently).

And these cupcakes in teacups WITH bling… and note the use of a wine glass as a cupcake stand, from Brenda’s Wedding Blog. I think for my next party I will serve a cupcake in a wineglass, sitting on a some whipped cream – wouldn’t that look FAB!

Speaking of stands, check out the individual cupcake stands we offer in the Diva Entertains shop:

And here is a photo from one of our lovely customers, with a “bling-ed out” cupcake stand she designed:

Did you know you can purchase edible “bling” to put on top of your cupcakes?  Not only GLAM to look, at but oh-so-fun to eat too!  Check out some incredible samples from Ridwana Hannan  – courtesy of Asian Wedding Ideas blog.  Most craft store sells the edible dragees shown below (also known as pearls).  For a large selection of colors and size Global Art Sugar is a good online source.

And another one, with edible cameos surrounded by edible pearls:

And this gorgeous example of using bling on cupcakes, from Just Call Me Martha… she has some other lovely cupcakes and cookies too!

We talked briefly about display earlier with the cake stands… how about cake boxes?  These can be accentuated with more pearls or rings bling for a fab look:

 

Summer Cake and Summer Dessert Recipes & Ideas

I am SO excited about today’s post.  I had a LOT of fun (and a few helpers) when I went looking for summertime desserts and summertime cake ideas.  My kids all voted for the following links and tutorials as their favorites!

First, from Make and Takes, a delish Watermelon “Pie” recipe.  Simple to make but oh-so-much fun!:

And sticking with a watermelon theme for just a minute, check out these adorable (and yummy looking) watermelon cupcakes, from Bakingdom: She used black sugar pearls as the seeds but they aren’t readily available so I would use mini chocolate chips!

From Family Fun, you HAVE to see this Towering Sandcastle Cake recipe!  I think this one was voted TOP recipe by all THREE of my kids. (Probably because we live in the desert, and playing with sand is something they just imagine and dream about).  And yes – you can make it!  Read through the instructions and you’ll see how EASY it is to make!

For you fondant lovers, I have a sweet, sweet cake recipe from Sweetapolita.  Click to read all about the Rainbow Doodle Birthday cake!  She takes you through step-by-step instructions on how to make a rainbow cake but I’m sharing these tips to make it *way* easier if you aren’t a master baker (the cake is easy – the buttercream is delicious but a bit of work!). 1) If you don’t want to make a fancy buttercream frosting than use any frosting you are comfortable making or purchase canned frosting; I won’t tell if you won’t. (but…if you’ve never made a real buttercream you may want to try her recipe.  It’s fabulous!) 2) You can purchase fondant at most craft stores as well as many bakeres (including supermarket bakeries) are happy to sell you some.  Just ask! 3). Edible ink pens are available in the baking section of craft stores.

And finally, from The Two Savvy Sisters, an adorable recipe for a Caterpillar Cupcake… cake.  Very simple to put together… but would have a HUGE wow factor with kiddos at a party!


What are YOUR ideas for summertime party desserts and cakes?

 

Easter Cupcakes Decorating & Ideas

It’s almost time for Easter!  Next week is spring break for my kiddos, and we are planning at least two days of cooking and baking and prepping for the Big Day.  I selected a few fun Easter cupcake decorating designs that we are going to make!

First up, from DisneyFamily.com, check out the super fun “Rabbit’s Easter Cupcakes”  You will not believe how incredibly easy those darling little candy carrots are to make!:

And did you know you can buy EDIBLE Easter grass for your baking?  You CAN!  Check out the post from Warning Sugary Goodness, that details how to use it (AND where to get it!)

I found another great recipe/tutorial on DisneyFamilyFun, with instructions on how to make edible Easter Basket cupcakes… so CUTE!

And one more… adorable Easter Chick cupcakes tutorial from Bird on a Cake:

 

 

 

Fancy Flower Cupcakes

It’s almost time for spring (isn’t it??), and I’m in the mood for SPRINGY, eastery, flower cupcakes! And thankfully, there are plenty of tutorials out there to show me HOW to make edible flower cupcakes.

Check out this post from TomKat studio, with simple instructions on making a swirl ruffle rose cupcake:

 

If simple ruffles aren’t quite enough, why not try making Hydrangea cupcakes? These are much easier than you would think!  From Glorious Treats:

Using a simply icing tip, you can make a “field of flowers”!  Get easy flower cupcake instructions from Bake Decorate Celebrate (basically – you are using a star tip #22 to make the simple stars that create the flower, then a #352 tip to make the leaves – both readily available at craft store):

And from Hostess Jo comes a fun and very UNIQUE way to decorate your cupcakes with roses: (you’d never guess if we Hostess Jo didn’t tell you!)

And finally, a step-by-step tutorial on how to make big petal flowers can be found at My Sweet and Saucy:

Definitely time for cupcakes… and time for spring too!

 

Cupcakes for Kids!

It’s time for more cupcakes, and wow, do we have some FUN cupcake designs and recipes for you today!

Perfect for the soccer team, or a soccer-theme birthday, check out these easy-to-make Soccer Cupcakes, from Wilton.  Everything you need to recreate these can be found in the baking aisle of a craft store – don’t forget your coupons.  If the frosting ‘grass’ seems to intimidating, just frost as usual with green tinted frosting – it will still look great!:

Having a Disney-themed party, or celebrating with a Mickey Mouse fan?  You’ll definitely need to try these adorable Mickey Cupcakes from Sweet Tooth.  Made with Oreos, they couldn’t be any cuter… or easier!

A perfect compliment to a Garden party or Tea party, would be these Flower Cupcakes, found ivillage.com!  I would have NEVER thought of using sprinkles and m&m’s to make flowers, but these are SO, SO cute!

Another winner in the Flower/Garden party category are these Mum cupcakes.  Decorating with marshmallows never looked so good (and so easy)!

For the SUPER-STAR, you simply MUST check out these Karaoke Microphone Birthday cupcakes.  They are fab, fab, fab!!  Made with mini ice-cream cones and donut holes… the perfect cupcake choice for your singing or rockin’ kiddo!

Mini donuts, tootsie rolls, and airheads… what a combination!  And they all add up to make these super cute Apple Shaped Cupcakes.  All that’s missing is the WORM!  Of course, those would be easily added… just grab a bag of gummy worms too!