Sunday, June 27, 2010

Icing on the...

Who says you can only put icing flowers on cake? Use them to decorate all sorts of desserts, brownies included. This cute idea would be great for a tea party, a little girl's birthday or any time you want to showcase your decorating talents. The combination of pink icing with brownies is my favorite, but the possibilities are as endless as the colors you can create. These ribbon roses are deliciously simple, much like brownies, but any flower could be used as well. Imagine white daisies, orange chrysanthemums or even purple violets. How would you choose to decorate brownies or another dessert?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Star of the Show

Don't overlook miniature cookie cutters! They make great bite-size bits to serve at a party or to keep at home for a sweet snack. You can choose to ice the cookie smoothly and completely, or you can dollop the frosting on the cookie, making a little mound in the center. Sprinkle with colored sugar, and you're done!

Best of Both Worlds

What's better than cookies or cupcakes? How about cookies shaped like cupcakes!

Check out the cookie cutters here. They come in a set of two, and they are slightly different sizes. It's so much fun to decorate the cookies! For the bottom, smooth the frosting on thinly and pipe lines to mimic the design of a cupcake liner. For the top, keep the frosting thicker. Create swirls in the frosting for a different texture. Add some sprinkles and a red hot for the cherry on top and you're done!
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Let's Face It

Family tree cakes are a fun way to get the whole family in on the sweetness. A plain tree transforms into a family memory with the addition of familiar faces. Just make sure you don't "leaf" anyone out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Love You!

Need a quick - and most importantly, cute - way to show someone you love them? It just takes three steps. First, make some cupcakes/cookies/pick your poison - it doesn't really matter, just make it yummy. Next, melt some chocolate, and place in a plastic baggie and cut a tiny hole in the corner. To make it easy, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Write your message to your sweetie on the parchment paper. Finally, let the message harden in the fridge for a few minutes. Carefully peel the message off of the parchment paper and place on your dessert. This is as sweet as a kiss on the cheek!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Taking Shape

Quick Tip Tuesday:
Wrangle those sprinkles! To get precise shapes, lightly place a cookie cutter on top of your cupcake. Pour just enough sprinkles inside of the cookie cutter and gently shake to cover the area inside of the cookie cutter. You may want to gently press the sprinkles into the frosting to make them stick. When you pull the cookie cutter away, you will be left with a beautiful design!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Basket Bliss

Keep it simple - monotone or dual-tone cakes make an elegant statement. Check out the blooms on this sweet cake. Yellow roses and white daisies with yellow centers look just perfect on a white basket cake. What's your favorite combination?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Peanut Butter Goodness

These cookies are so easy to make, but they taste so great! A simple batch of peanut butter cookies gets an uplift with the addition of miniature peanut butter cups. Simply add the peanut buttercup to the cookie after it has cooled slightly. Make sure you cook up a double batch!