Monday, March 22, 2010

MIA Lately but... I have cute ladybug cupcakes to make up for it!

So I know I have been MIA lately and haven't visited anyone's blogs. Life lately has been a little crazy. From packing up the apartment and now unpacking in the new house while we are also trying to remodel's been a little hectic. Hopefully after a girl trip this weekend to Vegas my life will slow down a little.

A friend of mine from work, Shelley, had a birthday party for her little girl's 1st birthday. Once she decided on a ladybug themed I started to brainstorm possible ideas.

We decided on ladybug cakeballs and used those to top the cupcakes. For centerpieces I put a few of the ladybugs on sticks and had them in ladybug pots (see picture below).

In order to make it look more like a plant, I crushed up Oreos and sprinkled them in the pot to resemble dirt. However, I can't take credit for these cute planters, Shelley found them at Hobby Lobby. I used a round Styrofoam ball and cut it in half to hold the pops in place.

I tested out a few way to make the lady bug pops but in the end used 2 size cake balls for the head and body and use candy melts to attach them. Below is a picture of the antennas. Which were also attached with candy melts to the head after the body and head were attached.

Below is a picture of the ladybugs drying before I added the eyes. Looking back I probably could have added a red smile line or something and made it even more lifelike.

I used buttercream as the frosting and tinted it Kelly Green to get the grass effect before adding the ladybug toppers.

A few I just used white frosting and added red sprinkles for a little contrast!

Here is a picture of her dessert table, if you look in the back you can see one the centerpieces with the ladybug pops! Sorry I must have spaced out and not taken any :) Off to the sides is Avery's special cake :)

A close up...

How cute is the birthday girl and mom too!!

For Avery's cake, I made hers a little bigger than a cupcake. It's a 2 x 2 inch cake with 2 layers with a ladybug on top of course!

These cupcakes were so much fun to make! If you look closely you can see the birthday girl liked the green icing as well! I promise I will be back to visiting your blogs and baking soon! Enjoy :) Print This

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This month the Cake Slice Bakers baked up a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. While I heard mixes reviews about this cake before I made it, I was really excited cause I have never made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The buttery crust along with caramelized fruit on top of this cake looked heavenly. However when I sliced in the cake the middle still appeared doughy and gummy. It baked for the entire 40 minutes and appeared to be done but I guess mine needed some extra time. The outer edges of this cake does taste really good I just wish it would have been more cooked throughout. I may have to try this one again! I feel there was something just a little off with this cake so I may have to experiment with it a little bit. Hope the others had a better success!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott

Pineapple Topping:
1 20 oz. can pineapple rings, with their syrup or juice
4 tbsp cold butter
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
10 maraschino cherries

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the topping: Drain the pineapple well, reserving 2 tablespoons of the juice of syrup for the cake batter. Melt the cold butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Or put the butter in a 9 inch round cake pan and put it in the oven for a few minutes as the heats melts the butter.
Remove the pan from the oven or stove and sprinkle the brown sugar over the buttery surface. Place the pineapple rings carefully on top of the scattered brown sugar and melted butter, arranging then so they fit in 1 layer. (There may be a few leftover) Place a cherry in the center of each ring and set the pan aside.

To make the cake: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a fork to mix them together well. Add the milk and butter and beat well with a mixer, scraping down the bowl once or twice until you have a thick, fairly smooth batter, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the egg, reserved pineapple juice or syrup and the vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes more, stopping to scrape down the sides.

Carefully pour the batter over the pineapple arranged in the skillet or cake pan and use a spoon to spread it evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the cake is golden brown and springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cool in the skillet or pan for 5 minutes on a wire rack.

Carefully turn out the warm cake onto a serving plate by placing the plate upside down over the cake in the pan and then flipping them over together to release the cake onto the plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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