Merry Christmas Eve!

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holidays with friends and family.  I am looking forward to tonight, coming from a Portuguese family, Christmas eve is a big night for us!! Traditionally, there will be fish and TONS of other delicious food and sweet treats!

Until now, I hadn’t attempted decorated sugar cookies, but after I saw these cookies I thought I would attempt them! They are not perfect, but I think they turned out pretty good!

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What do you think? My parents were my guinea pigs and they gave them the stamp of approval!

I also made some vanilla and chocolate flavored cake pops and covered them with red candy melts and christmas-y sprinkles. I love sprinkles!
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The prop I used in the pictures is a beautiful handmade wooden sign I bought at a Christmas craft fair here in Calgary. I got it from Pretty Pickin’s! I love it : ).

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Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Surprise! Golf Themed Pull Apart Cupcakes

Oh hi! This is a bit of a late post but I wanted to make sure it made it on the blog!

I love surprises, so as my boyfriend Garrett’s 30th birthday neared, my boyfriend’s brother and his wife, his friend and I planned a surprise party for him! He is very intuitive and I am very easy to read so I thought FOR SURE he would have found out about it somehow, but the surprise went off without a hitch!

Garrett loves golf. So when thinking of what kind of dessert I wanted to make for his party, I knew I wanted it to be a golf themed cake or cupcakes. I always liked the idea of a pull apart cupcake ‘cake’ but had never made one so I decided to give it a try and it turned out pretty cool! I saw this awesome version of a golf pull apart cake and decided to try it, with my own spin on it.

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I baked my favorite chocolate cake recipe by Sweetapolita that can be found here and colored a basic vanilla buttercream green and blue. I kept a bit of the icing white.

For the golf course green I iced seven cupcakes with a thin layer of green buttercream then I dipped them in green sugar. The dipping made this part super easy and quick! I made a flag out of red fondant and attached it to a toothpick.

For the sand trap I did the exact same thing as the green, except I iced it with white buttercream and dipped it in brown sugar.

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For the water I iced three cupcakes with a thin layer of blue icing, then I used a bit of blue piping gel and a spatula to make some ripples in the water.

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Lastly, I fitted a piping bag with a grass tip, filled it with green icing and piped a grass border around the entire cake then filled in the rest of the cupcakes to make a grass fairway!

The cake was surprisingly quick to make. I thought because of the different elements it would have taken longer but it only took about 30-45 mins to decorate the entire thing!

I added some fondant golf balls and a tee box to add some detail to the cake.

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The party was a blast and I had so much fun making this cake! Hope you like it : )

Pink Petal Cake

Hello again! Wow, it has been a while since I have posted! My summer has been super busy with spring and summer classes at school, work, and an amazing Europe trip I took with my cousin! We went for two weeks and we visited the cities Vienna, Prague and Budapest. All three cities were incredible but Prague was by far my favorite; it was absolutely stunning and it felt like I was in a fairytale!

As the summer is coming to an end and I have about a week left before I begin my last semester of university, I felt like making a cake! So I baked a chocolate layer cake, with vanilla buttercream-raspberry filling and frosted it with pink and white vanilla buttercream!

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After crumb coating the cake with a thin layer of frosting, I decided to practice the flower petal decorating technique! It is one of the prettiest cake decorating techniques I have seen! I did this by piping a line of 3 dots, then using the back of a small teaspoon I gently dragged the buttercream to the right until the entire side of the cake was covered.

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Then I decorated the top by dragging the piped vanilla buttercream dots into the center. And I topped it off with a delicious raspberry!

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I ended up bringing the cake over to my boyfriend`s friends house for dessert and it was a hit!

Father’s Day- ‘Next Level’ Turtles Chocolate Ganache Cake

Happy Father’s Day to all dads today, but especially to my dad! He does so much for my brother and I and we do not do enough to show our appreciation for him! So today we cooked him yummy breakfast burritos, we are going to the driving range… And I baked him this cake!

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My dad’s favorite chocolate is Turtles, he likes them so much he hides the box from us, haha, so I just knew I had to incorporate them in a cake for him. I baked a two layer moist chocolate cake with vanilla Turtles buttercream and caramel filling and topped with vanilla buttercream, rich chocolate ganache, and of course more crumbled Turtles and a touch of whipped cream.

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I also had a bit of batter left so I made six cupcakes- my brother tasted one and has dubbed them the ‘next level’ cupcake, hence the title of my post. They are his new fave! : )

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I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day and a great week! : )

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Happy Birthday Dad!

May long weekend, grandma comes to town, six months dating my boyfriend, and my Dad’s 53rd birthday celebration! Wow, this calls for cupcakes!

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My mom and I made chocolate cupcakes, piped with peanut butter, chocolate and blue vanilla icing, and they turned out great.

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Overall, although busy, the weekend was a blast and I had fun with my family, friends and boyfriend.

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Easter Cupcakes …and an introduction.

My first post! Hi! I have been wanting to start a blog/website for quite a while now and now a school assignment is propelling me to begin…so here it is.

Easter Cupcakes

I made these chocolate cupcakes to bring over to my boyfriend’s mom’s place for Easter dinner… and oh yea it was also the first time I got to meet her! It all went well of course… and the cupcakes were a hit!