The Birthday Princess

I’m sure at some point most little girls dream of being a princess.  I know that I did, crossed my fingers, wished on every star and dreamed of the day that I would live in a castle wearing beautiful dresses.  I did find my prince, and though we don’t live in a fairytale setting, I’d say it’s the next best thing!  My older daughter would much rather live with dragons, but my longest is a princess through and through.  She is absolutely positive that she is a real princess.  There is not a day that goes by that she is not wearing a princess dress, shoes or a crown.

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So when it came time to celebrate her 3rd birthday, we had to have a princess party of course!  There were sparkly cupcakes, tiaras, jewelry and a princess dress up area.

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We brought the mirror and dress rack from her room and tucked into a corner of the dining room.  I bought a cheap ($10) garment rack from Wal-mart a few months ago and left out the top bars so that it would be just the right height to hang her princess dresses which had previously been shoved into a bin in her room.  This not only looked better, but displayed her dresses so that she could choose whichever she wanted to wear and accessorize them with her shoes underneath!  Win-win!!

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I had so many ideas for this party, but I may have procrastinated a lot little and didn’t do quite as overboard as I would have liked. We made a quick trip to Disney World a few days before her birthday.  What’s better than to meet other “real” princesses?  It was so fun, but exhausting!  Trying to recuperate and plan a party not so simple for me!   I kept seeing these cute cupcakes on pinterest with the princesses sticking out of the cupcakes so that the cupcakes looked like part of their dresses.  I couldn’t find an actual place to download or print off the images.  So, I had to make my own with googled images.  I cut them out and taped them to a toothpick.  I used the same sparkly  cupcake technique because princesses need sparkles.  Right??

The house was full of little princesses.  SO cute!  I think that her party was certainly a dream come true.

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One happy birthday girl!

Sparkly Cupcakes Part 2

So…not quite as long between this and the last post, but wow.  TOO LONG!!!  SORRY.

So for those of you who’ve found your way here via pinterest, here is cupcake tutorial conclusion! (finally.)

IMG_7107Ok, So these pictures are old AND they were taken at night.  So please excuse the quality!

What you need to gather is…

  • a small bowl (wide enough to fit your cupcake, but not so wide that you have to use tons of the colored sugar)
  • Frosting
  • colored sugar
  • cupcakes (obviously)

IMG_7108Add a good amount of sugar to your bowl.  You want the bottom to be covered, and slightly deep, maybe like 1/4″

Start by piping a mound of frosting onto your cupcake.  Close to the edge, but not hanging over.  You’ll be smashing it to cover the entire cupcake, so be generous. IMG_7109Turn the cupcake upside down and dip it into the frosting.  Gently push the frosting into the sugar and  kind of smoosh it around until it covers the entire cupcake. IMG_7112See?  I didn’t smooth it out enough yet, my edges are still visible.  This isn’t a perfect process, so you can easily add more frosting and repeat until it’s covered to your satisfaction. IMG_7113Ah, much better!

Ok, now can you make variations?  Of course.

Don’t want vanilla frosting?  Want to try chocolate?  Will it work?  Did I accidentally stick my thumb in this right before I took the picture?

2014-02-11 01.51.11Yes, and yes, you can  it just changes the look a little bit.

Curious about how larger colored sprinkles would look?2014-02-11 01.51.41There were no complaints here.

They were sparkly and just right for this girl!

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Birthdays

So both of my kids have March birthdays.  I love making their birthday cakes.

We’ve had a variety of themes and flavors over the past few years.

We’ve had buttercreams and fondants, cakes and cupcakes.

My sons birthday party is coming up and he wants a Wall-e cake.  Last year we had wall-e cupcakes for his school party.

My daughter has declared that her third birthday party is going to be a jewelry party. 

I think the Hello Kitty cake was my favorite.

So today I made a test batch of cookies and cream cupcakes…I combined a few recipes, I can’t seem to stick to just one.  I plan on making a rainbow cake as well, because the boy really likes the colors.   I like to bake the cakes in advance and freeze them until it’s time to decorate.  It’s a huge relief to have one less thing to worry about as the party approaches.

So…we’ll see how this years cakes turn out!

Enjoy a look at a few cakes from the past few years.