Mikaela’s 1st Birthday Party!

We’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because September and October are big months for us!  But right in the middle of September, Mel’s baby girl turned 1 so we have to share a few photos.

We went with a rainbow themed party because color makes Mel happy, and Mikaela isn’t old enough to express any opinions yet. Although, we’re pretty sure she enjoyed herself. *wink*

Here’s the cake table set-up with Mikaela’s personalized birthday banner, cookie favors, goodie bags, and of course the cake!

Mikaela's rainbow party cake table. Continue reading

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Sparkly Enchanted Forest Fairy Cake

Disclaimer: You might need to put on your sunglasses before reading any further.  A very sparkly cake is featured here!

Earlier in the month, Rebecca asked us to create a sparkly cake for her daughters’ birthday party.  The theme would be enchanted forest fairies and the colors were pink and purple.  So, with Rebecca’s help, we designed this cake:

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals for an enchanted forest fairy birthday cake!

We topped it with a spray of ruffled polka dots that read “H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y” and a couple of elegant daisies.

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals and decorated with edible daisies, numbers, banners, and a "Happy Birthday" spray topper.

The sides of the cake were adorned with edible numbers and name banners for the birthday girls, Reese & Hadley.  And the entire cake was very, very sparkly!

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals and decorated with edible daisies, numbers, banners, and a "Happy Birthday" spray topper.

Check out that sparkle!  Every little girl’s dream!

Rebecca also needed some cupcakes for Reese to share with her class at school.  Two of Reese’s favorite things right now are the color purple and rainbow sprinkles.  And, so, these cupcakes were created:

Vanilla cupcakes with purple buttercream swirls, sprinkles, and edible stars.

And, as party favors, we created yellow and green glittery sugar cookies.  The girls at the party received the yellow ones, which were mounted on lollipop sticks and looked like fairy wands.  The boys received the green sparkly ones without the sticks (because we all know the boys would use them as weapons instead of magical wands).

Sugar cookies decorated that served as party favors for the enchanted forest fairy-themed party!Happy Birthday, Reese & Hadley!

 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cookies

By far, the cake I get the most comments and emails about is the Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday cake I made shortly after I began working for Ms Debbie’s Sugar Art. So, I decided to make some cookies to go along with the cake!

very hungry caterpillar cookie
I used an watermelon cutter I found among Debbie’s many, many cookie cutters. Here’s a similar one from Sugar Daddy’s Cake Design.

very hungry caterpillar cookie
And my favorite part of the cookies are the little fuzzies all up and down his back!

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Well, the 12 Days of Cookies are over, and Christmas is here! It’s tradition in our family to watch A Christmas Story all…day…long… My dad’s a HUGE fan. So, to make him smile, I decorated these leg lamp cookies:
leg lamp sugar cookie royal icing christmas story

‘It’s a major award!”

I got the cutter from A Christmas Story House and highly recommend them for any Ralphie-themed gifts you need to get in the future!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Day 8 – Joy!


Can you believe we’re only 5 days away from Christmas! Not much time left for your many to-do lists! Am I stressing you out? Sorry! Ironically enough, I JUST ran across this website 100 Days to Christmas. It helps you plan and get ahead for the holidays so you don’t feel so frantic. Might be worth checking out for next year…

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Fall Cookie Bouquet Class at Ms Debbie’s Sugar Art!

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we had a Fall Cookie Bouquet class at the bakery. I posted about it here already, but now I’ll give you pictures I took during the class!


We started out by outlining our cookies. Traci had beautiful nails so she became the class’ official hand model!


Here’s Jerry concentrating on his cookie and pretending I’m not taking a photo. I don’t know how he decorates standing up…I forget that I’m standing and lose my balance. Seriously. The whole class was standing so I decided to stand, but I almost toppled over sideways! Does that happen to anyone else???



Then, I taught them how to thin down their icing to flood the cookies. There were 5 people in the class and 5 colors to thin down…perfect! Each person took care of a color. I love it when things work out like that!


Emily was the only person in class who hadn’t taken the Wilton Method classes at Michaels – but you couldn’t tell! She was awesome!


We lined all our cookies up and aimed a fain on them so they’d dry super fast!


After a little drying time, we added the final details. Don’t you love how Corinne marbelized the flood icing on her acorn?


And Anita’s turkey turned out super cute!


This is a close-up of the turkeys in process.


And the finished bouquet!

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Rivalry Week in College Football and Snowman Cookies

It’s rivalry week for a lot of college football teams across the nation. Adam and I are psyched to watch our teams play…against each other…this afternoon!

I’m predicting a tense afternoon. We have to silently cheer for our teams so we don’t upset each other. After all, neither of us wants to sleep on the couch tonight! We can usually get through the day relatively unscathed. It’s our parents that do all the trash talking and cause all the trouble! Hush, you guys! *wink*

Lately, I’ve been on a sugar cookie decorating kick so in honor of the most exciting game of the season (in my opinion, at least), I made two snowmen wearing our school colors.

Notice the University of Florida (orange & blue) snowman’s nose is pointed downward while the Florida State (garnet & gold) snowman’s nose is point up? That was my subtle way of predicting the outcome of the game. The Noles will win!*


*Adam rarely reads my blog posts so I don’t predict that this little comment will cause much trouble in the Judge household. hehe Go Noles!

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