Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spongebob Squarepants Charity Cake

I was approached last fall about a fundraiser for KidsPeace in Kingston, NY.  I have done fundraisers before, and am always more than willing to donate a gift certificate for a silent auction, or help in ways that I can.  The woman that won the bid for the gift certificate has triplet grandkids, and although they each get their own cake (which I love), she wanted to have an additional special cake for them to get excited about.  Being that her birthday is the same week, it would be her cake, but she chose a design that the kids would go nuts for... Spongebob Squarepants.

Now, you know me... a kid's themed cake where I get to make figurines... it doesnt get much better for me!

Here he is... Who lives in a pineapple under the see? SPONGE-BOB-SQUARE-PANTS!!!

And here he is with his buddy Patrick on top of his sea cake.

 He looks happy to be there!

 A closeup of Patrick


It was a fun cake to do, and I'm so glad I could help out with the fundraiser.  The cake itself was marble, with vanilla pudding and fresh strawberry filling.  It was crumb coated with vanilla buttercream and covered with fondant.  As always, I sculpted the figures by hand out of dyed fondant.

It's apparently cake season... I have 2 more definites on the way... and 2 other tentatives! :-) Looking forward to sharing them all with you!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Individual Crumb Cakes

I wanted something different, but something portable and individual.  Coffee/Crumb cake came to mind.  So I looked up some recipes... had all the ingredients, and decided to make them in the cupcake pan instead of a bread pan.  My friends were not disappointed.  One even compared them to the Hostess ones she ate as a kid! :-) I love when things work out so yummy!

yummy crumbs

perfect "cup"

so tasty.. john ate 2 last night :-)

an artsy shot for effect!

Short post, just wanted to share! ;-)

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

So I am in love with baking things inside cupcakes right now.  So here is the Oreo inside the cupcake... I was originally going to do chocolate cake but wanted to make sure you could see the Oreo, so vanilla cake it was. The icing was vanilla buttercream with more Oreo's crushed inside... sooooooo good! ;-)

So Cute from the top...

and so amazing from the inside!

Look at that cookie!

I was pretty amazed, the cookie retained most of its crispiness... and just made the perfect bite.  My favorite taste-testers have now declared a new favorite!!!