If you’ve been following me on Instagram the last week you know that I’ve recently started using the hashtags “fodmapper” and “lowfodmap” with some food posts I’ve shared. I’ve had quite a few friends text or pull me aside at kids’ sport events to ask questions. And you too might be wondering, “What the heck is ‘low FODMAP?'” Well, I’m glad you asked.Continue Reading
I’m home sick today. Again. I’ve missed two days already because of this sinus infection. I got up this morning and showered and while I was getting dressed Hubs looked at me skeptically and said “Are you sure about this? How are you feeling?”
“Tired'” was my reply. “What would you do?”
“I don’t have to work with people.” True.
“Would you work with me?” I asked.
I got my travel mug of tea ready and sat down at the breakfast table next to my oldest who was shoveling the cereal into his mouth and enthralled with ESPN. “Well, what do you think?” I knew he hadn’t heard the conversation with Hubs.
He took his eyes off the screen just long enough to muffle the words “You still sound sick,” and went back to his feast.
Welcome to a household of males.
So here I am. Trying to rest, let my body heal, and give the antibiotics one more day to kick in.
I’m not very good at resting and Hubs says you aren’t truly resting if you’re looking at a screen. He might be right but he doesn’t “work with people,” particularly in a school with under aged people. This. Is. Resting.
Anyway, January is a busy time for my cupcake business. After the holidays brides seem to hit the ground running with wedding planning and I get lots of calls and emails wanting more information or to book a tasting. So I thought I’d spend this time today to look back at my five favorite wedding cakes of 2016
1. Classic Elegance
This spring wedding held at an art museum had timeless style with navy stripes and polka dots and accents of green and fresh flowers. I don’t remember the cake flavor, honestly except that it had cream cheese frosting piped into rosettes on the base, a smooth top tier and a beautiful fresh hydrangea. The cupcakes were just as classy.
2. Simple Rustic
This renovated barn venue is easily my favorite to set up in. It has tons of natural light which makes photographing the cakes a breeze. And it’s just so darn pretty!
There is nothing fancy about this cake. It’s a single tier, with textured sides, a burlap ribbon and a custom topper the couple ordered. But sometimes simple is just beautiful. Besides, we fancied up the cupcakes to go with their sunflower and navy theme.
These roses were all handmade, petal by petal with fondant. I dusted the edges with a shimmering gray-purple powder as a nod to the wedding colors. The string of pearls were made simply from lining up large sugar pearls. The hotel ballroom was decorated with pearls and lace and touch of rock n roll. I got to see the bride in her gorgeous sleeveless ballroom gown and showing off her half sleeve of tattoos. The mix of styles was perfect!
I’ve done a couple of naked cakes now. They are always fun to dress up with fresh flowers. This wedding had no shortage of fresh flowers; there were literally buckets of them to choose from. The colors were blush and gray and the crates display added to the cottage chic charm. It was, of course, beautiful.
This wedding had lots of natural elements and mixed colors of moss green, gold, natural brown, ivory and white to complete the style. The leaves on the base of this cake were fondant embossed with veining. The sugar pearls were painted with gold luster dust and vodka. The cake was displayed on top of a layer of real moss and topped with a simple chalkboard banner.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make more chicken noodle soup.
We were on vacation for half of June, but there was still plenty to bake in the time that we were home. Here are some projects I’ve completed since Memorial Day.
This was my table at the Grand Reopening of Square One, the commercial kitchen I use that rebuilt after a devistating fire in February. It was so good to be back in the kitchen when it reopened earlier in June and to celebrate with some kitchen mates!
A two tirered smash cake for a mermaid themed birthday party in different shades of mint and lavender. Actually the top tier was the smash part. (Chocolate.) And the bottom tier was for everyone else. (Marble.)
Can you believe I only had one wedding this June?!? Don’t worry, fall is BOOKED. Is the trend shifting towards fall weddings this year? I wonder. These cupcakes were perfect for the beautiful summer day this couple had out at The Vintage Garden in Barnesville, MN. Really. Everything was SO pretty!
Puppy dog cupcakes for a rescue puppy (adopt a puppy) themed birthday party. How cute is that idea?!
A gender reveal cake in pink and blue rosettes.
Thanks for looking back at June with me! These pictures are all on Instagram if you don’t already follow me there. @being.libby I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fourth weekend coming up! ❤️💙🇺🇸
This weekend I had an order for a sibling birthday party for 2 out of the family’s 4 kids; a boy and a girl. The theme? Mermaids and sharks! How cute?! Similar but different. The shark design was easy breezy to figure out, but I didn’t have any kind of fondant cutter for the mermaid tails so I had to get creative. Here’s how I did it.
I searched through a big box of standard cookie cutters I bought at a garage sale a few years ago and found this airplane cutter. The airplane tail was exactly the size and look we were going for. I used it around the perimeter of the rolled out fondant to cut the tail shape and trimmed the uneven edges with a pizza cutter. Perfect!
Next I wanted to add some texture. I’d seen on Pinterest another baker who used tip 104 in layers, offset. It worked beautifully! Just remember to do this before the fondant has dried.
Finally, I added the fin lines with a fondant tool that’s similar to a toothpick. I’m sure it has a fancy name but I don’t know what it is. Use a toothpick if you don’t have one of those…things.
Add a little shimmer dust when dry and add various shapes of white pearls to some dyed blue frosting before diving in, and voila! Cute mermaid cupcakes. I’m doing a mermaid themed cake and smash cake for a 1 year old this summer. I can’t wait to share that with you!