baking

Beach ball cupcakes: Pinterest Fail or not?

Ah, Pinterest. So many great DIY ideas. They make it look so easy. Here’s a short story of what I consider a Pinterest fail. Ok, maybe not so much of a fail, but my cake and cupcakes certainly did not turn out like the picture on Pinterest.

I love to bake. However, I’m not too good in the decorating department. When I frost cupcakes, they look sloppy. I just don’t have that magic touch. Maybe I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things. Or maybe I don’t have the right tools. I didn’t use a tip on my decorating bags for frosting these cupcakes.  I had one that I’ve used a few times, but I lost it. I thought that I would do okay without one. I found out later that you need to use a tip for greater control of the frosting. Lesson learned. So onto my story.

I don’t have a dome cake mold but I found out that you can use a glass bowl. If it says Pyrex on the bottom of the bowl then it is oven safe. I had 4 sizes to choose from and I chose the smallest one. I greased up my Pyrex glass bowl very well so that the cake would slip out easily. In total, I baked the small cake for 26 minutes.

Small dome baked cake

Baking the dome cake in a small Pyrex bowl worked out great! The cake slipped out easily. I leveled the bottom of the cake so that it would be even.

I let the cakes cool. While they cooled, I prepared the frosting. I used about 7 to 8 drops of food coloring for each of the colors which were red, blue and yellow. I wanted the colors to be bright.

Beach ball cake for the birthday boy
48 beach ball colored cupcakes

As you can see the frosting came out pretty sloppy. But then again, I’ve never been good at frosting cupcakes. Practice makes perfect. Next time I will make sure to use a frosting tip for better control. I think the blue, red and yellow colors came out nice. If I knew how to frost cakes so that they are smooth, then the little beach ball cake would have looked better. I was told that they looked great, but I know I could have done better. I must say, they tasted delicious!

The 2 year old birthday boy blowing his cake

The birthday boy made the cupcakes look so much better!

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A party for my girl: the big day

The big day was finally here. Sabrina’s 21st birthday party. I sure was tired from preparing all week, but also very excited. I couldn’t wait for Sabrina to see the special party that I had prepared for her. She had requested a house party with family. She wanted me to surprise her with whatever theme I wanted to decorate with and I think I did.  It was a boho theme, using mostly chevrons. She was happy with the set up. I sent her a couple sneak peeks throughout the week.

I made a banner using mint green chevron fabric as well as black and gold fabric.  I used more chevron fabric as accent pieces on the table. I bought mint green wall art from the Target dollar section (cost $3). It read “Peace Love and Happy Hour”. A boho design that went perfect for this 21 year old birthday party.

I made a candy bar. Lots and lots of candy. Too much candy. I bought bulk candy from Smart and Final but I found some mint green gumballs (the same color as the chevron fabric) in the party section at Target so of course I had to get them. I bought $1 black and gold buckets from Target to use as candy containers. I stuck some feathers in the candy buckets.

I made little brown paper bags as favor bags for the candy. But while I was at Target, I found some treat cups and paper straws in the exact same chevron colors as the theme for the party. Of course, I had to get them too! I made mason jar succulent planters and decorated the front of the jar with the fabrics. I had my son pop some kettle popcorn in the microwave and pour them into paper bags to place on the dining table. I added more succulent planters on the table.

I bought some LED lights from the dollar section at Target ($3) and used them to decorate the main table.

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And of course, I made cupcakes.

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Today is Sabrina’s actual 21st birthday. I want to say:

I love you Sabi with all my heart. I am so happy and so proud to be your mother. You make me happy every single day. You are a beautiful girl, inside and out. You are my sunshine.  Happy birthday!