{ Baking }

I love to bake and am teaching myself to decorate cakes and cupcakes and just getting really creative with my baking!

 Cakes & Cupcakes

Santa Hat Cupcakes
Rocket cupcake-cake

First ever attempt at baking/decorating "Army men on Sunshine"
Cupcake train cake with buttercream frosting
my first attempt of making and working with fondant

2nd attempt with fondant

Fondant cake for Wyatt's 1st birthday (note the melted buttercream on the cupcakes)

Army men in mud (Noticing a theme? both army men were Logan's choice for his 5th and then 6th birthday)

First sheet cake with edible decal and buttercream frosting
Banana Chocolate cupcakes with Banana Buttercream

Pirate fondant cake - 2 tiers double layer on bottom tier (made with homemade fresh strawberry buttercream)
Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Baseball cupcakes


Chocolate Mint Cookies with Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 package chocolate chips/chocolate chunks

  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Add peppermint and chocolate chips/chunks. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm. Remove to wire racks.

Sugar cookies with chocolate ganache

Ranger cookies with Craisins

Other Tasty Treats

Apple Crumble

2c flour

2/3 c brown sugar

1/2c uncooked reg. oats

1/2 tsp salt

3/4c melted butter

4c cubed green apples (about 3 apples)

1/3 c white sugar

1 1/2tsp cornstarch

1/8tsp salt

1/3 c water
1tsp vanilla
1/4c brown sugar
1tbs cinnamon

preheat oven to 350 degrees

combine flour, brown sugar, oats, salt and melted butter in a med. bowl. pack 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. gently press the remainder into a 9" pie plate. Place in oven for appox. 5 minutes

in a sauce pan bring sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla,and cinnamon to a boil and add apple chunks. stir till well coated and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. pour into the crust and then crumble the reserved oat mixture on top. bake appox 40 minutes