Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Birthdays & Baked Goods

Whenever we have a family or friend event to go to, I have a bad habit of volunteering myself to make dessert. Ok so it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't always try to do something new and unusual and totally exhaust myself. (Or, the time when I baked a cake super last minute, only to have it overflow in the oven & burn to a crisp, leaving me no choice to pick up something at the store.) But it's fun! And I love when people are impressed with whatever it is I've come up with.

Of course my niece's 1st birthday party was no exception! I volunteered to do dessert right off the bat, and had planned to do rainbow cupcakes. A few days before the event, she told me there'd be 40 people coming. Yikes. So I tried my best not to procrastinate and do something fun. Even though it took forever, it was pretty simple.

The cupcakes. Ok they came out all cute and dandy & tasted delicious. But can I tell you how utterly retarded it was to find cupcake liners that weren't white, Dora the Explorer or metallic. Such a pain. Glad to get that off my chest!
Some stats on the cupcakes: 3 boxes of white cake mix, divided into 3 bowls & colored pink, yellow & orange. Buttercream frosting from this recipe. The flower idea was stolen from Bakerella, thanks Morgan ;)

I also made a mini cake for my niece, Madelyn.

The death of said cake.
And, last minute I decided to make some red velvet cake pops. I picked up a round piece of styrofoam & fake flowers from Michaels. I cut just the flower parts off the stems and stuck them in the styrofoam & wrapped some ribbon I had around the edge. Voila! Also, if you haven't made these yet I highly suggest it. I don't know what is better than a mixture of red velvet cake & cream cheese frosting, for reals.

And, let me throw some more cuteness into the mix:

Hopefully that wasn't too much cuteness for you. She is the most adorable baby girl ever!


Lauryn said...

Wow, I'm seriously impressed! those desserts look like something out of a magazine. And your niece is such a little sweetie!

Morgan said...

You did an amazing job on everything! Those cupcakes turned out SO freaking adorable, I'm dying!

And of course little Maddy is a doll, as always. I want to see her again!

MrsDixon said...

I confess, too much cuteness! I died!! I love that little girl and those amazing treats!!!

.jimaie.marie. said...

you are seriously the BEST auntie EVER. No kidding, what aunt puts this much work into a party for their niece? You're amazing and I have no doubts that Maddie knows it :D

Heidi pumpkin pie said...

awww!!! she is the cutest! The party favors/foods look AMAZING!!!

Steph said...

Those cupcakes are so adorable! Good job! And I'm going to ignore the fact that Maddy is already 1 year old.. because WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! She does make one seriously cute toddler though :)