I’m no Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes.

Cake decorating is something I only do once in a while and only on very special occasions for people who are dear to me. Those of you who have ever decorated a cake may relate to why this is. For myself it usually involves countless hours of baking, icing, putting on the fondant, making the decorations for the cake and applying the finishing touches.

Although I’m no Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes, the smile on the face of the person/people when they see their cakes for the first time sure make me feel like I am!

Here are a few cakes I have made over the last couple of years.

Super Mario: I made this for my boys 4th birthday. Completely edible except for the Mario and Luigi figurines. The green tube i made out of an ice-cream cone, covered in green fondant and black icing in the middle of it.

mario cake

Bugs: Both my boys are fascinated with bugs so made this for their 5th Birthday. Bugs are edible made and shaped out of Rice Krispies then covered in fondant.

bug cale

Monsters: Monster splash was the theme for my boys 6th birthday. You can find more ideas for that theme here.

Monster Cake

Disney Princess: Made for my nieces Disney Princess themed 2nd birthday. All edible except the Disney Princess figurines.

Princess Cake

Toilet Cake: Saved the best one for last:) Made on request for my good friends husbands 40th. Everything is edible except the board it is sitting on, and yes even the poo!

toilet cake

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Sweet Tooth Bunny Cupcakes

Last Easter we made these adorable sweet tooth bunny cupcakes from the Wilton site for our family members to eat at Easter dinner. They were easy to make and the  kids loved them. I’m pretty sure a few of the adults kids were caught sneaking seconds! Only regrets I have is not getting better quality of pictures to properly capture the cuteness of these!

sweet bunny cupcakes

What you will need :
your favorite cupcake recipe
butter cream icing
fondant
pink sprinkles
chocolate chips or chocolate coated small candies
gum squares
pink jellybeans
coconut shaves (optional)
Number 6 round decorating tip
Ear pattern (click here)

Directions ( as per Wilton) :
In advance: Make fondant ears. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Trace pattern on waxed paper and cut 2 ears for each cupcake using Spatula. Let dry overnight.

Brush inside ears with water and sprinkle with Pink Colored Sugar.

Bake cupcakes in Easter Themed Baking Cups and cool completely on Cooling Grid.

Ice cupcakes smooth with white icing using Spatula.

With white butter cream in Disposable Decorating Bag fitted with Round Decorating Tip 6, pipe 2 balls for snout. Position gum squares for teeth, jelly bean for nose and mini candy-coated chocolates for eyes.

Insert ears in cupcake.

Notes: If you opt for using coconut shavings sprinkle on after you ice your cupcakes.

Monster Splash Birthday Party Ideas

Themes and birthday parties for me are like peanut butter and jam, each one is good on their own but both of them together is spectacular.

Every year I look forward to planning my boy’s birthday party and picking out a theme with them. My favorite theme to date we have done was the Monster Splash Birthday theme. Being their birthdays are in the middle of summer and we are fortunate to have an above ground pool this was a perfect fit.

Here are a few ideas of the things I did for this theme.

The invites signs and adoption certificates a good friend/co-worker of mine made for me based off of  invitations I had seen online I liked. You can check out her Etsy shop What the Hoot Designs .

Invitations : I received the file via email then uploaded them to Costco to be printed cost me under $5.00 to have 30 made.

Signs: Printed them all at home on my computer.

Put on our gate in the backyard welcoming our guests. The sign to the right was for our front yard. I had my boys each draw a picture of a monster and added them to a posted board with a wooden stick to put it in the ground.

monster splash sign boys

Monster Fruit Tray: My husband carved out the watermelon decorated it and  filled it with  fresh fruit inside and around the tray

Adapt a Monster: This was my favorite planning part for the party. I picked a bunch of pre made monsters up at the local Dollar store  they didn’t have enough in stock so my Mother in law made the rest of them for us.  We Stuck them all in a metal bucket and let the kids pick out the monster they wanted to adopt, once they named  them they received an adoption certificate for their monster!

Monster Photo Props: We placed them out on the table and encouraged all guests to get a picture taken with them. I emailed a copy of their pictures to each guest and printed them for a memory book for my boys. It was a lot of fun even the adults got involved!

Monster Goody Bags: I bought these at the dollar store 4 for $1.00 and glued eyes on them which also cost me$1.00 for the bag.

Monster Splash Cake: This I made myself. I don’t really make cakes often but it is the one thing my kids beg me to do for them for their birthday every year. It is very time-consuming and a lot of work but worth it to see the look in their eyes when I show them the finished cake!

Monster Cake