Cake & Cupcakes for a Surprise Party

Last Saturday we celebrated my friend Kevin’s 26th birthday. Since it was a surprise party and we weren’t sure exactly how many people would be there I decided to make both a cake and cupcakes. For the cupcakes we decided on a fan favorite — Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. For the cake we decided to go with a carrot cake brushed with spiced rum and iced with cream cheese icing.

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Both turned out great and were a big hit at the party.

Birthday Cupcakes

This year for my friend’s birthday I decided to surprise her and make Starbucks cupcakes she had shown me on Pinterest a few months ago. Since I don’t like coffee myself, and wasn’t sure who else liked coffee, I decided to make cupcakes inspired by both Caramel Frappucino (with Coffee)

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and Double Chocolaty Chip (without coffee).

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Overall they weren’t too difficult to make and turned out really great! Everyone loved them, some non-coffee drinkers even liked the Caramel Frappuccino cupcakes.

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Matthew’s 1st Birthday!

It’s crazy to think that it was over a year ago I was posting pictures of the desserts I made for my cousin’s baby shower. For Matthew’s first birthday party, I asked my cousins’ what I could bring. They said that I could bring whatever I wanted, but they would be making an Elmo cake. I decided it was time to break out my cake pop maker (which coincidentally I hadn’t used to make cake pops since the baby shower) and make some Sesame Street cake pops to go along with his Elmo cake.

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The cake pops were funfetti cake. I bought the eyes from Wilton and used a peanut M&M for Elmo’s nose, a candy corn dipped in yellow candy melts for Big Bird’s nose, and cookie crisp cereal for Cookie Monster. They turned out great especially after my mom helped me find a great way to display them. Matthew even recognized his friends and couldn’t wait to grab one!

Birthday Pudding Shot Cupcakes

Last week I celebrated two of my closest friend’s 24th birthdays and my little brother’s 21st birthday. Instead of making 3 different cakes, I decided to make two flavors of pudding shot cupcakes and take them to the beach to celebrate with my friends, and then sent a dozen to DC with my parents when they went to visit my brother. The first type was Funfetti. I made funfetti cupcakes and filled them with a birthday cake pudding shot. The birthday cake pudding shot was made using vanilla pudding, cake vodka, cool whip, and sprinkles. For the icing, I mixed a can of funfetti icing with cool whip and topped with some more sprinkles.

The second type of pudding shot cupcake was Oreo. I started out with a basic devil’s food cake and added crushed up Oreos. I then filled it with an Oreo pudding shot (Oreo Pudding, Vodka, Cool Whip) and iced it with cream cheese icing mixed with cool whip and crushed Oreos. To finish them off I added a mini Oreo on top of each one.

The reason I mixed the cool whip with the icing, was so that it would freeze well. Due to the pudding shot center these cupcakes are best eaten frozen. In order to transport the cupcakes to DC I bought Wilton cupcake boxes. I really think they make the cupcakes look like they are professionally made!

Phillies Birthday Cake

A few weeks ago we celebrated my friend Steve’s birthday. I was put in charge of the cake. The party’s theme was the Phillies so of course I had to make a Phillies Cake.

My friend had bought sparkler candles and when it was lit it reminded us all of Citizen’s Bank Park at night.

The cake was a vanilla pound cake with strawberry mousse and lemon curd fillings and vanilla buttercream icing. It was delicious and looked great when sliced.