Friday, April 28, 2017

XoXo The Lovey Dovey Cookie Tray


This is what a tray full of love looks like!
I don't really do Valentine's Day but once upon a time Abbie teased me and said, "You should totally bake cookies for me this Valentine's Day." Yes ma'am! I was at it!
I was going to bake lots and lots of cookies for Abbie all of which would be super lovey dovey!


I usually bake with a theme in mind or for a certain special occasion. This once I was baking just casually for my lovely Abbie. No pressure for perfection and a chance to go crazy and try whatever I wanted to. I grabbed a recipe of sugar cookies and then got all the various heart shaped cookie cutters I owned out and began what was a super fun baking experience. I had nothing in mind, except that they had to be pinkish and lovey dovey. I shaded some of the cookie dough rose pink and left the rest unshaded. Then I enjoyed pairing this with that, sprinkling, cutting, shaping, molding, and even marbling the cookie dough. I was experimenting, trying some new molds out, and seeing how everything turned out. In the end I had a beautiful tray full of cookies ready for Abbie!

So pretty, so girly, and so lovey dovey!

XoXo! For the next few pictures I'm going to just show off the various cookies here and there!
Just like I had relaxed and enjoyed the baking experience, let me relax and enjoy showing off everything at random today! So loosey goosey baby ... let the beauty of these adorable cookies sweep you off your feet!

I marbled some of the cookie dough so it left some cookies two shaded. That was so pretty! Some of the cookies I covered in sugar crystals, some I only covered along the borders and others I just dusted in the middle with sugar crystals. So random and so pretty!

I even kept the size of all these cookies different. Some were tiny, some were real big, and others were somewhere in the middle. I loved loved LOVED the XoXo!

See the variety? So beautiful and so fun!

One of the techniques I experimented with was adding a colored cookie inside a white one. It turned out so cute! These cookies somehow reminded me of the hearts in the Power Puff Girls Cartoons! *laughs*

Here's another one of those double two in one cookies. This one I tried dusting with some sugar crystals to see what happened to them inside the oven! Note: they stay absolutely the same, no change, no melting, no nothing ... just pretty stuff! Oh and check out the beautiful marbled cookie!

Marbling is one of the most sophisticated effect ever. I've done it in fondant and now I did it in cookie dough and it turned out so beautiful!

There's the cookie I only dusted along the borders with the crystal sugar. So girly and so pretty!

Here's another one of my favorite two in one kind!

XoXo! You know you love me! (Ooooooops, sorry, the XoXo cookies triggered my Gossip Girl love!)

Isn't that tray looking absolutely gorgeous?
Abbie loved it! She had that amazed WOW expression on her face when I let her come and see what I'd done for her! Dozens of beautiful lovey dovey cookies for my lovey Abbie!


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Wild Jungle Safari Cake


Sometimes she's my little cat, sometimes she pretends to roar like a dinosaur, sometimes she flaps around like a ducky, and I call her my 'Mannee Bunny'. My darling baby niece Gubby is an adorable little cuddle buddy. I love her way too much to even try and express in words. When she completed two years of blessing our lives with her adorable ways we celebrated a Jungle Safari themed birthday and that's when I baked this wild cake for her!

I wanted her to LOVE the cake and point at every single thing and exclaim how awesome everything was. That's what I had in mind when I designed this cake. I used Jungle colors and ordered some Madagascar cake toppers. The cake had everything jungle on it, even grass and leaves. It looked like it belonged in the jungle!

I piped lots and lots of grass on the top of the Wild Jungle Safari Cake. On top of the grass was the zebra and giraffe. I also cut out some leaves out of green fondant and added those to the grass. I wanted it to look like a scene from a jungle and I nailed it!

I want you to notice a couple of things in this picture. First, and my favorite part: the camouflage background! FAVORITE! I blended together yellows and greens and browns and the final effect was BEAUTIFUL! All around the sides I added more green fondant leaves and along the base of the cake I piped buttercream grass. Against the sides I added the lion and the hippo cake toppers.

See see seeeeeeeee?


Loved it so much! Check out the camouflage!

A close up of one of the leaves. I'm in love with how beautiful the fondant leaves turn out!


I placed this absolutely wild cake on top of a plate with leafy designs on it and then placed the plate on top of a wooden cake board. This cake board is one of my favorites because of how classy it is and that day it fitted our theme perfectly.

Wow! That's one wild cake!

I also baked some extra cupcakes which I wrapped up in zebra print wrappers. I covered them with buttercream grass and then added a stripy black and white candle on top of each.
Wait till you see the insides!

BEAUTIFUL! Isn't it?

Funfetti cake sponges are my favorite and Gubby loves them too. She loves that pop of color all throughout the insides of the cake. That's why I baked a funfetti vanilla cake and then loaded it with chocolate frosting. You can't go wrong with chocolate! You just can't! They aren't too visible in the picture above but the filling had chunks of chocolate wafer in it too! DELICIOUS!

This cake was a perfect way to celebrate this darling's birthday. She loved it. As I type this post today, it's been a couple months since her birthday, and she still remembers the celebration and this cake. She'd still come to me and say, "Hey Beeya, member the cake with animals?" and it melts my heart. This baby doll is my life. She's the world to me and baking for her is an experience beyond explanations. When she appreciates my bakes it brings tears to my eyes. Baking for her is the best feeling ever! Ever ever everrrrrrrrrrr!


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vibrant Pink Pinwheel Cookies


My life's philosophy is all about being super bright and colorful. Colors induce happiness no matter what is happening around you. My bedroom has a lot of colors, my clothes are happy and colorful, and when I get to bake something vibrant it automatically becomes one of my favorite baking experiences. These pinwheel cookies are one such experience. They're happy, they're fun, they're colorful, they're bright, and they can bring an instant smile to your face!

They don't even need a fancy presentation, they are pretty in themselves, just like that! The swirly design is my favorite. I mean, it's genius!

The entire making and baking experience of these pinwheels is crazy awesome. I love it! I enjoy baking these so much that I'd be ready to bake up a batch whenever somebody would ask. It makes me feel so much happier and lighter - ultimate stress reliever right there!

I love them. I just simply love them. They look beautiful even in raw cookie dough form. You basically make the cookie dough, divide it into two halves, and then shade them whichever color you desire. Today I'm showing off my pink cookies. For this once I shaded them a gorgeous rose pink color. Rose pink is not the bubble gum or Barbie kind of pink; as you can see in the picture it's sort of more like a coral color. I love it! Next, you do some magic. The dough is shaped into rectangles, placed one on top of the other, and then tightly rolled up into a log. The log then goes to the fridge for chilling up - but that happens only after I've spent a good long while admiring how beautiful the cookie dough log looks. I went ahead and rolled my log in sprinkles. What this does is add a sprinkly border to the pinwheel cookie making it even more gorjabulous.

I baked two versions of this rose pink pinwheel. One I rolled up in sprinkles and made it all rainbows and sunshine. The second one I wanted to be a bit sparkly and girly. So I combined pink and purple sugar crystals and then rolled the log in them. It looked like I'd jeweled the cookies up. Seriously pretty. I'm talking real gorgeous stuff here!

See how pretty they turned out?

The sprinkles melt ever so slightly and create a pretty colorful border around the cookie. 

The crystal sugar turns out as if you've rolled your cookies in some glittery crystal mix. It's SO pretty!

This right here is a jar full of happiness. Cookies in a jar never looked so gorgeous and so pretty!
Oh and the taste. They taste like dessert. Not even kidding. I took these to college to eat as dessert after I was done with my lunch. These have an extremely vanilla flavor to them and a sweet kind of satisfaction. They're so velvety soft. It feels like you're eating a cake when you're eating a cookie. So they taste like cake but the texture is like a cookie. So you're eating cake and cookie at the same time. Get it? I think I'm going to lose my mind just talking about how absolutely delicious these babies are!

Another time when I baked the Pinwheel cookies I was hosting a Mad Hatter's tea party for Abbie's birthday. I had cupcake poppers that matched the Mad Hatter, cupcakes that were Alice In Wonderland Themed, and to match the Cheshire Cat I decided to do these pinwheel cookies. I kept the same pink and purple sugar crystal border which was SO SO SO Chesire Cat. Instead of shading the cookies rose pink this time I shaded them a bubble gum vibrant kind of pink. When done the swirly designs looked exactly like the stripes on the Cheshire Cat. It felt like if you'd pick one up and turn it over you'd see the mischievous grin shining in your face from the other side of the cookie.

I've customized these to go with an Alice In Wonderland theme. Once, and I save these for another time, I've shaded them green and yellow for another kind of theme. These are so customizable and just so pretty, I can totally imagine them being a part of any and every party theme I'd ever like to bake for. The sprinkly ones can go with rainbow themes, these can be so pretty for baby showers or gender reveals, I could totally see them shaded any color to celebrate any occasion at all - birthdays, graduations, fourth of July, this, that, EVERYTHING!


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

United States of Deliciousness ~ Patriotic Hearts and Pinwheels


Along came the fourth of July one day and I set about to bake something red, white, and blue to celebrate the United States of America. Cupcakes! The perfect sweet little lovelies that make any celebration brilliant. I baked chocolate cupcakes, piped vanilla buttercream swirls over them, and decorated them with beautiful fondant toppers in colors of red, white, and blue. My cupcake toppers were hearts and pinwheels - super cute and super pretty!

For all of my heart shaped cupcake toppers I marbled some red, white, and blue fondant and then cut out heart shapes out of it. It was beautiful! The hearts, of course, conveyed the love perfectly. My favorite part about these marbled fondant cupcake toppers was how the random mix of colors contributed to each and every heart being very unique and pretty!

See what I mean? Every single one of the hearts looked different and had a different colorful design on it. I didn't even have to do anything to achieve the variation ... so beautiful! Time to show off close ups of these pretties!

The colors were so vibrant!

Loved the faded color mixing too much!

Gorgeous, isn't it? ... and one more!

See how beautiful each heart was?

In addition to the hearts I also made these pinwheel shaped toppers. The idea had been pinned on my Sara's Bake Or Die Trying List since a while then and I was really eager to try them out. I thought these fourth of July cupcakes were the perfect occasion to try them out so I did and look at how pretty and fun they turned out to be!

For this pinwheel I chose solid colors and kept it simple and pretty!

On the other pinwheels I used some more marbled fondant to add more design and beauty. They matched the hearts too bringing together everything under a pretty patriotic theme!

Both the marbled and the plain fondant pinwheels turned out so adorable! They were gorgeous cupcake toppers - I could use these for so many more different kinds of occasions!

I embellished the pinwheels with some white pearls and they looked beautiful!


Here's a close up of the cupcake wrappers. Of course, whenever I bake up a theme I make sure every single bit of the baked creation matches. I chose red, white, and blue colored wrappers. They looked so pretty!

Yes, yes, I know I showed them off already but hey, they're so pretty I just can't get over them!

God bless America! God bless my passion for baking and cake decorating! God bless Sara's Baked Creations and all my awesomeness! Yayyyyyyyyyyy!

Oh what a beautiful batch of patriotic cupcakes! Patriotism never tasted so sweet and looked so beautiful before!


All the mouth-watering pictures in this post are original Sara's Baked Creations' content. Please have some shame and refrain from copying, recreating, and cheating without giving proper credit and mention!
Sara’s Baked Creations is on Mission Sweetness! Sara and Abbie are hobby bakers who bake for friends and family only. We are not a commercial bakery business; it gives us joy to spread smiles while enjoying sisterhood and living our passion for baking.


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