Thursday, July 24, 2014

I've Been Featured on

Last Friday I was featured on Pin Me on Diana Rambles (the amazing blog designer who did my blog, like it check her out).  This is the 2nd party she has featured of mine, it makes me so happy when one of my parties is featured.


Caden's Snack Bar was featured

Check out the whole Despicable Me Party I did if you would like.


My Motto for life ... LOL

Most of you know by know I'm a sucker for a themed party and bring an amazing cake.  I posted this awhile back on Facebook and forgot to share it here.  I love Julia and this quote sums up my motto for life ... teehehe.  I am usually that crazy person that shows up to meeting with something good to eat.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cakes for Charity ... Princess Castle Cake

Next on my list for Birthday Dreams was a Princess themed party.  I found a Princess Castle Cake on Single Mormon Mommy. This was a pretty simple cake to make, I did put a little more frosting then I normally would when I put fondant on.  The little girl requested extra frosting. 

For this cake, you’ll need
- A cake mix (ALEXIS NOTE: I made my own - see recipe below)
- A can of frosting (ALEXIS NOTE: I made my own - see recipe below)
- 4 Ice-cream cups
- 4 Ice cream cones
- Pink icing that comes in a tube (ALEXIS NOTE: I Made Pink Fondant)
- Cotton Candy for the clouds (ALEXIS NOTE: I skipped this part)
- Pillow mints for the castle “stones” 
(ALEXIS NOTE: I skipped this part)
- Toothpicks
- Paper or pink fondant (ALEXIS NOTE: I made Brown Fondant window and door. For Flags I used Birthday ones I picked up at Hobby Lobby)
To make it easy to get the cakes out whole, you might want to line the bottoms of the pan with cut-to-size parchment paper. We actually used regular paper and just greased it. (ALEXIS NOTE: I use Cake Release it works every time!)
After giving both cakes a good crumb coating (How? Microwave about 1/3 cup frosting for 5 seconds & spread a thin layer over everything to keep crumbs at bay) put the square cake on the serving tray and the loaf cake on top, right across the center. If your loaf was a little too long for the square you can safely take a slice right out of the middle, push the ends together, and hold them in place with toothpicks. (ALEXIS NOTE: I used too much frosting due to the request for extra frosting.)
Then cut out out windows door and flags. Be sure the flags are cut on the fold so they’ll wrap around a toothpick. You can “glue” them onto the top of a toothpick using a little icing. To mount the flags, you’ll need to slice the ends off 5 sugar cones, making a hole just wide enough to hold a toothpick. (ALEXIS NOTE: I made some brown fondant and cut the windows and door.  I also made a few pink fondant balls to add a little something special to the cake.)
Now you just need to mount your flags and add your windows and doors. Add pillow-mint key stones and whatever other decorations you like. (ALEXIS NOTE: I skipped the mints.)
ALEXIS NOTES: I used my Sturdy Buttercream Frosting and Rolled Buttercream Fondant.  To get the right Pink I used Americolor Electric Pink Gel food color.

For the Cake I used The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe found on Add a Pinch (See the recipe and pictures below)

  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  3. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  4. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

You don't have to bake to help Birthday Dreams, please check them out.
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cakes for Charity ... Pirate Ship Cake

My first cake for Birthday Dreams was a Pirate Ship Cake for a homeless kid.  I saw this cake on a blog hop from Suburban Wife City Life a few days before I volunteered and guess what cake the little boy wanted yup a Pirate Cake.  Perfect and it was really pretty easy to make, love when God leads me that way. 

Supplies Needed:  
3- boxes of cake mix (I made my own cake mix see link below)
3- containers of icing (I made my own frosting see link below)
Cardboard (Alexis Note- I used a Large Cake Board)
Chocolate chips (Alexis Note - I used Wilton Candy Melts in Yellow and Brown)
1- Dowel rod
Making the Cake:

We mixed 2 cake mixes together and used a 9 x 13 and filled it with 3/4 of the mix.  Then filled a loaf pan with the remaining batter.  We used an additional mix for a 9 inch round pan.  Splitting 1/2 and 1/2.  Note:  Make the cakes earlier in the day so they have time to cool.  

ALEXIS NOTES: I'm not a fan of box cake so I made my favorite Yellow Cake.

Cutting the Cake:
Take your rectangle cake and make cut to make the shape of the bow of the ship.  I used the round cake and cut it into a triangle for the front of the ship.  For the back of the ship I took the loaf pan shape and trimmed to fit.  Frost the whole cake, now I used frosting so I didn't put a lot of frosting on.  I used my Sturdy Buttercream Frosting and my Rolled Buttercream Fondant.  I made the fondant black using AmeriColor Black Food Gel.  I rolled it out and covered the 3 cakes. 

Chocolate Railing and back:
We heated up in a double boiler (a bottom pot with water and a top pot with the chocolate) some chocolate chips, with a little vegetable oil to thin it out.
We measured where the railings would be so we would know exactly how tall and long we would need.
Place the chocolate in a plastic baggie, snip one corner and pipe out the railings and back.   

ALEXIS NOTES: For the chocolate I took chocolate melts and melted them in the microwave.  I used a tape measure to measure how long I would need each strip and railings, made a marks on a piece of wax paper.  For the back I Made a half Circle.  After you let it dry then you can add it to the cake.  Since I used Fondant I had to use a little frosting to attach.  I used a wood dowel and printed off some pirate flags from Paging Supermom. I added a little personal touch's like some chocolate Bones and Skulls.  I then cut a hole in the center and added some gold coins to look like a pirate chest in the cake.  Don't worry if your cake breaks like mine did use a little frosting like glue :).

Not bad for my first big cake.  
Next time It will be cleaner but I thought it turned out cute.

You don't have to bake to help Birthday Dreams, please check them out.
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cakes for Charity ... Olaf Cake

Some of you follow me on FB and know I love a Charity called Birthday Dreams, they bring birthdays to homeless kids.  I've been so excited to be able to bring a kid a birthday cake. And you know me and my themes, so this is right up my alley.

This was actually the 3rd cake I made for them, but he was so cute I had to share him first.  I found this idea for a Olaf Cake on Fun Finds for Family.  It was so simple for the template I printed out the Olaf template on The Sensible Mom.  Blow up the image to fit the size of cake you would like.

The little girl who requested Frozen as her themed asked for confetti cake.  NOW most of you know me and I HATE box mixes and avoid if I can.  I found Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake on Sallys Baking Addiction.

First Make your Cake I made 2 LARGE round cakes.



  • 1 and 2/3 cup (210g) all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt  (plain or vanilla; or greek yogurt; or sour cream)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk (cow's milk; or soy milk; or almond milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles (not nonpareils)

Then to make your olaf cake:


  • Creme-filled cookies
  • Miniature creme-filled cookies
  • Chocolate licorice
  • Orange frosting
  • Black frosting
  • Buttercream frosting (preferably, the easiest homemade buttercream frosting ever)
  • 1 box of cake mix


*Note: Leave yourself enough time. When making a homemade cake like this, I start at least 24 hours before I need to present it. This allows time to freeze the cakes before decorating, which is one key ingredient to pulling these together.
1. Bake your cake mix, according to instructions. Use your mix to make two 8-inch round cakes.
2. Allow cakes to cool.
3. Freeze cakes, preferably overnight.
4. Make your Olaf template. I used a Frozen worksheet (see below) that we found at our local library. I traced the Olaf head onto a blank piece of paper. Then (just eyeballing it), I made that traced head slightly larger – large enough to cover one 8-inch round cake.
5. Once satisfied with your Olaf cake template, take your cake out of the freezer and place template on top. Using a sharp knife and small cuts, carefully cut around your template to shape the cake. Remember to go slowly… it’s tougher to add cake back on than it is to cut a bit more off.
6. Put cakes back in the freezer.
7. Mix your buttercream frosting.
8. First, spread your cakes with the buttercream frosting.
9. Refreeze frosted cakes while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
10. Here’s what I used:
  • For eyes: Half of a creme-filled cookie for each eye. Use a mini creme-filled cookie for the inside of the eye.
  • For nose: Dollop of orange frosting
  • For mouth: Black frosting mixed with our white buttercream frosting to make a charcoal grey. Tip: We made a separate template for his mouth. We cut the inside of the mouth out, set it on top of the cake and spread our frosting in the middle, using that template like a stencil. When we pulled our stencil, this gave us a sharper edge all around.
  • For tooth: I didn’t want to spend money on fondant for such a small piece. This was a little tough, but I gently scraped the inside of a creme-filled cookie and called it a tooth.
  • For buttons: Creme-filled cookie. Use just half the cookie – or the full.
  • For eyebrows: Chocolate licorice
  • For hair: Chocolate licorice
  • For arms: Chocolate licorice
ALEXIS NOTES: For the nose I took a ice cream cone broke it down to the size I wanted and frosted orange.  For the mouth, eyebrows and inside eye I used black fondant (cut it in the shapes I wanted).  For Tooth I built up my frosting to look like a tooth.  Buttons I used York Mint Patties.  I used my favorite Sturdy Buttercream Frosting that holds up and taste so YUMMY.

You don't have to bake to help them, please check them out
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What have I been up to?

I think Rick may be right (just don't tell him I said so).  I took on a little too much the last few weeks.  Between Caden's party, then 4th of July and then me just over volunteering.  BUT I wouldn't change it for a minute!

What has been happening here:

Mickey Mouse Cake for Charity
Birthday Dreams

For the sister of the little brother I did Mickey Mouse cake I made
Barbie Cupcakes for Charity
Birthday Dreams

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars
made for the workers at the Boys & Girls Club

We also served at the mission doing chalk art with the homeless kids

We bought the new flooring for the whole house!

We've been hit with a heat way of temps over 95
So we went to my parents house a few times to swim and cool off

And I hit the gym!
down 20 of the 40 I gained back!!
Keep the good prayers coming

And we did some swim lessons

And I'm a little exhausted now ... lol

If you're looking for great charities to support. 
Please look into Birthday Dreams
Both of these two help so many and do it with so little money!

Hope you all have a GREAT Weekend.

We plan to have movie night Saturday with my bestie's family
Then NOTHING is planed!

ON our plan for the Movie:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Heat Wave and Coffee

Yes I am one of those crazy people that love coffee all year round.  Currently we are getting a heat wave and I'm dying working from home in a house with no AC.  BUT would you think I would do ice coffee ... no way I'm all about the hot coffee.  Yes I'm sitting in my leather chair sweating and drinking my coffee in my happy place.

LOL Hope you all are staying cool in this weather.  A funny for us  hot coffee drinkers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Despicable Me Birthday ... Squid Launcher's & Welcome Sign

And as promised we are finishing up our Despicable Me Party.  These last two items were so simple but pulled the party together.  

We start with a Welcome Sign, I found this idea on Somewhere in the Middle.  She has some great party items on this post you have to check out.

I made a sign with Gru (see below a link to the printables I used)

What You Need:
White Card Stock
Photo Frame (BOGO at Hobby Lobby)

And we end with Squid Launchers!  I found this cool idea on Precious Moments with The Morrow Family.   I searched for a while and found the perfect orange squirt guns on Ebay.  I have seen some at Dollar Tree but I didn't have luck of course when I need them.

What You Need:
Orange Squirt Guns
White Card Stock
Photo Frame (BOGO at Hobby Lobby)

What you need:

At the Party:
Yes that is rain not water from the guns

My Despicable Me Printables I put together click HERE.

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Despicable Me Birthday ... Box of Shame

This was the EASIEST thing of the party I made.  YUP the highlight of the party is the one thing that took me about 2 minutes to MAKE!  NOW finding the box was the hardest part!  I went on search a large box like a stove or something but no luck and none of my friends had one they could give to me either. 1 day (YES ONE DAY) before the party I stopped at Cash and Carry and saw this box for cups and asked if I could have it and they were like sure! Phew God love them!

What you Need:
Box (Garment Size would be best, Mine was too short)
Razor Blade

Take a razor blade (or scissor) and cut a hole for the face to show.  Then take your sharpie and write Box of Shame!  BAM done!

My Despicable Me Printables I put together click HERE.

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Despicable Me Birthday ... Minion Bucket

I promise this is the last week of the party goodies!  LOL I just had so many things I made that I had to break them up in all these post .. I know I just can't help myself.

Next on my list is a Minion Bucket that I made, after the party I carefully cleaned it out and now it hold toys and lego's in Caden's room.  I found this idea on Hoyby Crafts, her's was done in felt.  I did mine with heavy card stock using my Cricut (Personal Electronic Cutting Machine) and my George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.

What you Need:
Yellow Bucket (found at Dollar Tree)
Googly Eyes
Heavy Card Stock - Black, White, Grey and Red

I cut the circles for the eyes (Large Grey, Medium White and Small Black).  I cut a large strip of black to make the eye strap.  I cut a moon for the mouth in black.  Ovals in white for the teeth, cut them in half to make teeth. Red round oval turned sideways for the tongue.  Black rectangles for the hair.  I then took my hot glue gun to glue all the pieces onto the bucket.

My Despicable Me Printables I put together click HERE.

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

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