Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Emoji Themed Party ... Poop Cupcakes

One More Cupcake to show from the Emoji party. I know some think the Poop emoji is gross but when you have a 9 year old's party of course the poop emoji was a must. I found several ideas and found just created what I thought would be cute.
 
What you need:
Cupcake
Frosting (tint brown)
Gel Food Color Brown (AmeriColor)
Candy Eyes
Marshmallow (cut into smiles)
 
I use gel food coloring because it's the least messy and love the color it comes out. I turned my frosting brown and piped it on in swirl. I added some candy eyes and cut some marshmallows to look like the smiles. Done! YUP that easy! I also found Emoji Cupcake Liners on Amazon. A WEEK after this party Hobby Lobby had a whole emoji themed party isle .. yup that is my life.

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Emoji Themed Party ... Emoji Cookies / Cupcake Toppers

Back on Emoji party items made. I love to make cookies with royal icing, this has become me new obsession. I also have found sugar cookies make for GREAT cupcake toppers. I make enough cookies to be on a cookie tray and then some to go on top of cupcakes for a double sugar dose of goodness!



What you Need:
Sugar Cookies cut into circles (see my fav sugar cookie recipe below)
Royal Icing in Yellow, Red, Blue & Black (recipe below)
AmeriColor Gel Food Coloring Yellow, Red, Blue & Black (to dye Icing)
Pipping Bag
Red Heart Sprinkles (large size - For eyes and Kisses)
Candy Eye's 
Red Edible Marker 

Tint your Royal Icing to the perfect shade of yellow. I use the dipping method with my royal icing. I started to do this about 6 months ago to speed up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). Once you dip the top of the cookie you tap off the extra icing and then you let dry! Once dry you can add your details. I like to do my cookies the night before to give plenty of time for the icing to harden. I took a plastic piping bag and added the details with Red, Blue and Black royal icing. I have found in the past making this a little thicker than your outlining consistency is best if not they run together and you get a cyclops (which kids think are cool but not the look I was going for). 

I googled Emoji images and then copied the different faces onto the cookies. With a piping bag I drew on the faces (on the dried yellow). I added hearts for some eyes, hearts for a kiss, the red marker was used for tongues and rosy cheeks and candy eyes to others. Some of the cookies went on a cookie tray the others I placed on top of a frosted cupcake.

 


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

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Almost Halloween ... Time to find the best costume

With a little pleading ... Ok maybe a full on mom tantrum Caden agreed to  let me make his Halloween costume. YES it's going to probably cost me more then the $20 grim reaper costume he wanted. BUT I know he's getting the age where he won't let me do this. So after some serious talking he agreed. But come on how cool is this costume? It's an optical illusion and I just know will be a HUGE hit!
 
I found this Jet Pack Illusion Costume
Now to find exact instructions on how to make! 
 
 
Here are the costumes we've made in the past:
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Emoji Themed Party ... Emoji Marshmallow Pops & Emoji Babybel Cheese

And back to the Emoji party! Here is a simple and easy fun item to make for an Emoji party.  I saw on Pinterest several different versions of this so I don't know the original creator, forgive me if you did give credit.
 
 
What you Need:
Marshmallows (I used Large but you could even use jumbo)
Yellow Candy Melts
Candy Writable Markers
Lollipop Sticks
 
Melt the candy melts, I do mine for 2 minutes in the microwave. Be-careful so you don't burn them, I've done this before! Stick on end of the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and insert into the marshmallow. Once it has harden up dip the marshmallow into the yellow chocolate. Let them dry on some wax paper. Once they are dry take your writable marker and draw on the faces. And bam done!
 
Also in the picture you will see the Babybel Cheese's that we took out of the outer wax casing. Take the same writable markers to draw on the faces. Easy and fun, these were gone first.
 

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Emoji Themed Party ... Emoji Cupcakes (Modeling Chocolate Toppers)

Back to the Emoji party I go .. Before school ended last year I made cupcakes for Caden's classmates. His party was a few weeks out and we didn't them to forget when summer had begun. I had my husband take these to the school to surprise him. Caden thought I was making cupcakes for the charity I volunteer for.
 

What you Need:
Modeling Chocolate Yellow (See Recipe at the bottom)
Circle cookie Cutter
Black Gel Pen / Or Black Food Marker (I haven't had the best luck with them on modeling chocolate so I used the pen)
Red Gel Pen / Or Red Food Marker
Pink Gel Pen / Or Pink Food Marker
Candy Eye's
Frosted Cupcakes

I made yellow modeling chocolate and then rolled it out and cut out circles. I searched a few emoji faces and tried to copy them onto the circles. I attached them onto the frosted cupcakes and done! I was getting ready to head to Boston for work so I didn't have a ton of time to make them fancy, but I knew I would make fancy ones for the party.


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

Modeling Chocolate
12oz Candy Melts
1/4 Cup light corn Syrup

Melt your Candy Melts in microwave (mine takes about 2 minutes). Stir them to become smooth and add the corn syrup.  It will become thick and form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit out and dry.  Takes a few hours or over night is best. (Alexis note: I found to roll this out use a little powder sugar (like you would do with flour), also you have to kneed it a little like you would dough to make it easy to roll out).

Sunday, September 11, 2016

End of Summer Party ... Lobster Cookies (Royal Icing)

Another quick break from the Emoji party to show off a fun cookie I made for our End of the Summer Party this past weekend. I had this Lobster Cookie Cutter for watermelon lobsters at a previous summer party. I was trying to find fun cookies to make for our party and then I remembered this cookie cutter. I just LOVE how they turned out. NOW when they got to the party they were a little broken since my pre-teen decided to toss the box into the car! Yes I almost cried after several hours of work on these little guys!


What you Need:
Sugar Cookies cut into Lobsters (see my fav sugar cookie recipe below)
Royal Icing in Red & Black (recipe below)
AmeriColor Gel Food Coloring Red & Black (to dye Icing)
Pipping Bag

Tint your Royal Icing to the perfect shade of red. I use the dipping method with my royal icing. I started to do this about 6 months ago to speed up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). Once you dip the top of the cookie you tap off the extra icing and then you let dry! Once dry you can add your details. I like to do my cookies the night before to give plenty of time for the icing to harden. I took a plastic piping bag and added the black royal icing and made the eyes.  I have found in the past making this a little thicker than your outlining consistency is best if not they run together and you get a cyclops (which kids think are cool but not the look I was going for). At first I went for just adding eyes, I tested with a few lines of red but wasn't sure. I let that dry and came back and liked it so I went and added that to rest of the lobsters.


Lobsters on the table
(with a few broken arms thanks to my son .. ugh)

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

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

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