Thursday, February 25, 2010

My BIGGEST BABY turns NINE and Pikachu Cupcakes

I don't mean that in a condecending way.  Christopher is such a big guy (and he loves to be called, "Big Guy"), but he is still the one who loves to snuggle up and endearingly calls me, "Mama."  I love this boy and I want all the best for him - he is SO capable!
He asked me to make Pikachu (Pokemon) cupcakes for his school class party.  It was so much fun, and I've had several people ask how I did them, so I promised a small tutorial on the blog - and Christopher checks to see if he's on here, so he will love this!  LOVE YOU, BUDDY!
30 cupcakes
Buttercream Frosting (dyed yellow, see recipes below)
30 large gumdrops (halved)
30 small gumdrops, red (halved)
60 large milk chocolate chips (Guittard)
60 candy corns
Black writing gel

Place 2 large, halved gumdrops on sides of cupcake for cheek mounds

Frost over gumdrops

Completely frosted

Place 2 small red halved gumdrops on top of cheek mounds for actual cheeks

Place 2 chocolate chips face-down for eyes

Put 2 candy corns above eyes for horns

Lay cupcakes out on cookie sheets to "draw" mouth and nose on
This can be done with black food gel or by dying a small amount of the buttercream frosting black and piping it on with a pastry bag (or Ziploc work great too)!

Completed Pikachu's

Cute baby looking on...

They were a hit!

Happy Birthday, Big Guy
Remember WHO You Are!

Perfect Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Canned milk to consistency
pinch of salt
Food coloring or Gel Food Colors (HIGHLY recommended!)

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla.  Add salt and canned milk while blending to desired consistency (thicker for frosting cakes, thinner for writing).  I made a double batch for these cupcakes.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Baby James

This precious baby was an absoute joy to photograph!

I just couldn't get enough of his amazing baby blues (so clear at such a young age), and those INCREDIBLY KISSABLE LIPS!

How cute is this diaper cake? Her friend made it for the baby shower - SO creative!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

The beautiful Valentine roses that have adorned our table...can you smell them?

I hope your Love Day was great!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Beautiful Family

This past Sunday was my adorable nephew, Grayson's, blessing.

His father gave him a beautiful blessing, surrounded by his Uncles, Papa and Bishopric.

My sister-in-law asked me to snap some family photos of the special day.

I love this family shot.

Daddy and Corbin

Cooper and Corbin

All 3 boys

The two responsible for such adorable boys!

Last family shot

Monday, February 8, 2010

My babiest baby turned ONE!

I tell all my kids that they will always be my babies. With Zeke being the youngest (and probably last), I jokingly call him my BABIEST baby. We'll see how long I get to call him that!
Zeke b-day party 2-13-10 (9) Bupper face
Before his cupcake

Zeke b-day party 2-13-10 (96) Hand raised bw
Pick me! I'm the Birthday Boy!!

Zeke b-day party 2-13-10 (13) Looking at cupcake with Cooper
Watching with anticipation, his cousin gets in on the action...

Zeke b-day party 2-13-10 (37) cupcake in hand
The perfect cupcake!

Zeke b-day party 2-13-10 (29) with cupcake bw

Bring on the mess!

I love this little guy OH SO MUCH!