{portfolio} what a week!

This last week was probably the busiest my little business has had to date. I most definitely am not in the market to sell anything but cakes and cupcakes, but this last week I not only took on all my cakes but tackled decorated sugar cookies, lemon bars and macaroons as a favor for an old sorority sister of min. As fun as it all was, I sure have loved my down time since! There was a lot of playing at the park and Frozen watching going down today :)

First cake up to bat won’t make a photo appearance… because *I* didn’t decorate it. My husband did :) One of his friends had a birthday this past weekend and he thought it’d be funny if I made him a black fondant covered cake and let him go to town on it. I must say, he did well!

Then we have my niece’s smash cake. My sister ran across a similar cake, only in chocolate, on pinterest and asked me to whip one up for my niece’s smash cake photo shoot. Jeanne Hansen Photography did an INCREDIBLE job capturing that little cutie pie digging into her cake! Check out a sneak peek here!

The Welch Cupcakery: Sweet Pink Smash Cake

The next cake I made was for a dear friend of mine. Her church was having a women’s retreat this last weekend and she wanted a cake for a table centerpiece. The theme of their table was “Our Lifesong Sings”, from the Casting Crowns song “Lifesong”. She saw a picture of another cake I was to make last weekend and knew a variation of it would be perfect!

The Welch Cupcakery: Gold and Pink Lifesong Cake
The final order I had was for a darling 3rd birthday party: lemon bars, macaroons, sugar cookies, a two tiered cake, a one tiered cake and individually boxed cupcakes favors for the party’s littlest attendees. The boys got bowtie cupcakes and the girl’s got high heeled cupcakes. I forgot to get a picture of the lemon bars but… they look like lemon bars. Nothing fancy! Here is the lemon bar recipe I used though.

The Welch Cupcakery: Gold, Pink and Orange Cake

Crown sugar cookies! I love this recipe! Per the reviews, I added a cup of powdered sugar to them and also a tiny bit of lemon zest.  If you want to learn how to decorate them, this is a great tutorial! There are a lot of tutorials out there showing you how to outline with a thick icing and “flood” the cookie in with a thinner icing but I’ve found it leaves a border around the cookie… which isn’t bad, but I prefer them without a defined outline. The tutorial I linked above allows you to do the outline and flooding all at once with one consistency of frosting and you avoid a hard outline! Win win!

The Welch Cupcakery: Crown Cookies

The high heeled cupcakes! I’ll have to do a tutorial on these someday. Once I figured them out they were pretty easy to make (and to make sturdy!) They are basically just a cupcake, milano cookie, pirouette cookie all stuck together with chocolate and decorated with buttercream icing.

The Welch Cupcakery: High Heeled Cupcakes

Sweet little bowtie cupcakes in the party colors- I love making these!

The Welch Cupcakery: Bowtie Cupcakes

Finally the macaroons… these aren’t THE macaroons because I forgot to get any pictures of them too, but I assure you I made these :)  This is the recipe I have been using for them. I will warn you, they are TEMPERAMENTAL! There is no real set method of making them because they are so effected by humidity, heat, you name it. Just an extra turn or two of your wrist when folding the ingredients together can ruin them! So… there are hundreds of ‘tricks’ and ‘tips’ out there but when it comes down to it you just have to experiment until you figure out what works in your kitchen with your climate and your oven. This website is also a great resource for trouble shooting.

The Welch Cupcakery: Raspberry Macaroons

And that’s that! I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours is here in Iowa! Happy April!!

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{portfolio} jungle cake

Oh dear has this been a busy weekend! I turned on my oven at 7am on Friday and here I am, 30 hours later and I’ve made, delivered and set up 350 mini cupcakes as well as pulling together this sweet, three tiered jungle cake! Oof! This is my favorite time of the week though. Bring on the family time!

The Welch Cupcakery: Jungle Cake

This was such a fun cake to make! I love the patterns and how cute is that little lion? There really isn’t much out of the norm on this cake to talk about.  The bottom tier is vanilla bean, the middle is chocolate and the top is carrot.  I covered it in homemade fondant and made all the decorations out of homemade modeling chocolate.

The Welch Cupcakery: Jungle Cake

Now to go enjoy this incredible weather! Have a great weekend!!

how to construct a deer cake

I started out this cake thinking “hey, this could be cool on the blog!” and I’m gonna be honest… over the next 24 hours while making it I wasn’t awesome about getting all the photos needed… It could have been the beautiful weather distracting me, or that adorable little boy running around the house, or the fact that I just got full bangs cut on a whim and have been coming to terms with them the last couple days… regardless of the reason, you are going to need to use your imagination a bit. :) I may have a picture of two on my phone I can throw in…  Hopefully you will get the gist of the process!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

First up, I sketched out a rough deer head and chest on my 13×19 cake board (it is a REEEEEEAAAALLY rough sketch). This way I could measure out approximately what size cake pans would work the best for my customer’s serving requirements and my board size.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

I then stacked up some pans to see which would fit the best on my sketch.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

So… you’ll need to make LOTS of cake. I ended up baking a 7″ cake, a 6″ cake, two 5″ cakes, a 4″ cake, a coffee mug full of cake and a couple cupcakes. I discovered my dishes are safe in the oven up to 450 degrees, and the shape of my coffee mugs would be a perfect nose to my deer! I didn’t end up using the cupcakes, but it was nice to have extra cake, just in case.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

I started out by leveling my cakes and stacking them in a deer head and chest shape. I did this a few different ways and even shortened some of the cakes to get the shape that I wanted.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

From here I grabbed my pastry bag full of strawberry buttercream (oh. dear. don’t even get me started on the amazingness of strawberry buttercream!) and filled between the layers. I split a few cakes to make sure each cake layer was about the same thickness.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Then I threw this bad boy in the freezer for a nice long lunch break. When carving cakes it’s much easier to work with frozen cakes. You can get much cleaner cuts! Here is where the photo slacking begins… I don’t have any pictures of me carving it, but basically I just rounded out the chest, took some cake off the sides to slim down the neck, and rounded out the head. I think I even ended up taking off the top piece of the nose because it felt too tall to me.

I then did a crumb coat (a very thin, rough coat of frosting on the outside to hold in the crumbs) and threw it back in the freezer.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

While that was chilling I started in on the antlers. I took some wire and wire cutters and made a rough skeleton for the antlers. They don’t look like much now, but adding some modeling chocolate will really bring these to life! My modeling chocolate recipe comes from (surprise, surprise!) one of Jessica Harris’s craftsy classes. While this isn’t the recipe I use, this video tutorial from craftsy is an awesome reference for making modeling chocolate! My recipe is made the same way, but I use 14oz of candy melts (or 1 bag) and 3oz of corn syrup. They say to let it set overnight, but an hour is plenty of time before kneading it.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Start adding modeling chocolate to your wire and smooth it out as much as you can. The beauty of modeling chocolate is you can get rid of any seams using the heat of your hand to melt the chocolate a bit. Continue to add modeling chocolate and shape the antlers with your hands until you are satisfied with the results. I also took my fondant shell tool and scratched them up a bit.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

I was too anxious to wait for the cake to be frosted and covered in fondant to test out the antlers :) How cute would a pink deer be for a girl’s party?

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

By now, your cake should be hardened up nicely and ready to frost! I used a pastry bag and piped a layer of frosting on the whole thing and then smoothed with a small palate knife and viva paper towels until I was happy with it.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

I then coated the whole cake in a bit of shortening, to help the fondant stick and rolled out my marshmallow fondant to about 1/8 inch. I draped the fondant over the cake and slowly started smoothing it to the shape of the cake. Trim away any excess around the outside.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Carefully stick the antlers in. I used a lot of reference pictures to make sure I was putting them in the right place and wasn’t poking a bunch of unnecessary holes in it.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

 All that is left is to add in some details! The white chest and nose, the nose itself, ears and eyes.

Here I added on some modeling chocolate ears and the white piece on the chest. I decided later the chest piece was too small, so I removed it and redid it.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Here it is with the white chest fixed and the white brought up on the nose, plus the nose itself. My fondant tools have a bit of texture to their handles, so I used that to roll across the nose for some texture.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Next up: eyes. I made them out of black modeling chocolate with a white modeling chocolate backing to them. I added a small white light reflection in them and lined them with strips of black modeling chocolate to make “eye lids”.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

I also added in a metallic gold name plaque at the bottom with a birthday wish for Parker!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Lastly I whipped out the shell tool to add some ‘fur’ texture and dusted the cake, strategically, with brown petal and pearl dust. And there you have it!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Construct a Deer Cake

Have a great weekend! :)

how to create golf ball cupcakes

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Can you smell that? That’s fresh air, folks. And above zero temperatures. You remember those, right? Those temperatures that don’t freeze your lungs in their tracks? I had almost forgotten about them since Iowa turned into the Artic Tundra 2.0 the last few months. Dare I say it?  Spring is here! For today at least… Iowa is pretty fickle this time of year. But between the 60+ degree temps this weekend and making a few dozen of these cheery golf ball cupcakes, I am ready for spring!

These cupcakes intimidated me for quite a while. Those darn dimples! I couldn’t get them to save my life. But I obviously figured them out or this would be a pretty pointless tutorial :) I found the idea for them over on Cake Central. For supplies you will need:

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Scoop up 2 TBSP of crusting buttercream…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

…and dollop it on top of your cupcake.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Grab your Viva paper towels and place one in your cupped hand. Gently squish the frosting down into the palm of your hand until it is smooth and rounded. Viva paper towels have quite the reputation in the cake biz. They have such a smooth texture to them that many bakers use them to smooth out frosting (only crusting buttercreams though!) in order to achieve a very fondant-like appearance.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Set a timer for 15 minutes and let your crusting buttercream “crust”. It will have a slight shell to it once the 15 minutes is over, allowing you to create perfect dimples without the frosting sticking to your tool.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Grab your dogbone tool, or a whatever you’ve found around your kitchen to create dimples, and gently press into the frosting to create a dimple. You will do a straight line of dimples directly across the center of the cupcake.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Once your straight line is done, continue lines of dimples until the entire cupcake is covered. Each line of dimples will be offset a bit from the previous line.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Now grab your green buttercream with the grass tip and begin piping grass along the edges. The trick to a grass tip is to start out squeezing fairly firmly, to get a strong base of grass attached to the cupcake and then quickly pull away as you stop squeezing. Practice makes perfect. I almost always do a few trial runs on the back of a spatula before I use my grass tip on a finished product!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Next, roll out your fondant to approximately 1/8 inch. If I had the drive today, I would have dyed it to contrast against the white golf ball… but my son’s nap was almost over and this tutorial would not have happened if he was up! So, just pretend it is pink. Deal?

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Use your flower cutter and punch out a flower.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Take your dogbone tool and create a dimple in the center of the flower.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

Attach the flower to your cupcake…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

…and fill the flower’s dimple with yellow royal icing.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

And that’s it! Perfectly adorable golf ball cupcakes!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Create Golf Ball Cupcakes

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

And P.S. I had mentioned an Etsy shop I was starting up soon last post and wanted to share the link with you! It’s called Land of Mae and will be stocked with anything from jewelry to art to baby items. Whatever my heart desires to create that day! It is officially up and running, but my shop sold out within a few hours… so I have some work to do to fill it back up again :) But if you wanted to check it out, here it is! And here’s my facebook page!

Happy Monday!

-xo- Stacy

how to cover a cake board

You’ll have to excuse the radio silence of the last week or two. I am in the middle of a “cakecation”, which translates to a lot of family time, snuggling while watching The Lorax for the 654th time and working on my newest business endeavor, an Etsy shop, which I’m sure I’ll bring you up to speed on very soon. I did want to touch base with y’all and give you a teeny tutorial today though. I wanted to show you how I dress up my cake boards. It’s not a necessity and certainly nothing super ingenious, but it can add a bit of polish to your final cake.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

You just need some cake boards, scissors, tape and foil wrap. For a basic cake I’ll use two cake boards, if I am doing a cake with a ribbon around the edge of the board I’ll use more, depending on the thickness of the ribbon.  I recommend using a board with a diameter at least 2” bigger than your cake, but feel free to use larger ones if you want to add decorations to the board (like the pizza I had on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake). As for the wrap, you could even use wrapping paper if you wanted, just make sure you test your paper to make sure oils won’t leech into it.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

First off, apply a small bit of scotch tape to the middle of a cake board so you can attach it to your other board(s).

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

You want to crisscross the corrugated lines in the boards, to strengthen your cake board.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

And press them together.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Next roll out some foil wrap…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

…and draw around your cake boards, approximately 1”-2” from the boards.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Cut out the circle you drew.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Apply small piece of tape to the top of your cake boards…

  The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

…and stick them to the circle of foil wrap.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

You’ll now cut slits all the way around the outside of your cake boards, approximately 1/2 inch wide.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Begin folding the tabs in and taping them down, a few at a time.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Continue working around the board until all the tabs are folded in and taped down.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

And that’s it! Now you have a beautiful, polished cake board!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

Here is a picture of one in action :)

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Cover a Cake Board

I hope you’re having a great start to your March! Spring can’t come fast enough!

-xo- Stacy

{portfolio} woodland cake

The Welch Cupcakery: Woodland Cake

I have been eyeing woodland themed cakes for a while now. There is something about the “rusticness” combined with whimsical colors and characters that gets me every time, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to design one this week for Sophia’s 2nd birthday! Sophia’s momma sent me a link to the adorable invites and thank you notes they got for the party as inspiration.

woodland-thank-you-notes
(Source)

I was instantly drawn to that amazing gingham print around the outside. I have a slight gingham addiction…(as I write this post curled up with a gray gingham quilt I made my son) so I knew that had to make its way on the cake! And of course the stump adds such a beautiful, rustic element I wanted to make sure that played a role as well!

To show you a little of my creative process, this is the sketch I drew up while planning the cake…. which was not intended for any eyes but my own.   I think I stayed mostly in the lines. As you can see, many elements didn’t make it on the final cake, but that’s just how this business goes some days! Some elements just work better on paper. For example, the weight of balloon nearly pulled straight through the top tier… and there was no way a hedgehog or bird’s nest would fit on those edges! I’m so thrilled with the outcome though. Such an adorably rustic and fun cake.

The Welch Cupcakery: Woodland Cake The Welch Cupcakery: Woodland Cake

Oh! And I used homemade modeling chocolate for the first time! I’ll have to do some posts on that soon, because that stuff is AMAZING! The raccoon is made completely of it!

A big happy birthday, to the birthday girl! I hope you have a great one, Sophia!

how to make marshmallow fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Store bought fondant and I were pretty tight for a few years there. It saved me time and was easy to find. But let’s face it folks, it’s doesn’t taste the best… and it is full of stuff I can’t pronounce. And let’s not forget how expensive it is! $7 for the Wilton brand and $12 for the Satin Ice brand. That’s a lot of money to cover one small 8” cake with something people will probably just eat around!  I finally decided to try my hand at making my own, and why I waited as long as I did I’ll never know, but I am not looking back! It tastes so much better, is waaaay cheaper and you know exactly what it’s made of.

Win win win.

I got this recipe off of a class I took on Craftsy.com. If you aren’t familiar with Craftsy, it is an amazing website with a large library of video classes for anything from cake decorating to quilting to photography. Once you purchase a class, it’s yours forever and you can go back and rewatch it as many times as you want. Plus your instructors actively field questions. I’m in no way affiliated with Craftsy, I am just a very happy customer of theirs! The absolute best classes I have taken are from Jessica Harris, writer and cake decorator over on Jessicakes. This fondant recipe actually comes from one of her classes! She’s awesome folks. She is so sweet and so talented AND she personally gave me a couple links to share with you that allow you to purchase her courses for 50% OFF! These classes are so worth your money. She even shows you in a video how to make this fondant! Click on the pictures below to get the discounts!

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Marshmallow Fondant
(From Jessica Harris)

16 oz mini marshmallows
2 TBSP water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
2 TBSP light corn syrup
2 lbs powdered sugar
vegetable shortening (to grease bowls, equipment, hands and finished fondant)
gel colors (if you want colored fondant)
white food coloring (if you want pure white fondant)

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

For supplies, you will need a large microwave safe bowl, a stiff spatula and measuring spoons.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Step one: Remove intricate wedding ring… or as I call it, the Fondant Bermuda Triangle.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Liberally grease your bowl and spatula with vegetable shortening.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Pour in your 16 oz bag of marshmallows.  Double check that your bag is 16 oz. There is also a 10 oz bag and they are often jumbled together on the shelf.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Add 2 TBSP of water.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Microwave for one minute and stir.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Once stirred thoroughly, put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir again. Continue 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until your marshmallows are completely melted.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Add 2 TBSP of corn syrup. You can use 1 TBSP if you prefer, but the extra corn syrup really helps with the pliability of the fondant.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Add 1/4 tsp salt…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…1/4 tsp lemon extract…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…and 1 tsp of clear vanilla extract. You want clear extract because the brown color from a pure vanilla extract will tint your fondant.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Mix thoroughly.

If you want to color the whole batch of fondant, now would be a great time to do it.  You can always do it when you are done, but it’s much more difficult to knead color through fondant versus stirring it in now. Add gel color a tiny bit at a time until you reach your desired color. Keep in mind it will fade out a bit when you add the powdered sugar. I use Americolor gel colors as my food coloring of choice. I find them at Hobby Lobby, but they are also easily found on websites like Amazon.

This fondant will have a slight ivory tint to it, so if you are looking for pure white fondant, you will want to add a bit of white food coloring now.  I’ve tried Wilton’s and Americolor’s (both available at Hobby Lobby and Amazon) and they both have worked great.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Add approximately half of your 2 lb bag of powdered sugar…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…and mix until you can’t mix anymore.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Things are about to get messy. Push up those sleeves! Dump the remainder of your powdered sugar onto the counter…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…and create a hole for the marshmallow mixture.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Pour (or dump… mine is a little thicker than it normally is at this stage) the marshmallow mixture into the powdered sugar

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Clean off your spatula so you have all of the marshmallow mixture piled on the powdered sugar.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Pull the powdered sugar into your marshmallow mixture to begin kneading, working form the outside in.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Knead…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…and knead…

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

…and knead until the fondant is firm and most of the powdered sugar is incorporated. Liberally coat your hands in vegetable shortening and knead the fondant until it is smooth and shiny.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Optional: Clean up workspace and go get your sweet boy up from his nap. He will think he wants the fondant for his snack, but he doesn’t. He wants peanut butter crackers and a sippy of water. Trust me.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Tear off a bit of plastic wrap to wrap up the fondant while it cools.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Rub the fondant with a thin coat of vegetable shortening to prevent it from sticking to the plastic wrap.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Optional: Admire your adorable audience

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Wrap up the fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Flip it over and wrap it again. We don’t want any air getting to it!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

And that’s it!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

You may now replace your intricate wedding ring.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Make Marshmallow Fondant

Let the fondant cool for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight, before using. You can store it, wrapped air tight, for a few weeks.

Click the HERE for the printable recipe.

-xo- Stacy

how to create a marble cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

I’ve always considered marble cakes a specialty bakery item. I mean, how could a simpleton like me make something so intricately crafted? Well… turns out I can make it. And it’s easy. Reeeeeeally easy. Like, I can make it with a toddler hanging off one leg chucking goldfish at me while dropping toys on my toes repeatedly. Because that happens frequently around these parts.

(True Life: I have a home bakery and a toddler)

To start out, grab some greased cake pans, two large spoons and a knife. I was making two layered cakes, so I have four cake pans, but you can easily get by with one or two.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

You can use any two batters you choose. I personally like the classic chocolate and vanilla marble cake… because I have wild tastes. I once had a Starbucks Batista make fun of me for taking 10 minutes to settle on “Vanilla Latte”. Like I said, wild. But you could dream up all kinds of exciting combinations! A Neapolitan cake using chocolate and strawberry batter, frosted in vanilla buttercream? A strawberry lemonade cake using strawberry batter and lemon batter? Vanilla cake marbled with vanilla cake frosted in vanilla buttercream? Yeah, that’s more my style.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

First up, visually divide up your cake pan into quarters.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Next up, get pouring! Alternate your batter flavors around the pan in quarters, like so.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Switch which flavor is in which quarter and work your way around the pan again.

 The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Continue working your way around the pan until it is about 2/3 full. It doesn’t have to be pretty, folks!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Now for the real fun! Grab your knife and begin running it back and forth starting from the top of your pan and working to the bottom. Don’t overdo it or you will lose the marble effect!

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Now you are going to run your knife up and down, perpendicular to your last lines. Work from one side to the other.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

When you are done it will look a little something like this. Gorgeous, right?

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Repeat with your remaining cake pans.

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

Pop them into a 350 degree oven until they spring back to the touch, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

And that’s it! Just frost it, cut yourself a big slice, Instagram it (optional) and enjoy!

-xo- Stacy

The Welch Cupcakery: How to Marble a Cake

“where the wild things are” cake topper tutorial

I love to personalize my cakes in special ways and what better way to personalize a cake than to put your own little peanut’s mug on it?! I first saw this over on And Everything Sweet and thought it was such an adorable idea! I gave it a try last fall for my cousin’s little guy and boy. was. it. cute!

The Welch Cupcakery: Where the Wild Things Are Cake Topper Tutorial

It just takes a little computer know how, scissors, a glue stick and some packing tape.  Since the cake above is long, long gone, I’m recreating the cake topper with my own sweet little boy’s picture.

First you need to find a picture of Max. You can scan your copy of Where the Wild Things are or find the same photo online. Either way, just save the photo to your desktop.

I use Microsoft Publisher for all my design elements. It’s like the poor man’s photoshop… Or the photoshop illiterate man’s photoshop (raises hand). I pride myself in my ability to MacGyver photoshop elements with my cheapo software. It’s kind of my super power.  I know some of these screen shots are hard to read, but you can click on any of them to enlarge them.

Note: If you don’t have Publisher, don’t fret! It may take some trial and error with printing different sizes of your child’s photo, but you should be able to swing it! Go ahead and print the Max picture whatever size you’d like it and try to get a picture of your child printed where their face is about 20% the size of Max.  So if your Max is 6”, you’ll want your child’s face to be about 1.25”. Also, keep in mind you can flip your photo orientation using simple photo editing programs, like Microsoft Picture Manager, if your child is facing the wrong direction.

If you do have Publisher, first open up a new document. You’re now going to insert a picture, using the ‘picture’ button circled below.

The Welch Cupcakery: Where the Wild Things Are Cake Topper Tutorial

Add your picture of Max and crop it down as close to Max as you can.

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I liked Max walking to the right, so I flipped the image horizontally.

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You can now resize it to fit your cake. For a 6” cake, I think I made it about 4” tall. Just change the height of the item to 4″ in the top field I have circled and hit enter. It should auto size the width to keep it in proportion

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Now add a picture of your little darling the same way we added Max’s picture and crop down as close to his/her face as you can.

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Flip the image if necessary.

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I then zoomed way in and tried to match the angle of Max’s face with my little guy’s face using the little green dot on the top of his photo.

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Having the same angle on their faces is helpful when sizing your child’s photo because you can then drag your child’s photo on top of Max’s in Publisher but still see Max behind it, allowing you to compare their face sizes. If you let go of your child’s photo it will become opaque again, hiding Max’s face. Simply drag it away from Max, let go, and drag it back over his face, not letting go. You can study the size difference, resize it, overlay them again, resize them, overlay them again… you get the point. Just keep sizing and angling your photo until your little one’s eyes, nose and mouth line up as closely with Max’s as possible.

And yes, I am oh so aware of how creepy it looks…

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Once it is all lined up just drag your little one’s face to Max’s side and print! I chose to print mine onto 110lb cardstock for stability.

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Once you’ve printed your pictures, simply cut them out.

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Lay your little darling’s face over Max’s to get an idea of where his crown would rest.

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Draw a line where you need to trim your babe’s face.

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And trim. (…just feels wrong, doesn’t it?)

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Check your work and repeat on the sides of the face. Keep trimming until their face fits nicely inside Max’s hood.

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Glue your little one’s face onto Max’s.

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Now we just need to laminate it so that the oils in your frosting won’t wick up your topper. Just line one side with packing tape.

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And then the other.

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Trim the excess tape off and you’re done! Between the cardstock and the packing tape it will have enough stability to stand upright in your frosting.

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Happy Rumpus’ing!