So I admit it, I am way behind - especially since it's been a busy busy cupcaking month!! :)
To catch up going to do a quick month-in-review highlight post...starting with the 200 Bee-Hive cupcakes my friend Christy and I decorated for my church's vacation Bible School the first week of August. I say we decorated them as folks from the church actually baked the cupcakes for us - which was awesome! As much as I love baking - for me really the fun part of cupcaking is the decorating! :) However, eventhough we only did the frosting, it was still quite the project! We did most of the cupcakes in simple "bee-hive" frosting topped with a sugar paste bee from my favorite baking shop in Western PA (my mother-in-law was sweet enough to priority mail 150 bees to me at the last minute!) In addition did two dozen bee cupcakes with marshmallow wings and chocolate frosted stripes as well as a dozen mini-hives with frosted doors. All in all, think they turned out pretty well and all the kids seemed pretty excited to end the week of VBS with a cupcake ceremony! Was simply a buzzzzzzzzzzing good time!
The Bee Cupcakes Buzzing around!
The Bee-Hive's coming to life!
Christy finishing our set-up...not quite cupcakes wars but not bad!
And the final ensemble...ready for the kiddos! (yes I have icing all over my shirt :)
Kellan trying to steal Ethan's name-tag during the opening ceremony. Then hanging out with his fav bible-school buddy Sarah later in the week. Such a fun week!
After the crazy week of Bible-school I had every intention of laying low on the cupcake front for a few weeks...however since the folks from church made all of the cupcakes I ended up with an extra 6 dozen frozen in the fridge as I had started to bake the week ahead just in case Christy and I needed to bake and decorate the cupcakes for VBS - so I couldn't just let them stay frozen - could I?? :) :)
Well, turns out that having frozen cupcakes in the freezer is really a dangerous thing for me...First up was Chad's birthday! Since he is a definite car guy (being that he works at Porshe :) I decided to do fun fancy car cupcakes for him...Porshe, BMW, and Audi. Then when Jeremy saw me working on the car-cakes (which he found amusing as I kept googling the logos online and then standing in front of the computer icing the cupcake while looking at the logo :) he challenged me to do jeep ones too. I told them they didn't really fit with my fancy foreign car theme but he pointed them out that they did fit in with the one of Chad's favorite car theme so he won and we ended up with jeep ones too :)
Close up of the jeep cupcakes Jeremy peer-pressured me into making!
Hmmm...maybe I need to start making cupcakes for car dealerships :)
All packed up and ready for Chad's Birthday celebration!
And earlier that day...the Birthday boy with some of his fav little guys!
The day after Chad's Birthday made some random cupcakes for a meeting at work. The fun thing about these ones (as I realize they aren't that fancy :) is that I snuck home at lunch time after Kellan's 9month doctors appointment and made these because a few guys who were in from Europe gave me a hard time - saying they had heard about my cupcakes and were dissapointed not to get to try them, etc. Of course what they didn't realize is that I took this as a challenge and felt the need to decorate cupcakes quick for my afternoon meeting with them. So since I had the cupcakes in the freezer and hard yellow and black icing left from the porshe cupcakes from Chad's birthday cupcakes I threw them together and waa-laa Pittsburgh cupcakes :) Not that I meant to really make PIttsburgh cupcakes, but being a Pittsburgh girl, anything black and gold is instantly a Pittsburgh thing! :) In any case think the cupcakes made their trip from Europe worthwhile ;-) haha. Okay so maybe it was really their productive and effective meetings all week that made the trip valuable - but I am guessing they will at least remember my meeting the most!
The random and quick (GO Pittsbugh) cupcakes for work...
Then with the last 2 dozen cupcakes I made UVA cupcakes for Pat who finished his UVA masters program last month! Quite the accomplishment for him (and his awesome wife who was super duper supportive of his endeavors - especially since she also works and they have an engergetic and on the go almost 2 year old son!) In anycase, since the day of his last presentation was a Concert Friday thought UVA cupcakes would make a great concert treat. And since I ended up home late that morning waiting on the treadmill doctor to install my new deck and belts on my treadmill (guess I ran too hard on the last one as was completely cracked in half...oops :) it was the perfect time to throw the cupcakes together! You will note that there are only 12 in the picture but that is because I tried this new spray on "color mist" on the cupcakse which is actually kind of cool, but I didn't like how they looked for the UVA cupcakes - so these ones also went to work (yes I am quickly making new friends at my new office - they are all about "mess-up" cupcakes).
The UVA Cupcakes already for the concert!
Packed up in the wagon...waiting for Pat to get to the concert too!
My favorite boys on the way to the concert...LOVE (and miss!) SUMMER FRIDAYS!
Aww such a fun summer...can't believe it's over already. Here is the last set of summer cupcakes - the sun and swimming bear ones I had been wanting to make all summer. I saw a picture of these while researching the bride-groom cupcakes I did for the shower earlier this year and LOVED them. Finally, to add to the fun of a weekend at the beach with my favorite Lafayette girls I had the excuse to make them. Since my freezer stock was empty I had to bake some new ones - but did simple vanilla ones again with vanilla frosting (my favorite :). The exciting part of these cupcakes was that they were half smiley suns - just like I used to draw them when I was little with sunglasses and half blue water icing with swimming teddy grahms in gummy life-savers. Oh and I actually did use the blue "spray-on" mist food coloring that I didn't like on the UVA cupcakes and it was PERFECT for creating water and way easier then making blue and white icing and then trying to evenly put both the blue in white in one icing bag to give the mixed blue/white look of water. Instead I simply frosted the cupcakes in the white icing and then sprayed the blue on lightly so some of the white still showed as well- SO EASY. YAY! :)
BEACH TIME! :)
Sunshine cupcakes for a sunny weekend at the beach!
Poolside cupcake service...doesn't get much better then this!
Okay...well that gets me somewhat caught up. Going to do my best to keep catching up...still have firetruck and baby rattle cupcakes from the past two weeks to come - but have to get to bed tonight. Have another busy work and running and cupcaking week or rather month ahead - going to be a fun but busy fall! :)