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Birthday – Girl

Heart Shaped Birthday Cake with Strawberry Gelatin

A heart cake pan is a useful piece of equipment to have in the kitchen. You can make any cake in a heart cake pan, as well as gelatin recipes, pies and more. You might even want to buy a pair of heart shaped cake pans, so you can make layer cakes. If you are looking for heart shaped cake decorating ideas, why not make this delicious strawberry gelatin topped heart shaped birthday cake?

The cake is a white cake mix, and then you frost it with a sour cream, whipped cream and powdered sugar mixture, poke holes in it to let the strawberry gelatin sink through and decorate the top with strawberry gelatin, homemade frosting flowers and desiccated coconut. The frosting can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for up to three months. It takes a bit of practice to make roses out of frosting so you might want to buy some cake decorations instead of making them. There are lots of creative heart shaped cake decorating ideas. You might like to use silver balls, meringues, fresh fruit or chocolate chips and sprinkles on top.

This heart shaped birthday cake can be a valentine’s day cake if you like. It makes enough for six servings so if you are having a birthday party, you might like to make two. Continue reading

Hamantaschen Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Different people from different cultures have their own types of family favorites when it comes to cookie recipes. For instance, making cookies to celebrate the coming of new life in springtime is something people have been doing for centuries.

This poppy hamantaschen cookie recipe is one such special type of cookie that many people immediately recognize and love to eat. You can learn how to make them today if you like to serve to your family and friends.

Other ingredients you can use to make the filling for hamantaschen cookies include 1 ½ cups of 12 ounces of homemade filling or store bought fillings such as poppy seed, prune, cherry, strawberry, apple, or apricot. Continue reading

Champagne Ruffle Cupcakes for a Birthday Party

These delicious pink ruffle cupcakes are just right for a birthday party. If you are making cupcakes for a boy’s birthday instead of a girl’s, then simply use blue food coloring, candles and cupcake liners instead of the pink ones. Of course, you can use any color you want.

The frosting is made with champagne or sparkling white wine, but use soda water, 7Up® or Sprite® if you are making these for kids. You will still get the special flavor and finish but without the alcohol.

It is best to sprinkle the seed pearls over the cupcakes just before you serve them, as this will maximize the attractive sparkle and stop them from absorbing moisture and melting into the frosting. The ruffle frosting looks pretty but if you are not used to frosting cupcakes in this way you might want to practice on a plate first. Simply transfer the frosting back into the piping bag when you feel confident enough to try it on the cupcakes. Continue reading

Gorgeous Fancy Girly Cupcakes

Using store-bought fondant is a simple way to decorate your cupcakes, and the resulting cupcakes will look bakery-fresh. Cover the cupcake with fondant instead of frosting and add readymade sugar flowers. Use a pink or red gel paste food coloring to give your fondant the desired hue, then roll out and cup out your flowers with a cutter. Press an edible pearl into the middle of each flower for an exquisite look.

You can do that for this recipe or you can use a buttercream frosting if you have a large piping bag with a star-shaped piping tube. It is up to you which colors to opt for, but the pink is especially cute. The ribbon is optional but it does finish the cupcakes in style. Use a little glue to seal the ribbon because it goes over the outside of the paper cups, instead of touching the cake itself.

These cupcakes are flavored with cocoa powder and this gives them a brown color as well as a chocolate flavor, but you can leave the cocoa powder out if you just want the cupcakes plain, or even add a couple of drops of vanilla extract instead. If you are looking for a mini cupcakes recipe which is cute but not difficult, this one is just right. Continue reading

Cute Decorated Cupcakes – Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Baby showers and christenings are informal get-togethers used to greet a new member of the family or group. It is an opportunity for the new mom to relax and pampered with treats and gifts for little one and sometimes for her. Homemade cupcakes and frosting are exceptional ways to make the celebration special. Whether you are making toppers for the cupcakes or purchasing them, remember the cute baby scenes.

Decorate the cupcake platter with scenes of childhood, such as cutout pictures of blankies, duckies, and booties. Make a decorative formal 8 ½ x 11 inch welcome declaration. All the guests can write their wishes and sign it, with a presentation near the end of the party. Have a few easy games to play. Prizes are optional.

Name the Baby is an interesting game that everyone can play. The rules are very simple. Give every guest a piece of paper and pen or pencil. Everyone writes down his or her first name and then one first name for baby beginning with ‘B’. The papers are gathered and the names read aloud. Duplicated names are stacked together. The name with the fewest matches wins. This game provides extra choices for naming the baby. Continue reading

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