Cakes & Cupcakes

Minecraft Party with Free Printables

Minecraft Party with Free Printables

A couple of days ago my little guy turned SIX, and asked to have his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese…. for the THIRD year in a row! I was O.K. with that, since it’s so much less work than hosting a house-party, and all I had to do was make a cake, send out some invites, and create some goody bags! As a huge perfectionist, I knew those three things would be enough to keep me busy for a while! Braden wanted to invite 12 friends– so I knew if I didn’t keep costs low for each goody bag, it would add up really fast, so I pretty much got everything from the dollar store, besides the candy, which I got from Winco. I searched online, and of course pinterest, for some free minecraft printables, and couldn’t really find much, so my amazingly talented graphic-designing husband whipped these up for me, and they turned out SO cute, I was really excited to share them with you! We were up past midnight creating, printing, cutting and gluing these– after a long day of cake making, so from one parent to another– I hope these free printables will save you a lot of work, time and stress!

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Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

Graduation Themed Funfetti Cupcakes

 

My little guy graduated from preschool last week, and a few of the mums got together to throw a fun little party at the park to celebrate the end of the kids first school year, and the beginning of their first ever summer holiday! We brought bubbles, water guns and water balloons, and they had fun running around like CRAZY as most 5 year olds do. I volunteered to bring all the kids a treat–and in asking Braden what he wanted, he didn’t hesitate to tell me “funfetti cupcakes” which are his favorite. After decorating them with sprinkles, they were so boring, I decided to make these little scrolls and caps to go on them, at the very last minute. I KNOW!! I am one of those annoying “pinterest mums” that over-does everything and makes other mums feel bad! :-( I didn’t want to be that cliche, but I did want the kids to LOVE their cupcakes, and they really did, so it was all worth it. They were fun to make, and were the hit of the party… not just with our little graduates, but with the Mum’s {I just didn’t dare tell them how much butter was in them!} ;-) I used the Cake Boss’ vanilla frosting recipe, which is my all time fave. And I thought I would post the recipe/idea along for all you other overachieving, pinterest mums out there, that live to put a smile on their kiddos faces!

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Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Tomorrow my son is having a fun pre-school christmas pajama party, so I signed up to bring some cute christmas cupcakes. My son {and most kids} LOVE jelly beans, so I thought I would make a jelly bean christmas wreath with some edible glitter, and a “P” for peace. They were SO EASY and fun to make that I thought I would pass on a quick how-to! I hope you like them!
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Polar Bear Cupcakes

Polar Bear Cupcakes

For some reason Christmas has been really overwhelming and stressful for me this year, and I am not on my game at all! Our Christmas cards never got sent, {or even made!} The christmas gifts I ordered for friends and family still haven’t arrived and will be really late! The awesome christmassy recipes I had in mind never got made or posted, and I haven’t even baked a single thing for my friends and neighbors! It wouldn’t be quite as big of a deal if everyone else around me wasn’t 1000% on their game! Friends and neighbors have come by to deliver desserts and goodies to my family and I, we’ve received tons of beautiful christmas cards, and gifts from family members {early!} I feel the love, but at the same time, I feel totally put to shame!! So today I finally decided, amidst the chaos of trying to find my passport for our trip to Victoria, planning my 8th wedding anniversary, wrapping gifts, tidying my house, doing laundry and school and dance runs, to make some cute christmassy cupcakes for my friends and neighbors! As a perfectionist, I die a little inside every time I have to do something sub-par because I spread myself so thinly, which is why I came up with the FASTEST, EASIEST, cupcakes I could think of, that would turn out super cute with next to no effort! I got out my boxed cake mix, and frosting from a container! GASP! {I know, feel free to totally judge me here, I am even judging myself!} And had a lot of fun making these cute cupcakes for my friends and neighbors in return for their kindness! YES! One thing checked off my list, and only six days to go! :-/ {Sometimes I just wish I could be a man at christmas}. Here’s how for all you crazy-busy, last-minute mommas-like-me, out there!

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Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Last week was kind of a crazy week, which might account for why I have fallen off the planet lately! We had 5 christmas parties to attend in 4 days, then my daughter Gemma and I went to see the nut-cracker ballet together on our first mummy-daughter date over the weekend. I have been having a blast, but amidst the constant chaos of running around, a part of me just wanted to snuggle up under a blanket with some hot chocolate and watch Elf! {Probably a sign that I am getting older… I turn the big 3.0 in a couple of weeks! So just a heads up, I might just fall off the planet again!} For one christmas party I was assigned to bring something yummy! I love excuses to bake, and since my mother in law gave me the biggest box of Oreos you have ever seen in your life, the other day, I thought I would make some delicious Oreo truffles! I made them a little more “fancy” by putting a raspberry inside, and covered them in even more chocolate on the outside– chocolate on chocolate is my kinda dessert! I decorated them like cute little figgy puddings, so they were the perfect thing to take to a christmas party! But they’d also be the perfect thing to snack on whilst snuggled up watching cheesy christmas movies too! So whatever the occasion, I hope you enjoy!

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