Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

You guys know how much I love to practice my cake decorating skills – sometimes that can involve the most difficult, intricate details, but I always find myself much more satisfied with cake decorating as simple as tossing edible confetti on to a cake.  For this pretty pastel inspired cake, I used fondant to make my own sprinkles in various shades of pink.  Looking at some of my recent projects, I’m seeing a theme with monochromatic colors – ha!  I think I’ve been doing my creative soul nurturing through easy color!  Not too much brainwork and the colors always look beautiful together!  Anyhow – this Confetti Cake is so simple to make – you can make the confetti in advance (weeks in advance, even) and then you just toss it over the top of a simple, frosted cake.  No time for baking?  Throw the confetti over a plain, store-bought cake.  So easy! Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Ready to make your own?  You will need:

  • Wilton Decorator Preferred Fondant
  • Fondant Mini Cutouts (circle or desired shape) or icing tip #2A
  • gel food coloring in desired shade
  • parchment paper
  • fondant roller or rolling pin
  • cornstarch for dusting
  • Wilton Metallic Color Mist Spray in gold (optional)

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Step 1:  Begin by tearing off a small piece of the fondant and kneading it between your fingers to get it soft and pliable.  Add a very small dot of gel paste food coloring to the fondant and continue working it between your fingers until the color is evenly distributed throughout the fondant.  You can use latex gloves if you want to keep your fingers clean of food coloring!  You will want this first piece of fondant to be the lightest shade desired.

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Step 2:  Sprinkle some cornstarch over your work surface and roll the fondant into a very thin, even layer.  Use Tip 2A or the Mini Cutout tool to “punch” as many dots as you can in the fondant.  Peel away the excess fondant and set aside.  Move the “sprinkles” over to a piece of parchment paper to dry.  Using your leftover fondant (and adding more as needed), add additional food coloring to create a slightly darker shade of pink and repeat the above steps to make the next set of sprinkles.  Continue until you have at least three shades of sprinkles and enough to cover your intended cake or cupcakes.

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Here is a closer look at the “Fondant Mini Cutout” tool.  It has a little spring in it so that you can eject the punchout if it gets stuck inside – pretty nifty!

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Here’s a look at the pile of fondant sprinkles when they were all tossed together.  I love the mixture of shades, but I wanted a little contrast color, so….

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

I used this gold metallic Color Mist food spray to make a few gold sprinkles to add to the bunch!

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!

When you’re ready to decorate your cake, just frost a smooth layer of icing over the entire thing.  Grab your sprinkles and toss them on!  Be sure that you add the sprinkles right away so that the icing is sticky enough to catch them.  You can toss a few at the sides, too, or place them strategically how you wish.  These would be so darling sprinkled on cupcakes, too – instant confetti!

Confetti Cake - make your own edible confetti to decorate home-made or store-bought cakes!  Simple and so pretty!
This post was previously shared at The Creative Spark.

Halloween Chalkboard Sign and Cricut Explore Giveaway!!

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable

With only two weeks to go, I’ve opened up the Halloween bins and put up some decorations.  The girls get super silly and scatter skeleton bones around the house and drape snakes around their necks.  I debate between trying to keep the mess contained and letting them have their holiday fun.  I was brainstorming ideas for this month’s Cricut Design Space™ Star Challenge and found myself really wanting to make a big chalkboard sign to bring something new and fun to our Halloween decor.
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Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printableOnce I put together the image file in Photoshop, I was able to create the project with my Cricut, vinyl, and a large canvas.  I’ll share the file if you’d like to make one, too.  Don’t have a Cricut Explore?  Well, BIG NEWS!!  My team is giving one away to one of you!  There’s a Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post where you can get all your entries in!  I’m excited for ya because this machine is so much fun to use!  Let’s get to the project:

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable

You will need:

Cricut Explore or cutting machine with 12″x 24″ cutting capability
12″ x 24″ cutting mat
vinyl (12″ x 24″)
vinyl transfer sheet (12″ x 24″)
Halloween Chalkboard Sign file – click here to download
15″ x 30″ stretched canvas
chalkboard paint
liquid chalk pens or white paint

Begin by coating your canvas in chalkboard paint. I used a canvas that already had a coat of pink latex paint on it and my chalkboard spray paint completely covered it in just one coat. If you don’t have paint to prime the canvas with first, it may take more than one coat. Allow the canvas to dry completely. If you want to use a different size canvas, you should be able to easily use anything smaller with just a little adjustment of the image.

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable

Upload the Halloween Chalkboard Sign .png file to your Cricut Design Space software.  Adjust the image to fit a 12″ x 24″ cutting space.  Lay your sheet of vinyl with backing attached onto the cutting mat and cut out the image.  This will take a while, but hang in there – the Cricut Explore doesn’t need babysitting and I haven’t had it mess up in the middle of cutting yet.  Grab a fresh cup of coffee and check up on your drying canvas.  Once the design is cut from the vinyl, you will need to remove all of the words and images so that only the negative space remains.

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printableUse a pick tool to get the tiny little letters out cleanly.  “How I Met Your Mother” reruns come in handy while you’re doing this – or perhaps a nightime viewing of The Shining??

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable

You will need to use a vinyl transfer sheet to move the design outline from its backing onto the chalkboard canvas.  This is painless as long as you use the transfer sheets!

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable Once you’ve placed the design onto the canvas (centered please!), peel off the transfer sheet and you’re ready to paint in the design.  I used a liquid chalk pen because I thought it would give the canvas a more authentic chalkboard feel.  The chalk pen bled a bit under the vinyl, which hasn’t happened with regular paint when I’ve done something similar in the past.  Use whichever painting medium you prefer.  Peel off the vinyl, using the pick tool to remove the small pieces, such as the centers of a’s and o’s and your canvas is just about done!  You can gently spray it with a couple coats of clear paint to set the chalk or just leave it as is.  Hang or prop it up on the wall and admire its festive beauty!

Halloween Chalkboard Sign + free image/printable

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Flower Burst Mini Cakes

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life! *This post contains affiliate links*

It’s time for another Cricut Design Space™ Star Challenge.  This month, the general theme was Weddings and Celebrations and you know how much I love crafting for parties!  With a team theme of “On the Tabletop,” I put together an autumn table that is both seasonal and festive.  You could use these ideas for a dinner party, a bridal or baby shower, even a wedding.  Today, I’m going to share these gorgeous little flower burst mini cakes, but check back in throughout the week because I have several more Cricut projects to share!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

To make the flower burst mini cakes, I started by making the cakes using my favorite Glazed Pecan Rum Cake recipe, baked in mini bundt pans.  These little cakes are pretty by themselves, but I wanted each cake to really stand out and become part of the table decor.

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!  I used my Cricut Explore and a few of the spiral flower templates from the Entitled cartridge.  I love these spiral flowers because they are SO easy to assemble and they cut really easily from cardstock!  Begin by cutting out the spiral flowers on your machine.  (Another thing to love about Cricut Design Space™ – you don’t need the whole cartridge for your designs; you can simply purchase the individual designs you want for usually $.99 each within the design program.)  Pinch the outside bottom end of the spiral with your tweezers and roll in toward you until the whole spiral is rolled up into a cone.  Fold the circle tab at the end under the base of the roll.  Allow the roll to loosen a bit until the base of the flower is the same size as the circle tab.  Hot glue in place.  Gently fold out the petals to shape the flower as desired!  I made a variety of tiny and medium sized flowers and then grouped together the smaller ones for a cluster or placed just one medium-size flower in the center of each mini cake.

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

I was concerned that the grease from the cake might seep into the cardstock and ruin the flowers after setting for some time (this actually didn’t seem to happen), so I cut small rounds of parchment paper to place under each flower cluster.  I hot glued the flower clusters to the parchment paper, but they will easily pull off so be really careful.

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

Flower Burst Mini Cakes - tiny flowers made from cardstock bring your party table to life!

I think these little cakes are just beautiful – too pretty to eat?  Only until you taste them!!

Alrighty, friends!  Be sure to check out some of the other “On the Tabletop” projects from my other team members!

ON THE TABLE

To see these amazing projects, click on the links below:
1-Kiki and Company
2-Stay and Co.
3-Kristi Murphy
4- Beauty Babbler
5- Two Thirty Five Designs
6- A Ruffled Life
7- Frenchie Wraps
8-Girl Inspired
9- Sweet C’s Designs
10-The Life of the Wife

Fourth of July Inspiration

Party table display for Fourth of July

I am thrilled to share some fun news today!  A few months back, I worked with Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores on a project and it is finally time to share it.  The Jo-Ann Summer 2014 Trends and Ideas booklet is live and I had the privilege of contributing four projects to the book.  I am really proud of these projects and will be sharing them each in more detail over the next couple weeks.  There are just a whole collection of really great ideas for crafting this summer and I hope you’ll go check out the book!  Click here for the lookbook.

Fourth of July Inspiration - fun cake and table display

With Independence Day nearly upon us, I thought today would be the perfect time to share some extra photos and details about one of my projects from the lookbook.  The trend, of course, is “Patriotic,” and I put together a most patriotic party table including color coordinated paper products, old soda bottles, easy-sew table linens (project instructions on joann.com, click here), and a totally awesome patriotic cake!

Fourth of July Inspiration - fun cake and table display

I set up this photo shoot in a brand new location – you’ll never guess where….my parents back yard.  They live about a mile up the road from me and I’m over there nearly every day of the week, but for some reason I never noticed what a perfect backdrop their old barn makes. It turned out so great!  Just goes to show you that you don’t always have to travel far to find the perfect backdrop for your photos; sometimes, it’s right in front of you!!  (I’ve since taken these photos in the same location.)

Cool cake for 4th of July!

The cake was a lot of fun to make.  I used the same decorating technique as I did for the Ocean Waves Ombre Cake, here, but used two different shades of rustic red for the bottom tier.  The top tier was just quickly frosted with blue and then I added white sugar pearls for the “stars” on the flag.  A quick white border around the top using Tip #1M and you’re done.  Fun and not too complicated!

22+ Spectacular FROZEN Birthday Party Ideas

so many FROZEN Birthday Party ideas - you've got to see these!It’s time to wrap up the Frozen Birthday Party with a few of the extra components that made this party come together.  It was another really fun party, both to throw and to attend.  In the links below, you’ll find additional resources for party invitations, printables, activities, favors, and food ideas!  Many of these pictures and ideas are from our Frozen party and a number of them are from the amazing creative minds that have shared their ideas across the internet.  I’m still planning to do a few of the projects that I didn’t get to before the party – like the Olaf hooded towel and the adorable little Elsa and Anna peg people….please enjoy this roundup of Spectacular Frozen Birthday Party Ideas!

DIY Olaf Cupcake Toppers for Frozen Birthday Party

Find the full instructions for these DIY Olaf Cupcake Toppers!
Elsa Dress for Frozen Birthday PartyElsa “Summer Dress” Tutorial

Table Display for Frozen Birthday Party

I purchased this Olaf 8×10 printable from splendidINK on Etsy – quickest DIY decor ever!

Food Ideas for Frozen Birthday Party

This was our party food table – we kept it really easy with sandwiches, carrot sticks, dill dip (recipe here), Jello Ice (see recipe below), and Frozen Snack Mix (see recipe below).

Make Snow GAK for Frozen Birthday Party

My kids absolute favorite takeaway from the party were the jars of GAK – I labeled them SNOWK because I have no imagination and snow+gak=snowk.  I added peppermint extract, blue and clear glitter, and blue food coloring (in some).  Big hit, BIG!!  I never knew how easy GAK is to make – get the GAK recipe here.

Olaf Labels for Frozen Birthday Party

Other party favors included shimmery blue gumballs from Target and white Mentos = Snowdrops.  I made 2″ circle labels and printed them out onto Avery glossy white round labels – template 22807.   Here is a FREE downloadable Frozen Party Favor Jar Labels file to print your own labels.  They fit perfectly on top of the jar lids and pretty good on top of the little candy containers.  (Be sure to uncheck “Fit to Page” in the print dialog box.)

FREE printable labels for Frozen Birthay Party Favors
Queen Elsa Ice Castle Cake for Frozen Birthday Party

Queen Elsa’s Ice Castle Cake – get the how-to!

"Snowflake" Water Bombs for Frozen in Summer Birthday Party Ideas

These “Snowflake” water bombs made out of sponges were such a huge hit at the party!!  Adults and kids loved them.  I found the instructions and inspiration here.

Frozen Inspired Snowflake Cake

You won’t believe how simple it is to make this gorgeous Frozen inspired snowflake cake!

DIY Necklaces for Frozen Birthday Party

So pretty!  Make these Frozen Party Favor Necklaces for all the little guests (and moms!)

Frozen Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers - simple and lovely!

Fun and festive snowflake cupcake toppers!

And here are some more AMAZING ideas from across the internet:
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Olaf floating in a bowl of Jello!

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Frozen Snack Mix

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Melted Olaf Yogurt Cups

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“Frozen” Jello Ice Cubes

olaf fluff cupcake

Olaf Cupcakes

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How cute are these moose cupcake toppers?

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Iced Snowflake Cookies

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Olaf Graham Cracker SnacksFrozen Birthday Party Ideas

Free Coloring and Party Activity Printables

Frozen in Summer Birthday Invitation

This is the invitation (sample pictured) that I purchased for our birthday party – from AMD Designs on Etsy.  Super quick turnaround from the Etsy shop owner and really vibrant colors – she has the same invite in a pink colorway and a variety of other Frozen invites/printables.  You just give her your details and she sends you the file the next day – print, cut, (pass out in a last minute scramble on the last day of school 😉  )Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Anna Cloak Tutorials

frozen peg people

Painted Peg People – Anna and Elsa

Olaf hooded towel tutorial

Olaf Hooded Towel Tutorial

frozen free party invitation template olaf elsa anna sven #frozenmovie

Free Templates for Frozen Party Invitations

Elsa and Anna Bead Necklaces for Party Favors

Elsa and Anna Bead Necklaces for party activity or favors

so many FROZEN Birthday Party ideas - you've got to see these!

Pretty spectacular, eh?

Frozen Birthday Cake – the Ice Castle

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

The Frozen birthday cake for our “Frozen in Summer” party became quite the impressive work of art.  As with many of my party ideas, I didn’t really know what I was going to make and it developed little by little.  I wanted to create an “ice castle” and used the Wilton castle cake kit, a styrofoam 10″ cake base and a two-layer, 7″ lemon cake to build the castle.

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

For decorating, I made batch after batch of hard candy “jewels”.  They have a clear/yellow tint as I did not add any food coloring, and I think they look very much like ice.

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

The hard candy is so simple to make – you simply heat 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 2 Tbs. corn syrup over medium heat until the temperature reaches exactly 300 degrees.  At 300 degrees, turn off the heat; you can add food coloring and extract for flavor.  Pour the hot liquid into the jewel mold tray, let it cool, then dump it out.  Be sure the plastic mold tray is greased with Pam or the candies won’t pop out.  I “glued” together the castle pieces and the candies onto the bottom tier using royal icing.  The top tier, however, we actually wanted to eat so I frosted and adhered those jewels with Swiss meringue buttercream.  For the castle pillars, I used those from the cake castle kit.  I sprayed them with white metallic “color mist”, also made by Wilton.  Then, I used a gold luster dust and brushed it over the windows and the front of the castle tower for accent.  The castle pillars were topped with hard candy molded from some miniature jello molds that I found at the thrift store last year (I knew I would have a use for them at some point!)  The cake held up remarkably well after being driven across town and set out in the warm weather for two hours before serving.

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

Frozen Birthday Party Cake - Ice Castle

The kids were entranced by Elsa’s ice castle cake!  And now I can check castle cake off my bucket list.

Hard Candy for Ice Castle Jewels
 
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Ingredients
  • Pam/nonstick spray
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbs. corn syrup
  • candy thermometer
  • molding tray for jewels (or desired hard candy shape)
Instructions
  1. Spray molding tray with Pam.
  2. Stir together sugar, water, and corn syrup in a small saucepan.
  3. Heat over medium until the temperature reaches exactly 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and stir in food coloring and/or ½ tsp. extract for flavor.
  5. Pour the hot liquid into the jewel mold tray, let it cool, then dump it out.

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so many FROZEN Birthday Party ideas - you've got to see these!

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Elsa Dress Sewing Tutorial - this is a quick and easy sew!

Elsa Dress Tutorial

Olaf Cupcakes for Frozen birthday party

Olaf Cupcakes Tutorial