Birthdays

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Ideas

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This post is a little different that my typical recipe-palooza. But when I was looking for inspiration during the birthday party planning process, I appreciated all of the other blogs that shared their ideas and resources, so I’m doing the same in the hopes it will help someone else. If you’re in the market for…

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

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As regular readers of my blog might know, I have a young son named Asher. I don’t write about him all that much because I don’t want to turn my dessert blog into a mommy blog—okay, actually, sometimes I totally do. But I spent so long making fun of mommy blogs in my young, carefree,…

Rainbow Cake Push-Up Pops [Happy Birthday SugarHero!]

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Is it tacky to throw yourself a party? I hope not, because that is totally what I am doing today. Pointy hats and sugary treats all around! This week marks a full year since I started this blog. Time for a trip down memory lane! Slow camera dissolve… Before there was SugarHero there was a…

The Secret to Stress-Free Birthday Cakes

Today I would like to share the #1 secret to making amazing birthday cakes without breaking a sweat. It’s not having all the fancy kitchen gadgets, although some specialty tools can help. It’s not taking expensive baking classes, although you can learn lots from great teachers. And it’s not using expensive ingredients, although sometimes it’s…

Fun in the Sun cake

Meet Shelby. Shelby & I go way back. In fact, I knew her when she was just a twinkle in her parents’ eyes, back when I was making these butterfly cupcakes for her mom’s baby shower. Shelby & I are tight. So how else to celebrate her first birthday but with an adorable Shelby-sized cake?…

Strawberry Babycake

Believe it or not, my brother’s wedding cake wasn’t the only cake I made last weekend. My other brother Ian has a (completely adorable) daughter who was turning one around the time we were all together for the wedding, so we decided to have a little party and celebrate her. Meet Madeline: What did I…

Faaaaaaaabulous Birthday Cake for TWD!

This week is the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie, the wonderful baking group that bakes each week out of Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I do believe that this group is the primary engine that keeps me blogging, since I am a chronic blog neglector and would probably let this…

Life Lessons and the Pinkest Cake You’ve Ever Seen

60 quart Hobart mixer: $5000 16 pounds of powdered sugar and cocoa: $35 Adding the sugar while the mixer is on the highest speed: Priceless (Picture is my boss Esti, who graciously agreed to allow me to post–and mock–her secret shame in a public forum. What a champ!) We called this the “Paris Hilton cake”…

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