cupcakes, cakes, cookies, & more made by charlene

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall 2010 Cupcakes

It's officially the Fall season according to my calender, but it so hot here in Southern California. 100 degrees?!?! Oh, come on! For my women's bible study at Knott Avenue Christian Church, we are studying the book of Ruth for our Women's Connections Fall 2010. To continue the Fall look of our morning cafe sessions at church, I made sugar free chocolate cupcakes topped with milk chocolate leaves & vanilla frosting. I know cupcakes are not the exact breakfast snack you want at 9am, but cupcakes are what I do!

I handmade the chocolate leaves by melting chocolate, piping the leaves freehand onto wax paper laid out on a cookie sheet, then chilled the leaves in the refrigerator for an hour or so. I tinted the frosting light orange to give the cupcakes a "fall" effect. The cupcakes are sugar free because I substituted the sugar with Splenda for baking. Enjoy!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

4 Leaf Clover Cupakes

My friend, Bradd, wanted to surprise his wife on her birthday with some cupcakes during our Newlyweds bible study session! Since she's a lemon lover, I made her lemon cupcakes with a lemon frosting decorated with chocolate 4 leaf clovers on top! Some of the cupcakes had white sugar pearls.

Although these were Irish themed cupcakes for the Birthday girl, Erin, I had to add something else to make them more personal! So, I added an edible "E" to some of the cupcakes as well! The birthday girl was surprised & sugared out by the end of the night! Yay!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lakers inspired birthday cake

My uncle is a huge Lakers basketball fan & my aunt decided to surprise him with one of my pull apart cakes. His birthday cake was dark chocolate & vanilla creamy frosting. I decorated the cake with some marshmallow fondant dots & sugared basketballs. My daughter helped me make the mini cupcakes that surround the jumbo cupcakes.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Rey!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Girls Night In Brownie Cups

For a Favorite things party with the girls, each girl brought their favorite goodie under $5 for each girl that came to the party. Since there were 9 girls, each girl brought 8 gifts to give everyone! Weee! It's like Christmas in September! I came home with a movie night snack set, mani set & lotion, tea & dark chocolate, handy stationary, hand sanitizer & air freshener, hair ties & more chocolate, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, lip balm, & Halloween stationary!!!

Besides the gifts, everyone brought a little something to snack on during the night. My contribution was some truffle fudge chocolate brownies decorated for a girls night in!

Baby Gender Reveal Cupcakes

My high school friend was going in for her baby's ultrasound & decided she didn't want to know the gender of her baby just yet! She had the doctor's office call me with the gender & asked me to fill gender neutral white cupcakes with filling colored of her baby's gender. She later had a baby gender reveal cupcake party & with all her family and friends took a bite of my cupcakes & found out what they were having. PINK icing meant they were going to expect a baby girl and BLUE icing meant they were going to expect a baby boy.

what do you think they were going to have? BOY or GIRL?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Burger Cupcakes

A friend of ours wanted lemon cupcakes.  He was a big burger lover, so I decided to top super lemony cupcakes with a mini burger made out of cookies.  The mini burgers were a bonus after eating the moist sweet, but lemony cupcakes. 

Vanilla wafer cookies = bun
Chocolate covered mint cookies = hamburger meat
Shredded sweetened coconut dyed green with food coloring = lettuce
Red & Yellow icing = ketchup & mustard

Take one vanilla cookie, place some icing on it to use as glue to hold the chocolate covered mint cookie in place.  Decorate with red & yellow icing, and a pile of the green coconut.  Add another vanilla cookie on top.  Ta da! A mini burger that will fool your taste buds!

*optional-For a sesame seed bun, brush lemonade concentrate on the top vanilla cookie, then sprinkle sesame seeds on the cookie. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Love & Respect Cupcakes

I had a request to make about 30 cupcakes for our church's newest marriage bible study kick off party! Half of the cupcakes were dark chocolate & the other half were white cupcakes with a kick of sprinkles mixed in.  I topped these cupcakes with vanilla frosting & homemade marshmallow fondant in pink (for the wives) and blue (for the husbands).  I hand wrote letters "L" and "R" on each cupcake to represent Love & Respect! I hope these cupcakes got all the couples excited for this new and exciting study!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Adidas & Chelsea FC inspired cupcakes

For my husband's 28th birthday, I decided to make him chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting.  For decoration, I used homemade marshmallow fondant to make the Adidas logo and a few Chelsea FC inspired jersey's since my husband is an Adidas fanatic.  Enjoy!


Adidas & Chelsea FC inspired chocolate cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Leopard print cookie bouquet

I went wild and stepped out of my comfort zone and created a leopard print cookie bouquet for my aunt's birthday.  I used homemade marshmallow fondant to create a leoprint print and placed them on sugar cookies made from scratch.  Surrounding the leopard print I placed by hand white sugar pearls.  These sugar cookies on a stick are perfect for my aunt! She loved them!

Wrapped up & ready to go! Happy Birthday Auntie!