St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with Fondant Decorations

The great thing about making cake decorations with fondant is making extra for cupcakes.  In this case, I made a St. Patrick’s Day checkerboard cake a few days ago so I made additional fondant decorations for a batch of cupcakes. Let’s start with making the cupcakes. In baking the checkerboard cake, I had some left over green and white batter so when I was ready to bake the cupcakes a few days later, I was able to use it and… [Read More]

St. Patrick’s Day Cake with DIY Fondant Rainbow Ribbons

For weeks I’ve been daydreaming about creating a St. Patrick’s Day cake with bright, vivid colors and dimensional decorations.  Of course, rainbows, shamrocks and Leprechaun’s gold had to be included in the decorating theme of the cake.  And like any dreamer that follows the rainbow’s end, guests will find a surprise inside the cake!   I received some really nice emails from readers (thank you!) who enjoyed reading my thought process as I began this St. Patrick’s Day design that… [Read More]

Sneak Peek for St. Patrick’s Day Cake Decorations

Happy March!  I’ve been busy making decorations out of fondant that will adorn a St. Patrick’s Day cake I’m envisioning. I say “envisioning” because I have ideas of certain decorating elements and then I have to figure out how I’m going to make them. This is why I love the creative challenge of decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies and seeing if I can make those ideas come to fruition. I always ask myself, “Can I figure out a way to… [Read More]

Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year Decorated Almond Cookies

Growing up, I was always aware of the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, as it’s becoming more commonly called it seems.  Both my brother and I were born in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles and my mother would recollect that when my brother was born fireworks were going off.  Since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day there’s a good chance that this coincided with the Chinese New Year.  No fireworks for me when I arrived… [Read More]

Meringue Cookie Heart Pops Over At Hungry Happenings

Hello!  Before I share some exciting news, I want to say “thank you” to so many who wrote letting me know they tried to leave comments on Monday and couldn’t.  The new site began a migration unexpectedly and I was even off line for awhile.  Not how I wanted to start off.  You can leave comments now but I’ve lost all the comments from the 4 most recent posts and I’m locked out of Feedburner for the time being so… [Read More]

Popcorn Snowmen

There’s lots of special treats you can make to have fun with National Popcorn Day. As I was looking through my collection of cookbooks during the holidays, I came across the first book that began my confectionery journey.  It was Wilton’s Complete Book of Candy, 1981.  In it I found a recipe for popcorn balls. I have a wonderful memory of my grandmother’s popcorn balls that she’d wrap in colored wax paper.  They were crunchy and chewy, sweet and slightly… [Read More]

Pretty Painted Pie Crusts

With pie making taking center stage on Wednesday along with all my other prep work for Thursday’s dinner, I’ve planned ahead and taken some steps to make the day less hectic and more organized with “pretty” still in mind. Truth be told, I cannot make a pie without a decorative crust finish.  When I won the blue ribbon for my Dutch apple pie at the Orange County Fair, one of the judge’s comments was how pretty the single painted apple… [Read More]

Black Cinnamon Candied Apples

Trick or Treat!  Happy Halloween Week!  Here’s a treat that’s best made a day or two before the big night.  It’s a twist on the hard candied apples that are usually colored red but I’ve made these black and cinnamon flavored.  That would be the trick but they’re not tricky to make. To begin, clean apples thoroughly to get the wax off.  I did this by taking baking soda in my hands, dampening with water to make a paste and… [Read More]

Decorated Ghost Cookies With Fondant

First, thank you to all who participated in my last post’s Fabulous Fondant Wilton Give-Away.  I had fun reading all your comments and seeing how you would use all the wonderful products.  I’ll be choosing a winner soon! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that sometimes, I also like to use fondant to decorate cookies.  On my Pinterest Board – Fondant on Cookies & Cupcakes, you’ll see lots of cookies I’ve decorated using fondant. Today I’m… [Read More]

Wilton Fabulous Fondant Give-Away

I’m very excited to present my ”Fabulous Fondant” Wilton Cake Decorating Give-Way! I’ve been planning it for a very long time and hand choosing each wonderful product for one very lucky reader of Pink Martinis and Pearls.  This fabulous fondant friend of my blog will win everything needed to get started to create fabulous cupcake toppers with embellishments.  Thank you Wilton! If you haven’t worked with rolled fondant to decorate treats such as cakes, cookies or cupcakes you’ve been missing… [Read More]