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This December, I apparently decided that making cupcakes and cakes wasn’t good enough. Instead I opted to make cookies, brownies, more cookies… and did I mention some cookies?

Starting off with gingerbread cookies with a Peppermint Kahlua frosting. gingercookies

Next up were macadamia nut sugar cookies with the Peppermint Kahlua frosting or Bailey’s frosting, some brownies with peppermint candy bits, and chocolate chip and ginger chip cookies. (Forgot to take pictures) All were well received and it was fun to come up with new holiday flavors!

Needless to say this has been a holiday of cookies… I think I’m ready to return to cupcakes. Or maybe muffins.

 

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Every month we celebrate the birthdays in the office on one day, mostly because as much as we all love cake – a person can only eat SOO much of it. Seriously. Now my birthday being in October, I tend to get the most excited about what cakes we have for the October birthdays, and this year we opted to celebrate on Halloween (my favorite holiday). So, big surprise, I asked to make one of the cakes.

I found a picture of a 3 tier cake that had some fun colors and shadow cutouts, so using that as my inspiration – I came up with a single tier version (we don’t have THAT many employees for a cake that big!!), and because it’s a birthday cake… I thought I’d try sculpting a birthday Frankenstein’s Monster.

I was very happy with the cake┬á (spiced cake with apple jack and a spiced rum frosting), but my sculpting still leaves much to be desired. Still, other than looking like he’s about to fall over asleep (or drunk), Bday Frankie turned out alright.

Cake in progress, me mostly having fun making little ghosts.

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Completed cake, with some fence piping. It always amazing me how much food coloring it takes to make not-gray frosting.

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And the final cake! Yes indeed, it was a very happy “Boo-thday” for all!

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Time for another baby shower, only this time there was a need for two cakes! The first one matches the save the date invite that was sent.

Cake: spice cake with cream cheese frosting. Lesson learned: cream cheese frosting doesn’t work well when going under fondant.

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The second cake matched the shower invitations – for this little boy it was all about rockets!

Cake: car bomb cake. Lesson learned: I like making rockets. ­čÖé

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And I’m excited to report, that this shower was long enough ago that the baby is now a few weeks old! He’s adorable and healthy, as are the parents.

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While I haven’t posted in awhile, that is not to say I haven’t baked in awhile. Just means I keep forgetting to upload pics from my phone.

For my husbands birthday this year (August) he asked for a non-cake/cupcake or cookie treat. This type of request typically results in one thing (since my pb/choc-o-holic friend moved to LA), brownies with bacon! (Not bacon BITS but properly thick bacon cut into small pieces.)

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Then sometime in September, early I believe, my boss tried to be stealthy about his birthday as did a colleague of mine. Both people should know me better than that, because when I *do* find out about your birthday… there will be baked goods! This time it was a macadamia nut sugar cookie with Baileys frosting.

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While both of the birthday people are too shy to announce to the world it is their birthday, they both enjoyed the cookies in proper old skool cookie monster style.

 


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