Cake Toppers

It seems that custom cake toppers are all the rage these days, and there are no shortage of incredibly cute ideas/options out there if that is what you are interested in!

Here are some of the favorites that I found for wedding cakes:

Penguin couple

Picture from Latin Weddings

Owl Couple

Picture from Thoroughly Modern Meg

Cute Birds

Picture from Two Fools in Love

Llama Couple from Garden4arts on Etsy for $85

I found an amazing seller on Etsy that makes the most adorable animal shapped cake toppers. They are avialbe in a range of prices from  seller kikuike:

shiba Inu Couple –  $120

Puppy Couple –  $80

Rabbit Couple –  $130

Orca Whale Couple –  $80

Miscellaneous Occassions:

Set of 5 safari animals from Etsy seller LCcakes

Baby Girraffe  – $16 from eyecandysugar on Etsy

Monkey Figure – $20 from jc2177 on Etsy


Angry Birds

Do you love to play Angry Birds as much as I do?

Here is an amazing set of cake toppers designed to be like the characters from the game:

These are 24 pieces in the set, all are edible. Cost is $115 – aviable from artisancakecompany on Esty.

If you have never played the game the green pigs stole the bird’s eggs, so you shoot the above pictured birds from a catapult to try and destroy the fortresses protecting the pigs. It is a lot more fun than it sounds! To learn more visit

Cute Christmas Cookies

I love to make Christmas cookies, and there are some adorable recipes to choose from. Here are five cute recipes that you can make use of this holiday season.

Each has a link to the page where I found the recipe, in case you would like more detailed instructions and more pictures.

1. Reindeer Cookies —

This recipe makes 32 cookies and takes a total of 55 minutes.


1 roll (16.5 oz) of Pillsbury refridgerated sugar cookies

1/4 cup  all-purpose flour

1 cup vanilla ready-to-spread frosting

64 small pretzel twists

64 semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
16 gumdrops, cut in half


1. Heat oven to 350. Break up the cookie dough in a bowl, add flour until blended. Roll dough into a log, and then make into a triangle shape.

2. Cut dough into 32 triangular slices – 1/4 inch thick. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 7 – 11 minutes, or until set. Cool for 1 minute and then move to cooling rack. Cool completely – takes about 15 minutes.

4. Frost the cookies with frosting. Place two pretzel twists on each triangle near the corners for antlers. Press two chocolate chips into the frosting to make eyes, and 1 half of a gum drop to make a nose.

To store: place between sheets of wax paper in a tightly covered container.

2. Jolly Santa Cookies —

This recipe makes 18 cookies, and takes a total of 1 hour 50 minutes.


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting

3 tablespoons red sugar

18 mini marshmallows

36 chocolate chips

18 red cinimon candies

3/4 cups shredded coconut


1. Heat oven to 400. Beat butter, sugar and lemon with an electric mixer on medium, or with a spoon. Stir in egg and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. Place dough in rounded teaspoonfuls full 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to make each about 1/4 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Move immediately from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely – about 30 minutes.

3. Spread frosting on one cookie, then sprinkle red sugar over the top 1/3 of the cookie to make Santa’s hat. Press on a mini marshmallow for the hats tassel. Press 2 chocolate chips for eyes, and 1 Cinnamon candy for nose in the middle third of the cookie. Then sprinkle the coconut on the bottom third of the cookie for Santa’s beard. Decorate one cookie completely before moving on to the next so that everything sticks.

3. Marshmallow Snowmen — Better Homes and Gardens

This recipe makes 26 cookies and takes a total time of 1 hour 20 minutes.


12 vanilla carmels, unwrapped

3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon butter

1 10 ounce bag of marshmallows

53 pretzel sticks

1 cup chopped pistacchios, toasted coconut, toffee pieces, and/or 1/3 cup nonpareils

4 ounces bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate pieces

2 tablespoons shortening

orange colored mini candy coated chocolate pieces or other small round candies

optional: marshmallow cream to stick together marshmallows if they do not stick on their own.


1. Line a baking sheet with foil, butter the foil and set it aside. In a small sauce pan combine the carmels, condensed milk, and butter. Heat and stir over medium low heat, until melted and smooth.

2. Use kitchen scissors to cut 1/3 of the marshmallows in half crosswise. Place the marshmallow half sticky side down on top of another whole marshmallow to form the head and body. Press gently together to get them to stick, use marshmallow cream if needed. To make arms – stick two pretzel sticks into each side of the whole marshmallow.

3. Dip the bottom 1/3 of the snowman body into the carmel mixture, allow excess to drop off. Place onto foil.

4. Put pistachios, coconut, toffee pieces, and/or nonpareils into separate bowls. In another sauce pan, combine the chocolate and shortening. Heat and stir chocolate mixture over low heat until melted and smooth.

5. Dip the caramel coated end of each snowman into the chocolate, enough to cover the caramel. Allow the excess to drip off, then dip into one of the bowls of pistachios, coconut, toffee, or nonpareils. Put snowman back on baking sheet, and let stand for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.

6. If necessary, remelt the chocolate over low heat in a sauce pan. Put the snowmen onto their backs to finish decorating. To make eyes and buttons, dip one end of a pretzel stick into the chocolate and then dab onto the snowmen. To make a nose, dab on some chocolate and attach a small piece of candy. Let stand until dry, about 5 minutes.

4. Santa Hats — Disney Family Fun

Makes 2 dozen santa hats.


2 egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

red colored sugar


1. Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks start to form. While continuing to beat the mixture, add the tartar, vanilla, and then slowly the sugar. Continue to beat until the peaks are stiff.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the meringue into a quart size plastic bag. Snip off a corner and pipe 2 dozen 1 and 1/2 inch tall santa santa hat triangles onto the parchcment paper. You should have about 1/4 of the meringue left.

3. Sprinkle the triangles with the red sugar, and then use the remaining meringue to make the pompom on the end of the hat and the trim. Bake the hats until hard but not brown, about 1 hour and 2o minutes. Turn off the oven and then leave inside the oven for another hour to crisp the cookies before removing.

5. Penguin Ginger Bread Cookies — The Crafty Penguin

This receipe reuires you to make the cookies and then gives detailed instructions on how to decorate them.


3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 and 1/2 sticks salted butter

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

5 tablespoons molassess

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

Making the cookies:

1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

2. Add mollassess, water, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper – mix until combined.

3. In a seperate bowl whisk together flour and baking soda. Slowly add to batter in three parts, mixing after each part is added.

4. Roll the dough until 1/4 inches thick between sheets of wax paper. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Then cut into circles and refrigerate another 30 minutes before baking. You can make circles of varying size, but bake those of the same size together.

5. Bake for 8 to 10 mintues at 400 degrees F on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Once cooled, the cookies can be decorated.

To Decorate:

Recipe for royal icing

How to decorate — scroll down to the decorating section, includes pictures

Be aware that this will take a long time because once the black icing is done, the cookies have to dry overnight before the white icing can be done.

More Cute Cake

I am continually amazed by people’s creativity and their ability to craft cuteness into baked goods! Here are more images of cute cakes and cupcakes I have happened upon:

Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper — from domestic geek

Grey Cat Cake — from Coco Cake Cupcakes

Wild Things! — also by Coco Cake Cupcakes

Adorable pumpkin cupcakes by Coco Cake

Cute Japanese cupcakes

Bumble bees! — from

Also from epicute, whale cupcakes

Snowmen! — from the cakejournal

More adorable snowmen, from

Owl Cupcakes — from Catching Fireflies Blog

The link will tell you how to make these wonderful little guys

Totoro Cake — from

From the same company, a wonderful lion cake:

Puppy cupcakes — from

Garfield — from

Cute Octopus — from

Chick and Lamb — from


Peeps are both adorable and edible!

Some people love them, some will only eat them stale, and others hate them. I think they are an adorable and irreplaceable part of Easter. Yes, they do make Peeps for almost any holiday now, I enjoy the original shapes the best. My favorite flavor of Peeps come out at Valentines however, with the strawberry and vanilla hearts. I think they may also make flavored eggs…or that could be discontinued, I do not know.

This year they also have chocolate covered peeps! Which solve the problem for people who hate that the outer coating of peeps is sugar. I tried one today, they are very good!

Peep Facts:

1. Peeps were originally made by hand, and it took 27 hours to make each one!

2. There are only 32 calories in each peep

3. Peeps are made by the Just Born Company, click the link to see a tour of making peeps.

4. Peeps expand when placed in the microwave

5. Peeps now come in a major variety of colors:

6. Peeps make great subjects for art projects:

7. Peeps make a great science project. Check out to see all of the experiments!

Amazing Animal Cakes

I was looking at pictures of different cakes online and decided to see if there were any really cute and amazing animal cakes out there. There are some very talented artists out there who can do wonderful things with cake, frosting, and other baking elements. These cakes are so amazing looking I do not think I could eat them:

Sea Turtle

Polar Bear










Guinea Pig





Bento, according to Wikipedia, is “a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.”

This food can be quite an art form. Today I found some wonderful pictures of different bento meals that I do not think I could eat because they are so cute!

And for Nintendo fans:

To see a few more different examples of bento, see Random Good Stuff (warning, not all the bento pictures in that article are cute or appropriate).