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August is birthday month around here. My sisters and I are all August babies (yeah Leos!), so our house is pretty cake-filled during the last month of summer. Needless to say, you’re going to see a bunch of cake pictures up here this month. This cupcake, the first, was for my middle sister’s birthday. She’s more than a little obsessed with animal prints and initially requested a hot pink carrot cake with zebra print. Then we downgraded to cupcakes. Then we got a big mess of fresh blueberries and decided she would have blueberry birthday cupcakes.

I used this recipe here, which I found on Food Gawker, one of my favorite recipe sources. The recipe was pretty darn good. The cupcakes were moist and extremely flavorful. My only complaints were that I found the texture a little dense for a cupcake and that the flavor–though it was absoultely delicious–was a little too reminiscent of a blueberry muffin. That being said, I’d definitely make them again, maybe using cake flour or something this time.

The only change I made to the recipe was adding another 1/4 cup or so of the puree. My cupcakes didn’t achieve that dark purple color–they were more lavender, but that was ok. I topped them with my favorite cream cheese frosting, which I will share another time. The bows are fondant with painted stripes and I tinted the sanding sugar with an excellent technique I learned from reading the ever sage wisdom of Bake at 350. I also made homemade cake batter ice cream, which turned out AMAZINGLY, but I am also too lazy to type out that recipe and will post it at a later date. In the meantime, you can start on the cupcakes.

 

 

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Here’s my latest cake! It’s kind of an inside joke, but I think you can enjoy it even without the backstory:

It’s a giant cannoli! With a “Welcome to New Jersey” highway sign, which has a cereal treat interior and is covered in green fondant. The cake itself is half chocolate, half vanilla. The frosting is a very light cream cheese buttercream. There are nice big chocolate chips on the end (to make it a chocolate chip cannoli) and the “shell” is rolled out fondant.

It also had sparklers on top, which, yes, I did light. I think Duff would be proud 🙂

Anyway, I haven’t done a ton of 3-D carved cakes before, so I was a little nervous making this, but I was really happy with the way it came out and thought I’d share it with you all. Hope you like it as much as I do!

 

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