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|Baby girl cake pops!|
|The gorgeous mommy-to-be!|
Photos courtesy of the talented Alyssa Brown Photography
|Loving the little soothers, bibs, and hair bows.|
|and fun baby rattles!|
|Seriously, how can you resist that little grin?! |
Picture courtesy of talented Auntie Julia :)
|The cake, topped with a chocolate cupcake for the birthday boy! |
Oh how I love this time of year. Family and friends getting together, yummy food, cuddles on the couch under a blanket with my sweet kiddos, singing along to Christmas music, hot chocolate by the fire...such good memories are made at this time of year!
Christmas also usually brings out the baking side of me. I see so many cute ideas floating around on blogs, Facebook and Pinterest and just want to make them all! This year I've tamed it down a bit since I've realized if I make it, I will eat it :) I have a few recipes pulled out, though, and am excited to get going on them next week!
Last week I had a cake pop order for a past high school teacher of mine...she was one of my favorite English teachers so I was very excited when she contacted me for an order! She had a birthday party, and then a Christmas work party the night following. So 150 cake pops later, this was the result!
75 cake pops decorated in her colors of green and white for the birthday party, and 75 Christmas cake pops individually wrapped as party favors for the work party. The flavors were chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet...I personally LOVE the red velvet--it's so fun to bite into one and see that bright red color...especially in a green coating :)
I can't tell you how many recipes I've tried (and have been less than happy with) in my search for the perfect, from-scratch, vanilla cake. Most recipes turned out to be ultra-dense, dry, and definitely not consumable the second day. But finally...I've found it!! When I saw this recipe, I was skeptical (think: many failed attempts), but thought I'd give it a try. And it lived up to its name...it was light, fluffy, and deliciously vanilla-y! Plus it used ingredients right from pantry, which is always a win (other than cake flour, which some people may not have on hand). Paired with my favorite buttercream, it was a definite keeper!