Tag Archives: cupcakes

Un-BEAR-ably Cute

14 Oct

How could I resist. So, the request from the customer was royal blue and gold for her Teddy Bear themed baby shower. The cake is 14″ red velvet and frosting covered. The only fondant on that is the “pillow” up top which is chocolate cake covered in fondant and gold teddy bear cutouts and the actually teddy sitting on top of the pillow. It was my hope to make a teddy bear out of cake, but the humidity in NY that weekend was killing my cake sculpture and the fondant around it. Unlike other bakers, I want my cake to taste good, so I use an awesome recipe which was just too soft and moist to hold up against the weather and the shape. A real chef will always choose TASTE over aesthetics. That’s what I truly believe.

The cupcakes are chocolate and vanilla with fondant teddy bear cutouts. The gold cutouts are brushed with gold dust.

The cake pops are also chocolate and vanilla. There was a royal blue one that I neglected to take a picture of. But, because I don’t make gold chocolate (the dust will only get everywhere and taste not-so-great) the customer opted for yellow, which I thought made a much cuter cake pop.

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The Great Safari Adventure

2 Mar

Cupcakes, cake pops, and a two-tier cake, OH MY! What a tall order! Luckily, it went well and the party was a hit!

The animal print cake pops are red velvet, chocolate, lemon, and carrot cake. The are dipped in chocolate and designed in leopard, tiger, zebra, and cheetah.

The cupcakes are vanilla and chocolate. They are also designed in leopard, tiger, zebra, and cheetah.

This two-tier ruffle cake in red velvet filled with chocolate ganache and covered in cream cheese buttercream. The animals adorning the cake are toys, and not fondant or gumpaste.

I’ll let these beautiful pics speak for themselves!

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Alice in Wonderland Cake

3 Dec

Down the Rabbit Hole we go! What a fun cake this was to make! I love that they took it away from the more popular Disney themed Alice cakes and went off a beautiful, new color palette.  This is a 12″ tier topped with a 10″ tier, both covered and decorated in fondant. The cupcakes surrounding the cake are all red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting. All in all, I think they did a beautiful job with the party decor and the cake setup! It was a feast for the eyes!

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Spring Flowers Cupcakes

11 Jun

I do like making little fondant flowers for cupcakes! These are dulce de leche flavored cupcakes with dulce de leche butter cream. The flowers are made with fondant.

These have a little "Mima 72" in fondant hearts to celebrate the birthday girl.

These have a little “Mima 72” in fondant hearts to celebrate the birthday girl.

cupcakes and flowers

Seasame Street Cupcake Tower Cake

10 Jun

What’s better than cupcakes or a cake? Cupcakes on TOP of a cake! This was a multi-technique cake that had me rolling fondant and piping out our favorite Sesame Street character’s faces!

It is red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting on the inside. It’s covered in light blue fondant and topped with vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting tinted in light blue. The Elmo and Big Bird on the sides of the cake are piped on via buttercream. The plastic Sesame Street faces on top of each cupcake are actually plastic rings that the kiddies can take home with them once they’re done with their cupcake treat!

Overall, a very enjoyable cake to put together!

Again, sorry for the less-than-perfect picture. I was setting up this cake in the middle of the party and I was doing my best to get out of the way. I was also using my smart phone instead of a real camara- something I’m trying to get out of the habit of doing.

Left side view

Left side view

Front view

Front view

Right side view

Right side view

Glam Cakes

30 May

Here’s another take on the blinged-up cupcakes I did for the same customer a few months ago. I call these Glam Cakes! These are cognac cupcakes with a cognac butter cream with a hint of orange and cocoa. If it’s not clear in the pics, those are supposed to be lipstick, watches, gold bracelet, and sunglasses (which, I admit, kind of look like Madonna’s bras circa 1989).

I was told they were a hit!

Glam Cakes

Glam Cakes

Cupcake Cuteness

27 Mar

Not every pastry I make has to have a millions pounds of decoration piled on top of it. First, and foremost, it has to taste good. And sometimes a well made cupcakes doesn’t need all the embellishments to make it fantastic! These were for a baby shower for a daddy-to-be of a set of twins! (Boy and girl!) How adorable is that? I opted to go with a more simple approach to the deco so that the yumminess of the cupcakes weren’t overshadowed and it didn’t make the babyshower too over-the-top feminine.

Somewhat gender-neutral, but still cute and simple!

Somewhat gender-neutral, but still cute and simple!

 

Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!

Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!

Cheers!

9 Mar

My craft beer group is lead by one of my dearest friends! Here’s another sampling of my Craft Beer Cupcakes: Death by Chocolate and Cookies n Cream. Both cakes are baked with Southern Tier’s Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout for that last hint of fall on the back palate.

The “S” stands for SUPER or STEVE! They’re little mini oreos with piped frosting. The mini beer mugs are made of fondant and topped with a frosting “head”.

Happy Birthday, Steve! Wishing you many more!

Cheers

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M.A.C. Attack

5 Mar

I love a customer who knows what she wants! This was a very fun order to fill using only gold, purple, and black with the M.A.C. theme! The flavors of these fashion-forward themed confections were Red Velvet and Death by Chocolate!

 

M.A.C. Cupcakes

M.A.C. Cupcakes

 

 

Little Diva Birthday Cupcake

27 Jun

This was a lot of fun to do! My favorite little Park Slope Divas had their birthdays recently, and I got to make this “Cupcake Cake” for Emery’s 1st Birthday! Sometimes these little projects turn out to be some of my favorites when it’s all said and done.

This cupcake is actually a little larger than a 6″ cake in circumference, and stands about 6″ tall. It’s chocolate cake with chocolate filling. The bottom and sides have green fondant to simulate the cupcake paper, but the top is all pink frosting. It’s decorated with some fondant cutouts, and the sparkle you see is edible glitter.

What more can I Little Diva Fashionista ask for?

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EXTERMINATE THE CAKE…and get cupcakes!

6 Jun

A Doctor Who order will never be denied. It took me two whole days to sculpt these babies, but I think they were worth it! All fondant with some toothpicks and lollipop sticks  to hold some of them up.

These are all the figures side by side. They couldn't travel on top of the cupcakes because they were too top-heavy to keep stable in a moving vehicle.

These are all the figures side by side. They couldn’t travel on top of the cupcakes because they were too top-heavy to keep stable in a moving vehicle.

 

Here are some of the little guys in action!

Here are some of the little guys in action!

 

80’s Babies: Pac Man & Ms. Pac Man

27 May

I’ve already done a Pac Man themed cupcake display in the past, and you can check it out right Here. What I have today is one of my favorite Geek buddy’s birthday Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man cupcakes for him and his cousin. I had the pleasure of doing their dual birthday cake last year: Gem & Thunder Cats.

It’s an 80’s Gamer theme…How could I resist??? Happy Birthday, Tommy!

 

Pac Man Cupcakes by Queenie Cakes

Timey Wimey Dr. Who Cupcakes

13 May

I have been itching to make Dr. Who cupcakes for YEARS! Personally, I’m a fan of the 10th Doctor, but these were in the theme of the 11th Doctor. Let me just say that I’ve made a few cakes / cupcakes for this particular family already, and they have been awesomely geek-themed. The Pac Man and Minecraft cupcakes were all for this family, and it was nothing less than a pleasure to do them!

I know my Tardis could have come out a little better than that. Dainty, tiny writing just isn’t my strong suit.  Still, this has been the highlight of my year thus far as far as what’s come out of my Dungeon!

Happy 18th Birthday! Now who's ready for some wibbly wobbly timey wimey cupcakes???

Happy 18th Birthday! Now who’s ready for some wibbly wobbly timey wimey cupcakes???

The Muppets

16 Apr

Okay, maybe some of my Muppets resemble the Moopets a little better, but I’ve been itching to make these for a while, and I’m always up for a challenge!

These are primarily chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla or chocolate frosting and some with cannoli filling.

All the Muppets are sculpted out of fondant and colored or “painted” with edible food gel. There are no toothpicks or wires. Everything is 100% edible!

The whole crew!

The whole crew!

It's time to play the music...

It’s time to play the music…

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It’s time to light the lights…

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It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!

And if you know the lyrics to the rest of the song, it just makes you all the more awesome!

A Mouthful of Merry

17 Dec

Just a little sampling of some of the Xmas cupcakes going out this season!

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Jacob K. Javits Federal Building – 26 Federal Plaza

31 Jul

This is what my day-job looks like from outside. A co-worker recently threw a going away party for one of his close colleagues. I wasn’t able to attend the 75-cupcakes spread because I was on my way to DC, but I did manage to snap some shots of this cake I made for the celebrant to take home with him, along with all our well-wishes.

Not only did I lug this cake into work, but I also toted in the 75 cupcakes….all this BEFORE boarding my ride to DC! I know, I know…I have super powers. Shhh….don’t tell anyone!

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Should I call this Cake 2 of my Federal Building Series?

Spring is in the Air

24 Apr

Mini marshmallow flowers atop mini cupcakes! Perfect for mini tea parties!

Boozy Birthday

21 Feb

What’s more fun than a birthday at a biergarten??? BOOZY CUPCAKES, of course!

These babies were done with love for the fearless organizer of my Craft Beer Meetup Group, Steve! If you love a good time and craft beer, check out the group! In the meantime, check out his cupcakes.

Light it up!!!

Another satisfied customer

S.A.D. – Single Awareness Day (The Opposite of Vday)

14 Feb

The last couple of years, I’ve found myself outside the circle of Vday festivities, which actually turned out fine since the last several years of my relationship Valentine nightmare stories were scary enough to put Stephen King off.

I discovered a whole new set of people who embrace NOT being embraced on this dreaded day of red and white. I’d bash chocolates and flowers, but I’m not going to lie.  I really love getting flowers and chocolate ANY time of the year.

Without further ado, my snarky version of the nostalgic Valentine’s Conversation Hearts in cupcake form.

The cupcakes are a new orange-y blend of my usual cannoli filling. I actually blended in a little marscapone to smooth out the graininess of the ricotta. A little splash of grand marnier (I’m not a big Sambuca fan), and it’s an instant hit!

Snarky Conversation Hearts

Eight Fairly Common Respones to Relationship Based Questions

It's Not Me, It's You

It's Not Me, It's You...Really

Just Not Into You

If he/she acts like he/she isn't into you, then they're JUST NOT INTO YOU!

Bite Me

Not always an invitation for fun time...

Let's Not Be Friends

Let's be honest. Who really wants to stay friends when it's all said and done?

 

You Suck

'Nuff said.

Size Does Matter

It does.

You're A Tool

When you care enough to always tell the truth.

The Vegan Playground

14 Jan

Queenie Cakes has been swinging in the Vegan playground. No one will ever say I don’t try to do my best for all of my customers! My specialty is not Vegan, Gluten Free, or any type of dietary restrictive style of  baking AT ALL. I respect my fellow bakers that ONLY make these styles of desserts, but my focus is on flavor, appearance, and the general happiness of the eater.

I love butter, real sugar, eggs and dairy. They produce some of the most delicious, airy, beautiful cakes I could hope for.

But, when a long-time customer asks me to make them vegan desserts so they can still enjoy my wares, I won’t say no. I have separate bakeware, mixing tools, and bowls to prep these cakes. And, to my surprise, even her non-Vegan guests loved the results.

Hello, Vegan world. I won’t become a permanent resident, but I don’t mind visiting every now and again! 😉

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Choco Crunchies

Scrumptious!

Cupcake Bouquet

28 Jun

Instead of flowers, send one of these!! Those are seven jumbo cupcakes up top, and a cake filled pot at the bottom (lined with tissue paper, of course.)

This is the first of a series of Bouquets that I’ll be making. They seem to be popular with the test group I tried them out on, and with a few tweaks, I don’t doubt that they will become a best seller! This particular bouquet is $35. I can probably make different sizes (smaller or bigger), but this will be the standard size for now.

Cupcake Bouquet- $35

7 Jumbo Cupcakes up top, and Cake-filled pot below

They can be made in different sizes, but this is my standard size now.

Sweet 16 Cupcake Tree

16 Jun

Simple and sweet! I love the color scheme of this party: Royal Blue, Silver, and White!

S'mores, Death By Chocolate, Vanilla Bean

Raspberry Truffle, Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter Cup

Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry Shortcake, S'mores, Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean, Cookies n Cream, Peanut Butter Cup

PacMan Love

17 May

This was a Sweet 16 order which was based on a concept the customer found online. Who doesn’t love a little 8-bit action? I absolutely love making gamer / geek themed cakes. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Add the fact that 80’s video games are on par with my generation….Well, maybe I shouldn’t date myself. Enjoy the Gamer Love!

On a side note, this was for a young lady’s Sweet 16! I think that’s absolutely kickass. =)

PacMan ❤

NYC Ballin’

12 Apr

A good friend of mine wanted some custom cupcakes for a real NY sports fan. She was really happy with the results!

Group Shot in the box. The other 3 are in a different box.

Top 3

I know my Knicks logo needs work. Practice makes perfect!

NY Giants

NY Yanks!

Cupcake Goodness

4 Jan

A small sampling of some of my cupcakes flavors:

Death by Chocolate

Dark chocolate cake soaked in Godiva liquor, frosted with semi-sweet chocolate ganache, trimmed in mini chocolate chips

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Death by Chocolate Close-Up

Frangelico Fancy

Hazelnut cake soaked in Frangelico liquor, frosted with Nutella buttercream

Frangelico Fancies

Frangelico Close-Up

Piña Colada

Pineapple caked baked with crushed pineapple pieces, soaked in Malibu Rum, frosted with coconut & Bacardi buttercream, and trimmed with toasted coconut

Piña Colada

Piña Colada Close-Up

Boozy Bundles

An assortment of vanilla flavored cupcakes, soaked in various liquors, frosted with vanilla whipped frosting and garnished with various liquor filled chocolates

Boozy Bundles

Red Velvet Flowers

4 Oct

Red Velvet Flowers

This past weekend marked my mom’s 50th Birthday. Instead of some huge ostentatious cake, she opted for cupcakes. So, I whipped up a batch of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  The middle of the flowers are red piping gel and pink strawberry frosting. The butterflies are made of Merken’s chocolate.

Happy Little Herps! (Reptiles)

25 Aug

“Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians (including the frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and gymnophionae) and of reptiles (including snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuataras). 

Herpetology is concerned with poikilothermic, ectothermic tetrapods. “Herps” (or sometimes “herptiles” or “herpetofauna”) exclude fish. ”  (via Wikipedia

That’s just my fancy way of saying I made cute cupcakes with little handmade fondant sculpted “herps” or reptiles on top. (Rather than have you think I made cupcakes in the shape of some ghastly STD!) There were turtles, leopard geckos, anoles, and snakes.  Oh, my! 

I just wish I took better pictures. As always, time was a factor and I chose to get them to the customer on time rather than pose them up for pictures. I boxed them up and snapped as many shots as I could before I had to go. Such is life! 

Turtles and Lizards and Snakes! Oh, My!

Autumn Wedding Cupcake Tree

19 Aug

Cupcake Tree for a Fall Wedding

Gerber Daisy Cupcake Tree

18 Aug

 

Colorful Gumpaste Gerber Daisies on Sugar-Rimmed Cupcakes

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