Minnie Mouse First Birthday Cake

Minnie Mouse First Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

How cute are first birthday cakes?! This cake was a combination of a few cakes I have made before. The blocks were taken from this silhouette first birthday cake. The font was inspired by the actual Disney font and was used on this cake. The actual cake was inspired by this first birthday cake from a few years ago.

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Mermaid Birthday Cake

Mermaid Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This cake was so much fun to design. I love that it is girly yet colorful and fun. After covering the cakes in white fondant, I used my airbrush to color the tiers this pretty teal and blue-green underwater color. I made the figures out of gum paste because it dries harder and more quickly than fondant. Once they were dry, I attached them to the cake using royal icing. I used the same royal icing to pipe tiny bubbles around the cake.

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Construction Birthday Cake + Smash Cake

Construction Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love making first birthday cakes. The themes always change and are always super cute! This cake was made to match the birthday invitations which featured the cute dump truck. I made the same dump truck but made it all edible! The cake needed some more detail so I added in some simple orange construction cones that I cut out freehand.

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Funfetti Passover Cookies

Funfetti Passover Cookies | Lil Miss CakesI couldn’t let Passover go without another funfetti recipe (see my funfetti coconut macaroons), because it’s pretty much everywhere. While doing some Passover ingredient shopping I spotted rainbow sprinkles and knew needed to use them! I took my famous Passover chocolate chip cookie recipe and replaced the chips with sprinkles. I also worked on relpacing the margarine with oil. Passover margarine is very expensive, hard to come by, and not the healthiest option. I had to bake and toss 3 batches of cookies until I got the oil just right. It was annoying, but worth it! Now I will say, these taste a bit more Kosher for Passover than the chocolate chip option because you are missing the delicious chocolate goodness, but this is a great option for people who don’t like chocolate. Or are allergic. I’ll just go with allergic, since I will never understand how people can prefer cookies without chocolate chips! Happy funfetti Passover! Here is the printable dairy free and margarine free recipe.

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Funfetti Coconut Macaroons

Funfetti Coconut Macaroons | Lil Miss Cakes

Coconut macaroons are the first dessert that come to mind when I think of Passover. It is probably most peoples first thought as well. I happen to love coconut macaroons, so I look forward to having this treat on Passover. But most of my family members are so totally over macaroons. If I’m going to eat a coconut macaroon, you can bet it will be homemade. So I thought I would bring some fun back to this traditional dessert. I added rainbow sprinkles and shaped them into little hearts! These cookies are sweet, soft in the center, but crispy at the edges. They are dairy-free, kosher for Passover, and really easy to bake-no mixer required! Here’s my printable recipe.

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Neon Birthday Cookies

Neon Birthday Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes
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Lingerie Cookies

Corset Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I have a cookie cutter problem.  I’m addicted to cookie cutters.  When I saw this shape from Copper Gifts, I needed it!  And I bought it.  But I didn’t have any use for it at the time.  When I got a last minute order for lingerie cookies, I was ready to go!  I made these corset cookies in 3 shades of pink to keep them extra girly.  And the black detailing makes them a bit sexy.

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Pickup Truck Cake

Pickup Truck Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I am finally over my fear of car cakes!  I have made a few in the past, but each one gets better and better.  This one got me nervous because the truck needed to be driving up a pile of dirt.  I usually decorate cakes as I go along, I don’t often do a lot of planning, but car cakes need to be planned out.  I designed a template for the shape of the truck and used that to carve out the whole cake.  I have carved cakes by eye in the past and they never come out realistic enough.  They looked cute, but not to scale.

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Preschool Of Rock Birthday

Drum Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love when people get creative with their birthday parties!  This party theme was “Preschool of Rock”; how cute!  All the desserts were made to match the party invitation.  The birthday boy loves music and loves to drum, so the cake was made to look like one.  I’ve done a toy drum cake before, but this one was completely different!  This design was super simple, so I used color and texture to add interest.

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Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen

Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

I can’t believe it took me this long to come up with this hamantaschen flavor!  I love pumpkin and I love chai, but I guess since this isn’t pumpkin season, this idea hasn’t hit me-until now.  And I’m so happy I thought of it!  I always have Oregon Chai tea concentrate on hand because I love making my own chai tea lattes during the winter.  I use the chai tea concentrate as the liquid in the dough, and to further bring out that flavor I  make my own chai spice blend.  The spice blend has a lot of ingredients, but they are all so amazing, once you own them, you will find yourself using them in sweet and savory dishes!  I love pumpkin but don’t really like pumpkin pie.  But this hamantaschen recipe needed a pumpkin pie filling, so I was on the hunt for a filling even I would love.  I remembered seeing a recipe I thought I would like by Bakerella (one of my idols and the inventor of the cake pop).  She uses cream cheese along side the pumpkin in her pie bites recipe; so I did the same thing but used dairy-free tofutti cream cheese and spiced it with my chai spice blend. Holy deliciousness!  My dough is soft, tender, and so easy to work with.  The dough needs no refrigeration and doesn’t lose it’s shape.  These cookies are packed with flavor and freeze so well.  The dough and filling can even be prepared the day before, just wrap and chill in the fridge.  The next day, just shape and bake.  I’m not sure which hamantaschen are my favorite anymore.  These are definitely on par with my cookies n’ cream recipe, but a bit more sophisticated than my funfetti hamantaschen.  Just try them all!

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Funfetti Hamantaschen

Funfetti Hamanstaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

It’s no secret that I love baking hamantaschen.  I have made some fun combinations like cookies n’ cream, peanut butter and jelly, and pina colada, but nothing beats my classic recipe.  With the funfetti trend going around I thought it would be fun to jump on board.  I’ve seen a ton of funfetti deserts going around, but I hadn’t been in Purim mode so I never put the two together until I saw Chanie’s (Busy In Brooklyn) Funfetti Cake.  I immediately grabbed my recipe and raided my sprinkle cabinet and I’m so happy with these-they are like a party!  I highly recommend trying my recipe for hamantaschen dough because it’s so easy to work with;  and the cookies come out tender, soft, with just the right amount of sweetness to balance with the jam center.  But…you could always just use your personal favorite recipe and add in some sprinkles!

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Cookies n’ Cream Hamantaschen

Cookies n' Cream Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

Sometimes I get a dessert idea that is too good to be true.  After seeing Melinda’s (Kitchen-Tested) Black and White Cookie Hamantachen I immediately got inspired.  Melinda used black and white bakery cookies to make a cookie butter filling.  Then all at once I thought-cookie butter filling is genius…chocolate sandwich cookies…cookie crumbs in the dough…cookies n’ cream hamantaschen!  This idea went from my mind to my oven in less than 24 hours.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I really really wanted this cookie to work-and it did!  I made my own cookie filling that comes together so fast,  it’s only 2 ingredients! I clearly love baking hamantaschen; and I love coming up with fun combinations such as Peanut Buttter and Jelly, and Pina Colada, but I think this is my best idea yet!

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Jack In The Box Birthday Cake

Jack In The Box Birthday Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

Happy first birthday Jack!  For Jack’s first birthday, his party theme was “Jack In The Box”-so cute!  I was tasked with making the cake.  I had a few parameters, it needed to be square and it needed to be colorful.  I wanted to keep the cake elegant but still appropriate for a kids party.  I think I achieved that goal!  I kept the cake simple, clean, cheerful and fun.

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Frozen Icicle Birthday Cake

Frozen Icicle Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

My niece told me that she wanted a Frozen (as in Disney’s Frozen) birthday cake for at least 6 months.  The movie came out just around her 4th birthday so there wasn’t enough time for the obsession to begin.  Last year she asked for a Pirate and Princess Cake, and the year before that I can’t remember what I made her.  For her 2 year old party she was too tiny to decide so her mom requested a Dora and Diego Cake for her to share with her cousin.

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Secret Restaurant Recipes Cookbook {review and giveaway}

Secret Restaurant Recipes

I’m sure by now you have heard of this exciting new cookbook!  Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “Made Easy” cookbooks are back with an exciting new cookbook concept!  Leah and Victoria go into the kitchens of more than 70 top kosher restaurants for all over the world to share the recipes behind the dishes that keep us coming back for more. Not only does this book share secret recipes, but these famous chefs share tips, tricks, and techniques that every home cook would love to learn!

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Tiaras and Stars Birthday Cookies

Tiara and Star Sugar Cookies  | Lil Miss Cakes

I was asked to make some birthday cookies for a first birthday.  The colors of the party were pink and gold.  Talya’s mom asked for pink tiaras with gold accents and gold stars with pink accents.  When she received the cookies, she was even more excited about the cookies than she expected!

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Doctor’s Lab Coat Cake

Doctor Lab Coat Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This is actually my second lab coat cake I’ve made. The first one was a last minute order and I made it in one day.  It came out great, but with a little bit of planning,  was able to make one I loved even more!

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Fondant Rose Cake

Fondant Rose Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This cake was made to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary.  The lucky couple had a party thrown for them by their children.  Their oldest daughter was taking charge of the cake design.  She had tons of great ideas and was really fun to work with.  Often times customers will give me a general idea of the design they want, or they will send me inspiration pictures.  For this cake, my customer knew what she wanted.  She wanted an ombre rose cake.  Easy enough, I’ve done those!  She also wanted a silhouette of her parents and she wanted ruby red on the cake since the 40th anniversary is ruby.  The most difficult request was that she wanted the roses to be fondant, not buttercream.  Now is where I needed to get creative!  I had some ideas, but had a tough time explaining them, so I sketched the design up on my Ipad and sent them over.

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Elegant Hanukkah Cookies

Elegant Hanukkah Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

The first time I ever ever made this sugar cookie recipe I was small, and made them with my mom for Hanukkah.  This cookie recipe is a holiday family tradition!  But every year I like to design new ways to use this perfect cookie dough.  A few years ago I made stenciled cookies that came out cute, but the colors were much darker than I intended.  My favorite design to date is my standing menorah made from cutters that I designed!

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Express Train Cake

Express Train Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I’ve gotten some pretty specific cake requests in the past, but this one was the cutest!  This little 3 year old birthday boy loves trains.  He gets a train cake for his birthday each year, but this year he needed a very specific train.  He is obsessed with the Acela Express Train.  He goes to the train yard and watches this specific train so the cake had to be right.   His mom wanted the cake to look authentic, not too cartoon like.

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Princess Sequin Cake

Princess Sequin Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

This is what happens when you ask for a girly, princess, one year old birthday cake.  I go over the top!  I decided to try out two new techniques on one cake, the pleating and the gold sequins.

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Thanksgiving Cookie Platter

Turkey Cookie Platter

I wanted to share this cookie platter with you on Thanksgiving day, but I got pretty busy so I will have to settle for Thanksgiving weekend!  I had made these Turkey Cookies a few weeks ago and I loved them.  Then I got an order for 2 cookie platters, one for 50 cookies and another for 35 cookies.  The turkey cookies were cute, but since they are made up of 2 cookies, they are much more work.  I thought this platter inspired by one of my favorite cookiers, Sweet Sugarbelle, would be the perfect sweet treat for the holiday.

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Airplane Cake Topper {Tutorial}

Planes Trains and Automobiles Cake

Remember this cake?  I made it a few weeks ago for a special 1 year old birthday.  It was such a fun cake to make.  I love making cake toppers, I think it really brings more height and interest to any cake.  I used to design my cake toppers from paper templates but now that I have my 3D printer, I can create cutters to simply create any design I like.  I actually used a paper template to create this topper, but I still wanted to design the cutters so I could easily replicate this in the future.  First you will need my airplane cutter set which can be purchased here.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies {recipe}

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

This recipe happened by accident. I was trying to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies for my sisters birthday.  They happen to be her favorite too.  The recipe calls for a package of vanilla pudding mix.  I started putting the recipe together and went to the pantry to grab a pudding mix from my stash…my empty stash!  I was all out of vanilla-my options were lemon or pumpkin spice pudding mix.  If I were baking for my mom, I would have grabbed lemon.  My sister is not a lemon fan though, so I went for the pumpkin and hoped for the best.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Sugar Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

Hi I’m Melissa, and I’m bad at icing sugar cookies.  Okay, I can get my royal icing to the proper consistency, I can color the icing to every color in the rainbow.  But I can’t look at a blank cookie and create a cute, fancy, intricate design.  I have spent years dabbling with royal iced sugar cookies and I have gotten the basics down!  I finally realized that I need to be esigning cookies my own way.  I can decorate a simple design really well.  So I deconstructed the turkey and created 2 simple designs.  The feather cookie is a simple design, and the turkey cookie is simple as well.  When they get stacked together…tada! Here’s a breakdown of how I made these.

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How To Decorate 3D Menorah Cookies {Video}

3D Menorah Cookie

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Standing Menorah Cookie {Tutorial}

3D Menorah Cookie

I’m so excited to share all my tips and tricks for creating perfectly rolled sugar cookies. All these tips will help to create these super cute menorah cookies that stand on their own! This is the method I use to roll out all my shaped sugar cookies.  Rolling out the dough my way takes a little more time, but each shape will be exactly perfect, the days of crooked cookies are over!  I definitely recommend using my recipe (which can be found at the bottom of this post) since that is the only recipe I have ever used; it’s tried and true.  But if you have a favorite recipe, go for it!  My method will still help create perfect shapes.

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Peppa Pig Birthday Cake

Peppa Pig Cake: Lil Miss Cakes

Peppa Pig is an extremely popular kids show right now.  When I asked my son what kind of cake he wanted, Peppa Pig was it.  For his 4th birthday we invited all his friends!  This was his first real party; in the past we have celebrated with family only.  I made him an amazing Hungry Caterpillar cake for his 2nd birthday and then kinda skipped his 3rd birthday (I feel terrible)!  There was so much going on, his birthday fell out smack in the middle of the High Holidays and I just couldn’t get my act together.  That was not going to happen this year…Charlie got the best cake!Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Cake

Planes Trains and Automobiles Cake

I am in so much love with this cake.  It is so simple yet super cute!  This cake was really easy to make since I was able to prep all the cars, trains and airplane topper in advance.  I really wanted to print some cutters for all the shapes, but it didn’t work out in time.  Instead I drew templates for each design, cut them out of paper, and traced them out of thinly rolled fondant.  I like adding a little tylose powder to my fondant decorations to help them harden really nicely.Fondant train cut outs

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Alice In Wonderland Cake

Topsy Turvy Alice in Wonderland Cake

I love getting requests for theme cakes I have never done.  When I first started making cakes many years ago, topsy turvy cakes were all the rage.  They were so trendy that I started hating them.  Now they are requested, but a lot less often.  I haven’t actually made one in so long that I don’t even have a post about it!  I’m not even sure I have a photo! When I got an order for an Alice in Wonderland cake, you better believe this was going to be a topsy turvy cake.  Abby’s sister asked for a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake for her 2nd birthday, and a Frozen cake for her 3rd.  I love that the two sisters have such different interests and personalities!

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