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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Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies {recipe}

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies

It’s pumpkin season!  I love pumpkin desserts, as you can probably tell from these recipe for pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin doughnuts with marshmallow and graham cracker glaze, pumpkin doughnut holes, and pumpkin cinnamon buns with maple glaze.  When I spotted pumpkin spice pudding mix at the supermarket, I scooped it up with a few ideas in mind.

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Upsherin Birthday Cake

Upsherin Cake

Some families have the custom of waiting to cut a little boy’s hair until he is 3 years old. When my nephew turned 3, we celebrated his birthday with a party and a hair cutting ceremony.  He needed the perfect cake for the celebration!  I love this new look of making a shorter bottom tier, then a super tall center tier, and a small top tier.  I have been doing it a lot lately, and I’m not sick of it yet!

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Simple Batman Cake

Simple Batman Cake

Sometimes simple cakes are harder than more detailed designs.  This cake was really fun to design.  It was made for a small celebration, so the family didn’t want anything too big. Just because the cake needed to be small; this is a 6″ round cake that measures 6″ tall as well; doesn’t mean it needs to be boring!  I covered the cake and the cake board in gray fondant.  I had to do a good job of covering the cake since there were not many decorations to cover mistakes!  I really wanted to wrap the cake in a NYC skyline so I designed a really cool fondant cutter for my husband to print for me.  We ran into all sorts of problems, it would have been quicker for me to cut it by hand, but we were determined to get it right! After applying the black skyline, it looked a little flat and dark, so I added some yellow squares for windows.  I also added some silver stars in the sky.

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Sports Themed Cake

Sports Cake

Okay, first of all, I can’t believe it has been a year since I made Harry his Pirate Birthday Cake.  These days, I guess I measure my time in cake.  This years sports themed cake was really fun to make!  Lately, I am obsessed with cake toppers. Since they didn’t request any specific sports teams to be represented, I was a little unsure what I was going to create.  I thought, maybe I would make a baseball hat, but then I would have to choose colors, and that would get complicated.  Then the idea hit me, and I created a gum paste trophy!

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Mosaic Chevron Cake

Mosaic Chevron Cake

I love trying new techniques and I love using patterns on my cakes.  I have seen this mosaic tile look on cakes and I was ready to try it out.  And since I’m obsessed with chevron right now (check out this and this cake) I knew this cake was going to incorporate that pattern.  Lucky for me, the friends that I made the cake for are also loving chevron right now.  It’s probably a Pinterest thing.  The party was to celebrate birth of their daughter, Julia and I was given the freedom to make a cake in any style I wanted.

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Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a confession to make.  I don’t challenge myself enough in the kitchen.  I love experimenting, but with two young kids around, I just don’t want my kitchen adventures to fail.  I don’t have a lot of time to waste!  and while I love participating in the Kosher Connection link-up (a group of bloggers that share a recipe each month with the same theme), I often find myself skipping them.  Sometimes I run out of time, but mostly, the theme is too hard!  This month’s theme is smoked or smoky food.  I was determined to share a smoked or smoky dessert!

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love bananas, but I often find myself with overripe ones.  I usually peel them and stash them in a ziplock in the freezer for smoothies.  But how many frozen bananas do I need to keep on hand?!  So I am always on the hunt for desserts using bananas.  I’ve shared my recipe for strawberry banana crumb cake, banana muffin top cookies, and even a Passover banana muffin.  But I needed more!  So I’m sharing this recipe for peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies.

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Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake

There is a growing trend with expectant moms and dads to find out the baby’s gender with a party.  The parents receive news of the baby’s gender in a sealed envelope and then use creative ways to share the surprise.  My favorite way is using cake of course!  But I haven’t had the chance to make a gender reveal cake until recently.

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Minion Birthday Cake

Minion Birthday Cake

I had so much fun making this cake, it is just so darn cute!  I was asked to make Aroni a minion birthday cake.  He wanted the minion to be playing hockey.  His mom thought it might look a little silly since minions don’t really play hockey, but I made it totally work!  Since this was my first minion cake, I just had to wing it.  I stacked a bunch of 6 inch cakes (maybe 5) and one rounded cake for the top.  The rounded cake was baked in a small glass bowl that I greased and floured well.  The shape is very simple, all the details really bring the cake to life!

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Frozen Birthday Cake

Frozen Birthday Cake

I have to admit that when I was asked to make this cake a few months ago, I hadn’t yet seen the movie.  I had obviously heard of it, but with a 3 year old son, there was no rush to see Disney’s Frozen.  After some careful research, I realized that the animation in this movie was amazing and replicating the characters would be extremely time consuming and difficult.  I decided to cut my losses and wanted to buy some plastic cake toppers.  But with the popularity of the movie, every Anna and Elsa cake topper was sold out or back-ordered.  I was getting nervous.  After scouring the internet for way too much time, I came across another Frozen cake made using toy figurines that came in a fancy book.  I quickly placed my order for the book, and decided I would figure out how to attach the toys to the cake once they showed up.

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Butterfly Birthday Cake

Butterfly Birthday Cake
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Girly Snowflake Cake

Pink and Silver Snowflake Cake

I know it’s finally warm outside; I think it is safe to say that winter is officially over!  But I made this cake a few months ago, for my cute little niece, Anna.  It’s traditional to have a little party after a baby girl is born.  Although Anna won’t remember, her cake was super cute.

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Custom Cake for a Bubby {Grandmother}

Bubby's Favorite Things

This cake was made for a special grandmother/bubby on a special milestone birthday.  I was given a few things that she enjoyed including knitting, reading, drinking coffee, and her 9 grandchildren.  The color scheme was gold, and blue/green.  This is the cake I came up with!  I love making book cakes, I don’t know why, I just think they are so cute and the perfect shape for a cake.  The two books were the basic foundation for the cake.

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Nautical Birthday Cake

Nautical Birthday Cake

How cute is this birthday cake?!  It was made to match a nautical themed birthday party. I love the simplicity of this cake, but sometimes simple cakes are the hardest to make because there is nowhere to hide flaws!

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Princess Pirate Birthday Cake

Princess Pirate Birthday Cake

My niece Abby turned 4 years old!  She requested a princess pirate birthday cake to match her princess pirate birthday party theme.  2 years ago I made Abby this Dora and Diego cake for a party she shared with her cousin Aaron.  I’m so impressed at how far my photography has come since then!

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A Taste of Pesach {review and giveaway}

A Taste Of Pesach

I am really pleased to be able to share my thoughts on this exciting new cookbook with you!  Artscroll has done a fabulous job in presenting over 150 triple tested Pesach recipes.  There are pictures for every recipe, which I always enjoy.  I want to know what my dish will look like so I don’t have to guess at what I’m preparing.  After all, Pesach is stressful enough!  This beautiful cookbook was 6 years in the making.  Each Pesach for the past 6 years, 6 women have been sharing their fabulous Pesach recipes with their community.  There has been so much positive feedback about these pamphlets year after year, that these recipes were finally published into one gorgeous cookbook.

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Tiffany Blue and White Quilted Cake

Tiffany Blue Quilted Birthday Cake

Here is a pretty, simple, and elegant birthday cake I made for a birthday.  Shira’s mother in law ordered the cake to celebrate her birthday.  She wanted it elegant but didn’t want it to look too much like a wedding cake.  We agreed that making the cake in this Tiffany blue color would be the perfect idea.  I quilted the tiers and added edible pearls for extra glam.

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