In which I talk about cupcakes & cookies

I grew up with the best mom ever. I know you think your mom was the best, but she wasn’t. Mine was. You should just learn to accept that fact.

For every birthday I had, my mom would stay up late decorating me the most beautiful birthday cakes. The cakes were full of wacky designs, beautiful flowers, and one year I even had a Garfield the cat birthday cake.

Her decorating skills haven’t exactly passed down to me. I still don’t correctly know how to stack one cake on top of the other and decorate it without the top cake sliding all over the place. And if I have to write something on the cake, forget about it. My cakes would totally end up on the blog Cake Wrecks.

But recently I have been decorating some cupcakes and cookies.

It all started with the garden cupcakes I made with a friend for my mom for Mother’s Day a few years ago.

garden cupcakes
We didn’t come up with the idea ourselves. We modified a design from the book Hello, Cupcake, but I think we did a great job. We use ground up Oreos for dirt, colored Tootsie Rolls to make carrots, potatoes, radishes, and pea pods, and green M&Ms for the actual peas. We also rolled the potatoes and carrots in cinnamon to make them look dirty.

After that creation, I started to get the decorating bug.

With my mom’s help, I made some pie cupcakes.

pies
These really are cupcakes, but with some colored M&Ms and frosting, they were transformed into pies.

And then I started decorating sugar cookies.

ice cream conessandals butterflies
sunglasses

My family and friends have loved these cookies, so now I get cookie cutters for gifts. I got these cookie cutters last year, and I’ve been so busy so I haven’t had a chance to make them, but I can’t wait to make Elvis and zombie cookies.

cookie cutters
I have a long way to go, and I probably need more lessons from my mom, but it’s a journey. Stay tuned for more decorating wins.

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