May 06, 2010

The Happy Baker!

Yesterday was my fiancĂ©'s Birthday, so I was baking and cooking up a storm!

First, I did caricature cupcakes of us. I made peach-coloured blobs out of Royal Icing, then drew the faces with Food Writer markers (my new favourite thing), and then iced the hair and lettering with Butter Cream.

Tip: Let the Royal Icing set for at least a week if you plan on drawing with Food Writer markers. I only let the "faces" set for about a day and if you look closely, you can see a few cracks and smushed corners. Baking is a learning experience, right?

Then, for the rest of the cupcakes, I added Royal Icing flowers and yellow piping. The red and yellow cupcakes are McDonald's-themed cupcakes because his Birthday happened to fall on McHappy Day:

Instead of making 2 dozen cupcakes, I used the rest of the batter to make a mini Birthday cake:

Then for dinner I made a Mango Coconut Curry with Butternut Squash on Jasmine and Wild Rice with Naan bread.

And that was my edible Birthday present for this year!

I am also excited for this weekend because I am interviewing Erin Bolger, "The Happy Baker," and covering the opening of our local Farmer's Market for a Food blog story.

I'll be asking her some Mother's Day recipe suggestions, baking tips and a bit about her experiences with baking and dating.

Check out her website here.


  1. Oh I just tried emailing you to tell you the news and it bounced back. Please email me your address OK? sueridler at gmail dot com

  2. Nicely done on the baking! Happy baking indeed. Beautiful Laura and I look forward to reading your article. Congrats on winning the cookbook too! All good things.


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