The Bake-off post…

And finally that post on how I baked and baked and baked, until I couldn’t bake no more. That is what happened. With the exception of red velvet black and white cookies (minus the icing), everything was done on Friday. It all started around 8AM and finished around 10PM. I only took brakes to feed Mika and play with him in the morning, in the afternoon Chris and Andrea were here and taking care of him. I was exhausted by the end of the day, my back was killing me. Why on earth did I even want to bake all this!? Well, so it can look pretty. I am insane. It’s just that I had this vision in my head of my kitchen island being transformed into a cupcake/sweets heaven and I wanted people to be able to get a plate and pick and choose their favorites and feel like we are not all as old as we are. I got the island looking pretty close to what I had in my head! So yay for me. I ate only a couple of things from all of this and gave the rest away.
IThe thing I learned on Friday is that I love to cook and I love to bake, but I am definitely a better cook than I am a baker. I think I need a lot of practice to get the stuff I bake to look and tastes how I want it and think it should. If it doesn’t taste better than what I can already buy, then there is really no point in insisting on making it. But I would love to learn. I got this phenomenal gift from Chris’s parent sand sister. It is a decorating set for baking and cooking and my fingers are already itching to make something with it. I would love to be able to create cute little wonders with it and put smiles on people faces. And if it gets to be tasty enough I would gobble it all up too!
Gobble-gobble, oh man when will that fall come!

I started bright and early with my mini birthday cake…then all the cupcakes followed. I was making 4 different kinds and also finishing the cookies and making chocolate covered bananas and blueberry sour cream ice cream.

The picture from above show most of the stuff I baked before I started with frosting them and decorating.

These mini cupcakes in foreground were banana nut with chocolate frosting, and in the background were the cinnamon cream cheese ones.

Again mini banana nut cupcakes and in the background a lemon blueberry cupcake with peach vine frosting.

On this photo are the black forest cupcakes and you can see a little bit of red velvet black and white cookies. They were my favorite from everything I made!
Here is another one of the black forest cupcakes:

The last picture is of a whole island, unfortunately without the birthday cake. I don’t know how I managed not to take a good one with the candles…maybe I will find something from later in the night eventually!

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