birthday cupcakes

Lumberjack Cookie Cupcake Picks

My daughter decided to throw a lumberjack themed first birthday party for my first grandchild. While planning it, we decided that it would be fun to add smaller cookie toppers to the cupcakes. I had never done this before, but I was excited to try it out.

My inspiration for cupcake pick cookies came from seeing this sign cutter and thinking that I could make a wood grain sign and personalize it for Finn's birthday.

But then, I couldn't just stop there. (I rarely ever do....) I added some additional smaller cookies that would fit well as toppers too..... two different evergreen trees, an axe, and a small simplified lumberjack face.

Cupcakes and decorating with buttercream icing is not my forte, but I always give it my best shot with each family event. These were made a little easier by adding decorated cookies to the cupcake tops. Now that's something I can handle!

And they were a big hit. People loved getting BOTH a cupcake and a cookie when choosing a treat. 

And best of was a grand and wonderful party for my sweet first born grandson, Finnegan Asher.



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Birthday Cupcake Cookies (Tutorial)

In honor of CookieCrazie's birthday week celebration.......

a tutorial on making birthday cupcake cookies. :)

You'll need 10 second icing in at least two different colors.
If you want to do a pattern on the "wrapper", you'll need additional colors.
As always, I used a #2 round tip to outline and a #4 to flood.

Outline the wrapper......

Without touching the wet wrapper outline, I also outlined the frosting top too.
Dry outlines with heat gun.

Fill in the wrapper......including pattern and allow to dry. Start on the top by adding the middle of the icing layers and let it dry.

 Then fill in the other two layers.
Notice that I changed my mind midstream and removed
the outline below the top curly Q.
I decided it would look better if that whole thing was just one layer. 

Once the wrappers have dried for about 1 hr,
you can add some texture lines to them. 

I used my cake tester from Pampered chef.....
but you can use any food safe object that will add
some "folds" to your cupcake wrappers.

Lay your tool down gently on the icing and push enough to indent it.

With the polka and striped was really hard to photograph the fold texturing.

So I also photographed one of my plain wrappers so you could see the folds much more clearly.

I love these happy little cupcakes.
I needed to see happy cupcakes today. :)

The confetti is flying at CookieCrazie. haha

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MeeMaw's 80th Birthday Quilted Cookies Collection

My mother-in-law just turned 80 last I wanted to do some very special cookies for her.

Since she is a quilter and I love to do quilted cookies......the theme was a no-brainer. :)

I can not tell you how much fun I had taking all the normal birthday shapes and making them with a quilted look! Pure joy.

I just talked to her last night. The crowd at the party devoured the cookies.....and she didn't get one.
But she seemed so happy about them, that I don't think she minded. :)

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