Beautiful Butterfly Birthday Cake

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Remember how I said I couldn’t decide how to decorate this cake?

Well this was maybe cake #3 of 5. Haha. And it was SO easy to do! I came up with a fun little trick to make the butterflies look like they were floating!

These gorgeous butterfly stickers were part of my package for the 12 Months of Martha challenge (I’m sent a box of supplies every other month and challenged to see what I come up with!)

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Before placing them on the cake I just gave them a slight fold, I didn’t worry about removing the foam adhesive or the fact that they were not edible, because, I mean, this isn’t Cake Boss.

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I thought the cake looked pretty just like that, but I also thought it would be fun for the butterflies to FLY! For the cake topper I rummaged through my kitchen until I found a clear plastic lid! A water bottle, or an old package would work, but I, of course, had these little baby food lids in abundance.

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I just trimmed them into a quarter inch strip, then stuck the butterfly sticker to the lid! You could do as few…

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Or as many as you like.

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If you have a butterfly lover in your life, go ahead and make their day!

I have two more versions of this cake! Haha so just, brace yourself.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. To see ALL of my 12 Months of Martha ideas, go here!

xo
Alison

Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake and Kitchen Confidence

Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake
Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake
Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake
Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake

I was SO excited to receive a copy of Kelsey Nixon’s new book “Kitchen Confidence” to review. And not just because the book showed up with honey popcorn and honey popcorn ingredients. Hubba hubba.

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I’ve known Kelsey for a while and I could not be more impressed with what a rockstar she is, (I mean she’s personal friends with Bobbly Flay) but this book just pushed my respect for the woman over the edge. It’s amazing.

I love cooking and baking books, so when I buy them I devour them. I read them like a novel. I really appreciate when books go above and beyond with resources and photography, and this book does not disappoint.

As you may or may not know, I’m always looking for an excuse to make a layered cake, so of course I tested out her Essential Yellow Birthday Cake with Buttercream Frosting first. I loved it.

This is a denser cake, but boy oh boy a moist cake! I hope you can get over the use of the word moist, because it was a must. The recipe doesn’t call for cake flour, which is also a bonus, because I always seem to be running out of cake flour.

“Kitchen Confidence” has SO many fabulous recipes I can’t wait to try. And I’m not just saying this because I love Kelsey, in fact I’m kind of a jerk and if I didn’t like the book or the cake I wouldn’t have mentioned it. Hahaha. But for reals.

I added the blackberries to the center of the cake because is there anything better than fresh berries swimming in buttercream? I think not. I specifically chose the color of the cake (one drop of Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Teal) to compliment the berries.

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I made this for my friend and photographer gem Heather to help her celebrate turning 30! Except I didn’t tell her mom I was making a cake so when I showed up with it her mom had just made her one too! Hahaha CAKE FOR DAYS! Oh well, it’s the thought and calories that count, right?

I COULD NOT decide how to decorate this cake! So this is not how I delivered the cake, though these options look good in retrospect!

I thought it would be fun to share the like 5 ways I decorated the cake, because I took pictures of all of them! So this first picture is the simplest, most rustic. I love using what’s inside the cake ON TOP of the cake.

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But you all know I’m neither simple, nor rustic, so I wanted to see what piping some little dollops would look like.

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Then I couldn’t decide if this was very birthday-ish. So I scraped all the frosting off and tried two other options! Haha.

But I thought I’d share these first because they are simple and might be a great option for your next cake endeavor! If you follow along on IG you’ve seen one option, and I’m thinking my butterfly option I tried might have been the prettiest. But you’ll have to wait til you’ve seen them all to tell me which is your favorite!

Thoughts?! Comments? I love you all. Happy birthday. Go have some cake.

xo

Alison

Easy Spring Banners and Signs Using Large Scale Printing

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One thing that has totally been my jam lately is using large-scale printing for events. So I decided to make a lil video and show three different ways to use these large-scale signs, and I made you some Spring banners that you can download for free!

These banners are 36″ x 48″ and they read: HOPPY SPRING, PARTY ON, and EVERY FLOWER MUST GROW THROUGH DIRT (a quote by Laurie Jean Sennott)

DOWNLOAD ALL 3 SIGNS HERE

In my lil video I teach ALL about large-scale printing, and why I love it so much!

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I used signs like these at the Glam Lumberjack Jam, at my Bing Be Brave Dinner, and at lots of other small gatherings! They’d be great for a birthday, a conference or reception, or just to fill an empty wall!

For other fun Spring videos/ideas you can check out these EASY Easter Bunny Cups or see this pretty Spring Watercolor Party, it has a bunch of cute downloads too!

HOPPY SPRING!

xo
Alison

How to be awesome Part 2: Put your goals before your pride

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Hello! Ok, so doing part 2 in my How to Be Awesome series was even harder and more nerve-racking than doing part 1! Haha, because I got so worried it wouldn’t be as good, or it wouldn’t be what people wanted, but, well I just had to get to a place where what I wanted to say was more important to me than how people responded, which is a place I sometimes get to with almost too much ease! Haha and other times need a week or two!

If you’ll recall How to Be Awesome Part 1 was: Getting Started!

But How to Be Awesome Part 2 is: Put Your Goals Before Your Pride. This was alternately titled: Being Awesome Means Being Willing to Look Like an Idiot, but I think “pride” is the more universal thing that stops us from doing what we want and or think we should do!

In this episode I talk about the reasoning behind my IG dance videos and what they do for my brand.

I also issue Awesome Homework! So we can all become more awesome together! So be sure to do it and you can enter to win a Party in a Box from me! And you know how much I love to party!

Thank you guys so much for being awesome, and your support! Have a happy Thursday!

xo
ALison

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