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{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

Toy Story Checkerboard Cake

Surprise your family and friends with your baking skills by making this Toy Story themed checkerboard petal cake!  With a little work, preparation and time… you can make a cake that will WOW everyone!

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

This is the final post in the Toy Story themed party series!  And, I’m pretty certain I’ve saved the best for last with this Toy Story Checkerboard Cake! In case you missed the rest of the series… you can find them here:

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

Although this cake look really impressive, it was really quite simple to make.  It just took some planning, patience and time to execute.

There were two main techniques of baking and decorating that I used for this cake.  First was the checkerboard pattern I used on the inside of the cake.  At Matty’s party, people actually thought I cut out little pieces of cake and reassembled it back together with frosting.

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

No no no no no no no.  It’s SO much simpler than that.  All I needed to accomplish the checkerboard effect was four cake rounds in two colors and two sizes of biscuit/cookie cutters.

I cut out rings of cake and then simple moved the rings from one color to another, creating a pattern.  I stacked the cakes with a thin amount of frosting between each later and crumb coated the entire outside with frosting.

The decorating technique I used is called the Petal technique because you’re creating petals of frosting all around the cake.   I’ve made this style of cake only once before, but it was a huge success and really quite easy.  So I knew that I could make this cake with the same styling and it would turn out perfectly!

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

For the cake itself, I used i am baker’s recipe for The Perfect White Cake.  I’ve used this recipe before and I’m certain I’ll use it again.  It’s really a delicious recipe and the cake holds up really well to decorating!

Everyone at the party thought my cake was a huge hit.  And most importantly, the birthday boy loved it!  Every time he sees pictures of it, he says Buzz Buzz Buzz and does the happy-toddler-dance!  It’s super cute.

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

I really hope you take the opportunity to try these cake baking and decorating techniques!  And please, don’t feel overwhelmed either… they really are not that difficult and I hope that my directions below are clear and help give you the confidence to make it yourself!

If you love this cake, please PIN it to Pinterest and share it on Facebook with your friends!  I’d love to hear about it if you try these techniques with your cakes too! Please, send me pictures!!

Happy Baking!

Toy Story Checkerboard Cake

Toy Story Checkerboard Cake

Yield: 1 6in round checkerboard cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Checkerboard Cake

  • i am baker's Perfect White Cake - for the recipe CLICK HERE
  • Green & blue gel food coloring
  • 6in round cake pans
  • 4in & 2in round cookie/biscuit cutters

Buttercream

  • Vanilla buttercream - for the recipe CLICK HERE
  • Green & blue gel food coloring
  • 2 Large round piping tips
  • 2 small round piping tip
  • 4 disposable pastry/piping bags
  • Yellow gel food coloring

Instructions

Checkerboard Cake

  1. Prepare the cake batter as directed in i am baker's recipe (link above).
  2. Instead of the 8in pans in her recipe, grease and flour 2 6in pans. You can also line them with parchment paper if your cakes like to stick to your pans.
  3. Using a kitchen scale, measure by weight half of the batter and color it green.
  4. Color the remaining half of the batter blue.
  5. Spread each color into it's own prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Baking times vary depending on oven)
  7. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. Prepare the buttercream as directed in the recipe in the link above. Just to be safe, you'll want to double the recipe so you have enough to work with. You'll probably have extra, but that's better than not having enough.
  2. NOTE: The coloring of the buttercream will happen later in the assembly process.

Assembly

  1. Prepare the cake layers by trimming off the domed top of the cake. Cut horizontally into each cake layer to make two even pieces. You'll want two green and two blue layers of the same size.
  2. Use the cookie cutters to cut 4in and 2in rings out of each layer of cake.
  3. Take the cake pieces apart.
  4. Reassemble the cake pieces so that each color is alternating. Blue green blue. Green blue green. You'll have two layers of each pattern once they have been reassembled.
  5. Place a piece of wax paper on your rotating cake stand and set one layer of cake down.
  6. With the white buttercream, spread a thin layer on top of the first layer of cake.
  7. Place the second layer of cake down, making sure the outside ring is the opposite color of the first layer. Spread another thin layer of frosting on top.
  8. Repeat this with the next two layers of cake, making sure the outside rings of cake alternate in color.
  9. Crumb coat the entire cake with white buttercream. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  10. Spread a 1/2 inch layer of white frosting over the top of the cake. Reserve 1/3 cup of white frosting for later.
  11. Divide the remaining buttercream in half. Color half green & half blue.
  12. Prepare 2 disposable piping bags with the large round tips. Fill one with blue and one with green frosting.
  13. Use the Petal Cake Frosting technique to frost the outside of the cake. Alternating with green & blue frosting with each petal. NOTE: For detailed instructions on how to frost using the petal technique, CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL .
  14. Color half the reserved frosting yellow and half blue. Fit the piping bags with the small tips and fill them with each color.
  15. Pipe a large number 2 on the top of the cake in yellow frosting and outline it in blue.
  16. Write Happy Birthday with the remaining blue frosting.
  17. Allow the cake to set up in the freezer on the rotating cake stand until firm - about 2 hours.
  18. Gently remove the cake from the stand and place it on the stand you will serve the cake on.
  19. Store the cake covered in the refrigerator until ready 2 hours before serving when you'll remove it to room temperature.
{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Add excitement and fun to your next Toy Story themed party with these Alien Cupcakes!  By using my simple decorating techniques to make these Toy Story Alien Cupcakes, your guests will “be eternally grateful” for your effort!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Today is Matty’s 2nd birthday! I can’t believe that 2 years of his life have already come and gone.   It just seems like yesterday that I was celebrating his first birthday with these Sesame Street cupcakes!

Two weekends ago, we celebrated his birthday with a huge joint party with his little friend, Lena.  Lena and Matty are just two weeks apart so it was a treat to be able to celebrate their birthdays together this year! The theme of the party was Toy Story!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

For the Toy Story party, I made a variety of fun, themed desserts including these super cute Alien Cupcakes! I had seen a variety of different ways to make these Alien cupcakes all over the internet, but since I’m in Germany I knew my supplies would be limited.

For the ears and antennae, I used green gummies.  Luckily, Germans love their gummies so I was able to find those easily out on the economy.  I used green gummy rope for the antennae and cut flat rectangle gummies into triangles for the ears.

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

The eyes are made from Wilton candy eyes.  If you can’t find these in your local craft store, you could just pipe white dollops of frosting and add a touch of black for the pupils.  Or maybe you could find white candies to use.  The mouth is made with a tube of black decorating gel.  Easy peasy!

One of the best things about making a cupcake like this is that when YOU make them at home, they don’t have to be exactly like mine.  Use what supplies you have at your disposal.  Use what your grocery store carries.  Improvise.   It’s not about taking exactly what I did and recreating it, it’s about making the cupcakes your own with the supplies you have!

To be honest… that’s the most fun part for me!  Figuring out how I can take the inspiration I got from someone else’s creation and turn it into my own! I hope that these Alien Cupcakes can do that for you!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Here’s more from the Toy Story Party:

And because it wouldn’t be a party if my friends didn’t get a little crazy… here’s Lena’s Mom, Mareile, being silly in her Alien shirt with the Alien cupcakes!!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

 

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • i am baker's recipe for The Perfect White Cake - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE
  • Strawberry jam

Frosting

  • Vanilla Buttercream - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE
  • Green gel food coloring

Alien Head

  • Green gummy rope
  • Green flat gummy squares
  • Black decorating gel (in a tube)
  • Candy eyes (I used Wilton brand)

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the batter as i am baker describes in the recipe link above.
  2. Line cupcake pans with green liners and fill 2/3 with batter.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, core the center of each cupcake out and fill with strawberry jam.

Frosting

  1. Prepare the frosting as directed in the link above.
  2. Tint the frosting green using the gel food coloring.

Assembly

  1. Frost the top of each cupcake with the green frosting making sure to create a flat surface on the top.
  2. Place three candy eyes in the center of the cupcake. Squeeze a circle or squiggly line of black decorating gel under the eyes for the mouth.
  3. Cut the square gummies into triangles and place one above the eyes on the edge of the cupcake. One triangle on each side for the ears.
  4. Cut a 1/2 in piece of gummy rope and place it in the top, center of the cupcake.

Notes

To make things even simpler, use store bought cake mix for the cupcakes and use pre-made frosting to decorate. Focus on the Alien head and decorating!

Please PIN this image to save these party ideas for later or to share with your friends! THANK YOU!

Toy Story Party Desserts & Decorating Ideas | JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

In need of an inexpensive, fun, delicious treat for Valentine’s Day?  Make these white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies… they will make your sweetheart want to kiss you!

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

This year I’ve decided that I wanted to create simple treats for Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t want to make anything too super elaborate, yet I wanted to show how easy it is to make delicious, fun treats without a lot of money, effort or skill.

These white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies accomplish just that!  With just a few ingredients, these cookies are incredibly easy to make!  You cookies don’t have to look like mine either… just use whatever Valentine sprinkles you already have in your pantry! You could even use milk or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate if you preferred!

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

I also found out something great about these cookies!  Matty loves them.  Yup, my toddler can’t get enough of the fortune cookies!  We don’t eat out Asian food that often and I don’t think I’ve ever bought them… so when we were given them at a restaurant in Berlin over Christmas, I was surprised to see how much Matty loved them.  He probably would have eaten 10 of them if I let him.  He loves them that much!

When I made these fortune cookie today, he ate two… okay, he had three.  And he loved every moment!

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

For Valentine’s Day, I’m going to package these white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies in cellophane bags, tie them with curling ribbon and attach a love-themed fortune to them.  They should be pretty cute.  If I’m on top of things, I’ll take pictures and put together a tutorial for you.

But that’s only if I’m on top of things.  Haha

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet?

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen decorated cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 36 fortune cookies
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (I used Hershey's)
  • Assorted Valentine sprinkles
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Wilton piping tip #4 (or very small round)
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Wax paper

Instructions

  1. Set out a large piece of wax paper on your counter.
  2. In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the white chocolate. TIP: Microwave chocolate for 1 minute at 70% heat, stir and repeat. Then switch to microwaving for 30 seconds at 70% heat, stir and repeat until smooth.
  3. Dip 1/3-1/2 of one fortune cookie into the melted white chocolate. With the cookie in one hand, use the other hand to tap the cookie holding hand gently... this will help the extra chocolate drip off the cookie without breaking the cookie.
  4. Once the extra chocolate has fallen off, sprinkle the chocolate with Valentine sprinkles. Set on the wax paper until the chocolate has hardened. Repeat this with 2 dozen fortune cookies. NOTE: You may need to reheat the chocolate if it has become too firm to dip in.
  5. With the last dozen cookies, dunk each in chocolate then set aside to dry.
  6. Once the last dozen has hardened, reheat the remaining chocolate until smooth. Add pink gel coloring to the chocolate and mix until uniform in color.
  7. Spoon the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag fitted with the very small round tip.
  8. Pipe mini hearts onto the white chocolate and allow to harden.
  9. Once all the chocolate has hardened, the fortune cookies are ready to eat!
  10. Store them in an air tight container or package them as gifts!
Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes

These spooky black chocolate cupcake cauldrons topped with gooey bright green vanilla buttercream bubbling adorned with witch’s hats, broomsticks, black cats and scary signs make the perfect Halloween treat!

Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

With Halloween just around the corner, my friend Kathy of Tiny Kitchen Cakes and I decided to make some super scary yet incredibly cute cupcakes!

Kathy made the fondant toppers, I made the cake and frosting and together we assembled!  They were really not too difficult to make either.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

How to make Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes:

  • Prepare the chocolate cupcakes as directed.   Add enough black food coloring to the batter to make it as dark as possible.
  • Prepare the buttercream and tint it lime green.  If you want to make some with orange swirls, reserve some white to tint orange.
  • Color most of your fondant black and shape witch’s hats, black cats, broom sticks and poles for the signs.
  • Color some of the fondant green and cut out squares for the signs and small circles for the cat eyes.
  • Color more of the fondant purple and yellow and cut out shapes to complete the witch’s hat.
  • Finally color fondant brown and make the bristles for the broom.
  • Attach all the pieces together and set out to dry overnight.
  • Make a small dollop of green frosting in the center of the cupcake.  Spread a small amount of frosting down one edge of the cupcake.
  • Cover the frosting in green sugar pearls making sure not to press them too deep into the frosting.
  • Top each cupcake with a dried fondant topper.
  • Optionally – pipe swirls of orange frosting onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with orange and black jimmies.

A few things to know…

  • The sugar pearls like to fall off these cupcakes, so make sure you have LOTS so you can pop more on when you need them.
  • Reinforce the sign poles with a toothpick inside, this will help add stability.
  • For 50 cupcakes, it took about 4 hours to make enough toppers, 3 hours to bake the cupcakes & make frosting and about 2 hours to assemble them.

Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

{Tutorial} Spring Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

{Tutorial} Spring Cupcakes

{Tutorial} Spring Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com - Transform ordinary vanilla cupcakes into beautiful cupcakes perfect for Spring!

Vanilla cupcakes don’t have to be… well, vanilla! They can be fun and exciting and beautiful too!  Just think of a vanilla cupcake as a blank canvas for creating any color or theme to match your event or party.  This tutorial will teach you how simple it is to transform a basic vanilla cupcake into a beautiful Spring cupcake full of color and fun!

Supplies

{Tutorial} Spring Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com - Transform ordinary vanilla cupcakes into beautiful cupcakes perfect for Spring!

Technique

  • Bake your cupcakes in damask grease-proof cupcake liners.  Use several different colors. 
  • Color your buttercream by using both green and yellow Wilton gel coloring.  Add a small dollop of both colors to your buttercream and combine with a spatula until uniform.
  • Fit your disposable piping bag with the Wilton #1M tip.  Fill the bag with buttercream.
  • Using this technique, pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake.
  • Sprinkle sugar sprinkles onto each cupcake and top with a royal icing flower.  Use the same color sprinkles as the flower you are topping the cupcake with.

{Tutorial} Spring Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com - Transform ordinary vanilla cupcakes into beautiful cupcakes perfect for Spring!

{Video Tutorial} Cupcake Piping 101

{Video Tutorial} Cupcake Piping 101 - Learn to pipe beautiful swirls of frosting on your cupcake in 7 different ways! by JavaCupcake.com

Have you ever wondered how to get perfect swirls of frosting on your cupcakes?  Have you ever looked in awe through the glass window at the bakery counter at the perfect mounds of frosting that seemed to be piped perfectly onto the top of your favorite cupcake?  Did you ever think it was possible that you could do that to?

Well… I’m here to tell you, IT IS!  I have created a six and a half minute, very simple tutorial that will teach you to use a piping bag and coupler and how to frost the perfect mound of frosting swirls onto your cupcake!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Disposable piping bag (I used 12in Wilton disposable bags)
  • Coupler
  • Wilton 1M tip (or any medium open star tip)
  • Bakery Crafts 9PT tip (or any large round tip)
  • Scissors
  • Medium rubber spatula
  • Frosting & Cupcakes
  • Video tutorial (below)

The super cool part about this video tutorial is that you can almost any piping tip and create beautiful swirls of frosting on your cupcake.  In the graphic below, I’ve laid out 7 different ways to frost a cupcake using 5 different piping tips… and all you need to do is follow the instructions in the video below!

Please, let me know if you have any questions with the steps listed in the video.  I’m here to help!

Enjoy!

{Video Tutorial} Cupcake Piping 101 - Learn to pipe beautiful swirls of frosting on your cupcake in 7 different ways! by JavaCupcake.com

If for some reason the video isn’t showing up in your browser… visit my YouTube channel to view it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtS-xxxbVIU

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