Preschool Graduation Cake

Howdy and hello!  It’s been raining cats and dogs here in the Lone Star State!  Anyhoo here is a cake that I made this week for a preschool graduation!  😀



Lemon Buttercream Icing

Lemon Buttercream Icing

Hello there!  Today I’m sharing a refreshing Lemon Buttercream recipe.  😀  It is heavenly.  I could eat this stuff with a spoon.  It’s not too sweet or sour, it’s just right.  🙂  I choose to dress some lemon cupcakes with it!  To top it off I added a pink fondant lemon slice!  🙂  Put this one in your recipe box, trust me.

Lemon Buttercream Icing by Redbird Recipes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup of unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp clear Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Lemon Extract
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 4 cups Confectioner’s Sugar


  • Cream the softened butter.
  • Mix in vanilla, lemon, and milk.
  • Mix in 1 cup of sugar at a time.  Use a spatula on the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mix until icing forms stiff peaks.

*This icing is best kept cold until 30 minutes before serving.

French Vanilla Cake Filling


This weekend I took a shot at making an ombre cake using an icing scraper for a smooth edge.  While it doesn’t look exactly like the picture that inspired me, it is still super delicate and feminine which is what I was going for.  😀

Today, I’d like to share a simple cake filling that you can whip up in the blink of an eye!  All you need are the ingredients for Jello French Vanilla Instant Pudding and a packet of Dream Whip!  🙂

If you haven’t noticed I’m a newbie to cakes and cake decorating!  For this cake I didn’t put very much filling and I wish I had put a lot more.  So if you use this filling don’t cheat yourself!  Use it all!  🙂

French Vanilla Cake Filling

French Vanilla Cake Filling


  • JELLO French Vanilla Instant Pudding, 1 packet
  • Milk
  • Dream Whip, 1 packet
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract


  • Mix together pudding as directed.
  • Mix together Dream Whip as directed.
  • Mix both mixes together.
  • Let set in the fridge for approx 15 minutes.



I WON Best Staff Entry at the Edible Book Festival April 2015


My Hobbit cake entry got 1st in it’s category of Best Staff Entry!  🙂  I was super excited as this was my first ever food contest!! 😀  Each entry had to be constructed out of 100% food and be themed to a book.  I chose to depicted the cover of the book the Hobbit.  It’s a classic scene of the book’s hero Bilbo Baggins sneaking through a hoard of gold that is being guarded by the fierce dragon, Smaug.

I am very proud of this nerdy cake for sure!!!





Edible Book Festival- The Hobbit

11096403_10101749637125315_6508357075143775726_nThe past few days I’ve been working on an entry for an Edible Book Festival.  For my entry I chose to do a scene from The Hobbit!  The scene features Smaug the dragon and Bilbo the hobbit in a massive gold hoard.  The rules require that only food be used in the construction of a scene.  That means no plastic, wood, etc.  I decided to go the cake/fondant route.

The dragon’s wings have been quite challenging for me as I am very new to fondant modeling.  In the photo you can see clean makeup sponges propped underneath the wings to shape and dry the wings in place.  Using makeup sponges has been one of the greatest tips I have ever read for modeling fondant.  The sponges don’t leave indention marks but keep fondant pieces in place.

I’ll post a finished picture soon!  The competition is tomorrow morning!  Wish me luck!  🙂