Sprinkle Me Cupcake Topper

Sprinkle Me Cupcake Topper

Sprinkles make everything better. Place two treats side by side, one with sprinkles and the other without, and chances are you’ll take the sprinkled one! It’s just so much more appealing than a plain jane treat. They act like edible confetti; Adding just the right amount of sugar, color, and whimsy. Just what you want for a Valentine’s Day treat! With that sentiment in mind, we created the Sprinkle Me Cupcake Topper so everyone can enjoy the satisfaction that comes from pouring sprinkles all over your cupcake! Taking a nod from Alice and Wonderland, we made a “sprinkle me” flag to attach to the toothpick, giving the recipient the OK to snip the heart and pour those glorious little sprinkles all over! No need for restraint! Perfect for children and the child within us all, make the Sprinkle Me Cupcake Topper for all your Valentines this year!

Sprinkle Me Cupcake Topper

Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper

Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper

During the holiday season, you can always expect to bake at least two times more than you do normally, am I right? Between Christmas get-togethers, cookie exchanges, work parties, etc., chances are you’ll have lots of opportunities to play in the kitchen. What better way to impress people than with a beautiful forest topped cake!  This Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper is an easy craft to take a holiday cake over the top! You know those adorable, but rather expensive bottle brush trees? Consider this an easy and cheaper substitute!

Get the full tutorial and top all your treats with trees!

Tasting Hygge: Rice Porridge with Cranberries and Rose

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Tasting Hygge

Many of you know that I lived in Denmark for a short while. That’s where I met my husband, Paul, and it’s also the birthplace of The House That Lars Built! And though my time there was short, I grew to love the country, the traditions, and the food! Which is why I was thrilled to receive Leela Cyd’s new cookbook, “Tasting Hygge: Joyful Recipes for Cozy Days and Nights“! Hyyge is a Danish custom that’s caught quite a bit of attention the past few years. We even read about in our Book Club! Although there isn’t an exact English translation, hygge refers to a feeling of warmth and coziness, often characterized by glowing candles, warm sweaters, and close friends and family circled around a crackling fire. I think we can all get behind that.Tasting Hygge

Leela’s cookbook is full of recipes that capture these exact feelings. One recipe, in particular, caught my eye and I knew I had to share it! This Rice Porridge with Cranberries and Rose sounds absolutely dreamy, right? Paul makes rice pudding every year, so I know he’ll be thrilled to try this! Make sure to check out Tasting Hygge for more scrumptious recipes!

“The Birds” Cake Topper

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"The Birds" Cake TopperIt’s mid-September already which means we’re knee-deep in Halloween crafts and costumes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a chance to embrace all things spooky and moody and even a little bit creepy, which I love. This may be a bit surprising to many of you, but it’s not always rainbows and flowers over here! So to kick off our Halloween posts this year we have “The Birds” cake topper, inspired, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great “scary movie.” It is more suspenseful than anything and appropriate for all tolerance levels (I’m a bit of a wimp). Fun Fact: It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress in 2016. So yes, it’s worth a watch!

"The Birds" Cake Topper with svg files for cricut

Lucky for you, these birds won’t attack you when you go in to slice the cake. However, they do make a stunning centerpiece for a Halloween party! A really simple DIY, made even easier if you have a die-cut machine. We chose to pair our birds with a red velvet cake frosted with black icing to up the creepy factor a bit. They’d also make great cupcake toppers for a party if you nestled two or three birds on top. So bookmark this for your next spooky soiree and let “The Birds” cake topper take flight!

Download “The Birds” templates and get baking!

DIY Floral Ice Cubes for the Fourth

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DIY Floral ice cubes

With Fourth of July fast approaching, chances are you’ve got some sort of picnic, BBQ, pool party, or gathering in the works! All of which are great excuses to put a little extra pizazz into your party preparation! Nothing is more refreshing that an ice cold beverage in the sweltering summer heat. So to ensure that your drinks stay frosty and adorable, we’ve got some special DIY floral ice cubes for the fourth! Filled with edible blue and white flowers and garnished with some red berries, these are sure to make any beverage 4th of July worthy. Adding blueberries or raspberries would make another great addition. I’m thinking dropped in some lemonade muddled with berries would be the perfect combination!

DIY after the jump!

Ultimate guide to edible flowers

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Ultimate guide to edible flowers

I’m not a chef. I repeat, I am NOT a chef. I haven’t stepped foot into my kitchen for….7 months give or take. BUT, I’m ALWAYS tempted to make something when I see beautiful Pinterest photos with flowers in it. Every time! Sadly, as beautiful and appetizing as they appear, not every flower is suitable for consumption. You gotta be careful! I’ve been curious what types of flowers are best and I thought you might be curious too so we came up with the Ultimate Guide on Edible Flowers. You could even print it out to have on hand! Below we even share a few favorite recipes featuring edible flowers. Enjoy!

Father’s Day Sport Donuts

Father's Day Sports DonutsAm I the only one that struggles with deciding what to get the men in their life for Father’s Day? When you’re young, a nice hand-drawn picture would do the trick, but once you hit your twenties, that’s not really acceptable anymore. So what do you get a guy for Father’s Day? The problem is, I’ll less familiar with the things that most people associate with “manly” things. I do know, however, that almost all men, with very rare if any, exceptions, LOVE food. In particular, donuts. Donuts decorated like sports? You’ve hit the jackpot. So don’t worry about making a trip to the hardware store and educating yourself on the newest power tools. Just buy some donuts and dress them up a bit! Nestled in a faux-grass lined bakery box and topped with printable sports pennants just for dad, these sport donuts will leave everyone swooning, and your dad drooling!

Father's Day sports donuts

Full DIY after the jump!

Donut Flower Bouquet

Donut Flower Bouquet
Did you know that National Donut Day is June 2nd? There is absolutely no other way to celebrate Donut Day than by eating donuts. Let’s hold each other accountable, shall we? Not that we really need an excuse to eat donuts, but it does ease my conscience a bit I get to blame a national holiday for the calories.

To celebrate Donut Day properly, you need something special. These are not just your typical trendy bakery donuts. I’m looking at you maple bacon donut. No, Sir, not for National Donut Day. This is a Donut Flower Bouquet!

Donut Flower Bouquet

Move over cake pops, we’ve transformed donuts into a bouquet that will give fresh flowers a fun for their money—two of our favorite things combined into one. Take store-bought mini donuts, slide on our paper flower template, stick on a skewer and you’re set. We’re confident semi-homemade queen, Sandra Lee, would be proud. These make great party favors, handouts, or a sweet gift. Gift them individually or fill a bakery box with an entire bouquet. Happy National Donut Day!

Continue to download the petal and leaf templates

Paper Quilled Flower Cake

Paper Quilled Flower

I have been absolutely enthralled with Anthropologie’s recent window displays for spring. Do you know that each Anthropologie has its own store artist and display coordinator? For each new window display, the stores are all given a common theme which they can then interpret in a unique way. For this season it was paper quilled flowers, and the results are breathtaking! If you haven’t been to your local Anthropologie, run, don’t walk! You can also look up #anthrowindows on Instagram to see the variety. One of my personal favorites is this pink and orange beauty at the Greensboro, North Carolina Anthropologie. The colors are pure magic and I love the combination of quilling with more traditional paper flower techniques. I don’t know about you, but paper quilling hasn’t really been my cup of tea. Yet, in small doses, it can be lovely!

We used their gorgeous window display as inspiration for this cake topper. We made small paper quilled orange blooms and paired them with some paper kumquat branches. *We’ll be posting a tutorial for the paper kumquat branches soon, but in the meantime, we would suggest using real kumquats! Quilling can be very intricate and complicated but we made simple, delicate flowers to adorn our cake. This cake would be perfect for upcoming spring bridal or baby showers and birthdays!

How-to after the jump!

Rainbow Cupcakes

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Rainbow cupcakes

You know the song “Over the Rainbow” by Harry Nilsson? It’s one of my most favorite songs. That along with “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Clearly I’m a fair-weather girl. And always looking to the future? Maybe I should delve into the deeper meaning of this…but, back to the song. Guys, it is a classic. The melody, the lyrics–“Where troubles melt like lemon drops”?! It’s so sweet! Which inspired us to create an even sweeter (pun intended) application of rainbows! These rainbow cupcakes are so simple to create and look absolutely adorable! With St. Patrick’s Day coming right up, these are the perfect treat to celebrate. Or maybe you know someone who is feeling a little blue and could use a pick me up. These rainbow cupcakes are a surefire way to melt their troubles like lemon drops. So listen to a little Harry Nilsson, make a batch of rainbow cupcakes, and ride a unicorn! Okay, forget the unicorn, let’s just spread some cheer!

Directions after the jump!

Conversation Heart Cupcake Toppers

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Valentines Day is a one of the most loveliest of holidays, don’t you agree?

I know a large portion of you might believe it’s only fun to celebrate if you have a significant other, but I beg to differ! Proof here.  Rather, I think of it as an opportunity to show love and gratitude to others, wear all the pink and red you want, and eat copious amounts of sweets. Preferably chocolate. Now tell me who wouldn’t like that kind of Valentine’s Day.

Now that we’re all on the same page, I’ve found that whether you’re gloriously single, in a happy relationship, or married to your work (we’ve all been there), cupcakes equal the universal love language! So we decided to doll ours up in true Valentine’s Day fashion with these printable conversation heart cupcake toppers! With sayings appropriate for your BFF: “Watch the Bachelor with me?”, to your current crush: “You noble land-mermaid”, there’s something for everyone! Time to bake a batch of cupcakes… or support your neighborhood bakery… and spread some sugar-coated love!

Marshmallow snowmen from Celebrate Everything

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I’ve been a big fan of Martha Stewart editor, Darcy Miller ever since buying Martha Stewart Wedding magazines back when I had no need to be buying wedding magazines. Everything she touches turns to gold! I was thrilled to get my hands on her new book, Celebrate Everything, which is the ultimate guide to throwing every type of party imaginable. It’s chock full of fun and beautiful events and provides a blue print on how to do it all. It’s the logistical things about party planning that mystify me the most and it’s all broken down here. Each page features a stellar idea after stellar idea.  Darcy has shared one of the projects from her book, the Marshmallow Snowmen, just for Lars readers. Darcy says, “These Marshmallow Men are a fun and easy holiday craft. Yummy on their own or a great way to accessorize a cupcake or a glass of hot chocolate!”

Get the recipe below!