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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gingerbread House Tutorial

I adore making gingerbread houses!
    Here is my tutorial for...
                 How to Make a Gingerbread House

Finished gingerbread house tops my sweet pink fondant cake.
Party styled and gingerbread pegs by Craft That Party!
Gingerbread Girl Party
 How to Make a Gingerbread House...
     by Samantha's Sweets 




Cut scalloped design with a decorating tip or any small circle object.


Bake it!

Using a large serrated knife, cute around your templates.















Recipe for fun...
Ingredients:  Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix ~in the pouch~ is a great cookie mix.  I add a little extra cinnamon and spices for an extra kick. 
Royal Icing:
Wilton Recipe~
3 tbsp. Meringue Powder
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
6 tbsp. water    Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes or until icing forms peaks.
*You can also purchase royal icing mixes at specialty kitchen and party stores and just add water.
*I also use Candy Melts to construct my houses.  It works great!  Sometimes you may find a few cracks when it drys; just coat back over it.

Candy, fondant, gumpaste and sprinkles, are the other items I like to decorate with. 

Dimensions of this template are... 
Front and Back: 4 x 4 inch square with 4inch angles(pitched roof)
Roof:  4 1/2inch by 5inch(width) rectangle  
Sides:  4 x 5 inch(width)
Gingerbread House Templates available on --http://www.patterns.gingerbreadbydesign.com/

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Cookie and Cupcake Ideas

It's time to start thinking about...

             Christmas Cookies and Cupcakes!!!!!!!!!! 
Here are some of my designs.  Feel free to comment for cookie or cupcake questions.  Always happy to help!
Mini gingerbread men make great decorations for your cupcakes!


My Welcome to Gingerbread Cupcake Cake
2nd place winner in the Pittsburgh Good Taste Holiday Cupcake Challenge!

Make a basic snowy cupcake cake and have the kids decorate with gingerbread men and Christmas whimsy!
The ever popular, Snowman Marshmallow Cupcake!  
Simple Snowflake Cookies
Just glaze with frosting and used pretty sparkle sprinkles!


Christmas Star Cookies
Have fun with different patterns, textures, and colors.


Super Sweet Christmas Cookies
Use fondant to decorate your cookies!
Use the same cutter for the cookie, then the fondant. Frost cookie with a little frosting and place your fondant.  Add colorful sprinkles with just a little water for glue. 




Christmas Cupcake with my fondant toppers!

Personalized Ornament Cookies

There are some cute Christmas cookie and cupcake ideas for you! 
     Sweet love from Samantha's Sweets!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Welcome Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Cakes

I have made some cute baby shower cakes over these past years, but I really love the fall inspired, Welcome Lil' Pumpkin ones the BEST!

Here are some Welcome Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Cake ideas...











Pumpkins Cupcakes