Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Radiant Bella

Bella is turning 6 shortly and we had to go take picts for her birthday- naturally. I have had these fantastic ideas taking up space in my head of how I wanted the picts to be and Jessie my sis in law who does AMAZING photos just so happened to snag this rather FABULOUS chair and was dying to take picts with it- and it just so happened to be in my visions! SO we set out to this cool road I used to play on as a kid- In-fact the old tree house is still there where many a scheme has been hatched- tempting all the kids with its rusty nails and jagged edges! those only make it funner right? I am so excited to get Jessie's- they will be like 1000 times better :)
For anyone looking for a photographer with really great eclectic and unique ideas go here... http://jessiesteele.blogspot.com/

Here are some of my shots- She LOVES to pose- what 6 year old girl doesn't? We all had a ton of fun and I must say I LOVE picnik!!! It saves those of us who don't have really cool cameras or understand photoshop! :) You should try it!!!

Love them and LOVE HER!!! :) They turned out just how I imagined and she is rather stoked as well!!!
I just found another one of her I took awhile ago and had to add it-
She is SUCH a beauty inside and out! :)
And here are some of Jessies wonderful pictures- I love them!

Monday, March 29, 2010

FOoled YA~

APril FOols Day is Thursday!!! At our abode we LOve to pull little pranks on each other- HEre are some fun Cupcake ideas!!!- These come from the book Hello Cupcake! BUt Mrs. Martha Stewart also has instructions on her web site here ( thanks for the lesson!)

TV DINNER- this is one TV dinner I might actually try!
Mashed potatoes- FOodART! These Look so real and not that hard at all!

Spaghetti and Meatballs- for full effect take them out of the wrapper
and put in a deep pasta dish

Corn on the Cobb!!!! Complete with corn pokers and all!
(I am 100% sure that is not what they are called)

Have a Fun April Fools day- Do something fun with your fam!
Coming Soon- Preview of Piper and CHloe- stay tuned...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

LEt the PErks BEgin!!!

We had orders this weekend and we had some luscious cupcakes leftover so One lucky follower got them!! That could have been YOU!! Sign up to follow on the right below our Owl! :) In the coming weeks we have 2 big spring shows- we usually sell out BUT there are usually some cupcakes hanging around our house to give away so don't delay!! :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What we're up to.....

April is a busy month for us! But before I tell you all about the delightful soirees we will be attending I have other news- I know this week is full of news! :) we have our menu on here but then we post and it gets lost so there is a link at the top of everything to whimsymenu.blogspot.com- that blog is soley for our menu and ordering info- how it works and how to get ahold of us etc..- hopefully that makes it easier for everyone! We are hoping to get picts of all the flavors but that will come with time! :)

Now to the good stuff- We are doing 2 FABULOUS Spring Markets- so of course we will not be taking orders during those days BUT you can always stop by grab a nice variety!!!

Scraps Of Simplicity
April 24th

Old School Body Shop
1571 S 1900 W.
West Haven

Scraps of Simplicity is Infamous around these parts- THE PLACE for unique and antiqued pieces of furniture, frames, baskets, and as always lots of fun crafts, clothes, bows etc.. and OF course CUPCAKES!!!! During the market is really the only time you can buy one cupcake or 24- all different flavors- come take advantage!! We will also have some tubs of frosting for sell- this is the only time we do this- you can't call and just order frosting :) so stock up!

And just so you know- we usually sell out by 3 so get there early!!! Breakfast at Tiffany's is usually gone by 11:30- no matter HOW many we make!

We will Also be at Piper and Chloe- preview for that to come!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Announcing with Much AnTiCiPAtion.....

Well we finally told our families so now I guess I better tell you!! :) Besides it is much easier you know than wonder is she OR has she been eating too many cupcakes???? I am 14 weeks so I am right in that lovely gray area of pregnancy- I can't wait for a belly- I love them!! We are so excited and the girls are well.. Elated and completely overwhelmed with bliss to put it lightly :) Beck may have to get used to the idea- he thinks it is going to be a Pet baby... that he can honk.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

CupCaKe ReCipE!!!

OK not OUR Cupcake recipe but a good one! :) This recipe comes from Good ol' Martha Stewart- we have made these before with a different cake recipe ( but the one here is good too!) and they are so fun and yummy!!! As you will see they are a bit tricky to make but well worth it!!! Have fun!

Hi -Hat Cupcakes


3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream


1 3/4 cups sugar

3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract


2 cups chopped (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate

3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Prepare the batter: Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl, and set it over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water; stir chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from heat, and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed, scraping sides of bowl as needed, until light and fluffy. On low speed, mix in melted chocolate. Increase speed to medium, and add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla, and beat until mixture is creamy and color has lightened slightly, about 1 minute. Mix in sour cream. On low speed, add half of reserved flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Mix in 1/2 cup water. Add remaining flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated.

Fill each liner with enough batter to come 1/8 inch from top, about 1/3 cup. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Prepare the frosting: In a large heatproof bowl, combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, egg whites, and cream of tartar. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat on high speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Set bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Beat on high speed until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 12 minutes; frosting should register 160 degrees.on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and almond extracts, and beat for 2 minutes more until frosting thickens.

Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip. Leaving a 1/8-inch border on each cupcake, pipe a spiral of frosting into a 2-inch-high cone shape, using about 1/2 cup of frosting per cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet, and refrigerate while preparing the chocolate coating.

Prepare the chocolate coating: Combine chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl set over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water; stir until melted and smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, and let cool about 15 minutes.

Holding each cupcake by its bottom, dip cupcake in the chocolate to coat frosting, allowing excess to drip off. Transfer to a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. Spoon more coating around edge of cupcake and any exposed frosting; none of the frosting should show. Let cupcakes stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Carefully remove paper liners from cupcakes, and discard. Place cupcakes on a serving platter, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let coating set. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours more. Serve cold. Cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

This is how they look when you cut them! Impressive!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Here is the DEAL.....

Well...Whimsy has a couple Big Soiree's coming up in April- more info on those later but they will be FABULOUS!
When we do big markets or big orders we usually have some cupcakes leftover and we would like to share the LOVE. Jen and I were talking and have come up with a rather wonderful plan! In the real world we encourage you to be a leader but... in the blogging world we encourage you to be a Follower!!! And there are some perks!
Here is how it will work! When we have extra cupcakes we will randomly pick a follower and you get the tasty little morsels free!- You wont be able to choose flavors it will just be what is left but they all taste superb!

How to become a follower??? well right under the our little owl to the right ( it is far down there) you will see - Cupcake addicts! And then under that is a box that says FOLLOW- click on it sign up and you too will have a little square right here on whimsy! :)

In addition we are having a little contest- like every other blogger- we love our followers- they make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside so... when we reach 100 followers- the 100 th will get 2 dozen mini cupcakes free- same for 200, 300 etc
( a Cupcakery can dream right! ) BUT if you are not the 100th don't give up hope because we will randomly choose others who will also win Free delicacies and don't forget the chances to win the extra ones- and we have those ALL THE TIME! If you are already a follower- Thanks! You get 3 extra votes ( you know what I mean) and if you sign up before next wed you will get two extra votes in our little challenges! I know a lot of you are not from around here- sign up anyway and if you come to town maybe you will get some benefits! :)
So Go ahead- Follow- sometimes it's OK! :)

Have a great day- more to come on upcoming Events!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Almost 2!!!

So I can't believe my little man is almost 2! I took some picts in random places the other day for his invite and he is just such a charmer I had to show him off! :) He got to dive into his OWN and rather massive Whimsy Cupcake - just for Picts! What a lucky guy! :)

He is Superbly and Fantastically wonderful! In other words he is the Best and thought of rather fondly around these parts- :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I made this!!!

Ok- So all of my picts are from http://www.bakerella.com and the recipe and lots of other really fun things to bake so you need to check it out BUT I did just make this and I am rather proud of myself!!!! I didn't have a chance to take pictures because as I was making this I was also making another cupcake cake and watching 5 little hoodlums run all over the house :) The cutest little Hoodlums ever but never the less -still hoodlums yesterday :) I made 12 layers and it turned out pretty good!!! Mine was of course not this beautiful- it seems nothing I make from bakerella is "as beautiful" but that's OK- it tasted great and you could hardly notice
that it was slanting HARD to the left! :)

This cake is not really hard but it is time consuming... You start with 12-14 pans however many layers you want. Make your batter-I used Whimsy's secret recipe :) but Bakerella has a recipe that would be tasty too.
Seperate your batter into your pans which by the way I greased, floured, then cut wax paper circles which I greased and floured- I wasn't taking any chances!!!! Spread your batter around as even as you can then bake for appropriate time. As you finish your last 3 -I baked 3 at a time- start the fudge frosting- really it reminds me more of hot fudge- it is yummy! You put a layer of cake down pour some on top- put another layer pour on top etc... and it will start to DRIP and DRIP and DRIP... And if you happen to make this with 5 little hoodlums running around also this part they can absolutely not resist!!! Lots of fingers will be coming your way so be prepared!!!
After you finish all layers and dump the rest on top it should be covered pretty well. I also made a chocolate buttercream and slathered it ALL OVER it- and VOILA......
If you want one of these- you will have to make it-
Whimsy will not be adding this to their menu! :)