Frost and Fete

  • Whoopie Pies cookbook giveaway Whoopie Pies cookbook giveaway

    Whoopie Pies cookbook giveaway

Whoopie Pies cookbook giveaway

My sister and I are hosting a cookbook giveaway through our Etsy design studio, Frost and Fete, where we sell cupcake toppers and other fun decorations. We’re giving away the book Whoopie Pies: Fun Recipes for Filled Cookie Cakes to one lucky winner. This fantastic book includes more than 25 recipes: Classic Chocolate and Marshmallow Fluff Pies, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Lemon Sherbet Pie, creamy Coconut Cloud Pies, and even a Giant Whoopie Birthday Pie! For more information on how to enter, became a fan of our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/frostandfete You have until Monday, October 29, at 12noon ET so don’t delay!  

  • Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

    Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

  I’m always on the lookout for great-tasting frosting, which pipes well, and isn’t necessarily buttercream. I was in a bind one afternoon when I realized I had to make a quick frosting.  I needed to take photos of our Famous ‘Stache Movember cupcake toppers and wrappers for our Etsy shop Frost and Fete (see the entire set here) but I didn’t want to waste all my butter on making buttercream I didn’t even like. I quickly rifled through my well-loved edition of Martha Stewart’s “Cupcakes” and found something I hoped, and prayed would work out. The photo in the book didn’t reveal whether it would pipe beautifully or if it was just one of those slather and smear frostings. Fortunately for me this honey-cinnamon frosting came together just beautifully, piped easily, and to top it all off — it’s delicious. Normally I don’t dedicate an entire post to frosting, […]

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  • Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

    Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

Trick or Treat Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers

  Forgive me for bragging a bit, but if you love cupcakes as much as I do (and I’m pretty sure you do) then you’ll see why this is a big deal. As you might know if you’ve been reading my blog, my sister and I have an Etsy shop in which we sell custom-made cupcake toppers and wrappers. The scrumptiously amazing blog, Cupcakes Take The Cake, featured our Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers in one of their posts this week! They are absolute authorities on cupcakes, and have even been on the Martha Stewart Show. This is what they had to say about us: “These creepy cobweb, grinning jack o’lantern, spooky black cat and bat cupcake toppers are for sale on Etsy by Frost and Fete, 6 wrappers for $10. Fun!” If you want to see what else we’ve been up to, check out our Etsy page.

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  • My son’s airplane-themed second birthday My son’s airplane-themed second birthday

    My son’s airplane-themed second birthday

My son’s airplane-themed second birthday

  I get nervous whenever I am hosting more than two people at my house. It’s not that I don’t like to entertain. I just want it to be perfect, and expectations are always high – especially when it comes to the dessert. People always ask me, where do you find the time? I start planning months in advance (for something like this), and create a schedule for myself that sets out my tasks for up to two weeks beforehand. I don’t have the time to procrastinate. This time, I decided not to get so hung up on the sweet table that I’d be stressed the entire time, especially for an important occasion like my son’s second birthday. Last year, the theme was Elmo, this year I decided to make it an aviation theme for my airplane-obsessed toddler. We kept the party small, close family only, I think he’s still at […]

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  • Wedding cupcakes class at Le Dolci Wedding cupcakes class at Le Dolci

    Wedding cupcakes class at Le Dolci

Wedding cupcakes class at Le Dolci

It’s no secret that I sometimes find decorating cakes and cupcakes intimidating. Over the years I have attended some classes, and learned some tricks that have helped me decorate cupcakes, cakes and pastries to a much higher standard than what I used to produce. I was able to overcome my fears of working with butter cream and piping tips after taking a cupcake decorating class at the Bonnie Gordon School of Confectionary Arts.  But despite the fact we worked with fondant at the class, and I brought a tub home, I rarely decorated with the stuff. So when Lisa, of Le Dolci Cupcakes and Cakes invited me to attend one of their cupcake decorating classes, I eagerly accepted and signed up for the wedding cupcakes class at this fun food education studio. And you can see from the amazing cupcakes I decorated with my own two hands in the photo above that it was a huge success.The […]

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  • Oh Canada! cupcakes Oh Canada! cupcakes

    Oh Canada! cupcakes

Oh Canada! cupcakes

  Canada Day is creeping up upon us and it’s the perfect occasion for a swanky summer soiree. Not sure what to make? Take the stress out of dessert by making some red velvet cupcakes (heck you can even buy them) and plopping these stunning cupcake toppers on top. Voila. A beautiful sweet table. My sister designed these and they’ve been our biggest hit over at our Etsy shop, we even had sales as far away as Texas and Alabama, and mentions in dozens of hand-picked treasuries from Etsy sellers all over North America. Have a wonderful Canada Day!

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  • Whimsical daisies, precious hearts, and I do! cupcake toppers Whimsical daisies, precious hearts, and I do! cupcake toppers

    Whimsical daisies, precious hearts, and I do! cupcake toppers

Whimsical daisies, precious hearts, and I do! cupcake toppers

Between a sick baby, royal wedding coverage, and the election campaign, life’s been trotting along at a quick clip. So I haven’t had much time to blog. But I wanted to give you a quick sneak peek at what my sister’s been designing over at Frost and Fete.How precious are these toppers? I wish we had thought of doing these back when I got married, I would have served cupcakes for sure. This is the Whimsical Daisy cupcake topper, I’d serve these with mint butter cream on a plain vanilla sponge cupcake.   These are the Sweet Heart cupcake toppers. I’d probably serve them with strawberry butter cream at a tea party. Wearing a fascinator.     And these are the ones I wish I had at my wedding, the I Do! modern wedding cupcake toppers, and just maybe my favourite ones so far. My cake was delicious, but the […]

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  • Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

    Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers

  This is the latest creation for Frost and Fete, the Etsy shop my sister and I launched recently. When my mother and sister hosted my bridal shower, their hunt for cupcakes became a bit of a family joke as it literally spanned weeks. I wish this solution had presented itself to us – cupcake toppers that would fit the decor and theme of the party. It would have been much easier to top plain old cupcakes than to search for the perfect cupcakes covered in piped flowers. Plus, we could have saved the toppers for another event. No matter though. You live and you learn. So, check out our Hatching Chick Cupcake Toppers, which I will be using when I make a batch of cupcakes for my pregnant friend’s upcoming baby shower at the end of this month. (And, she can also save them and use them for an Easter […]

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  • Canadian federal election cupcake toppers Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

    Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

Canadian federal election cupcake toppers

  It’s already April and if you are Canadian, a federal election is just weeks away. This campaign is all-consuming for me these days, especially with my day job as a news producer. And so when I wanted to bake cupcakes for my colleagues on Budget Day, I wanted to decorate them appropriately. At first, I thought chocolate numbers might make be the ideal cupcake toppers, but then in talking to my sister, the idea of the party leaders came up. I went on the hunt on Etsy and eBay but couldn’t find anything nearly close to what I wanted.And Budget Day came and went, I ran out of time, and I didn’t find any appropriate toppers nor did I make the cupcakes. But my sister – being the more artistic one – made the cupcake toppers anyway. And here they are on our very own Etsy shop, Frost and Fete . If […]