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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Congrats to the prettiest Grad ever!!!

Our family hosted my adorable cousin Heather's high school graduation party at my grandparents' cottage on Wixom Lake. And I was appointed to be in charge of dessert! (Okay, so I maybe appointed myself.) Anyway, Heather's school colors are orange & blue, so of course I made her a sweet little 4", 3-layer cake decorated especially for her:

And a MILLION cupcakes for everyone else! Our family is WAY fun, so I used cocktails as inspiration for the cake & frosting flavors.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry-lime cake with rum-vanilla buttercream and the prettiest sprinkles on the planet (which Rick picked out ~ he's honing in on his metro tendencies.)

Mudslide (the hands-down FAVORITE!)
Chocolate-chocolate-chip cake with a tiny, itty-bitty hint of mint, Baileys and coffee extract) frosted with mocha buttercream. I can't even describe the rich luciousness....

Pina coladaPineapple-Coconut cake with rum-vanilla buttercream.>

and Fuzzy Navel

Orange-zested peach cake (yellow cake flavored with real peach nectar & orange zest), frosted with peach buttercream. These were painfully sweet, but for some reason they enticed me the most. I have to do them over again and work on making them less sweet.
Rick and my cousin Matt helped set up. They were so darn cute! Of course, they also tried to take all the credit for the cupcakes in the end and helped themselves to a couple that wouldn't (conveniently) fit on the table, but I wouldn't have changed a thing.

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