Friday, April 19, 2013

Welcome to Kara's Cookies, Cupcakes & More!

I am a home based baker that bakes under the Texas Cottage Food Laws and creates sweet treats almost daily!

I use mostly organic ingredients that are very high quality.  I always bake with ingredients that I would serve my family.  After all, they look forward to any leftovers after each order!

I often make my own Marshmallow Fondant that is very yummy and does not taste like the pre-made fondant that most people have experienced before.

Please browse through my picture galleries and look at the examples of work I have completed.  Every order is completely custom and is made fresh to order.

I am happy to make any flavor cake or frosting that you desire.  I also regularly hand cut cookies if I don't have your shape in the 100's of cookie cutters that I already own.

I look forward to hearing from you and making your next celebration yummy!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!!

It has been an amazing year and I have so much to be thankful for.  The fact that we are living in a tiny Condo and I can barely turn around in my kitchen without running into something is really a blessing!!

All that means is that we have sold our house, we are working on plans for our new home and we have purchased a lot in an amazing neighborhood just outside of Austin.  Austin is a place that I truly love and am proud to call home.  My children are healthy and all are happy.  We have great neighbors that share our "homeless" situation and our kids just love each other.  Sometimes I feel like I live in a frat house, but its all for a good cause and I am happy that my kids are home having fun with friends.

My husband is so truly perfect for me, I can not even explain.  He is patient, kind and loving.  He is so supportive of me and my baking.  He puts up with my crazy ideas and encourages me to update my blog!  He even shows his coworkers my blog in the middle of staff meetings!  : )

Mostly, I have The Lord to thank for my family, friends and many, many blessings.  His one and only son Jesus is all that it takes to have the most blessed life of all.  I am eternally grateful.

To end the year with a New Years Cupcake tower for Belvedere, just seemed fitting.

Belvedere... I Love you.....

Hand made royal icing snowflake & 2013 toppers.
Glittered to the max!!

Push Ups on the nature trail behind our new lot!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From Spiderman to Madonna!!

     This past week was an amazing week that was just packed with birthday busyness!!  Its always a bit tricky when one of my precious family members has a birthday in the midst of a crazy baking week!  Remembering that I am their mom and his wife first is hard to do sometimes.  : )

     But.... Molly Ann is my oldest and sweetest (only) daughter!  She is precious and she LOVES Oreo Cookie ice cream cake!  I mean not homemade... but the awesome grocery store kind!  The kind that you pick up the morning of the party and just ask them to put a big red American Girl Star on it that says "Happy Birthday Molly."  She loved it and wow.. that was a blessing to me!  I did however focus on her cute cookies before I hit the ground running with my business busyness!

Happy Birthday Sweet Molly Ann! 
I love you!

The week actually started with Spiderman cupcakes on Monday, but I felt it important for Molly to have the "Top Spot" on my page this week.  

Buttercream frosted with hand made and hand painted fondant toppers.


Then of course it was Ms. Wilson's birthday and my son's class is lovingly known as "Wilson's Wild Longhorns!"

We had to celebrate with Longhorn Cookies of course!


And... the last baking project of the week was an Extreme Soccer Party for two sweet 5 year old boys!

48 cookies and a big huge cake!


     Lastly.. To end my week..  I was oh so looking forward to seeing Madonna in concert for the first and only time in my life.  I know her shows are amazing and I know her every song from the 80's!  My girlfriend and I were completely surprised by our husbands about 8 months ago with tickets... amazing tickets to see Madonna in concert!!!!  Sooo excited... I finished all my baking projects and Molly's birthday and got up early to watch this....

My middle son - the Wild Longhorn - living his life on the field as he always does... 
Extreme, Intense... just Drew... he's the hairless wonder with his foot on the ball

And again.. in the air... 

and fighting again... intensity in action!

Then... we found out Madonna was cancelled... Laryngitis.  

Soo.. at least this little Ham made me smile and I did get a day and night away with one of my best friends.  Picked out new makeup and had a great relaxing dinner.

Conner William Major Conentration!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hi there!

Summer flew by and I think just maybe fall is coming....

In Texas its a bit hard to tell when the season's change.  Thankfully we have many warm months of summer that usually extend into October!  I have taken a little bit of a break over the summer from posting.  Many new pictures have been updated and posted on the blog.  Please take a look at the Gallery pages to see the many updates!

Below are a couple of my most recent projects.....

Most recently a friend challenged me with a Peacock Cake for her daughter's 16th birthday.  The picture she sent me made my week!

This is why I do what I do... Yes, the extra money is nice and I do enjoy the crafty creative outlet it provides me, but really... when I see the happiness and joy it brings others... thats it.. thats just it!

My other recent project was an amazing birthday weekend filled with puppies!

When my little sister was young, she always referred to cupcakes as "Pupcakes."  I would say these are truly "Pupcakes!"  Fondant doggy toppers on top of vanilla cupcakes and buttercream frosting.

And then there were more.... 

A chocolate yummy yummy cake with chocolate filling and topped with a custom handmade marshmallow fondant doggy topper.
Surrounded by more Pupcakes with fondant toppers!

And more...  : )

Spotty Doggy Sparkly Cookies!!

So many cute, fun projects..  and many more to come!

Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out my post and enjoy the new pictures!

Until the next cake!  : )

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

It was a wonderful day!  A day to celebrate being a mom of 3 wonderful, sometimes difficult, amazing children.  I am so blessed with each one.  They are each different and sweet in unique ways.  I love them each and all the same!

Prior to being able to sleep in till 9am this morning and go to the most awesome Foreigner concert at The Backyard in Austin, yesterday I had several orders to complete.

The weekend started with a fun evening at Adorn in Lakeway,  My good friends, Brent & Kim Charlet own this cute boutique store and I provided cookies & cupcakes for an event Friday night.  "Cookies & Couture" was a blast.  I made sparkly dresses, purses and high heel shoe cookies for the event.  I also made brightly colored buttercream cupcakes.

On to more fun...

A pretty blue damask birthday cake for a friend's daughter that turned 15.

 A ton of Hello Kitty cookies for a 5 year old birthday party.

Lastly I closed the weekend baking out with a birthday cake for an 8 year old ballerina that was having a swimming party!  Happy Birthday Abrianna!

I am so grateful for my kids and that I am a mom.  Grateful to my husband for allowing me to stay home and take care of my family.  Without my kids and my mom, I wouldn't be who I am today!

I love you all!  Happy Mothers Day Mom!

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Weekend of Cakes!

It was a different weekend for me... Usually I have tons of cookie orders and maybe one cake or so... this past weekend was a weekend of CAKES!  It was fun and I was able to organize my time well enough to attend three soccer games, bible study, church and only stay up till 2am one night!  That is tremendous progress for me!  Balance... thats what I am working on.

The cakes were each different and fun!  Just a little fondant and a lot of buttercream...  The events ranged from baby showers to 1st communions to birthdays and even a 30x2 birthday!  (Thats a nicer way to say 60)  I couldn't help myself and had to throw some cookies in the mix so a couple of cake and cupcake toppers were actually made out of cookies.  : )

Sprinkles, Sparkles and some edible images!  


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Disney Car's 2 Birthday!

Just completed and delivered yesterday .....

I had such a fun time making these cute cookies and Car's themed cake and cupcakes!  Just lots of ideas that came together to make a fun table display.

I couldn't find a HUGE No. 4 cookie cutter, so I had to improvise with a scalloped edge circle.  Sometimes when you have to improvise, the cutest things occur!  There was even enough room to put the birthday boy's name on each cookie, which is always awesome!

The cake is a moist vanilla cake filled with vanilla buttercream.  The decorations are mostly buttercream with a marshmallow black fondant road and accents.