Back from an awesome girls birthday trip in Vegas and now I’m officially in a new age decade…I guess I’m going to have to change my profile from 20-something to 30-something now!
Since I had been in Vegas for my 25th birthday there have been tons of changes. There’s a whole new area called The Linq over by the Flamingo. It has lots of shops, restaurants, and the world’s largest observation wheel….which is basically like a giant ferris wheel that takes you up in a pod and you can see amazing views of the Strip. Definitely a fun thing to do at night to see the lights.
To my delight, they also have a Sprinkles cupcake shop! I had passed by a Sprinkles in Chicago last year but didn’t have time to make a visit so I was excited this time I could. Now, the best part about Sprinkles is their cupcake ATM. That’s right, I said cupcake ATM. You can go up and choose from several different flavors, swipe your card, and the door opens up to a cupcake. It’s pretty cool because there’s a camera inside that shows your cupcake being retrieved. And the best part is no lines! All those suckers were waiting in a huge line to go into the shop but it’s so much more fun to say you got your cupcake from an ATM!
As far as the cupcakes go, they’re pretty good but I’m not sure they’re worth waiting in line for. I got a peanut butter chip cupcake which was a chocolate-chip studded cake is made with all natural peanut butter and topped with rich peanut butter frosting and sweet milk chocolate sprinkles. I love peanut butter and chocolate together but I felt like it was a little heavy on the peanut butter side and that there wasn’t enough chocolate. It was pretty sweet but the cake was light and fluffy which I always appreciate because I hate a dry cupcake! My travel buddy went for the classic vanilla cupcake which was a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting, and white sprinkles. She also enjoyed her cupcake but said that it was piled a little too high with frosting for her taste.
Bottom line? Sprinkles is good but I wouldn’t wait in line for a chance to eat one of their cupcakes. I love the novelty of the cupcake ATM and it’s definitely a fun thing to do if you are ever around one but be prepared for a sugar rush when you eat your cupcake!
My final week of cake decorating we were told to come to class with some ideas of how we wanted to decorate our final cake. Of course I went in with nothing in mind except wanting to practice more flowers. We were given two cupcakes and an 8-inch cake and were basically told to go for it. Oh, we also learned one more new trick for flowers. Freezer flowers! I love this trick! You pipe the flowers on a piece of parchment paper and let them harden in the freezer. Then you can put them on the sides of your cake. Makes it so much easier than piping flowers on the side of a cake.
For my cupcakes I decided to practice my roses more. They definitely take a ton of practice but I think they are so worth it. I love the way that they fill up the top of the cupcake with decoration. So there you go, there are my cupcakes. They could be better but I think it wasn’t too shabby for 3 weeks of cake decorating class. Now I just need to keep practicing.
Now for the cake.I wanted this cake to be my pièce de résistance, it was after all, going to serve as my final project so I had to do something that would be worthy of an A+. I decided to stay with the flower motif but wanted to really go all out with it. Basically covering the cake with as many flowers as I could. I figured adding in some vines would be a good way to go to really tie it all together.
I’m definitely happy with the way it turned out. I loved covering the cake with the vines and the flowers. And while I’m not sure I’ll be making a ton of cakes to decorate, it was definitely good practice for my frosting roses and flowers. And see those flowers on the side of the cake? Those are the freezer flowers. Love them!
I’m my own worst critic but I think this was my best project yet. And not too bad after three classes. I can’t wait to take more advanced classes. So what do you think about my final project?
I officially need to make a trip to Beverly Hills now that I discovered the existence of a cupcake ATM!!!Apparently Sprinkles Bakery has come up with the best idea. An ATM that dispenses fresh baked cupcakes 27/7 in different flavors. You can even get doggie cupcakes…or as I like to call them, pupcakes. I’m a little jealous that I can’t think of a new and exciting cupcake dispensary idea. Can you?