For the most part, baking has been a hobby for me. A much loved hobby, but nothing more. Sure, I may spend my spare time day-dreaming about “my bakery,” planning my imaginary menu and thinking about how awesome a big, well-equipped kitchen would be, but the fact of the matter is, starting something like a bakery is a risky endeavor, and I’m not sure that hobby baking translates well to professional baking. So I decided to try the next best thing: opening a little at-home bakery! Putting it out there, in the local community, allows me to do something I love without spending a small fortune baking heaps of unnecessary baked goods for family/friends (which is kind of what I’ve been doing up until now). I had a blast this weekend putting together some sample Easter sets that I’m selling locally, playing around with packaging, and making decorations to make the photos more appealing. Although I’m not writing a tutorial for this post, I’ve included links to relevant tutorials if you’re interested in learning to make any of the goodies below!
I had such a difficult time narrowing down my selection of sets to just three, but ultimately I decided to go with two sets of cupcakes and one set of cookies (cookies always feel more time consuming, at least for me).
Earlier this month I made some daffodil cupcakes in honor of my Mum’s birthday, and they just seemed perfect as part of an Easter goody set here in Norway. In Norwegian, daffodils are called “Påskeliljer,” literally meaning “Easter lillies” (Påske=Easter, liljer=lillies). If Easter had an official flower here in Norway, it would be the daffodil.
Last year I made a set of Easter cupcakes with little bunnies diving into cupcakes. I loved the set so much, I decided to approve upon it this year. I worked with some fondant to make some little veggies, as well as top and bottom bunny halves so they could be popping in and out of cupcakes.
In October I saw an amazing tutorial by Montreal Confections demonstrating how to make paintable cookies. It was such a genius idea and technique, I’ve wanted to try it out ever since I saw it. The only problem was that she used an airbrush to color her palette, and I don’t happen to have one. Although an airbrush machine would probably be the best option for anyone that already has one, I found painting my palette with food gel coloring and a little water (just enough so it’s not sticky when dry, but not so much as you water down the color) worked well. Hubby certainly enjoyed getting to paint cookies.
Although I wanted to make more decorations for my photos, I had a hard time finding the necessary supplies to do such here in town. I was, however, able to make the super cute Easter banner from the pictures, which is currently hanging over our mantel with a few other decorations for Easter. You can find a really easy tutorial for making this banner over at Creations By Kara.
Happy baking (and decorating)!