Timeless + Elegant Style on Style Me Pretty

This summer we teamed up with the talented Faith of Winsome + Wright at Villa Parker in Colorado to create a timeless styled shoot. Romance was the name of the game with soft colors, flowing florals by Hana Styles and a show stopping Emma & Grace Bridal gown and SIBO Designs veil. See more from the shoot and learn more about all of the talented vendors behind this look on Style Me Pretty.


Our Favorite Frostings

Have you heard? Sweets is now at The Curiosity Shoppe in Downtown! Check out our cake mixes and decorating kits while you shop in Historic Downtown Laramie!

Now that you are all set to bake + decorate, we figured it was only fair we let you in on our favorite ways to top these treats! 

We use Swiss Meringue Buttercream in our store but won't turn our noses up at the American classics for cupcakes. 

An all time favorite is Cream Cheese Frosting, not to mention it's super simple!

All you need to do is throw the following ingredients into a mixer and beat until smooth. Want to make it extra special? Add 2 oz of melted chocolate, fruit preserves, lemon curd, peanut butter, or whatever makes your heart sing! 

8 oz. softened cream cheese

4 oz. softened butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups powdered sugar

Want something a bit more rich? How about chocolate ganache? 

All you need is 8 oz. dark chocolate + 8 oz. of heavy cream. Heat the cream in a sauce pan until cream simmers and pour over chocolate. Mix until smooth. Dip your cupcakes in the warm sauce for a thin coat or allow ganache to cool, place in a mixer and whip until light and fluffy! No matter what direction you go, I promise it's yummy!

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Or maybe you just want a classic American Buttercream. Here's what you need:

8 oz. softened butter

5 cups of powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

Beat butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add milk as needed to reach desire consistency. Boom! 

Make it special with melted chocolate, fruit preserves, curd, honey, spices, or maybe a bit of everyone's fav Nutella! 

 

Now get out there and make some cupcakes! Share your photos on Instagram with #sweetswyoming. We can't wait to see what you create! 

 

RECIPES | Coconut Caramel Donut Cake

Anyone on Instagram knows that donuts are in.

What is not to love? Sweet, doughy treats that you allow you to eat sprinkles for breakfast. Um, yes please.

Donut lovers are trading in traditional layer cakes and treating themselves to towers of their favorite breakfast pastry and we can’t blame them. Layers of donuts, toasted coconut and salted caramel come together to make this non-traditional cake perfect for a birthday party, brunch gathering or any extra special friend date!

Coconut Caramel Donut Cake

 

Coconut Caramel Donut Cake

Serves 8

 

Ingredients:

8 donuts (or how many you wish to serve)

2 cups shredded coconut

sprinkles and dragees (optional)

Caramel Sauce:

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1/3 cup corn syrup

12 tablespoons  (1 ½ sticks) butter, room temperature

1 cup heavy cream, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 tablespoon sea salt

 

Directions:

1.     Pick out some of your favorites donuts. We went for a mix of chocolate, glazed and sprinkled, of course.

2.     Spread coconut on a parchment lined baking tray and bake in 350-degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden, stirring every few minutes to ensure even toasting. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

3.     Make caramel sauce.

1. Combine sugar, cream of tartar, corn syrup and water in a heavy sauce pan. Add water last to wash any sugar off the sides of the pan.  Place on medium heat.

2. Cook sugar syrup, without stirring, until it becomes a rich amber color.

3. Carefully remove from stove and add butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until butter has melted.

4. Add heavy cream and carefully stir until smooth.

5. Pour into a heatproof bowl and allow to cool.

6. Add vanilla bean paste and sea salt and mix until combined.

4.     Stack one layer of donuts on a plate and alternate coconut, caramel, and donuts until you have stacked all of your donuts. To ensure donuts stick to one another, dip the bottoms of each donut in caramel before stacking on your tower.

5.     Sprinkle with sprinkles and dragees of your choice, top with a candle or topper and dig in!

Photos by BHP Imaging of Laramie, WY.

RECIPES | Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oatmeal Cream Pies were a lunchbox staple back in the day. I will always have a place in my heart for the Little Debbie favorite, but these scratch made Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies are a game changer. Stuff them with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and you have yourself a winner, perfect for cooling off after a hot day in the sun.

Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwich

 

Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Serves 6

 

Ingredients:

¼ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

8 ounce (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ cups rolled oats

½ cup raisins (optional)

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Directions:

1.     In the bowl of a mixer beat sugar, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean paste and butter until fluffy.

2.     Add eggs one by one and mix until smooth.

3.     In a large bowl whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.

4.     Slowly add dry ingredients into mixing bowl and beat until combined. Add oats and optional raisins and stir until combined being cautious of over mixing.

5.     Scoop heaping spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets, leaving a 2 inch space between cookies and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. Cookies will have set in the middle and appear golden on the edges.

6.      Allow cookies to cool completely before sandwiching vanilla ice cream between two. Serve immediately or seal in airtight container and store in the freezer.

Photos by BHP Imaging of Laramie, WY.

Farm to Table Desserts on 100 Layer Cake

Over the years we have made some wonderful connections in the Wyoming and Colorado wedding industry. One in particular is especially special to us...

Faith of Winsome + Wright Photography Co. has been a part of our jouney since the very beginning and always invites us to participate in her beautiful styled projects. Last summer she brought us to the The Lyons Farmette where we fell in love with the most adorable goats, fields of colorful flowers and the oh-my-gosh so RAD Airstream trailer collection.

Take a look at our cake and desserts as well as the gorgeous farm scenery, stunning Claire Pettibone gown and touches of peach and blackberry featured on 100 Layer Cake. Swoon. 

Preppy Pink Wedding Cake on The Cake Blog

We always love an excuse to make an ultra-feminine cake. When Embellish Productions asked us to craft a preppy, pink cake for their glitzy styled shoot at Parkside Mansion in Denver, we were on board!

Lori Kennedy Photography beautifully captured the elegant atmosphere of the mansion decorated to a T by the talented Embellish team with help from Lace and Lilies' out of this world florals. 

See this whimsical cake, dripping in bright greens and blush florals on The Cake Blog here in a collection of gorgeous Spring inspired cakes from across the country.