Sweet Elena Rae Ruelhman turned 2 the other week! She’s a curly blonde haired, blue-eyed party rocker that LOVES music… and cake.
Kelly, one of my good friends that I met while working at Patsy Aiken Designs (super cute local children’s clothing company)… emailed me a few weeks ago about making cupcakes and a small cake for Elena’s Big Birthday Bash.
Elena loves to dance, so Kelly really wanted to stick to a music theme… drums… pianos or keyboards… music notes… guitars… pink, lime, and turquoise! Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla flavor combos!
Well, not only do I love the Ruelhmans, bit we all know I’m a music junkie
dancer when I’ve had too much to drink too, so I was super excited about making these for the Ruelhmans…
DRUMS with drumsticks on chocolate cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream frosting!
KEYBOARDS on basic vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting! I pipped “Elena” at the top in pink and added a little flower blossom on the left. Super cute, right? These definitely are some of my very favorite toppers to date.
Party Rocking PINK GUITARS! Love these! They topped more chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting as well as some chocolate cupcakes with a vanilla/almond buttercream frosting.
I loved that the little “2” toppers matched everything! They seemed to bring the colors together and add a touch of softness to these rock and roll instruments.
Now, for the pink music notes with tiny flower blossom adornments!
I smoothed out the vanilla buttercream frosting and pipped lots of different little pink music notes.
So sweet… they brought me back to my terrible violin and piano days. My poor musically gifted mother thought that surely, ONE of her children would be talented in the music department. NOPE. Definitely NOT ME. Art and math were my specialties! Sorry Mom. I even gave chorus a shot and somehow I thought I was even good enough to try out for Select Chorus in my New Jersey High School. FAIL. FAIL. FAIL.
Moving along… of course, this day in Raleigh North Carolina was almost 105, so my afternoon and travels to Kelly’s house in our June heat wave was brutal. I made the toppers earlier in the week, but they still had a tough time holding shape in the heat once I got them in the car and to Kelly’s. Since the strawberry buttercream was whipped and has fresh strawberries, I was very worried they wouldn’t make it.
I “cooled” down my Civic for 20 minutes blasting the air-conditioning. I know I know, not good for an engine on a 100+ day, but it’s in the name for cupcakes people and I drive a Honda, so you know that Japanese baby will run until the windows are falling out, the seats are ripped, and police start profiling me since my windows are tinted and my bumpers will probably be hanging off.
At the last minute before leaving my house, I decided to grab an extra half dozen of cupcakes that were extra from my orders that morning. What if a few DID melt into huge blobs of buttery sugar??? This way I was covered!
Let’s see how they turned out… Elena’s special cookies and cream cake included!
YUM YUM YUM! I want a chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting right now. Don’t those look awesome?! I was very happy these turned out so well. Gotta love a 2 year old that’s all about music…
Face plant! Thanks Kelly for inviting me to be a part of your family’s special day and letting me steal this picture off Facebook. Elena is such a sweet girl and we’re lucky to have you and Rob in our lives. Happy Birthday to an adorable little girl! We need to hang out again soon!
LOVE LOVE LOVE