DIY – Magnolia Cupcakes

What does a Californa girl do when she can’t get to New York’s Magnolia Bakery?  Find out how to make it herself. 

I tried my baking hands at it for the first time today.. Let me just say icing cupcakes is an skillful art that I don’t have!  But luckly I can practice in the comfort of my own home! =)  

from Barnes & Noble online

vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting

made about 2 dozen of these lovely pink ones

Happy Friday!

Cookbook: Barnes and Noble

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Just Ducky! Baby Uppal’s Shower!

Navi Uppal’s baby shower came and went so fast!! I had so much fun planning the games, flowers, and co-hosting the shower games with Aparna Guttery few weeks ago!  Here are the highlights!  Congratulations Navi !   Can’t wait for baby Uppal to arrive early March 2010!   (NOTE:  I am by no means a photographer.. so pls excuse the bad lighting in the photos!!)

home with the loot! flowers for the baby shower... and then some!

centerpieces - prepared by mom-to-be's mother

flower accents

Baby name suggestions

Boy baby names!

Baby Uppal Bingo!

BAR! white chocolate lollipops - hand made by our very own mommy-to-be! she's a great crafter!

choc covered pretzels and lollipops!

white chocolate lollipops - hand made by our very own mommy-to-be!

And last but not least... Me, Mommy-to-Be @ 7.5 months, and Aparna. We had a GREAT time co-hosting !!

Bridal Shower in Carlsbad

Passion Fruit Riccota Torte - from Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego)

Passion Fruit Riccota Torte - from Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego)

My best friend Tina planned a BEAUTIFUL (and green) bridal shower for me! Considering I’m an information junkie and want to know everything going on, I stayed hands-off as much as possible and let her and the girls plan! Tina did an awsome job! She found a local Encinitas caterer, 220 Catering, that was reasonably priced AND had good food! Everyone was raving about how moist and flavorful the cake was too! Cake was from my favorite SD bakery shop/resturaunt called Extraordinary Desserts. THANK YOU Tina!! and Laura for the floral decor, and Kelly for the photography! I won’t elaborate more, since Tina blogged about it on her own site! Check it out!!! www.inthecloudsevents.wordpress.com
Back row: Barbara, Olga, Monica, Kelly, Bozena, Laura, Emiko  Front row: Navi, Nataya, Kien, Claudia, Tina

Back row: Barbara, Olga, Monica, Kelly, Bozena, Laura, Emiko Front row: Navi, Nataya, Kien, Claudia, Tina