I don't know about you, but when this girl gets nervous, she goes...shopping.
And so I thought I'd share with you a list of the top 10 cake decorating items I would most like to purchase right now. Keep in mind that my birthday is coming back around in seven months. Be prepared.
#10 - Wilton's floral collection flower making set. This toolkit for making gum paste flowers looks like Play-Doh for grownups. I love the fact that it has cutters in the shape of every imaginable flower leaf and petal, including baby's breath, pansy, stephanotis (I don't even know what that is, but I'm sure it's beautiful on a cake), and several sizes each of daisies and roses.
#9 - 12-piece gel paste food coloring kit from Cooking.com. There are 12 reasons why I want this: black, blue, yellow, green, pink, red, teal, orange, fuchsia, violet, sky blue and brown.
#8 - Set of 24 mini pastel silicone baking cups from Williams-Sonoma. You don't even need a baking pan - these are sturdy enough to sit on a baking sheet by themselves. And when the mini-cupcakes are gone, the little liners go in the dishwasher. I'm in love.
#7 - Gift cakelet pan from Williams-Sonoma. I'm not at all sure I'd be able to decorate these tiny little jewel boxes once they came out of the oven. The picture seems to show fondant and royal icing and maybe some gum paste flowers on top, and I'm not there yet. But can't I just pour some thin ganache over the top, throw on a few dragees, and call it a cake(let)?
Mirror-top cake stand. This looks so fancy and festive - even the simplest decorated cake would look stunning on this stand. I have a small collection of cake stands, and I use them all the time, and not only for cakes. They're perfect for serving little nibbles at cocktail parties, or you can make small pizzas and serve them on a fancy stand like this to dress up dinner.
#5 - Zebra-striped cupcake liners from Into the Oven. These speak for themselves. I also love the purple polka-dots.
#4 - Wilton's triangle silicone baking cups. They're reusable, they're triangular, and they come in pink and purple. Somehow, the idea of triangular cupcakes appeals to me - very mod.
Heart-shaped cupcake pan from Cooking.com. My husband, whom otherwise I adore, has this teeny tiny annoying habit of hating all holidays. Especially Valentine's Day. He knows I like it when he makes me feel like a princess on this day of hearts, so he goes through the motions, but I know he's doing it grudgingly. (He'd willingly do away with birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. as well.) But I'm a sucker for red and pink on Valentine's Day, and I'd love to make sweet little heart-shaped cupcakes in this pan. If I make them chocolate, I'm pretty sure he'll eat them.
#2 - Pink 36-cupcake carrier from Cooking.com. If I'm going to go to all the trouble of making them and painstakingly decorating them, I want them to arrive at their destination intact.
And #1 - The great cupcake cake pan from Williams-Sonoma. Okay, it's a little gimmicky - you bake the "cupcake" in two large pieces, top and bottom, and then stick them together with frosting when you're done. But it's so adorable!