Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cute as a button

Candy Buttons

No, I haven’t taken up sewing. (Not yet anyway.) These adorable little buttons are all candy.

And, umm… they are like handmade.

Not by me, but remember my crazy talented, cupcake fanatic friend, Julie?

She made them for a friend’s baby shower using a fab tutorial from Bake it Pretty.

Candy Button Display

They are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Candy Buttons

The tutorial even includes a pdf for the labels so you can print them out at home and make your own packaging.

Julie made yellow, pink, green, orange and blue buttons with colored candy melts.

Just melt the candy and pour into a button mold. Let them dry and pop them right out.

Place them in small plastic bags and attach the labels. Just fold them in half and staple them together.

Candy Button Display

Or, if you’re crazy like Julie, then you make the labels work with your own wooden custom candy button display that your awesomely talented husband built for you.

Yeah, I’m sucking up in case he reads this and wants to make one for me, too.

So, instead of folding the labels in half, you can fold them in thirds. Two-thirds in front and one-third in the back so you have enough room to use a hole punch on the labels without messing up the graphics. And then just use a little double-sided tape to attach the labels to the bags.

Candy Buttons

Easy and like I said… cute as a button.

Onesie Cookies

Julie also made these onesie sugar cookies for the shower. I’m gonna work on her to get this recipe because they were really good.

Okay, back to buttons…
Here is the Candy Button Tutorial from Bakeitpretty.com.

Check out the site when you have some time. Cute stuff for baking AND for decorating!

Guess what else…?
The guys that run the site gave me a gift voucher code to shop at their store last year. I forgot I had it until Julie showed me these buttons and I remembered the email they sent me. I decided that since I had not used it yet, I wanted to give it away to one of you guys. Hopefully it still works. And if not, I’ll buy a new one for you. K?

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Enter to win a $100 Gift Voucher to BakeitPretty.com.

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you enjoy more…

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

Deadline to enter is Monday, February 1st at 6:00 PM ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced Below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

And the winner is… comment #1326.

That’s you, chakins! I’m glad you love to bake. Now, get shopping and start decorating.

buttons-winner

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joy said...

making it pretty! it’s definitely more work than baking, but i love blending creativity with my sweets! :)

February 1, 2010 01:02 AM
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Angie said...

Aww, those are so cute!

I’m all about baking and getting the taste right because I’ll still eat whatever I bake if it tastes amazing! lol

February 1, 2010 01:03 AM
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Heather said...

Making them, I’d have to say. I’m not very artistically inclined, so the pretty part usually turns out more frustrating than worth the time involved.

February 1, 2010 01:03 AM
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Jaime said...

Those buttons are just precious!

February 1, 2010 01:03 AM
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Angelee Newman said...

definitely making them look pretty, that’s what makes them cute!

February 1, 2010 01:03 AM
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karla_s said...

I like to make things look pretty …but I am still learning lots about doing that.

February 1, 2010 01:04 AM
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Jasmin said...

The baking is my favorite part. I’m from the deep south and I have an ingrained need to *feed people*. Watching someone enjoy eating something I’ve made makes me so happy!

If I can make it look good, too, then even better!

February 1, 2010 01:04 AM
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Katie H. said...

I like baking them the most! :)

February 1, 2010 01:05 AM
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Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo said...

making it pretty! Fo shizzle.

February 1, 2010 01:05 AM
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Ellen said...

Baking the treats would be favorite but I sure like them cute. I love those buttons!

February 1, 2010 01:05 AM
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KateW said...

I love to make tasty things!

February 1, 2010 01:05 AM
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crystal price said...

It has to taste good…no matter how pretty the sweets are they must taste good first. I’ll worry about making it look good later. :o)

February 1, 2010 01:05 AM
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Sarah said...

I like to make them pretty! Pastry bags and tips and sprinkles and so much icing. Pretty Please!

February 1, 2010 01:06 AM
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anika c. said...

I love making everything look pretty…I just wish my baking skills were up to snuff!!

February 1, 2010 01:06 AM
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Cindy said...

I love to bake but am a very messy baker. My attempts at making things look good usually results in a total demolishment of the kitchen! If it turns out, I’m pleased as punch and don’t mind the clean up!

February 1, 2010 01:06 AM
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Bonnie Lewis said...

Tough choice!! I think I like baking better than making it look pretty. Mostly because when I make something that looks really cute, I don’t want to eat it! And I LOVE to eat treats! :)

February 1, 2010 01:07 AM
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Nicole said...

I do both but I prefer doing just one or the other. If I’m going to spend time making it look pretty, the recipe has to be easy. If it’s something just for us, I like focusing on the baking part of it.

February 1, 2010 01:07 AM
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Dani said...

I’m so bad at making them pretty, so I just focus on making them yummy!

February 1, 2010 01:07 AM
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Heather said...

Oh those are adorable! I usually just bake, not having the awesome patience you do for detail work :) But I’d like to learn more, for special occasions and the like.

February 1, 2010 01:08 AM
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Terri said...

I love baking sweets and then I love trying to make them pretty before they’re gone…sweets don’t last long in my house.

February 1, 2010 01:08 AM
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Rhonda said...

Making it pretty for sure! Those buttons are adorable!

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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sarah said...

I LOVE to make things pretty, and the feeling of accomplishment when whatever it is I’m trying to make pretty really turns out pretty! ….but I also enjoy a good baking session once in awhile :)

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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Kendall Manwill said...

Um, I think I like the eating part the best. Since that isn’t a choice, I’ll have to go with the making them pretty part. I don’t do it that often due to impatience (it’s that love of eating part again), but when I do I really enjoy the fruits of my efforts!

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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Ida B said...

Baking sweets… unfortunately I am not crazy talented

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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Heidi Wendland said...

I love to make them pretty. All the detail you can put into the is so much fun to me!

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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Monica said...

It’s a toss-up. I love baking and I love making it look pretty :)

February 1, 2010 01:09 AM
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Kira Leigh said...

The awesome thing about making something sweet and delicious, is that you can then make it look cute, and hit your audience with the double whammy!

February 1, 2010 01:10 AM
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rosa said...

I love baking and if it comes out pretty even better

February 1, 2010 01:10 AM
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marlene said...

Both! I love to bake AND I love a pretty presentation.

February 1, 2010 01:10 AM
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Anna Bell said...

I love baking sweets and then giving them away to family, friends and teachers. Making them look pretty is an added bonus.

February 1, 2010 01:10 AM
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Capri Bird said...

Wow 400+ comments. How can I compete with that? I LOVE to bake and I LOVE your site. I have made most of your stuff. I am not big on making anything look pretty only because I can’t controll myself to wait that long to eat it and I’m not as creative as you are. But the stuff you have posted is AWSOME. Thank you so much!

February 1, 2010 01:10 AM
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Lydia Grosso said...

Definitely making htem yummy but if i am serving them to friends I like to make them look cute! Hey if you can do both..which you inspire us to do.. why not :)

February 1, 2010 01:11 AM
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Mo said...

I like baking, I’m not really good at decorating, don’t have the patience. My mom and sister are the decorators though!

February 1, 2010 01:11 AM
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Lesia said...

HI! I am totally into making it tasty!! I love looking at pretty treats but I am just happy for them to be tasty!
Smiles!

February 1, 2010 01:12 AM
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Laura Wynn said...

I would rather decorate than make.
But sometimes the baking can be therapeutic.

February 1, 2010 01:13 AM
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violarulz said...

baking and then EATING. Yum!

February 1, 2010 01:13 AM
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Jenn said...

Goodness that is a hard choice to make! I guess if I had to choose it would be making them pretty!!!

February 1, 2010 01:14 AM
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Teri said...

Baking them!

February 1, 2010 01:14 AM
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Carrie Rowe said...

i love baking, but i really love when i have the extra time to make them look pretty! i have this button mold from bip and i’ve ben dying to use it! also, it’s my birthday on the 1st, so winning would be pretty epic :)

February 1, 2010 01:14 AM
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Kathy said...

Well both but I’m working on perfecting making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:14 AM
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amy said...

oh man i dont know!! i TOTALLY love making them look uber cute so everyone likes my dessert better! lol

February 1, 2010 01:15 AM
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Jessa said...

Baking sweets, definitely. They may not look great, but they sure do taste great!!

February 1, 2010 01:15 AM
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Holly said...

Hmmm…none of the above? I like EATING them best! Hee hee. OK, I guess I like making them pretty best. I especially like planning them, brainstorming ideas, etc.

February 1, 2010 01:15 AM
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Alison B said...

Oh, I love baking yummy treats!!!

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Lacy Myers said...

I love baking! But it’s rarely (if ever) pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Brittany said...

I love to make things look beautiful!!! It’s great when all the hard work pays off! And you eat with your eyes first!

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Jennifer McDaniel said...

baking sweets!

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Michelle said...

I love making things look pretty. Baking is fun, but it’s all about the details!!! …the fine touch that decorating adds.

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Alexis said...

I love TRYING to make them pretty. Of course, it doesn’t help if they taste pretty, too!

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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Mary said...

I love making sweets look pretty – the prettier and more professional they are, the happier I am with them. However, if the sweets don’t taste good then I won’t bake them even if the end product is gorgeous :-) It’s all about the taste, but I do get a certain thrill out of decorating.

February 1, 2010 01:16 AM
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jess (fushmush) said...

Definitely the making them look pretty. Thanks so much for your inspiration in that department.

February 1, 2010 01:17 AM
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Cha Cha said...

I like to make them look pretty, but eatting them is really my favorite.

Cha Cha

February 1, 2010 01:17 AM
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Aaron said...

Tough choice indeed! I guess though I’d have to say I enjoy baking yummy treats best. Time doesn’t always allow me to make them as pretty as I’d like them to be… though I do like to try my best at both. :)

February 1, 2010 01:17 AM
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sonya said...

Have to say baking…working on making everything pretty as well though! =)

February 1, 2010 01:18 AM
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Jennifer said...

I dont think I could even choose! It’s all about the combination of baking something fabulous and then making it look as fabulous as it tastes! That feeling that you have made somebody feel like the most important person in the world when you hand them a home made goodie that looks exquisite! :)

February 1, 2010 01:18 AM
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Alexandra Cooper said...

I enjoy making them look pretty! I love deciding what I should use to decorate the baked good, especially if I’m giving it to someone!

February 1, 2010 01:18 AM
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Snugglepot ant said...

Making them look pretty! I’m all about visual food. iIt makes an old recipe new every time :)

February 1, 2010 01:18 AM
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Codi Weeks said...

I love both, but if I were to choose just one, making them look pretty would win!

Thanks for your great blog!

February 1, 2010 01:19 AM
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Melissa Davis said...

I’m not good at either lol, but I think it’s fun to just bake stuff!

February 1, 2010 01:19 AM
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Cher said...

I love to bake but I have been known to use a shortcut here and there to get to the “making it pretty ” part faster )

February 1, 2010 01:19 AM
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Brandi said...

I used to enjoy making them look pretty more than the baking part, but now I have a 2 year old son who is my helper and just baking with him is the best! :)

February 1, 2010 01:19 AM
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Danielle said...

I absolutely love to make things pretty. I love giving baked goods as gifts and love getting compliments on my work. It’s my wild dream to someday open a little shop that makes unique and beautiful baked yumminess!

February 1, 2010 01:20 AM
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~Mayra~ said...

I LOVE MAKING SWEETS LOOK PRETTY BECAUSE IM NOT AS GOOD AT MAKING THEM GOOD…I THINK!

February 1, 2010 01:20 AM
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Rebekah Jackson said...

Definitely cooking them! When I try to decorate them, they never turn out as good as it is in my head of what I want them to look like. :)

February 1, 2010 01:20 AM
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Jessica said...

Making them look too pretty to eat! :) Love your blog! Keep up the great work!

February 1, 2010 01:20 AM
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sstriks said...

I love baking treats! Decorating is fun but not as fun as baking!

February 1, 2010 01:20 AM
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Jessica said...

My favorite part is making them look good =)

February 1, 2010 01:21 AM
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Nichole said...

I love eating them the best. ;) In order to get to the point I would need to bake them so I would have to say baking them would be my favorite part.

February 1, 2010 01:21 AM
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Lori said...

For me it depends what I am baking and why. If it’s for my family then I go for yummy. If I am taking something for a party, potluck, or such I want it to look super cute. Either way I always like to display them nicely even if it is something simple.

February 1, 2010 01:21 AM
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Vanessa said...

Baking them and trying to make them look pretty….still learning these skills!

February 1, 2010 01:21 AM
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Stephanie said...

I like the baking part best! People tend to be more impressed if the goods look pretty, though. This is a sad fact for the aesthetically challenged, like me.

February 1, 2010 01:21 AM
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melissa irvin said...

I really enjoy both – baking is fun! I love trying to make it pretty too! I’m just really starting to learn about that part though and bought the Cookie Craft book you recommended for guidance!

February 1, 2010 01:22 AM
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Lynetta said...

I love to make my treats pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:24 AM
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JenChastain said...

I enjoy both! A part of baking the sweets is making them pretty, and it’s just so much fun. Especially once you have a beautiful finished product to share with friends and your husband cleans the kitchen for you =)

February 1, 2010 01:24 AM
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deb said...

Baking makes me happy and decorating is fun but EATING the goodies (and sometimes the dough) is the best!!!
deb
dppitzer@hotmail.com

February 1, 2010 01:24 AM
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Gina said...

Not very good at either but definitely prefer baking them!

February 1, 2010 01:24 AM
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Marcia said...

Both!

February 1, 2010 01:25 AM
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Jean said...

hmmmm…that is a difficult question…I think I like the decorating part…that is why I LOVE your blog…I love how you make balls of cake look like the adorable creatures you turn them into.

February 1, 2010 01:25 AM
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Jessica said...

Definitely making them look pretty! Baking is fun, but you have to follow a recipe…with decorating, you’re imagination takes the wheel :)

February 1, 2010 01:25 AM
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lisa said...

baking when there’s people around..it gets messy & loud…so it’s fun! ^^

but i love decorating more…time to make everything pretty !!

February 1, 2010 01:25 AM
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Rachel said...

I prefer baking sweets…unfortunately I am not very good at making them pretty! But it’s fun to try :-)

February 1, 2010 01:26 AM
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Katherine said...

I would say making them look pretty… but let’s face it: I love taste-testing while baking! So baking comes out on top. :)

February 1, 2010 01:26 AM
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Gracie said...

adorable!
I’d love to make those

February 1, 2010 01:26 AM
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Misty said...

I like making them taste good, baking them, and making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:27 AM
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Amy said...

I really enjoy doing both, but I tend to get frustrated sometimes in trying to make them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 01:27 AM
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Nicole said...

Easy – making them look pretty, hands-down! I like the cute, delicate little touches, and I’m so jazzed to try my hand at making buttons. :-)

February 1, 2010 01:27 AM
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christy said...

definitely baking them, but decorating is a definite bonus :0)

February 1, 2010 01:27 AM
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Cheyenne said...

Definitely making them look pretty. I wish someone would hand me a baked cake, a bowl of frosting, and my piping bag and say–go for it!! I LOVE the decorating part but not so much the baking part.

February 1, 2010 01:27 AM
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Deputy'sWife said...

I love both! Baking them so their oh so yummy and making them look pretty so the guys at the sheriff’s department drool over them!

February 1, 2010 01:28 AM
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Connie said...

I love the baking process. My goods don’t last long enough for me me to make them pretty hehe

February 1, 2010 01:28 AM
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Erica said...

Baking is therapeutic, making them look pretty is FUN! And people saying they are delicious (even out of the box) doesn’t hurt either =)

February 1, 2010 01:28 AM
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Jessica said...

I love to bake them, but making them pretty is the best treat of all. Why on earth would I spend more on the decorations, sprinkles, colours, items, etc, if I didn’t enjoy making them look spiffy? :)

February 1, 2010 01:28 AM
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Tammie Kenney said...

BOTH! My kids love eating the results of my artistic creations…

February 1, 2010 01:28 AM
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Diana Elizondo said...

Definitley baking sweets! but i also like to make them look pretty…

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Amanda Hydock said...

Love making them look pretty. LOVE all your ideas.

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Jen Flo said...

I think presentation matters, but taste matters, too!! Of course, I have to sample as I go! LOL!!!

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Robyn W said...

I wish I could hire a baker to make my cakes for me! I don’t care anything about making them, I just LOVE making them beautiful! And now I’ve gotten into making dummy cakes for centerpieces instead of real cakes, so I don’t even have to worry about the baking part!

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Janky said...

I wish eating them were an option!! But, ok, makin ‘em pretty!! Its so fun to hear the ooh’s and ahh’s!!

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Kelly Carr said...

Making them look pretty for sure!!! Its candy for the eyes. Nothing taste better than a beautiful decorated cake or candy.

February 1, 2010 01:29 AM
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Krista said...

Well the OCD in me says you have to have the perfect combo of baking and beauty. It’s got to look good enough to put in my mouth and taste good enough to go back for more. ;)

February 1, 2010 01:30 AM
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