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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tammy Ward said...

Baking sweets is my favorite, when I try to make them look pretty I get to frustrated because they’re not perfect!

February 1, 2010 01:31 AM
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Christie C. said...

I can’t decide… I think both are enjoyable!!

February 1, 2010 01:31 AM
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Miss BLFB said...

They are adorable! I love pretty food! :0) I’d never be able to find many fun baking things here in Holland.

February 1, 2010 01:31 AM
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colleen said...

you have the cutest things ever! love EVERYTHING you do!

February 1, 2010 01:31 AM
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Amnah said...

Baking them! I don’t have the skill or a steady hand to make them pretty… {sigh}

February 1, 2010 01:32 AM
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alison said...

Hmm.. baking them.. I’m just getting into the making them look pretty part, although now that I’ve started, I’m a little bit obsessed!

February 1, 2010 01:32 AM
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Esther Carrera said...

Oooo that’s a hard one. I love doing both.

February 1, 2010 01:33 AM
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Gretchen said...

Ooohh.. I love simple things that look so sweet and cute! A nice was to dress things up.

February 1, 2010 01:34 AM
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Melissa said...

My lack of patience can sometimes hinder my baking skills, but I’ve ALWAYS got time to decorate!

February 1, 2010 01:35 AM
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Nix said...

My mom was a cake decorator when I was wee, so all I can say is…..making them look pretty!! I love taking a good long time to get every detail perfect ^_^

February 1, 2010 01:36 AM
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bruinbr said...

Those buttons are adorable! I definitely like to make the treats pretty! I’m also a fan of the eating part too! :P

February 1, 2010 01:38 AM
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Kelsey | www.kelseykramer.com said...

I’m a baker/designer—SO BOTH! Ah, I love bakeitpretty!

February 1, 2010 01:38 AM
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samantha said...

Making them look pretty, for sure! I have just spent the last 2 hourse making little pink, glittery royal icing flowers. Just in case I need them… :)

February 1, 2010 01:38 AM
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Carrie said...

I try hard to patient during the mixing and baking so I can get to the decorating! Even when all I make is a big mess it’s still fun =)

February 1, 2010 01:39 AM
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Melissa said...

I don’t have the skills to make sweets look pretty, so I like making them taste great!

February 1, 2010 01:39 AM
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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Tough one!
I guess I like making them look pretty :)

February 1, 2010 01:39 AM
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Laura Beth said...

Baking the sweets . . . actually EATING them is what I like best! :)

February 1, 2010 01:40 AM
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Maria said...

Making them look pretty. Somehow, the prettier they are, the better they taste. ^-^

February 1, 2010 01:40 AM
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Katie said...

i like to bake and eat anything yummy. making it pretty is the bonus, if it’s not something yummy i’ve baked it’s not worth it to me to decorate it.

February 1, 2010 01:40 AM
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Danielle said...

Ideally I’d do both… but I go either way – sometimes I’m just there to bake something totally yummy tasting, other times I’m there to make it pretty (like when I take a cake decorating class).

February 1, 2010 01:41 AM
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alex said...

Look pretty! You have a niche in that area. There are a lot of blogs dedicated to creative tastes and textures. I think you do making it look pretty the best

February 1, 2010 01:42 AM
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Hannah said...

baking sweets! I don’t have the skill to make them pretty!

February 1, 2010 01:42 AM
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Steph Y said...

Those baby onesies are so cute! Personally I enjoy baking sweets more (and then eating them while they’re fresh)! I think it’s because I don’t decorate as well (which is why I love your blog so much! It displays creativity I could never demonstrate!)

February 1, 2010 01:42 AM
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Khol said...

As much fun as it is to bake, it’s definitely more fun to make it all look pretty. I can spend days agonizing over ways in which to decorate a cake or a batch of cookies. In fact, I spend most of my time not by writing up lecture notes (as I should be) but by doodling decorating ideas.

February 1, 2010 01:42 AM
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Kelsey Dettman said...

I enjoy the process of baking better. I love decorating but something about the creation and preciseness of baking is like zen for me.

February 1, 2010 01:43 AM
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Mercedes West said...

I love baking them and decorating them, I love taking the time to put the details in because I get creative and have a million ideas floating around my head. ;) When it’s for me, I usually bake it and eat it, when it’s for someone else, I’ll put more thought into it.<3

February 1, 2010 01:44 AM
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Jen Seader said...

Baking is not nearly as fun as making them look super cute!

February 1, 2010 01:45 AM
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Lisa said...

I do not have a sweet tooth, but I love to decorate and let my creative side go crazy when it comes to decorating! I prefer someone to bake, then let me decorate! Boxed-cake mixes (hangs head in shame) are my friend.

February 1, 2010 01:45 AM
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Melanie Kameko Duve said...

I like baking sweets AND making them look pretty, but if I guess I had to choose just one of those, it would be making them look pretty because my boyfriend appreciates a pistachio rosewater cookie the exact same as he appreciates a Funfetti cake, but he appreciates a cake in the shape of an axolotl far more than a regular old spherical one!

February 1, 2010 01:46 AM
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TaraG said...

I like baking, but making treats pretty is far more fun!

February 1, 2010 01:47 AM
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Michelle Ledesma said...

hmmm….tough choice. If I’m honest with myself baking is where I feel more confident. But my heart gets a real tug when I see royal icing, frosting, sprinkles, and the like. So for now, until I have more practice – baking.

February 1, 2010 01:47 AM
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Liana said...

Neither actually. I enjoy the enjoyment others get from what I create the most. But since that’s not an option, it would have to be the baking. The whole process of creating.

February 1, 2010 01:48 AM
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Kari said...

Making them pretty! Though eating them comes pretty close…

February 1, 2010 01:49 AM
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Penelope said...

they are so cute!

I definitely have to say making them look pretty. I love just taking the time to make them look good and how it puts a smile on someone’s face (especially my kids)

February 1, 2010 01:49 AM
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Jill S. said...

You mean eating sweets isn’t an option? Oh, fine. ;)

I love the baking. Taste is first, appearance is second.

February 1, 2010 01:50 AM
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Chelsea said...

hmm…my birthday is in few weeks….

February 1, 2010 01:50 AM
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Nikki S. said...

I definitely love preparing and baking! Things may not come out looking exactly like they’re supposed to, but they’re still AMAZING! :)

February 1, 2010 01:50 AM
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sara said...

Those candy buttons are SO cute! I would have to admit I’m mo a baking than a making pretty sort of person, but I would like to get me into decorating and I LOVE cute cupcake wrappers (pretty with the least effort!)

February 1, 2010 01:51 AM
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linda said...

well – i like to eat sweet things first! so i’d have to say baking it – to eat it!

February 1, 2010 01:51 AM
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Kirsten said...

Baking them as I have to work really, really, really hard to make them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 01:51 AM
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Chelsea said...

and i enjoy making them look pretty, for sure!

February 1, 2010 01:51 AM
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Gabriela said...

I enjoy both …. but I am working at getting better on the making pretty part

February 1, 2010 01:51 AM
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Katie said...

Most defiantly baking, and the eating you get to do while baking :-D

February 1, 2010 01:52 AM
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Veronica L. said...

I love love love to bake & love love love to make them pretty. It’s hard to decide but taste ALWAYS comes before looks ;)

February 1, 2010 01:52 AM
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Heather D. said...

Making them pretty, even though it can be a lot of work :)

February 1, 2010 01:52 AM
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Rina said...

I think baking them…because I don’t trust my creativity very much yet when it comes to decorating. BUT! If I win this voucher, perhaps it will help me learn to be more creative and I will enjoy both the baking AND the decorating!!

February 1, 2010 01:52 AM
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Joanna said...

I think I enjoy making treats look pretty more than baking them. It’s fun to upgrade a dessert into something total unique and artsy! Thanks for the entry!

February 1, 2010 01:53 AM
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Laura said...

I absolutely love making sweets! I’m definitely looking forward to spending more time making them look pretty!! This voucher might just be the shove I need!
=]

February 1, 2010 01:53 AM
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Nikki said...

Baking! I’m still working on the looking pretty part :)

February 1, 2010 01:53 AM
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Amy ng said...

Baking!! When they’re too pretty I you have to convince people to eat them. I’ll leave it to the bakerella to make things too cute to eat!

February 1, 2010 01:54 AM
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Rachel said...

tough choice, but id probably have to say making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 01:54 AM
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Vee said...

I like doing both but my favorite is putting all together to make it look amazing.. a cupcake is a cupcake but when u make it look pretty, even those ppl who won’t like baked goodies will wanna try one out `=O)

February 1, 2010 01:54 AM
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Hannah said...

I love baking the sweets because really, who doesn’t like to eat them?!? and it’s always an added bonus when they turn out pretty too. so Both! :)

February 1, 2010 01:54 AM
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Deb said...

Amazingly adorable! The cutest things ever!!!

February 1, 2010 01:55 AM
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Amber Barnum said...

I am a big believer that treats have to taste great and look beautiful too! You just can’t have one without the other!!

February 1, 2010 01:57 AM
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Liz said...

What a great idea for a baby shower!! I wish mine were pretty – I try – but they never come out quite like I have in mind. So, then I just go for yummy.

February 1, 2010 01:57 AM
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Sirena said...

Making them look pretty! I could spend hours decorating cookies and cupcakes..the hardest part is waiting for them to get outta the oven.

February 1, 2010 01:58 AM
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Danielle S said...

hmmm… definitely a hard question. I enjoy decorating more, but i feel like baking is more efficient. Less work for more enjoyment. :)

February 1, 2010 01:59 AM
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Christina said...

Baking is fun, but making things pretty always makes me happiest. It’s always more fun to eat something pretty, too.

February 1, 2010 02:01 AM
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Catherine P said...

I would say I like making them look pretty. Because people will pass judgment on the look before they even taste it.

February 1, 2010 02:01 AM
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Laura Mae Findley said...

oh what a hard question. i would have to say baking them is what I enjoy more. I’m not very good at making them pretty.

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

I love love baking sweets! The best thing I’ve ever made, I think, is dark chocolate creme brulee! As far as making things pretty goes…not so much.

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

oh my gosh – i LOVE to make the look pretty! Making/carving cakes is my favorite thing ever!

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

I like baking them more!

February 1, 2010 02:02 AM
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Marie said...

I definitely like baking sweets best, because I get to think about how yummy they will be! I never have enough patience to spend too much time decorating, because I just want to eat my creation!

February 1, 2010 02:02 AM
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ali @ gimme some oven said...

This store is amazing!!!

I’m definitely a fan of making them look pretty. Hopefully pretty tasty as well. ;)

February 1, 2010 02:02 AM
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Hope said...

I love to bake and create new treats but of course half the fun is the decorating and making everything look just as delicious as they taste!

February 1, 2010 02:02 AM
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Sharon said...

Well.. even though I don’t have a ton of experience backing sweets or decorating, I do have to say that my favorite part is decorating. It lets the artist in me come out and play in nothing but sugary goodness! :]

Last fall I made a bunch of Bon Jovi SMIRK cupcakes for my friend’s 22nd birthday and surprised her with them when I showed up at her apartment. I would add a picture but I’m not sure if this takes HTML or what and I don’t want to have a bunch of garbled stuff in the middle of my post! lol

She loved them and I slaved for 4 hours ahead of time baking those and keeping her out of the apartment just so I can get my handy-work done! lol

Winning this would be awesome since I’m going to be making your cake pops for my friends wedding shower sometime this summer/fall and I bet I can find something on the BakeitPretty website to help me out. :D

Sharon

February 1, 2010 02:02 AM
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Blair Winston said...

Definitely baking sweets. Maybe if I had any artistic talent and there was any chance they’d look good it’d be a harder decision. But given my current skill level, the baking is what I do best.

February 1, 2010 02:03 AM
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Jenn said...

I like to make them pretty. Anyone can make an ugly cake — trust me, I have. Many times. But it’s so fun to see the finished product when you’ve worked hard to decorate something!

February 1, 2010 02:03 AM
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Anna said...

I am the designated “birthday cupcake decorator extraordinaire” and would LOVE using the cute chocolate molds to add even more variety to my co-worker’s birthday treats!!! :)

whether I win, or not… I must tell you what an inspiration your site is – Thank You SO much for sharing your talent and the gorgeous treats you create!!!!!! :)

February 1, 2010 02:04 AM
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Jennifer K said...

I enjoy making them look pretty! Baking is fun but the real fun for me is decorating!

February 1, 2010 02:04 AM
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Anonymous said...

More stuff by Julie!!! Cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

February 1, 2010 02:05 AM
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Nike Peterson said...

Making ‘em pretty!

February 1, 2010 02:06 AM
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Jessica said...

More stuff by Julie!!! Cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

February 1, 2010 02:06 AM
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Jennifer said...

I would have to say both with the help of my oldest
she loves to bake & making them pretty would
have to be me. Love the buttons too cute.

February 1, 2010 02:06 AM
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Annie Webb said...

SERIOUSLY?! I would LOVE to win that! I definitely love making sweets look pretty more than I like baking them…although baking is fun too, because then you get to eat them! :)

February 1, 2010 02:06 AM
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Meghann Stephens said...

I love baking sweets:) I’m working on the making them look pretty and lets just say that is a work in progress.

February 1, 2010 02:06 AM
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Jessi said...

making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 02:07 AM
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Cece said...

I think I have it made…I enjoy making things pretty BUT my husband finds baking a huge stress relief. So he bakes and I decorate. I think that makes us a perfect pair ;)

February 1, 2010 02:08 AM
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Alissa said...

I adore that site!

Hard call, but I like the baking bit best, and resort to easy techniques to make them pretty. But this year I definitely want to learn to make them prettier!

February 1, 2010 02:09 AM
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Arlene D said...

Baking sweets if fun … making them look pretty is even more fun … but eating tasty treats is the best! :)

February 1, 2010 02:09 AM
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Kristine said...

How about eating them? :) I aspire to make them look pretty, but if they don’t, I hope that they at least taste good.

February 1, 2010 02:09 AM
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Teresa L said...

Hmm. Depends on what I’m making.. If its something easy, there is nothing funner than spicing it up with decorations!! But if its hard to make.. I like to leave it there and not mess more with it!

February 1, 2010 02:10 AM
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Sarah said...

So very cute! I wonder if they taste as good as they look?!

February 1, 2010 02:11 AM
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Christine said...

Making them pretty is the most fun, when I succeed. I’m not terribly artistic, but I love pretty treats. I love this store, it will definitely help me out in this area!

February 1, 2010 02:11 AM
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Cas said...

Am I allowed to say – both? Taste is super important, but it helps if its as gorgeous as possible…

My sister is a button-inspired crafter and she would LOVE these. Fingers Crossed!

February 1, 2010 02:11 AM
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Jesica said...

Both! Baking is fun, but making them look pretty is the icing on the cake.

February 1, 2010 02:12 AM
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Lani said...

I love to make sweets look pretty. Apart from satisfying my artistic desires, it’s always satisying to see people’s joy and delight at what I have created!

February 1, 2010 02:12 AM
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Kimberly said...

Baking, because my attempts to make them pretty, while fun, never quite turn out! But they always taste good : )

February 1, 2010 02:12 AM
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Jami said...

So glad I came across this…I have been trying to think of Baby Shower ideas and this is PERFECT! Thanks!!
I’m going to have to say pretty! Baking is fun, but the decorating part is the best!

February 1, 2010 02:13 AM
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Tonya said...

Well, I guess that since eating the treats isn’t an option, I’ll have to go with making them look pretty. They are much more fun to eat when they look pretty! ;o) Imagine all the pretty treats I could make if I won that gift certificate….

February 1, 2010 02:13 AM
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Nikki Blanchette said...

I am finishing the Wilton cake decorating classes so right now I enjoy making them pretty. Plus nothing makes me happier than a gorgeous swirl of icing on a cupcake! And of course I enjoy eating them!

February 1, 2010 02:14 AM
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Memoria said...

I just like baking sweets, but I have to make them decent enough to post on my blog haha.

February 1, 2010 02:14 AM
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one hot dish said...

my preference is for making things look pretty. i mean, anyone can make a good brownie or a good cookie, but having the knack to artfully arrange sprinkles or pipe a good icing isn’t something everyone can or wants to do. oh, the potential of $100 at bakeitpretty.com!!

February 1, 2010 02:14 AM
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Jolie said...

They are so Cute! Favorite is to make it look pretty. I love the finished look. I dont always like having to make things before I can decorate them

February 1, 2010 02:17 AM
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Jessica said...

Hands down making it pretty! If I could have someone else do all the mixing and baking and then give me the finished items to carve and decorate, I’d be one super happy camper!

February 1, 2010 02:17 AM
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Marie said...

Baking them, definitely. But you inspire me to make them look pretty, so I’ve been putting more effort into it lately–and getting some oohs and aahs as a result. Thanks, Bakerella, for all that you do!!

February 1, 2010 02:17 AM
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Sian said...

Definitely making them look pretty! Blinging them up is always so much fun!!!! Although I still do love baking and experimenting! x

February 1, 2010 02:17 AM
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Jeanee said...

I like eating pretty sweets!

I like the total package of taking the time to bake something for someone, making it look pretty and pretty presentation ^.^

February 1, 2010 02:18 AM
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