Alice in Wonderland Styled Shoot

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by admin



Last summer, a group of talented local vendors gathered and created a vision by SheRae Hunter of S.L. Hunter Photography. I was honored to work with her and a few other fabulous small businesses:

Hair/Makeup: Fusion FX by Shelby Eames

Vintage Decor/Furniture: Crave! Event Rentals

Floral: Bluebells

As mentioned on Kara’s Party Ideas, SheRae’s thoughts and visions for the shoot – “Vintage finds, sweet treats, and beautiful bouquets have injected life into this classic fairytale tea party. The presence of a makeup artist at the party and the DIY costumes (local thrift stores and articles of clothing from around the house) are a perfect way to pique the imagination of tweens. This whimsical styled shoot was designed to give parents some simple, creative ideas from professionals for vintage tween parties.”

Please stop over to Kara’s Party Ideas to see many photos from the shoot: Alice in Wonderland Styled ShootDSC_7607

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Cupcake Giveaway!

Posted April 14th, 2014 by admin


We are almost to 5,000 “likes” on Facebook!

I have some extra cupcakes today so I thought I’d say thank you by giving away a dozen cupcakes ! This dozen is a sampler of our Mochanut, Tiramisu and Cookies-n-Cream cupcakes. Cupcakes must be picked up tonight (4/14/2014) by 7 p.m. at Nibblins in Rutherford Crossing.

To enter:

Comment below (don’t forget to put your email) by 4 p.m. and then I will pick a random winner at 4 p.m. Also be sure to share this giveaway as well!


Contest Time!

Posted September 3rd, 2013 by admin

There’s been much to celebrate lately! Beckaboo’s Cakes celebrated it’s 3rd Birthday in August, school is back in session and fall is on the way! It’s been awhile since a giveaway or a contest, so now seemed like a good time to have a little fun!

This contest is geared towards kids (ages 13 and under). The goal is to have children explore their artistic side and possibly have their dream cake brought to life!

What will the winner receive?? I will bring that child’s dream cake to life for their 2014 birthday.


How this works:
1. Print the above picture and have your child design and draw his or her dream cake on the template. Scan and email it to by September 30, 2013. Please have your child write their first name and age on the page.

2. Pictures will be uploaded to an album on Facebook ( around 10/1-10/2 (all will be uploaded at the same time).

4. Once you see your child’s picture, it is time to get votes! Share the photo via Facebook to everyone you know. All voters must like Beckaboo’s Cakes and the picture (or pictures, since you can vote on more than one)! Votes will not count unless the voter has liked Beckaboo’s Cakes.

The picture with the most votes will win. Good luck!

PS – All children who enter the contest will receive a small gift from Beckaboo’s Cakes just for entering!

1. Winner must live within 45 mile radius of Winchester, VA.
2. Winner must be age 13 and under. Drawing must be made by child.
3. All voters must like the Facebook page of Beckaboo’s Cakes.
4. Please note the cake template is for a 2 tier cake. The size of the cake is limited to 45 servings or less. Flavor list will be e-mailed to the winner. Slight modifications can be made to cake design prior to receipt of cake.
5. All designs must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2013. Photos will be uploaded October 1-2, 2013. Voting will begin once photos are uploaded. Votes will be received until 11:59 p.m. on October 11th, 2013. Winner will be announced October 13, 2013. Beckaboo’s Cakes reserves the right to reject any entries deemed inappropriate or offensive.
6. Contest/giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook.
7. Beckaboo’s Cakes reserves the right to cancel or postpone the contest at any time.
8. In the event of a tie, the artists with the same amount of votes will be entered into a final drawing and will be chosen by a random drawing using


Frog Cake Pops Tutorial

Posted July 25th, 2013 by admin

Here’s a little tutorial on cake pop frogs!

Start with your basic cake balls

Then, add sticks and place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper

Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Then, dip in melted green chocolate. Add one eye (white Sixlet candy)

Then, the other:

Using your edible black marker, create small black circle on the Sixlets once they are set.

And, smiles!

Featuring the mini cake pop stand by KC Bakes!


Shenandoah Styled Shoot

Posted July 25th, 2013 by admin

Last week, I was provided the opportunity to work with several local vendors to create a shoot inspired by the Shenandoah area. Here are the beautiful images showcasing everyone’s talent!

Shenandoah Styled Shoot

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Your Daily Dose of Adorable

Posted April 30th, 2013 by admin

You HAVE to watch this video! I am so excited to share and honored to have created the cakes for this project!

Contact SheRae at S.L. Hunter Photography – sessions available starting this May.

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Small World (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Posted March 25th, 2013 by admin

Back in the fall, a friend of mine had newborn photos taken by a local photographer I hadn’t heard of yet. When I posted how cute her son looked in the photo, my brother-in-law’s sister’s husband (say that 5 times fast) saw my post and mentioned that he and the photographer were good friends! Funny part is we live in Virginia and all of my family lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. Time and time again, I’m reminded how small our world can be and how all of us are connected through one another.

Fast forward a few months and I finally get to meet Kris Tollok of Kris Tollok Photography.

Kris, in some ways, is a lot like me. He started working on his photography after the birth of his son and also is self-taught. When’s he’s not out capturing our every day moments on film, Kris is a career firefighter and paramedic.

Today, I thought I’d share a few photos from his portfolio.




He also has a few great photos from the fire station – please do check them out!

Now, for a fun little giveaway…

Kris Tollok Photography is partnering with me in a fun, quick giveaway. He is giving away his Basic Art package Plus with a Bonus 16×24 Print (valued at $250) to one lucky fan!

The Basic Art package will include:
– (1) Photo session
– (1) Print Package: 2-8x12s, 4-5x7s, 4-4x6s, and 16 wallets.
– (1) Gallery Print: 1-16×24
– (1) Digital Copy of photos chosen for print

**Notes: Session is limited to 6 people. Sessions can be held in the following locations – Virginia: counties of Frederick, Clarke, Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria. In West Virginia: Hampshire, Berkley, Morgan, and Jefferson counties.**

And, just for fun, I’ll throw in a little something as well. Beckaboo’s Cakes will give away (2) 2 dozen basic cake pop orders! Winners of the cake pops can be anywhere within the United States. I still have time to ship since this cold weather doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon! Winner can choose flavor and color.

Now, what do you have to do to enter? Just follow the directions below! **CONTEST CLOSED**

a Rafflecopter giveaway


– Must be 18 to enter and reside in the United States.
– Contest/giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.
– Giveaway begins today, March 26th and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 29th.
– Winners will be chosen using

Photo Session by Kris Tollok Photography – Maria Cuellar
2 Dozen Cake Pops – Melinda Ocasio
2 Dozen Cake Pops – Bernie Kratz
$50 Beckaboo’s Gift Certificate – Amber Adeshina

Thanks to all who entered!


Dreaming of warmer days…

Posted March 18th, 2013 by admin

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mid-March here in Virginia and we are forecasted for more snow overnight! Don’t get me wrong, I grew up in Pennsylvania and love a good snowfall now and then. However, at this point, I’m ready for spring.

Warm weather brings along our annual Apple Blossom Festival and all the yummy goodness that comes with fairs and festivals. Candy apples, cotton candy..and, funnel cakes! I can smell the sugary sweetness already.

So, instead of making sure I have the ingredients for snow cream, we made Funnel Cakes here in the McGraw household tonight.


You’ll need:

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups milk (we used whole)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 salt
Oil for frying
Powdered Sugar

As always, I had my helpful buddy around to help mix up the ingredients.

First, combine your eggs, sugar and milk.


Then, mix your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Since we don’t have a large funnel to use, I used something even better – our Cupcake Pen! We poured all the batter into the pen.


I used vegetable oil and filled a large pot about 1/4 of the way full. Snapped a thermometer on the side and heated the oil to 375 degrees (Dylan watched this part from afar!)


Then, squeezed the batter out from the pen. Move the pen while squeezing in a circular manner and make sure the batter is connected in the oil.


Now, watch carefully! The funnel cake will go from nice and brown to burnt very fast! I estimated cooking only 15-30 seconds per side. After nice and brown, remove with tongs and place on paper-lined towel.


Instead of the traditional powdered sugar topping, I mixed almost equal portions of cinnamon and powdered sugar. Then, sprinkled on using a sieve.




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Caramels (Part I) and A Giveaway!

Posted December 8th, 2012 by admin

Whew, what a crazy week this has been! My husband was away for over a week on business travel, and I am utterly EXHAUSTED! I know I shouldn’t complain too much, as I know there are many families who have family members that are away longer than that. A week of “single parenting” and running a business makes for an interesting life. However, I made it through!

Business was slow early in the week, so I decided to try out one of the many recipes waiting in my inbox. When I was in the grocery store, I randomly grabbed a quart of eggnog and decided this would be my inspiration.

Like many of you, my newsfeed is filled with drool-inducing photos each day. First thoughts were to make some sort of eggnog cake, but I wanted to do something out of my normal baking realm. If you are a fan of Firefly Confections, you’ve seen the tantalizing caramels posted often. I started thinking…maybe if I replaced the cream with eggnog…

It was quite the process of making caramels for the first time. But, let me tell you, my house smelled AMAZING for a few days. I’d go upstairs, or come in from outside, and get a a whiff of the butter-y, sugary, rum caramels and mmmmmm!

So, adapted from Firefly Confections:

Eggnog Caramels

4 cups eggnog

2 cups light corn syrup

4 cups sugar

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp rum extract

1/2 tsp salt

1. Spray a jelly roll pan lightly with baking spray, wipe off excess, line with parchment paper, respray and wipe off excess. This will help you when it comes time to get your caramels out of the pan.

2. Put sugar, corn syrup, cream and butter in a LARGE stockpot. Bring to a boil over medium heat (about 10 minutes)

3. Cook over medium high heat, stirring often until mixture registers 250 on a candy thermometer. (will have larger, slowing popping bubbles)

4. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, rum extract and salt.  Without scraping the pot, poor into prepared pan and let stand, uncovered for about 8hrs.

5. To Cut, lift caramel out using the parchment paper. Cut into 1 inch pieces using a large oiled knife. Wrap in pre-cut wax papers and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


6. Optional – Melt dark chocolate, dip caramels and then sprinkle with sea salt…YUM! Next week, I’ll share another recipe of what you can make with these caramels thanks to my “sister” Becca 🙂

Now, to the giveaway!!

To thank all of  you for helping me reach 3400+ likes, I decided to gather up a few items and host a giveaway.

The prize includes:

(1) Cake Pop Stand (two dozen/white) by Cake Pop Stands from KCBakes

(1) Set of 4 Cupcake Placecard Holders

(1) Set of Cute Ceramic Measuring Spoons (purchased from local kitchen specialty store I teach at – Nibblins)

(1) Dozen Cake Pops (your choice of flavor and color) from Beckaboo’s Cakes!

Enter the giveaway below!

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– Must be 18 to enter and reside in the United States.
– Contest/giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.
– Giveaway begins today, December 9th and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 14th.
– Winner will be chosen using


Happy Birthday Beckaboo’s & National S’mores Day!

Posted August 10th, 2012 by admin

Two years ago today, Beckaboo’s Cakes became officially licensed/inspected and I was ready to fire up the ovens!

It only seems fitting to celebrate by giving away some cupcakes and since today is National S’mores Day…..

They are even kid-approved!

To sweeten the deal, I’ll even throw in a $25 gift certificate for a future purchase 🙂

How to enter: ###CONTEST CLOSED###

Required entry:
1. What is your favorite campsite food (doesn’t have to be dessert!)?

Additional chances:
– “Like” Beckaboo’s Cakes on Facebook and leave a comment stating you are a fan!

– Share the giveaway via Facebook and leave a comment with your shared status.

– Follow Beckaboo’s Cakes on Twitter (@BeckaboosCakes). Leave a comment here letting me know.

– Share the giveaway via Twitter and post here letting me know!

**WINNER – DREAMA THOMPSON – Contact me ASAP at, or via Facebook. Your cupcakes are ready!**

– Must be 18 to enter.
– Must reside in the United States.
– Contest/giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.
– Giveaway begins today, August 10th and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12th.
– Only comments listed on this blog post will count towards the giveaway. Any comments on my Facebook page will not count.
– Winner will be chosen using
– One (1) person will win a half dozen (6) S’Mores cupcakes and a $25 gift certificate.
– Cupcakes will be ready to deliver on 8/13. At this time, I am unfortunately not able to ship cupcakes.


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