Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Darion Cake

This cake was for a friend of ours.  Their son was turning 2 and all she said was he loves Cars so go with that.  After much debate we tried something new. We did a smaller top cake and then cupcakes to go with it.  I used the top couple tiers from the stand I bought for my husbands party and it was perfect.  Because they picked it up I don't have a finished picture.  The cake was vanilla with strawberry crack.  The cupcakes were vanilla cake with chocolate covered strawberry filling and dark chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream.

Tae Kwon Do Cake

Tae Kwon Do has taken over my life.  Now I am not complaining because it is great.  My 6 year old son is kicking butt (literally) and taking names.  So we now spend a lot of time there.  Which is great for business.  I went in one day to talk to one person about a cake and left with 7 orders.  One of which is this TKD cake for Lexie who runs the front end. This was a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.  Everyone loved it.

Retirement cupcake tower

After 20 years of dedicated service in the US Air Force my husband Rob retired.  To celebrate we went all out and had one awesome party complete with a huge cupcake tower made my none other than his lovely wife :).  I was originally going to do a really cool cake I found on Pintrest with an American flag draped down the side and the AF logo on the front.  The more I thought about it the more that seemed like a hassle. Not to make the cake but the fact that we would have to stop celebrating and hanging out with our friends and cut the cake.  If you have been to one of our parties we love the chill laid back feeling of a backyard BBQ.  Nothing formal or fancy.  Just spending time with our friends.  So I though the best thing was cupcakes.  That way we didn't have to stop and serve people and cupcakes would be available whenever someone wanted them.  Since it was a warm day we set it up in the air conditioned house.  I made 5 different cupcakes.  2 dozen each of white on white, raspberry lemonade, and yellow with whipped chocolate ganche.  And then I made around 3 dozen each of the 2 grown up flavors in mini size.  For the mini cupcakes I made Pina Colada (yum!) complete with coconut rum and fresh pineapple and Irish Car Bomb.  The cupcakes were a hit.  From the moment people arrived they started snacking on them.  Almost all of the "adult" cupcakes were gone and I think on a 1/2 dz of each of the others were left.  I really liked doing just a cupcake tower and hope to more soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


My good friend Kelly's son asked if I could make his cake last year.  I would have loved to do it but since I live in VA and they live in NJ is was a little tricky.  We do go up to NJ a couple of times during the summer but it seems that the last few years we have either been there the week before or the week after Mason's bday.  This year the stars and planets aligned and I was going to be in NJ the week of his birthday.  So after a few different theme ideas Mason decided on baseball.  Knowing that the Phillies were his favorite I spent a little time perfecting the P to put on the cake.  Mason was great he knew exactly what he wanted.   One cake that was vanilla with chocolate filling and one that was chocolate with vanilla filling.  Easy peasy lemon squeezey.  The fun and interesting part was the fact that my mom's fridge does not in any way have room for a cake.  So it was back and forth to the firehouse to put the cake in the walk in.  I would love to have access to a fridge like that for all of my cakes.  I was really thrilled with how this turned out and I hope they were too.  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kenzie cake

My baby, first born, only daughter is becoming a teen. Tomorrow MacKenzie Dianne will turn 13! It seems like just yesterday we brought her home. So for her special day I wanted to make her a special cake. Usually I don't do anything overly fancy for my own family. Cam Rob, and I aren't big on cake and Kenzie will usually only eat one slice. But since it was a special birthday and we were doing a special party I thought I would make her one. I had originally planned not to show her or tell her what I was making. She requested a tye dyed cake with buttercream. MacKenzie is not a big fan of fondant so I was trying to come up with something she would love. I have seen many different ruffle cakes and it felt like a good fit. I had gone over in my head a million times what I wanted it to look like and what kind of decorations I was going to add. I wanted to make a lily, then a rose, or maybe butterflies. With the weather both very hot and humid and rainy I wasn't sure if they would dry in time. So when I was at the store the other day I saw these pre-made gum paste flower. It is slightly cheating but I knew I was going to color them and make them special so I thought it was worth a try. As I got started decorating the cake I decided to let Kenzie in on the design that was I was certain she would like it. She loved the idea. And loved even more that I wanted to ombre the color. So we started out with a few layers of white then every few layers I added another drop or two of turquoise till I got to the top. They I used plum petal dust to color the petals and some food coloring to paint the center of the flower. Then I sprayed them with pearl spray . And since it was an ice skating party I put opal glitter on the whole cake so it would sparkle. MacKenzie was very happy with how it turned out and so am I.

Monday, May 28, 2012

More Angry Birds!!

Maya is Angry Bird crazy so there was no doubt what her party was going to be.  Because they were having so many people we decided to do a smaller cake and then cupcakes.  So I did a two layer 9" strawberry cake with strawberry crack filling.  The Angry Birds were rice crispies cover with buttercream and fondant.  I did 5 dozen cupcakes.  Vanilla with vanilla buttercream, vanilla with chocolate ganache, chocolate with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with chocolate ganache, strawberry with vanilla buttercream and strawberry  with chocolate ganache.  To add to the theme MacKenzie and I made all of the toppers for the cupcakes.

Harry Potter Castle

Cameron's best bud wanted a Harry Potter Lego castle cake for his 6th birthday.  And what Skyler wants he gets from me.  He was so cute and very specific.  When we found a castle idea he liked we ran with it.  He wanted water, no flowers, some Lego guys on it and if I could make some of them fly he would be happy.  The inside was his choice of yellow, orange, green, and blue tye dyed with vanilla butter cream.  I even was able to make Ron and Hermione fly on brooms around the cake!

Kristin Cake

 My friend Stephanie called and asked if I would be able to make her daughter Kristin's Sweet 16 cake.  Kristin is in love with kiwi birds and found a picture of a kiwi cake she wanted.  This is what I got.  It took me foooorrreevvvver to pipe all of the kiwi feathers/hair but it was so worth it.  After I made the cake and added some flowers I thought it needed a little something else so after talking to Steph I added a bow to make it a girl kiwi.  I think she turned out cute.

Cammie cake

I actually made a cake for one of my kids.  All the cakes I make and I don't usually make them for my own kids.  In my defense Cameron is not really into cake.  He like me loves Carvel ice cream cakes for his birthday.  But since we were having a big party I wanted to make him a big cool cake too.  This year we had his party where he takes Tae Kwon Do lessons.  He loves it there so it was the ideal location.  Everyone had a blast.  Since Cameron is currently a purple belt I used that as the color pallet.  

The bottom tier was the kids layer.  It was blue, green and purple tye dyed with vanilla buttercream.  The top layer was the adult layer vanilla cake with chocolate ganache filling.

My big 6 year old!

He even got to cut his cake with a real sword!

Bubble Guppy

Laurie and I had Ella's 6th birthday party and cake planned out since 5 minutes after Ella turned 6.  As the time approached Ella decided she wanted a Bubble Guppy party.  Even though that wasn't what we had been planning we switched gears and started all over to make it just the way she wanted it.  I have to admit I had never hear of the Bubble Guppies so Google became my friend.  The biggest problem I was coming up with was that Bubble Guppies are a bunch of characters and since they are new there isn't really any toys to use on the cake.  So after we decided on the cake design I had to figure out how to get the Bubble Guppies on there.  I ended up printing out the characters on photo paper and laminated them.  Wilton just came out with a ocean silicone mold so I was able to make lots of coral, shells, and sand dollars.  Ella was sad that the strawberry cake was not on the place of honor at the top so to make her happy I made one strawberry cupcake cake and decorated it especially for her and placed it on the top.  The #6 was special too.  That came off of  Ella's triplet siblings Sweet Sixteen cake.  

The top tier was vanilla with vanilla buttercream, middle tier was dark chocolate with dark chocolate ganache and the bottom was strawberry with strawberry cake.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Isra and Sarah cake

Strawberry Shortcake must be popular right now because I just did another SS cake.  This one was for friends of my friend Madel.  The two sister were sharing a Strawberry Shortcake party so this is what I came up with. It was a hybrid of a couple of cakes I saw on the internet.  The top was yellow cake with whipped chocolate ganache and the bottom was pink and green tye dyed with buttercream. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lauren Cake

Strawberry Shortcake was the theme of the day for this cake.  The pictures really don't do the colors on this cake justice.  The swirled border was white and deep hot pink.  And the hearts were bright pink with pink glitter on them.  One of the things I really liked about this cake was the strawberries on the sides.  I really liked the way they turned out.  Instead of being just flat cut out decorations they are different layered shapes.  It just makes the cake have a little more dimension to the cake.  To add a little bit more sparkle to the cake I added a light spray of pearl spray and some more pixie dust.

 The top layer was vanilla cake with hot pink buttercream and the bottom layer was chocolate cake with whipped chocolate ganache.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

London's Garden Fairy Cake

London's mom Angila contacted me to do a cake for London's 6th birthday.  Last year I did a Rapunzel tower cake for London.  I was excited when she called me to do another cake this year.  This years theme was Garden Fairy.  Angila sent me a copy of the party invite to start the brainstorming.  After a talk we came up with all the must haves.  Harlequin, dots, butterflies, flowers, toad stools, wand, fairies, and lots of glitter.  I as working on the cake everything came pretty easy except the fairies.  I got to it and made the wand, flowers, butterflies and big #6 topper. I did decide to use the flowers instead dots on the top tier. Then I figured it out.  I cut two fairies out sprayed them with the pearl spray and coated them with opal and hot pink glitter.  I made a banner with Happy Birthday London on it and had the fairies holding it.  Then when it was all done I sprinkled the whole thing with green, pink and opal glitter to make it as sparklie as possible.

The top tier was chocolate on chocolate (dark chocolate cake and dark chocolate ganache) and the bottom was green, pink and white tye dye with strawberry crack filling.