Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I was walking into school one day this week and a parent stopped me and asked, "if I made cakes for other people". I said, "sure". Pretty random way to get a cake order. He said he saw me carrying cakes into school in the mornings when he would drop his son off. The cake was for his wife's birthday. Karen is a nurse, so I added a stethoscope and a nurse's hat. I was told she loves lemon; so I made a lemon cake with lemon butter cream. Of course I didn't get to taste it, but it smelled awfully good.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Today was Derrick's 3rd birthday party at "the barn". His momma had her hands full chasing after him and Landry while trying to set up for the party. Jackie found a picture online that inspired this cake.
I used a coloring book page to create my chocolate marshmallow fondant cowboy. The sheriff stars and the ropes are white chocolate marshmallow fondant. The cake is butter cream. I used chocolate butter cream as my base before coloring the red. I didn't have to use as much food coloring.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Keri turned eight today. This cake was her design. She gave me a picture she had drawn of what she wanted her cake to look like. I used an oval shaped cake and cut it into the number eight using Rubbermaid bowl lids and a pint-sized mason jar. Since there was more than one color on the top of the cake, I piped the colored butter cream sections and smoothed them.
This cake killed two birds with one stone. Connie turned sixty the same weekend she and her husband were celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary. Since the fortieth is the ruby anniversary, I used red buttercream roses. I used a mixture of powerder and gel food coloring to get this shade of red. The bottom tier is a 2 layer 8 inch heart cake with a top 6 inch round tier. We wanted the tiers to be distinct since it was a dual celebration.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Minnie loves blue and the beach. So for her 70th birthday I decided to use both as my inspiration for her birthday cake. I made sea shells out of white chocolate and coral from royal icing. I love the basic natural beauty of it.
Monday, July 27, 2009
McKinley turned 4 and was very specific about what she wanted for a birthday cake. She said she wanted pink and blue because they were her favorite colors. She even told me she wanted her Barbie to be blond. I like my cakes to be as personal as possible so I try not to make the "same" cake twice.
Picture to follow soon!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Riley loves Foofa off of Yo Gabba Gabba. So I did a little research on the Internet to figure out what a Foofa was. She kinda looks like a cross between a "who" from whoville and a pink onion. I love having new themes for children's parties. I feel bad for parents when their children want a certain theme for their birthday party and there aren't any decorations to go with it. Who knew trends began as early as age 1?
This was my first birthday cake for a man and a dog. My friend Angela has a dachshund, AJ, and it was his birthday. They were also celebrating a friend's birthday, Ronald. The joke was that AJ's name had to come first on the cake. The cake was simple, but I think it turned out nice. Had it been for either AJ or Ronald I could have been more creative, but with the two of them together I couldn't come up with anything that would be appropriate for both.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
My husband's coworker, Tara, is having a baby. She isn't finding out the sex of the child until delivery. So for her baby shower at work, I decided to use baby pastels. I saw some pictures of baby blocks cakes that I thought were really cute; so I thought I'd give it a try. I ran into a few problems while making the cake. 1. I only had 1 6inch square cake pan, so I had to back all 6 eight layers one at a time. 2. I didn't think to "size up" the blocks before adding my letters. After I had the letters on I realized the two bottom blocks were not the same size. 3. Since the finished cakes needed to be stacked, I wasn't sure how to finish it and send it to work with Jason. We tried to transport it stacked and the top block fell off. Luckily it fell backwards and only squished the front. We ended up separating the top from the bottom and Jason stacked it when it got it to work. This is just one of those live and learn lessons. Some cake designs will have to have "on site" set-up. So if I am not able to deliver the cake myself, I need to make sure that I pick a design that can be transported without setup. I just hope that Tara was not disappointed with her cake. My intentions were to make her shower special.
My great aunt, Carolyn, asked me to make a graduation cake for my cousin, Aaron. I ran into the conflict of trying to find a way to use the graduation hat cake pan, but have enough cake for everyone. I ended up using my 14 inch square and only filling half-full. I think that it turned out to be just the right amount of cake. Carolyn said she had just enough left over to take with her to work. It is a hard hard to find a balance between running out of cake and having cake coming out your ears. It is one of those things that just takes experience and practice.
I try to encourage my students to work hard throughout the year. One of the ways I do it is have a ESL Super Star of the month. I look for students who show great improvement. At the end of the year, I invite them in my room for refreshments. I wanted the cake to be bright and I used marshmallow fondant to make the stars.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Most baby showers are pink or blue but there are still a few people who want to be surprised when their new little one arrives. Green has always been the color for neutrality but it has been updated when paired with brown. Baby apparel, bedding, and accessories are going for more trendy looks with brown/green, brown/pink, and brown/blue combos. The inspiration for this cake came from a picture of the table cloth that was going to be used at the shower.
The cake and baby booties are covered in butter cream icing. The polka dots are made of marshmallow fondant.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Chris and Christina are our next door neighbors who were brave enough to hire me to do thier wedding cake. I did a 50th wedding anniversary cake last July, but I hadn't yet had the opportunity to do a wedding cake. Christina and I designed the cake together, marshmallow fondant and edible pearls. We had initially thought of doing a three tier cake with an additional sheet to the side. But I decided instead to make it a four tier cake.
Heather's Granddaddy turned 80! I used the invitation as an inspiration. I thought it turned out very elegant but at the same time still masculine. I made the stripes out of marshmallow fondant with a butter cream base. The funny thing about this weekend is "when it rains, it pours". I started out with one cake and ended up with three. Not only did I have the birthday cake, but I had my first wedding cake. Luckily, I starting prepping for the cakes on Tuesday so I wasn't too stressed out.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Apparently, his wife has always wanted a VW van, so he thought he would get her one for their anniversary. I just hope she enjoyed her surprise.
I had a hard time carving the cake. I try my best now to waste cake when I carve it into shapes. I used two 9X13 cakes to make the van. I think I needed to use three. I had to trip the edges to add another level of height. But once I got the butter cream icing on the cake, the shape began to take hold. I make marshmallow fondant daisies to help "authenticate" the van.
I am very please with the way it turned out. The more I work with marshmallow fondant, the more comfortable I feel about it.
I was asked to make a strawberry cake for a bridal shower. Heather's sister, Jackie, is getting married. Heather wasn't too picky about the design of the cake. She was only concerned with the taste. She wanted it to be strawberry with Strawberry icing. So I made strawberry cream cheese icing with strawberry cake, which happens to be my personal favorite. I used fresh strawberries as flower garnishes, mint leaves, and sliced kiwi around the border.