Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hannah's 1st Birthday

April 8, 2010

Amanda's daughter Hannah turned 1 this year. They had her a pink and purple cupcake party. So I was in charge of making a cupcake tower, cupcakes for the cupcake tree, and a patty cake for Hannah to demolish. I used pink, purple, and white butter cream for the cupcake icing and then used marshmallow fondant to create the polka dots.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Avatar-The last Airbender

April 30, 2010

Thomas wanted an Avatar birthday cake. Initially I thought that he meant Avatar the movie, with the blue people with tails (I haven't seen the movie). But boy was I wrong. He wanted Aang from the cartoon The last Airbender off of Nickelodeon. Once I knew what I was doing, it wasn't that hard of a cake to do. I used royal icing flooding to create the picture of Aang (don't ask me how to pronounce that). The outlines were so thin I had to paint the edges with food coloring. I hope it was a birthday he enjoyed.

Graduation Cake

April 22, 2010

For the last day of graduate school, my classmates and I decided to bring some snacks. They of course have heard me talk for almost two years about my blog and my cakes, so I decided to make us a graduation cake. I used chocolate butter cream icing to make the black outline and leaves. It is easier to make black when the icing is already dark from the chocolate.

Rebecca's Baby shower

April 18, 2010

Rebecca is a coworker of mine who teaches 9t third grade. Unlike myself, she went ahead and found out she was having a girl, Lilly-Ann Marie. Unfortunately, I misspelled her name on the cake. I felt awful. I had intended to take an extra bag just in case I needed to respell the name. But of course pregnancy brain makes you forget things. Otherwise I was very pleased with how the cake turned out. Brown and pink is always a cute combination-especially when the brown is chocolate butter cream icing.

Mother-in-Law's birthday


Cristan's mother-in-law, Margo, was having a birthday with the family. So I got a call to make her a birthday cake. Spring flowers are always nice. I am particularly proud of the roses. I also like the color combination. Don't ask me what the other flower are, I kinda just made them up.

Susan's 60th Surprise Birthday

March 27, 2010
Amanda's mom turned 60 this year, so her girls (Amanda and Rebecca) decided to throw her a surprise party. I chose a damask font to create the butter cream designs on the side. I used royal icing flood and an Ivy font to create the 60 topper. I was worried the pink would be too bright, but once I got it set up with all the decorations it fit in nicely. I am just honored they asked me to be a part of such a special celebration.

Zachary's Appalachian Birthday

March 8, 2010

Zachary turned five this year. He wanted an Appalachian Football birthday this year. Luckily his mom, Amanda, was able to find an ASU cake pan in Boone at the bookstore. The football field has butter cream footballs around the sides. Zach actually had 2 birthday parties: on his birthday with his friends and then another with his family. So he had two Appalachian A cakes.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pottery Barn Baby shower

March 5, 2010

Cristan was throwing a shower for a good friend. We decided to use the baby's bedding for inspiration for the cake's theme. I think the bedding is called Eli's Elephant. I loved the blue/green combinations and the use of stripes and polka dots.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Laundry Basket Baby shower Cake

February 7, 2010

My sister helped throw a Daddy baby shower. The daddy was not going to be able to attend the baby showers because he would be out of town working. So his family and friends threw a small shower for him and his soon to be daughter.

They didn't want the theme to be too girlie since it was a Daddy shower. So they started off with a pink camo theme. They had bought the baby a cute pink camo dress with Bambi on the front that said "Daddy's little Deer". So with the help of the party planners I made a laundry basket full of girlie goodies made of marshmallow fondant: camo blanket, hairbrush, rattle, pacifier, teddy bear, onsie, bib, and bottle. I also made baby booties out of marshmallows covered in butter cream icing. The new technique I tried out on the camo blanket. I used a green base for the blanket and then put pieces of pink and white on top then blended them together with a rolling pen. Some of the fondant pieces blended better than others, but overall I as pleased with the outcome.

Elmo Birthday

January 20, 2010My friend Stephanie asked me to make her son, Riley's, first birthday cake. I wanted it to be special. I found an awesome picture online and was excited at the challenge of making a 3D Elmo. But things didn't go as planned. Unfortunately the 3D cake collapsed leaving only a hemisphere that was usable. It wasn't until I started having problems with the cake construction at I realized the design I had picked included a very complicated skeletal structure to support the weight at different points including dowel rods and wire. So I decided to modify my original plan and do a 3D Elmo head on a sheet cake. I made a matching "patty" cake for Riley.

Although the cake was a huge success at the party, it was a very emotional night for me. It was a combination of stress, lack of sleep, and pregnancy hormones that sent me over the edge. Jason and I decided if I were going to continue baking, I needed to make sure I didn't over extend myself. Neither he nor I could handle another "Elmo disaster". I'm just glad that Riley had a wonderful birthday despite the change in plans.

Hannah Montana Birthday

January 17, 2010
My niece, Darcy, wanted a Hannah Montana birthday for her 4th birthday. I used the Hannah Montana pan and added a square tier underneath to provide more cake. She didn't put on a concert that day, but I've been told she performs nightly at home.

Martha's 60th Birthday

December 27, 2009
One of our 3rd grade teacher's, Rebecca, threw her mother a 60th birthday party. I decided to go with poinsettia's since it was a burgundy and gold color scheme. This was the first time I had ever made butter cream poinsettias. I used an extra large leaf tip. I used a double shell border for the top of both tiers to give a more classic look.

Barnyard 1st Birthday

December 10, 2009

My sister is credited for helping me get this cake. She shared my name with a coworker who's nephew was turning one. The barnyard theme was taken from the plates and party supplies. The small "patty" had a dog on it because Rakin loves dogs. I do want to thank Maysee for helping bail me out at the last minute. You're the best!

Vintage Mickey Baby Shower

December 5, 2009I am very blessed to have friends, family and coworkers spread the news of my cakes. Our ESL Director, Susan. lined up this cake for a shower her daughter was throwing. The cake was designed from a vintage Mickey Mouse baby bedding set. I printed a picture from the baby quilt then free handed the image out of butter cream. I was very proud of it.

Leah's Baby shower cake

November 19, 2009

Our ESL Data manager was expecting her 2nd child, a girl, so I was asked to make a baby shower cake for her. The cake matched the invitations. I was very pleased with the stripes on the side. I used various sized round tips to create different size stripes.