How often do you hear that someone is obsessed with flamingos?? Turtles...yes. Dolphins...sure. Poisonous dart frogs...ummm.
This week I had a birthday cake for a soon-to-be three year old who is obsessed with flamingos. And they threw pineapples in the party decorations just for fun. Why couldn't I have been invited to this party??
This weekend has been spent re-visiting old cakes and reworking them for some newly minted birthday boys and girls. The first cake I tweaked was the "PJ Masks" cake in my gallery. To make it extra special, the mom who contacted me had a small inkling that she knew me from somewhere and just couldn't place my name. Turns out our children are in the same preschool class.
I changed the topper and name of course. And voila! Dane had an awesome chocolate cake with his favorite cartoon character up front.
The next cake isn't really a rework. But I got the job because of my daughter's Paw Patrol cake that I made for her third birthday. This momma had a smaller budget so we picked the birthday girl's three favorite pups and this cake came to fruition. I LOVE the dark blue, turquoise, and pink together!
Next up...a Llama Llama Red Pajama cake is in the works!!
Goodbye Graduation season. Hello heat and 90 degree weather. Man, I feel summer has hit early and hit hard this year. School is done for the year and so is my busiest time for cakes. Birthdays, weddings, and graduations hit all at once this past month. Below are some of the cakes I made in the last few weeks!
This birthday cake was for a man who bled Buccaneer blood. When your baby's car seat cover is decked out in pirate flags it might mean you have a slight obsession! Inside was three layers of chocolate cake with a peanut butter marshmallow frosting and chopped up Reese cups.
This grooms cake came from combining two cakes the bride's family found. We covered our cake in fondant instead of icing and splattered the stars. A topper was pulled from another cake because the couple had a daughter and they wanted her included in the day. Lots of strawberries and chocolate made up the two tier cake that was enjoyed during the rehearsal dinner!
This last cake has me cursing and checking out new cameras. I am not happy with the photos I got but I am darn pleased with myself with the results of the cake. I had a BLAST creating the pieces on top. I mean, come on, it's not every day you are asked to create the Monster Book of Monsters. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting helped ring in the new wizard's 11th birthday this past weekend.
Remember to check out my gallery of images too. I have different cakes and items posted on the other page as well!! Have a great summer everyone!
Sometimes a cake idea strikes while I am washing my hair. Sometimes a cake idea strikes at 1:30 in the morning while I am contemplating how to smother my snoring husband. And sometimes I just have to look to the almighty Pinterest for an idea.
My cousin asked for a cake for his mom who had some major milestones recently. His parents just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and she turned 60 not long ago. I knew I needed to do something "pretty" for her and that is where I was stuck. I searched through my pins and found this cake.
My version didn't need to be SO grand. But...we are all happy with the end result. Even if my pink flower needed more petals :)
April was insane!! Cake orders, Spring Break, beach trip, Easter and egg hunts, a STEAM festival....
First up, a baby shower cake with an adorable topper for a little girl named Peyton. I ordered the topper from Karolinka Kreations on Etsy. Simple white fondant on top and pale pink rosettes on bottom.
That delivery was a pit stop on the way to the beach! I got to spend a few days in the sun and sand with my family and parents. Britt's donuts, 100 SPF, and collecting sea shells at night was definitely what I needed. I have never been a HUGE fan of the ocean. Freckles and sunshine are not friends. But this...
This was everything I needed.
After a few days of sand in places I shall not mention, it was time to get back to business. And that business was organizing the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and a STEAM fair at the elementary school.
Cakes are slowly picking back up though with some Doc McStuffin cupcake toppers
and a 30th margarita-filled birthday party. Triangle Custom Creations did another outstanding job on a topper I sketched up. So let's bring it on, May!!
I have had some pretty detailed cupcake orders recently and I can't complain. I always get nervous when I have to hand-draw details but it makes me slow down and focus. Hard to do when you have a 3 and 5 year old running around!
This birthday boy had recently become obsessed with the Lego Batman movie coming out. I can't say I blame him!
Below is a cupcake order for a bridal shower. The aunt, who made the order, wanted tons of sugar work and for me to have fun. I love when a client says that. When I heard the theme of the wedding, and shower, I decided to try out sugar veil. It took me a bit of trial and error and I am still no where near proficient in it. But I got it to work!!
And now on to the cupcakes!!
My back may not love it so much. But I love what I do. And I love supporting local individuals in the community.
I was asked to create a simple but elegant cake for my cousin's 30th birthday which is TODAY!! After a little scouring on Pinterest, I came across an image I liked for inspiration. But I needed a cake topper. I was coming up empty at every craft store I went inside. And there simply wasn't time to order anything off of Etsy. I still love you though, Etsy.
My husband did a little search and found Triangle Custom Creations. And I could not be happier with the results. I see more work in their future.
Don't you just love when your phone has a mind of it's own?? I am still laughing at the message I got from a neighbor the other week. I have made quite a few cakes for this family and have come across some crazy ideas while trying to decide what to do decoration-wise. But when I got a message asking for
"A Scottish gold car sitting at an office desk wearing glasses and a plaid dress shirt
A fish bowl with a fish in it on desk
Around the sides, socks,"
I was a little floored. What she really meant was a fold cat. You know. One of these cutie patootie little guys. Not a hot wheels toy playing the bag pipes.
After some back and forth, and some giggling, we were set on the details for her cake. Her favorite supervisor was leaving work and she wanted to say "thank you" with a cake to celebrate him and his crazy cat stories. And here is what we came up with.
Much cuter than a gold car.
No. Seriously y'all. It feels like it should be snowing today.
My December has been rather slow for cakes which is fine with me. I have already prepared 75 small cookie bags for the teachers at my son's school and I have 35 care packages to make next week. I am okay with slow right now.
This cake request came in last week. A neighbor's coworker wanted a simple Game of Thrones cake for her husband. She found an inspiration picture (below) online through Pinterest. But she didn't want the banner. Simple and stuck to a small budget.
Here is my version.
I went a little brighter on the dire wolf. I substituted out the mottled texture and went with flecks of white for...well if you are fan and haven't guessed "snow" by now then I am revoking your GOT fan card. The original cake didn't have a border so I thought I would have a little fun and make some weirwood branches with pops of the red leaves. I just hope my neighbor's coworker's husband likes it. It feels like I am playing "Six degrees to Kevin Bacon" here.
Sometimes Plan A just wasn't meant to be. Sometimes Plan B is too rushed after dealing with the heart ache of the first failed plan. And sometimes Plan C, completed after the kids go to bed and a glass of Pinot is consumed, just makes perfect sense for the cake.
So Plan A on this baby shower cake was to make an umbrella to go over the elephants and I didn't like it. Plan B was to make the top tier look like the ruffled petals you see everywhere on cakes nowadays. I hated both of those plans and decided to try something I have never done before.
Three different size petal cutters, some pink sugar pearls, and my trusty tweezers and I fell in love with the cake again. I will give props to the Pinot on this one!