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!
I was so excited this past weekend. I finally got a reason to make a geode cake!!!! I have been seeing them every where on Pinterest and they are stunning. STUNNING!
I have started volunteering at my son's elementary school and hooked up with the Staff Appreciation PTA group. They asked if I could make something sweet for Custodian Appreciation Day (technically yesterday but celebrated today) for the main custodian of the school. Miss Rose collects rocks and I couldn't think of anything more appropriate!
And I am starting to love every one of them in my new kitchen. Here are just a few photos I grabbed the other day.
A mason jar drying rack
Antique scale to hold produce (or my one lonely bulb of garlic at the moment!)
An adorable cookie press for my shelf
Cast iron shelf brackets off of eBay
Porcelain sink handles
These past two weeks have been insane with kitchen projects (we are almost done!!!), both kids starting school, and cakes. LOTS of cakes.
This first cake was for a gender reveal party. She had other ideas on how to reveal if they were having a boy or girl but she wanted cake to celebrate. The theme for the party was "Boats of Bows". She combined a few different ideas from cakes she liked and came up with this. I think it turned out great.
P.S. I am still trying to figure out the new lighting in the kitchen. I'm afraid I will have to bring out my light box and extra lamps soon.
The next cake I made was for my neighbor. They are the sweetest couple who buy Christmas gifts for the kids and have extra big treats just for them when they come trick or treating. Their son got married last Friday and they asked if I could make a grooms/rehearsal dinner cake. He is a HUGE fan of the New York Giants and both him and his fiance attended East Carolina University. I will be honest and admit that I wasn't sure if this one was going to come out right. But it ended up being my favorite. Well, second favorite.
Another cake I completed for the week was for a bride living in the Charlotte area. She has an AMAZING job for Disney travel and goes around the state training travel agents and agencies on any and all things Disney.
This project is one of those moments that makes you think about how tiny our world really is. I have known the bride's youngest sister since I was in middle school. We always joke about how much we hated each other growing up. Art and boys were a HUGE dividing factor for us. But now, we have actually come together to help a small business and continue to message each other all the time even though we live states away. ALSO...my neighbor behind me works for a Disney travel agency. Her boss is my bride. See. Small world.
AND to round out the week, I had one more cake. My favorite. Even it means that my son is growing up way too quick. My oldest actually asked me for a cake consultation so we could discuss colors and flavors. I am not joking here. He brought a sketchbook, his favorite color crayon, and his Transformers comic book. I knew I was in trouble.
Here is his "Optimus Prime with a purple gun fighting a Decepticon with flames and blasts chocolate with chocolate frosting with extra chocolate cake"