What do you do when the customer says I have no clue what design I want? You ask what the bday person's interests are, right?
"He likes beer, NC state, computers, tools because he's handy, star wars, skulls....oh and kites." Ummm....you got it!
This next cake was super cool to work on. It's a break apart egg toy that reveals a battle dragon. Somehow my kids have missed this craze.
To boldly go where...nope. Wrong one.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...that's the one. In a galaxy far, far away there was a wife looking for a baker to make her husband's favorite Star Wars character into a cake. And can I say that I am so happy with how this turned out. All the paint splotches and edible silver leaf to show the blasts and wear and tear just add so much character to this cake.
I got to work on a really cool Marvel Super Hero cake this weekend. The bottom was funfetti with vanilla buttercream and a strawberry puree while the top was a dummy tier of foam. I also got to try modeling chocolate really for the first time with the Hulk hand on top.
Another cartoon cake I got to do was a Booba cake. Never heard of it? Me neither till this request. Booba debuted on Youtube and was picked up on Netflix if you want to check it out.
I also got to make a very yummy wedding cake. It's a spiced cake with cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla buttercream and a cinnamon brown sugar crumble between layers. I kinda want to make it again this weekend.
This week was full of birthdays for some men I know. The first cake below is for my oldest pixie who turned 9. I get it. Nine isn't anywhere close to manhood. I love him but he is starting to smell and eat me out of house and home. it's just around the corner.
My son has become fascinated with the Wings of Fire book series so he asked for an ice wing dragon for his cake. I made sure he was on hand for all the technical questions like talon color, length of spikes, and more.
The next two cakes happen to be for two dads I know who both turned 40 on the same day. How cool is that? One lives and breathes anything related to Philadelphia Eagles and the other dad loves to party.
I really enjoy sketching out a client's idea and then seeing it come to life. This weekend I got to work on a Top Wings cake for a little guy named Walker. The mom said she just wasn't finding anything that spoke to her so we came up with a sketch to feature his favorite character from the show.
The mom asked for a little more greenery along the edges. I also changed Swift's final pose a little and created him in my trusty food coloring and Vodka painting technique. And here is the final result!
This weekend was a trip! A trip to the pediatric ER for the smallest Pixie and some fun cakes got worked in somehow. Both cakes I did were Disney themed this weekend.
First cake up came before the hospital trip and featured a baby Stitch for a baby shower!
The second cake was super fun to work on. The dad of the birthday boy and I worked together to create the design for the cake. Initially, he wanted the plane crashing on the side but I convinced him to have it crash into the top. The birthday party was outside. in. August. I didn't think it would end well. We had the nephews up front and the main bad guy on the back too! All the images were created with edible ink markers, food coloring, and vodka.
And it's still strange as all get out out there.
My first cake was a baby shower cake and I LOVED making it! The customer told me to have fun with the design and I did. She even needed some cupcakes to send home with the guests as they came in throughout the event. So I got to incorporate the design into toppers as well.
This next cake wanted the "wow" factor but since plans had changed she didn't need ALL the cake to go with it. So we made the bottom a dummy tier of foam to still get in the design she wanted.
And this last cake made my summer. It really did. And I swore to the heavens I would never make another shoe after a cake mishap a couple years ago. But I needed to do it for this client. I met Ms Carrie a few months ago when she moved to the area and reached out for a cake. Have you ever met someone that just has this contagious smile? That's Ms Carrie. I have made a few cakes for her in the last few months but it was her husband who reached out for this one which I thought was really sweet.
Life is still slow as we are officially out of school. Camps have all been canceled. And we are driving. each. other. INSANE. But we are still finding ways to celebrate around here in the Triangle.
I have to be honest in that I haven't seen the show below. But my Dad is a huge fan and he was fascinated with this cake.
The cake below was sent to me in another inspiration picture but I wasn't too fond of the character on top. So I found some clip art that I loved and created my own topper.
This past week was nothing but Baby Shark cakes!!
We even had a Baby Shark smash cake to boot. The mom said her baby was blue from head to toe. So I call that a success!
"Unprecented, never before, new normal"...are just phrases I don't like anymore. I haven't updated my blog since February. And like everyone else, things have been insane here at the Pixie household.
My kitchen has been overran with school assignments, a post-it note task center, and Lego creations. Virtual school, class video conferences and online karate classes is our "new normal".
For a few weeks as school was shutting down, all of my cake orders (understandably) canceled. And the few ones that maintained course and just adjusted to a smaller serving were tweaked in design as our craft stores have opened and closed here and materials are coveted. But here are a few cakes from early March to share as we still figure out this crazy mess we are in.
A Moana inspired cake above and a Wings of Fire, Tsunami dragon, below
And of course we can't forget about the Duck and Goose cake we delivered!
Lover of any thing and all things cake and chocolate related