The Magical World of Mario
I have made it halfway through September!
I have my fall pumpkins sitting out in front of the fireplace just waiting on the day the temperature decides to stay a little cooler. I am staying busy over here with the kids back in school and maintaining a few orders a week. This month we have gone girly with pink and gold all the way to the world of Mario with a cake large enough it needed to be assembled on site.
A Pixie's birthday
I have a middle schooler on my hands!! Where did all the time go?!?
After much debate, my oldest decided he wanted the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter. My kids have been on another round of Harry Potter kicks lately with the books, movies, and even audiobooks at night.
So I took a half sheet of almond cardamom cake and split it in half. I got the base color in with fondant and modeling chocolate and got the basics shapes down first.
Next phase was breaking out the food coloring and vodka. I mainly used Americolor Warm Brown, Dark Brown, and Super Black for this cake. The gums and tongue got a mix of Super Red and Electric Purple because I ran out of Magenta.
And voila. One really creepy Monster Book of Monsters for the oldest pixie.
Winnie the Pooh and UNC
What do those two have in common? Nothing! But somehow we made it work for an adorable 4 year old named Winnie whose parents have managed to incorporate the iconic bear into every cake she has had. This year's combination was Pooh and the University of North Carolina.
Purposely slowing down
It's almost time for the kids to head back to school!! And I am purposely slowing myself down. I have two more CRAZY weekends in September and the rest of my year is just 2-3 cakes a week.
These past two weeks have seen Peter Rabbit, Jurassic Park, fidget toys, and even a Christmas nutcracker in AUGUST!
Summer time in the city
My favorite thing in the whole wide world is delivering buttercream cakes when the heat index is over 100. NOT! I can not wait till fall weather is here. Let me count. I only have...ugh. That's too long.
In the meantime, I got to do a really simple octopus cake for a smash photo session. And below, and I can't believe it has taken this long, I got to try a fault line cake for the first time ever. I am really happy with how it turned out.
We LOVE Bob's Burgers over here in this house. So when I got a request for a burger cake I was thrilled! The bday girl lights up whenever Louise is on screen and I don't blame her one bit.
I made sure to add one of her favorite foods to the burger and completed a mini "Burger of the day" placard to boot. Throw in Louise's beloved kuchi kope doll and we were all set!
Where did May and June go?
Oh...that's right. Every one of us in the house finally caught COVID and it was exhausting. Throw in a black belt test, school testing, a moving up ceremony because one pixie is out of elementary school...and we are still exhausted.
I have had to take it a little slower on cakes but I have still gotten some really cool ones out the door.
Now that I think about it, Godzilla and fighter jets go together right?
And I'm getting better and better with smoothing out my buttercream like on this strawberry cake and mermaid cake below.
Just keep swimming
I've had Dory in my head all month as I am tackling the spring busy season. I have another 3 weeks and it should calm down on me again to enjoy the summer with the kids.
I've met a new friend in the neighborhood and I have been working with her lately on getting edible images when needed like for the Spiderman and friends below. Bday boy really likes Miles the best so he was front and center in the pack.
This next cake is getting outfitted with PJ Masks toys from the bday boy's personal collection. But he also LOVES space so we added some planets and cool macarons in as well. The macarons came from one of our favorite bakeries in Cary at Asali
And one of my favorite families is expecting a little girl soon and I had the privilege of making the baby shower cake for lil bit.
The next two cakes are for a set of twins that I have known for years at this point. The very first year I baked for them they were turning 4. And they loved Paw Patrol. Since that cake, they have never agreed on the same thing again!! We have done video games, Star Wars, a sinking Titanic...you name it. This year was a hockey cake and a hamburger cake complete with shortbread cookie French fries.
Whirlwind of a Winter
I have lots to post so be sure to check out the gallery for some new stuff as well!!
The cake below was MASSIVE! That is a 19" by 14" board and it is FULL of details.
Besides pirates and treasure, we also got to deliver the wedding cake that belonged to my son's teacher. The sweet couple took down a tree on cleared property and it served as the platters for the cake and cupcakes!
We had to have another discussion that "football" can also mean "soccer" in the household again with this cake.
And last, but not least, a Cinderella cake fit for a princess
We Don't Talk about Bruno!
I know almost all the lyrics to that song now. That's all. That's how I spent my kids' winter break.
The house is actually foam so the birthday girl can place it on her dresser or bookcase to keep for a while. The grassy hill, complete with a flower bench, is made of chocolate cake with a rich chocolate buttercream for the neighborhood to share.