Monthly Archives: May 2011

How I Spent My Birthday – Work or Play?

I forgot to schedule a birthday play day for myself this week. I took 3 cake orders. What was I thinking? So my day was spent making and decorating cakes. Someone mentioned on Facebook that they were waiting to see the cake that I made for myself. I didn’t have the time to even think about a cake for me.

My family and closest friends surprised me by celebrating my birthday on Sunday in Newport News @ Cheddars. I love that place — I always get the Philly Cheese Steak with Fries and of course their Pain Killer drink. Lovely combination, I must say (smiles).

My sister presented me with a beautiful bouquet of cupcakes (my favorite flavor of cake – Hawaiian Bliss, pineapple filling with a wonderful tasting coconut frosting). They were arranged in an 8 oz. measuring cup including stainless steel measuring spoons with a note that read:

If we could pick a flower for each thought we have of you,
Our lives would be an endless garden.”
 

Apprarently there was supposed to be another measuring bowl, but somehow during the course of delivery by her husband, it was broken. What difference does it make, it’s always the thought that counts. I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture.

My other gifts from my sister, daughters, granddaughters, friends and my significant other included a Pandor’s charm, a Chef’s Gel Mat, more stainless steel measuring spoons, stainless steel measuring cups, silicone heat resistant mitt, gift certificate coupon to either Sur La Table or Wine and Cake Decorating Hobbies, flip flops, sundress, a set of mats for my Cricut machine (my other hobby – Screenprinting), and of course money and an investment in a van for my deliveries.

On yesterday, my Son-In-Law fixed dinner for me and was delivered to me by my daughter, who then took me to Sweet Frog for dessert (non-fattening of course — before the toppings).

I am so blessed to have family and friends who loves me in spite of my faults, and I have a few.

Also, thanks to all of my friends on Facebook who took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday, as well.

Love You All and God Bless

A Bear And A Blanket

My daughter requested this cake for her God-Daughter’s baby shower celebration. The cake is 1/2 pound cake with buttercream filling and 1/2 chocolate with chocolate mocha buttercream. The top of the cake is covered with fondant squares. The bear is sculpted from pound cake and covered with buttercream frosting. The facial features and diaper is made with fondant.

Close-up picture of bear shows how the bear was sculpted and frosted.

The bottom pic shows the close-up of the rattle which is a cake ball covered with fondant and the inscription: “Welcome Baby”.

I had problems with the bears arms staying fixed to the body. I first sculpted the arms with the cake. After frosting the entire bear, the right arm gave way and fell onto the fondant. Had to clean the fondant and then reattach. I made the arm the second time from a cake ball, refrosted. I thought, oh yes, I have it fixed for sure this time. Went on to doing something else. Well, guess what, I came back to look at the cake and the arm was beginning to fall again. I took the arm off and made an arm from gumpaste. Again refrosted.

I cleaned everything up and retired for the night. Got up the next morning to find that the other arm had fallen off. Luckily, I had made an extra arm from gumpaste just for assurance. I attached this arm and refrosted.

The bear and the blanket arrived safely to the baby shower and everyone enjoyed the cake, according to my daughter.

Jazzy 60 Scrapbook

This Is Your Life!
Jazzy 60 Scrapbook

A ” This Is Your Life Jazzy 60 Scrapbook Cake” that went along with the Jazzy 60 Featuring Theolonius Monk cake. Pics are printed with edible ink. Both cakes were delivered to Washington, DC.

Jazzy 60 Featuring Theolonius Monk

Vintage RCA Record Player Cake

Jazzy 60 Featuring Theolonius Monk

This cake was  for a Jazzy ’60 surprise birthday celebration for a very special lady. She loves jazz and her daughter wanted to reflect that and some pics of her life in cake. The record player is made with all cake with the exception of the mechanics that allow the turntable to rotate. THAT’S RIGHT, ROTATE. The cake flavors are Carrot and French Vanilla with almond buttercream frosting.

Bible and Roses

Another Bible Cake
Bible and Roses

Customer requested this cake for a bridal shower. 1/4 — 2 layer plain pound sheet cake with buttercream filling and frosting covered with MM fondant. Rings are made from gumpaste and painted with edible gold. Rose is hand-molded from modeling chocolate.

Every Ending…Is Just A Brand New Beginning!

 

I was excited about creating this Work Of Art. My customer wanted a cake that would  combine her daughter-In-Laws birthday and Graduation with a Master’s of Science degree in psychology. I decided to do a scrapbook.

I did a layout on my computer with Publisher and emailed it to my customer. She loved the idea, so away I went.

Once I got the OK, I thought, why not use a scrapbook program for the layout, it would be easier to do and I could see exactly where everything was going to be placed and what it would look like, once completed. 

The scrapbook is an 8″x8″ 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 vanilla cake with plain and chocolate mocha buttercream and covered with fondant. The customer sent me all the photos and I was to choose which ones to use. This was so hard to do, so I ended up using all of them — couldn’t help myself.

The pictures were placed on the cake going from her childhood days, high school graduation, meeting my customer’s son, getting married, having their first child, purchasing a home, pics of family and friends and on to her Master’s Degree.

The color scheme was hot pink, light lime green and yellow. All of the elements on the page were printed exactly as I had it laid out in the software. I put gumpaste rings in the middle of the book and painted with edible gold food coloring to like an album.  Since there were more pics than could fit in the book, I made an extra page from gumpaste and printed out the edible sheet and placed on the gumpaste page. There is a poem in the center entitled “My World Is Different” which fit appropriately with the heading — “Every Ending Is Just A Brand New Beginning. This made it look as if a page had been taken out of the album to be worked on. The pics around the bottom and side of the board are printed out with edible paper and placed on gumpaste, as well, making it look as if these pics needed to be placed in the album.

I was very pleased with the completed project. The customer saw the cake and was overjoyed, she didn’t expect the cake to have that much attention to detail. Her exact words were: “I have goosebumps”.

It really is a blessing to know that your customers appreciate you and your work and that they are very much satisfied with the end product.

Happy Decorating – Wilton’s Way

Happy Decorating – Part 1 Basic

Since I am a self-taught baker and cake decorator and most of my cakes are sculpted and covered with fondant, I decided to take a Wilton’s Cake Decorating class.

 
I really enjoyed the class, but why is it that something that seems so simple is the most difficult and those things that should be difficult isn’t? Picked up some techniques that I hadn’t done before.
 
I will definitely take another class later on. This cake is vanilla flavored with buttercream. I think my ribbon roses could have been much better, but considering this is my first time making roses from buttercream, I won’t beat myself up.

Teeth For A Cause

"Relay For Life" Hand-Painted Teeth Sugar Cookies
Teeth For A Cause!

These teeth shaped cookies were requested for a “Relay For Life” function to help raise money for a cure.

They were iced with a cookie glaze and hand-painted with edible paints.

Mother’s Day Goodness

Happy Mother's Day

9″ — 4 layer Red Velvet cake with cream cheese filling and frosting. Roses and leaves are hand-modeled from MM Fondant.

Requested from one of my regular customers for her Mom for Mother’s Day.

The Mario Brothers

Mario and Luigi cake made for a 6 year old boy’s birthday celebration.  A 9″ square and 6″ round vanilla cake with butttercream filling and frosting, covered with MM Fondant and air-brushed with edible paint. Mario, Luigi and green figure is hand-modeled from modeling chocolate. Other details on cake are cut from fondant. Castle is molded from fondant and air-brushed with edible paint.

Flag is gumpaste with modeling chocolate #6. Coins are molded from modeling chocolate and florist covered wire is inserted to place in cake.

Inscription — Happy Birthday, D.J. and #6 were cut with my cricut cake.

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