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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My little sister's getting married!

I am so excited!  In less than two weeks my little sister is getting married.  I am really looking forward to the wedding and to seeing my little men wearing tuxedos!

Its a busy time of year for the wedding and I have to say my holiday season is going by even faster than usual.  We held Kim's bridal shower and bachellorette party during Thanksgiving weekend.  It was very busy but so much fun!  She wanted a fancy, girly, champagne drinking party.  So we decided to make he shower a french theme.  



The cake on our dessert table.  It's pink champagne flavored, one of my favorites for a fancy party.  And she specified that she wanted to be drinking champange so why not have it in her cake as well.


I also wanted to make cupcakes for her.  I like the way the whole table looked with the cake and cupcakes.  The cupcakes were red velvet, Kim's favorite.  And the red cake looked pretty on the table too!




The cake before the party without the little eiffel tower figurine.  




And for the shower favors.  I wanted to make something special so I decided to make these tiered wedding cake cookies.



I've seen them made before but never had a reason to make them.  They looked really cute all packaged up for the guests.  I made tags for them in the color scheme with little eiffel towers.  Not the best pictures of them packaged and ready, but it's better than nothing. 



Another thing I have always wanted to make but never had an excuse for are lingerie cookies.  So I decided Kim's bachellorette party needed some cookies!


I loved the way they turned out and the guests appreciated them too!  Coming soon, the grooms cake!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Dogs deserve dessert too!

    I love my chocolate lab, Ginger.  She is such a sweet, calm and loveable dog.  And I sometimes get the opportunity to make some dog cakes and cookies for a friend of mine who owns a pet boutique.  It is always a challenge to bake for our four legged friends, because the ingredients act different than people coookies and cakes.  But it is so fun!  And Ginger always hangs around in the kitchen when I am baking dog cookies.  

    








    Lots of new stuff. . .

    I have been busy this month, and with the holidays I don't intend for it to slow down.  But I wanted to quickly post some of my more recent projects.  Enjoy!


    Pizza party cake!


    Baby smash cake for Moment in Time Photography.  I can't wait to see the photos from her session!


    Justin Beiber cookies for a girly slumber party!


    A train birthday cake.  A toy train was added to the top tracks.


    A whale and trainer cake for a little girl who already knows she wants to be a whale/dolphin trainer.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    My sister turned 21

    My baby sister turned 21 last week.  To celebrate this big birthday I had to make her a special cake.  She loves all things pumpkin, so the inside is pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese italian meringue buttercream. 

    For some reason, when I picture her cake I pictured pink cheetah print.  I don't know why, but apparently I wasn't too far off because her best friend get her something pink cheetah for her birthday too. 
     

    I painted on the pattern which was a first for me.  I am glad I tried it because it was super easy and I loved the way it came out.

    Happy Birthday Jenn!!

    

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    A dress up party

    When I was first asked to make this cake I was a little nervous.  I was asked to make a shoe cake.  I have never made a gumpaste shoe before so a shoe cake was a little intimidating.  But then the party took a little twist and it became a dress up party.  This inspired me and was a theme I could wrap my head around.  I wish I had a dress up party when I was a kid!


     So I decided to make a bunch of little dress up neccessities: tiaras, crowns, shoes, purses, hats, beaded necklaces, lipstick, nailpolish and wands.  And I couldn't resist throwing in a couple cute bunny slippers, because those were my favorite as a kid. 


      Friday, October 14, 2011

      DJ cake

      The birthday boy last weekend enjoys DJing in his spare time.  So this cake was made to resemble the birthday boys DJ equipment.  At first I was a little skeptical that the cake wouldn't look good and during the process I was upset and thought it was down right ugly.  But all of a sudden it all came together and I was happy with the end result. 

      Trains and Sports!

      I know a little boy who is obsessed with sports!! It's so cute.  I know he is going to be a professional football player or something when he gets older.  But for now, he plays with baseball cards and has a sports themed room.  And his past two birthday parties have been sports themed.   This year he got to share his birthday party with his new little brother, who turned one within a few weeks from his birthday.  So this birthday had two themes for two different little boys. 


       I think this cake is so cute and unique with its original theme!  All the balls are fondant and the trains are basically big cake balls.  I love making cakes but this one definitely challenged me.  I planned it poorly, and there wasn't enough room for the last little, white train car.  And during the party the poor little guy fell off the side of the cake.  It was ok, though, since it was on the side.  But I, as an artist, was heartbroken!  That and the day of the birthday party it rained all day, actually all weekend, and fondant and humidity do not mix!  Good thing I didn't cover the entire cake in fondant, just the decorations.  But all in all it was a great cake and mom and both birthday boys loved it, and that's all that matters. 

      Babies 1st Birthday Jungle Safari cake

      Here is a super cute and girly jungle safari themed birthday cake.  There are faces of all different jungle animals around the cake.

      

      I think that giraffe is my favorite.  I think he is really cute!  But I can't descriminate because they are all pretty cute!


      And no 1st birthday is complete without a smash cake ( or jumbo cupcake in this case).  I love this little cupcake with the monkey and ribbon!  I hope the little birthday girl loved it.  I heard she devoured the cake.


      And, although I didn't get to eat this one, I heard it was pretty yummy.  We chose a banana cake since this little 1 yr old loves her bananas.  And it was covered in cream cheese frosting- yum!!!

      Sunday, September 18, 2011

      Sabine's farewell paisley cake

      This cake is very near and dear to my heart.  One of my very best friends is moving far far away.  I am so sad and so happy for her at the same time.  A group of friends threw her a going away party and I was asked to make the cake.  I couldn't think of anything specific to a "farewell" theme, so I decided to make something pretty that I thought she would like. 

      More than its looks, I wanted this cake to taste fabulous.  And I think I succeeded.  Her husband ate some leftovers and said it was the best I had made.  Thats a great compliment.  I have to say I tried a new chocolate cake recipe and I think I found my new favorite.  I love the chocolate cake I usually make and never thought I could top it, but this one did!  So now I have two GREAT recipes in my arsenal.  Now I need to find the BEST vanilla cake recipe.  Mine is pretty perfect so I am happy, but maybe I can find one as good as this. 

      I filled this cake with homemade, thick, gooey caramel and topped it with another first, italian meringue cream cheese frosting.  It was delicious and II will definitely be making the frosting again.  I was eating the leftovers in the fridge with a spoon! 


      Good Bye Sabine!!  Best of luck on your new adventure!  You will be missed but I know that you are always a phone call or email away!

      Butterfly cake and cookies


      I love butterflies!  They are so delicate and pretty.

      These cookies were party favors for a butterfly themed baby shower.  The mom-to-be picked out the cutest bedding with shades of blue, green and purple.  The butterflies in the set had beautiful swirls and patterns in their wings.  So I set out to make some fluttery, swirly butterfly cookie pops. 

      And of course every party has to have a cake!  It's the most important part.  So to coordinate with the theme, I made the cake with the same colors with lots of swirls and butterflies.  This cake was a first for me as far as flavor.  The mom-to-be requested no fondant so the butterflies were made in modeling chocolate.  That turned out to be the perfect medium to use because she also wanted fresh strawberries and cream filling, which must be refrigerated.  The modeling chocolate hardened perfectly in the fridge to keep those butterflies from flying off the cake.  I made a ricotta cream and strawberry filling.  The italian in me thought this tasted like a very delicious cannoli- YUM!



      Friday, August 19, 2011

      new cookies for a special baby and a pretty in pink (and turquiose cake)

      I got a call a couple weeks ago that an old friend of mine was expecting a baby boy.  She was a friend of mine through high school and college and in her adult life she is living in a different state.  I was so happy for her!  Then a few days after that her husband contacted me and invited me to a surprise baby shower for her.  I was so excited and had to go.  Since the party had already been planned I couldnt bring a cake so I decided to make some cute baby cookies to contribute.  It was a last minute decision, but here is what i came up with. . .


      I decided to try a new cookie recipe and it was delicious!!!
      http://sweetsugarbelle.com/2011/06/basic-sugar-cookie-recipe-2/

      And since I was trying new things I decided to try a new icing recipe too.  I liked this one.  I thought it was tastier than royal icing and dried shinier.  One of my biggest complaints with royal is its dull finish.
      http://www.thedecoratedcookieblog.com/2008/11/cookie-dough-and-frosting-recipes.html

      Everyone at the party loved them!  And I was happy to see an old friend and feel like I was able to help make her shower more special. 




      I also got to make a super cute and simple cake.  Since this was a week for new recipes I decided to make some modeling chocolate for this cake.  Modeling chocolate is a great alternative to gumpaste and fondant, especially for those who don't like fondant (although my fondant is super yummy!).  I loved working with it and the way it set up.  I think I am going to be using modeling chocolate much more.  And since I am talking about recipes. . . this cake was chocolate cake with cookie dough filling and it was delicious!

      This cake was inspired by http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2010181



      Monday, August 8, 2011

      Gaming birthdays- Angry Birds and Mario Kart

      This weeks trend is gaming birthday parties.  I did an Angry Birds cake and Mario Kart cake back to back.  I was impressed with myself and how realistic and close the characters looked to the real thing.  I always worry when replicating something it isn't going to look right.  But I was happy with how they turned out. 


      So I have played Angry Birds for all of 2 minutes and don't really get the fun of it yet.  Maybe if I played it more I would.  But it is crazy to me how adults and children can be hooked on the same game.  A very close friends son was turning 4 and he wanted Angry Birds.  So Angry Birds he got.  I wish I made the birds out of cake balls so they would have been even yummier.  But it was an outdoor pool party that required us to drive a distance to get there.  So I decided to be safe and make them out of fondant.  That's ok they were still pretty tasty.  My boys love my marshmallow fondant and were the proud eaters of at least 2 birds each.  They usually eat the fondant first then the icing and then if they are still hungry they will eat cake.  These boys definitely like sugar (they must be my children). 


      This was the weekend for birthday parties.  Actually we have been to a lot this summer.  There must be a lot of summer babies out there!  This cake was Super Mario Kart.  I usually have a plan when making my cakes.  But for some reason this one I just decided to wing it.  I knew I wanted to make Mario on his kart and some of the stars and mushrooms but that was it.  I was about to dye some fondant blue and make a scene like the games when I changed my mind and decided to go with white and black checks and some red.  I am glad I did because when I talked to my friend she said she had just purchased red and black and white checked table clothes.  So luckily it matched perfectly. 

      Friday, July 29, 2011

      A Vegas inspired birthday

      I have only been to Vegas once.  I was 16 and it was my cousins wedding.  We were only there for a short time and most of that involved hair and makeup appointments and, of course, the wedding.  So I mostly saw the inside of my hotel, my Aunt and Uncle's house, and the wedding venue.  I have yet to experience "Vegas."  But I will!  My latest cake is Vegas inspired. 


      After a great vacation, I was asked to make the famous "Welcome to Vegas" sign but to change the wording to celebrate this special birthday.  I loved the way it turned out.  Happy Birthday Paige!  I hope you had a great birthday!

      Thursday, July 28, 2011

      Baby boy smash cake session

       


      Who doesn't like to see a baby get all messy and diving into a birthday cake.  I don't know about you, but I sometimes get so excited about cake that I wish I could just dive into it with my fingers and eat as much of it as I want and for that to be acceptable.  But that is not ok for me to do.  So since its cute on babies I will have to settle with watching them enjoy their first sweet indulgence.  I have recently partnered with a local Orlando photographer by providing her small smash cakes for her birthday sessions.  I am so excited to see some of my work being professionally photographed and also thoroughly enjoyed by the cutest subjects.  Here is the latest (he looks a like he isn't so sure he should be eating that cake). . . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moment-in-Time-Photography-by-LCarraway/167178322465#!/photo.php?fbid=10150249573177466&set=a.437797807465.236064.167178322465&type=1&theater

      I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures from the shoot!