Category Archives: Cakes

Caking up a Storm

I’m so thankful for my new Kitchenaid Mixer that I received as an early Christmas present. I’ve been up to my elbows in cake batter lately and it’s been my savior. Here’s some of the latest:

Monogrammed Baby Shower Cake

Karmen’s Softball Cake

Key Lime Cupcakes for a Zumba Party

Butterfly Cupcakes for Karmen to celebrate her bday with her soccer team

The butterflies were made of candy melts and then placed on top of iced cupcakes

Now I get to take about a week off before diving into Holiday and Manuel’s bday baking!  Look for more fun creations soon!


Arts and Crafts Party

My friend recently held a party for her cute little daughter who was turning 3.  I had told her I would love to make the cake and really had a blast doing it.  Once we nailed down and arts and crafts theme, I knew this was the cake I wanted.  It was actually a super easy cake to do.

Also,while on Pinterest sucking the hours out of my day researching other ideas, we came across this super cute cake ball palette.  Also a party must!

I really had a great time helping out with this party!  Thanks friend.

Green Puzzle Party

What do you do when this three year old decides that his next birthday is going to be a green puzzle cake?  Well, you go with it.  And be amazed at what you can come up with to make a green puzzle themed party.

The invite ( I didn’t edit this but I had the boys help paint the puzzles green-this was the finger paint green and looks kind of blueish here)We had the guest “sign” a puzzle for a birthday keepsakeThis was a pinata I made from a paper bag.  It was harder to break than you’d think.  We had a puzzle piece hunt in the backyard and then put together the puzzle to reveal the highly anticipated moment.  (Thanks to Manuel for drawing the cake on here for me!)The cakeAnd the rest of the food…

Including cheese cut as puzzle pieces

Green Jello Jigglers

And of course, puzzle cake balls!

All made with the help of this nifty little cookie cutter I sculpted out of an aluminum pan (this is clearly the after picture.  It had a hard day!)

And that, my friends, is a Green Puzzle Party!

Forces United

At long last, Mama Snod and I were together again for a cake decorating extravaganza. It was epic. It was stressful. It was inspiring. It was exhausting.

My son turned one and she flew out to do the cake with me, because that’s how this whole friendship started: cake experiments. The party was on a Sunday and we got right to work on Friday, which was a good thing too.

Enjoy the progression of a two-tier cake that included strawberry cheesecake filling, homemade fondant, German chocolate gooeyness, and cake spackle.

My son’s smash cake on the left, the white cake bottom tier, and the German chocolate cake in the back. All done Friday and put in the freezer.

Fillings, frostings, and spackle. Thanks to my sister-in-law, pastry chef extraordinaire, for all of the cake tips.

The midst of the Saturday madness…lunch eaten on the go, as you can see.

Getting closer…all red and blue pieces made of marshmallow fondant.

The finished products! E’s smash cake on the left and the main cake. I saw the cake toppers online for $35 made out of clay so I decided to try my hand at them. For a fraction of the price I made a pretty good replica.

It was a great weekend and I’m so blessed she came out to essentially be put to work. Blogs are great ways to stay connected and feel apart of a greater community, but it’s so nice to do things together with an actual person. So thank you, Mama Snod, for being such an inspiring friend and helping make E’s day so special. Toot TOOT!

A Martha Easter

For Christmas, my MIL got me a subscription for Martha Stewart Living.  I’m eager each month of it to arrive to scour and come up with new ideas to steal as my own!  Her April edition had blue and white Easter eggs and chick cookie, and I knew instantly I wanted that to be the theme for our Easter party. 

I found candy that was blue and white and placed them in these cute $1 Target buckets around the tables.  Pictured here are the York Peppermint Patty drops.  (other blue and white candy:  gummy bears-blueberry and white chocolate…yum!, jelly belly-blueberry and vanilla bean, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, robin eggs, mentos, coconut kisses, and how could I forget the highly addictive Cadbury Mini Egg! )

Not a party without some cake pops and a cake!  Still not quite sure how Bakerella gets hers so smooth and well decorated.  This was my first attempt at a topsy turvy cake.  This was one busy chick!!! (the bird, not me)And when you have I’m pretty sure napkin folding is a legitimate school subject, right? Because this may or may not have been an item on a certain girl’s homeschool list!

An Apple a Day

Manuel informed me the other day that there would be a party to celebrate his student teacher becoming a real teacher.  Of course, all teachers like apples. Right?  Manuel thought she (and the members of his class) would probably prefer cake balls.  So, we did both!  He came home and let me know that everyone raved about the cake balls.  I have a feeling he walked a block down the street and had his own cake ball party!

If you’ve never heard of cake balls, or cake truffles as my caking friend, Diane, calls them…definitely check out Bakerella’s blog. She is way more amazing than me!  One more look at those amazing pieces of deliciousness!

Caking by Ear

Some people can play music by ear, some need music.  Some people can draw without a reference, others always are going off of a picture.  I learned an important lesson about myself this week.  I can not “cake by ear”.  I have been making cakes for a while now. In fact, here is the first cake I made, back for K’s 7th birthday.

In that time, I’ve had my fair share of cakes worth tooting about, but also plenty that caking fails.  Why, am I bringing this up, you might wonder.  This past weekend my friend was celebrating her birthday and I wanted to surprise her by bringing by a cake.  I had visions in my head of what this cake would look like but never really searched online for a cake that might look like it.  Her cake was an epic fail.  So much so that I didn’t even take a single picture.  She did say it tasted good, but as another friend once said jokingly, “You’re not really about the taste, you’re more about the looks” SIDE NOTE-all my cakes are yummy and delicious!  Above all I learned a priceless lesson that having an example is not always a bad thing!  So, to make myself feel better I decided I would add a few of my cakes that were picture worthy!  Here are some oldie, but goodies…

Gage celebrates the big one with a turtle cake.  He had spent the first 12 months of his life looking very much like a turtle!

Karmen’s 10th birthday, flower power…

Boyce’s first birthday.  He spent his whole first 18 months of life with his tongue hanging out of his mouth, so we always called him our little pup.

My first fondant cake that is photo worthy.  My son’s namesake.

***since these pictures were taken I’ve learned about the marvels of cake boards and no longer have my cakes displayed on foil covered trays!