Friday, January 21, 2011

No More Monkeying Around - It's a 1st Birthday Celebration

I get super excited when I am handed a challenge. This was my first official 1st Birthday cake, which is exciting in itself, but I was asked to make a monkey. This was not any ol' flat monkey cake. They wanted a monkey sitting up, so I started planning months ahead! I had never carved a cake before or made anything like this, so the ideas were just flowing. The cake chosen was my yellow cake with strawberry buttercream. The cake was actually pretty easy to make once I got carving away! The body was made from stacking 5 layers of cake, while the head was made from a ball shaped pan. The arms, legs, tail, and ears were made from rice krispie treats so that they were light, especially the ears so they wouldn't fall off! The party was a "Winter" themed party for a New Years Eve baby girl! To incorporate winter into the monkey, I made a hot pink scarf from fondant with a matching bow! The smash cake was also yellow cake with strawberry buttercream, but was made into a snowball. It was covered in white buttercream and sprinkled with white chocolate carvings to symbolize snow! Happy Birthday Paisley!!!

Addio, ci mancherai !

~Tears~ Good-bye sweet Devyn! We will miss you dearly as you venture to Italy! It was a sad day to say good-bye to one of my students as his family moved to Italy! I am super jealous of his new ventures and wish him the best!!!

Christmas Platters and Baskets

I LOVE the Christmas season. Don't get me wrong, I love giving and getting presents from loved ones (and had an awesome Christmas thanks to my fabulous husband) but I also love baking for the holidays. Nothing reminds me more of the holidays than the smell of yummy deliciousness baking in the oven and wafting throughout the house! This year I think I quadrupled my holiday orders. I included many trays and baskets of goodies! Most were given out as presents and thank you's. Who wouldn't want cake balls and cake pops for Christmas instead of the usual basket of chocolate, cheese and crackers, or fruit! Well here are just some examples of my hard work this holiday 2010!

Holiday Baskets

Holiday Trays

It's a bird, it's a plane, NO...It's SUPERMAN!!!

Who doesn't like superman? He helps save lives, wears a big S on his shirt, and a cape! Who wouldn't want to be like him! I had the pleasure of making a superman cake for a sweet 4 year old. The ONLY condition....Superman HAD to have black hair! NO PROBLEM! I think my favorite part was making his cape!


Everyone loves Elmo, so why not celebrate your birthday with an Elmo cake! Happy Birthday Brendan!!

Arkansas Birthdays

OOPS....A bit late in the updating department!

My co-workers husband LOVES Arkansas Football, so what better way to celebrate his birthday than with an Arkansas themed birthday cake. The best part was that I was given permission to design it however I wanted! I was super excited because I hadn't made a football themed cake yet! Soo....wait no longer Arkansas fans...Here it is!