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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Princess Belle



Every girl deserves to be treated like a princess on her birthday! And it's pretty typical that each girl has a Disney princess that she personally relates to. Mine has always been Princess Belle, so I was thrilled to make this cake! I may have to make it for myself one day.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tiffany Blue


For my cousin's 14th birthday, I made her this Tiffany blue, rich chocolate cake with buttercream icing. Pink is her true favorite color, so I was sure to use that color for the base!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baseball Slugger


My friend's husband was celebrating his birthday at the batting cages - they had a party room and everything! Because of the child-like nature of the party, Kim requested I make a "juvenile" baseball cake. I wasn't quite sure how to work that in until I came up with the idea to use "Happy Birthday Slugger" for the inscription. The childish nickname was the perfect touch.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy 30th!



My favorite cousin, Jaime, has left her 20's behind and entered the world of being 30!! This chocolate cake with cream cheese icing reflects Jaime's fun personality and, most importantly, was made using her signature color - pink! The top was decorated with spunky white pearls that sprung out in different directions.

Paint Palette


My little niece turned 5 and celebrated her birthday at Artrageous Creations. The kids each got to paint their own ceramic figure to take home later. Their painting fun was the inspiration behind this paint palette cake.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bright Birthday


My friend Laurie turned 26 yesterday! Oddly enough, she cooked us dinner. So, the least I could do was make her a cake to finish off the wonderful meal. I enjoy projects like this one as they're a nice little break. It's a great opportunity to choose the colors and have fun with different tips and designs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Glee Karaoke Machine



This was a birthday karaoke party inspired by the show Glee. The karaoke machine was actually 2 cakes - 3 layers of vanilla on top and 3 layers of chocolate on the bottom.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Harrington Cougars Graduation Cake



My cousin graduated 8th grade from Harrington Middle School - home of the cougars. Above is their signature paw print in the classic gold and blue colors which was the inspiration for this cake. I made this cake with primarily organic ingredients which was a test because my cousin and aunt are the biggest chocolate cake critics that I know. They loved it! I was told the next day they ate all the leftovers that same night!

May I make a side note that the word "congratulations" is 15 letters long?! This seems insignificant until you have to fit it onto a small cake. I thought this cake nicely displayed the great feat that this can be to achieveat times.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Pastel Toy Blocks



This is a great time to be making cakes because it seems everyone's child is celebrating their 1st birthday! This cake was made for a little boy named Michael. Michael has the traditional wooden toy blocks at home, which was the inspiration behind this cake. His complete initials are MTS (hence the chosen letters). The top block had a "1" on the side while the bottom two blocks had a "t"ruck and a "s"ailboat. Of course, a mini block was made special for the birthday boys personal piece to enjoy!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celtic Jersey and Symbol



This cake was made for a guy who became a fan of the Scottish soccer team while living in England for some time. The jersey has his last name on it and the smaller cake is a depiction of the Celtic symbol. The surprise of this cake is the chocolate cake with creamy peanut butter filling hiding inside.



A Girly Frog Cake



This little girl's 1st birthday party was all decked out in cute green and pink frogs. The invitation, plates, napkins, cups, balloons - it was only fitting that she have a cake to match! This cake was made with all organic ingredients (minus food coloring). The mini frog on the side was a special piece just for the birthday girl!



Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hooray for Fish!



Hooray for Fish! is an adorable children's book written by Lucy Cousins. It happens to be the favorite book of a very special little girl named Noa who just turned 1. My best friend from high school and I were pregnant at the same time, and I can't believe her little girl is 1 already! Inspired by this beautiful, bright book, Noa had a fish-themed party. Though her birthday is at the end of April, the theme went very well with the unexpected 90 degree weather! Noa had a chocolate cake with buttercream icing because what girl doesn't love chocolate?



Saturday, April 17, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish



At the last minute, I decided to enter into Mt. Laurel Library's Edible Book Contest. You were allowed to use anything edible to assemble your creation. I, obviously, chose to bake a cake. The fish were made with melting chocolate. I didn't win 1st prize, but I still had a great time doing this! I'm excited for next year now that I have had the experience and could see what other contestants were able to create.

Christmas Bridal Shower



Yes, I'm well aware that it is April. So are the girls who hosted this bridal shower. Christmas was chosen as the theme of this bridal shower because the bride loves Christmas. Yes, we all love Christmas, but this girl loves Christmas so much it was the theme of her bridal shower in April! I was excited to indulge in a little Christmas cheer in the middle of Spring - not something every cake decorator has the chance to do.


Monday, April 12, 2010

The Beatles



I'm not only about kids cakes! This was made for my husband's uncle who is the biggest Beatles fan I know. The cake was a surprise, yet the day I brought it to him he was wearing a Beatles t-shirt and hat! The lyrics were taken from his two favorite Beatles' songs - "Revolution" and "Help".





Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Little Pony


For Sierra's 3rd birthday she had a My Little Pony party. Of course the cake had to be pink, and the rainbow was made of melting chocolate. Because there were going to be a lot of young children at the table, Sierra's mom requested I make cupcakes as well. Each mini cupcake had a white chocolate heart with pink sprinkles on top!








Tiramisu 25th Birthday


My friend Kim and I both share the same favorite dessert - tiramisu! I wanted to create something prettier than the usual pan tiramisu cake, and I was quite pleased with the results! To give recognition to the actual event, I cut out a 25 and sanded chocolate shavings on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Decadence


This cake is as intense as they come! A 2-layer chocolate cake with peanut butter icing in-between. The cake was then iced all over with the same peanut butter icing. Finally, I poured a chocolate peanut butter glaze on top for the ultimate shiny ending.

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! This is the favorite show of an adorable little boy named John. He had a Wubbzy birthday party when he turned 2. This cake was the introduction of melting chocolate into my repertoire. I prefer it to gumpaste because it's not only edible but delicious! It's cake - it's meant to be eaten!

Ice Cream Parlor Party

When my niece Riley turned 4, she had her party at an ice cream parlor. He invitation had a picture of a pink ice cream cone just like this on it since Riley's favorite color is pink. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo after I had written "Happy 4th Birthday Riley" on the cake (use your imagination)!

Princess Castle


All girls are princesses on their birthdays, and I wanted to make sure Corinne knew it! This was especially great for a 1st birthday. Instead of giving Corinne a big slice of cake, we gave her one of the cone towers. She took quite a while eating the icing off of it!

1st Birthday Easter Party


My niece Taylor's 1st birthday fell on Easter day, so the theme of the party was a given right from the start. The basket cake was topped with green shredded coconut for grass. Meanwhile, the basket handle and eggs were made from sugar cookie.

Twix Ice Cream Cake

For my brother's birthday in September, I made my first attempt at an ice cream cake. Per his request, there were 2 layers of chocolate ice cream sandwiching a layer of Twix pieces. The frosting is merely whipped cream with a chocolate and caramel drizzle - delicious!

Flip-Flop Summer Birthday

My niece celebrated her 13th birthday with a flip-flop themed party at the end of July. For the thong part of the flip-flop, I used ones from an actual (new) pair of flip-flops. After much washing, I decorated them with icing. This was the first time I used a non-food item on a cake.

Happy Father's Day

After making this cake, I realized I could not have made more of a feminine cake to celebrate the dads in my life! It was appreciated regardless.

June Birthdays











June is birthday month in my family so we usually have one big party to celebrate them together. This cake was able to celebrate my dad, cousin, and grandmom as well as the summer season that we all love so much!

Birds on a Flower Basket

This was the final project for the Wilton Cake Decorating Class Level 2. We spent all 4 weeks preparing these flowers! I had also made a bird house for the birds but wasn't able to find any place to put it on the cake!
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