Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Baby Shower for Erin

My daughters, Jill, Sara & Bryn, hosted a baby shower at our house for their sister Erin on Sunday. It was fun and Erin got lots of nice things for the baby. Yes, I am going to be a Grandma. That is a very scary word for me right now :)

She is doing the baby's room in a jungle theme. So the shower was also in that theme. Her cake featured fondant jungle animals, bamboo and and greenery. I thought it turned our very cute.

Below are my beautiful girls. That is Sara, Bryn, Erin and Jill. I will let you know when the little one arrives in October.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Aurora gets Married!!

Well, I thought this day would never get here. Aurora, my cookie designer, got married Saturday night. She looked absolutely beautiful!!! I wish I got a better photo, but here she is with her new husband, Jake, cutting the cake.

Aurora is also my wedding cake consultant. She designed her own cake! It is iced in ivory buttercream and has a fondant band at the bottom of each tier. I embossed a lace design in the fondant for texture. A floral pattern is piped in lavender randomly on the tiers and I painted a darker purple in some on the designs. Fondant pearls were also added to the cake. The flowers were beautiful and really complemented the cake.

It was a great night, and just a beautiful reception. Congratulations Aurora & Jake!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sara's Sweet Sixteen

July is a busy month for family birthdays at my house. Yesterday was Sara's sixteenth birthday. She is a fan of the Beatles, so this was my idea for her cake.

Sara a very artistic girl and has loved colorful things since she was very young. She talked at an early age and one of her favorite questions for anyone she met was "What is your favorite color?". It was the most peculiar thing. She could recite everyone in our family and neighbor's (adults & children) favorite color.

Her cake is a 10-inch round layer cake with a single 8-inch on top. I applied edible images of the Beatles (Andy Warhol designed because she loves his artwork) to the bottom tier. On the top tier I applied more images I found, very retro and fun. I even applied them to the fondant sixteen on top.

Here is Sara with her cake. You may recognize her as one of my front sales girls. She loves to talk to customers and does a great job of designing cakes. Happy Birthday Sara! I love you!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pig in the Mud Cake

I'm not sure where the inspiration came from for this cake design, but it sure turned out cute. This simple ten-inch round cake was made extra special with the addition of the fondant pig on top, complete with a little chocolate mud. I am sure it made a great centerpiece.

Tomorrow I will be on the Kansas CW, channel 5, for a Tasty Tuesday demonstration. July is National Ice Cream Month; did you know that? I am going to demonstrate a delicious recipe called Ice Cream Shop Pie. It isn't made with store bought ice cream, but you make it your self with simple ingredients. It can be made many different ways. Tune in at 8:30 for the recipe!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Baby Turns Eleven

Here is my youngest, Bryn, working on her birthday cake today. She came to help with the cake for her sleepover party tomorrow. She painted the zebra stripes on the bottom tier herself. I just outlined them a little and then let her take over. She also rolled all the little fondant balls and put those on for the borders.

Didn't it turn out great!! We just ended our family birthday dinner this evening. For tonight she choose her favorite cupcakes, Boston Cream Pie cupcakes. I can't believe she is eleven. Where does the time go.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Wait until you try these!!! They are incredible! We have been working on flavor combinations for these new cupcakes. At about two or three in the afternoon, I yell "time for cupcake testing", and everyone just comes running. My staff has given them two thumbs up for sure. Some of the varieties are:

*Strawberry Shortcake - White cake with strawberry filling & iced with whipped topping
*Boston Creme Pie - White cake with bavarian filling and iced with ganache
*Peanut Butter Cup - Chocolate cake with a peanut butter filling & iced with peanut butter buttercream
*Strawberry Fields Forever - Strawberry cake with strawberry filling & iced with strawberry buttercream
*Lemon Drop - Lemon cake with lemon filling & iced with lemon buttercream

I will be adding these to the cupcake page of the website so you can see them. We will offer 3 -4 varieties each day, but you can always put in an order in advance for any flavor.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Birthday Train

Hi everyone! I know it has been forever since I have posted here, I really need to do better. We are so busy at the bakery with a new cookie line. It is very exciting and just a whole lot of work. My team and I have been working on it every day. I will give you all the details soon.

Here is a fun train cake my decorator Kalee did for a gentleman's 70th birthday party. It is bright and fun and represents a little about him.
Of course you can tell from this shot he must like Corona beer. One train car is full of chilled sugar beverages.

The other represents his love of gardening. Little sugar vegetables are sticking up in a yummy mound of dirt (chocolate cookie crumbs). There is nothing about this cake that isn't tasty!