Monday, April 30, 2012

Flower Garden and Western Themed 1st Birthday Cake

I wish I could devote an individual post to each cake, but where's the time???

Here are a few of my favorite cake projects for the past several weeks. 

And If I can manage, I have lots of cookies and few more "must share" cake designs! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower Cookies

A sweet lady contacted me to make some custom cookies for a kitchen themed bridal shower she was throwing.

I was already slammed with orders, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do something new.

And boy, was I glad I didn't.

I had to much fun creating these. I hope I get to make these adorable cookies again sometime.

I still can't believe people hire me to do this.

Amazing! I am one lucky gal!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

White, Black and Red Wedding Cake

I made my first wedding cake a few weeks ago. The bride, Christy, was a dream to work with. Was the design difficult? Nope. But the fact that the cake was for a wedding really stressed me out.

Overall, I was really happy with the way it turned out.

I said it was going to be my first and least wedding cake b/c of the stress, but I've been encouraged to rethink that! We'll see!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hambuger Cupcake and Cookie Fries

I always do something wacky for my husband's April Fool's birthday.

This year I stumbled across these adorable cupcakes and cookies from Bakerella and have been saving them for the perfect occasion.

They turned out perfect and my hubs said it was the best burger and fries he's ever had. Did I mention they were super easy? Seriously, it took me longer to bake everything than it did to assemble these guys.

I'm thinking these would be perfect for Father's Day too, don't you?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mario Brothers Cupcakes

My friend Laura asked me to make her some Mario themed cupcakes for her son's 7th birthday. She sent me a pic. of some done by another artist for inspiration. When I got the picture, I thought, "Wow! That's amazing. I can't possibly do that."

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, I promise. But, sometimes I am amazed by what I am able to do...what God gifts me to do. I cannot take credit for His gifts.

I can do nothing that God doesn't wield my hands to do.

Often, before I start on a difficult project, I pray that God would guide my hands, give me patience and allow me to glorify him through my talents.

And I always remind myself of the verse, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Coll. 3:23.

It's what keeps me bringing my best work forward.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wild Cookies-Zebra and Giraffe Prints!

New cookie designs on my Esty store!

I've been working on zebra and giraffe print cookies for a custom order.

I think they turned out pretty well, but there are definitely some things I'll do differently next time.

Every new cookie design comes with t a learning curve for sure!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thomas the Train Cake

I was nervous about making this cake! The last time I tried it, over 2 yrs ago, it was turned out ok...nothing to take pictures of! I was certain that my caking skills had improved in two years time.

But, carving a cake always, always, always makes me nervous!!!

This cake ended up waaaayyyy bigger than I thought it would. It was supposed to feed 35 and I think you could probably get 50 servings out of it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

German/Beer Themed Cake

My friend Kelly asked me to make her husband's 35th birthday cake. Kelly is a graphic designer and this is the 2nd cake she has designed for me to make. I cannot take credit for any of the design elements, only carrying out her plan. And sweet Kelly always has way more confidence in my abilities than I do!

This is the "sketch" she gave me.

And this is what I came up with.

I had less than a week to hunt down all the materials. The beer bottles are Tabasco bottles.

The beer glass was such a challenge to find... after several trips to wal-mart, target, and several craft stores, I finally found one that was to scale and the right shape at Goodwill. I used a can covered in fondant for the barrel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cookies, cookies, cookies!

I've been BUSY with some cookies! I have loved getting to create a few new designs.

Valentine's Day inspired Scotties.

Hearts. These were so fun.

These are actually brownies with a fondant overlay.

This is what Asher took to school for his Valentines with a cute little tag that read, "Have a monster-ific Valentine's Day."

Girl's night out/Bachelorette inspired cookies.

Fancy Nancy cookies for my niece's 5th birthday party.

Mickey and Minnie cookies for a sweet 2nd birthday!

You can order any of these cookies (and more!) at my online Etsy Store Here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Yo Gabba Gabba-Brobee Cake!

I must confess, I'm not terribly familiar with the Yo Gabba Gabba phenomenon. With our limited cable package, most the cartoons I see come on PBS. But, he was a quick study, thank goodness!

Brobee couldn't be any more cute, could he?

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hello Kitty Cake!

My friend, Nina, asked me to make this cake for her 32nd birthday. If any 32 yr old can rock a Hello Kitty cake, it's Nina!

On a side note, this cake should have been really least it was in my head before I started. I used this template to help with the carving. It was really helpful and I just used the zoom button in my photo shop program to get it the size I needed.

Here's where I went wrong: I had two options on what size to bake this cake, my sheet cake pan and a 12 in round. I realized the sheet cake pan meant I would be able to carve Kitty out in one piece, but I would have GOBS of cake scraps leftover. If I used the 12 in. pan, I would have to carve Kitty's face and then carve and attach her ear's separately.

I opted for the 12 in pan because I thought it would save me lots of materials cost and carving the ears couldn't be that difficult, right?

I couldn't have been more wrong. Those little ears got the better part of at least 2 hours. And carving Kitty's face "just right" was at least another 2 hrs because my 12 inch cake pan was just a little on the small size.

Well, lesson learned! Don't ever try to cut costs with materials b/c it will just cost you in the long run with your time....which is far more valuable than materials most for the most part!

Oh, but isn't she just so cute!!!

And since Nina and I go back more than 20 years, I wanted to do something a little extra for her, so I made these super cute Hello Kitty cookies!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Superhero Cake! Spiderman, Batman and The Hulk!

Somehow this cake didn't make it to the blog until just now. Not sure how I overlooked it, but I did. Busy = Careless? Probably.

This was Asher's 4th birthday cake. Did I slave for hours over it? Not really. Those little plastic super hero figures did most of the work for me! But, I would've put in double duty for my best boy if I needed to!

The only tricky part was getting my red really red. I actually had to use some spray color on was the perfect, quick fix.

The best picture of all? My birthday boy with his cake!