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?
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.
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.
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 easy...at 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!
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 it..it was the perfect, quick fix.
The best picture of all? My birthday boy with his cake!