Thursday, September 1, 2011

For my Husband's Birthday

My husband is from Colorado and is a huge Rockies fan.  Baseball is his favorite sport as well, so I wasn't surprised when he asked me to make this cake.  Here are some pictures in stages to give you an idea how you could do this at home...

Stage 1:  Carve your layered cake in the shape of the hat (this one was white cake with lemon curd and raspberry filling).

Stage 2: Do a crumb coat of icing on the cake to give it a smooth base.

Stage 3: Cover with Black fondant.

Step 4: Use purple fondant for the hat detail and the bill.  If I had more time I would have made the bill thinner and more round, but since we were eating the cake that night we had to improvise.  The letters I cut out free hand, but a stencil would make them look cleaner.

Stage 5: To add stitching detail, use a needle or sharp edge to poke tiny holes.  Making a line first will help you keep the holes in a straight path. 

The Final Product!  He even got dressed up for the picture to match his cake!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th Everyone!

So I have been terrible at posting, but lots of changes in the last few months. I loved working at the market, but unfortunately I had to quit because of scheduling issues with my new day job. It was too difficult holding 3 jobs so I had to make a change.  I made a cake for a coworker on June 29th and it was a success. I ended up using Soy totally by accident (ran out of milk) but the cake was so delicious that I will definitely make that mistake again!  Keith is getting married next week, and his boss told me he liked hockey so this is the simple design we came up with.  Later on, he took the leftovers home and ate it with his parents and fiance while they finalized the seating arrangement.  I loved that my cake was a part of that special memory for them.  I know my husband and I loved every minute of planning our wedding last Fall, so I was so glad we could add to their experience.

Here are some of the cakes I have done since we last left off. The first was for my adorable twin nephews' Baptism.  Declan is our god son, so I was honored to be able to add the cake to the party. Each side of the cake had their name, so Teddy's name is on the other side.  He tried to put his fist in it a few times during this photo shoot!

This last cake was for a client's wife, who was turning 50 and she loved Tom Sellack and Magnum P.I.  This Hawaiian themed shirt cake was so much fun to make, and it made the journey to Hillsboro, VA without a hitch.

Oh, and earlier this Spring, a neighborhood friend displayed my work as a part of an open house for artists. Someone even won my petit fours in a raffle!

Have a great 4th everyone!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day one at the Market

First weekend at the job went really well. Everyone is very nice and it's surreal to work in a place I used to shop in growing up. It looks like I am going to learn a lot and I can't wait to go again this weekend!

Here is the baby shower cake I made Friday night.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New job!

I will be working part time at this bakery starting Friday as a decorator/assistant pastry chef!

Come by and check us out, Jason Reeves is an incredible pastry chef and I can't wait to learn from him.  Wedding season is almost here!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sesame Street Cake for Kaitlyn

The cake and cookies were a success and Jen decorated the house with so much cute stuff to go with her theme. There was a candy bar and the cake was the centerpiece. Such a fun party and it was great to see those friends again.  Can't wait to find time to hang out with them more!

Jen texted me later that the cake tasted great, and it was even more delicious on the second day!  Unfortunately, my husband and I had to leave before they cut the cake, but I appreciated the positive feedback!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sesame Street Cake and Cookies

Tomorrow I will be attending Kaitlyn Symoun's 2nd birthday party and I am in charge of bringing the cookies and the cake. It will have Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird on the cake and the cookies will be cookie monster and elmo with royal icing. I am looking forward to decorating tonight.  This is the fun part when you never know how things are going to turn out, and when you look at that final cake you are filled with pride and satisfaction.  That is the goal anyway!  Will post pics tomorrow, with maybe even some before and afters.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

RIch's Birthday Cake Fiasco

My good friend Rich asked me to make a cake for his boyfriend. I was really excited and put my best effort forward. Everything worked out great, until someone stopped short when he was a block away from the restaurant, and the cake slid. Rich did his best to save it, but the damage was done. Luckily he took before and after photos, and everyone seemed to love the flavor and the story.

Sorry, Rich, but thanks for trying and for trusting me to help with this special day!