Sunday, July 23, 2006

Get Well Card

Eldest daughter came up with this idea -- an open Get Well card standing on top of a cake. It's for her future mother-in-law who unfortunately landed in the hospital last week, but she's home and recovering nicely now, thank goodness.

Picture quality is not up to par, sorry. Not sure what was wrong with the camera today. (Or maybe it was the photographer (me) who wasn't up to par?)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Slug Bug

I made this for a friend of ours who turned 40-something ... he drives a dark blue VW beetle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Showing Support

A last-minute fun cake for a friend of ours ... who's turning ... ahem ... 39 today. For maybe the 9th time? My lettering could use some work -- it says, "Shari's 39 (again). Let's show her some support."

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Just Because

Just a pretty little gift cake I put together today for some elderly friends of ours who are going through a tough time right now. I thought it might lift their spirits to have a pretty (and delicious!) cake to enjoy.

Hostess Gift

So ... we're invited to dinner at a dear friend's home tonight, and she won't let me bring anything to contribute to the meal ... so she gets this instead. A tiny "personal cake" just for her and her husband to enjoy, later.

I've been wanting to try the quilting technique and the pillow-cake technique ... what do you think? It looked a lot like a pie with a teal-colored top crust when I started out ... but if you squint your eyes, twirl around three times and click your heels together -- does it kinda sorta look like a pretty little gift pillow, fit for a princess or a queen?

Oh dear. Why do I keep hearing that nursery song, "Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie..." repeating over and over in my head?

Darn. It DOES still look like a pie, doesn't it? Oh well. It's a pretty pie. Especially if you like teal crusts.

Prize Winner!

So ... I entered an on-line baby shower cake contest a while back with the "Just Ducky" cake I made for Baby Kurt (see the post in the June archives) ... and I won second place!


I win a whole $25 and get to call myself a prize-winning, professional, cake artist now!

Here's a link to the results page of the contest:

And stay tuned ... I'm in the process of crafting a tiny little hostess-gift cake and a feel-better-soon cake today. Pictures to come.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Bikinis and Martinis

A cake created for a fun-loving group of gals celebrating the "39th" birthday of one of their own, at a lakeside party. This design was based on the Evite invitation/theme the hostess used. Dark chocolate cake (of course) with buttercream icing. Cake is covered in fondant with fondant waves, bikini, martinis, palm trees, olives and coconuts. The whitecaps on the waves are piped buttercream.

Another view. Oh, and ... real toothpicks skewer the olives into the martini glasses.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Foods 2

This cake was created to celebrate the completion of middle daughter's capstone class for her Hotel/Restaurant Management degree. Ten students ran a small full-service restaurant, all by themselves, two nights/week for six weeks. The tools of their trade are crafted out of fondant -- chef coat and pants, chef's hat, kitchen clogs, saute pan, knife, and apron (hidden behind the hat). There's even a bill for dinner for six (complete with a $40 tip!), and the Daily Specials blackboard says thank you to their professor for all the fun.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Family Reunion

A full sheet cake, half chocolate and half white, iced in buttercream with all-fondant decorations.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Stay tuned for ...

... an upcoming family reunion cake for 50, and a birthday cake for 'a woman of a certain age', with the party theme being "bikinis and martinis".


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Miss Belle's demise

Just in case you've been thinking that these cakes are too pretty for anyone to eat -- we had no problem devouring her last night. Proof positive, above. She was yummy!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Miss Liberty Belle 2006

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

This was a blast of a cake to do -- right down to Miss Belle's crack. I usually have to work extra hard to not have those darn cracks in my fondant. This time I got to make one on purpose and even paint it with food coloring to enhance it. She holds a single candle/firecracker to celebrate our country's 230th birthday.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sarah's Cake

This was made for a sweet girly-girl ballerina who's turning nine. It might be hard to tell from this picture, but that's a tiny pair of pink ballet slippers pirouetting on top of the stage. The stage itself is a tiny (chocolate) cake perched on top of the main (chocolate) cake below, and has its mint green curtains drawn back to announce whose birthday it is!