Monday, July 30, 2007

A Wedding in Hunt

... Texas, that is. The wedding site was at the headwaters of the Guadalupe River. Gorgeous spot. Especially for Texas.

The bride and groom are grads of OU, thus the red theme. These cakes were transported 289 miles from our front door, with only two minor heart attacks on my part during the trip.

The popular White Almond Sour Cream cake, buttercream icing, covered with fondant, then decorated with more buttercream.

The Groom's Cake

Two layers of chocolate cake, filled and iced with chocolate buttercream, surrounded with slabs of chocolate, topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries. The wedding guests were swooning.

Friday, July 27, 2007


... are quite popular with the toddler-girls set this summer. Which is lucky for me. I adore making these cakes! This one is for a two-year-old who's having a swim party for her birthday. How cute is that?

I have a wedding cake and a groom's cake in the works right now for tomorrow night ... tune in again Monday to see pics of them at the venue.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Warrior Drum

This was a 10" round, 4-layer marble cake created for a ManKind Project warrior graduation ceremony. It was a bit of a feat of engineering (I dare you to try to figure out how I got that bottom 'skin' on the drum), but I finally did it.

I would loved to have seen it after it was cut into ... four layers of marble cake separated by layers of buttercream -- must have been quite a delicious sight.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pink and Brown Polka Dots

A simple, last-minute cake for a friend's birthday. I picked up the ribbon a few weeks ago, eager to design a pink and brown cake around it some time soon. Friend's birthday today provided the perfect opportunity.

Just a small 8" and 6" stacked cake in the marbled White Almond Sour Cream/Chocolate Chocolate Chip flavor, covered with chocolate fondant. Pale pink fondant roses atop. She was the recipient of the "bra-support" cake last year, so I thought it might be nice to do a non-joke cake for her this time.

Crime Deterrent

This cake is a surprise that's being shipped to my aunt who's turning 78 this week, as kind of an inside joke. Her 40-something son lives with her, but travels fairly frequently on business, thus leaving her home alone. Whenever he's going to be gone more than one night, he will stuff the guest bed with pillows, making it look like a man is sleeping there. (Evidently believing the nasty bad men will take one look at those pillows, get scared, and move on to their next unsuspecting victim.)

His latest trip sent him out of town for six weeks, so he stuffed the bed with extra large pillows to look like an extra big man, and this time added the decorative sword that usually hangs by their front door at his side -- for extra protection over a longer period of time.

This potential threat to all crime fighters everywhere is a lump of carefully-crafted fondant sleeping on lime green polka-dotted sheets and a white satin pillow, with a daisy-covered turquoise coverlet atop his large self. The giant copper and silver sword adds quite the ominous touch. There's even a size 14 pair of brown slippers on the floor on the other side of the bed -- ready for action at a second's notice.

I hope she gets the joke the minute she sees the cake ...

Monday, July 16, 2007


This summer's most popular mermaid finally makes it onto one of my cakes. I used a small plastic "doll pick" for Ariel's body, and fashioned her tail out of fondant. Cut off all her hair and replaced it with that signature electric red-orange flowing mane. The shells are of white chocolate, the sand is brown sugar, the seaweed fronds are buttercream and the multitudinous pearls are fondant balls rolled in super pearl luster dust. What a fun cake this was to make.

A view from above


Lest you think I am capable only of frosted delicacies ... these are goodie trays that middle daughter and I whipped up for a catering job last week. Lemon bars, Millionnaires and Mexican wedding cookies. Middle daughter has been making these (plus fudge!) for Christmas gifts for the past several years. This particular combination makes a nice assortment for luncheons, teas, receptions and parties of nearly every kind.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Cookies for our celebration tonight. We will be sheltering in place and watching fireworks on TV, for the first time in 25+ years. Hard to believe.

Summer Bugs and Critters

Cookies I made just for fun this week. There were three times as many before the various cookie monster types walked through the front door.