Saturday, April 19, 2008

Flying High

A birthday cake for a dad who LOVES airplanes. The plane was so much fun to make. I even went to the NASA website to download the "Airplane parts definitions and function" page, then drew up my own pattern for this generic airplane.

Never realized how much an airplane resembles a shark before this exercise.

Being Consumed

This is a simple festive 6" lemon cake made for daughter's friend's birthday. For those of you who haven't had one of my cakes recently, I thought you might like a look at the insides. Sure wish I had a piece right now!

Baby shower cookies

And there were two adorable cakes that went with these cookies ... but of course my camera batteries died 2 seconds before the cakes were being picked up. Maybe the hostess will get a picture or two. The design for all was taken from their "Ladybug" nursery bedding. SO cute!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Wedding Weekend

This cake was crafted for an intimate wedding in an absolutely gorgeous family home. The bottom and top tiers are my White Princess Sour Creme cakes, and the middle tier is 3 layers of Italian Creme Cake.

The bride was providing a fresh flower nosegay for the top tier, but the flowers hadn't arrived by the time I left after set-up. I'm sure those flowers have made the whole scene just that more gorgeous.

And by the way -- everyone getting married today in Houston TX surely has the weather gods smiling upon them. This couldn't BE a more perfect day, weather-wise, for a wedding.

Congratulations to you all!

City-chic venue

This wedding was held in a local art gallery. The bride chose one of the latest trends for her wedding cake -- elegant cupcake towers! I didn't do the cupcakes, but I did do the "topper" cake for their traditional cake-cutting ceremony (and pictures).

The bride also wanted a surprise groom's cake for her intended. The husband-to-be is a big Star Wars fan, so I was privileged to craft my first Darth Vader cake on his behalf.

As you will see below ....

Darth lives!

In cake and fondant form, anyway. Sorry my photog skillz aren't quite up to my mad cake-crafting skillz. This is four layers of chocolate cake, iced in buttercream and covered with fondant and gumpaste. My secret formula for the shiny Darth helmet served quite nicely to reflect the overhead lighting in the gallery. Oh well.

He still looked pretty cool amidst all the girly cupcakes, flowers and cutting-cake.

The caterers did an awesome job of set-up.

Friday, April 11, 2008

From princess to queen ...

... in a mere 40 years.

Celebrating a young woman's 40th birthday.

Yellow cake, chocolate frosting, hot pink everything else.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Our friend is a realtor. He requested this cake as a gift for his clients who just bought a house through him. This particular house has a ribbed-glass front door and backs up to a railroad changing-station (or some such).

Most of us might think living next to the railroad tracks wouldn't be our ideal location, but they have a young son who is enamored of the entire scene in his new back yard.

How cool is that!

I also hear that more than a few adult males in the area are fascinated by the goings on in that railroad changing yard.

Boys will always be boys.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Wedding Story

A wedding for 100 guests. The bride is a pianist -- thus the hand-crafted gumpaste grand piano as a wedding cake topper. The groom is a rocket scientist who has built and launched his own rocket (without NASA's help). Thus the hand-crafted gumpaste rocket ship blasting off from the top of the groom's cake.

Now here's the really cool part ... I had the privilege of crafting the bride's birthday cake last year.

When she turned NINETY! Yes, that's a big 9-0!

Then she found true love, they decided to get married (with the full support of their families), and I had the extreme privilege of being asked to craft their wedding cakes for the ceremony today.

Is that the coolest wedding story you've ever heard, or what?

Married at 90! Woo-hoo!