Jan 18, 2014

2013- Craziness and Cake

It has been over a year and a half since I last updated my blog and so much has happened! In July of 2012 our business exploded and we were amazed with the incredible cakes we were asked to make. We loved working with so many kind, creative and trusting customers. I was constantly busy either planning, baking or decorating cakes and the blog had to take a back seat, but now we are back to share with all of you!
So here are the big changes that happened over the past year and a half.

In December of 2012 we were thrilled to be asked to make a cake for Cake Central Magazine. In January it was published and our cake was featured on 2 pages! 

I used a royal icing cage, which is a beautiful technique I had seen my grandmother use 20 years before, but had learned how to make it in the Craftsy class Vintage Cakes, Modern Methods with Colette Peters. When I saw that she was teaching the class I went straight to my computer and bought the class. I was so excited!

At the end of January 2013 when the Craftsy blog writers contacted me and asked to interview me about the cake I had made for Cake Central Magazine I was on cloud 9, more like cloud 100,000, but we will go with cloud 9. Read my interview here.

I couldn't believe they wanted to talk to me:) I did the interview and the next week they offered me a part time job as a Craftsy blogger! I was in heaven! Can you tell by all my exclamation points!

I was already swamped with cakes, but I didn't care, this was an opportunity of a life time! I added free-lance writing to my schedule and decided sleep would have to take a backseat.

In March, Cake Central Magazine again published one of my cakes and also asked to interview me for the first ever Cake Decorator Highlight. I felt honored and amazed at all the cake love!


In April things started settling down. I was still working like crazy, but having a blast.

In May my husband was offered an amazing opportunity within his company and we needed to make some hard decisions. We decided to close Wendy Woo Cakes and move to South Florida to pursue his career. Some people, including myself sometimes, may think I was crazy to close up shop right when things were blossoming, but as amazing as it was to receive so many accolades, it is also incredibly wonderful to spend more time with my kids and to just be the mom.

I am still writing for Craftsy and working to stay caught up and improve my decorating techniques, so don't count me out. I love sharing my experience and knowledge with the Craftsy readers and with anyone that needs a little help. If you have cake decorating questions or just need some inspiration, let me know! I am happy to help.

Please come back often to see what's new on Wendy Woo Cakes!

Jul 23, 2012

Pleated Wedding Cake

 This cake is one of my favorites and I am so excited to share it with you!  It was a pleasure to meet with the bride, her mother and Alexandra Calvet from CCH Weddings & Events.
I immediately loved the design the bride had chosen, because it was bold and unique. The reception was held at the home of the bride's parents and it was gorgeous! The cake sat at a table only inches away from a cliff. I was very glad the table was stable because if you bumped it to hard the cake could have toppled straight down into the lake below.

Photography by Brewer Photo&Video

The photo's below are taken by me:)

 So, what do you think? I can't wait to see pictures of the rest of the wedding!

Baseball Elegance

 Congratulations Heather and Josh!
We love adding elegance with fun and it came together perfectly with this traditionally draped wedding cake with the baseball playing bride and groom.


Video Games, Beer and Football...

I will admit that carved, over the top cakes are my favorite. I love a challenge, so I couldn't wait to take on the challenge of making edible beer bottles and XBOX controllers.  

 The beer bottles are made of rice crispy treats and covered in modeling chocolate. Yum!!!
 The football and the controller are also made or rice crispy treats and the ice cubes are sugar.
So that leaves the XBOX 360 and the bucket, yummy, delicious cake! Can you think of anything else I could have added to this cake? Maybe a plate of buffalo wings?

Happy 70th Birthday!!!

How do 70 year old twin sisters celebrate their birthday? Any way they want! I was so excited to be able to make a cake for twins. We added in their favorite things to do: Go to the movies, sing karaoke and cheer on the Louisville Cardinals. These ladies sound like a blast to be around!

And what is a movie themed cake without fondant popcorn!
Happy Birthday Marilyn and Jakki! We wish out the best!!!

Beautiful Birthdays

We just can't decide which beautiful cake we like the most!
Can you pick just one?

 Buttercream cakes are so elegant and traditional.
I just can't choose:)

Jul 22, 2012

A Cake fit for a Queen

Bella is not just a princess, but a Queen!
 She has won
Sunburst International Overall Queen
Citrus National Overall Queen
AGM Grand Supreme
Sunburst State Pee Wee Queen

So, we were thrilled to make a cake to celebrate her accomplishments and give it as a thank you gift to her very loved coach, Ms. Tiffany.
 Each of the dresses represent on of her crowns, so we thought it would be fitting to add an edible crown right in front.

 Congratulations to Bella, her mom and her coach!

Jul 1, 2012

The John Young History Makers Celebration

A few months ago I was asked to participate in The John Young History Makers Celebration for the Orange County Regional History Center at The Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando.

Each year, the History Center honors Central Floridians who have made a historic impact on our community. The 2012 John Young History Maker Present will be Ann Sonntag, Publisher of the Orlando Business Journal.

 As a thank you gift at the end of the evening, everyone went home with Wendy Woo Cake Pops!

It was a wonderful evening and it was a pleasure to work with everyone from The History Center that helped make the evening enjoyable for everyone.

May 7, 2012

Festival of Chocolate Cake Competition

As I sit here, eating some of my left over cake from last nights event, I am amazed at the incredible life I have. I am blessed to be surrounded by incredibly amazing friends and family that support me in my dreams and desire to bring joy to people through cake.
First, I have my amazing husband who designs and builds cake stands, structures and anything else I need. He designs stickers, brochures and labels, he edits photos, writes programs and especially plays with the kids in the evening while I am working at the bakery. He is my best friend and I couldn't do any of this without him!
Next, I have my big sister who I have always adored and looked up to. She spends her mornings on the phone with me, making me shopping lists, inventory lists, setting up appointments and just making my life easier so I can focus on cake designs and so I have have a few extra minutes with my kids each day. She is a life saver and I am incredibly glad I get to talk to her almost every day!
Then I have my mom, who is the greatest mom in the world! She probably thought that once I moved out she wouldn't have to wait up for me anymore, but oh, was she wrong! My wonderful mom who is 2 time zones behind me, waits up for me every night I am at the bakery, so that when I am driving home at 1am, 2 am or 3am I have someone to talk to as I drive. I always look forward to talking with her! You would think at some point we would run out of things to talk about, but it sure hasn't happened yet!
Then I have my amazing brothers, sister-in-laws, Dad and cousins that call and check in on me. They comment on my cakes, and make me feel like I can do anything. My sister-in-law who lives in Alaska is an amazing baker and I often call her for tips and recipes.
I also have amazing friends and neighbors who are happy to taste my cakes and give me feedback. I am so grateful to be where I am right now. I hope that I can give back to all the people that make my career possible, not just in cake, but I hope I can fill others lives with love and caring the way they have done for me.
Well, enough of the mushy stuff. This week has been one of the craziest of my career. We had 3 large events this week, so I will start with the 1st...
The LIVE Cake Competition
The Festival of Chocolate at the UCF Arena

So, the morning started off early, we got to the Arena and unloaded and started setting up around 8:30am, we were 3 hours early, but I wanted to make sure I had everything since I had been up until 3am the night before preparing. There were 4 competitors and we each had 2 tables to work on. The way the competition works is that we can bring our cakes already baked and crumb coated. During the competition we had to apply fondant and decorate the cake in 2 hours. I came with a very planned cake that I had designed and had practiced once before all the way through.
 This is me looking a little crazy right before we started the clock. It was a very weird experience to be introduced and to have the entire audience count down to begin the competition. What you can't see is that there are about 100 people watching me and the other competitors as we work.
 There were 3 judges for the competition: Mercedes Strachwsky from Bake Me a Cake here in Orlando, who I look up to and was so excited to meet her that I acted like a total dork when she showed up at my table before the event, Edna de la Cruz from Design Me a Cake who is another cake hero of mine and Andeaus Proisl who was named the 2010 Pastry Chef of the Year and is the Executive pastry Chef at the Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, FL.

  Here I am concentrating super hard with less than 40 minutes to go. It was sort of a surreal experience to be in the competition, because I knew there was a lot going on around me and I could here people talking about me and taking pictures of me. I could hear my friend telling everyone about my website and how yummy the cakes are and I could hear kids trying to pull there moms away while the moms kept saying...just a minute lets keep watching her. There were so many times I wanted to react and join in the conversations, because the audience was less than 6 feet away, but I thought I might freak them out. I think most people thought I couldn't hear them, so I just pretended not to, plus I need every moment I had.
At about 30 minutes left I had placed the roses and the hats on the top of the cake and I was feeling pretty good and then the judges came over and measured my cake and I was about 3 inches short. I had to come up with more height or I would be disqualified. I only panicked a little, then I grabbed a large ball of fondant, took off the topper that was there,  stuck the fondant on the cake and made more flowers to cover it all up. I think it ended up looking even better, but it sure scared me and the audience. With about 20 minutes left the judges came and asked if we could turn the cake around to the audience could see what I was doing. it was great to hear the collective gasp as the cake was turned and the audience saw the front of the cake for the 1st time. I couldn't help but smile.
At the 10 second mark the audience started the count down and it took everything in me not to burst into tears. I was so excited to be done and was so tired. But...
I WON!!!!! 
I think my favorite part of the competition was meeting the judges. It was a pleasure to meet all 3 of them and I was thrilled that they took the time to tell me all the things I could have done better on my cake. It was also great to watch as they enjoyed my cake tasting.  

 Here is the final cake up close. The theme was Fashionista Weddings, so I wanted to go with one of my favorite things and that is the Kentucky Derby Fashion, with the big hats that are so fun and romantic. I also added the orange and coral colors because they are the 2012 wedding colors of the year.

I had a wonderful time and learned so much as i prepared and competed at the Festival of Chocolate Competition!
 I would love to hear from you about what you think of the cake or any questions you may have!