Nov 26, 2009

Coach, Coach and Coach!!!



Everyone loves a Coach purse!






A few months ago I had a new client contact me about making a Coach purse for her sister that is turning 23. She had found the picture of Olivia's Cake that I had made and wanted it as a Coach purse, shoe and shoe box.


At the cake tasting and design session, it was fun to see how excited Stacy and her friends were to surprise her sister. I am glad I could be a part of this fun occasion.




The "C"s on the purse and the shoe are all hand painted and I must admit took me FOREVER! But I learned a lot in the process. Everything on the cake is edible, even the silver buckles.
Thank you Stacy! I hope your sister's party in Miami was a BLAST!

Nov 10, 2009

Gumpaste shoes

As I am learning more about the sugar arts and cake decorating, i am learning that I have a lot more to learn, not just about sugar, but also photography, sketching, and art in all forms. Every kind of art is intertwined if you want to become proficient at one. So I am trying to develop lots of hopefully hidden potential. Only time and a whole lot of work will tell, but I think I am up to the challenge.


So with that preface, here is a not so good photo of a few gumpaste shoes I have made. I am working on photography at the moment, I have now decided...

Enjoy!

Nov 2, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

I know these are a little late in coming, but they could be used for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

So Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, now I am really early!
And Yes, I am an optimist!


Actually, I made these cute "Thanksgiving" cupcakes with a great group of young girls from church. I am a teacher for the 12-13 year old girls on Sundays and on Wednesday nights we meet and learn crafts, cooking, do service projects and all sorts of other fun stuff. It is really fun working with my group of girls. They have been wanting to learn how to work with Fondant, so I thought these cupcakes would be a great place to start. They did a wonderful job too, I just wish I had remembered my camera, so I could show you all of their cute pumpkin patches.
So, I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 11, 2009

Sarah turned 3!!!





Saturday was a wonderful day! My daughter Sarah, turned 3! She had decided for her birthday that she wanted a Candy Land and Queen Frostine Party. So, of course I went completely overboard and threw the most extravagant Candy Land party I could come up with.




Candy Land!

We set up the backyard to look like Candy Land, with a multi-colored path winding around the yard.


Sarah and friends chill'n in Gumdrop Pass



On the way through the path, the kids passed each of the characters from Candy Land, played a small game and received a piece of candy. The kids were thrilled! At the end of the path, they arrived at Candy Castle!


Playing games in Candy Land!

Sarah's Cake was a huge hit! It is the biggest cake I have made so far, and it was really fun to put together. She decided she wanted vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. She is definitely my kid, because that is my favorite too. After Sarah blew out the candles, I took the top tier (Queen Frostine) and put it on Sarah's plate. I wish we could have gotten a picture of the look on her face, because she has never had a bigger smile on her face, then when she realized she got to eat Queen Frostine all by herself.

Sarah making a wish


The cutest part of the night was watching her try to figure out how to eat Queen Frostine. She thought about using her fork, but decided against it, then she picked it up like corn on the cob and started munching. It was very cute!



Sarah loved all of the gifts, and had so much fun with all of her friends! Thanks to everyone who made her day so special! We love you all!

Oct 7, 2009

Good Night...Sleep Tight!



I had so much fun making this Slumber Party Cake! The blanket matches the Birthday girl's blanket on her bed.




It was so fun to deliver this cake and watch as the girls at the party decide who was who. Then they all turned to me and asked, "Do we get to eat our own heads?" Because I knew this question was coming, I made all of the heads out of fondant, so that they could "eat their own heads". I think it is so funny that whenever I make figures of people, that is always the first question they ask. I can imagine a psychologist my love to delve deeper into why we all find it amuzing to eat sugary depictions of ourselves, but for me, I find it quite funny.


So Happy Birthday Valerie! I hope your Slumber Party was a BLAST!!!

Sep 25, 2009

My Grandmother





I have been thinking a lot about my Grandmother recently. She past away two years ago at the age of 89. I know I have talked a lot about her on my blog but my fabulous aunt has been kind enough to give my copies of my grandmothers cakes. My Grandma, has been the person who has most inspired my to decorate cakes. She loved the sugar arts, although I don't think it was called Sugar Art in her day, it was just plain, cake decorating.


I remember as a young girl, going with my grandma to a wonderous place called C. Kay Cummings Candies, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked for Kay Cummings out of her home and made beautiful tiny icing decorations. She would make thousands of them, then package them up and off we would go to the chocolate shop.



Once, when I was older she took me on a tour of the quaint beautiful little chocolate factory. I was in awe as I watched the workers laying our shiny thin layers of chocolate onto long tables, then adding another thin layer of green mint chocolate, then yet another layer of shiny beautiful chocolate. My mouth would water as I watched them cut the Trafalgar squares and place them in boxes. I loved that place, it smelled heavenly. I wanted to stay there forever.



C.Kay Cummings is still there, on 33rd South and 20th East. On the way home after the funeral services for Grandma, I went to Cummings with my mom, brothers and sisters. The teenage cashier probably thought we were crazy as we broused the shop talking about the momories we had of grandma making this candy or that candy. It was a great way to end a day of rememberance and love for our grandma.



These are her wedding cakes. She was famous for her Carrot Cake and Spice Cake. I loved going to her house on days she had baked. She would save the cake tops and use the extra frosting to frost the thin top layers and stack them on top of each other. One of the 1st questions out most visitors mouths was "Hi, Grandma, got any cake tops?" Still now the cake tops are my favorite part of the cake.



https://www.finecandies.com/index.php

Go Celtics!!!

So I must admit, I am not much of a basketball fan, but I have learned a lot about the Boston Celtics this week. This cake was for a very cute...I mean, very cool 10 year old boy, who loves the Celtics. His favorite player is Paul Pierce, so as I am very new at making gumpaste figures, the man on the cake hardly resembles Paul Pierce.



Although I think our cool birthday boy has a little more of a resemblance to his figure, except for the fact that he would be extremely tall for his age if he actually came to Paul Pierce's shoulder.....What I am trying nicely to say is...Gumpaste figures are not my forte'. I am trying hard and I hopefully will get better, but they are really hard to do. I am certainly No Michelangelo, with clay, paint or sugar. Although, it would be fun to see what Michelangelo could make of a lump of gumpaste. Hummmmm.... I love random thoughts...

Sep 12, 2009

Olivia's Cake



Today we celebrated Olivia's birthday! She is our really good friend and she is turning 8 this weekend. Last week I had so much fun going over to her house and sitting down with her and her mom to design her perfect cake. Olivia designed the whole cake. She picked the shape of the purse, the polka dots and all of the colors. She knew exactly what she wanted and it was so much fun to make her dream cake come true.






We love you Olivia or Wiva as my daughter would say


Happy Birthday!




The shoe is made out of gumpaste. The cake is a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing, and covered in vanilla fondant. The "tissue paper" is gumpaste also.


Enjoy!




Sep 4, 2009

Being Brave



I will admit that I am pretty shy. I have a very hard time walking up to someone I don't know and starting a conversation. It also takes me a while to warm up and start to talk about myself. Although I am shy, I do love to listen to other people talk about themselves. I love to hear what people are thinking about and what is going on in their lives.


So last night, I did a very brave thing. I had heard about the Palm Beach Sugar Artisan's Club, they meet once a month and discuss cake decorating and have demos on different techniques. So I decided to try it out. I think I came across as very quiet, but I was so interested in what these amazing and fun women had to say, that I just watched and listened. (I was also very nervous) They had amazing ideas and I thoroughly enjoyed just listening to them talk about cake decorating and the sugar arts.


We also learned how to make Stephanotis flowers. I have been wanting to try them for a long time, but was a little intimadated by the floral tape, and wires involved. I know they don't seem very intimadating, but standing alone in your kitchen, they are quite frightening. EEEK!
Thank you to MarrieLee and Judy for making me feel welcome, I had a wonderful time! I can't wait until next month.

Aug 27, 2009

Sleeping Beauty and Friends




Sleeping Beauty is one of my very favorite Disney movies. Even as a young child I loved Sleeping Beauty and my favorite part was when she dances with the owl dressed up in the princes boots and cape. So when I was asked to do a Sleeping Beauty cake I instantly thought of the owl! I made this cake for a darling little 4 year old girl who looks just like Sleeping Beauty!



Happy Birthday Abby!





Sleeping Beauty is a doll and her dress is a delicious 4 layer yellow cake with pink buttercream icing.



All of the forest creatures and the tree stump are made of fondant.




Enjoy, and have a wonderful day!

Aug 15, 2009

Congratulations Katie!!!



I just love engagements! Everyone has great stories about getting engaged. No matter how embellished or delicately the question is asked, it's a story that is cherished forever by the married couple. It's the beginning of a whole new chapter, and one of the most memorable moments in life! So here is a cupcake that celebrates that most important question.


Will you marry me?



My inspiration for these cupcakes is my amazing friend and next door neighbor Kim and her newly engaged sister Katie. I found a picture of these lovely cupcakes at http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/ . The ring is plastic, but will eventually be edible and the wrapper is handmade.



Have a Delicious Day!

Aug 9, 2009

Cupcakes on the Brain



I have had cupcakes on my mind lately and have been thinking about how to spruce them up a bit. I must admit that cupcakes haven't really been my favorite form of cake, in fact I would have much rather spent the time decorating a large cake, then on lots of little cakes doing the same thing over and over again.





I see a cake as a large blank canvas with incredible potential. A cupcake is like taking that large canvas and cutting it into small pieces, your potential is minimized.




Although I have found that decorating cupcakes with fondant brings a completely different feel to the cupcake and opens it up to great potential. So I started with a simple design and found that cupcakes can be enjoyable after all. So I tip my hat to the cupcake, and to all you cupcake lovers out there.

I hope you have a fabulous, yummy day!




Aug 5, 2009

Pink, Pink and more Pink

Happy Birthday Angie!


Sunday night we celebrated my friend Angie's birthday, and had a great time. Even though just as I was serving the pulled pork sandwiches that had been cooking for about 10 hours and the homemade boneless buffalo wings, I realized I had completely forgotten the Corn on the cob. So we ate corn chips and called it good on the veggies.

For dessert she allowed me to experiment. I haven't ever put real ribbon on a cake, but I think they are so beautiful. So I tried it. The ribbon turned out pretty good, but the fondant was rebelling. It wouldn't listen to me at all. I tried being gentle and loving and then it turned nasty, but that fondant wouldn't budge. It wanted to bubble and there was nothing I could do about it. In the end, the fondant won because I knew Angie would still love me even if her cake was a little plump around the middle.

I hope you all have a Delicious Day!

Jul 12, 2009

Happy Birthday MOM!!!





I know it has been a long time since I posted something, but I have a good excuse. My mom and sister have been visiting me here in Florida. I grew up out west in Utah, and I only get to see her about twice a year. So when I do see her, she gets all of my time and attention. She is the coolest mom in the world. We have a great time just talking and laughing.

We did do some fun things, like visit Kennedy Space Center on the 4th of July and pet baby alligators after an exciting airboat ride through the Everglades. We saw 6 alligators while out on the boat, one of them, a huge alligator about 10 feet long swam right up to the boat where my mom was. It was a little frightening, but very fun.


Toward the end of the trip, we celebrated my mom's birthday. She and her mother (my grandma) are the ones who have taught me all about cake decorating. My mom has spent hundred, if not thousands of hours making cakes, with my Grandma, with me, with my sisters and for neighbors. So for her birthday, she wanted me to make her a cake and teach her all that I know about fondant, because with as many cake as my mom has made, she has never used fondant.





We had a wonderful time, talking and playing with fondant. It was the most fun I have had making a cake.






She designed her own cake. We decided to go with a Mary Engelbreit-ish style. We both love her work. My mom also loves cherries, so she came up with the idea of a bowl of cherries on top. I hope you enjoy seeing the cake as much as we had fun making it.


The cake was Red Velvet with Almond Buttercream icing. The cherries were made of fondant and we used stems from real cherries. Yummy!!!

Happy Birthday MOM!!!

Jun 13, 2009

A Girly Girl Cake


This cake was really fun to make! I made it for my friends daughters 8Th birthday. She had a Fashion Show party and wanted a purse cake. This is my first purse cake and my first pillow cake, it's also the first time I've done zebra print. It was so fun to make and it took me forever, but I learned a ton!


The purse cake was a White Chocolate Sour Cream Cake or WCSC cake as they are called by professionals, and the pillow cake was Vanilla Cake. Both cakes were covered with pink Buttercream icing, then covered in fondant and decorated.
Because I was also helping at the party, I was in charge of cutting the cake. I must admit, it is really hard to cut my own cakes. All that work, but it tasted so good!




Jun 9, 2009

Bakugan! Bakugan! Bakugan!


My son just turned 8 yesterday! I can't believe how time flies. We celebrated with a mishmosh of party themes. He couldn't decide on just one, so we combine them all and had a great time. His cake of choice was a Bakugan cake. I wanted to make it super cool for him, but also didn't want to spend his entire birthday making his cake. So I decided on kind of cool and more time with him. He loved it and said it was the best cake he had ever had.

Jun 6, 2009

Night at the Museum





This cake takes a little more explanation then most of my other cakes. I made this cake for my son's best friend. The Dino and the gray rocks are a toy, I didn't make them. I wish I could say I had. The boy sitting on top of the T-Rex is the birthday boy, the boy about to get eaten by the T-Rex is his oldest brother. The boy in the blue soccer uniform is his other brother, who lives for soccer and is a very good player. Since I was making a Night at the Museum cake with the Dino in it, which is what he asked for, I thought I would make it a little more personal. Have a Delicious Day!





Jun 3, 2009

A Bubbley Blue Cake


This cake was so fun to put together. I made it for 2 cute girls who are having a combined birthday party. They both love the color blue and wanted a blue cake. So this is what I came up with. I hope they have a wonderful birthday.

May 24, 2009

A Whimsical Fairy Cake

This is my first Topsy Turvy cake. I made it for a bridal shower. The fairy is made out of gumpaste and the flowers, frogs, and rocks are made out of fondant. The waterfall is buttercream. I never counted the number of flowers on the cake, but I would guess A LOT! This cake took forever to make, but it was so fun to put together. Enjoy, and Have a Yummy Day!