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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

You Only Turn 30 Once!

My friend Micah turned 30 this month, but he was on the road on tour with his band. His wonderful wife called my husband and invited us to a little party to surprise him the day after he got home from tour. It was a total blast and everyone freaked out when they saw the cake, which my husband said I must refer to at least once as "Tasty Licks."

Micah's birthday

Everyone seemed a bit distressed about cutting it haha.
Micah's birthday

Flying V Cake Flying V Cake

Flying V Cake Flying V  Cake

Flying V Cake Flying V Cake

It was the most awesome and most fun cake I've ever made and we all had so much fun!
I was so thrilled that everyone loved it so much.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Katie!

I made this cake very last minute for one of my best friends!

From start to finish, including baking the cakes and making the fondant I spent about 5 solid hours on this baby.


It was well worth it. We took it to Century Bar downtown and demolished it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Oh yeah!

I can't believe I haven't posted these cakes!!!

Here's a 21st birthday cake. The biggest cake I've ever maaaade!
Blue and Brown 21st Birthday Cake

This cake I made for my mom for her birthday. She loves tigers... and The Beatles.

Here's some other things I've been up to!
Cake truffles:
cake truffles cake truffles cake truffles

Apple Pie from scratch!

Cookies from scratch!
decorating cookies decorating cookies

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's a Zoo in Here!

I made this lovely cake for a slumber Party I went to last weekend with some of my best friends! And no, 25 is NOT too old for a slumber party!
zebra cake

zebra cake slice

What a hit! Everyone loved it. I feel like I'm really learning what the heck I'm doing!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This photo was sent to me by the lovely Kelsey because it pains me to try to something cool inside of a cake and then never know how it turned out!
inside the 21st birthday cake

This was my first attempt at zebra cake.

I'm told she loved the cake and look... she even wore the plastic tiara, buttercream and all haha.
21st Birthday Cake Inside

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

21st Birthdays call for cake for sure!

21st Birthday Cake

I really loved making this cake. I got to use fondant and who doesn't love to do a zebra print? Everyone should order zebra print cakes from me... because I love to do them! Technically, This is only the second zebra print cake I've done, but there was that one tiger print one I did and it was the same thing... just orange lol.

I was really excited about trying to do the "HAPPY" suspended above the cake. I made the letters from candy melt, hoping they'd be stronger than fondant, but not too heavy. I embellished them with buttercream and silver dragees. Lovely!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Let them eat cake!

I quit my job at the bar I was working at and what better way to smooth things over than with cake? I say there is no better way. So I made this lemon and white alternating layer cake with lemon buttercream frosting. I used leftover cake batter and frosting to make cupcakes. The buttercream frosting was full of lemon zest and lemon juice and tasted amazing. Sooo good. It was basically all devoured by the employees and friends at the bar.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy One Year Blind Bob's!

I made this cake for the bar I work at! It was their one year anniversary of being open. 

One side was delicious chocolate to which I added chocolate milk, chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, chocolate shavings and chocolate sauce to the batter before baking. It was decadent! So good. 

The other side was yellow cake which turned out perfectly moist and bursting with vanilla flavor. I would know, one of my co-workers and I were eating it with our hands in the walk-in fridge at 2am! 

I was asked to make the frosting the color of the walls at the bar which are a burnt orange color, I also wanted to add bricks on the sides of the cake to add to it's ties to the bar as there are exposed brick walls there. I created a cut out stencil with a thick piece of parchment and laid it against the sides of the cake. I then smoothed icing over the paper, then peeled off the stencil. This was something I once saw on a Food Network challenge and it worked out really well for me. I was pretty happy with the outcome and hope to use the application again in the future.

The Blind Bob's logo and the mouse from the menu were done with buttercream transfers. I went over the logo with more icing and added the silver dragees. 

Can't wait to make more cake!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Oh! The Dog Cake!

How could I have forgotten the dog cake! It was for my dog's 2nd birthday! He loved it! It was made of chicken, rice and eggs mostly! Frosted with colored mashed potatoes!
It was so great. It looked so much like a real cake, it's possible that someone at my work accidently took a bite out of a piece that I brought for my friends' dog!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Cakes

I made this cake for the contest.
It was a lot of fun to make!

This cake was made for two of my awesome friends for their birthday! I used chocolate and candy melt to make all kinds of awesome things that had to do with their lives.  One of my friends dog, a sand dollar, lilies, Ohio, Kentucky etc.
Everyone loved it! This was my first four tier cake. The top tier was lemon, the middle two were white cake and the bottom was lemon cake filled with strawberries and buttercream. It was SO GOOD. I was really excited I got to help eat it!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lots of cakes!

Wow I haven't posted in while! Here's what I've been up to!
Here's a birthday cake and cupcakes I made for my good friend Mike's birthday:

Then I did FOUR Birthday Cakes for family members in one weekend!

This was for my niece. IT was a big hit. Everyone loved the inside!

Then I did this WALL-E cake for a guy I work with at the bar's girlfriend. It turned out great!

This was an awesome sweet 16 cake with a stellar Star Wars design! It's my best yet, I think!

This I did yesterday for a little girl's luau theme 5th birthday party! The tiki- hut on top is a cup cake! There's a buttercream waterfall on the side there!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

New cakes!

My friends came all the way from Wisconsin to hang out with me in Columbus, Ohio for the Hell City Tattoo Convention last weekend. We, of course, celebrated with cake. It was delicious. 
So yeah, dark chocolate cake, carved into the shape of Ohio, covered with fondant and then accessorized with fondant and butter cream accents. 

Tonight I made my first purse cake. It turned out alright. I guess I'm pretty happy with it. Everything you see here is fondant. 

Next time I do one of these I'm certainly going to be a bit more creative with the shape.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Great American Bake Sale

I really want to get involved in the Great American Bake Sale


It puts 100% of the proceeds towards helping children and their website claims the funds stay local. I really want to sign up to host a bake sale, but I need to know that there will be people behind me on this because I can't do it all by myself. If you would be willing to bake a dozen cookies, bake a cake, make some brownies or cup cakes or something to donate to this, and if you'd be willing to sit someplace with me on a Sunday or two selling this stuff for a good cause, please let me know.

If I can get the people behind it, I am more than willing to put in the leg work to advertise our bake sale and get us a spot to hold it. 

If you are here in Dayton, Ohio and want to help, shoot me an email at

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is the best cake I've ever made! I think it's completely lovely. My friend ordered it from me for her sister's bridal shower.

She gave me a lot of creative control, which I loved because this was a cake I've been wanting to make.

My original design was only two tier, but I kept staring at it this morning thinking, no, no I need one more tier! It needs three. this is the first 3 tier cake I have made. I was really excited about it.

This cake is surrounded in rolled vanilla wafers and topped with white chocolate that I spent over an hour curling to perfection.

The wedding colors were lavender and white, I really wanted lavender roses and I was way excited when I found these cloth o
nes at the store which matched the ribbon perfectly.

Beneath all this, the top tier is confetti cake, the middle tier is chocolate and 
the bottom tier is confetti. Yum!

Today I also made cake pops for the first time! I've been wanting to do them for a while. It was a lot of work!

I cut small cylinders of cake out of a sheet cake, dipped the bottoms in candy melt and put s
ticks in them. I let the candy melt set up in the fridge for a bit and then iced the tops.

I ended up taking these into the bar I work at for my co-workers to munch on and give away to friends.

While I was in there I got to snag a fresh strawberry cookie that my boss's mom had made. It was delicious haha.

I made some full size cup cakes today to because I can't handle not having some kind of cake in the house at all times now haha. Didn't take any photos though! Sorry!