Friday, October 2, 2009

Wilton's Fondant and Gumpaste class

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I told you all about me taking Wilton's Fondant and Gumpaste class a few months back. Well...I'm finally getting around to posting the pictures of the class and everything I've done since.

It has been a fun, crazy, and hectic few months. Everything from birthday cakes, baby shower cakes, kids parties, Christmas shopping, cookies and cupcake bites! But I promised myself two weeks off during the holidays and I got them. So now I'm ready to tackle on 2010!

I had a blast in 2009 doing more and more cakes and experimenting with different styles and materials. I got a lot of new cake supplies from Santa and I'm excited to try them out!

I also want to thank a close friend of mine who has updated my blog, thank you Mike! He has given it some flair, and I hope to make it a bit more user friendly.
It is a work in progress so stay with me.

Back to my Wilton Class...in order to prepare for our final class I came across a particular cake that I wanted to challenge myself with. I have to admit, it turned out pretty good!
Here are the pictures of my cake and the rest of our class and their cakes.
Can you guess which one is mine?
Here is my cake!
Didn't it turn out good?
I used Wilton's wonder doll mold and modify the doll's body a bit, covered the cake in Satin Ice ivory fondant and the doll in black and ivory fondant as well. I dusted the bottom of the dress with a mix of dusting powders and a stencil. I quickly added a few roses to the bottom before our class was done. I didn't have time to really get detailed with the cake. But it's a perfect cake for a wedding shower or a wedding brunch. I'm excited about this one!

Here is our class and everyone's cakes.
I took the class at our local Hobby Lobby here in Matthews, NC.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lots of Cakes...

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Over the past several weeks I've worked on several cakes. And I have just started taking Wilton's Fondant and Gumpaste class on Thursday evenings. So when I'm done with my class, I'll post some pictures of what we've done. (I'll keep you in suspense!)

Here is a yummy white almond cake for a clients parents who have birthdays close to each other.

My brother Thomas is sailing on a cruise ship for the next 6 months with a great opportunity to play in a string quartet. He and some of his friends from school have put together a quartet that was picked to play on the Celebrity Cruise Line, Infinity ship. So if anyone wants to book a cruise, check it out!
Bon Voyage Thomas, we'll miss ya!

Then this past weekend I did a beautiful baby shower cake for a friend. This is a 9 inch chocolate and yellow with a 6 inch chocolate and yellow cake accented with marshmallow fondant. The colors on the cake are in the baby's decor in her room.


Some friends of ours are getting married on New Years Eve and we were invited to a couples wedding shower. The theme of the shower was an Appalachian theme, since they met and dated in college. So there were several couples from ASU and several of her co-workers too.
This was a new recipe for a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing accented with marshmallow fondant.
Congratulations Shanti and Pat!
12/31/09


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rock and Roll and such...

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Hello all,
Our next door neighbor has 3 little children, 2 of which have birthdays close together. She wanted to celebrate their birthdays together with a big celebration with family and friends. Her little girl is turning 5 and starting Kindergarten, and very much into Hannah Montana. So I made her a rock n' roll guitar with her favorite colors, pink, purple and blue. Their little boy is Nicholas' age and was turning two so he got his own little giraffe cake. Both were a hit with the kids and the family!
Happy Birthday



Monday was Dad's 65th Birthday. I was dying to try out a new recipe for a lemon pound cake with a blackberry and raspberry buttercream. So I got creative and busy in the kitchen making a few yummy desserts a dinner for us all to enjoy together.


Here is the lemon pound cake cupcakes, sorry this is only picture we took I was busy cleaning up and setting up the candles.

I also made dad's new favorite cake, a Margarita cake which is really yummy, moist and best of all made with Tequila and Triple Sec!! Here is a video of our celebration. As you can see we had lemon cupcakes, margarita cake, and of course margaritas. The best part is after we sang, Nicholas is trying is hardest to blow out the candles! Poor kid...if he only knew they were magic candles!! But we had a good time!

Happy Birthday Dad!
video

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris

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Hello again,

August has been a slow month and I'm very happy for that! I needed a break from all the cakes I had been doing, but I have done a few so far this month. However for some reason I did not take pictures of the latest creations, aagh! Sorry! I've asked if any pictures were taken to send them my way, but I will at least tell you all about them.

First I was asked to make another bunch of cookies for a teacher who was having a farewell, congrats party for her students who were heading off to college in a few weeks. She had 12 students and they were all attending different colleges here in North Carolina, South Carolina and one in Pennsylvania. I designed each heart shape cookie (2 for each student) with the school's colors, the name of the school and the student's name.

Then we had my husband's birthday, which was August 10. He and his coworker Beverly share the same birthday so I made a BIG 2 layer chocolate cake with an oreo filling for him and some of his coworkers. Then this past weekend a bunch of us decided to go to a Charlotte Knights baseball game, so I designed a baseball field with cupcakes. Yes, if you look closely you'll see that it's not a cake, but a cupcake cake! Fun to do and what a mess to eat, but boy was it YUMMY!
Here is the birthday boy blowing out his birthday cupcake after dinner with his folks.
This is the LARGE but delicious chocolate cake with oreo filling for work
Baseball theme cupcake cake
Look, there are the cupcakes!
(made with 15 cupcakes)

The same day we had our baseball game I made about 48 more cupcakes for an engagement shower. Very simple, 24 Almond and 24 Chocolate with almond and vanilla icing, sprinkled with white nonpareils. Her theme was an around the house shower and I believe the hostess was going to decorate the top of each cupcake with little household like plastic decor. Again, no pictures, my apologies. Just imagine a beautiful looking cupcake with a swirl of white icing and sprinkles!

Next I have two birthday cakes for my neighbor for this weekend, a Hannah Montana cake for her five year old little girl and a giraffe theme cake for her 2 year old son. I'll post pictures next week.

Take care!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Nicholas!

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Sunday was my son's 2nd birthday. We decided to have it across the street at our neighborhood pool, with an Elmo theme.


I think he liked it!
Happy Birthday Big Boy!

Wedding Cake

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Yet again, I take on another wedding cake. This was for a young girl who had already gotten married at the court house but decided to have a small ceremony for close family and friends. And her reception was being hosted by a dear friend at her house who happen to live right down the street from us. So I was happy to help and provide a delicious and beautiful wedding cake for her.
This is a vanilla 3 tiered cake, 10, 8 and 6 inch

Friday, July 24, 2009

Elmo

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Hello all, after a short trip to visit Myrtle Beach I'm at it again with another wedding cake and an especially important Birthday cake, Nicholas' 2nd Birthday on Sunday. But before we left for the beach, I got a call from a mom who wanted an Elmo cake for her daughter's first birthday. I wasn't able to make an big cake because we were leaving but I did make her "smash" cake as her mom called it. And I think she like it. Check out the pictures. I did not take these, my brain was thinking about packing for the beach, so these are courtesy of birthday girls mom! Thanks!

All that was left of Elmo
Happy Birthday

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Birthday!

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Three parties in one weekend!! Whoo hoo! Well, we were only invited to two out of the three, but that's ok, two was enough for one day with two tired little people by the end of it. I had three birthday cakes for three adorable little children.
Here are the three cakes ready for delivery.
The first was a Barney cake with a dozen purple cupcakes
The next was an Old McDonald theme cake
with a pig, cow, horse and a chicken
Next is my favorite,
a Blue Clues Birthday to look like his birthday invitation.
Happy Birthday!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

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Hooray!! I did it again, another wedding cake!! This was for some very dear friends of ours, Peppie and Narja, who got married on the 4th of July! My husband, myself and our daughter were in the wedding and I was asked to make their wedding cake!! Oh my!! What a crazy week I've had, but it was a success!! The cake turned out great and our daughter was great! I have to admit I wasn't sure if she would be successful in walking down the aisle with everyone looking at her, but she was a hit! She LOVED every minute of it. I even had some time to put together an AWESOME bouquet of cupcakes and flowers for the rehearsal dinner. Next on the agenda are some birthday cakes for next weekend!

Here is the cupcake bouquet.
Here is the cake, they had a patriotic theme wedding cake
Here is me with my cake!
Here is the family, minus Nicholas.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What a Blur...

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It's been one month since my last post, my apologies, but between a small trip to the beach and a million cakes and a few cookies in between, I'm finally getting around to posting.

Here is a baby shower cake I did for an expecting mom,
guess what she is having?
This is the Grooms cake for a wedding I did. The groom went to Wake Forest.
And here is the wedding cake, a bit different than a typical white wedding cake.
But I really liked it, and it turned out well!
Following the wedding cake I did a baby shower cake
for a dear friend who is expecting in August.
The cakes keep coming...here is a birthday cake for Carol.
This cake may look a bit different, but this was for a parent's
shared 50th surprise Birthday.
The colors are an odd match, but to help explain,
one parent went to Louisiana State University
and the other one went to Tennessee.
It's that time of year, Graduations!
I wasn't swamped with graduation cakes as I had thought.
Here is a graduation cake for a young man graduating from my alma mater, Providence High.
And here is another graduating senior, also from Providence.
Go class of 2009!
On to the COOKIES!!!
Yes, I was asked to make a few cookies for some welcoming baskets
for a wedding this coming weekend, July 4.
Well 120 to be exact!! Oh My!
But all was good when they were finally done.
Here are some of them...
more cookies....
and more cookies!!
The final product put together in the box.

And since I was so exhausted from cookie making I couldn't possible do another cake, despite my desire to do this one. I decided to do a brownie "cake", not quite as I had expected.
But darn delicious!!
Off to do the wedding cake for the 4th of July!!
 

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