Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Icing Smiles is a WONDERFUL organization that was started by Tracy Quisenberry as a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by critical illness of a child. Icing Smiles understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child or their sibling that will provide a temporary escape from worry and create a positive memory during a difficult time.
I first discovered this organization in it's beginning stages through Pink Cake Box, a bakery in New Jersey. I immediate signed up to help! I thought wow, what a difference a cake can be to a young child battling an illness or a sibling who wants some sort of normalcy against all the choas that might be their life right now.
When I got the "Call to Action" for a cake, I jumped right on it and said YES! Within a week I was contacted again to do another and again I said YES! (normally a baker does not do two in one weekend) but I was thrilled and willing to help!
The first cake is for a sibling whose younger sister has had some health issues since she was a baby. He was turning 7 and wanted a spider cake...not spider man, a cake with a spider on top. Now I must first tell you I fear spiders, I am scared to death of them, only since having kids have I had to come to terms with them. But still, big or small, they still scare me! Well, when I looked up ideas for this, I couldn't even look at them online, but I mustered up and managed to finalize a design after talking with the mom and here is what I created.
And everytime I passed by (after making this) I shuddered...scary...those eyes!
But the young boy was shocked, seeing his expression was priceless, all he could say was "AWESOME", and "Way cool", and "Can I eat the spider?" And yes, he could, the spider was made with rice krispie treats covered in fondant. However due to traveling with the cake I went to pipe cleaners for the legs, but he was still pretty cool!
For a family who I've been able to help with providing several sweets and surprises for, I was asked to create a special birthday cake as a surprise. I was thrilled to do this cake b/c I got use some of my new cake toys from Convention!!
I used Nicholas Lodge's new number set to make her 29.
And I used my new knowledge of how to make roses, thanks to Glenda Galvez...still needs improvement, but I liked how they turned out!
Monday, August 15, 2011
I was asked by a former teacher of my husband's from high school to create a special dessert to honor her son and new daughter in law. They were married earlier this year out west and now she wanted to have a smaller celebration for close family and friends who were not able to make the long trip. Instead of a tiered "wedding cake" feel we decided on cupcake bites. Cupcake bites are my version of cake mixed with buttercream and dipped in chocolate twice. The neat part is they look like minature cupcakes! After making close to 100 here I stuck them on a tree form and filled in the "holes" with flowers.
It's a BOY!
So here is the final product!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
What a few busy weeks I've had,
but here you go...a few updates on the cakes I've done...
This beautiful cake I did for a friend who actually works with my mother in law! Her husband was turning 40 and she wanted to have a special birthday cake to honor him and his interests - fishing,
and as a centerpiece at his birthdy party.