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September’s Birthday Cakes

FINALLY, a blog post…with content and pictures!! Don’t fall off your chairs, folks…I know it’s been a while! I’ve decided that instead of doing separate posts for each cake, that I would group them into categories! I’ll start off with the birthday cakes from the month of September (and a few from the end of August too!).

***Click on each of the pictures for a description of the cakes!***

From the Tools Cake: “It was awesome and survived the trip to Nashville very well! We all had a good laugh as we ate it in the partially remodeled house.” ~Kay

From the Ladybug Cake: “Emily did a fantastic job, as usual!” ~Bonnie

From the Fall Leaves Cake: “Everyone loved the cake! Mom & Dad were so touched by the leaves with all of our names.” ~Kay

From the Dora Cake: “Emily, I just wanted to say thanks for your hard work on Julia’s Dora cake. Everyone thought it was amazing!” ~Ashley

From the “All-About-Me” Cake: “Jordan loved the cake! The guests loved sampling all three flavors!” ~Christine

From the Princess Cake: “Thanks for doing Brooke’s cake, it was amazing!!!!” ~ Christi

In the meantime…

In case you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of blog posts with actual content and pictures, you can ease your anxiousness by visiting my Facebook page…just use the little linky linky to the right, or you can click on the Flickr box on the right and view them that way too. I had a few moments to upload the last month’s pictures on both of those sites! Enjoy in the meantime and I promise to return shortly with some REAL content!

Happy Easter (early)

Easter Cake

Easter Cake

Here is the cake that I made today for my Mom’s side of the family’s Easter celebration…which will happen tomorrow.  It’s a carrot cake with cheesecake buttercream filling.  The Easter Lilies are made from royal icing.  The cross and drape are made from a gumpaste/fondant blend.  The cake is iced in buttercream.

Lessons learned…

Never overfill your cake pans!  This is what happens…and it still had 30 minutes to bake (burn on the floor of the oven!)  Here’s a tip though…if this ever happens to you, scrape it up as soon as you turn the oven off.  It came off very easily!

Yikes

Yikes

Favorite So Far!

30th Birthday Cake

30th Birthday Cake

This cake was for a surprise birthday party that a husband was throwing for his wife.  This has to be my personal favorite cake so far.  I realized the other day that most of my cakes have been BROWN!  Not this one!  I loved how the colors turned out!  This was my first time trying the little wired swirly balls floating above the cake.  I like how they turned out, but I think next time, I may try a little lighter gauged wire…maybe!  The cake is an oreo cake…a layer of dark chocolate cake, then 2 layers of white cake, topped off by another layer of dark chocolate cake…all filled with oreo buttercream…yum!  I asked the lady that ordered the cake if she would mind taking a picture of the cake once it’s cut.  When she sends it to me, I’ll update this post!  The pink decorations are a mixture of fondant and gumpaste and were dusted with a layer (or two…or three) of shimmer dust.  The darker colors are fondant and the cakes were iced in buttercream.

Happy 30th Birthday, Jennifer!

Class Final Cake

This is the cake I made last night for the class final.  It is a white cake with oreo buttercream filling.  It is covered in chocolate fondant and decorated with gumpaste daisies.  I’m really going to miss going to these classes.  The next one is wired flowers, but I’m not sure when it will be available next…hopefully soon!

Another Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake for Twins

Baby Shower Cake for Twins

This is another baby shower cake for the friend who is having twins (a boy and a girl).  It was all yellow cake.  The bottom was filled with lemon curd and the top was filled with raspberry curd.  The cake is iced in buttercream and then decorated with chocolate fondant.  This was a new experiment with fondant.  I made the chocolate fondant myself.  It tasted like fudge (YUM!), but was VERY hard to keep from cracking.  I think next time, I’ll alter the recipe a little.  This was only my second stacked cake, but went MUCH better this time around…less stress (a little).

The Shower Cake of All Shower Cakes!

Monkey Baby Shower Cake with Flamingo

Monkey Baby Shower Cake with Flamingo

This cake was SO MUCH FUN!!  I’m not sure if it was because I’ve known the mom since the day she was born (of course, I was only 1, but hey!) or if it was because this was the first stacked cake I’ve done!  I designed the cake after the babies’ room and the flamingo on top was in honor of her love for them!  The mom is having twins, a girl and a boy!  The bottom was a white cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate buttercream and the top was yellow cake with lemon filling and white chocolate buttercream.  The monkeys and flower plaques were made out of modeling chocolate and the flamingo was made out of gumpaste.  Many congrats and happy blessings to Amy & Barry!

Biggest Fan!

Okay, so besides my kids and husband, my biggest fan would have to be Mom!  She showed the picture of the monkeys to her coworkers and one of them ordered a cake!  It was really fun to make…and smelled really good too!  Thanks Jude for having a birthday!  And thanks Gina for ordering a cake!

Monkey Birthday Cake for a 2-year-old!

Monkey Birthday Cake for a 2-year-old!

In the beginning…

The first time I got an itch to decorate cakes for a living happened back in 2004.  I was the host for my little sister’s wedding shower.  I enlisted the help of my very best friend, Kristy and her very talented mother-in-law, Sharon.  My sister’s wedding was to have very colorful Gerbera daisies, so I borrowed that theme and we used the daisies to create a very stunning cake.  Kristy remembers me uttering something about really liking what I was doing and that it would be fun to do that someday.

Over the next year, I made a few cakes for various family events, but nothing big.  Then came my son’s first birthday party.  This being my first child, I wanted a BIG party!  He liked farm animals at the time, so I made a cow and a pig cake, sunflower cupcakes and LOTS of farm-themed cookies.  Then came more family events, my son’s 2nd birthday cake, my nephew’s first birthday cake and my youngest son’s first birthday cake.

Somewhere during all that, I decided that I needed some further exploration to determine if this was something I could (1) do better, (2) keep having fun at, and (3) learn more about.  So, I invested in the Wilton School of Cake Decorating classes taught through Michaels.  I LOVED the classes so much that I finally decided that this is something I could/should/want/need to do for a living!

Now, in the great state of Illinois, you can’t just run a food business out of your home.  In order to be a licensed food business (with the Health Department’s blessing) you need to bake and decorate in a kitchen separate from your living space…ie: commercial kitchen or a garage kitchen.  Since we don’t have the room or the want to add onto our house, we need to search for some commercial kitchen rental space.  This is where I’ll be taking it kind of slow.  I’m a stay-at-home-Mommy to two beautiful boys.  My oldest will be entering pre-school this year, with the youngest following in a year or so.  I adore staying home with them, so we’ll be moving ahead slowly!  We could easily say this is my “Two-Year Plan”.  And in the meantime, I’ll be doing all the necessary research (product development, pre-marketing, pricing, etc.)  Oh yeah, and PRACTICE!!!  I also hope that I will be able to further my eduction and perhaps take an internship in another successful cakery!