Who is the Cake Mama?

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I am an Authorized Wilton Cake Decorating Instructor teaching classes at my local Ben Franklin Crafts store. I am a stay-at-home mother of two adorable daughters and enjoy decorating cakes as a hobby. I absolutely love what I do!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Cookies!

I have to be honest with you.  Cut-out cookies are my least favorite cookies to make.  They take so much time, they take so much work, and they make such a big mess.  But you know what?  My kids and my husband LOVE them and it gives the girls the opportunity to "help" me in the kitchen.  That bonding time is what makes all of the work and mess totally worth it.  

This was Maren's first cut-out cookie experience.  She loved eating the toppings more than decorating, but who cares?  She made some brilliant cookies!




Josie has developed into quite the artist!  She took her time and made some delightful designs.  



 

I went through and added the green leaves when they were done.  


I've blogged about these cookies before, but if you'd like the recipe, click here.  The blog post also has a link for the most wonderful frosting.  Happy Halloween!!!!

Pumpkins for Amy

Sofia walked over to my house with her dad and placed an order with the Cake Mama for her mom's [Amy's] birthday.  Shh!  This was going to be a surprise!  Sofia wanted a dozen cake pops, but they had to look like pumpkins.  AND!  She wanted "medium-sized" pumpkins for the top of the cake she was going to make for her mom.  I had to clarify what size "medium" was and Sofia held up her hands made a circle, "yay" big.  Got it.  

Sofia said the her mom's favorite cake was a funfetti cake, so that's what I made the cake pops out of.  I rolled them in orange chocolate, covered them in orange sprinkles and used a little green Tic Tac for the stem.




Here are the cake pops and the medium sized pumpkins for the top of Amy's cake.  I made these pumpkins out of Rice Krispie treats and rolled them orange chocolate.  They, too, got the Tic Tac stem. 


Happiest of birthdays to you, Amy!  I hope you were surprised!  

Aaliyah's Design

Aaliyah was so excited to show me the cake that she wanted me to make for her birthday.  She sketched out her design on this paper and was very specific about how she wanted her cake to look.  Isn't she so talented?




She loves to play basketball and volleyball, her favorite colors are orange and purple and she absolutely loves moustaches.   (You read that right.)  It's kind of "her thing."  LOL!

Aaliyah wanted a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting on the inside.  And not just any chocolate frosting, she wanted mini-chocolate chips to be mixed IN with the frosting (indicated in her picture above - all of the dots...).  Here's a picture of that creamy frosting with chocolate chips.  


The end result can be seen here.  Orange and purple are very present, so is the basketball, volleyball and moustache.  She added balloons and so did I.


It was a fun cake to deliver.  I love seeing the look on their faces.  And this was even more special because it was HER design.  

Happy Birthday, Aaliyah!  

Sports-Themed Baby Shower

Jackie requested cupcakes for a sports-themed baby shower she was hosting.  She said that the nursery for this soon-to-arrive little baby boy was to be decorated with different sports balls and I thought that they would be really cute on top of a mound of blue frosting.  


I made the baseballs, basketballs and footballs out of gum paste and used royal icing and edible food marker to make them look just right.  


Jackie requested a batch of chocolate and a batch of vanilla cupcakes, filled with buttercream for the special event.  I hope that they had a wonderful time and congrats to the mom-to-be!!!

Happy Birthday To Me.

So what does the Cake Mama get for her birthday?  A deconstructed chocolate cupcake filled and topped with salted caramel buttercream with a drizzling of homemade caramel.  



Yep.  A happy birthday indeed.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Super Heroes Smash Up

Braden was having a Super Heroes party and wanted a cake to include his favorite Super Heroes. The Hulk is his favorite, but he also loves Batman, Superman and Spiderman.  So how do I make a cake and include all FOUR of those Heroes?   EASY!!!  I break the cake into four quadrants and decorate away!

Here's how it turned out.  Notice, Braden's name is under the Hulk.  I figured that should be the front of the cake.  







Braden wanted a chocolate cake with Oreo buttercream and fudge filling.  DELISH!!!


I hope he had a fantastic birthday celebration!  I had so much fun making his cake!

A Cake Fit For a Stylist

My neighbor stopped by requesting a cake for her daughter, Karissa.   Karissa, I was told, is a hair stylist, her favorite colors were turquoise and orange and she was turning 25.  That's all I knew about Karissa.  That, and she wanted a chocolate cake.  Challenge accepted.  

I actually had a really fun time with this cake.  Sometimes, blank slates can be REALLY fun and do my best work.  No expectations, just surprise.  I love it!

And here's what I came up with for Karissa.  





I hope that Karissa had a wonderful birthday celebration!  (I'm told she enjoyed her cake!  Phew!)