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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, April 14, 2014

Danny's Double-Duty Cake

On Saturday, we celebrated Easter with our families.  Everyone was available and we took the opportunity to enjoy some good food and visit with each other.  Danny's birthday was on Sunday, so I also took this opportunity to (secretly) celebrate his birthday as well...but he'd find out about THAT later.  

The guests assembled and we sat down for a wonderful Easter brunch, complete with super colorful deviled eggs.  

When we finished our meal, the kids had the opportunity to look for eggs and baskets and play with their fun new toys.  Then, it was time for cake.  Danny had no idea that we were actually celebrating his birthday too.  And I had a little bit of challenge coordinating an Easter cake AND a Captain America cake, which was his request this year.  (Last year, I made TWO cakes for him.  A Sherlock Holmes and an R2D2 cake...wasn't going to do that again this year. Heaven forbid I start a tradition!!!)

So, I found two cakes online that I thought were too cute not to try and/or BLEND!!!  So here's what I came up with.  This cute little lamb is on the outside of the cake.

I told Danny that this was his birthday cake and asked him to pose with it.  If you look closely enough, you can kind of tell that he's really not THAT excited about this cake.  I mean, he requested a Captain America cake.  This was a lamb.  But he was a GOOD sport.

This was the time that we unveiled the decorating that our daughter Josie and Danny's mom, Marcia, had done.  Okay...the birthday celebration was beginning to unfold.

Then I cut into the cake and everything was right with the world.  It all made sense.  Easter celebration on the outside and Danny's birthday on the inside.  Phew!!!  How did I do that?  I followed these steps. I used a red velvet cake recipe and just colored (or didn't color) the batter.  It took some concentration to assemble the cake, but overall it was very easy to do.  I'm sure this will be a popular option for the 4th of July celebrations as well.   

 Happy Birthday, Danny!!  Thanks for being such a great sport!  We love you so!

Kaylin's Garden Party

My friend Elly requested a cake for her daughter's 4th birthday.  I made Kaylin her Dora birthday cake last year to celebrate the big THREE, but this year, Kaylin was going to be having a Garden party.  How delightfully splendid!!  Indeed!

Elly requested a chocolate cake with a frosting that is not "too sweet."  Boy do I have the recipe for that!!  It's a cooked buttercream recipe and it is amazing.  It's now my favorite.  Absolutely.  Holy moly.  It's good.  

So this cake was covered with this deliciously smooth, sweet, but not-too-sweet buttercream, and topped with royal icing lilies, roses, primroses, apple blossoms, daffodils and violets.  

 And it's a family tradition that Elly makes and decorates beautiful cut-out cookies for her kids in the shape of their age.  Here are Kaylin's matching number four cookies.  (Aren't they beautiful?!)

I'm so thankful I got to be a part of your special day, Kaylin!  I wish you the happiest 4th birthday!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bridal Dress Cupcakes

My friend Mari requested cupcakes for her wonderful friend, Joy's, bridal shower this last weekend.  She sent over a picture of cupcakes arranged in a way that they looked like a wedding dress.  I thought it was totally gorgeous and had so much fun putting these together.  

The cupcakes are red velvet cupcakes, filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with buttercream.  I used double-sided tape on the bottom of the cupcake wrappers to keep them in place (they had to travel a bit).  The rhinestone ribbon was found in the wedding area of Ben Franklin Crafts - TOTAL SCORE!!!  

I hope that Joy and all of her special ladies had a great time at the bridal shower!  Congrats!!!

Will's Puppy Pawty

My dear friend Kate requested a cake for her son, Will's, 4th birthday.  I canNOT believe that he's four already.  I was there when he turned two.  I was there when he turned three.  I just can't believe how quickly this time has gone and how he's growing into such a wonderful little boy.  

This year, Kate was throwing a puppy party for him.  Or should I say, "pawty?"  Too cute!  The kids at this party had the opportunity to "adopt" a puppy, name it, bathe it, bring it to the vet and give it a collar and name tag.  The kids also received a cute "kennel" that they got to decorate as well.  SUPER cute (and my two girls are still playing with "Mar-Mar" and "Cup" and love them so!)!!

For this cake, Kate requested that some part of it be gluten-free, as she would have some guests who would appreciate that option.  Last year, I made Will's dinosaur that topped his cake out of Rice Krispies and she request that if I did that again to use gluten-free cereal.  Well, I thought doing a gluten-free cake might just be a better option.  

The bottom tier of this cake is a chocolate cake with buttercream filling and frosting.  The top, grassy tier is a chocolate gluten-free cake with buttercream filling and frosting.  The little blue dog on the top is made out of vanilla cake and lemon frosting, covered in fondant.  The rest of the details on the cake are made out of gum paste/fondant.

I also made some additional gluten-free cupcakes and topped them with fondant doggy bones.

Will's parents outdid themselves again for this party.  Great food, so many fun activities for the kids and an added bonus?  The WEATHER!!!  It was a GORGEOUS day in April!  The fresh air was an added bonus!!

Happiest of birthdays to you, Will!!  Thanks again for letting me be a part of it.  ;)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Josie and her Daddy went to the Daddy/Daughter Dance at her school this last weekend.  It was a special event and one that will certainly become a fun tradition for the two of them.  The theme this year was "Walking the Red Carpet."  Josie was so excited to wear her fancy dress that screamed Hollywood!  Danny dressed to coordinate with his "date."

Here they are together before the dance.  Josie had just received her wrist corsage and was feeling like a little princess.

I made cupcakes for the event and Josie was my helper.  We made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, frosted them with a simple buttercream frosting and sprinkled them with gold sugar.  Simple, elegant and surely Hollywood!

The two had a great time at the dance.  Here's Josie walking the red carpet!  She's ready for Hollywood, people!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fool's Day Dinner 2014

So last year I got Josie GOOD with a very tricky April Fool's Day dinner.  You can see the hysterical pictures from that dinner here.  So leading up to this year's special day, Josie hadn't forgotten the fun we had last year and repeatedly reminded me that April Fool's Day was coming and how much she couldn't wait for dinner.  No pressure or anything.  

And can I just say...God Bless Pinterest?  Seriously.  I don't know what I'd do without all of you totally creative people out there.  Thank you.

This year, I told Josie that we were going to have cake for dinner and grilled cheese for dessert.  I let her in on that information a few days ago and she came up with some very creative ideas for what I could mean.  But here's the meal in its entirety.  

Josie got to take a quick peek before I asked her to change out of her school clothes.

"Hmm...those grilled cheese sandwiches look pretty good," she's thinking.

So first I cut into the "cake."  It's a pizza in a bundt pan!!!  I took a store-made pizza crust and pressed it into a greased bundt pan.  I added sauce, pepperoni, peppers, onions, garlic and mozzarella cheese and topped it with another pizza crust.  I baked it for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees F.  I immediately flipped it out onto a cake plate and topped it with thin slices of provolone cheese for the frosting.

It was actually really good and I'd serve this ANY time, not just to fool people!

She's loving EVERY minute of this!

"Wait...what's in that CAKE?""

Hey Josie - try some fruit punch.  Take a drink!

So she tried...

...and tried...

...and tried!

"Hey!  That's Jell-O!!!!!"

My other little one, Maren, is not a fan of cheese.  I know...CRAZY!  So she wasn't too happy about these.  I finally convinced her to take a bite by telling her they were actually cake and frosting.  

Yep!  These were "mmmmm" good!

Danny came home a little later tonight so Josie got to "joke" him.  She told him to try some of the fruit punch.  He was an enthusiastic "victim."  

And a brillilant actor, which made the day so fun!

Happy April Fool's Day to you and yours!  Did you do anything fun to celebrate?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Howdy, Cowboys Myles and Grayson!

My friend Louise requested cakes for her twin nephews' 2nd birthday.  What a special occasion and fun time to celebrate!  From what I understand, both of her nephews, Myles and Grayson, are acting appropriately for their 2 year-old age, if you know what I mean.  But let's not call them "terrible."  Let's call them adorable and for the day, little cowboys.

Louise's sister-in-law wanted two cowboy-themed cakes for the boys' party.  She sent over some pictures of two-tiered cakes that carried on a cowboy theme, but she really wanted two separate cakes; one for each of her sons.  Grayson's should have some blue on it and Myles' should have green incorporated somehow.  

Both of the cakes were vanilla cakes.  One was filled with vanilla buttercream and the other was filled with a delicious Bavarian cream.  YUM!!!!!

For Grayson's cake, I thought a blue paisley would be super cute as the backdrop of his cake.  I made little cowboy boots out of gum paste to top the cake.  All of the paisley was piped with buttercream.  

For Myles' cake, I decorated the cake with a cow-print and topped it with a rice-krispie and fondant hat with a gum paste rope.  I included the green on the hat and in his name.

I think the two are so cute together.  

And by "the two", I mean the boys.  Look at how cute they are!!!

I hope they had a fantastic birthday!  It sure looks like they brought in "the [awesome] twos" with lots of style!