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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, August 18, 2014

Harley "Chick" Cake

My wonderful neighbor, Michelle, requested a cake for a coworker, Gayle.  She told me that the birthday girl was a Harley girl and wanted a cake that would incorporate that.  

A Harley cake for a woman?  What FUN!  

So I placed the Harley logo on the top of the cake and lit up the flames on the side of the cake.  I think it's a totally Harley cake, yet one cool enough for a lady!  

This cake a chocolate-flecked cake with a traditional buttercream filling and frosting.

I hope the birthday girl is surprised and has a wonderful birthday celebration!  

Stacy & Mike's Wedding Celebration

It was so much fun to celebrate Stacy and Mike on Saturday night.  They had a beautiful wedding celebration with wonderful friends, beautiful families and lots and lots of great music!  Stacy is one of my "besties" (we met freshmen year in high school when we sat next to each other in band) and it was so awesome to see her all decked out and beautified (she's beautiful no matter what!!) and having such a wonderful time, surrounded by those who love her and her hubby, Mike.  I am so happy for her happiness and the wonderful family she has.  It was truly a wonderful celebration!

She asked me to make the cupcakes for the night.  I usually don't "do" weddings, but I simply couldn't say no to Stacy.  And cupcakes I can handle.  My kitchen?  Eh...  But I was up for the challenge.  In almost everything, Stacy has THE BEST taste and chose her cupcakes wisely.  

Here's the entire display including the "wedding cake".  

First up is the vanilla bean cupcakes, filled with creamy vanilla buttercream and topped with a browned butter buttercream.  They were simple, light and sweet, but not too sweet.

Next up were the red velvet cupcakes filled and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.  These were the first to go!

Next were the chocolate cupcakes, filled with a homemade caramel sauce and topped with salted caramel buttercream.  Words cannot describe the deliciousness.  No words.  Totally my favorite baked good I've ever made.  

Last is the wedding cake.  Stacy requested a gluten and dairy-free cake so that she, too, could enjoy some sweetness on her very special night.  This is a gluten-free vanilla cake filled and topped with a very meringue-y 7-minute frosting.  It's an older recipe and super light and sweet.  And I love how it shines!

I couldn't be happier for Mike and Stacy and the wonderful adventure they're already on.   I'm so happy I got to be a part of their very special night!  I wish them both the very best!

Arielle's Peace, Love, and Happiness Cake

Arielle (Ari) is our super sweet next door neighbor who celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago.  I was so excited to be asked to make her birthday cake.  Her mom ordered a chocolate cake with fudge and Oreos and buttercream filling.  It's a very rich cake, but if you're a fan of chocolate, it's a little like heaven.  The Oreos are just an added bonus.  I used a boiled buttercream to frost the cake.  It's a delicate frosting and not too sweet, with real vanilla bean specks throughout.  Personally, it's MY favorite frosting.  

Ari's mom gave ma  few ideas for the design of the cake.  She said that Ari's room is pink and she really loves peace signs.  My daughter is friends with Ari and told me that she has teal, purple, orange and green in her room as well and she loves hearts too.  

So with all of that "intel", I came up with this design for Ari...

I cut out a bunch of flowers and leaves and made them into a peace sign on the top of the cake.  

I decorated with hearts along the side of the cake.

I hope that Ari had a great birthday celebration!   Thanks for asking me to be a part of it!  :)  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Grandma Dorothy's 94

My Grandma turned 94 last week.  Ninety-four!!!  She's still just as independent as ever and I look forward to making her cakes every year.  This year she wanted an angel food cake with old fashioned frosting.  

The frosting I chose was a 7-minute frosting that is meringue-based and totally yummy and marshmallow-y.  It's my Grandma's favorite.  The angel food cake is made from scratch and there's a hint of lemon in there.  I also macerated some strawberries so that she could have those on the side; a little strawberry shortcake, if you will.  

I topped the cake with some pink sugar and gum paste flowers and letters.  

Here's my Gramma Dorothy.  

Happy Birthday, Gram-gram!  I hope you had a spectacular day!

John's Mustang

My friend, Dani, contacted me to make a cake for her car-loving husband, John.  Dani and her husband live out of state, but she would be coming into Wisconsin right around his birthday and wanted me to make a cake for him.  Now, this isn't just ANY cake.  No.  It had to be a cake inspired by John's car.  A Mustang limited edition.  Hertz partnered with Rodger Penske to design 10 manual transmission Mustang GTs and John got #8.  And here's an article about the car.  Pretty cool, eh?  

Dani took a few pictures of John's car for me, hoping that I would be inspired.  And I was.  

Here's the cake I made for John.  It's a chocolate cake with buttercream filling and frosting.  I make the Mustang logo out of Gum Paste and fondant and got the sheen from an edible silver spray.  I made the cake black and brought in the yellow for the stripes on his car.  

HPGT 008 stands for Hertz Penske GT and his is #8.  Beautiful car!  I hope I did it some justice!

John is also a fan of Captain America and requested some cupcakes as well.  These are vanilla cupcakes, filled and frosted with buttercream and topped with fondant/gum paste decals.  The cupcakes themselves were also red, white, and blue.  But that was a surprise!

 Happy Birthday, John!  Dani, I'm sorry I missed you this time, but it was wonderful catching up with Hilde!  ;)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cake FORE a Golfer

Amanda ordered this cake for her Dad, a golfer.  It's a simple cake but don't let that fool you.  It's PACKED with deliciousness.   It's a chocolate cake with vanilla bean buttercream, chocolate fudge and Oreos on the inside.  I think it's a hole in one, but I digress...

I hope the birthday boy had a fantastic birthday celebration!

Ali's Mermaid Party

Alicia, or Ali as she's known, loves fruity cake flavors.  I had made a cake for her sister last weekend and that one was a yellow cake with raspberry preserves, so I wanted to do something new for Ali.  I scoured the Internet for recipes and came across a bunch of cherry recipes that required cake mixes and we all know I'm a scratch baker.  After combining a few recipes, I came up with this one and just hoped beyond all hope that it would turn out.  A cherry chocolate chip cake.  Sounds good, right?

Here's the batter before it was baked.  I thought it looked so pretty.  The flecks of chocolate and the flecks of cherry with a slightly pink tinted batter.    

And here's what the cake looked like baked.  Perfect!

Ali was having a mermaid party.  She's a fan of all things Ariel, the Little Mermaid, and I just happened to be in Los Angeles the weekend before her birthday.  I went to the Disney store and picked up this gem.  It's a cute little purse-like castle and when you open it up...

 ...Ariel and Prince Eric are there with Sebastian, a dingle-hopper, a tub and a screen.  How cute is this?!!!  It would make the perfect cake topper.

Ali's invitation had the view of teal water and a mermaid tail.  I wanted to incorporate these into the cake decoration.  And here's what I came up with.  

The top tier of the cake is a chocolate cake with buttercream filling.  The bottom tier is the cherry chocolate chip cake with a maraschino cherry frosting.  I topped the top tier with some brown sugar (for sand) and placed her toy on top of that.  The outside of the cake is frosted with my vanilla bean not-too-sweet buttercream and I used some fondant accents to make some shells, a star fish and an Ariel.

 Ali couldn't take her eyes off the cake.  I just love it!

And her mom just happened to have a sparkly #4 candle that matched the design beautifully!

Ali got to play with her toy while we cut the cake.  This made my heart just melt.  She was so excited to see Ariel and Prince Eric inside!

And here's what the cake looked like on the inside.  Moist, chocolately and very much full of cherries!  YUMMY!!!

Happy Birthday, Ali!  I loved being a part of your special day!