To Infinity & Beyond!

To Infinity & Beyond!

May 23rd, 2011

I love baking for friends, but even more so, I love baking for family.

Our son recently turned three, and his request was for a Toy Story themed cake.

I had so much fun putting this together for him.

The bottom layer was chocolate with raspberry filling and the top was vanilla with buttercream.

And he absolutely loved it.

We also had vanilla cupcakes.

As a special thanks, Buzz Lightyear themed cookies were sent home as favors.

Happy birthday to our little guy!


Congratulations!

May 4th, 2011

This past weekend, a very special celebration took place.

E wanted a cake for her husband to commemorate his graduation from nursing school.

And from rescue diving for the Navy.

Wow.  Amazing.

Together, we designed an adorable cake, celebrating the best of both worlds.

Bandaids and scrubs and a syringe…

Diver’s fins and an anchor…

And of course, a graduation cap on top.

Congratulations! Wishing you the best in your future career!


Bouquets of Birthday Wishes

April 4th, 2011

I love birthdays.

Especially when they bring beautiful cakes.

The birthday gal loves gardening, especially pink and purple flowers, and so I put together this delicious floral delight.

The cake is carrot, filled with yummy cream cheese frosting.

Fondant details include seed packets, terra cotta flower pots full of pink and purple blooms, and gardening gloves. There was even a little birdhouse. All was accented with buttercream grass and flowers.

Hope it was a wonderful birthday!


And the Oscar Goes To…

March 1st, 2011

Sunday night was Oscar night.

And what better way to celebrate the shining stars and fabulous wins, than with an Oscar-inspired cake?

Two round layers of chocolate chocolate chip, filled with buttercream and tart raspberry jam, decorated with a fondant red carpet and dais, shining gold stars, and a fondant Oscar statuette.

The cake was surrounded by these sweet Academy Award statue cookies, standing upright and bright with luster dust. The real ones certainly don’t taste as good, I’m sure.

And of  course, cookie favors, in honor of a pug named Oscar. Everyone could take home their very own “award” to commemorate the evening.

Congratulations to the winners!


Happy Birthday, Olivia!

February 28th, 2011

This birthday cake was probably one of my favorites to make – it was for a very special little girl.

Two layers (vanilla and chocolate), covered in buttercream and a full size Olivia cut from fondant, all ready for the party.

She is surrounded by polka dots, stripes and she even has the sweetest fondant bows on her ears.

And of course, the first birthday smash cake, in matching colors and accents.

Happy birthday!


Start your engines!

February 28th, 2011

Van’s first birthday fell on a momentous weekend: the Daytona 500.

Not only is that one of the premier Nascar races, but Van was born exactly 8 years after his parents met at that very race.

It’s not surprising that his first birthday theme was the checkered flag.

I put together this towering red velvet cake, with buttercream and black fondant checkers. So cool.

Of course, the vanilla smash cake matched…

And there were some cupcakes with red papers and black fondant stars atop swirls of buttercream.

We hope this first birthday party was special for Van and his family!


Girls’ Night In

January 23rd, 2011

This weekend, I had the pleasure of getting together with some wonderful friends for a mommy slumber party. True story.

Nine moms, from as far away as six hours, met up to spend the night laughing and chatting and recharging.

There was some eating going on, too.

I thought it would be cute to bring some martini themed cookies – green apple with a heart shaped cherry, to be exact.

I brushed the little cherries with lustre dust, for a bit of extra sparkle. Everyone needs sparkle.

I also brought a cake. Hot pink with zebra stripes and all the little sleepover necessities: sleeping bag, laptop, popcorn, swiss rolls and a fondant box o’ wine.

One vanilla and one chocolate layer, with raspberry and buttercream filling. A super sweet treat for an incredible group of friends.


The Claw

January 15th, 2011

This weekend, my son’s little friend H celebrated her 3rd birthday.

The theme of the party? Toy Story. Who doesn’t love Toy Story?

Yeah, I don’t know either.

H’s mom wanted little alien cupcakes to tie in with the theme.

I’d be lying if I said these weren’t a blast and a half to make.

Don’t you just want to adopt them? Or eat them?

And seriously, ya’ll? How cute is this Sit-n-Spin for a display stand?

It was the hostess’ idea. It could not have been more perfect.

By the way? These little beauties are chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and fondant and M&M accents.

Claw not included.


Paint Your Own

January 10th, 2011

This past weekend, a friend hosted a birthday party for her child at a local paint-your-own pottery store.

It was a brilliant idea and all the little kids had so much fun. Including my own.

She asked if I could help her out with favors – she wanted little cookies in the shape of paint palettes, customized for each little guest. I wasn’t able to find a good cutter for the job, so I opted to hand cut these babies instead.

And then tied them up with little bows.

It was a fabulous party for a fabulous little girl! Thanks so much for having us!


Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

I really wanted to make a super cool, fun cake this year. I decided on vanilla cake with mint and dark chips to lend a peppermint taste, and then settled on a Night Before Christmas theme.

Stockings hung by the chimney with care and all that.

A tall tree is trimmed and standing on a striped skirt on a hardwood floor.

A fondant fire roars in the garland-trimmed fireplace. Cozy.

Delicious! And adorable!

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!