Cakes for 7/7/14

Hello all.  We have just had the most amazingly wonderful week of weather in Indiana.  I mean, crazy awesome.  I have not had my AC on for a week… IN JULY!!!  It has been awesome.  Decorating a cake becomes so much better by a breezy screen door.

So let me show you what I made while enjoying the splendor of 70’s in July…

This one was for a little sweetie that loves unicorns

Unicorn Birthday Cake

Here are some beautiful ruffled baby shower cupcakes

Ruffled Cupcakes

These were for a soccer crazy little man.  His mom is so cool that she got a cookie cake for his actual birthday and another cake for his party with friends!

Soccer Ball birthday Cake Soccer Ball Cookie Cake

This one was for a Ball state student.

Striped Sheet Birthday Cake

And finally, my fave from last week.  The pinwheels are gumpaste and were so much fun to make.  This was for a very lucky little one year old.  I forgot to get a picture with the smash cake.  WHoops!

Pinwheel Birthday Cake

Get out and enjoy the weather!  I know I will.

Kickin’ it Old School

I am an old fashioned girl.  I am strict with my kids, love singing in church choir, knitting, and broccoli salad.  I had someone at my church recently tell me I am the oldest 38 year old they have ever met.

I took that as a huge compliment. :)

That old style translates to some of my taste in cake design.  One older style that I have always loved is Cornelli lace.  I had it on my wedding cake.  I love piping it.   I think it’s timeless.  So when my long time friend wanted a baptism cake and gave me creative freedom, what do you think I chose?  That’s right!  I laced it up, baby!  My hand ached 2/3 of the way through and I had fleeting thoughts of regret, but I persevered and was very happy with the result.  Here’s how you do it.

Ice your cake and smooth it as usual.

Cornelli 1

I used a #3 tip.  I then started squiggling away!  It’s easier to tell what not to do than what to do.

Do NOT make a pattern.

Do NOT touch or cross your line.

Do NOT over think this.

Just squirm the icing all over in little squiggles.  Make it as random as possible.

Cornelli 2

Make sure you let the piping lat over the edges.  You don’t want it to look like the top is separate from the rest of the cake.

Cornelli 3

That’s all there is to it!  It’s hard to mess up.  It looks timeless and elegant…in my humble opinion.  Feel free to practice on parchment or wax paper first until you are more comfortable with it.

Cornelli Lace Cross

Good luck and happy decorating!

Cakes for 6/30/14

Hello, cake lovers.  Sorry I am a couple days behind this week.  I am blessed with so much business that I haven’t had time this week to update my blog!  This week I have lots of fun firsts.  I can’t wait to share them with you next week.

In the meantime, check out what was cooking in my kitchen last week…

Here’s a birthday cake that would work for either gender and any time of year.

Confetti Birthday Cake

This one was 4th of July theme for a birthday boy.

4th of July Birthday Cake

How about a prescription for rest, relaxation, and fun?!  That’s just what this retiring pharmacist got!

Pharmacy cake

This one was for two babies from the same family that were being baptized.  This used an older technique called Cornelli lace, which you can see how to do here.

Cornelli Lace Cross

Well, that wraps up June!  I can’t believe summer break is halfway over already.  I am loving all my time with my kids.  I hope you are all making the most of your summer and enjoying every minute!

See ya next week!

Cakes for 06/23/14

Take a look at my busy, fun week!

Here’s a fun, girly grad cake.  There’s always a fun way to incorporate your school colors but keep it stylish.

Cheetah Print Grad Cake

Fun colorful cupcakes!  I made 175 of these last week, but 12 of them photographs just fine. :)

Neon Sprinkle Cupcakes

This was one for my Mother in law and sister in law whose birthdays are only a week apart.

White Daisy Cake

BAM!  POW!  Holy rusted metal, Batman!  Here’s a fun super hero cake!

Marvel Comic Cake

This one was definitely a first for me.   This was for a Cross Fit themed baby shower!  That’s one hot mama!

Crossfit Baby Shower Cake and cupcakes

Crossfit cupcakes

This one was my absolute favorite from last week.  I am so MAD at myself though because I didn’t realize the pics I took were blurry.  So sad.  Hopefully the sight of it will make you squeal with delight like the birthday girl did when she saw it…in spite of the blurry pictures.

Minion Cake

Minion Cake Top

So that’s it!  This week has a lot on the books too, so come back next week to check them out!

Making a difference one stick of butter at a time

What’s up, everybody?  Last week was crazy busy!  I am blessed with business and really amazing customers.  I am enjoying pick up day more than anything lately.  All the gasps, smiles, and hugs are worth every minute of work.  I LOVE being a part of people’s special events.  It’s amazing how much emphasis our society places on the cake at an event.  Think about event pictures from your life.  How many of them are posed around a cake?  I am willing to bet you all have a picture of a birthday party or milestone party and the person of honor is holding their cake.  So now, think about what an honor it is for me to be creating those cakes that will be in all those family albums.  It’s almost overwhelming when put in those terms.  My job is a gift and I don’t take it for granted for a single minute.  So, my mission for you is this.  Find what about your job makes a difference for people around you.  Some jobs are obvious.  Nurses, teachers, soldiers, and the like are clearly heroes for those around them.  But what about you?  Do you work in an office?  How about in food service?  I’m sure a lot of you don’t feel like your job makes a noble impact in people’s lives.  There’s several of you out there that feel like altruism escapes them.  But I guarantee each and every one of you is making a difference in the lives of someone somewhere.  We are all linked on some level and need to make the most of it.  If I can find the ways I impact people through something like cake, then you can find your way too!  I would love for you to leave a comment of what your job is and how you are positively impacting those around you and beyond.

 Thank you for coming back each week to see what I’ve been making.  I love sharing them with you all!


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