The Many Cakes of Merideth! (My biggest fan :)

I have some pretty awesome people in my life, cheering me on as I endeavor to conquer the world of cake.  But no one has quite “put their money where their mouth is” quite like my dear friend Merideth!

Seriously, besides my husband and maybe my business roomate, Ms. Sheena Ratliff of Lensflare Photography, I can’t think of anyone who is more supportive of my caking career than Miss Mer-bear!  The funny thing is that I have known Merideth since I was a teenager.  Our paths crossed a lot growing up, she was my cousin’s girlfriend at one point and we also played softball together in high school, but we didn’t get to be friends until my husband joined the fitness cult of Crossfit!  (I’m kidding!  I love Crossfit…. ok I tolerate Crossfit 😉 )  Because my husband is my number one fan, and because he talks A LOT about me and my cakes, when Merideth needed a baby shower cake, she couldn’t wait to ask me to make one for her.

Well that was the beginning of Merideth’s cake obsession!  She has requested 4, that’s right, FOUR cakes from me in a ridiculously short period of time, and every time I see her she’s looking for another excuse to get a cake.  Sadly, for me, Merideth is soon joining the Army and moving away from my little corner of the world.  😦  I will miss her and her infectious laugh, but I look forward to making at least one more cake for her to wish her a fond farewell on her new adventure in life.

Wow!  That got kind of sad!  Sorry, not my intention at all.  What I really wanted to do was to celebrate my dear friend, and share all the masterpieces that I’ve gotten to create for her!  First the baby shower cake that started them all, and incidentally made Merideth cry tears of joy when I delivered it!

FSU baby shower cake

Mer really wanted a sports themed baby shower cake in FSU colors for her friend's co-ed baby shower.

Merideth must have some seriously fertile friends, because the second cake she wanted was another baby shower cake.  This time it was for a baby girl whose room is decorated in brown and pink.  So I tried to give her something match it!

Pink and brown baby shower cake with gumpaste booties

This feels like a baby fashion cake to me! Love it!!!

Close up of gumpaste booties on pink and brown baby shower cake

I just love the little booties! They're just so precious 🙂

Close up of button and name details on pink and brown baby shower cake

They used the cake to unveil the baby's beautiful name Milena ❤

Then Merideth’s own birthday was approaching, and incidentally she shares her birthday with one of her close friends.  So she began planning a gigantic birthday bash to celebrate and have more cake!  But sometimes life likes to take the wind out of our sails, and sadly Merideth decided to cancel the big birthday blow out.  But her friend wasn’t about to let her big day go uncelebrated.  So her sweet friend Beth, whose husband shares a birthday with Merideth, took the original cake order and made it her own.  Since her husband is a firefighter, she wanted a birthday cake featuring the firefighter’s Maltese cross.  The cake was based off a picture that Merideth and Beth found online.  The flames…. well they were my idea. 😀

Firefighter cross birthday cake

I love the patriotic detailing on this Maltese cross!

Firefighter birthday cake flames

Fire!!! Lol!

If you’re counting, you’ll notice that’s only three cakes, and at the beginning of this blog, I said Merideth got four cakes from me.  Well, the final cake was for Merideth!  She had kindly gotten so many cakes for her friends, that I was thrilled to finally make a cake for her.  As I’m writing this Merideth is currently relaxing away in Hawaii.  So in honor of her tropical vacation, I made Mer her very own hula girl cake.  Now don’t let the picture fool you.  This is a mini cake.  Just enough for the birthday girl!

So Merideth, I hope you know that I love you, and I thank God for you and the way you believe in me.  And I hope you loved your cake!  Come home soon 🙂

Hawaiian hula girl mini birthday cake

Merideth's mini birthday cake! This little hula girl was only about 4 inches tall! So cute!!!

Advertisements

A Whale of a 1st birthday smash cake!

Someone once asked me if it’s difficult for me to let people cut up my cakes, because they are my works of art.  And I gave her a big resounding Nope!  My cakes were made to be eaten, because, in my humble opinion, they taste even better than they look.  And they look pretty, stinking good!

But to make a cake for the purpose of being SMASHED?!!  Yep, that’s right I said smashed!  Most of the time it’s not so difficult, because I usually make pretty simple cakes for my little one-year-old cake monsters.  But not this one, nope, this was one of the cutest, sweetest, ooey-est cakes I’ve ever made.  And I have to admit, it was a little hard to send this baby away knowing it was going to be clobbered by a little toddler man.

I didn’t get to meet that little guy, but he must have realized how very hard I worked on his beautiful little whale smash cake.  Because I heard through the grapevine, that he ate his cake so gingerly, that everyone at the party had a piece of whale!  😉

blue whale smash cake

1st birthday blue whale smash cake with pastel cupcakes.

blue whale smash cake aerial view

"Aerial" view of Baby Blue-ga! 😉

blue whale smash cake profile

Isn't he cute?!!!

His and Hers Harley-Davidson….. Cakes!

I love it when I get to make cakes for people that I’ve known for most of my life.  Several months ago, a friend from middle school contacted me, because she wanted to get a special cake for the special man in her life.

Mitzi and Myron love riding their Harleys, so a Harley-Davidson cake was a must for Myron’s 50th birthday!  When I think of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, I think of clean lines, sleek bodies, and of course FIRE!  So I wanted to incorporate those things into Myron’s cake.

Harley Davidson Birthday logo cake

Myron's 50th Harley Davidson birthday cake!

As things usually go in life, when I was finished with Myron’s cake, I moved on to the next task at hand, and didn’t think much more about it.  But a few weeks ago on Thursday morning, I got a frantic phone call from Myron telling me that he needed a cake for Mitzi’s birthday party on Saturday!  Someone must have been doing some serious praying, because I actually had a light cake load that week.  So with only 2 days notice, I was able to make a cake for Mitzi, too.

Now not to be outdone by Myron’s cake, I had to come up with a similar design, because Mitzi loves her Harley just as much as Myron does.  So I took the Harley cake to a whole, new level….. a super, GIRLY level!  I had to keep the flames but instead of orange, I made them PINK!  and added some bling to make it even better.  From what I hear, it was right up Mitzi’s alley.

Close up of logo on Girly pink Harley-Davidson cake

Mitzi's girly Pink Harley Davidson birthday cake!

Close up of pink flames on Harley-Davidson birthday cake

Love the pink flames! And the sparkly border 🙂

*Note to the fellas!  Requesting a cake 2 days before you need it is a very dangerous gamble.  Myron got lucky.  You may not.  Book your wife/girlfriend’s cake early!!! 😉

 

Shark week in cake!

So I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been surrounded by all things Shark Week this past week.  I swear that everywhere I turn there it is…. on Facebook, on Google, on my iPhone (thanks hubby for the “Learn Sharks” app you downloaded), and of course on our tv.   I personally am not interested in seeing animals being mangled by sharks, but my kids (and the rest of the planet) seem to be fascinated by it.

So in honor of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, here is a Jaws cake that I made for my nephew’s 7th birthday.  (Big props go out to my sister for her help on this cake!)

Jaws scuba diver birthday cake shark week

Shark Week/ Jaws inspired cake with scuba diver.

Jaws birthday Cake for shark week

G rated Jaws cake 🙂

The scuba diver and 50+ shark teeth along with all the ocean creatures made the small cake very complex and time consuming.  Well over 10 hours were invested in this birthday cake, but the investment was well worth it, because the end result was spectacular!  And the birthday boy was thrilled with his cake!  So was his little brother who took a chunk out of the cake when we weren’t looking!  But I guess that’s pretty appropriate for a Jaws cake!

What kind of cake would you think would capture the essence of Shark Week?