We knew the building was old and had issues, but they got worse. The owner wasn’t fixing anything. So to keep our clients safe and to provide creations in a sanitary environment, we decided to continue our business from home until we find a new building. We appreciate the continued support and we hope to be back to a storefront by the first of the year! We are still taking on orders and looking forward to serving you!
I don’t generally write much about myself or a client, but this cake and it’s story is unique and very dear to my heart.
Recently a couple came to my bakery to inquire about a wedding cake. Such a lovely couple. They requested a rustic cake with burlap ribbon and flowers. I knew right away it was going to be a country wedding. Then we discussed the groom’s cake, a beaver. I noticed a slight smile cross the bride’s face, indicating a story was behind the cake. So…I asked. The bride proceeded to tell me that they “lived close to town, but out of the way”. That description felt familiar to me. Then she said they had lakes and a beaver terrorized them, building dams and clogging the drain. That also felt familiar. I instinctively said, “you live in my old house! You live on (road name removed for privacy)!” Shocked, the bride asked how I knew that. I told her my grandpa had built the lakes and the beautiful two story log cabin. My grandparents raised me and my brother there. My grandpa had since passed and my grandma moved away. I immediately teared up. My grandpa had been on my mind a lot. I had been missing “home”.
Throughout the conversation, we exchanged some stories of what we loved so much about the property. one story being that I, myself was married on the property in 2001. I was also fortunate to live there for 2yrs with my boys, watching over the property, while my grandparents lived in Brat, Fl. They got to experience some of the same things I did in my childhood.
I was invited to visit anytime, which is so appreciated. I’m reminded that God answers, even when we don’t know we asked for something.
The couple said, “I do!” on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, just a few days before the 5th anniversary of my grandfather passing. I know I was meant to make this cake. Just one more memory left for me to cherish.
Not a cake fan? Maybe you know someone who isn’t? There’s always that one person at the party who just doesn’t care for cake.
It’s hard to accommodate them in the sweets department. I get it. I do. So what’s the solution? How about a rice crispy treat cake? It’s a fun, modern alternative to cake. And it’s less expensive! Continue reading →
May 30th I made a wedding cake for a dear friend that I’ve known since middle school. I was even fortunate enough to be a bridesmaid. Her wedding was very sophisticated and elegant all in one . The reception was even more so. It was a formal tea party! She gave me free range to do with her cake as I pleased. I thought to myself, ‘what fits with a tea party?’ Well…I chose to do a chandelier cake. I suspended it in mid air. As I hung it from a single clip, I watched as everyone gasped when I let it go. Would it fall? Nope! It hung there for about 2 hours before it was time to cut it. I watched as the same people who gasped earlier held their breath as my husband and I took the cake down from the stand. I’ve never had the attention of a whole room before, but my oh my was it awkward.
To go along with the wedding cake, I made a groom’s cake. It was Kirby pushing a Kirby vacuum cleaner. Can you guess the new couple’s last name? 😉
Then this week, June 6, I was fortunate enough to make the cake of another long time friend. I’ve been friends with the groom since 3rd grade! Their theme was burlap and sunflowers. I’ve never seen such a beautiful country chic wedding. No details were left undone. Hay bales to sit on, a barn type overhang decorated with tea lights in mason jars, a varnished homemade wooden cake plate with the couple’s name engraved…you name it, they had it! Oh, and the cupcake stand was also homemade to match the cake plate. The site of the venue was absolutely breath taking. I grew up in the country, so this country girl can appreciate the simple beauty of things.
I guess what I’m really trying to say is, I enjoy doing wedding cakes. But it sure is something special to do them for the friends you grow up with. People who you know a backstory to, and they know yours. May these two beautiful couples have a long, blessed life together. And thank you…for letting me be a part of your memories!
One of my regular customers called and requested a “Hollywood Themed” birthday cake for her 11 year old daughter. Her party was being held at a local theater and they wanted a movie/Holywood feel for the birthday girl. The mom texted me a picture she had found on Pinterest that was the concept she wanted. The cake was designed well so I stayeed true to the original with a few minor changes to suit the event for my client.
Movie Lovers Popcorn Birthday Cake
I used a new technique that I found on YouTube to make popcorn out of marshmallows (after watching several). I believe it turned out well and gives the cake a true popcorn feel on top. I was excited to make them out of marshmallows instead of fondant since fondant is not as tasty as these sweet treats. My husband could not believe how realistic they turned out.
Creating a cake that was an homage to all movies was nice since I have designed cakes for clients from movies like Harry Potter, Iron Man, & Batman and Scarface. Speaking of movies, I am looking forward to Iron Man 3 & the next chapter in the Hunger Games series coming out :). I typically drive out to the AMC theater at the Destin Commons for the big blockbusters.
If you could have a cake made after your favorite movie, what would it be?
Even though the Backyardigans are 8 years old their popularity has not waned thanks to exclusive episodes being released on DVDs. In fact, the last DVD that was released on March 8, 2011 was titled “We Arrrr Pirates!”. Thanks to this latest DVD I received an order based on this theme. The mother contacted me about creating a Backyardigans birthday cake for her son’s 3rd birthday that was 3 weeks away (always happy when a customer orders a cake early so I can fit them in my busy schedule ). She had sent me several pictures of Backyardigans cakes she had found online but when she also saw my pirate cake she wanted to incorperate the map layer onto the cake too. So I said, “No problem, I can do that”.
I based the characters off the latest episode with their peg legs, eye patches, treasure chest, and hook to complete the look. I ended up spending about 3 hours sculpting the details of all 5 of the characters. How do you think it turned out?
Backyardigans birthday cake with scultped figures of Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, Austin, & Uniqua. Cake includes a ocean based bottom layer, pirate map themed layer, tpped with a palm tree.
The We Arrrr Pirates! DVD includes the, as yet unbroadcast, episode The “Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon” which is a sequel to the season 3 episode Tale of the Mighty Knights. This DVD also includes the season 4 series finale. Now that I am looking at this again, it seems my fish were inspired by the Goldfish crackers that you eat…… I blame my children 🙂
A local Crestview Mother called that had previously had one of my wedding cakes and requested a Yo Gaba Gaba birthday cake for her daughter Liza Grace. Specifically, she wanted one that had a fun inside to match the crazy rainbow colors of the characters. She had found a picture that had incorporated the boombox and the 5 main characters (Muna, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex) and asked if I could create something similar. As you can see below, it captured the essence of the show pretty well!
Yo Gaba Gaba birthday cake with Muna, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex characters and boombox.
So I made a 2 tier cake with the magic boombox and the 5 characters made out of gumpaste. I focused on making the characters as detailed as possible from the antennas on Plex’s head to Brobee’s dark green stripes. The inside was my confetti cake: buttermilk vanilla cake with Jimmy Sprinkles.I must confess Yo Gaba Gaba is my favorite kids show. I like to watch it with my 5 yr old daughter and sing along to the AWESOME songs. Example:
“Don’t………… Don’t!………. Don’t bite your friends!!!”
And every year for my husband’s birthday I like to post this youtube video on my husband’s facebook page since Yo Gaba Gaba is amazing!!
Are their any kids shows that you enjoy watching even as an adult? Feel free to check out some of my other cakes with childhood themes from the books of Dr. Seuss, smartphone games like Angry Birds, & every boy’s dream of becoming a pirate.