Super Mario Smash 1up First Birthday smash cake

The mother who ordered this cake was a previous client that had ordered a Dallas cowboy cake for her father’s birthday last year.  Since then, she has become addicted to my cupcakes.  When her son’s first birthday came around, she couldn’t resist getting a cake from me. Unlike most mom’s of one year olds, she didn’t go with the typical theme (like Mickey Mouse, or anything in shades of baby blue).  Oh no, she is way to cool for that, her kid was turning one, so he needed a “1up” birthday cake, Super Mario Brothers style.

Instead of having the smash cake at the traditional first birthday party, she used it for a photo shoot for his 1st birthday photos.

Super Mario Birthday smash cake - by Nicole Jade Photography

Super Mario Birthday smash cake – by Nicole Jade Photography

Nicole Jade Photography took this photo and I love the background and all of the detail. Love it when people include me in their creative celebrations. Here is the 1up Mushroom cake before William got a hold of it.

Super Mario Smash 1up green mushroom cake

Super Mario Smash 1up First Birthday smash cake

Quick background on Super Mario Brothers. Created in 1985 for the Nintendo gaming console and one of the most popular selling games of all time. I even bought the Nintendo DS version for my kids and it was nice to see them loving the game as much as I did as a kid.

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Dr. Suess Birthday Cake & Smash Cake

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Dr. Seuss birthday cake would be a tall, whimsical masterpiece with colorful characters and a cake that would tilt and turn towards the ceiling. But, you also have to keep in mind these cakes don’t have an unlimited budget and a 1 yr old has no need for a 6 tier cake that captures the essence of many of these cherished childrens books.

I kept this cake simplified with a 2 tier design that included the unforgettable hat from “Cat in the Hat“, the Lorax & his truffula trees, and the phrase, “Oh the places we will go”. If had more tiers you can bet I would of added some green eggs and ham & more.

This cake was the centerpiece for a book themed party. Instead of asking for presents, all the parents wanted was books for their child, a genius idea! Since most presents are played for briefly and forgotten, books are a longer lasting gift that has numerous positive benefits for a growing mind.

Since Henry was also allergic to eggs, I made the smash cake egg-free, which was more challenging than I thought it would be. Egg beaters are NOT egg substitutes, they are just pasteurized eggs…. so I had to use something else. (To see the differences between gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free and organic click here)

Dr. Seuss birthday cake and smash cake

Dr. Seuss birthday cake and smash cake. Includes the Dr. Suess Hat, the Lorax, and the saying “Oh the Places we will go”!

Angry Birds Birthday Cake!!

The popularity of Angry Birds continues to amaze me. First launched on December 11, 2009 the game became Apple store’s biggest hit of 2010. Since then it has been downloaded on numerous platforms over 1 billion times. Who knew the world would become so enamored with the story of angry birds battling the greedy green pigs who had stolen their eggs.

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

Angry Birds Birthday Cake with slingshot and rubble on the pigs

Fast forward 2.5 years and I receive a call at my cake shop for an Angry Birds birthday cake. Let me tell you about it.

It was for a little boy and his father who are both obsessed with Angry Birds.  The mother bought in a picture she found online and I adpated it to make it my own. Incorporating the various colored birds from the game (green, red, white, blue, black, yellow), the slingshot, and the evil green King pig and his minions. The most challenging part for me was to try to capture the sunrise from the game.  I thought of using 2 layers of fondant to capture the color but ended up choosing to paint the cake instead for this. Continue reading

Supreme Pizza birthday cake with all the toppings!!

I was excited a few weeks ago to get a call from a mom wanting a custom cake for her daughter’s 5th birthday. Her girl’s favorite thing was pizza so she wanted a cake that looked like pizza. Once again, I had never made a cake like this but was confident this supreme pizza birthday cake would turn out perfect!

Supreme Pizza birthday cake with all of the toppings

Supreme Pizza birthday cake with all of the toppings

How do you think it turned out? I took the time to actually shred the white fondant into a cheese grater to give the pizza that realistic look. The mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, black olives, and meatballs were carefully crafted to match the appearance of their real life counterpart. Thanks to Mia’s Italian Restaurant here locally I was able to get a pizza box that was generic and just said “From your Neighborhood Pizzeria”. (By the way, this Italian restaurant has amazing cheese sticks).

To achieve the desired appearance of a deep dish pizza crust, I added a light layer of graham cracker crumbs to the frosting around the edge to give the look of a garlic pizza crust. I wonder if the little girl was surprised when she took the first bite and realized it was a delicious tasting butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting? Here is a close-up of the pizza cake below.

pepperonni mushrooms toppings pizza birthday cake

Close up of the supreme pizza birthday cake and crust

It was a fun cake, and a “pizza cake” to make 🙂 Looking for other birthday cake ideas, check out my gallery!

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1980s Themed Dream Birthday Cake!

I love it when a client knows exactly what they want, especially when it’s something that I’ve never done before!  But a mother bringing in a sketch of a cake, that her 12 year old daughter drew, for me to make a reality, now that’s a dream-come-true!  Especially if the cake is a totally rad 80’s vibe themed cake that looks adorable!

Here’s the sketch of the cake!

80s birthday cake sketch with rainbow, polka dots, & hearts

80s birthday cake sketch with rainbow, polka dots, stars, & hearts.

Caitlin (that’s the birthday girl 🙂 ) drew this in class one day when she was bored.  She said it was her dream, 13th birthday cake.  She kept the sketch.  Her mom had to sneak it out of her room so I could see it.  (Who says nothing good comes from daydreaming in class?! 😉 )

 

When it came time to pick up the cake, mom brought Caitlin along to surprise her.  As Caitlin was jumping up and down, squealing over her cake, she stopped, looked at her mom in confusion, and asked, “Then, why did we just buy a cake from Walmart?”  That’s right, Caitlin’s mom bought a decoy cake.  Now that’s commitment!

This was one of my absolute favorite cakes to make.  I felt so privileged to be included in the surprise.  Oh and I told Caitlin to come see me in 3 years, because I could put her talent to good use!!!

Want to see another 80’s themed cake, click here.

80s themed birthday cake

80s themed birthday cake with rainbow colors, smiley face, polka dots, stars, & hearts with pink, blue, orange, & green colors.

Cupcakes for your gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and organic needs!

Good morning everyone!  I just have some exciting news to share with you.  Lolo’s Cakes & Sweets now offers gluten-free, dairy-freesugar-free, and organic varieties of cakes and cupcakes!

I have several friends with gluten allergies that are following a Paleo lifestyle.  One friend in particular, Ms. Heather Green, was especially bummed that she could no longer enjoy any of Lolo’s delicious cupcakes.  😦  Being the people-pleaser that I am, I set off on a quest to make a delicious gluten-free cupcake!  And I succeeded!  So we now offer gluten-free options in chocolate and vanilla.  The really good news is that pretty much all of my frostings are gluten-free, so no change was necessary there!  😀

So if you have a dietary restrictions, and still want a yummy cake or cupcake, just let me know and I will do everything I can to make it happen for you!

Cupcake Comparison Chart

Cupcake Cost per cupcake Taste Texture Health Benefit
Gluten Free $2.50 Available in Vanilla or Chocolate Light and fluffy though very slightly spongier than standard cupcake. A Gluten free diet may help relieve the symptoms of a variety medical conditions including celiac disease, gluten intolerance, Autism and many others.
Dairy Free $2.50 Available in vanilla or chocolate Light and fluffy with a crunchy top Dairy free diet can help relieve the symptoms of dairy allergies or lactose intolerance.  It can also help relieve some sinus issues connected to dairy.
Sugar Free $3.00 Available in vanilla, chocolate, and lemon *The cupcakes are sweetened with Splenda. Light but spongier than standard cupcakes. Sugar free foods can help relieve the symptoms of diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Organic $6.00 Available in a variety of flavors. Pretty much the same as a standard cupcake. Organic foods are higher in cancer fighting chemicals and antioxidant levels.

Here is a quick idea of the unique ingredients used in these specialty cupcakes/cakes:

Gluten free ingredients: rice flour, tapioca flour, & xanthum gum

Dairy Free: Soy margarine and rice milk

Sugar free: Splenda replaces sugar

Organic: All ingredients are certified organic. The main reason the cost is so much higher is that the ingredients must be bought in small quantities to insure freshness.

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Now you can have a special diet and your cupcakes too!! Gluten free cupcakes pictured

Giraffe Baby Shower Cakes….Too Cute for Words! (But I’ll try!)

So I love making baby shower cakes.  I can’t help it.  I mean I love babies, and I love anything cutesy!  I can’t help it I’m a girl! 🙂  Now add a giraffe to the mix, and I’m a big ol’ bowl of mush!

I just thought I’d share a collection of baby shower cakes that features my friend the giraffe.  Go ahead and try to make it through this blog without saying (or thinking) AWWWWW….  I dare you!

yellow blue and green jungle baby shower cake

I know there are other animals on this cake, but that little giraffe is just so stinking cute! I love it!

Gumpaste giraffe baby shower cake

I mean just look at that face!!!!

This next cake is a little more sophisticated and less whimsical.  I love the simplicity of it.

Carters Giraffe baby shower cake

This baby shower cake was based on the bedding for the baby's nursery 🙂

This last cake is my absolute favorite.  A friend of mine stated it best.  “First I want to squeeze it, then I want to bite it!”

3D sculpted giraffe baby shower cake

Ooooweeee! Isn't he the custest thing you ever saw in your whole life!!!

Back view of giraffe baby shower cake

He's even cute from the back. Look at his tail!!!

Oh and I named him Jaffy.  I just couldn’t help myself!

Merry Christmas (Holiday) Cakes!Chocolate Christmas cupcakes

Merry Christmas!!!  I know, I know… I’m late and it’s been FOREVER since my last post.  As I’m sure you’ve all been experiencing too, life has been CRAZY lately, and blogging took a back seat to life! 🙂

Even though I’m really late, I’m sending you all a belated Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!

Christmas cupcakes trio

Trio of Christmas cupcakes.... Don't you just love the mini Christmas trees?! 🙂

Gingerbread cookies

Nothing says "Christmas" like gingerbread cookies!

Gingerbread house Christmas cake

Happy little "gingerbread" house and men themed cake 🙂

Holly present Christmas cake

Christmas present cake!

Snowflake Christmas cake

Blue and white Christmas or Hanakkuh cake 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Cake– totally a great source for Halloween costume ideas, right?!

Ok so it’s Halloween!!!  I’m on the road to Atlanta for a spooky Halloween getaway.  So in honor of this most festive time, I thought I’d show you some great custom Halloween cakes!………………………………………..  Um, well, the thing is I don’t have any! 🙂  I’ve been too busy making other custom cakes that Halloween ones just didn’t happen this year!  Instead here are some custom cakes that would make great Halloween costumes!!!  (I know it’s a stretch but just roll with it people! 😉 )
Here’s a classic!  The pirate.  Arrrr….. we be having a mighty good time getting some Halloween booty!  No?  Too much?

Pirate birthday cake

Super cool pirate birthday cake with hand-painted treasure map!

Ok.  How about a ninja?  Ninjas are cool, right?  Well, I think ninjas are cool 🙂

rising sun ninja birthday cake

Umm....hello? Didn't you know that ninjas rule? They do on this cake!

Alright how about the antithesis of ninjas…… Barbie!!!!  Not that Barbie’s not cool, I mean she is in a very girly, pink way.

 

Pink swirl Barbie birthday cake

Come on ladies. I think we've all wanted this cake at some point in our lives!

While we’re talking about pink, anyone want to dress up as Hello Kitty?  I think you could totally rock a Hello Kitty costume!

 

Pink Hello Kitty birthday cake

She's cute, she's sweet, she's pretty stinking cool for a kitty that is 😉

Too girly, well let’s amp up the awesome with a little Iron Man!  You know you want to run around pretending that you’re flying with jets shooting out your palms and feet.

 

Iron Man birthday cake

Looks like you could totally wear this cake as a mask, doesn't it!

Well, regardless of what your dressing up as, have fun tonight and be safe!  Happy Halloween!!!!

I know you’re all wondering what awesomeness I will be rocking tonight, so here it is!  I’m Betty “Skull” Cracker member of the Sugar & Slice Derby Girls.  Oh and my husband, he’s our coach Da Muffin Man!

Betty Cracker and Da Muffin Man

Oh yeah, I'm a hard core baker! LOL! Happy Halloween!!!

Oh Captain Kool-aid, My Captain Kool-aid (AKA a CrossFit cake!)

So about a year ago my husband joined a cult….er…. I mean a group of people who do this crazy thing called CrossFit. He would literally get up at 4:30 in the morning to go workout in some guys back yard and come home barely able to move, covered in dirt and grass, and grinning from ear to ear! After that all he could talk about was CrossFit, and the crazy guy whose backyard he seemed to be rolling around in 3 mornings a week!

After 6 months of hearing about this, my curiosity got the better of me. So for Father’s day, I woke up, before the sun, and dragged myself to do some insane workout at 6:00 on a Sunday! (For those of you who are asking yourselves “What is CrossFit?” Let me tell you, it’s hard to explain, but basically the idea is to push yourself harder than you ever have before, doing strange exercises that make muscles, you didn’t know existed in the human body, feel like they’d been put in a meat grinder. At least that’s my definition! 🙂 ) So I spent the next hour stepping up on boxes, doing sit ups with the assistance of a gigantic rubber band, doing push ups and running more than I had run in years! It took everything I had to 1. finish 2. not cry and 3. not throw rocks at all the fit people who kept saying “good job” as they lapped me for the 1 millionth time! But I survived, and the next WEEK I was so sore that I literally thought I would die from it. It was then that I decided to not waste this sore. I was tired of having a marshmallow center, so I went back again, and again and again! I’ve been going for about 4 months now, and the difference in my strength, endurance and just the quality of my life has increased tremendously!

Now you’re probably wondering what in the world this has to do with cake, well I’m getting there! You see the random guy whose backyard my husband and I now workout in, isn’t a random guy at all. His name is Stephen Dalton, and he has a passion for living a healthy life and sharing his passion with others. He has a shed full of wacky exercise equipment like wall balls, kettle bells and ab-mats. And for months, he opened up his “home” (aka backyard) to anyone who wanted to come and get a killer workout through CrossFit for free! So when his birthday began to approach and our little CrossFit family began planning a surprise party for him, I jumped at the opportunity to make him a Crossfit cake. I wanted an opportunity to say thank you for all that he had done for me and my family.

You see, I still don’t enjoy exercising. The “endorphin high” is totally wasted on me. I don’t sweat very much, so I overheat, I have a bad back, and arthritis; I basically have the joints of an 80 year old! But I love the people that have become a part of my life through CrossFit, they have literally become part of my family and I love them all dearly! And Stephen, our fearless leader, our Captain Kool-aid, brought us all together. So once again, thank you Stephen! I hope you enjoyed being immortalized in cake! See you in the morning! 🙂

By the way, if you want to join us, our group was featured in the North West Florida Daily News, this Crestview Crossfit is at 5315 Shoffner Blvd at 5am or 4pm or 5:30pm Monday, Wednesday or Friday. (Saturday at 7am also). It’s only $25 for 5 introductory classes (no expiration date). Check their website here – CrossftiNWFL.com. It’s definitely addictive once you start, just ask Sheena Ratliff from Lens Flare Photography.

CrossFit cake

Captain Kool-aid’s Crossfit Birthday cake!

Crossfit cake pull ups

Up at the top, that’s Jess getting himself some Kool-aid! And below him is Dino, sporting his green towel and doing some pullups on the “Rack of Pain”!

Crossfit cake box jumps

This is my dear friend Stephanie. She’s doing box jumps. In real life, she’s skinny and gorgeous and the rest of us are jealous of the fact that she eats Big Macs and still wears a size 2 so everyone calls her Skinny B. (I can’s say what the B stands for 🙂 )

CrossFit cake double unders

Now this hottie is my very own husband. He is the master of double unders. He once did 1000 at one time. Why you might ask. I have no idea!

Inspirational saying on CrossFit cake

See that top saying? Well, that is Stephen’s catch phrase. He says it at every WOD (that CrossFit for workout of the day) even if there aren’t any burpees involved! 😀

CrossFit cake Mr. Pukey

This is Mr. Pukey. He tries to pay a call to everyone who does CrossFit, though not everyone gives into him! He’s not our favorite person! Lol!