Movie Lovers Popcorn Birthday Cake

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

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?

Backyardigans Birthday Cake – Arrrrrghhh!

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 cake Pablo Tyrone Tasha Austin Uniqua

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 🙂

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Yo Gaba Gaba Birthday Cake

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

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.

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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.

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!