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!

Are You Ready for Some College Football Cakes!

So I guess college football season started a few weeks ago or something.  😉  I know this because my FB news feed was bombarded with “Roll Tides” and “Go Gators” and “Noles!” and “Fly Peacocks!”  (I may have made up one or two of those 🙂  )  Any way,  my recent cake orders also illustrated the start of football season.  So for all you pig skin lovers out there (and I don’t mean the kind you get in a plastic bag!  Mmmm….. pork rinds!) here is a parade of college football cakes!

First since I live in Florida we shall start with a Florida team!  Go Noles!

FSU baby shower cake

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

I know it also has baseballs and basketballs, but it was the only Florida cake I had!

Since I practically live in Alabama (it’s only 20 minutes away!) and I have gotten WAY more requests for Alabama teams, here are the representatives for AL!

Alabama birthday cake

Don't you love the houndstooth print?! I do 🙂

Alabama football cupcakes

Aren't the little footballs on the cupcakes too cute?!

Univ of Alabama birthday cake

Crimson University of Alabama logo birthday cake

Custom Alabama Tae Kwon Do books birthday cake

Custom birthday cake featuring Alabama, Tae Kwon do, and the birthday boys favorite books

Auburn University cupcakes

How about some Auburn cupcakes?! Looking pretty good, huh?!

We can’t forget about old LSU!  My husband almost went to school there 🙂  If he had, he’d say something like “Geaux Tigers!”  when he saw this cake!

LSU football helmet grooms cake

Yep that's a cake!

3D LSU football helmet cake

Another cool angle of the LSU helmet 🙂

So I wrote this blog and I keep getting more requests for college football cakes.  I keep adding more and postponing finishing the blog.  Well, I’m done, I know I’ll probably get more requests for something college football related next week but I don’t care!  😉  Here are a few more cakes to root for!

Alabama vs Florida cupcakes

University of Alabama versus the Florida Gators in cupcake!

Ohio State grooms cake

Go Buckeyes! Ohio State grooms cake complete with candy buckeyes 🙂

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!!!

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!!! 😉