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!

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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!

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 🙂

9/11….A mini tribute in cake :)

Ten years ago today, I was sitting in a classroom at the University of West Florida’s FWB campus with a class full of military spouses, trying to grasp what exactly had just happened.  I wasn’t connected to the military in any way except that I live next to Eglin AFB.  I didn’t know anyone in NYC; I didn’t know anyone in the Pentagon, but I still felt lost and confused and heartbroken over the loss of hundreds of strangers that felt like family.  Over the following hours, days, weeks and months, I mourned the loss of so many precious lives lost on 9/11 along with the rest of our country.  Today, I’m still saddened by the memory.  In fact, tears are flowing down my cheeks as I type this.  But today so many brilliant people have reminded us to remember the fallen, but to rejoice in the life and joy that still fills our lives.  So when I finish this, I’m going to dry my cheeks and go hug my children, and say a little prayer thanking my God for so many blessing in my life and for brave men and women who still rush into the Frey in the hope to save even one life.  I only have one cake for this post, but I think it’s a very appropriate one.  Thank you to all those who, 10 years ago,faced fire, falling buildings and hidden dangers to try to save as many as they could.  You are the heart and soul of our country, and you will never be forgotten.

Firefighter cross birthday cake

To all the firefighters, police officers, rescue workers and everyone else who worked so hard to find life in the wreckage--Thank you!

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!!!