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!!!

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!!! 😉

 

Shark week in cake!

So I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been surrounded by all things Shark Week this past week.  I swear that everywhere I turn there it is…. on Facebook, on Google, on my iPhone (thanks hubby for the “Learn Sharks” app you downloaded), and of course on our tv.   I personally am not interested in seeing animals being mangled by sharks, but my kids (and the rest of the planet) seem to be fascinated by it.

So in honor of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, here is a Jaws cake that I made for my nephew’s 7th birthday.  (Big props go out to my sister for her help on this cake!)

Jaws scuba diver birthday cake shark week

Shark Week/ Jaws inspired cake with scuba diver.

Jaws birthday Cake for shark week

G rated Jaws cake 🙂

The scuba diver and 50+ shark teeth along with all the ocean creatures made the small cake very complex and time consuming.  Well over 10 hours were invested in this birthday cake, but the investment was well worth it, because the end result was spectacular!  And the birthday boy was thrilled with his cake!  So was his little brother who took a chunk out of the cake when we weren’t looking!  But I guess that’s pretty appropriate for a Jaws cake!

What kind of cake would you think would capture the essence of Shark Week?

Western Cowgirl Sweet 16 Birthday Cake! YEEHAW!!!!

I love doing Sweet 16 cakes.  Especially when a girl ventures out of the status quo, and does something unique and off-beat!  And I have to say this is one of those cakes!

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love the current trend of animal prints and bright colors (i.e. zebra stripes and hot pink), but it’s getting difficult to come up with new and creative ways to make those cakes!  Now I will be honest, when I first saw the cake that my client wanted, with it’s country-western cowboy design, I wasn’t too thrilled.  But like I do most of the time when a client brings me a picture of a cake that they found online, I tweaked it and changed it to make it my own 🙂  The more I worked on this cake design, the more I fell in love with it.

Now the original design had the three tiers of denim, red bandana, black and white cow hide.  My client really wanted to have her daughter’s name incorporated into the cake somehow.  Well, I felt like I had an epiphany.  What better way to display someone’s name on a Country-western birthday cake, then with a big, ol’ belt buckle!!!  I was so excited.  I didn’t even tell my client because I wanted to see the look on her face when she saw my work of pure genius! 😉  Here’s the sketch of Jayde’s cake.

Western Cowgirl birthday cake sketch

The sketch of Jayde's Cowgirl birthday cake

The actual Texas style cake came out even more spectacularly than the sketch!  And of course the cake tasted just as good as it looked.  The flavors were chocolate butter cake with chocolate and vanilla buttercream and marshmallow fondant.  I always love a girl who loves chocolate!  Yeehaw!!!

Cowgirl Western Sweet 16 birthday cake

Jayde's Cowgirl 16th birthday cake

Denim tier western 16th birthday cake

Denim details with gumpaste daisies and rope 16

Gumpaste belt buckle western 16th birthday cake

My favorite part! Jayde's belt buckle!!!

Flaming Phoenix Birthday Cake!

I think it’s rather apropos to feature a phoenix (the bird, not the city) cake on the weekend of the opening of the final Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  You know since Dumbledore had a phoenix…..  You know…..Fawkes……  You know what…. I’m kind of a dork!  Oh well, I’m ok with that!  🙂

My dear friend Erica has a beautiful, quirky daughter named Emma.  Emma has been sketching and dreaming about her birthday cake since I made her brother a Mini Cooper cake for his 7th birthday back in January.  That’s 7 months, people!  And when you’re turning 11, that’s almost an eternity to wait for your very own custom birthday cake.

Originally, the cake was supposed to be for both Emma and her brother Avery since their birthdays are so close together.  But Emma sweet talked (or threatened, I’m not sure which) her brother into letting her have creative license with the cake.  Have I mentioned how much I love Emma?!  I’d totally steal her if her parents would let me!  So she wanted either a dragon cake or a phoenix cake.  She and her mom perused Google and found a picture of a cake that they liked, and I tweaked it to make it my own. 🙂   Not to toot my own horn, but the resulting cake came out even better than I’d envisioned it!  I love it when that happens.  😀

Emma enjoyed her brother’s triple chocolate cake so much, that she wanted that flavor, too!  So she got a triple chocolate birthday cake with vanilla buttercream and marshmallow fondant.  The phoenix is made of gumpaste and the feathers and plumage are made of fondant.

Phoenix firebird birthday cake

Phoenix birthday cake!

Back of phoenix birthday cake

Back view of the phoenix's feathers

Close up of Phoenix

Close up view of the phoenix

Oh Brother! Two Crazy Custom Birthday Cakes!!!

This is a warning.  The birthday cakes you are about to see came from the brains of babes.  They’re a little out-there, a little odd, even a little schizophrenic! 😉 But most of all these babies were CUSTOM!!!

A couple of weeks ago I met with a new friend of mine, the lovely Mrs. Kimberly Hobbs, owner of Cafe Liquid in Niceville Florida,  at [gasp] Starbucks.  We were meeting to discuss birthday cakes for both of her sons, J who’s 11 and C who’s 7, and boy-oh-boy, do these boys know what they like, well except for Mr. C– he likes EVERYTHING!!!

J was a little more organized.  He wanted to incorporate three of his favorite interests:  the University of Alabama, Tae kwon do (he has a camo belt), and reading, specifically his 3 favorite books– Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon (I didn’t realize that was a book! Lol), and The 39 Clues.  So I thought a cake with sculpted books for a base with a 2nd tier featuring Alabama and Tae kwon do would be pretty easy to accomplish without looking too crazy.  With a plan in mind for a Alabama/Tae kwon do/book enthusiast cake, I turned to hear what C wanted.

But Mr. C, he wanted a little bit of everything on his cake.  First, he also wanted to incorporate Tae kwon do (he too has a camo belt), along with Super Mario Brothers, How to Train your Dragon, and Lego Star Wars….. whew!  Oh and when his brother said University of Alabama, Little C started telling me what sports team he wanted, too!  I tried, I really did, but I couldn’t figure out how to put all that stuff on one cake without it landing me on Cake Wrecks!  So I got C to narrow it down to a figure of Toothless in Mario Land wearing a Tae kwon do belt.  And yes, I do know how crazy it sounds, but the resulting Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)/Super Mario Brothers cake was adorable!  🙂

These boys also knew exactly what they wanted when it came to the flavors of their cakes.  Since they were both getting 2 tier cakes, they wanted a different flavor for each tier.  C wanted triple chocolate and vanilla, and J, who polled his friends LOL, wanted triple chocolate and strawberry.  Since there was an issue with red dye allergy, I made a fresh strawberry cake with a strawberry buttercream filling!  YUM!

In the end, I loved the cakes.  They were so original, and really represented each boy so well.  I hope they loved them as much as I loved making them!

tae kwon do alabama books birthday cake

Custom Tae kwon do, Alabama, and book enthusiast birthday cake

Alabama books birthday cake

The "ring" was from the book "The Lord of the Rings"

Close up of books birthday cake

A close up of the sculpted "books"

Toothless in Mario land birthday cake

Toothless with his Tae kwon do belt in Mario Land birthday cake

Toothless cake close up

Close up of sculpted Toothless

Aerial shot of Toothless Mario Land cake

Aerial shot of Toothless cake 🙂

Sweet as a Daisy Wedding Cake!

Do you remember that thing in the 80s “Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon” or whatever it was called. 😛 Lol.  Well this cake was kind of like that.  Let me explain…

Several months ago a sweet girl, named Ashlee, contacted me about making her wedding cake, so we set up a time to meet.  Before the first meeting, I already started learning how “connected” I was to this bride.  First of all, her father has been playing tennis with my husband for the past 8 years!  Then I found out that she was the student teacher in the class of little E, whose mother is one of my dearest friends and for whom I made a 3D Mini Cooper birthday cake last year.  They were both very excited for me to make her wedding cake!

So I already felt like I knew Ashlee when we met to discuss her wedding cake.  She had been looking at the wedding cakes that I’d already made and really liked the “Carol”, but she wanted to tweak it to make it custom to her wedding, which I love to do!  So we decided to forgo the monochromatic, white-on-white and instead incorporate her colors of yellow and green.  We also went with a daisy instead of the primrose flowers.  The sketch turned out perfectly and we were both thrilled with the promise of new and beautiful cake for her wedding.

Now you’re probably wondering why I mentioned the Kevin Bacon thing when there were only 2 connections between myself and Ashlee and that isn’t anything to get excited over.  Well, if those were the only 2, I wouldn’t have mentioned it.  But when a comment thread broke out on FB over the picture of Carol’s wedding cake, I just had to laugh.  Ashlee commented that she didn’t realize that this cake, which she’d wanted her own wedding cake to be patterned after, was Carol’s.  That’s right Carol and Ashlee know each other!  Then a few weeks later after I’d posted pictures of Ciara’s wedding cake the same thing happened again!  Ashlee also knows Ciara! Lol.  It’s like I was destined to make Ashlee’s cake.

daisy yellow and green wedding cake

The sketch of Ashlee's yellow daisy wedding cake.

I got really excited when Ashlee and I started talking about flavors.  You see, I love it when a bride steps out of the box with the flavor of her wedding cake.  Most just want vanilla, but not Ashlee.  When she heard about my lemon-berry cake, she got very excited.  She thought the lemon cake with raspberry preserves filling and vanilla buttercream would be perfect for her July wedding in Bluewater Bay, FL.  I couldn’t agree more.  I also pointed out that the cake would look lovely when it was cut, because it would match her color scheme.  🙂

When it was all said and done, I felt like I knew Ashlee and that I was meant to make her wedding cake.  I often feel like my bride’s are all my long-lost sisters.  And that was definitely true of Ashlee!  I wish her and her new husband Kevin many, many MANY years of happiness and joy in their marriage!

yellow daisy and green scroll wedding cake

Ashlee's beautiful yellow daisy wedding cake 🙂

Yellow daisy wedding cake with green scroll accents

Detail view of Ashlee's yellow and green wedding cake