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

A Birthday on the Wild Side! (Animal Print Birthday Cakes)

Like anything else, there are different trends that come and go in the world of cake.  Right now the hot trend for girls is zebra print.  Specifically zebra print paired with hot pink.  And I have to say I love it!

Here was the first  zebra/hot pink birthday cake request I received from a long time friend for her daughter’s 12th birthday.  I love the clean, simplicity of this cake.  This features the hot pink and zebra trend in it’s purest form.

pink border and bow zebra print birthday cake

Birthday cake with zebra stripes with hot pink bow and accents. Feeds 30-35. MSRP $115

The next two cakes were for sisters celebrating their 16th and 13th birthdays just a week apart.  I love the variations on the theme; the neon green touches in the 13th birthday cake really pop.  Always doing something a little different keeps me from getting bored and makes a one-of-a-kind cake for my clients. 🙂

pink and zebra striped bow sweet 16 birthday cake

Sweet 16 cake in hot pink and zebra stripes. Feeds 60-65. MSRP $210

Pink skirt zebra print monogrammed 13th birthday cake

13th birthday cake in hot pink and zebra stripes with neon green accents. Feeds 60-65. MSRP $200

But some of my clients let me take zebra stripes to a whole new level, giving me free reign to do whatever I want.  That’s when the really exciting things happen 😀

Pink ruffle skirt 80s birthday cake

80's theme birthday cake with purple zebra stripes. Feeds 60-65. MSRP $185

red and zebra print birthday cake

Red and zebra print birthday cake with jewels. Feeds 30-35. MSRP $110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there are those “special” clients that scare me a little with all the different elements they want on the cake.  I want to make my client happy but I still want to make a beautiful cake, not like a jungle exploded on it!  So these next couple of cakes stressed me out a little, and made me wonder whether my clients were schizophrenic! 😉  But in the end there wasn’t anything to worry about.

Wild Animal zebra giraffe and leopard print birthday cake

Zebra, giraffe and leopard print birthday cake. Feeds 30-35. MSRP $150

The wildest and craziest of all was requested by a client that wanted to start a new trend.  Her daughter’s 12th birthday had featured the hot pink and zebra theme and the following year they saw at least 3 other cakes with the same theme.  So for her 13th birthday, they wanted something hot and new.  Sticking with the animal print we went from zebras to leopards, and instead of hot pink we got electric blue.  Well, you can see for yourself the amazingness that ensued!

Topsy Turvy birthday cake brown and teal

Brown leopard print and blue topsy-turvy birthday cake. Feeds 60-65. MSRP $250