|Posted by Heather S. on July 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
In November, I was contacted by my most frequent customer about a cake for her son, Ben. It's nice to see kids growing up through their birthday cakes - I have made cakes for all four of Ben's birthdays. Ben's mom always comes up with very interesting themes for her sons' parties, and this one was no different. It was being held at the Lake County Discovery Museum, so dinosaur fossils were the main party theme, but Ben also wanted soccer to be incorporated. His mom found some mini dino fossils, and asked me to make a cake with dinosaur fossils playing soccer on a field, with lava pits in the background. As I said, her cakes are always fun, because it's not something I've done before. So, here is what it would look like should dinosaur fossils ever come to life and feel the need to play soccer:
My other cake in November actually came from the same customer. This time, her nephew Jackson was in town for his birthday, so she wanted to get a cake for him. He requested wizards and dragons on a hill. The tricky part was that they wanted the cake iced in white buttercream, and I had no idea how to make that look like a hill. After some more discussion, it turns out that he just wanted it to look rocky, which I accomplished with some grass and fondant stones.
My favorite part of this cake was the dragon. I thought his little face came out really cute!
My last cake of the year was for baby Jack's baptism. Jack is the sweetest little baby - who lets me cuddle with him whenever I want - so I was happy to be able to make his cake. When it comes to little boy baptism cakes, there are two options that generally seem to be popular - blue and white with a cross, and blue and white with baby shoes, and Jack's mom really liked the shoe cakes, so that is what we went with. I was happy, because I'd been wanting to make gum paste shoes for a while, and I finally had a reason!
Here are the shoes, up close:
That does it! 2013 is officially wrapped up. And it only took until the end of July. Don't forget to check out my photo gallery for photos of these and all my other cakes!
|Posted by Heather S. on July 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
I guess it's safe to say it's official - I am absolutely terrible at maintaining a website. Given the fact that it is July, and I'm just now posting about cakes from October of last year, I think you have all the proof you need. Oh, well.
I have five cakes remaining from 2013 of which I have not yet spoken. The first two were from October, when a former student of mine asked me to make a Spiderman cake for her son. She'd found a picture online she really liked, and wanted me to make something similar, on a smaller scale.
The cake features a town of gum paste buildings going around the sides, with little cars driving on the cake board road. Spiderman's logo is on the front, along with stand-up spider webs coming out of the top of the cake.
Also in October, I did a demo on Halloween cupcakes. I had a ton of fun coming up with creative designs for all different kinds of spooky cupcakes. Aren't they cute?
|Posted by Heather S. on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
As you can see by my previous entries, September was a very busy month! So in order to get caught up, I'm going to cover my last thee orders in one post.
The day after my ballerina cake order, I had an order from my best friend in Madison. Her daughter, born less than three weeks after mine, was also turning four, and we were going to Madison for the day to attend her party. My friend asked me to make the cake for her party, which I was happy to do! Stella loves flamingos, so they were having a 'mingo' themed party. After discussing possibilities, we settled on a big pink mingo on a white background, with black and pink polka dots:
And because my friend is also a big Disney fan, I even threw in my own Hidden Mickey! Can you spot it?
My next order in September was a break from cake - it was cookies! It's funny how things work out. I was at Stay 2 Play (a local play place) with a friend, and her sister-in-law came, too. I happened to mention I bake, and as it turned out, she'd been looking for someone to do cookies for her son's party! She needed football cookies, and since I have a football cookie cutter, I was happy to help out.
The sugar cookies are hand-dipped in chocolate, and the laces are royal icing.
My final cake of September was for my friend's son, Cooper. He was having a construction-themed party, and needed a cake with lots of manly trucks on it. His mom had actually seen the photo of a cake I made a couple years ago on this site, and thought it would be perfect.
Having lived with construction a block away from my house for the last two or three years, I was pretty familiar with construction scenes, so I felt extremely capable of making this cake. I left off a lot of the mess that comes with construction, but I still think it came out pretty cute, don't you?
For more pictures of these and other cakes, don't forget to visit my photo gallery!
|Posted by Heather S. on January 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
My last cake (Monsters Inc.) was for Max, and this next one came a week later, for his sister Sammie's first birthday! Given that it was a first birthday, they were having a huge party, so her cake order was sized to match!
The theme for her party was ballerina, and everything was made in delicate shades of pale pink. She had a main cake, a smaller smash cake, and 100 pink cupcakes! The cakes were decorated with gum paste ballet slippers, fondant ribbon roses and pink icing. Sammie's mom made cake boards with tulle going around them for a tutu on the cakes, as well. You can see it on the smash cake, but she was waiting to attach the tulle to the larger cake until she had it home.
The cupcakes added some sparkle to the party - they were all coated in pink disco dust! Disco dust, if you are not familiar, is a type of edible glitter. It is extremely finely ground, so it is much sparklier than other types of edible glitter. It also sticks to everything, and while I was cleaning up afterwards, I managed to coat myself in it. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I sparkled for a week.
Happy first birthday Sammie! Hope your party was great!
For more photos of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery.
|Posted by Heather S. on December 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
If the title of this post doesn't give things away for you, you probably never saw the movie 'Monsters, Inc,' one of my favorite movies! For those of you unaware, a 2319 is the code used when a monster accidentally comes into contact with a human or human item. And since these monsters were headed to Max's birthday party, I think there was definitely about to be human contact!
This was the third year I've made a birthday cake for Max, and I was happy to be a part of his celebration once again! This year, his mom wanted a Monsters, Inc. themed cake for the party. I made a Mike Wazowski and Boo to sit on top of the cake, which was iced with Sulley colored fur.
Max's mom also wanted some cake pops to give out, in the shape of Mike. Since he's a sphere, it worked out well - good thing she didn't ask for Sulley pops!
And here they are all together! Don't they look cute?
For photos of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery.
|Posted by Heather S. on December 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
I love how the cartoons from my childhood are making a comeback! Though I have yet to see my favorite - She-Ra, Princess of Power, lots of others are showing up, and it's fun to see kids now getting into them again.
One of the more popular ones seems to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've seen lots of TMNT gear and toys around, so I wasn't surprised to when I received a request for a turtle cake. They wanted just a small cake for the birthday boy and his brothers, as they would be handing out cupcakes at the party. They already had the cupcakes, but wanted some fun turtle toppers. So we decided on a green cake with a sewer cover and turtle heads, and some turtle faces for cupcake toppers.
Here they are together:
I have to say, I thought these little turtle faces came out really cute!
Who wouldn't like those smiley little guys?
Thomas had a great birthday, from what I hear, and I was glad I could help make it a special one for him! To view more photos of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery.
|Posted by Heather S. on December 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hard as it is to believe, my big girl is now four years old! It has been a fabulous four years of giggles, cuddles, and of course, little girl drama. Like most four year olds, my daughter loves princesses. Her favorite one is Rapunzel. Fortunately for me, she happens to be my favorite princess, too, otherwise I might be driven crazy by the fact that we've seen Tangled probably five or six hundred times.
So 'Punzel was the theme of this year's birthday party! At first, I had really elaborate visions of doing a sculpted version of the boat scene with Rapunzel, Flynn and Pascal. Then I reminded myself just how much time that would take (probably close to a hundred hours), and decided not to be an idiot. I settled on a two-tiered cake with Rapunzel's face on top, with her hair spiraling down both tiers. As it turned out, that part was actually a lot trickier than I had anticipated - trust me when I say it is no simple task to braid three 20 foot long strands of rolled fondant. Here's what it looks like midway through the process:
In any event, this cake had a few other unexpected difficulties. Namely, on the night before the party, we lost power due to a storm. So I had the fun task of sitting with a flashlight next to me trying to sculpt a face. She didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted her to, but shortly before leaving for the party, while I was fretting over it, my sweet girl came up to me and said, "Don't worry Mommy, I think 'Punzel looks beautiful. I really like my cake!" How can a Mom ask for anything more?
For more pictures of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery.
|Posted by Heather S. on November 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Any of you who have followed my cakes know that for the last four years I have been the Grand Champion of the Lake County Fair in the cakes/pastries division! Well, this summer I set out to continue my winning streak, and successfully defended my title, making me Grand Champion five years running!
The theme for cakes this year was sports, and you could choose any sport you wanted. I decided to go with football, as I had always wanted to try my hand at making a stadium cake. The fair's size restrictions did make it tough for me - 9x13x10 is their limit - but nevertheless, I decided to give it my best shot.
The stadium featured brown brick walls with arched doorways and windows all around the outside. A tall scoreboard declared the home team to be victorious, while thousands upon thousands of spectators cheered from the stands. I have to admit, I had some of the most fun I've had making this cake!
For more pictures of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery.
|Posted by Heather S. on November 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Cole's friend Lauri was turning two this summer, and she had the cutest zoo theme for her birthday! Her invites were adorable, with little animals that pulled out of the sides of the card.
Her mom had a clear idea of what she wanted for a cake, and asked if I could make it. I thought it was adorable, so I was only too happy to do so!
The cake has six animals on it - a giraffe, a monkey, a zebra, a lion, an elephant and a purple hippo. The 'jungle' around the animals was hand-painted background on the fondant, which was fun - I don't get a chance to do much of that. The bottom border was made of about two hundred fondant leaves.
For more pictures of this and other cakes, please visit my photo gallery!
|Posted by Heather S. on September 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Anyone with summer babies knows that their 'school birthday' will be at the end of the school year. Since Kaylie's birthday is just a couple days before school starts, it means we celebrate at school in May. All of the summer birthdays are actually celebrated on the same day, but Kaylie's teachers knew I'm a baker, so I was assigned at the snack/treat person for the summer birthday celebration. I didn't really want to go too elaborate for school treats, so I decided to do some simple cupcakes in Kaylie's favorite color, yellow, and second-favorite color, purple. We added on some flowers to make them extra pretty, and because Kaylie loves fondant. (No, really. Some people don't like it. Kids, I have found, love it. Even more than the buttercream!)
It must have been a good time for cupcakes, because my next order was for more cupcakes! My friend Julie, the same one who ordered the Cardinals cupcakes in my last post, contacted me again to make birthday cupcakes for her mom's friends. They are cat lovers, so I was asked to do something with cats, and include the colors of their actual pets. I searched around online for inspiration, and decided that kitty-face cupcakes were the way to go:
A closer up view of some of the kitty faces:
I'm not much of a cat person, but I thought these turned out very cute. The birthday girl did, too, so I guess that's all that really matters, right?