Tuesday, September 27, 2016

JoAnn and Mark wedding cake

JoAnn and Mark wedding - I wish I had a better picture. My SD card didn't work in my good camera. I couldn't think of a better reason to do a wedding cake than my own sister. And there is nothing I love more than putting "easter eggs" in cakes. This one features a bunny. Can you find it?

Peacock wedding cake

Peacock wedding cake - This is one of those cakes that I think are so fun because I don't always "catch the vision" of the bride at first. But I try to make the bride's ideas work no matter what I think. But as I start putting the pieces together I stand back and think, wow, I actually think this is pretty cool. I loved all the jewel tones. I actually wanted a picture of all the cute kids in their jewel toned dresses around the cake because they were so cute!!! I added a tier and extra cupcakes since I had time. Katie, thanks for asking me to do this one!! I hope she liked it.

Sunflower buttercream wedding cake

Sunflower buttercream wedding cake - This one was so fun! Such a cool setting and really cool decor. I loved it. Fresh flowers on this one.

Almost naked wedding cake

Almost naked wedding cake - This week has been chaos, but thank heaven for that because I started these cakes early because of the chaos and A/C went out this morning. Not fabulous when you are working with buttercream. Fingers and toes crossed that this doesn't give in to the heat. Tried a new recipe that is supposed to make it stand up to the heat. All the flowers/leaves are gumpaste so at least they will stay beautiful.

Kaleb and Aurora wedding cake

Kaleb and Aurora wedding cake - Can I just say how much I love this family?!? When you attend a Martin wedding, you feel like family. They make everyone in the room feel like they are loved. I want to be like that when I grow up. Not to mention, you never stop laughing. Thank you for treating us all to such a great evening. Congratulations Kaleb and Aurora! What a beautiful couple!

Gray lace wedding

Gray lace wedding

White floral drape

White floral drape - I am always nervous to do cakes for relatives of other amazing cake decorators. This was going to be a butter cream only design, but the venue was a greenhouse type area, which is not a great place for butter cream icing when it is 90+ degrees outside. I hope she loves it anyway!

Tibbitts wedding

Tibbitts wedding - I totally forgot my camera for this one. That's what happens when you have three wedding cakes in a weekend. If someone gets a better shot please share!

Finding Nemo whale cake

Finding Nemo whale cake - Happy birthday to the cutest kid on the planet (next to my nieces and nephew of course) His mom said the whale from Finding Nemo was his favorite, which I loved! So original and fun.

Twin rosette cake two

Twin rosette cake two - Wedding cake from this weekend I forgot to post. This was a re-do of a former cake, but I like this version much better. I had just come out of my surgery last time, so this one was much more polished. :-) Good thing to because when I got there, the food truck that was supposed to serve dinner had caught fire and the fire department had soaked all their ingredients and their ovens. Of all the luck. I felt so bad for the wedding party as well as the poor food truck guy. Hope it all turned out well. Everyone has to have a story right?

Grandma Dabb cake

Grandma Dabb cake - This was a cake to celebrate what would have been my Grandma Dabb's 100th birthday. I remade the bottom because I wasn't happy with it the first time and then during delivery the torrential rain and humidity made the frosting slide down the sides and it was ruined. So this picture is to show my cousins that at one point, it was a beautiful tribute to our amazing grandmother. Just glad it was going to my family who love me anyway! Also, when I first arrived, my Aunt Jeanette came to greet us. Because of the rain, she had on a hood, was carrying and umbrella and was bent over a little. My heart raced when I saw her as she looked exactly like grandma. I knew it wasn't real, but for a couple seconds, my heart was so happy to see her there. Sorry if I hugged you a little tight Aunt Jeanette. You gave me a little taste of heaven. Love you all! Happy birthday Grandma!

Simple polka dot cake

Simple polka dot cake - I was running so much today I never got a picture of this one. Thank heaven it went to one of my all-time favorite photographers! I am always uber self-conscious of my buttercream cakes....they are certainly not flawless. I almost wanted to cover this one in fondant, but this tall skinny cake would have been super hard to cut and serve with fondant hiding my flaws. So I had to be a big girl and decide to breathe and let it go.

Jake and Browne wedding cake

Jake and Browne wedding cake - For some reason, I didn't get a great picture of this one. Which is too bad because you can't see the triangle pieces I put on the front. It was my favorite part because it made it unique. I am just happy that Jake and Browne were happy with it! The wedding was beautiful. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Stacked monster cake

Stacked monster cake - I love cakes with personality. So much more fun. I didn't have time for three layers with this one so the guy on the top is styrofoam.

Gold and pink ruffle cake

Gold and pink ruffle cake - I love doing local Morgan cakes. Delivery is easy, everyone is sweet, it's the best. Also, the most nerve wracking because what if they don't like it? Back to the other two now. I'm so dumb. LOL But I love it all at the same time!

Simple Horse

Simple horse cake - This little cake was the perfect excuse to experiment with my buttercream ruffles. Thanks Ryan and Shannon for letting me use you as my guinea pigs. Hope she has a fabulous birthday!

Simple Dino

Simple Dino cake - I always say, the simple cakes are really the most difficult because there is no room for mistakes, The dinosaur and I had a bit of a war. I made the body too long, and I knew it, but it was late and I wanted to be done. When Drew woke up, I said, Drew, do you love my dinosaur? He said "Well..." so I gave Mr. TRex some liposuction at the last minute. And as much as I tease Drew about hurting my feelings, it really did look so much better and I was so much happier with it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mustache first birthday

Mustache first birthday cake - This was for an old colleague of Alan's for a first birthday. Definitely easier than the wedding cake, but the second he picked it up I fell immediately asleep on the couch. LOL

Twin rosette cake one

Twin rosette cake one- Making these cakes this weekend was a huge ordeal. I thought that after my surgery I would feel so much better. Wrong! On a normal day, making 45 roses to cover an entire bottom layer wold be difficult, but this week was especially trying. It took WAY more hours than I expected or charged for, but I was so happy with the result. The bride wanted the rosette look on the bottom in buttercream, but wanted the layer to be styrofoam so they could use it for another wedding in a month. There is no way the color or beauty would have lasted a month with buttercream, so we settled on this. So in June, I will make a new top. This time I think I will go a bit taller so it isn't dwarfed in comparison like this one ended up. Thank you to my hubby Alan for driving this one down with me. Even though I put off my pain meds so that I could drive, after only two hours of sleep, being in the pain I was in, I was grateful to have someone else be in charge of getting us there. Also, I went out to a flat tire on my Buick. What? It was a day for sure.

Bookworm cake

Bookworm  cake - This was for Alan's uncle Don C. Woodward. I was so excited to get a chance to do something like this for this amazing man. He was an editor at the Deseret News for years in different capacities, so I chose to go with the 1962 version. Mostly because I didn't think I could draw his picture if it wasn't pixilated. He has been a second grandpa to my kids since they were born and I love Don and Julie like they were my own aunt and uncle. Glad I finally had the chance to do something fun for them for a change. Here's to 30 more years of birthdays with you two!

Cheerleader sheet cake

Cheerleader sheet cake - When I booked this cake, I was not going out of town this weekend. I was reluctant because if you know me....I don't do sheet cakes. They are flat, 2D, I just don't usually love them. But I really, really had fun with this one and I'm pretty pleased with it. I am too short to reach all the way across with my little T-Rex arms (part of the reason I hate sheet cakes) so I actually had to write some of the names upside down.....but how do you say no to cute little MHS cheerleaders?

Leap Year birthday cake

Leap Year birthday cake - My first ever leap year cake for the cutest family ever. Thanks for letting me make things up to you Brenda! Such a good sport!

Valentine 60th birthday cake

Valentine 60th birthday cake

Glow in the dark cake

Glow in the dark cake - This was the first of my cakes today. It was for a glow in the dark birthday party so I painted the green with a mixture of jello and tonic water. It's supposed to make it glow in the dark. I didn't have a way to test it, so fingers crossed!

Broncos Superbowl cake/50th birthday

Broncos Superbowl cake/50th birthday - Didn't have a lot of time this weekend, but did a quick cake for my Liza friend. She's just too cute to say no to. Note to self, chocolate does not take well to blue food coloring, but I made a valiant effort. Still tasty even if it looked funny. Happy Birthday Craig!

100 year old rosettes

100 year old rosettes - Buttercream scares me to death. It is so unpredictable and so many things can go wrong. But when you make it to 100 years old, you deserve the best. :-) This was for Ethan's teacher's grandma. This time I watched the ice.

Burlap winter wedding

Burlap winter wedding - Ice on the ground and cake deliveries don't mix. Let's just say one epic fall led to making an entire wedding cake over again, from scratch in two hours. Someone should have been filming the epic mahem. Luckily, the bottom was rice krispies anyway, so I only had to bake the little top layer. The top doesn't have the crisp top edges that it once did and there are now carnations instead of roses, but for a complete two hour do-over....not too shabby. Did I mention that three deer ran out in front of my car on the way to deliver it as well? Seriously...epic. Thank you Brenda and Paysha for being such good sports! Thankfully, nothing on me broke, just a couple scratches and a bruised ego. :-)

Quilted 40th Birthday cake

Quilted 40th Birthday cake - I was really nervous about this cake. It's super hard to design a quilt cake that doesn't look busy. It took me 10 hours because of all the tiny pieces that were each detailed by hand with edible markers, but I am super excited about how it all came together. It's official, I am much better at quilts made from fondant, than I am with the real thing. LOL

Jensen Missionary Cake

Jensen Missionary Cake - This was for a dear friend of mine whose missionary was known for his brown shoes.