Friday, April 11, 2014

Mustache Cakes

My oldest son and oldest granddaughter share a birthday, so we usually have a joint party.  This year Natalie wanted a mustache on her cake.  So instead of having one girly cake, I did this!

This way we were able to have a chocolate cake and the Red Velvet cake Natalie wanted.  I frosted each cake in buttercream, then added a foam mustache to each.  Much easier than working with fondant!

Happy Birthday, Natalie!  Can't believe you're eleven!

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Bobby!!  Can't believe you're 34!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Grandson!!

Meet Jackson Lee!!  He is our second grandson out of eleven grandchildren!!  So we're really excited to get another boy!

Big sis Kami really, really, REALLY wanted a sister.  But she really does love him, despite the look she's giving him in this picture!

Look at that lip!  Isn't he a little doll baby?

Congrats, Ruth & Rob!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Veggie Tales Birthday Cake

My two year old granddaughter loves Veggie Tales, especially Bob.  So there really wasn't any other choice for her birthday cake!

I've used this technique a couple of times now, but I always seem to have the lines.

Somehow, I'm not getting the buttercream in there tight enough.  From a distance it looks great but if you get up close, this is what you see.

But January didn't seem to notice.  Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

My four year old grandson is into Jake and the Neverland Pirates in a big way!!  So his mom went all out for his party.

She found most of these ideas on Pinterest.  The sail is turned the wrong wa

I baked and frosted the cake, then added this sugar sheet that she purchased on eBay.

Hope you had a great birthday, Peyton!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Christmas Cookies 2013

So I'm way behind with my posting.  Just now getting my Christmas cookies on here.  It's not all my fault, though.  My computer is going wacky!  Pictures wouldn't up load.

Turns out it wasn't my computer at all; it's Internet Explorer!  Switched to Chrome and it's working fine now.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Candy Corn Cake

This cake was for my next to oldest granddaughter who had a birthday in October.  Her only request was a candy cake.  Here is what I came up with.

I made my homemade dark chocolate cake, frosted it with a fudge frosting, then used Twix' for the sides.  I love those things!!  You will see a lot of this kind of cake on the Internet, using various kinds of candy.  A good idea for a quick cake.

I think she was pleased!  Hope you had a Happy Birthday, Nicole!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Another Curious George Birthday Cake

I have two three year old granddaughters, and they both had to have Curious George cakes for their birthday parties this year!  I posted about the first here.

 This one was for Kami, who is a little more than three months younger than Sydney.


Kami's mommy was a little more complicated than her big sis.  I also had to make coordinating cake pops and decorated cookies!

But Kami was one happy little girl, so it was all worth it! 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baby Juliet's Ivory Rosette Shower Cake

 This cake was for my youngest granddaughter's baby shower.

We had a vintage theme going on with the decorations and I thought this look would fit.

I love how it turned out and how easy it was to decorate!  Just have to love those roses!!

I used my favorite dark chocolate cake recipe and buttercream frosting using real butter and whipping cream. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall Leaf Cookies

Nothing like Fall Leaves to welcome the new season and say good-bye to summer!

I made these cookies last week for my mother-in-law.  Her birthday was Sunday.  I shipped them out mid-morning Thursday and they were delivered Saturday morning, 1500 miles away!  Not one broken cookie, she said!

Just gotta love Priority Mail!!  

I used a dark brown/chocolate glaze for the piping, then painted it with gold luster dust after it dried. I see a lot more of these in my future!!

More the Merrier Monday

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Curious George Birthday Cake

Sydney and Kami, my two three and almost three year old granddaughters, are HUGE Curious George fans. So Sydney, who turned three yesterday, ordered a "monkey" cake.

Earlier this summer, I came across this blog post and filed it in the back of my mind to try someday.  I decided this was that day!  I followed her instructions exactly and it worked!!  Not perfect, but a great first try.  I'm sure I'll be making Kami a "monkey" cake in a couple of months, so I'll get another chance to make it perfect.

First, here is the backup George, or Plan B, if the first one didn't work out!  This shows a bit of the process.

And here's Plan A, just before going in the freezer.

Things I learned:
1) Make sure the frosting is thick enough and filled in tight.  Notice the belly and face.  It improved some after it sat for a while, but I don't think it would have done that had I really packed the frosting in there.
2) When filling the design, it is important to cover the outline as well, or else there is nothing supporting that line and it will break off when you invert it and put it on the cake.
3) Don't worry if it's not perfect!  Once it's on the cake, it will look great!
4) I used a buttercream made with real butter.  It softened very quickly when I took it out of the freezer.  I'm wondering if a buttercream made without butter would work better??? I'll have to try that sometime.

Overall, I love the way it turned out and it was big hit with the three year olds!


Happy Birthday, Sydney & Emily!!