Saturday, August 31, 2013


I had the privilege of making this 1st birthday cake for our dear family friends; The Skinner family.  I made a  10"-double layer chocolate cake with nougat and caramel filling as the base for my Dino cake. The dino was made eggless and was the smash cake for Robby's 1st birthday.  The fondant chevron border was my first attempt at this shape and turned out okay.  The colors for the party were so bright and cheerful.


After watching the video I believe the little guy devoured his special vanilla cake and I happened to notice that Shauna or Derrick put the fondant dino birthday hat on Robby's head. Too funny!

Miniature Dino hat on his head have you seen anything cuter?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gavin Surfin' Monkey

This was commissioned for a young man Gavin whose birthday is in April but he likes to wait until the Summer to celebrate since he loves the sun and season so much.  His generous Auntie Loree, ordered this cake for Gavin with a tropical theme.
This cake is a double layer chocolate hexagon filled with dark chocolate  mousse and covered in vanilla butter cream. The sand is leftover vanilla cake crumbs and mixed with brown sugar.  The top cake is a 3 layer Chunky Monkey banana cake with mini chips and filled with chocolate nougat.  All decor is edible amd made with fondant.  The wave on top is sculpted from RKT and covered with gumpaste for stability.  It is all frosted with vanilla butter cream for the waves.  I created Gavin buried in the sand relaxing under edible palm trees with gumpaste and fondant.  The monkey was handmade from chocolate fondant and his banana board was cut from fondant and hand painted.  

This by far is my favorite boys cake I have made, my favorite creation has to be the monkey and Gavin in the sand.  The palm trees were a bit fussy but I do think they turned out great. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This cake was ordered from my friend Linda for her grandson Collin who wants to be an inventor.  His dream is to customize an RV that runs entirely on solar power. 

This a 4-layer hand carved chocolate Milky Way cake covered in white butter cream frosting. The wheels are made of RKT covered with black fondant. I created a logo with his name embossed on the side that reads "Collin Coach".  The license plate is a famous quotient made of fondant. A graham cracker was covered in fondant and decorated to look like a solar panel.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Camp AnnieHailey

This was made for one of my co-workers for her granddaughter's. She chose a camping theme since she will be taking her girls to celebrate their birthdays at the lake.

This is a layered chocolate and vanilla gluten-free cake. The frosting is vanilla bean buttercream and the tent is made with homemade 
 gluten-free rice krispies treats.

My personal favorite decor on this cake is the tent, it was fun making it a marbled pink and purple camo. The girls were a fun task too. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


The real work is in the clean up! Yuck!!
Doug's Afternoon Delite
Better leave the climbing to the Samarai!
This cake was ordered from my most frequent buyer Katie for her step-dad Doug's 70th birthday. She wanted another lemon layer blackberry cake. I made lemonade cake, filled with lemon cheesecake and organic blackberry preserves.  The 70 cake on the top was hand-carved from strawberry cake covered in vanilla buttercream.  The frosting for the bottom tier is lemon butter cream, dusted with graham cracker crumbs.  

Katie chose several elements that personalized the cake: The samarai Doug tows behind his RV, a ladder which must have been an inside joke involving possibly an accident, dirt climbing in the wilderness and Doug himself, slurping a highball and smoking a cigar as he enjoys one of his favorite pastimes, floating the river in his personal raft. We even included a tiny squirrel which was another family secret enjoyed between Doug & Katie. A cake like no other. Katie reported after the party that the kids all ate the trees like lollipops and had tongues of green for the rest of the night. [Cakers couldn't ask for a better compliment then that!]


I must confess that I had help from my sister, Sandy with this one, she needed quality time with me, so I put her to work (not that either of us think creating is work). I did bake all the cakes and handmade all the fillings from scratch. Katie and I designed all the elements of the cake. Sandy's claim to fame was the Samarai and most of the other fondant decor.  I was spending most of my time sculpting Doug and creating his vices.  I also made a miniature RV that replicated his motorhome, but it wouldn't fit on the cake (just too many elements).  Lets chalk it up to another learning lesson for cake designing.  

 I couldn't have finished it without Sam's help, but time flies when get to do something you love, and between the both of us we did total a little over 21 hours of pure joy together.  The real work is clean up, yucky!!