Monday, September 27, 2010

Cake Requests

Regretfully, I will be unable to continue doing cakes every weekend. For all new cake requests, I will only be able to book every other weekend. This is not something I really WANT to change, but this hobby has made my life extremely busy. When I first started doing this, I wasn't working and had plenty of time on my hands. Once I started working again, I thought limiting my decorating to one order per weekend would be enough to still keep up with everything else, but it's next to impossible.

Because I am such a perfectionist, I will stay up all hours of the night working until I end up with something I am truly proud of. I promised I would never overbook myself to the point where I felt I needed to rush. And with the amount of cake requests that have been coming in lately (4 emails today alone), I fear that this is where I will end up if I keep going like this. I spend all hours of the night during the week baking practice cakes for new recipes, sketching out ideas, and making fondant decorations for upcoming cakes. I guess you can say I’d prefer my cakes to be produced with quality, not quantity.

I really enjoy my hobby and definitely do not want to give it up, but with the lack of sleep from cake decorating, my job, our social events, and our baby, it is quickly catching up with me. So, for now, this is just how things will have to be. I will continue to book orders for only every other weekend.

Cupcake Tower

I now have a cupcake tower you can borrow to display your cupcakes! It can be adjusted to hold anywhere from 12 to 60 cupcakes and can be customized to match your event decor!

Ashton's Baseball Party

Two-tiered birthday cake is chocolate cake with homemade fondant icing and homemade fondant decorations.

Cupcakes are marble cake with swirl-iced homemade buttercream icing and fondant  baseballs.

Ashton's smash cake is apple spice cake with buttercream icing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cupcake Cake Pop - Disaster

These were the first cake pops I made. I made them earlier this week. They turned out so awful that I didn't even want to post the pictures, but I used them as a learning experience (after all, it was my first time making them), so I thought, "What they hay!" and decided to post them anyway. I'm really unhappy with the way they turned out, they ended up looking really messy and sloppy, so being the perfectionist I am, this was really not OK! But I learned so much about each step as I went, that next time I'll know what to do to avoid the problems I had! Who knew melted chocolate was so difficult to work with?!

I had just a little bit of supplies left to practice making a couple more. I figured out what I needed to do to make the chocolate less messy, but I am still not quite satisfied with the way the pops didn't hold their original shape.

So my first cake pops may not turned out as I planned, but they still taste HEAVENLY! I have to distribute some of these messy-looking bad-boys out to other people, or we're in trouble here!

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Healthier Alternative!

Introducing the Apple Spice Cake!

I've been researching a healthy recipe for baby's 1st birthday smash cakes for some time now. Carolyn called me a while back and asked if I could do Ashton's birthday cake, but for his smash cake, she wanted something that wasn't too sweet. Since then I've had more requests for healthy smash cakes for baby. After much research, I think I've found a winner!

This is an Apple Spice Cake. It contains no eggs and no sugar for you mamas that want a healthier alternative for your baby's first cake. It doesn't look like much, but didn't ice this cake because it was just a tester. It was not too sweet, but still tasty!

While this cake looks dark, it is not chocolate, but I can  make a sugar-free, egg-free chocolate version of this cake!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Flowers and Butterfly Cake

Lightly Lemon cake with homemade buttercream filling. Cake is iced with marbled rolled homemade fondant and decorated with homemade fondant.

Purple and Green Birthday

Yellow cake filled with raspberry. Iced and decorated with homemade fondant.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Cupcakes

Chocolate cupakes and mini-cupcakes with swirl-iced homemade buttercream icing. Fondant decorations.

Zebra Cake

Mocha cake with homemade buttercream filling. Cake is covered and decorated with coconut-flavored fondant.