Then this cake for my cousin Derek's 33rd birthday is just perfect! ;)
We celebrated with King Derek on Thanksgiving, which happened to be his actual day this year. The cake was chocolate with cookies & cream filling, chocolate frosting and covered/decorated with fondant.
That's how many years these guys have been married -
Aren't they cute at Becca and Mike's wedding?
In honor of Mom & Dad's 39th wedding anniversary, I made them try out one of my newest flavor combinations. The Pina Colada Cake has coconut cake filled with pineapple and cherries with coconut buttercream and crumbcoated with the same. Then covered and decorated with rolled fondant.
That's how the weather's been around here lately... Lesson learned: If the dew point is above 62%, do not decorate cakes of ANY kind without airconditioning.
Last weekend I got to celebrate the 1st birthday of a very special little boy, Benjamin Henri, son of my pretty friend Michele! The party, like Ben's nursery, was jungle-themed.
The cake was three tiers, all crumbcoated in vanilla frosting and covered/decorated in fondant. Top two tiers were chocolate, middle with a strawberry filling, and bottom tier was vanilla. A little smash cake was also made for the birthday boy.
Ben got some help blowing out the candle from Mom & Dad -
And despite the scorching temps, dessert was enjoyed by all!
A very hearty Thank You! to my lovey, Kim, for her assistance in icing, rolling and general ledge talking.
Once again, this Father's Day it rained. All my BBQs are cursed. :( Thankfully, the dads in my life (my father, left, and godfather camped out in the basement below) didn't seem to mind. :) For dessert, I decided to experiment a little, and I "created" Reeses Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream and a little Reeses on top!
Family and peanut butter just make everything better.
Jess and I met at work about three years ago, bonded over some mutual life experiences and are now fast friends. (Our doggies are also fast friends of course!)
For her 28th birthday, I made a little GF (gluten-free) cake. 6" square, raspberry with strawberry raspberry jam and peanut butter filling! Crumbcoated in the PB buttercream then covered and decorated in fondant. When cut, this cake actually looked like a big PB&J sandwich. (Sorry for the lack of inside pics...) It tasted yummy too - you couldn't even tell it was GF!
I know Jess wasn't looking forward to turning 28, but I also know that this year has wonderful things in store for her!
That's actually one of Keely's many nicknames, but it's also what this cake reminds me of -
My mom turned 28 (again!) today, which is impressive since I will be 28 in about 3 weeks. ;) Her cake was 10" white with strawberries and cream filling, vanilla buttercream rosettes and PINK SPRINKLES. The sprinkles were my favorite part!
The granddog was ready to take a chomp. (She did go counter surfing later and got a beard full of pink frosting. I was So Not Pleased. And I'm sure most of you are So Not Surprised.)
These were the shower colors for the cake I did on Sunday. Love!
The blushing bride is a friend of my friend Jess, so it really was a special pleasure to do this cake.
The cake itself was white, filled and crumbcoated with vanilla buttercream, then covered in white fondant.
Jess and I worked together closely on the details, and she even made ALL the accompanying cupcakes! We agreed on an alternating color scheme - navy ribbon and fuchsia flowers for the cake and fuchsia liners with navy monogram accents for the cupcakes!
The flower topper was dark pink peonies, white and light pink campanula and dark pink waxflower. It was so dreamy and romantic, and perfectly paired with the more straightlaced navy. The navy monogram accents were made from stamped fondant and hand cut - quite a process but I was very pleased with the results.
The shower was held in the beautiful home of a family friend, and I'm told a wonderful time was had by all.
Here's the bride, enjoying one of Jess's cupcakes!
Yesterday was Mother's Day, so happy happy to those of you who have spawned. In honor of my own mother and grandmother, I made the following -
6" square white cake with strawberries & cream filling, vanilla buttercream and a topping of fresh flowers. Purple tulips and white peonies - which I beyond love! This was also my first attempt at fresh flowers on a cake, which made me nervous, but I did some research and was very pleased with this outcome. I will definitely be using flowers again!
I had brunch at my house, mostly so I could set the table all pretty and use my waffle maker. I never turn down the chance to use my waffle maker!
I definitely inherited my sweet tooth from these two. Mom and Nana, my favorite ladies, each went home with half the leftover cake. ;)
Erin is a wonderful friend and all-around ecotastic girl. She hates cancer as much as I do, and in an effort to help me kick some cancer ass, she is hosting an e-bake sale & auction on her awesome blog, I Walk in this World. So stop by, bid on some treats, kick a little butt, rock my world - but be sure to stay, because Erin is definitely a daily must-read.
Oh, and I'm baking to help!
DELICIOUS Chocolate Chip Blondies (2-dozen) and as a bonus, they are Weight Watchers-friendly and only 3 Points per bar! They also freeze well and will make a yummy warm-weather frozen treat.