Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Redfish Groom's Cake

Here's a cake I decorated while still working up at Ms Debbie's Sugar Art earlier this year. And it was actually delivered to Clearwater Beach!

hand carved redfish grooms cake
The cake was hand-carved, covered in fondant, and then airbrushed to add the color and detail typical of a Redfish.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lego Pirate Cake

I posted another sneak peek on the Facebook Fan Page last week. Did you see it?! I thought the photo was a little more cryptic this time, but you guys were still able to guess! I'll have to get a little more creative in my photography in the future...

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
So, yes, it was a pirate ship cake. But not just any pirate ship! It was a Lego pirate ship made especially for Adam's youngest cousin, who just turned 7 and is absolutely obsessed with all things Lego.

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
The ship was carved out of cake and "wallpapered" with wood grain-printed edible paper fresh from my new PhotoFrost edible printing system. Now, before you all ask me, "Where did you find the amazing wood grain image???" Here's a secret: I just googled it! Here's the one I used, which came up with a search for "wooden planks."

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
I made a special mold using real Legos so that I could, in turn, create edible ones for the cake. And all the decorations (anchor, Lego people, sails, treasure map, etc) were made of gum paste.

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
In fact, Noah specifically requested that his "squid man" be driving the pirate ship. Now, I wasn't about to try to carve that detailed, tiny character from red gum paste so I simply made a mold of the real thing! The one you see in the picture above is made from gum paste. I am now in love with molding putty!

Noah's party was held at the local skating rink. I used to spend all day Saturday at the skating rink when I was growing up...*sigh* those were the days. And you know what? They still use the same fluorescent carpet on the walls! When we arrived at the party with the cake, the staff put it on a counter so skaters-by wouldn't damage it. Noah stood there staring at it for at least 15 minutes.

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
Then some random little boy walked up and Noah announced, "That's my birthday cake! My cousin made it!"

lego pirate ship birthday cake photofrost
I think he liked it. What do you think?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Firetruck Cookies

A couple of days ago, I posted a sneak peek on Facebook of some cookies I was working on. It looked like this:

firetruck cookies sneak peek
Did you guess what it was??? Yea, I guess it wasn't too hard to figure out...

firetruck cookies
The firetrucks were made for a sweet little boy's birthday. They were labeled with each party attendee's name and shipped out of town (arriving today). Happy Birthday, West!

Did you like the Sneak Peek game? I had fun with it! But maybe next time I'll make it a little more challenging...and maybe every once in a while I'll run it like a contest. I'm thinking the first correct guess wins a dozen cookies shipped directly to them. How does that sound? These Sneak Peek games and contests will only be announced on my Facebook Fan Page so be sure you "like" it so you can play!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Disney Wedding Favors

I've been a bad blogger. With trying to get Ph.D.-serts & Cakes set up for business, blogging just hasn't been on the top of my to-do list! But here are some photos of goodies I did a while ago for a friend's Disney wedding.

The Disney chefs did the wedding cake itself (and it was gorgeous), but I was honored to be asked to do the party favors!

Of course, there were Mickey Mouse cookies:

And Minnie Mouse cookies:

Here's the cute couple now!

And then they wanted cookies that said "...and they lived happily ever after." To make these, I covered the cookies with white Satin Ice fondant and let it harden. Then I wrote the message with edible food markers and piped a tiffany blue royal icing border. But the last step was probably the most important...a little sprinkling of Pixie Dust (aka Disco Dust)! Can you see it? These cookies looked magical!

But that's not all! They also wanted chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks - yum! Each guest received a pretzel dipped in white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. Is your mouth watering? All of a sudden, I'm craving one dipped in dark chocolate...

Oooo! I almost forgot! The last treat the guests got was Chess Bars!

If you've never had Chess Bars, I feel sorry for you. They are rich, decadent, sweet, and irresistible. I can't share my recipe because it was a family recipe I talked my friend into sharing, but I know you can find a similar recipe online. Oh, look! Here's one you can try! Hmmm...maybe I'll make some this week...

Wouldn't you love to be a guest at this wedding? Not only is it at Disney, but then you get pampered with all these goodies!

Congrats, Chris and Kate! "All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Rainbow-Themed Baby Shower!

Last weekend, my Mom and sister, Robin, threw me an amazing rainbow-themed baby shower! The food was great (Pizza Gallery & Grill in Viera, FL), the games were fun, and the company was irreplaceable!

I have never been able to choose a favorite color because I love all colors! Colors are meant to compliment each other so why would you want to choose only one??? So when my sister picked the rainbow theme for the shower, I couldn't have been happier. One of my favorite parts of the decor was this rainbow jelly bean bar.

rainbow baby shower jelly belly bar
My crazy sister actually carried all these jelly beans on her flight with her from TX. HEAV-Y! But, oh so yummy.

My cousin Heather volunteered to make the shower cake, which turned out adorable and was also quite yummy! She even used the new Wilton edible paper decorations! And, since everyone was bringing me gifts, I felt like I should provide the party favors. Here's a shot of our colorful cake/favor table at the shower:

rainbow baby shower favors and cake
The favors included:
-Cupcakes topped with mini doughnuts (I bought this new Wilton pan at the annual Tent Sale.)

-Rainbow macarons (Not to be confused with macaroons, of which I have recently been guilty. Tutorial coming soon!)

rainbow baby shower rainbow macarons
-Baby candy sticks using this Wilton mold but I mounted them on Tutti Fruity candy sticks from Cracker Barrel instead of pretzels

rainbow baby shower baby candy tutti fruity sticks
-And lots and lots of decorated sugar cookies that looked like cupcakes, ice cream cones, lollipops, and dot strips

rainbow baby shower cookie favors ice cream dot strips cupcakes lollipops
The table decorations were so cute, and I loved the Whirly Pops in the sequined Jelly Belly jars!

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I have to tell you about the games we played because they were actually fun!

Birthday Cards for the Baby:
-While we were waiting for all the guests to arrive, we all made baby Mikaela birthday cards! Everyone was allowed to choose whichever year they wanted. The idea is that they were supposed to share a fond memory of themselves and/or me at that age. Or, they could give Mikaela some advice for that age. At first, it was hard to figure out what to write, but I'm so glad we did this! Mikaela now has birthday cards from her baby shower from age 1 to age 24! And they're all sealed so it will be fun to read them together as the years go by.

Gift Bingo:
-Robin pre-made bingo cards with things from our registry: diapers, swing, bouncer, Boppy, onesie, mittens, etc. While I opened gifts, the guests all played Bingo! I really liked this game because it kept people from focusing all the attention on me. I'm not a big fan of opening gifts in front of a crowd so this was a nice distraction. And, BONUS, one of the guests gets to win a prize!

Guess the Girth:
-And, of course, we played the Guess the Girth game. A ball of yarn was passed around and everyone cut off a segment they thought would fit perfectly around my baby bump. This game is always a fun one!

Amazingly, those are the best baby bump photos we got during the shower. Whoops! But here are my other 2 favorite photos from the day:

Grammy (my Mom), me & Mikaela, and Mimi (Adam's Mom)

And a photo with my beautiful sister, Robin.

*All photos without my watermark were taken by Julie from The Little Kitchen. Thanks, Julie! You're awesome!