It’s that time of year again!

Alright, time for a post… in fact, it’s long past time!!!!

So last year I participated in the Secret Santa exchange.
It was my very first of many exchanges on the site. It was not actually all that I hoped and dreamed it would be.

I was soooo crazy excited. I made my match this cake. I sent him that along with a bunch of other stuff. Some comics, some local candy, some star trek toys… I was so pleased that I had done such a good job putting together his gift.

I sent it out and I waited. And I waited. And… I waited.
Two weeks after I knew he received it… I finally got the email! My giftee confirmed receiving my gift! Usually people post photos and post glorious thank you notes. I’d been dreaming of this day! I open the page and staring back at me is just one sentence. Not even really a full sentence. “Got a box of cool stuff.”

*blink* F5… nope, still the same.

Sooo my giftee wasn’t as crazy appreciative as I had hoped. Ah well.
I signed up to rematch someone who’s gifter didn’t send them anything. And she was thrilled when I made her a Jaws pillow. So that was great! Since then, I think I’ve participated in about a dozen exchanges! Overall, my experiences have been wonderful.
I’ve given and received some really great stuff.

THAT SAID… this year my match was really cool! She loves colorful things and tie dye things and she even likes to bake! And she has a sweet tooth!

So, of course, I had to go for a round two on the cake!
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I knew right away I was going to make her a wonderful colorful striped cake. And I wanted to direct her to this blog so that she can see that I’m a cake decorator and not just some random crazy internet person who could be sending her some poisoned food lol.

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I knew right away I wanted to pick some wild colors. I went with blue, green, pink and orange. So much fun!!!

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Some photos of the layering. I used the zebra cake technique. Two table spoons of each color alternating in the center…


I apologize for the sorry state of these photos. My phone cameras are pretty messed up right now and I plan on replacing them :p

Home made buttercream… sooo yummy!

Home made fondant. I wore rubber gloves to protect my lovely Star Trek manicure… but that’s a whole other story…

Filled and covered with the delicious buttercream!

All done!

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Packaged up to be shipped off to my lovely giftee!!!

I sent this off with a box packed full of some other things I made just for her and a few other trinkets. I hope she loves everything!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rene
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 23:33:10

    How in the world did you get that cake in the tin without screwing it up! Awesome if it holds up! I have thought about shipping baked goods to family, but always worry they will spoil or the mail will ruin them :/


    • gemcitytiffany
      Dec 11, 2012 @ 23:39:43

      I find one that fits the cake almost EXACTLY. I would only do this with a small fondant covered, small cake. They can put up with some man handling haha. I put a circle of wax paper over the top and cover the cake with plastic wrap. Then I flip it upside down on to the lid. I lower the tin over the cake, snap the lid on and flip it back over.
      There was a tiny bit of wiggle room it seemed. So I folded some tissue paper and sort of pressed it in there between the cake and the tin.

      Since the last person I did this for didn’t post any photos, I will never truly know how well it made it, but hopefully this will be a success! I packed the whole package very tightly so that nothing inside was moving around.


    • gemcitytiffany
      Dec 11, 2012 @ 23:40:35

      I should also note, I only shop any kinds of baked goods in cool/cold months lol. Never in summer.


  2. stewfnrocker
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 10:33:27

    That exchange thing sounds awesome!
    How did I not know about this cool “secret santa” styled site?!


    • gemcitytiffany
      Dec 12, 2012 @ 10:44:06

      Last year we won the Guinness Book of World Records award for largest secret Santa exchange ever! I wanted to get my certificate, but I didn’t feel like paying Guinness the $25 or whatever it was.


  3. Nicole Pyles (@BeingTheWriter)
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 11:56:53

    Wow, you make the most beautiful cakes!! That’s amazing! How LUCKY is this person???

    :) – imluvinit, reddit/RAOA


  4. Chineka @ Savorthebaking
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 17:49:53

    Whoever received this cake and other goodies is lucky. The cake looks great.


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