When your friends turn 40…

So, this guy, Tony… he’s awesome. He turned 40 this year and put together a super cool fling for himself.
I was to do the cake and I knew I needed to make something very cool for this very cool guy.

I think I delivered. His party was on the roof top of a very cool building downtown with a great view!

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Hey! I can see my apartment from here!

I covered the cake board with a fancy placemat and decided this cake needed to be TWO cakes haha.
I brainstormed and came up with some ideas. I mean what do you make a super hip guy with tons of interests?!
I settled on a few things. I made a plank of sushi for the large cake which was strawberry flavored.
Then I made a saucer and a mug of coffee which was chocolate espresso flavored cake! And a little fondant cassette tape.
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Everything turned out fantastically!

Birthday boy:
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Good News Everyone!

Well, it’s my very own birthday on Monday. I’ll be… twenty- eight. Woo. I had a brief moment of panic lying in bed last night thinking about how tragically old I am and how I’m going to be ancient and dead any time now.
Then I realized I’m not even 30 yet and I’m making myself a cartoon birthday cake and I’m going to drink like a 21 year old tonight. Then I felt a little better.

Anyhow, on to the cake!
My favorite show of all time is Futurama. And my favorite character on that show is Bender Bending Rodriguez!
So, first of all, this is my birthday, and I’m the cake chick… so my cake has to be awesome. I started with 6 layers of cake. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla!
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I leveled them and stacked them.
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This thing is like a foot tall and weighs a ton. I stuck it in the freezer for a bit before carving it.
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This was not an icing job for the faint of heart. That’s for sure. All that exposed cake is hard to frost without tearing if you aren’t experienced and using the proper tools. I had to keep heating my spatula in hot water, it turned out well though.
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I set it in the fridge to cool a bit while I rolled out the fondant.
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My fondant ended up with a weird line in it from when I rolled it onto the rolling pin, but it’s ok, his eyes will cover that.
I mixed up some of my edible silver and painted the whole thing.
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Then I added a mouth, which I drew on with food color markers.
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Starting to look Bendery! Also, I added his antenna which is part of the dowel I pushed into the cake to keep it from sliding around. It’s just a wooden rod I covered with fondant on top.

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I’d LOVE to show you my process of making the eyes, but it was a mess lol. First, I cast eyes out of white chocolate, but they turned out to be too small… so I went with these. It was okay, but the visor was really hard. I ended up sort of stacking two fondant ropes around the eyes. It’s not perfect, but it worked. I also made a cigar, of course.

“Happy Birthday meat bag!”
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Happy birthday to me! I planned on cutting it into pieces of each flavor, but who knows, maybe I’ll take the first slice and get a bit of each ;)

My Little Slice of America

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So, it’s the Fourth of July and what better time to tell you all about the place I live. I had a wonderful weekend. We biked on some of our area’s hundreds of miles of connected bike trails (we rode probably close to 100 miles in the past three days), we went to a baseball game at our local minor league baseball stadium, we visited the United States Air Force Museum (the largest in the nation!) and we spent a lot of time with friends, family and well… a lot of time catching up one some much needed sleep!

So, let me tell you about my wonderful slice of America… Dayton, Ohio!
This is where I live… the Cannery Lofts!
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This is my wonderful kitchen where I get to create my cakes!
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I really love Dayton because it feels small enough to be a community, but large enough that living downtown feels urban and fun.
We have amazing architecture and a huge love of the arts here in Dayton.
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Our sky line might not be massive, but gosh it can sure look pretty!
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We have SO much history here in Dayton. The Wright Brothers did so much for our city and the world! They created amazing bicycles and invented the airplane! This all happened just blocks from where I live! Now that’s awesome.
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We have a minor league baseball team, the Dayton Dragons. There’s not much more American than baseball!
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Riverscape has so many wonderful things these days. We have concessions, fountains, spray grounds, amazing landscaping and awesome views.
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And of course, it’s the entryway to most of our amazing bike paths!
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We have the Oregon District… a great little district of shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.
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I work here at Blind Bob’s on the weekends.

And I work here! At Hauer Music!
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Tonight we went to an all American BBQ at Blind Bob’s and I baked, decorated and brought in some festive cupcakes!
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I rode them over to the bar on my bike!

The next time you think Ohio sounds boring, think about all the amazing things Ohio has done for America and all it has to offer!
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These are a few of my favorite cakes…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve made a LOT of cakes. More than I could have ever imagined that I would make! It’s been awesome and it’s always hard to pick favorites because I just love them all… but I love it when I step and back after finishing and cake and really think WOW that cake is awesome. These are some cakes I’m super proud of. It’s funny because I’ve often asked people which of my cakes were their favorites and it’s fun to see people’s opinions that are so different from mine!

So, here are a few of my favorites! It was hard to even narrow it down to these!!!

I still can’t believe I made Micah a giant flying v cake lol… or that I was able to create that adorable little humming bird… or that I managed to piece together that tiki cake.

I just love making cakes. It’s such a joy!!!

Home is Where the Heart Is

Social networking… I know it’s a keyword these days, but sometimes it really pulls through. Maybe not in the mass numbers they’d like you to think it does, but sometimes your can make a few good connections.

Gina is one of those connections. We met on twitter. She’s a real estate agent and I’m this sort of punk rocky 20something covered in tattoos. We probably wouldn’t have crossed paths in real life, but on twitter we had mutual friends and a mutual love for our city. I’ve met some really great people on twitter.

(You can follow me if you like @imtiffanyterror)

Anyhow, Gina asked me if I could make a cake for her husband after seeing the cakes I’d posted on twitter. I made her husband an aircraft carrier cake. Later she had me make 3 little cakes for some of her family members with little angels on them. For some reason, I can’t locate the link. But just know, they were cute.

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She got a hold of me about a lovely couple who she sold a house to. They were getting ready to move in and she wanted to give them a nice cake as a housewarming gift! She had me replicate their house in fondant (and their cats!).
Then she told me they loved tie dye. She said they wore tie dye shirts to every house showing and even have a tie dye welcome mat!

I jumped on this, of course, because I just got my airbrush! What better first cake to airbrush than a tie dye one?!

Tie Dye House Warming Cake

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I love it. It turned out great!
The INSIDE was also tie dye! I made like six colors and did the zebra cake style layers… then I drug a toothpick through the batter from the center in all directions a few times to get the legit tie dye like swirl. I WISH I could see the inside after they cut it! lol

Gina dropped it off to them today when they were moving. They called her and thanked her so much for the very original cake :)
And guess what… they haven’t even cut it yet! Imagine their surprise! lol

Well, stay posted for the next installment of Tutorial Tuesdays. I think I’ll actually have a few more cakes to post in the next couple of days though!

*update* Got a pic of the inside:

Look Whooo’s Having a Baby!

I got a call from my friend Crystal. She told me that her sister was going to have a baby and that she was going to need a cake for the shower. She sent me a text saying the cake theme was going to be aquatic. All sorts of fish, turtles, squid, octopus, corral etc.
I was stoked… I mean… I LOVE aquatic things!
I have a full sleeve dedicated to sea turtles!
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I went over to discuss the cake with the rest of the family and how surprised was I to learn the theme was not in fact going to be sea life… it was going to be OWLS.

I was actually totally stoked on this. Who doesn’t like owls?? They’re so cute and so hip right now. I love that retro is so in right now. I’ve actually been wanting to do an owl cake for a while, so this was just great.

I was asked to use green, brown, blue and orange as the colors for the cake. She’s having a boy, so I made the little owl blue and green.

One of the sisters asked if I could make cupcakes. I told her that I don’t really make cupcakes… they’re just not my thing. They’re tiny and time consuming. I like making BIG things lol.
But when she told me she was hoping for a dozen cupcakes with tiny green owls, I couldn’t resist.

I set to work on the owls first thing.
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Once I put the eyes on these owls… my heart just melted. They were SO cute.

For the cake, I pushed together two quarter sheet cakes so they could have two flavors. I covered everything in a thick coat of buttercream and then rolled out blue fondant to cover it. I cut the shape of a tree branch out of fondant and laid it on top of the cake. I used a food color marker to draw the wood grain on. I thought it would pop well with all the bold details.

As soon as the owls were on, I was totally thrilled. It could be my cutest creation ever.

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I put the cupcakes in one of my little brown bakery boxes and decided there needed to be one more. I iced up one of the extras and made some little leaves to put on it. It all turned out just adorable.
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One of the best parts was when I showed up with the cake and the blue on the cake matched EXACTLY to the cups, plates and napkins that I hadn’t even seen yet!
The mom-to-be was super thrilled and I got lots of hugs.

And all this owl talk got me excited, so here’s some great owl stuff I found on ETSY!

Like this adorable owl case by seller OhMyCake!

Owl iPhone / iTouch / iPod / Card Case

I’m also swoony in love with these wall decals by seller surfaceinspired.

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And who wouldn’t squee over this pillow by karensagez???? There are little owls ON THE OWL!

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Rock n’ Roll and Cake

My husband is a great guy… like, seriously. He’s very talented. I know that I sort of have to say that… because he’s my husband, but I really mean it! He is in several bands at the moment. One of those bands is called Auburndale. He sings and plays guitar in the band. They’ve spent a long time working on their new record and even after some issues with the pressing of the cds (the company sent them their cds packaged in cases that belonged to a band from GERMANY!), they worked out all the kinks and last night we celebrated with a great rock show at Blind Bob’s, where he and I both work.
I knew I had to make a cake for them! And what better than to try to replicate their album artwork!

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Auburndale CD release party cake

Granted, I didn’t match the color so well, but I don’t think I’ve ever painted something this large with food color and I wasn’t even sure it was going to work! I mixed food color gel with a bit of vodka and painted it all by hand. The vodka evaporates, so no, this cake will not get you drunk!

The inside of the cake was red velvet!
The bar is right by our house, so I decided I didn’t need to put the cake in a box. We made one stop before the bar and by the time we got back into the car, I completely forgot that the cake was in the back seat. My husband slammed on the breaks at a stop light and I felt something hit the back of my seat… I just knew. I knew RIGHT AWAY what it was. I freeeaked out and jumped out of the car right there at the light. The cake was teetering on the edge of the seat and had slid forward on the cake board. The left corner hit the seat and was slightly dented, but the fondant didn’t tear. Holy cow. I can’t explain to you the heart attack I had!

Once we got to the bar I got some great ego boosting attention from everyone about the cake. People all wanted to eat it and by the time the second band started, I knew I had to go ahead and cut the cake before someone cut me!

By the end of the night the cake was gone and everyone was thanking me. It was a great night!

Auburndale’s album Alive in a Dying City is for sale on itunes and on Amazon.

Here they are playing acoustic at the local radio station (interview here.)

More music on their myspace.

I feel so lucky to live in a place where people still support local music. Some people might think the music scene here is dead, but working at this bar has shown me that we still have a great little tight knit community of people who just genuinely love music. I can’t thank everyone in Dayton, Ohio enough for that. <3

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