Naughty and Nice

I just want to say… this cake was great haha. I loved making it. I actually think I sort of got out of hand with it and went a little overboard. It was only supposed to be two tiers, but I threw a third on top and added a few extras.

This cake was for a bachelorette party and needed to be good mix of naughty and nice. Princess and underpants lol.

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What a great cake! I think the little bra is my favorite. I created every little piece by hand and it was tons of fun!

The girl who ordered it from me got my name from the girl who ordered this cake from me. In October of 2009. 1.)It’s crazy to me that I’ve been making cakes since 2009. and 2.)I can’t believe how cute that cake was considering at that time I’d only been making cakes for like 6 months or something. that was also my very first attempt at zebra cake, which, as most of you know, is now like “my thing” which I feel I have completely perfected. Awesome sauce. All around.

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The Second Wedding Cake I Ever Made

So I know this couple… and they’re super adorable… and they got married. And I had the privilege of making their wedding cake!
Their venue was an old theatre, and could it have been any cuter???
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Okay, seriously, could anything possibly be cuter than that? I think not!!!!
Somewhat hilariously, they didn’t know what part of the cake they were supposed to cut. Eventually, they figured out it was the bottom tier haha.

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I would say with complete honesty, it was the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to…even the food was good! And seeing people so in love is just awesome!

Wishing you happily ever after Mark and Crista!

Flowers and Flames

My wonderful former roommate Brad told his neighbors about my cakes and they contacted me about a joint birthday party they were throwing for their children. (I think Brad knew he’d be invited to the party… win-win for him hahaha)

Now, some of you might know I don’t care much for cupcakes… well, let me rephrase, making cupcakes. You bring some over, I’ll nom them all day. Anyhow, that weekend was like… my cupcake nightmare weekend. Between this and another order, about 75 cupcakes.
I’ll tell you what though, they were darn cute.
I was asked to do a small cake for each child and some cupcakes with matching theme.
Everything was just freaking adorable.

For Dylan:
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Making the flame cupcakes was a BLAST.I swirled yellow and orange icing and then topped some with white chocolate ladders and some with white chocolate flames. I made the flames by painting white chocolate onto wax paper and then airbrushing them! They came out so well and the little fire truck was awesome.

For Aubrey,
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Little lady bugs and flowers, super springy colors… the lady bug on the cake matches the ladybug on the dress they got her for the party. ADORBS.

Ok, so maybe I don’t ALWAYS hate making cupcakes. But don’t quote me on that ;)

A Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday

You’ll have to excuse the lack of tutorials maybe for a week or two. I’m still trying to piece my life back together.

This is one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever put together. I was super proud of it. My friend’s son was turning 4 (which is INSANE) and wanted a Nightmare Before Christmas theme.
I think I did them proud…
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Jacks’ face was hand drawn with edible markers and the skulls were cast in white chocolate! Yum!
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Everyone loved it and the birthday boy was happy… success!

Yaaaay featured on musthavecute.com!!

Tutorial Tuesday: How to mail a cake

UPDATE: I have now mailed a fondant decorated cake… so check that out here, it’s a bit more involved than mailing a pound cake: https://gemcitytiffany.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/reddit-secret-santa/

Alright, let’s say you’re known for baking and a certain friend of yours is always bugging you to send them baked goods because they live too far away from you to get to try your treats like everyone else! Maybe that friend is pretty alright and you’ve known them for like ten years so you’re like okay, fine. I’m going to send you a cake for your birthday.

I thought about this for a while. An iced cake… I couldn’t think of a way to send and technically, I could send a fondant cake, but well, I just didn’t have time for that haha. I would say these instructions could be used to mail a small all fondant covered cake or a loaf cake like this.

I made a chocolate pound cake with chocolate chips. Then I set up the trap. You have to be stealthy and not raise any red flags.

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See, like that. No way he knows something is up.

Alright, now first I wrapped my cake in wax paper. I taped it and then put it in a large plastic zip lock bag to try to get it as air tight as possible.
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Now… don’t be alarmed that it looks sort of like you have a brick of illegal narcotics in your kitchen lol. You and I both know it’s just cake.

The key here, in my opinion, is packing peanuts. You’ll want to suspend the cake in peanuts, basically, you want them below, above and on all sides of the cake. Fill the box all the way up! Nothing can hurt this cake now!

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Then plop a cute card in to let your friend know how lucky they are to be your friend ;)

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Now pack it up tight!
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What do you mean not everyone has personalized packing tape? Well, I guess you don’t HAVE to have that…

I wanted to make my package all cute so the mail man would want to puke when he saw it.
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We’re not going to discuss the potential mail fraud or something that I’m committing by covering up that priority mail box. Sorry USPS! I wanted it to be cuuuute!

Then I popped it into the package locker downstairs!
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Bon voyage!

By the time this is posted my pal will have received this birthday cake :)

Happy early birthday!

Tutorial Tuesday: Chocolate Pound Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 tablespoons cocoa (this is what the recipe calls for, but hey, I used 6 because I love chocolate!)
1 cup milk

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Do yourself a favor and set out all of your ingredients ahead of time. And set your oven to 325. And just know you’re going to need some time to make this cake. It takes 80 minutes just to bake!

Start by creaming your butter and shortening.
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Next, add your sugar a bit at a time.
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Now after that, you’ll be plopping your eggs in one at a time. Mix well after each one.
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Next add your vanilla.
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Now mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
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Start alternating your dry mix and milk into the mixer…
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Combine well.
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Grease a nice big bunt cake pan and start filling it.
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You’ll want to pop this baby in the oven and bake it for 80-90 minutes. I think I left mine in for about 85 minutes. Might vary depending on your oven.

Let it cool throughly and then it’s time to om nom nom!!
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Oh… well, I guess we could garnish it with some lovely powdered sugar as well…
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Happy baking!

Bulldozer Birthday Cake!

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I made this awesome bulldozer birthday cake for a little guy named Atreyu’s 2nd birthday. The cake was chocolate filled with cookies and cream buttercream frosting and covered in fondant. I made the wheels out of cookies and all the dirt was cookie and cake crumbs.

Super cute!

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