Aly is 13!

February 2011: Last year I made Aly my first zebra cake (See it here!).  This time around she wanted zebra AND leopard!!  We went with a fun pink and orange color scheme and I heard the cake was a hit!

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Mark’s 40th!

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January 2011: For my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday his wife decided to honor his Tennessee roots with a “hillbilly” theme!  My fave is the outhouse! 🙂

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Becky’s Wedding Cake

October 2010: My sister-in-law Becky let me make her wedding cake!!   She also “let” me be a bridesmaid, sing in the wedding and help plan the whole thing! 😉  I spent the week before the wedding baking and making all of the gumpaste flowers.  Then I layered and covered the cakes the day before and put it together the morning of the wedding.

After I set it all up, I stood back and noticed the table was leaning forward.  Uh oh.  I folded up some extra cardboard and shoved it under the front legs and ran to get dressed for pictures.  By the time I got back in to look at the cake, the bottom layer was completely collapsing due to the table leaning! (you can see it in the picture above!!)  I was SO BUMMED and SO FREAKED OUT because the reception was going to start in like 15 minutes!!  Let me tell you, freaking out and trying to fix a cake in a strapless, floor length gown is not the best idea!  My friend Kristina was the photographer.  She snapped a few pics from a flattering angle, and an extremely awesome waiter helped us lift up the top two tiers and pull out the bottom.  He said “No one will even know it was supposed to be there!”  Well, except Becky, but she was such a happy bride after the ceremony, she didn’t even care!  They were able to still serve the bottom tier and all was well.  Phew!

The flavors were gluten free banana, vanilla with strawberry filling and chocolate.  Yum! Thank you Becky and Greg for having faith in me to make your cake and being so gracious about it’s demise! 🙂

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Wedding cupcakes!!

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October 2010: I traveled to Ohio, with my trusty KitchenAid in my trunk, to bake cupcakes and sing in my friend Tracy’s wedding.  We took over the local church kitchen to make about 150 delicious cupcakes.  I was able to recruit some other wonderful friends to help me out, which made it much easier, and much more fun!!

When Tracy asked about making cupcakes, she mentioned her soon-to-be-husband loved key lime pie, and she loved the combo of peanut butter and chocolate.  I scoured the internet for recipe ideas and tested out each recipe on my church family (who gave me great feedback… Thanks!) and came up with a Key Lime Pie cupcake for Tony that had a graham cracker base, filled with a key lime filling and topped with a meringue frosting.  For Tracy, she was thinking of translating her favorite choc/pb ice cream into cupcake form, so I made a fudge cupcake and added chunks of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and topped it with a yummy peanut butter frosting.

I used my awesome cupcake stands, and the Bride and Groom hand delivered the cupcakes to each table in lieu of a receiving line.  What a great idea! 🙂  I snapped a few pics of some super-cuties enjoying the cupcakes too!

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A cake for FUN!

August 2010: I had a lot of leftover fondant from Kate’s cupcakes, so I made this cake for a family get together.  I had seen some beautiful cakes online that had piping details on the fondant, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I liked the way it turned out, and it was tasty too!

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Fondant Cupcakes

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August 2010: My niece, Kate, asked for fondant cupcakes for her birthday party.  She didn’t know exactly what she wanted, except she wanted them all to be different!  I used her decorations as inspiration and made them all some sort of stripe or circular pattern. As you can see, she loved them, and they had some fun with them at the party before they ate them!

Kate has celiac disease, so we’ve tried all kinds of gluten-free cake mixes and recipes over the years.  The texture is so different from regular cakes, and the taste was hit or miss.  We soon realized that they were a lot better if you added some sort of fruit, to make them more moist and yummy.  Chocolate had eluded me until this point. This time we hit the jackpot.  I started with a Betty Crocker Gluten-free chocolate mix and added my new secret ingredient… vanilla yogurt.  They came out so much more moist and the texture was so different, my sister-in-law was nervous that I forgot and made regular cupcakes instead!  I used to make a small g-f cake for Kate on the side for parties, but from this point on I started making everything for family parties g-f and people didn’t even know!

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Twin Cupcake Towers for Twin Graduates!

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June 2010: My friend Dave at work asked me to make some cupcakes for his partner’s twin daughters’ graduation party (did you follow that?!).  I didn’t know how we would display 125 cupcakes, so I called to my father-in-law the woodworker and said “Do you think you could make me a cupcake stand?”  When he said yes, I said “Do you think you can make me two of them?” 🙂  He did!  And they were perfect.  I’ve used them a lot since then, so keep your eyes peeled, they will be making many appearances on here.

I made two 6″ cakes for the top of each stand to correspond to the school each of the girls was planning on attending.  The cupcakes were a mix of chocolate and vanilla, including some vanilla with chocolate chip.  I decorated each cupcake (all 125 of them!) with fondant flowers.  They were a big hit at the party.  So was Lucy… she loved the graduating girls and they loved her.  She still talks about them over a year later!

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