Sunday, July 10, 2016

Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck Cake

 Well, I've never thought about them together on a cake before, but here it is! I've done my fair share of Minnie Mouse cakes with the occasional request for Minnie and Mickey. But I wasn't quite sure how to mix Minnie and Donald on a cake when I received this request from a group I am a proud member of called Icing Smiles. It's a great organization that provides cakes families and children with critical illnesses. It has been rewarding to participate when I've been able to.  
 This sweet cake was for little Capri's 3rd birthday. It was her first birthday to be able to celebrate, since her first 2 were spent in the ICU
Capri's favorite things are Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. I loved the idea of doing a cake around the character's outfits, since that is what they recognize anyway, right?
 and in the end, the colors ended up working really well together!!
 Who doesn't love Donald's little hat!?
I was so excited that Capri recognized it right away and it was so sweet to hear her say "quack quack" in response when she first saw it! Success! It was a joy to create this cake for little Capri and her family. I hope her birthday is as magical as the characters it's based on!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Baby Elephant and Balloon Party

I knew when I bought those cute little elephant cookie cutters last summer, that one day out of the blue I would need them! And, viola! One day- was this weekend! Yippee! It was fun to put together this cute little set of items for the little man's Baby Elephant and Red Balloon 1st birthday party
 Started with baby elephant sugar cookies,
 and added some red ballon sugar cookie pops~
 all wrapped up to go!

what a fun pop of color in those gumballs!
and finished off with the sweet baby elephant smash cake! I love the colors with the blue, gray and pop of red to color it up! What a sweet little theme for a baby's first birthday!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cuddly Teddy Bear 1st Birthday

This little guy wanted a cuddly teddy bear 1st birthday, and so cuddly teddy bear is just what he got!

Don't forget the teddy bear cupcakes for the party!
 So cute and fun! What a great use of chocolate!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Vintage Pooh Corner Baby's 1st Birthday

I was sooo excited to be asked to do the dessert table for this old fashioned Winnie the Pooh birthday party! I have always wanted to have a reason to do a bee cake or a Pooh party, so YAY!
 Who doesn't love a cute beehive cake! This cake was a honey French vanilla cake with a lemon and honey buttercream glaze, topped with royal icing bees EVERYWHERE! I made my bees with royal icing and my food writer edible markers mixed with Americolor black gel paste for a little shine.
 I loved how golden the cake came out of the mold. A mold which I, by the way-LOVE! I have used it many times and it is much easier to use than other beehive molds I've used in the past.
 Can you even have a honey beehive cake without honey cupcakes? These beauties were a lemon vanilla cupcake with a honey cream cheese frosting. I may or may not have eaten all of the remaining frosting from the bowl and my daughter may have licked it clean.
 these beautiful chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow whipped frosting were done at the clients request and torched to resemble a beehive. I loved the texture and depth they gave to the whole ensemble of desserts with the lightly toasted color, and really- does anything smell better than chocolate and toasted marshmallow?
 When having a Pooh party- Tigger tails are a must! I always love seeing these at Disneyland, and had fun singing the "wonderful thing about tiggers" as I dipped and drizzled chocolate everywhere!
What a beautiful party set up!

Hello Little Kitty!

Hello Kitty is always a bright and colorful affair! This one was a brightly colored version of my pastel one made last fall. But brighter colors to match the party d├ęcor! Kitty is strangely a hard shape for me to cut freehand. Must be the perfectionist in me trying to get both sides perfectly even. I use this super cute and way easy cutter for my "kitty" needs!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Classic Navy & Gold Celebration

When asked to make a navy and gold themed cake and macarons for my sister's 20th birthday party, my first thought was "is it a nautical party?"
Well, this was much more fun to make than a cake with an anchor and ropes!
Always fun to make brightly colored macarons, especially in French Vanilla and Lemon flavors, mmmm; and what is better than a brush of gold on top!
I absolutely loved the rich tones of the navy flower and how the gold just made it pop!
I just couldn't get enough pictures! I loved the gold and blue!
I decided Navy and Gold were the perfect combo for a classy party dessert table!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Girly Beach Cake

I thoroughly enjoyed making this cake for the sweet little birthday girl Zoey who requested a beach party cake with a turtle on top! A turtle beats a cherry on top any day, I say!
I have to say, this was one of my favorite cakes I've done. It was inspired by a photo the birthday girl saw online and liked so I kept some elements and added a few other touches, including the turtle!
LOVED the turtle! I loved the way the little smile turned out...
and how the face appeared to be staring up from the top of the cake to the birthday girl!
Plumeria have always been one of my favorite flowers, even though these didn't smell as good as a beach in Hawaii, they did the job for a cake!
Smiles for the birthday girl!