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Red and White Communion Cake

Posted on May 9th, 2013 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

It that time of the year when we start celebrating First Communions. I have a cake for you that helped my client celebrate such a memorable occasion.

I don’t often get to work on square cakes. Round cakes are simply more popular than square cakes so this was a good opportunity to work on a different shape.

This First Communion cake features a chalice, a cross with piped detail, a rosary and a monogram for the celebrated boy.

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This chalice is entirely made out of chocolate and it sits on top of the cake. I used a chocolate mold to create this piece. We also featured a marbled fondant cross in ivory and white colors. I piped on the edges and added a sparkle in the center.

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One of my favorite pieces is the edible rosary made out of fondant. I have to admit, I didn’t make this. My mom makes them by hand all the time. There are gum paste molds out there that can help you make this type of confection. I have tried them before, but I use them for other type of decorations. When it comes to the rosaries, I prefer the way my mom makes them which is one little bead at a time.

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The bottom tier of the cake features a quilt pattern. Quilting a cake is a beautiful way to finish a cake. There is a sparkling gem on each intersection of the design. I went with a non-edible gem for extra shine.  A name plaque was also added to the center of the cake.

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The rosary is never attached to the finished cake until it is ready to be presented at a table. I like to place them as part of the topper, but it can certainly be place anywhere on the cake.

The cake is covered in a home made fondant. Cake flavors included a very moist red velvet cake and cream cheese buttercream frosting and white cake with dulce de leche buttercream filling.

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Many blessing Nicholas.

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Communion Cake – Madox & Gavin

Posted on May 7th, 2013 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

This very special cake was for Madox and Gavin Doehrmann as they celebrated their 1st Communion.

I have to admit that it presented quite a challenge for me. I wanted to make the perfect tiered cake without making it look like a wedding cake. The my other struggling factor was designing an appropriate communion cake for the boys.  Flowers can easily be incorporated into the cake… for girls. So simple and elegant were the focus words.

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The chalice is a very important element in First Communion cakes as it represents the very first time the body and blood of Christ is accepted for the first time.

This sugar chalice is made out of fondant. An earlier post shows this same chalice, but made out of chocolate. It wasn’t easy, but I used the same chocolate mold to create this piece. Even though it took me a very long time to achieve the end result, I loved it.

This closeup also shows the cascading ivory/gold and white leaves around the cake.  Random leaves decorate each tier in random areas. One thing you may not be able to see very well is the pattern on the stripes around each of the tiers. It’s a woodgrain design that coordinates perfectly with the tree trunk cake stand (Faux Bois cake stand from William Sonoma).

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You can see here another sugar rosary made my mom. Using regular fondant with a little bit of a hardening ingredient, she rolls each little bead by hand. She tints the fondant in different colors to make the end of each decade. The cross attached to the rosary is chocolate. Once it’s all finished, I add glitter and sparkle all over.

Along with the rosary, we featured a cross as part of the topper. My SIL mentioned that we could use a deep red as an accent color so we added the “D” and piped the edges of the cross in that particular color. I love how the color is used without being overpowering.

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This table was set up with the boy’s Baptism pictures taken seven years ago. Time really goes fast.

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In addition to the main cake we decided to make some Cake Truffles for people to enjoy at the gathering. We prepared chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and white caramel cake with caramel buttercream truffles covered in dark and white chocolate.

It really made my day when I heard a little girl say to her mom, “mom these are the best things ever!”.

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My SIL is amazing at making things and places look absolutely pretty, this was no exception. The boys’ baptism candles. A simple, but gorgeous bouquet of flowers. A distinctive cross.   A very pretty and well presented Communion celebration table.

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Congratulation Gavin and Madox on such a special day in your spiritual life. Many blessing to both of you.

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Whimsical Cake for Layla

Posted on February 26th, 2013 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

In the next few days I’ll be adding several post of desserts I have made… in the past. Lets say, ways back in the past.

2012 was a year of lots of sweets and treats that unfortunately didn’t get posted. So I am planning of showing the pictures and later adding the very important details about each and every event.

So with that, and your apology in advance, we’ll get started.

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Layla Jo’s first birthday whimsical cake.

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Happy 1st Birthday Layla Jo.

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Yellow and Ivory wedding cake

Posted on June 21st, 2012 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

This is my first wedding cake after having my third baby. I am not going to lie, but I was afraid that it would be too much… and with the baby, it was.  Here’s the scoop.

We have a 4 tier wedding cake featuring ivory peones, yellow lillies and tulips. Each tier of the cake is different in height which makes it beautifully  unique (client’s request, good job!). The two main colors, yellow and ivory while the accent color is black.

Another thing you should know about the cake is that only one tier on the cake is real. Yes! We offer cakes made out of styrofoam as an option to save on the total cost of the wedding cake. The third cake from top to bottom is the real cake.  It was a delicious chocolate butter cake with chocolate buttercream.

The groom got his cake also. For a football fan we made a football cake. He is a chocolate lover so his cake was also a chocolate butter cake with chocolate buttercream and covered in fondant.

We also delivered a couple of sheet cakes. Flavors included lemon cake with raspberry filling and  white caramel cake with dulce de leche buttercream. I never take pictures of the sheet cakes, but it is not much because we just cover them in buttercream.

The client also requested Cake Truffles. Flavors included Chocolate cake with Chocolate buttercream, Strawberry cake with raspberry buttercream and White Butter cake with vanilla sweet cream buttercream. All were covered in chocolate/white chocolate and drizzled with swirls of matching colors.

Here’s a collage of the wedding cakes.

It was a delight working with this client. Here’s a beautiful Thank You card we received from her.

We delivered the cakes and treats to the historic Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple.

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Halloween Treats 2011- Kindermusik

Posted on November 15th, 2011 in Cookies, Cupcakes, Other Sweet Treats

We again had the opportunity to make treats for one of my favorite family events, Kindermusik’s Fall Family Music Night. It was only appropriate to make spooky treats since the event was held on Saturday 29th, just before Halloween.

Here are some of the cookies we prepared for them this year.

I’m not a huge fan of candy corn (although I can eat a few of them without complaining), but I love how they turned out in cookies.

I love this cookie because it is so versatile and I can make for pretty much every occasion.

The next one was also one of my favorites. I don’t have the spider web cutter, but the circle cutter worked. I wish I would have made it in different colors. The spiders (on the webs) look more like mmh… ticks (yikes!). I’ll fix that next time.

My mom loved this particular cookie design. Eye catching uh? It made a few people wondered how we made that.

I love these friendly creatures. Adorable and cute ghosts.

What’s Halloween without some witches? Here we have the boots/leggings and the hats. Maybe I’ll work on the entire body next year.

And just to make it spooky enough for the little ones…

I was never happy with the “B”… I just couldn’t get it right.

The family night was a lot of fun. It was all about sharing a music night with the whole family and learning while doing it.  Let me share the experience with you if you have never been to one of them.

Parents and children gather in a spacious room with the very awesome and talented Jenn Horak leading everyone on a musical journey of fun and games. Jenn either plays music or sings to everyone to make kids become active while they jump, sing, dance and share musical instruments.  They may not know it, but children are learning and developing other skills (social, musical, and more).

Caregivers become active too! Grown ups get to participate along with the kids on this musical event as they also get to sing and dance with their little ones.

If you are interested or just curious about Kindermusik, visit their website. My children have benefited tremendously from this learning experience and I’m sure yours will too. My son Noah is almost 3 years old and he absolutely looks forward to Saturdays for his music classes.

We got very positive feedback from the cookies we made this year. I just feel bad that I ran out of them  in the end!

Check out last year’s event here.

Enjoy a sweet treat every day!

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Super Why – Whyatt Super Hero

Posted on September 27th, 2011 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

Ask me about cartoon shows for kids 5 years and under and I will probably tell you all about them.  I really can’t believe I traded my grown up shows for cartoons… but’s that’s life uh?

Anyway, SUPER WHY is in that long list of cartoons that now I am so familiar with. What??? You don’t know them??? Well, here’s a picture of them. They are kinda cool, but I still don’t understand the pig among children super heroes.

My target this weekend was the green super hero, Whyatt Beanstalk.

A dear friend of mine, Yolanda (I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing her name here) asked me to make a chocolate piece of this little character for her son’s birthday party cake. She would be making the cake at home and I would provide the image for her.

Here’s the chocolate piece that was recreated for the cake.

Cute uh? I really liked it and people at the party did also.

Yolanda came over the house with her cake and we set the image on top of it. It looked really nice, but I don’t have a picture of her finished cake.  She promised to send me a picture of it though.

About two years ago, her son was very much into Sesame Street. If you are interested here’s a link to the Elmo cake I made for her back in 2009.

My friend is a very crafty person and she made super hero capes for every child at the party as her thank you favors. My kids had fun at the party and they are still playing with their capes.

Thank you Yolanda!

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Talk About a Bunch of Animals!

Posted on June 11th, 2011 in Cupcakes, Other Sweet Treats

This bunch is a cute one because they were created to be the toppers for baby shower cupcakes.

I always ask customers to see if  they have any ideas, designs or patterns in mind so I can figure out what to do with their request. I received this blanket picture with the baby animals.

 

Here are the cupcakes with the baby animal toppers.

Giraffes, tigers, elephants, monkeys, parrots, oh my!

And of course my daughter Lillie asked me if I was going to make animals girls. So, I added eye lashes to some elephants.

What do you think? My husband liked them a lot and my boy Noah said “Wow” when he saw the first chocolate pieces.

As far as the cupcake flavors, we had chocolate butter cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling and strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberries inside of them.

Here’s the wonderful comment from my customer.

You did a wonderful job on the cupcakes!  They were SO cute!  And a big hit with everyone at the baby shower (even the men).  People raved about the edible decorations and the chocolate filling.  Thanks so much for all your hard work and talent!”

Big Thanks!!!

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The Cat in the Hat -Thing 1 & Thing 2

Posted on May 12th, 2011 in Cakes, Cookies, Other Sweet Treats

I almost forgot to post this cake and I think you’ll enjoy looking at it.I think most people are familiar with The Cat in the Hat books by Dr. Seuss. Well, this cake is about Thing 1 & Thing 2 and in case you don’t know them here they are.

 

I don’t really remember reading the books when I was a little girl, but now that I have my children I’m finally familiar with them. They even have the books in Spanish!

The story on the cake is about a couple of little ones celebrating their birthday, I believe on the same day (if not only days close). My client liked a pair of matching cakes I had made in the past on Monster’s Inc. where one is bigger than the other one. So this Dr. Seuss cake is bases on that idea.

Here’s the cake for 2 boys, one turning 5 years old and the other one celebrating his 1st birthday.

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There’s a lot of details to show on the cakes. Here’s Thing 2 designed for Drake, the little brother.

Thing 2 and the always looking frightened fish

Thing 1 went to Quinn, the older brother.

Thing 1 with a flying kite

 Here are some of the details on the cakes. You have balloons, popular faces and that always worried looking fish.

We also prepared sugar cookies for them. The images are made out of chocolate and placed on top of the cookie to give them a ‘dimensional’ look.

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Some of the details on the cookies such as the black lines are made with an edible marker. These marks are very typical of the cartoons.

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These cookies were designed to be party favors.

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 I’m sad to report that I forgot to take a picture of the actual Dr. Seuss cookie, I did actually make one or two.

I think this set of cakes and cookies are some of my favorite ones ever. I love the fact that the chocolate pieces on the cookies look actually alive (! ? !).

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More Religious Treats…

Posted on May 8th, 2011 in Cakes, Other Sweet Treats

The next two cakes were prepared for the same client for a First Communion and Confirmation celebrations that were held on different days. The cakes are simple, but they make an impact.

This first cake is for a lovely girl. It is a fondant covered cross cake embossed with a flower design, adorned with small white and lavender flowers and topped with a beautiful real Lily flower.

The cake is Chocolate Butter cake with vanilla cream frosting.

You might be able t see the flower design on the cake a bit better here.

That day, my house had a mixed smell of cake and Lily flowers. I didn’t complain, it was delicious and beautiful.

The second cake is also a simple cake and elegant cake in colors appropriate for a boy.  My client wanted the cake to be decorated with a cross and in her request, she mentioned and/or possibly a rosary (so of course… we gladly kept that in mind when making the cake).

Inside the cake we have a White Butter Cake with Chocolate buttercream frosting. As opposed to the first cake, this one is covered in buttercream.

The cross is made out of chocolate and my mom created the rosary (she is amazing with them). You probably can’t see it , but the rosary’s beads have this beautiful shine to it that made it look very realistic.

My client was very happy with the extra detail on the cake and was pleased overall. I really loved the cake.

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Communion Treats

Posted on May 8th, 2011 in Cupcakes, Other Sweet Treats

First Communions and Confirmations are happening now everywhere and that is always a very happy occasion to celebrate. I was glad to prepare treats for a few people from my church, St. Francis of Assisi. Here are some of them.

The follwing cupcakes are for a little girl that is not too much into ‘cake’, but she was more than happy to try my Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

The cupcakes are topped with a small white chocolate lavander & white cross.

We also prepared a platter of cake balls in White/Caramel cake with Dulce de Leche buttercream mixed. Some of the were covered in chocolate and some with a sugar glaze.

More first communion treats are coming…

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