Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sweet 16, Graffiti Style {Omaha birthday cakes}

There were lots of surprise cakes to be made this month!  This is the second of three!
Paul is an artist and his mom thought it would be neat to have some of his artwork on his cake.  She snuck into his room and snapped pictures of some of his artwork on his walls then emailed them to me.
I printed them onto frosting sheets and used them to decorate the sides of this delicious cake.  Seriously delicious.  Top tier:  Italian Cream with cream cheese frosting.  Bottom tier: Orangecreamsicle (aka:  Fred Flintstone PushPop in a cake!)
I was struggling with the font to use on this cake, but once I noticed that there was a word in a "graffiti" font, not just another part of the artwork, I did a quick google search to find "graffiti font" and BAM, perfect BOY sweet 16 cake.  Boy cakes are a bit tricky to figure out, but taking the time to really think it through can really pay off.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Princess first birthday {Lincoln Birthday Cakes}

 Little Ms. D's birthday theme was centered around these adorable plates her mom bought for the occasion.  She asked me to base the cake around it as well.  I tried to match as many elements as I could...I feel I did a decent job.  I captured the blue butterflies and flowers, the purple hearts, the hot pink "1" with purple dots, and the crown :)  I wish I had some sort of edible bling to represent the blinged out swirls, but a few solid white swirls had to suffice.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Surprise Birthday Cake {Papillion/Omaha Birthday Cakes}

Before I baked cakes, I scrapbooked.  While I still love to scrapbook, it seems I rarely get to do it anymore!
I do get together with a GREAT group of girls about once or twice a quarter to scrapbook and relax. 
Linda's birthday is not until July, but most of us won't be around for her BIG 6-0 day, so we decided to surprise her, and her daughter, Stacy, with a cake at our scrapbook day on 4/30.
It was a lot of fun to plan the surprise and the best part?  Linda sneaking cake to "take home to her husband"...that cake never made it past the front door :)

Thanks ladies for being such a great group of friends!  I LOVE when we get together and scrapbook, gossip, and just have FUN!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

POKEMON Birthday Cake {Omaha Birthday Cakes}

Every other week, three days a week, it is my turn for car pool.  I pick up a brother and sister and once they are in the car, the air is filled with chatter of one thing, and one thing only: POKEMON!
When the sister was getting ready for her big EIGHTH birthday, I was excited to be asked to make her cake.  She literally designed every aspect of it from color choices, images, wording...every single thing is from her imagination...and while at first I was a wee bit hesitant of it, I must admit, I LOVED the way it turned out!  The colors worked so well together and I think the idea of having it have grass and clouds was a great idea.
Happy Birthday Ninja Girl!  We love you!

BFF SURPRISE! {Omaha Birthday Cakes}

Well, for the full story, click here. my defense, I didn't mean to upset her, promise!
Cake flavor:  lemon with raspberry filling, her favorite!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kentucky Derby {Omaha baby shower cakes}

 I always giggle a little when someone asks, "Can you do a .... cake?" Fill in blank:  graduation, super hero, random color choice, whatever.  Sure, just because I haven't done that theme yet doesn't mean I can't.
However, I was stumped when the theme of Kentucky Derby came through my inbox.  I was not sure how to convey both the elegance and sport of the KD with a baby shower.  
So, lots and lots of image searching, IMing my cake consultant, Megan, calling my mom and day dreaming about this cake...and  I am very happy with the final product. 
The colors were coral and gold.  I painted a cream gumpaste band with gum glue, then poured LOTS of gold shimmer dust on top to create a solid gold band.  I will probably not do that again, unless for a small cake like this one.  It was not hard, but you don't want to touch it because that can mess up the shimmer. 

I found an image of a rose that I felt would be simple enough for the cake, but also pretty and something you could tell was a rose!    The horseshoes were simple shoes that I lightly dusted with the gold shimmer dust before applying, to give it some golden sheen.

For the top, I loved the idea of a lady in a big hat as a silhouette. (Thanks MR for that idea!).  I went with a dark chocolate brown to compliment the colors of the shower.  And man, did the brown really tie it all together in what I hope would make anyone in attendance at the KD proud ;)
I think the reason I was so nervous about this cake all dates back to college.  My kinesiology professor (for two semesters, even though I tried to NOT have him the second time around) was a HUGE Kentucky Derby fan and attended EVERY in, he had permission to give his finals early so he could leave for a weekend trip to Kentucky.  True story.
I guess remembering how much he loved it made me feel I had to do a really good job to pass his class, lol...even though that is not even close to the truth!  But I think that random tie with that professor who made me nervous and pushed to hard spilled over into this part of my life.
Funny how things like that happen.

Fondant Class Scheduled for Lincoln

Yep, you read right, LINCOLN!
My fondant 101 (as I like to call it because I am fancy, you see.) is hitting the road!
So, if you are somewhere around Omaha but not in Omaha, send me an email and we can see if we can work something out.
Rates are a bit more then the normal $12.50 a person, to include my travel rate.
And then you, too, can learn to decorate cakes like you see on t.v.!
I am so sad I didn't remember to bring my camera to the last class I taught.  The ladies made some lovely cakes and I really liked their color choices.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wonder Woman Cake {Omaha Speciality Cakes}

Wonder Woman cake make with the print and cut feature of the Silhouette and covered in fondant

My husband and his co-worker planned this Wonder Woman cake out for administrative assistants day.  It was not given on the day OF that holiday, and one of the AA was out sick and the other was on an all liquid diet for some reason, but...they do say it is the thought that counts!

With Mother's Day so soon, what Wonder Women do you have in your life that you'd celebrate with a cake?