Monday, October 31, 2011

A visitor in my kitchen...

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine from church asked me if I'd give her middle daughter a lesson in cake piping, since she's developing a bit of a passion for baking! Now, I'm not going to lie, I have very limited skills in the area of teaching (which is why I appreciate my kids teachers so much!!) but I adore all of her girls, so how could I refuse?? It took a bit of time, but we finally found a morning that worked for both of our schedules. Sarah Kate came over today, and in between Halloween orders, we worked on some technique. We started with mixing colors, prepping and filling the piping bag, and then started talking about which different tips can make different designs, depending on the angle and pressure you use on the bag.

She was a QUICK learner!! Check out two of her cupcake designs (which she did ALL by herself, I might add)... we had so much fun!

A festive pumpkin patch - lots of technique to practice here - grass, round fat pumpkins, leaves, and vines! Perfect for this time of year!

And a super cute buttercream spiderweb with a fondant spider... can you see his shifty little eyes.... yup, she painted those on!! Adorable!

Watch out Cake Boss... here comes Sarah Kate!!

Happy Halloween!! {Halloween Theme Cupcakes}

Some festive (but not too spooky) cupcakes for a preschool Halloween party. So cute!! Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Trick-o-Treat Birthday {3D Halloween Pumpkin Birthday Cake}

Little Lola celebrates her birthday on Halloween day! I anticipate YEARS of fun birthday parties for her!! This Halloween-Birthday, her mom told me she would be a princess witch wearing a black tutu. So cute!! So, we made a little Lola sitting ontop of the pumpkin, dressed to match big Lola on her big day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"GGGOOOOAAAALLLL!!!" {3D Soccer Ball Cake}

William has a birthday this weekend -- so his mama ordered a fun soccer cake -- how perfect for a bunch of little boys!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Little Lady Bug {Stacked Lady Bug Cake}

I got lots of comments last time I took pictures of a cake in the making... so here's another go at it!!

Leveled, torted and ready to start icing...
Looking a little rough around the edges (this is usually the point my girls tell me I've missed a bumpy spot... oh so helpful!)

Cleaned up the buttercream bases.... looking pretty good.

Stacking the tiers... my least favorite part. Always makes me nervous!

Moving on... time for fondant!! How does a little red ghost fit into this cake?

Another tier to stack - hoping I get it centered JUST right.

And now the fun begins... hello little lady bug!! (Made a few attempts on the name, couldn't decide how I wanted it to look - love the end result though!)

This is the point where I start to wonder, will it turn out the way I've pictured it in my head?? I'm not anywhere close yet. So, out comes more fondant and frosting...

Add a bunch of daisies, some grass, and a few more mini ladybugs...

Now THAT's what I was picturing this cake to look like!! Plus a cute little smash cake just for Jada. I absolutely adore this cake!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

And The Tree Was Happy {"The Giving Tree" Cake with Apple Cake Pops}

My sweet 85 year old grandma came to visit us in Charlotte this week. She's only been here one other time, 9 years ago, for my wedding. When we were talking about her visit and what she wanted to do while she was here, her answer was always, "I just want to watch you." So, she sat and watched!! And it was so fun! She watched the girls at school, she watched us do yard work, she watched us play, and she even watched me make a cake. I've never had such a fun audience! She was amazed at the transformation of cake and sugar and food coloring into this super cute Giving Tree themed cake design. And she even stopped the watching for just a bit, and pitched in to help roll the cake centers and stems for the matching apple shaped cake pops... she did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself!! The final products: