Friday, November 2, 2012

Cakes Galore! :)

It's been awhile since I posted photos of my cakes, so here's what I've been up to during the past two months!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cake Catch-Up

Spa-themed cake for a 10-year-old girl, funfetti cake with vanilla mousse filling, vanilla buttercream frosting, and edible fondant decorations.  Party colors were hot pink and zebra. :)
Cupcakes for a luau-themed block party - pina colada cake with coconut rum buttercream and fondant decorations.
13th birthday cake with "tie"dye" frosting and swirl design - chocolate cake with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.
1st birthday cake for twin girls with pink "sweet safari" theme.  Cookies & cream cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant animals.

Matching "smash" cupcakes for the two birthday girls. :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School Cupcake Special!!

$12.00 for 4 school-themed cupcakes 

Wouldn't your kids LOVE to come home after their first day of school and enjoy a special cupcake (or more) made just for them???  I will be delivering orders in the northern VA area on Tuesday, September 4.  Your choice of chocolate, vanilla, or a mix of flavors.

Orders must be received by Saturday, September 1. Message me with your name, address, # and flavor of cupcakes, and what time you'll be home for delivery.

Here's what the cupcakes will look like. I made a bunch of them for the Back to School teacher breakfast at my daughter's school. How cute are they???

Friday, August 17, 2012

CSCI Cupcake Tower

Here is a cake and cupcake tower that I made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CSCI, a local business in nearby Springfield, VA.   The cake on top is  6" round chocolate cake featuring the CSCI logo.  The tower is made up of 9 dozen cupcakes in 6 different flavors: vanilla, devil's food, German chocolate, cookies & cream, carrot, and red velvet.  YUM!  Congratulations on 25 years, CSCI!!!

Closeup of the ombre frosting technique on the sides of the cake:

Baptism Cakes

Baptism cakes for two sisters - one is vanilla cake and the other is chocolate.  They're both covered with ruffles made of vanilla buttercream frosting, and decorations created out of candy melts.  Congratulations, Orlagh and Jocelyn!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Monthly Special!!

Announcing my first monthly special!!! :) 

August Special: Four specialty cupcakes in a fancy box for $12.00. Makes a great gift...for yourself or someone else!

Enjoy these four delicious flavors:
1. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
2. Snickerdoodle cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting
3. Cookies 'n' cream cake with Oreo cream cheese frosting
4. German chocolate cake with pecan coconut frosting and chocolate buttercream

Free delivery to locations within 5 miles of my home in Burke, otherwise you can come and pick them up. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Latest Cakes

"Fiesta" themed 40th birthday cake: Margarita cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.
Baby shower cake made to match the design of the invitations: Vanilla and chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and decorations made with candy melts.
 Cakes for the local swim team's end of season banquet: One vanilla, one chocolate, with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wedding Cupcakes! (And Groom's Cake)

I normally don't make cakes for weddings (too much pressure!) but I made an exception this time because:
1.  The bride is the daughter of a friend from my church,
2.  The reception site was only 20 minutes from my house, and
3.  She requested cupcakes for her wedding!!!
So I figured, hey, I can do this!  Plus it gave me another opportunity to use my super awesome cupcake tower. :)

I baked 4 different flavors of cupcakes: chocolate with chocolate frosting, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, strawberry with strawberry frosting, and orange creamsicle with orange cream cheese frosting. The bouquets and centerpieces at the wedding featured sunflowers, so I decorated some of the cupcakes with fondant sunflowers.  I also made a 6" red velvet cake for the top of the tower, so the bride and groom would have something to cut.  The bride made little signs with the names of the cupcake flavors, which were totally adorable.  I had so much fun arranging the cupcakes on the tower and making sure all the flavors were evenly distributed. :)

So now, here are some photos....

And here is the cake I made for the groom - it's orange creamsicle cake covered with fondant.  (P.S. the groom is a Yankees fan.)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Princess Castle Cake

How adorable is this princess castle cake???  It's four layers of chocolate cake covered with vanilla buttercream frosting, with decorations made of fondant, sugar pearls, marshmallows, and candy melts.  Oh yeah, and don't forget the ice cream cone turrets covered with sanding sugar.  The Cinderella figure is a plastic dolly that the birthday girl gets to keep. :)  Happy Birthday, Princess Kallie!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sibling Cakes

This past weekend I created these two cakes for a brother and sister celebrating their birthdays with a joint party.  It was fun to make a special cake for each child, especially since they got to choose the theme. :)  I made a 6" round Lightning McQueen cake for the boy:
 And a 6" round Strawberry Shortcake cake for the girl:

Both cakes had a little toy on top for the child to keep, which makes it even more fun!  I also made 2 dozen matching cupcakes (half Cars and half Strawberry Shortcake) for the guests to enjoy at the party.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shout Out to FCMOMs!!

You ladies are awesome.  Like, seriously awesome.  Thank you so much for passing my name along within your group and for spreading the word about my cake business.  I appreciate your support so much!  I've enjoyed working with several of you and I'm looking forward to meeting many more FCMOMs as time goes by!  Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely mother of twin girls who were celebrating their first birthday.  She requested that the cake coordinate with the "sweet tweets" party decor she'd chosen, which looks like this:
And here is the cake I created:
It's coconut cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  I also made two jumbo "smash cupcakes" for the twins to devour on the big day:
I had several other cake orders to fill in addition to this one.  They included a yellow high heeled shoe cake and matching cupcakes for a bridesmaids tea:
...and a flock of flamingo cupcakes for my daughter Charlotte's 5th birthday party!  How adorable are these little guys???

And they were delicious, too!!!  Here's my sweet Charlotte after she said, "Mommy, I bit his head off!"

Hope everyone has a great week!  This weekend is the first one in a looooong time that I don't have any cakes scheduled, so I'm going camping with my family.  And it's supposed to be 98 degrees!!!  Yay.  I'm sure we'll have a great time anyway... after all, s'mores are delicious in ANY weather!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cakes, Cakes, and More Cakes!!!

One of my close friends is the mother of twins, and she passed the word about my cake business on to her Mothers of Multiples group.  This has been one of the best connections that I have made, because all of these moms have to order 2 or 3 cakes at a time!  In my previous post, I included photos of a Cars cake and a Belle cake that I made for a set of triplets whose mom is a member of the group.  This week I got to make two cakes for a set of twins turning 4.  Behold, the Octonauts!!  They are both chocolate cake with chocolate filling, vanilla buttercream frosting, and fondant decorations.
Here are some cupcakes for a little girl having a princess-themed party - also chocolate cake. :)

And finally, a graduation cake for my neighbor's son.  This one was a challenge to make, as the cake had to be gluten-free and dairy-free.  I tweaked a vanilla gluten-free cake recipe by adding almond extract and using coconut milk in place of sour cream.  I put a cherry filling between the layers, and made a vanilla frosting with vegan buttery sticks and soy milk.  I am thrilled to report that my neighbor called me the following day to let me know that her son LOVED the cake and ate 4 pieces of it!  I was so happy to be able to provide a dessert for his graduation party that he could actually eat (and enjoy!)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Business is really picking up!!!

Since my cake-decorating business officially became an LLC a few weeks ago, the cake orders have really started rolling in!  It's exciting and exhausting and challenging and rewarding all at the same time.  I love having the opportunity to meet new people, use my creative talents, and be a part of a special day in someone's life, whether it's a birthday, a baptism, a baby shower, or a graduation.  And I love the fact that my house always smells like a freshly-baked cake. :)

Anyway, keeping up with emails and invoices (and of course baking and decorating) have left me little time to update my blog.  So here's a quick run-through of my latest cakes...

Birthday cake for a Cubs fan:

Lightning McQueen cake for 2/3 of a set of triplets:

Belle cake for the other 1/3 of the triplets:

Birthday cake for a golfer:

Mickey cake for a 2-year-old:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cake Catch-Up

Here are some photos of my latest cakes...

Pretty yellow cake with sugar pearls for Mother's Day:

Bubble Guppy smash cake for a little girl turning 1:

Baby shower cake (white cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting):

And finally, an ocean-themed cupcake tower with a 6" round layer cake on top: