Category Archives: Cakes

Baby Love

Seems like it’s baby season right now. Every where I look my friends have just had or are having a baby. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of baking the cake and cupcakes for a friend’s baby shower. I was quite nervous with this being my first big event, but I think the end results were not too shabby.

Now for some details. I call this cake my Ruffle Cake. This particular ruffle cake was strawberry, lemon poppy seed cake filled with strawberry buttercream and iced with vanilla buttercream icing. I used a rose tip to pipe the icing and it took what felt like half my life to ice the entire cake. The cupcakes were chocolate cake filled with nutella and topped with vanilla buttercream icing.

My favorite part of the shower (besides the glowing guest of honor) was when a guest came up to me and asked me if the cupcakes were filled with nutella. After I said yes, she shook my hand and said ‘spectacular.’ I never never did find out her name but she totally made my day :).

Here are some more fun pictures:

I made little flags to top the cupcakes. The crowd favorite was ‘B is for Booger.’ I really wanted to put ‘B is for Boob’ but couldn’t get the image of kids running around the room screaming boob so I decided to leave that one out.

Since the cake was very tall (a little over 10 inches) I placed a cardboard piece in the middle of the cake so it would be essentially be a 2 tier cake when cutting. Very easy to do, just make sure you tell the person cutting the cake not to try to cut all the way through.


Do You Know Wilton?

In 2011 I made a New Year’s resolution. Okay, so I made several New Year’s resolutions. But this one, I actually fulfilled.

New Year’s resolution: Make one solid attempt at learning how to bake professionally.

I was on a mission to find some sort of baking class. After much Google searching, I realized that this would be harder than anticipated. These suckers cost a lot of money. And I started thinking; do I really want to invest in something that I’m not even sure I love/want to pursue/am good at? Google was slowly crushing my momentum.

One day I went to Michaels with my trusty 40% off coupon to buy a scrapbook for my niece’s birthday.  In the front of the store was a bulletin board with a list of baking classes.  It had never occurred to me that Michaels offered these types of classes.  And what shocked me even more was the price.

Course 1: Wilton Decorating Basics

$24.99 with the purchase of the Decorating Basics kit.

Sold! Considering I had no supplies to begin with this was an ideal situation. It was fate. So I did it – I enrolled in my first class. And here is what came my friends:

Cupcake Cake

I was hooked, next I took the Gum Paste and Fondant class. Here were some of my creations:

Fondant Calla Lily

Fondant Carnation

Fondant Rose

Fondant Cake

I know these babies aren’t perfect. But I had started my journey. And getting started is half the battle people.

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