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A Hippie-tastic Birthday Cake

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Hippie Birthday Cake

Happy Monday! This weekend’s project was tons of fun and a little tongue-in-cheek… My dear friend’s boyfriend’s birthday is today, and she requested a cake that celebrates his vegetarian (and a little hippie) lifestyle. The cake itself is my first vegan cake - it’s fudgy chocolate. The filling, alas, is not fully vegan (still looking for some great recipes), but it is a vegetarian tangy raspberry buttercream. The cake is iced in vanilla fondant, which is hand-painted to resemble tie-dye. The little veggie characters on top are all sugar paste, and probably my favorite part.

Veggies - Hippie Birthday Cake

The 9th Hole - A Golf Birthday Cake

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Golf Birthday

This is a special cake! I recently reconnected with my best friend from the tender age of 8, and got the opportunity to do her father’s 60th birthday cake. An avid golfer, he is receiving a golf-inspired cake: single tier with layers of chocolate cake, raspberry jam, and dark chocolate buttercream. It’s iced in green vanilla fondant and decorated with fondant and gumpaste accents.

Game Time

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


Finally, a cake for a guy! This latest creation is for a young man named Jack, who’s turning 17 this week. To honor his love for the game, I made a football-shaped yellow cake filled with dark chocolate buttercream and iced in chocolate fondant, sitting on a field of green fondant. Happy birthday!

A Birthday Tea Party

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


What a fun project! This sculpted teapot cake is for the daughter of one of my colleagues… she is a sweet little lady that loves all things tea! For her birthday cake , I did a sculpted teapot, “table”, and mini cake teacup all for the birthday girl. The cake was yellow with cream cheese filling, and it was iced/decorated in purple and pink fondant. The structural pieces (handles, spouts, etc.) were done in gum paste. Happy birthday!

Polka Dots & Flowers

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Happy Easter! I had a great weekend of friends, family, and baking… hope you did, too! :) I did two projects this weekend, one which I’ll post on now, one for later. The first was an experiment in a new technique for me… big, beautiful gum paste flowers. This little pink cake has white gum paste polka dots and a single, handmade ivory bloom. It was a great learning experience - I’m looking forward to doing more handmade sugar flowers on upcoming projects!


Rock ‘N Rolla

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

This Saturday marked the final performance of my boyfriend P.J.’s band, Beta Valentine…  To celebrate the last performance together at the Club De Ville in Austin, I made a Beta Valentine-themed cake to take to the show.  At P.J.’s request, I made a rich lemon cake with cream cheese filling… It’s iced in vanilla fondant (gray for the boys…) and the band logo is also vanilla fondant.  I have to give credit to P.J. for the logo - he painstakingly cut out the logo elements while we were scrambling to finish things up pre-show.  :)   Also, the beautiful cupcakes were made by another member of the Beta Valentine family - Chris’ wife Jennifer.  Yum!

Rock and Roll Party Cake

Busy, busy!!

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Wow!  What a busy 24 hours!  I did three cakes for Saturday - no small feat with a day job.  Cake #1 was for my sweet little neighbor, a lovely little girl having her third birthday party.  She requested a white cake with pink icing… see below for the results!  It’s a sour cream white cake with pink buttercream filling and pink fondant.  The little white flowers are fondant with a touch of royal icing. 

Blooming Birthday Cake (Girl)

Cake #2 was another birthday cake for a little lady, this one turning eight today.  She has a love for all things crafty and requested a painter-inspired cake.  This cake was vanilla with chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla fondant.  The fondant was handpainted to look like watercolor, and there are a handmade fondant painter’s palette (with royal icing paint) and a few paintbrushes as accents.  Here it is:  

Painter Birthday Cake (Girl)

Cake #3 was a quick little cake for my lovely neighbor Courtney… a fun little buttercream.  It’s a sour cream chocolate cake with peanut butter and Reese’s Cup filling, iced with chocolate and vanilla buttercream. 

Now I’m getting prepped for the upcoming Capitol Confectioners Club competition at the end of the month… should be fun!

New Year’s Eve 2008

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

My boyfriend and I hosted a New Year’s Eve party at our new home in Austin this past year… tons of fun, but a little crazy since we returned from holiday travels the night before…  I wanted to do a cake for the event, but didn’t have much time - the result is this two-tier fondant cake.  The bottom tier is chocolate with coconut cream cheese filling, iced in vanilla fondant. The top tier is chocolate cake with peanut butter filling, iced in chocolate fondant. I decided to do real ribbon given the short timeframe.  Whew!

New Year's Eve Party Cake

The beginning…

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

This cake was my second fondant cake - it was for my office’s Thanksgiving potluck party.   This one is chocolate cake with cream cheese filling. It’s covered in chocolate and vanilla fondant, with some ribbon and buttercream detailing.