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Parks Wedding

Megan contacted us last year about doing her and Charles’s wedding cake.  Their wedding was scheduled for June 15, 2013.  They were going for the country chic them and she provided us with wedding cake and grooms cake photos that she wanted.

The wedding cake was to feed 150.  It was to be four tier buttercream cake with alternating flavors, vanilla and strawberry.  We baked two each of 14″12″ 9″ 6″ round cakes.  My lovely and talented Aunt, who taught me all I know, iced the cakes for us while we prepared the grooms cake and dowels that would support the cake.  We then stacked the tiers.  We mixed up brown buttercream and began piping the twig like design around each tier.  We attached the grapes for the final touch.

The grooms cake was to feed 100 and to be chocolate.  She wanted to go with the muddin’ jeep theme for Charles’s cake.  W began by baking two 14″ square cakes.  Ben then carved away at the cake to make more of an off-road appearance.  We then caked on the brown buttercream for mud and piped on the grass.  She had us order a toy jeep for the topper.  After it was in place, we added brown buttercream to the jeep and it was complete.

After 11.5 hours, the cakes were complete.  We delivered to the outdoor farm wedding and cut/served the cake.

Many thanks to my Aunt for helping us knock out this bad boy and to Charles and Megan for allowing us to participate in such a special day.  Congrats and God Bless!

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A Sixtieth Surprise!

My Aunt Non (Rhonda) turns Sixty on Easter Sunday! I don’t care if she gets mad that I announced her age, as I will when I turn 60 if I look even half as good as she does!

So Robin (my cousin, Non’s daughter) asked me if I would make a small cake for her birthday party. She was going to make two dozen cupcakes and I was to feed the rest of the expectant 40 guests.

She informed me she loved banana and the decorating colors were aqua blue and red. She left the design up to me.

This cake was harder than most, as Non is the one that taught me everything I know about baking and decorating cakes. She is the master craftswoman! To create a cake for the woman that taught me cakes was an honor.

I decided on baking two 8″ round cakes and one 6″ round cake to go on top. I went with a banana/vanilla blend cake. The 8″ cakes were stacked and iced with banana cream cheese and then covered in aqua tinted marshmallow fondant. The top tier was the same flavor cake but covered in buttercream tinted red and piped as rosettes.

I wrapped a chevron strip red/white ribbon around the base,and placed two large tweed flowers on the side and top. I formed a bow to place on top with the flower to bring it all together.

I then cut aqua fondant flowers to place around the cake, piped a red buttercream center in each one, piped “60” on the bottom tier flower and called it complete.

Non, I love you to pieces and am so excited to spend this Birthday Surprise with you. You have been a blessing to me each and every day of my life. I couldn’t have wished, hoped or been given a better Aunt than the one the Good Lord gave me. I love you!

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Springtime Sweets

Ben’s friend’s fiance , Christie, contacted us a few weeks ago regarding a birthday cake for her mother.  She wanted enough cake/cupcakes to feed 20 people.

We baked two 6″ round vanilla cakes and a dozen vanilla cupcakes.  We stacked and coated the 6″ round cakes and piped the cupcakes with green buttercream.  We made a darker shade of green buttercream to pipe the swirl and leaves.  We made white, pink, yellow and orange marshmallow fondant flowers and placed them on the cake and cupcakes.  Finally, we added a small buttercream center to each flower.

Thanks, Christie, for allowing us to create this cake for your family!  We hope you had a blessed weekend with your mother and that she enjoyed her springtime cake!

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Out of This World

Lindsay contact us a few weeks back, wanting a birthday cake for her son who was turning 3. She wanted an Orange Creamsicle Cake with Buttercream to feed 30 in the shape of a rocket.

We began by baking a football shaped pan and a 12″ square cake. We placed the football shaped cake on top of the square and cut away the same shape plus added the two “legs” if I can call them that (as I have no clue what the correct term is) and a slope that we would layer buttercream flames on. We put a layer of icing between the cakes and then covered the entire sculpted cake with buttercream. We piped a stripe, windows and stars, outlined in red and filled in the stripe and legs with dark blue buttercream. We then piped in the rest of the rocket with light blue buttercream. We mixed up red and orange buttercream and put them both in the icing bag at the same time and piped on the flames at the rear of the rocket. This caused the red and orange to swirl and blend together when piping. After four hours, it was complete.

Thank you, Lindsay, for allowing us the opportunity to create a special cake for your son! We hope he had a wonderful, exciting birthday.

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A Golden Anniversary for a Golden Couple

Mrs. Judy Bagsby, wife of my seventh grade science teacher, called us a few weeks back in need of a cake for their 50th Anniversary. She wanted a tiered vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 100 and two sheet cakes to feed 25 people each.

We began by baking two 12″, two 9″ and two 6″ round cakes for the main tiered cake and two 10″ square cakes for the sheet cakes. We covered all cakes in ivory tinted buttercream and then stacked the main cakes. The bottom and top tiers were adorned with a gold ribbon and a smaller ivory with gold trim ribbon in the middle. The middle tier was covered in buttercream rosettes. A gold bow was made and an antique broach added to the center for decor. The main cake was completed as the 50th topper was placed. The sheet cakes were covered with buttercream rosettes to match the middle tier and ribbon and bows were added for decor to pull the design together.

Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Bagsby! 50 years is an amazing accomplishment that everyone should strive to celebrate. We are honored to have been able to create this cake for such a special day and an even more special couple.

For more photos of the Anniversary celebration, please see a blog by his daughter, Suzanne Bagsby Andrews: http://peoniesandbuttercups.blogspot.com/

 

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Mardi Gras Sweet 16

Ben’s cousin called and wanted a cake for their daughter and a friend, Autum and Tara.  They would share this cake for their Sweet Sixteen Birthdays.  They chose the Mardi Gras theme, a three tier vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 50.

We began by baking two 6″, two 8″ and two 10″ round cakes.  After individually icing each tier with different Mardi Gras theme colored buttercream, 10″ – Purple, 8″ – Green, 6″ – Yellow, we stacked all three cakes.  We piped a diamond type pattern on each tier in the color of the cake above and then piped in cornelli lace to fill the areas.  We piped a large bead border on each tier and then placed Mardi Gras beads around each layer.  We placed a small mask to adorn the bottom tier and a large mask with feather for the topper.  Finally we piped “Happy Sweet 16 Autum & Tara” and called it complete!

Thanks, Brandon and Christy, for allowing us to create such a fun, colorful cake.  We hope the girls have an absolutely amazing day!

 

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Base Loaded!

Megan contacted us a few months back about doing a cake for her son’s third birthday. She wanted a baseball theme vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 30.

We began by baking two 10″ round cakes and a half of a ball pan. We stacked the two 10″ cakes on top of each other and iced with buttercream. We piped the grass on top of the cake as well as the bottom border. We covered the ball with buttercream, piped the red laces and placed on top of the grass. The night before, we created the “3” and “HARGIS” with royal icing and let it harden overnight. We leaned the “3” up against the baseball and “HARGIS” up against the side of the cake. Finally, we piped Happy Birthday above Hargis’s name in white buttercream.

Megan, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of his fun day. We hope Hargis has the best birthday ever!

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Burlap and Buttercream

Patty, my co-worker and friend, is now a beautiful bride! She has talked to me for the past few weeks about her decor/colors/style of the wedding to match her cake.

She wanted a vanilla tier covered in ivory buttercream that set off to the side from the cake that was to be served. On the main cake, she wanted a vanilla cake covered in chocolate buttercream to feed 50.

Since she had the shabby chic design with neutral colors, burlap fabric and brooches, I passed on some cake design ideas to her and decided upon the following cake.

For the top tier that set to the side, Patty found a beautiful vintage stand that fit the 6″ round cake perfectly. We stacked the two layers and covered with ivory buttercream. We then cut a 2″ wide strip of burlap (double layered) and iron the crease to create a nice thick ribbon border. After wrapping it around the tier we added a 1/2″ dark brown ribbon to the center. We then piped a small ivory bead border around the bottom of the cake and piped cornelli lace on the top portion. Since she had a bride/groom topper picked out, we piped a small bead border on top to help leave the center flat for the topper. We then piped chocolate buttercream flowers to add a touch of color to match the bottom tier.

For the main tier that will be served, she wanted a basic 9″x13″ sheet cake double stacked. We created the cake base from 2″ thick styrofoam wrapped in burlap and cellophane. After stacking the two layers of cake, we covered it in chocolate buttercream. We repeated the burlap & brown ribbon steps to the bottom tier and piped an ivory bead border. She made an initial topper for this tier so we left the top open for placement. We then piped chocolate cornelli lace and added ivory buttercream flowers.

We created two burlap bows to adorn each tier and placed a beautiful brooch in the center.

After 6 hours, the wedding cake was complete.

Congrats, Patty and Todd! We wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and laughter.

Love you!

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Sweet Baby Cake

Mrs. Lynne contacted us a few months back for a baby shower cake for one of her co-workers.  She sent me the image of the invitation pictured below and wanted to go with a design that matched.

The cake was to feed 75 so we decided on a two tier design.  She wanted a vanilla cake with buttercream icing and blueberry filling.  To keep the cake uniform and not pick two of the three designs used on the invitation, we chose the bottom large polka dot design for both tiers.  She also wanted a baby blue base for the cake to sit on.

We baked two 12″ square and two 8″ square cakes.  We piped a buttercream border to act as a “dam” to keep the filling inside of the cake.  We then poured blueberry filling onto the cake.

We piped buttercream on top of the filling, placed the cake on top and covered with buttercream.  We repeated these steps for the 8″ top tier.  We then stacked the cakes, piped the brown polka dots and pearl borders.  We tied a brown/blue satin ribbon for the topper.  After six hours, the cake was complete.

Thank you, Mrs. Lynne, for the opportunity to make this cake and congrats to the mom and dad to be!  What a blessing.

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Pink or Blue???

Darrick, our realtor, called us Friday evening and asked if we could make a surprise gender cake. They had received the gender of their baby in an envelope earlier that day and wanted us to create a cake that would reveal the sex of the baby when they cut into it. We had plans to be out of town for the weekend and were going to push the cake up to this week, but my heart went out to his wife and the anticipation to know what they were having so we called them back and told them to meet us with the envelope and we’d do it that evening. Within a few minutes, Darrick handed over the envelope with the surprise inside. As soon as they left, we immediately opened it. To be the first know the gender, even before the parents, felt amazing and so very special.

We ran home, baked two 6″ square vanilla cakes with the addition of food coloring to reveal the gender. We covered it in thick white buttercream to hide any of the cake that may show through and piped pink and blue pin stripes around the cake, followed by a white shell border. We piped “Sweet Baby Jackson” with alternating colors. Within two and a half hours, we baked and decorated, called Darrick back and delivered the cake. They waited until the next evening to cut it so that family could be there to take part in the special moment.

Congrats to the Jackson Family on your sweet baby boy! Thank you for allowing us to take part in such a special time in your lives. It meant the world to us!

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