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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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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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