May 18, 2017

Retirement Cake - Waste Management

Leaving the Waste Management career behind to get dusty and cobwebbed, Stuart is headed off to spend time with his grandkids, attend Tennessee Vols games, go to the beach, and do a little traveling.  The top tier is chocolate cake with fudgy ganache filling, the bottom tier is vanilla shortcake with a strawberries and cream filling.



May 8, 2017

Buttercream Sweet Sixteen

For your last 'big' birthday before graduation you should have a fun and frilly cake to celebrate!  This 3 tier buttercream cake is all vanilla with a couple of tall tiers in it.  The bottom and top tiers are both over 6" tall and the middle tier 4".

Apr 24, 2017

Natural Edge Bowl

This white chocolate, chocolate chip cake is covered in swiss meringue buttercream and fondant/modeling chocolate.  The bowl on top and the thumbnail gouge are made from modeling chocolate and all of the wood shavings are made from chocolate as well.


Apr 17, 2017

I Love My Mother In Law

 
I lucked out in gaining the most amazing Mother In Law when I married my husband.  She is creative, intelligent, caring, and supportive among a hundred other things.  We do have a little fun, she and I.  She knows how much I think the fru-fru fluffy puffy flashy wreaths and decorations are not my style so she generously decorated my mailbox this year. 



 In return I gift wrapped her car for her so she will get to enjoy opening it.
 We had to call a truce for the rest of the Christmas season but for her birthday and Easter which fall very closely together this year, I thought she needed a lovely new Easter wreath on her birthday cake.




The cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  The decorations made from pulled sugar, gumpaste and fondant.

Apr 10, 2017

Colette Peters Class at Arrowmont

Colette Peters taught a great course at Arrowmont this weekend with the option to do 3-5 tier cakes, topsy turvy or straight up and taught quilting, brush embroidery, ruffles, wafer paper flowers, gumpaste peonies, and mosaics.  The class was small enough to pick up on anything else we wanted to learn from her and it was a lot of fun working with other cakers and seeing their design ideas as well.  The mosaic design was probably my favorite and I'm looking forward to putting that and the peony skills to good use!

Mar 27, 2017

Shopkins Birthday Cake



This sweet little Shopkins cake was fun to make, a lemon poppyseed cake with swiss meringue buttercream.





Feb 28, 2017

Gray and Yellow

This elegant cake was for a very lovely lady who celebrated her birthday yesterday.  Hopefully this cake will help her forgive her husband for throwing a surprise birthday party.  The cake is chocolate with raspberry filling.  The flowers are fondant/gumpaste and dusted with edible color powders.


Feb 27, 2017

T-Rex Hatching

This little cake has a sound track in my head, he keeps making the cutest little Rawr sound!
The cake is a lemon poppyseed with lemon filling, little T-rex's head is made out of white modeling chocolate.

Feb 6, 2017

Football

My son's birthday happened to fall right on Superbowl Sunday this year but he's definitely our MVP!  The cake is a German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting and a rice crispy treats football covered with modeling chocolate.

Harry Potter

This Harry Potter cake celebrated the 11th birthday a big fan of the series.  The books were both cake, vanilla with strawberry filling, and chocolate with oreo fillin.  The Snitch was rice crispy treats with gumpaste wings, the wand was modeling chocolate, and the scarf and glasses were fondant/gumpaste.

Jan 30, 2017

Knoxville Chocolate Festival - Valentines Day Theme

Knoxville does a Chocolate Festival each year featuring local vendors, chocolate tasting and treats.  This year they added a cake competition to celebrate the theme of chocolate and/or Valentine's Day.  The flowerpot is chocolate cake and the fairy is made from modeling chocolate and fondant. 
The rocks were made from swirled grey fondant and stippled with a stiff paint brush, then dusted to get a realistic river rock look.  The grass between them was royal icing.  The watering can is fondant and although it's hard to see, it has a little bit of blue pulled sugar in the bottom for water.  The fairy is planting hearts to grow love.

The young lady who helps me make cakes entered her own design in the Junior division and won, she did a really great job making a heart and flower covered chocolate tree with a young lady reading/writing love stories under the tree.



Jan 17, 2017

Baby Bump

This baby bump baby shower cake is a red velvet cake with cream cheese Swiss meringue buttercream filling and a buttercream skirt under a fondant bodice.

Jan 3, 2017

Cardinal

For a Christmas-time birthday, this red velvet cake fits with the holiday season.


Dec 21, 2016

Coconut Christmas Cake



A coconut cream cake with a dark chocolate ganache, swiss meringue buttercream, and covered with coconut. 

Dec 12, 2016

Cardinal Christmas Cake

This was a company Christmas Party cake to share with a great group of people.  It is a lemon poppyseed cake with raspberry filling with airbrushed layers of snowy hillsides.  The trees are all imprinted with snowflake patterns and dusted.  The cardinals are made from molds and dusted for shading.



Oct 28, 2016

Pumpkin Pal

Fall is my favorite season with cool mornings, warm afternoons, and chilly evenings.  Time for beautiful colors, great outdoor sports, and family fun.

I work for a wonderful company who threw a Fall Fling for the employees to get together, celebrate accomplishments, discuss future opportunities, and get to know our coworkers.  We cut this little pumpkin spice cake up and shared it after dinner.