Monday, March 29, 2010


This is my second pirate ship. The first was much more . . . bad. I've learned a lot with this one so the next will be even better.

The first thing I learned was that the waves need to go the other direction.

Second, that chocolate is a great medium to work with.

Third, my piping skills need a little work.

And last, my sculpting skills need never be employed again.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Engelbreit Again

This month many of you have or will be attending a Relief Society birthday dinner. For ours, they are not having everyone make just any cake, they are giving us a recipe to make a very non-decoratable cake. For the record, I do not like being given a recipe. It's a little insulting.

Anyhow, Liz's ward is being much more traditional and accomodating to the creative, so I made hers.

She has this really great cake stand from Mary Engelbreit and wanted a cake to match.

I wanted really bright flowers on top so . . . here they are!

I have now made a 3 tier cake, a 2 tier cake, and a single tier cake all in 2 days. I'm happy to report that I'm still having fun (but I'm really tired).


There is something to be said for simplicity. The first baby shower cake used so many different methods and took forever to make. And it fell. So I took my favorite element and made one simple cake with it. I LOVE it more than any cake I've done so far.

Now I have to go make another for tonight.

Monday, March 22, 2010

wow that sucked

I have been planning for weeks for this baby shower tomorrow. I have gone through several versions of the cake I was going to make. I wanted more of a show piece, only because it was a good opportunity to make a larger cake for my portfolio. I was very excited and worked very hard on it.

I started baking Sunday night and worked all day Monday for the shower Tuesday (tomorrow). I completed it just before we went to Steve's parents for dinner.

I was able to get one picture before my camera battery died.

When we got back from dinner, it was over. The cake just didn't have enough support and got all slouchy and was a complete mess. SOOOO, now I have 1 day to make an entirely new cake, plus another cake for another venue, also tomorrow evening. We're about to see how much I really enjoy this new hobby!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sunflower Redemption

After the disaster of the flower pot cakes, I was feeling very uninspired for Mothers Day cake ideas. That is, until now. Aaaaahhhhh (in vibrato with lights from heaven).
And I absolutely love how the ladybugs turned out!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Clowning Around

This is my latest 1st birthday cake. The theme of the party was lolipops. You know, the big, colorful, swirly kind. I mostly went with the colors and did my own thing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

If at first you don't succeed...

...then it probably means that your idea was best as just that, an idea. You should leave it alone and move on. Whatever you do, do not waste your time and materials trying it all over again.

I had a great idea. I was going to make a cake that looked like a flower pot and put cake-pop flowers in it and have the cutest Mothers Day cake EVER! It was a no-brainer.

My attempt at a flower pot was an enormous disaster. It looks like a 6th grade art project gone bad.

Being the trooper that I am, I wasn't going to let that stop me. So I tried again. I did a lot better. This could maybe qualify as a 7th grade art project.

Soooo, if all goes as planned, 10 cakes from now and I'll have a wonderful college-grade flower pot.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Daddy's Girl

It has begun.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Follow the Prophet

This year in Primary we are learning Follow the Prophet. I wanted to do a verse for Thomas S. Monson but an internet search was curiously fruitless. So I did it myself.

Thomas Spencer Monson teaches us the way,
with his many stories of his younger days
visiting the widows, helping Germany
wiggling his ears and reading poetry.

I am really excited to teach it next week!

Monkey Business

Many of you know that I sell my wares at a boutique in the fall. The organizers decided to start a spring boutique this year and have agree to let me sell my cakes there.

I am now building my portfolio and you get to see tham all first.

P.S. It's banana cake with banana frosting and filling. :)

Friday, March 5, 2010


Emma is a big talker. She sits in her crib every morning talking to herself and, when poopy, yells "Stinky Yucky!!!"

All of her words, if not perfect, are at least recognizable, or referencable. For example, Emma calls her belly button her "bing bong". This makes sense to us becuase we poke her in the belly and say "bing bong".

However, there is one word we just can't figure out. We know to what she is referring, but have no idea where the word came from. Raloose (pronounced ra' . loos) means water. When we tell her to say water, she clearly annunciates the word "water". But whenever she wants water, or more often, some of your water, she calls it "raloose". She know and correctly uses the words drink, milk, and juice, and water is always raloose. I have been trying for weeks to figure out where this came from. Ice? Ice water? Thirsty? I can't think of anything sounding remotely like raloose.

Can anyone help me figure this out?

Thursday, March 4, 2010


For my latest birthday cake, I wanted to do a Mary Engelbreit inspired number. I LOVED the outcome.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sneaky Emma

Here's Emma doing what our kids seem to do best; going behind our backs to get whatever they want. She saw some unattended frosting laying around and she wasn't going to let only being 30" get in her way. When she'd had enough she went on her way.


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