'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the past this has been strictly a cake blog. I suppose there are people who make cakes at Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin cakes, spice cakes and even a snickerdoodle cake evokes feelings about fall.  However, I firmly believe that Thanksgiving is for pies.  I make really excellent pies.  I make all of my own crusts and never use pudding mixes or canned pie fillings.  I always take the time to make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients.  That is the real secret to making amazing pies.  Every year, I get pie requests from family members and usually make about a dozen pies.  This year I made pies for the ladies at my church who were delighted to sample each and every flavor.  That night is referred to fondly as "pie night". I made 12 pies, 6 different flavors.  Triple berry, chocolate chip pecan, peanut butter, chocolate cream, apple cream, and lemon cloud.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Addi's smash cake

Sweet little Addison needed a cake to destroy on her first birthday.  I made her a yummy vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting.  I love the expression on Addi's face in this picture.  It looks as if she can't really believe what she's being told.  Yes, sweetheart, you can eat the cake.  Go ahead and enjoy! 
Who hasn't wanted to dig into a cake with their hands?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Princess Alivia

Princess Alivia turned 3 this year!  I made her a gluten free chocolate cake and chocolate cookies for her cookies and cream filling as well as chocolate swiss meringue buttercream frosting.  I also made gluten free strawberry and cream cupcakes.  Yum!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

30 years

My friend Jen wanted to surprise her sister in law with something really special for her 30th wedding anniversary.  She asked me to recreate their original wedding cake for the party.  This is the picture she gave me of the cake.  As you can see, its pretty hard to see all of the original details and they no longer had her cake topper or any other the other embellishments that were placed on the cake.    I knew it would be impossible to make it look exactly like it had on their wedding day so I decided to create an updated version of the original cake.  Jen found a new cake topper she thought the couple would like and I had fun trying to include little details from the old cake into the new cake.
The bottom tier is german chocolate cake with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream frosting and the next two tiers are chocolate cake with alternating layers of cookies and cream filling and chocolate swiss meringue buttercream.  According to Jen, the cake was a fantastic surprise and the hit of the party. 
I had lots of fun playing with this cake and would have loved to explore different decorating ideas.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Worker Man

My son, Ethan, turned 4 this month and I could not talk him out of wanting a tractor cake.  He wanted a cake just like last years because he still loves tractors and trucks.  (There is a lot of construction by our house.) I did try to make it a little different.  He loved it.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Get me a glass of milk!

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake was amazing!  Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting in between the layers and then frosted with whipped milk chocolate ganache.  If you love peanut butter cups you will love this cake.  Just make sure you have plenty of milk on hand.